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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.

Predicting the Euro 2012: Animal Oracles Chase Perfect Score

Predicting the Euro 2012: Animal Oracles Chase Perfect Score

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 20, 2012

Paul the Octopus got all his predictions right during the 2010 World Cup. But can his feat be matched? Several animal oracles are doing their best to run the slate during this year's European Football Championship tournament. And so far, three of them have a perfect record. All hail the otters! more...

Read My Lips: Deaf Twitterer Divines Euro 2012 Sideline Chatter

Read My Lips: Deaf Twitterer Divines Euro 2012 Sideline Chatter

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 19, 2012

What do football trainers scream to their players from the sidelines? Deaf German Twitter user Julia Probst will tell you. She reads the lips of both players and coaches and passes along their wisdom to her growing legion of followers. By Judith Horchert more... Comment ]

Shunning Ukraine: Merkel Enjoys German Football Victory from Afar

Shunning Ukraine: Merkel Enjoys German Football Victory from Afar

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 14, 2012

The German national team on Wednesday played just a few kilometers away from where opposition icon Yulia Tymoshenko is imprisoned. Chancellor Merkel stayed well away, preferring to watch the game from Berlin. But other German politicians took a clearer stance. more...

Oranje's Crippling Egotism: Can the Dutch Footballers Learn Teamwork?

Oranje's Crippling Egotism: Can the Dutch Footballers Learn Teamwork?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 13, 2012

When it comes to winning titles, the talented but egotistical footballers on the Dutch national side are usually the only people standing in their own way. But as they prepare to battle Germany in the European Championship on Wednesday night, there are signs that a new sense of teamwork may be emerging. By Markus Feldenkirchen more... Comment ]

Germany Battles Holland: 'We Need This Ritualized War'

Germany Battles Holland: 'We Need This Ritualized War'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 12, 2012

Germany and the Netherlands are set to clash at the European Football Championship on Wednesday night, reigniting a deep-seated rivalry between the neighboring countries. Dutch writer Leon de Winter tells SPIEGEL why the Dutch hate the Germans and need the "ritualized war" of the game. more...

Tournament Hosts Dream Big: Young Poles and Ukrainians Have High Hopes for Euro 2012

Tournament Hosts Dream Big: Young Poles and Ukrainians Have High Hopes for Euro 2012

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 08, 2012

As the 2012 European Football Championship kicks off, all eyes are on the event's co-hosts, Poland and Ukraine. It's the first such event to take place in Eastern Europe, and young Poles and Ukrainians alike hope it will help improve perceptions of their countries. SPIEGEL ONLINE spoke with them about patriotism, politics and the future. By Benjamin Bidder, André Eichhofer, Christina Hebel, Ireneus Schubial and Chris Kurt more...

Euro 2012 Oracle Inflation: Yvonne the Cow Hopes to Channel Paul the Octopus

Euro 2012 Oracle Inflation: Yvonne the Cow Hopes to Channel Paul the Octopus

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 07, 2012

The late Paul the Octopus achieved worldwide fame in 2010 when he correctly predicted the result of all eight of Germany's World Cup tournament matches, in addition to the final. This year, an entire menagerie is trying to repeat his success, including Yvonne the cow. more...

The Golden Yell: Ronaldo and Messi Battle to Define a Football Era

The Golden Yell: Ronaldo and Messi Battle to Define a Football Era

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2012

Ronaldo and Messi are without doubt the two greatest footballers of their era. But which one is better? If Portugal does well in the European Football Championship, Ronaldo has a chance to once again be named player of the year. Messi's style, though, is incomparable. By Cordt Schnibben more... Comment ]

Atoning for the Past: German National Team Blasted over Auschwitz Visit

Atoning for the Past: German National Team Blasted over Auschwitz Visit

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 04, 2012

Germany's Jewish community has criticized the country's national football team for sending a small delegation to Auschwitz last week instead of visiting the site as a group. It also accused team manager Oliver Bierhoff of 'colossal insensitivity' in his choice of words ahead of the visit. more...

The Magic Trio: Polish Hopes Rest on German League Stars at Euro 2012

The Magic Trio: Polish Hopes Rest on German League Stars at Euro 2012

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 30, 2012

Three star Polish players helped launch Borussia Dortmund to the top of Germany's Bundesliga soccer league this year. Now they will return home to play for Poland, a co-host of the 2012 European Football Championship. They are under massive pressure to help the troubled national team win the tournament. By Rafael Buschmann and Walter Mayr more... Comment ]



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