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It's the highlight of the year for football fans around the world. Poland and Ukraine are hosting the 2012 European Football Championship from June 8 to July 2. It is the first time either country has hosted such a big event.

Football Fanfare: Spain's Dynasty a Bright Spot for Country in Crisis

Football Fanfare: Spain's Dynasty a Bright Spot for Country in Crisis

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 02, 2012

Spain was able to forget its financial woes for an evening as the country's national team pounded Italy in the Euro 2012 final on Sunday night. Spanish fans were happy for the momentary relief. more...

Germany Booted from Euro 2012: Pig Oracle Has Perfect Record

Germany Booted from Euro 2012: Pig Oracle Has Perfect Record

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 29, 2012

The German national team's hopes of Euro 2012 glory were dashed on Thursday night in Warsaw as Italy won their semifinal match 2:1. But for Emma the pig, the result meant that her record of prediction is still perfect. more...

On the Verge of Greatness: Germany's Shy Football Prodigy Mesut Özil

On the Verge of Greatness: Germany's Shy Football Prodigy Mesut Özil

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2012

Mesut Özil's fans expect him to break into the ranks of the world's top footballers soon. But the talented midfielder, who is marketed by his ambitious father, has had difficulty finding his stride in the 2012 European Football Championship. Was the quarterfinal game against Greece his breakthrough? more... Comment ]

'Better Bodyguards': Ukraine's Elite Female Force Protects Euro 2012

'Better Bodyguards': Ukraine's Elite Female Force Protects Euro 2012

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 27, 2012

Outfitted with high heels, pearl necklaces and automatic weapons, female Ukrainian police officers are being trained for an elite unit of personal bodyguards. As the European Football Championship continues, their latest clients include UEFA officials and star players. By André Eichhofer more...

Fair Play in Football and Politics: Merkel May Travel to Ukraine for Euro 2012 Final

Fair Play in Football and Politics: Merkel May Travel to Ukraine for Euro 2012 Final

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2012

If Germany wins its Euro 2012 semifinal match against Italy on Thursday, Angela Merkel will be put in a tricky situation. If the German chancellor, a huge soccer fan, attends the final game in co-host country Ukraine, she could risk looking soft following human rights abuses in the country against Yulia Tymoshenko. more...

'Sieg, Sieg' Chants and Hitler Salutes: Behavior of Some German Fans Cause for Concern

'Sieg, Sieg' Chants and Hitler Salutes: Behavior of Some German Fans Cause for Concern

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2012

Germany has won applause for its easy-going brand of patriotism at football tournaments in recent years. But the behavior of some fans at the Euro 2012 is causing concern. Chants of 'Sieg, Sieg,' Hitler salutes and the display of offensive banners have now led to fines. more...

Four-Legged Football Forecasters: Animal Oracles Draw Ire of Rights Group

Four-Legged Football Forecasters: Animal Oracles Draw Ire of Rights Group

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 26, 2012

Inspired by Paul the Octopus, animal owners across Germany are turning to their pets to predict the outcomes of European Championship matches. Germany's animal protection agency says the trend is getting out of hand and singles out the use of a python and two live rats as especially tasteless. By Renuka Rayasam more...

Playing in the Future: Meet the Heart of Spain's Football Dynasty

Playing in the Future: Meet the Heart of Spain's Football Dynasty

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 22, 2012

As a child, Spanish national team star Xavi Hernandez liked to hang back to keep the goalie company. Now, he is the key player in Spain's international football tournament domination. His telepathic passing, say teammates, is proof that he 'plays in the future.' By Jörg Kramer more...

Euro 2012 vs. Euro Crisis: Greece and Germany Take Their Fight Outside

Euro 2012 vs. Euro Crisis: Greece and Germany Take Their Fight Outside

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2012

For months, Germans have been complaining of Greek profligacy while Greeks have been griping about German bullying. Now, the two countries will have it out on the football pitch. The symbolism of Friday night's match has become difficult to ignore. By Miriam Widman more...

History of Failure: Why England Can't Win the Euro 2012

History of Failure: Why England Can't Win the Euro 2012

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2012

Though they claim to have invented the sport, the English haven't won a football title since 1966, and their performance at the Euro 2012 is unlikely to change this. Expectations are low for what may be the weakest side England has ever sent to the pitch. By Maik Grossekathöfer more... Comment ]



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