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Transfer news from Croatia explains that Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Luka Modric is on his way to Real Madrid.
According to 24sata.hr, Real Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur have not agreed on a transfer fee yet. Spurs are reportedly asking for nothing less than £40M while Los Blancos do not want to surpass the £28M-price tag.
Despite arguments over the transfer fee, Real Madrid are looking to seal the deal within the next few days, it is believed. This would give Luka Modric the opportunity to integrate himself in Real Madrid’s squad ahead of the competitive 2012/13 football season.
“Everything has been resolved. Luka and Real Madrid agreed on everything,” a source close to the player stated according to Croatian website 24sata.hr.
Spain have promised to use team work to stop on-fire Cristiano Ronaldo in the semi-finals of UEFA Euro 2012. Will this allow Portugal’s other players to punish La Furia Roja?
Portugal and Spain have met 34 times and the latter clearly have the advantage in terms of head-to-head with 16 victories. Portugal, on the other hand, have beaten Spain only 6 times. The last of those rare victories for the Seleccao occurred back in November 2010.
A compact performance from the Portuguese inflicted humiliation on the Spaniards through a 4-0 score line. Thankfully for Vicente del Bosque and his men, the match was nothing more than a friendly. Ahead of Wednesday night’s Euro 2012 semi-final clash, Spain can find confidence in what happened the last time they faced Portugal in a competitive fixture.
Cristiano Ronaldo is on the brink of guiding Portugal into the UEFA Euro 2012 final. Titleholders Spain appear very hard to break but Portuguese fans can find confidence in Bento’s new formula.
“Portugal are not the favourites to win the European Championship. No one says that Portugal are going to win. But we will do our job quietly. And we will try to progress as far as we can,” goalkeeper Beto told the press after Portugal defeated Denmark in the group stages.
It is all happening now. From the “Group of Death”, the former European Championship hosts have managed to reach the semi-finals at Euro 2012. They are only one game away from the final in Ukraine.
How Portugal turned around a disappointing year
How Portugal managed to shake off their nerves and turn around the atmosphere in the camp is simply remarkable. They went into Euro 2012 having not won a single game since the beginning of the year.
Cristiano Ronaldo has ignited UEFA Euro 2012 with his heroic display against the Dutch and the Czechs but Spain are confident of stopping the Portugal captain come Wednesday.
The Netherlands made the mistake to underestimate Cristiano Ronaldo’s threat. Before their game against Portugal, Wesley Sneijer downplayed the influence of the 27-year-old star. However, Ronaldo had the last laugh as his brace downed the Dutch 2-1.
Having learnt his lessons, Czech Republic coach Michal Bilek decided to go defensive against the Portuguese national team in the quarter-finals. However, Cristiano Ronaldo popped up with an unstoppable header 11 minutes from time to oust the Czechs.
The Real Madrid attacker has been tipped to maintain his hot form and guide Portugal all the way to the title but UEFA European Championship titleholders Spain have other ideas. The Spaniards are confident of containing Cristiano Ronaldo as Barcelona striker Pedro Rodriguez told Goal.com:
Spain is known for not altering their passing style regardless of their opponent or situation in the match. Is their free-flowing football going to be good enough to see them through to the final?
As the Iberian derby match quickly approaches, all football fans will be aware of what Spain will bring to the table in Wednesday's night match. The short passing style of play has been a key to success for the Spanish in the last two international tournaments, and they will look to continue that success on Wednesday.
Going into a match with Spain, all teams know that they will be frustrated for majority of the match due to their style of play. Conceding the midfield to the Spanish is something they are used to, but that tends to open up a lot of gaps in the back field. Portugal will be looking to take advantage of the spaces Spain gives them with the speed they have on the outsides.
Portugal expect Spain’s players to be full of energy during both teams’ meeting in the semi-finals of Euro 2012.
“We have two fewer days to rest than them. It is a small handicap,” coach Vicente del Bosque told the press in the aftermath of Spain’s Last 8 victory over France.
However, captain Cristiano Ronaldo ridiculed this statement in an interview with reporters this week. Portugal’s quarter-final match against the Czech Republic occurred last Thursday whereas Spain’s encounter against France came up a couple of days later.
Nonetheless, Ronaldo believes that Spain should not take fatigue as an excuse ahead of Wednesday night’s crucial Euro 2012 semi-final clash.
Coming off one of his best performances in a Portugal uniform in quite some time, Cristiano Ronaldo once again found himself on the scoresheet. A well organized and stubborn Czech Republic team made things difficult for Portugal to make the break through.
Ronaldo rises to the occasion once again
With two goals against Holland, Ronaldo added to his already confident mentality. Having to live up to the legacy that former Portuguese captains left behind, Ronaldo has taken some time to get adapted. While he is undoubtedly the main star of the Portugal side, the pressure was already at an all time high.
His performance today showed that he could finally be on the right track to be the first captain to lead Portugal to glory. Helder Postiga picked up an injury mid-way through the first half and had to be taken off, but Ronaldo was always Portugal's main threat throughout the whole game.
Portugal adopted a different style of play than what we have seen in the past games, with Ronaldo playing more central. The Czech Republic was playing a deep line with almost all their players behind the ball at times, so Portugal tried to exploit the direct ball into Ronaldo.
Penalty expert Antonin Panenka believes that Portugal’s Cristiano Ronaldo will suffer a sorrowful game against the Czech Republic in the UEFA Euro 2012 quarter-finals.
Almost four decades have gone by since Czech legend Antonin Panenka famously sealed his country’s penalty shoot-out victory over Germany at Euro 1976. According the ex-Czechoslovakia international, Michal Bilek’s defensive plans against Paulo Bento’s team will work out perfectly.
“The game will end 1-1 and the Czech Republic will win in a penalty shoot-out,” Panenka predicted.
“We Czechs are colder than the Portuguese. They are too emotional and impulsive. In a scenario like this, in a penalty shoot-out, the calmer team wins. That will be an advantage for us.”
The Czech Republic will reportedly play an ultra-defensive game to survive against Portugal’s fierce attacking machine led by Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Nani.
After successfully ousting UEFA Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland en route to the quarter-finals, the Czechs are looking to build on their momentum in quest for more success. Coach Michal Bilek could guide his men to win their third European Championship match on the trot.
In the form of Paulo Bento’s attacking Portuguese team, the Czech Republic will face a difficult task. Having suffered on the touchline during the Czechs’ 4-1 mauling in the hands of Russia, coach Michal Bilek is hoping to get his tactics right this time.
Speaking ahead of Thursday night’s quarter-final match, the Czech Republic manager told UEFA.com:
Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal are buzzing from their life saving victory over the Dutch. However, the Czechs have every reason to fancy their chances ahead of their Euro 2012 quarter-final date.
Do not count Group A winners Czech Republic out
There is no point counting the Czech Republic out unless one ignores the many upsets that have happened in football. “We haven't lost yet, of course you can beat anyone on a good day. We definitely have a chance to advance. It is sport and anything can happen,” Petr Cech calmly told AFP ahead of Thursday’s huge clash against Portugal.
How many people actually predicted that Russia would exit UEFA Euro 2012 in the first round? They started so well against the Czechs but eventually lost the group phase marathon. The Czechs, on the contrary, redefined belief and unity to qualify into the quarter-finals as Group A winners.
Portugal will look to repeat their success from Euro 2008 as they defeated the Czech Republic 3-1. Will Ronaldo be able to build off of his incredible performance against Holland?
These two teams have met each other a total of eleven times dating back to the days of Czechoslovakia. The two most recent results are a split as each of them won once. Portugal will not be able to forget the last time these two met in a knockout round in Euro 1996 as Karel Poborsky sent the Czech Republic through after an incredible chip over Vitor Baia.
This time around, Portugal appears to have the upper hand, at least on paper. The Portuguese have a world class lineup with many of them taking part in the world's best football league's as well as the world's most elite team's. All of that clearly won't be a factor on the field, but the Czech Republic will be more than motivated coming in as the underdog.
Ronaldo once again failed to impress and missed an important chance to put a tight game to rest. Varela's late strike confirmed three points for the Portuguese and keeps hopes alive heading into Sunday's match against Holland.
Paulo Bento made no changes to his side as they went into a pivotal match if they wanted to keep their hopes alive of progressing. As always, a lot was expected from Cristiano Ronaldo, and once again he failed to show up. While it must be said that he had a promising ten or fifteen minutes, he was not himself the rest of the game.
From a Portuguese perspective, the first fifteen minutes were very poor. They were unable to grab hold of the game and Denmark continued to push them into their own half. From the fifteenth minute on Portugal started to control the game and began to create some chances. Nani was beginning to come to life while the Portuguese back line kept things tight.
Denmark and Germany are three points away from reaching the quarter-finals at Euro 2012. Will June 13 turn into a black day for Portuguese and Dutch football?
Denmark vs Portugal - Let Ronaldo play!
Like the Netherlands, Portugal must win on Wednesday or start packing their bags. They were unlucky to narrowly lose against Germany in their opening game at Euro 2012. A draw might have been a fairer result but in a major tournament, teams must play to win and not to tie.
Against the Germans, the Portuguese seemed too tight. They never really caused a problem to the DFB Eleven's defence as Helder Postiga’s performance in attack was far from being remarkable. The Portuguese striker was arguably the less effective player on the pitch, leaving captain Cristiano Ronaldo frustrated.
A fortunate deflection that found Mario Gomez all alone adds pressure to Portugal as they prepare for Wednesday's match against Denmark. The two met each other in the qualifying round and Portugal will be looking to bounce back from this disappointing loss.
Too many missed chances late cost Portugal a first loss in Group B
The Portuguese will feel hardly done, although they can only blame themselves for a number of missed opportunities. Heading into the match it was unknown whether Paulo Bento would use Helder Postiga or Hugo Almeida as the main frontman. Postiga got the start but his little involvement in the match affected Portugal's attack.
An already one dimensional style of football with an incredible amount of dependance on Cristiano Ronaldo becomes even more one dimensional when your striker can't get into the match. It was surprising to see Helder Postiga start considering his lack of size in comparison to Germany's center-backs. Also, seeing as Hugo Almeida played a number of years in Germany, one would have thought that the Besiktas striker would have made the start.
Portugal enter UEFA Euro 2012 having not won a single match this year but skipper Cristiano Ronaldo insists they can beat Germany on Saturday night.
“We are here to compete against one of the strongest teams of the tournament. We want to compete and enjoy this,” Ronaldo told the press in the build up to the match.
Portugal have scored only once in 2012. That was through Nani in a 3-1 defeat to Turkey earlier this month.
Previously, the Portuguese stumbled to goalless draws against UEFA Euro 2012 co-hosts Poland and minnows Macedonia. However, Cristiano Ronaldo is anticipating a terrific night at the Arena Lviv against the Germans. The Real Madrid goal poacher, who will play in his third European Championship campaign at the age of 27, added:
Cristiano Ronaldo, Fernando Torres, Robin Van Persie and a few other superstar strikers in world football are expected to shine at UEFA Euro 2012.
Euro 2012 is meant to offer the public a total exhibition of attacking football from Europe’s finest strikers. In fact, it is an obligation, not a confirmation –as long as flopping or getting seriously injured during the tournament is a miserable option that could tarnish the fate of anyone among our 7-man shortlist.
Every listed striker enters UEFA Euro 2012 with the task to shine. With hard work and skill, they have evolved from kicking balls in a park to making history for club and country.
These are the 7 star strikers who must fight to protect their glittering pride and become UEFA Euro 2012 immortals.
Germany and Portugal will meet again in a European Championship. The last time they met in the group stage, Germany finished last while the Portuguese topped the group.
Manchester United forward Nani is a big concern for Portugal, as he may not be fully fit to feature in Saturday's match against Germany. His pace on and off the ball has proven to be an important factor for a Portuguese front line that lacks a killer instinct in front of goal. Some media outlets have gone as far as saying he will definitely play, but all signs point to a Saturday morning decision.
For Germany, they appear to be ready to build on a third place finish in World Cup 2010. The Germany players are aware of the problems they could potentially encounter against Portugal, but appear to be up for the task.
As if a poor performance against Macedonia wasn't bad enough; Portugal made matters worst with a defeat at home against Turkey.
With one last chance to head into Euro 2012 with a positive result, the Portuguese looked destined to do just that. In the first ten minutes they actually looked confident on the ball and looked to cause some problems for the Turkish back line.
The last pass, as always, is what appeared to cause problems for Portugal. Their lack of strikers hasn't really hurt them over the years. It appears that heading into Euro 2012 they will face the same issue once again.
The month of June kicks off with enticing international friendly fixtures across the world. Euro 2012 participants will be involved in more action this weekend.
England vs Belgium – June 2, 2012
Roy Hodgson will face his second challenge as England manager. A lone goal from Ashley Young against Norway gave Hodgson a positive start to his career. In front of an expected full house at Wembley, the experienced coach will guide England against Belgium on Saturday.
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll is expected to start in attack while Theo Walcott is also set to play a part in the game. The latter suffered an injury scare during training and needed treatment on his ankle. The good news for England is that the Arsenal forward resumed training shortly afterward.
After a dull draw against Macedonia, the Portuguese are looking for a victory against Turkey ahead of Euro 2012.
While we all know that international friendly matches are to test things out, Portugal's last showing against Macedonia may have left some fans a bit nervous. A very lackluster performance with very limited chances and not much flair against an inferior Macedonia side may have raised some concerns.
Portugal will face one last test before the Euro at the Estadio da Luz against Turkey. Unfortunately for Turkey, they finished with more points in the qualifying stage of Euro 2012, but after being forced into the playoff round, they were eliminated by Croatia.