UEFA EURO 2012

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Insight July 2012:
Germany

The criticism hit national coach Joachim Löw and Germany’s international players hard. But self-critically the whole team representing the German Football Association (DFB) faced up to the accusations after the shock exit in the semifinals of the European Championship. “The coach always has to take responsibility for a defeat. I feel the team performed well at the tournament. We did lots of good things and shouldn’t question too much,” said Löw ...

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Photos of the UEFA EURO 2012

Here you can find Photos of the UEFA EURO 2012

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Insight July 2012:
International

With their 4-0 (2-0) victory over Italy on the evening of July 1, 2012, Spain once again won the European title and made football history. The World Cup champion team coached by Vicente del Bosque gained their third major back-to-back title in the final in Kiev and thus achieved a first in world football ...

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Insight June 2012:
International

There will be traditional encounters in the semi-finals of the 2012 European Championship. Germany and Italy will fight it out in a battle of world footballing giants for a place in the final in Kiev on July 1. The Iberian countries Spain, reigning World and European champions, and Portugal will meet in the first semi-final – a repeat of the knock-out stage at the 2010 World Cup in Cape Town (1-0) ...

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Insight June 2012:
International

World and European champions Spain against France, England versus Italy. These are the two encounters bringing together four giants of world football in the quarter-finals of the European Championship. The big four, who have each won the World Cup title at least once, progressed through thrilling last group matches on Monday and Tuesday (June 18,19). Earlier the first two quarter-finals were determined with the Czech Republic to meet Portugal and Germany taking on Greece ...

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Insight June 2012:
DFB Team

The atmosphere in the German team camp was family orientated and relaxed. The day after the 2-1 (1-1) win over Denmark, national coach Joachim Loew cancelled the training and opened the door at their Gdansk hotel "Dwor Oliwski" to the players’ wives and girlfriends. In the afternoon the team made a cycle tour through the large wooded area of Oliwa, the old city part of Gdansk. Half a day previously the German team had achieved a domestic record at the European Championship ...

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Insight June 2012:
International

Everything you need to know about “little ears dumplings” and the little boys'/girls' room - The European Football Championship is in full swing, but what does it involve? Many of the fans who have traveled to the host country are surviving on a diet of hotdogs and beer! But there is so much more to discover – delicious “little ears dumplings”, for example. ContiSoccerWorld gives you a brief insight into both of the host countries: Poland and Ukraine from A to Z – a list that is by no means exhaustive ...

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Insight June 2012:
International

All eight stadiums were magnificently prepared, the eight cities in Poland and the Ukraine were all dressed up, and 16 teams had been raring to go for up to one month before the kick-off. They all played their first matches at the European Championship between Friday (June 8) and Monday (June 11). Host Poland began with the opening match in Warsaw, while co-host Ukraine concluded the first round of eight matches in Kiev. Germany were the only team among the favourites to record a win ...

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(Photo: Golovchenko)

Insight June 2012:
"Is That Actually a Goal?"

His pictures reveal in black and white the world of soccer in Poland and Ukraine – six months before the start of the UEFA Euro 2012. ContiSoccerWorld talked to the Ukrainian photographer Kirill Golovchenko, 37, about molehills on the touchline, goals made using branches – and a European trophy filled with vodka.

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Photo: Susanne Schleyer

Insight June 2012:
International

Serhij Zhadan is one of the best known writers in Ukraine. He has recently published his new book, "Totalniy Futbol", in German. It is a collection of essays by eight writers from Poland and Ukraine. ContiSoccerWorld talked to Zhadan, 37, about the mood in his homeland shortly before the starting whistle for the UEFA Euro 2012, about his club, Metalist Kharkiv, and his role as goalkeeper for Ukraine's national writers' team.

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UEFA Euro 2012 - Cities and stadiums

Here you can find informations of the venues of the UEFA Euro 2012

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Insight March 2012:
Germany

Miroslav Klose was not to be unnerved. Calm and relaxed he was standing at Weser Stadium, his former home pitch, which he got to know by heart when he played with SV Werder Bremen from 2004 until 2007. Shortly before the German national team had lost their first international friendly prior to the 2012 UEFA European Championship 2-1 (1-0) to France. But that held no worries for the 33-year-old ...

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Insight February 2012:
International

On February 29, the final countdown to the 2012 European Football Championship will begin. From that Wednesday it will be exactly 100 days until the kick-off on June 8 of the biggest football event of the year. Fourteen-and-half weeks before the European Championship opener, when the Polish national team will meet Greece, the last of the eight championship stadiums will be ceremonially opened...

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Insight January 2012:
Germany

Celebrations for the dreamed of major triumph to come have already been practised. During the marketing session for the German Football Association, DFB, the German players had to rehearse for a film shoot their joyful responses if everything goes to plan in Kiev on the evening of July 1 ...

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Insight December 2011:
International

Shortly before the conclusion of the draw at the Palace of Arts in Kiev, Morten Olsen, the coach of the Danish team, summed it up with just one sentence: “That group is dynamite” said the former top player. He was referring to the teams drawn in Group B at the 2012 European Championships. The 2010 World Cup runners-up Netherlands, 2008 European runners-up Germany, Portugal and Denmark make up this group, of which only two will progress to the quarter-finals ...

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Insight November 2011:
International

The sporting programme has been decided. The 2012 European Football Championship will take place with the strongest field of participants since its inauguration in 1960. The Czech Republic, Ireland, Portugal and Croatia qualified from the play-off encounters on November 11 and 15, thus completing the field of 16 national teams which will fight for the European title from June 8 ...

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Insight November 2011:
Germany

He just wasn’t quite sure what had hit him. Ron-Robert Zieler experienced a turbulent evening in the new Olympic Stadium in Kiev, and it was one he won’t forget. Hanover 96’s goalkeeper, who made his senior international debut in Germany’s 3-3 (1-3) draw with Ukraine, went through all sorts of high and lows. ...

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Insight October 2011:
International

All the continent’s top footballing nations are included in the 12 teams that have definitely qualified for the European Championships 2012 in Poland and Ukraine include ...

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Insight October 2011:
Deutschland

The German national team made history on the road to hopefully achieving their great aim of winning their fourth European title in Kiev on July 1, 2012 ...

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Insight September 2011:
Germany

The atmosphere was similar to those memorable summer days at the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The German national team had inspired 53,000 spectators at Schalke Arena and brought ecstasy to the homes of millions of TV viewers with a brilliant performance when defeating Austria 6-2 ...

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Insight August 2011:
Germany

Mario Goetze made his entrance on to football’s world stage with a fantastic gala performance during the German national team’s 3-2 win against record-winning World Cup champions Brazil. After his brilliant performance during the eight-star match between the two former World Cup champions (3 titles Germany, 5 titles Brazil) the 19-year-old received even more praise than he enjoyed five days earlier after the opening round of the Bundesliga, when he led champions Borussia Dortmund to a 3-1 victory over Hamburger SV ...

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Insight June 2011:
German team

Manuel Neuer was in a joyous mood. “We may order what we want on the plane”, said Germany’s international goalkeeper with a friendly smile. A female radio reporter had asked the 25-year-old whether champagne would be served. Amazed, Neuer looked at the good-looking woman. Champagne is not generally the favourite drink of footballers, and anyway what was there to celebrate? The 3-1 (2-0) over Azerbaijan in Baku didn’t produce a truly great performance from the German national team, but rather an effective acquittal...

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Insight May 2011:
Germany

Joachim Loew also played his role. When a ball went out during the first half and the alert native of Baden standing in front of the coaching bench stopped it professionally, the crowd cheered enthusiastically. “Jogi for the national team”, shouted the fans. The good mood continued at the first ever international match at Sinsheim, though intermingled with some trepidation in the closing stages ...

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insight May 2011:
German team

As if the final result of the 2010 FIFA World Cup needed confirming on the European stage one year later, the three top teams from South Africa are marching in step towards the next major event. World Cup champions Spain, runners-up Netherlands and bronze medallists Germany are the best performing teams prior to the last rounds of the 2010-11 season’s qualifying matches for the 2012 UEFA European Championship...

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Insight March 2011:
German team

The bus drove the 25 kilometres from the chic Hyatt Hotel in the Dusseldorf Media Harbour to Grevenbroich, and a motor racing course. The German internationals then sped round the course in brand new Mercedes SLK 350 Roadsters. This training day at the ADAC safe driving centre, before the friendly against Australia, was called a “driving experience”...

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Insight March 2011:
German team

They were sitting peacefully in total unison in the library at the DFB headquarters with its more than 1,000 football books. After just six months Joachim Loew and Theo Zwanziger together signed a new contract at 1300 hours on Tuesday, March 15. On behalf of the Executive Committee of the German Football Association, DFB, Zwanziger happily placed his signature on the paper written only that morning. Smiling, Loew added his signature to the contract...

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Insight February 2011:
German team

Lukas Podolski removed the black-red-gold Iroquois comb from his hair, Bastian Schweinsteiger put away the Germany top hat and the Vuvuzela with which he had made a lot of noise. The atmosphere at Sports School Kaiserau in Duisburg had been boisterous.

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Insight December 2010
German team

At the conclusion of a successful year the German national football team has been honoured with the ultimate accolade. The national team, which won the bronze medal at the 2010 FIFA World Cup by playing at times exceptional football, has been elected “Team of the Year” in Germany...

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Insight October 2010
German team

The German national team will conclude a successful year on November 17, when the German Football Association, DFB, team will meet Sweden in a friendly match at Ullevi Stadium in Gothenburg. This match will be the last of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ year in which they recorded twelve victories, one draw and three 1-0 defeats...

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Insight September 2010:
German team

The first two rounds of, in Joachim Löw’s own words, the “marathon” have been safely mastered. Fourteen matches and 22 months lie ahead of the “Deutschen Fußball Bund” (German Football Association - DFB) team’s next major target. The 1-0 win against Belgium in Brussels on 3 September and the 6-1 (3-0) against Azerbaijan in Cologne on 7 September were just the first two stages for the FIFA World Cup 2010™ semifinalists on the road to the final of the European Championships in Kiev on 1 July 2012...

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Insight August 2010:
German team

A new chapter opened for the German national team in Copenhagen, just one month after their brilliant performance at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™. The FIFA World Cup™ bronze medallists started the 2010-11 season with a 2-2 (1-0) draw with Denmark in a friendly on August 11. National coach Joachim Loew looked to the future when he sent out a completely new team, with just six of the 23 players who had been in South Africa. “We are facing a difficult task...