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Germany coach hits back at an anthem criticism

Germany players should not be judged on whether or not they sing the national anthem before matches, coach Joachim Loew said Monday as he hit back at criticism over his team's Euro 2012 performance.

All pass with flying colours

Spain reserved their best for the final at Euro 2012. It was a perfect evening for the world champions as they added another glittering trophy to their on-the-brink-of-collapse cabinet. Here is a repo

Magisterial Iniesta wins Euro 2012 player award


Spanish left wing Andres Iniesta was named player of Euro 2012 on Monday by European football governing body UEFA.

The 28-year-old - who was man of the match in Spain's historic 4-0 win over Italy in

Goals that made Euro memorable


Goals are the lifeblood of football. Nothing gives fans more excitement and satisfaction than watching the ball hit the back of the net.

They may not remember a superb last-ditch tackle or a percept

Fabulous five of Euro Cup


Alan Dzagoev, Jordi Alba, Mario Mandzukic, Mats Hummels and Vaclav Pilar are not names many fans will have fancied for their Euro 2012 fantasy team a month ago.

But the five — united by youthful exu

5 players who shook the Euro


Micheal Krohn-Dehli (vs The Netherlands): A name Netherlands supporters won’t be forgetting in a hurry.

The Dutch came into the tournament expected to do well, what with their star studded line up.

Andrea Pirlo, a jewel in the crown of the Azzurri


At 33, Andrea Pirlo is at a stage where many footballers go through mid-life crisis. It is a phase in which their vision dims, legs tire, shots lose venom, bodies give up and spirit evaporates.

An i

Host hoodoo continues at Euro


For the third major football tournament in succession, the host hasn’t qualified for the second round. Euro 2008 was a roaring success on and off the field but co-hosts Austria and Switzerland failed

Headers steal the show at Euro

There has been a sharp increase in the number of headed goals at Euro 2012. Twenty-four matches in the group stage yielded 17 goals off the head, nearly a third of the 60 scored.

The numbers are unp

Football now a quizzing affair

Soon after Mario Mandzukic scored a third- minute goal in the match between Croatia and Ireland, a post, “Who holds the record for the fastest opening goal ever in Euro Championship?

” appeared on th

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Shekhar Kapur’s Bandit Queen didn’t make the cut. Neither did Shaji Karun’s Piravi, which bagged 31 international awards.