Cliches galore as Italy produce cliche victory over Germany

June 29, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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The issue with our Twitter-browsing, multi-journalist following and multi-publication reading culture is that when a particular interesting quote or statistic is discovered by one news source, you can bet that you’ll hear it over and over again, from every single source you have. Italy’s 2-1 win over Germany last night lent itself to quite a few of these; from the repeated “Pirlo peerless” quote (bet whoever came up with that is seriously smug), via the almost inevitable cry of “WHY ALWAYS HIM?” when Mario Balotelli scores a goal, to the incredible statistic that Germany have not beaten Italy in a competitive game for 50 years, last night saw the publications all unite in their use of clichés. Well, that, and in their surprise, because, boy, no-one saw this result coming.

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Gomez and Germany down disappointing Dutch

June 14, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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This was it. The headline act of the Group of Death. The Clash of the Titans. The age-old European rivalry reigniting. And for our viewing pleasure. Clearly the best game of the group stages, for some people, the winner of Germany vs Netherlands last night would reveal the winner of the whole tournament. It was bound to be a spectacle of epic proportions, a show of outstanding technique, and would most definitely be a close-run battle. And that it was, and yet, I find myself underwhelmed by how it went down. Well, me, and of course, the Dutch.

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Team Profile: Germany

June 5, 2012 in Euro 2012, International

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Industrious, hard working, physical, lucky. All lexis that you could use to describe German teams over the last thirty years. The first two are certainly still good word choices, but the next two? Not so much. Sure you could still use physical, but it is a different type of physical this time. Faster and agile rather than powerful. Germany have arguably the most exciting team in Poland and the Ukraine. Young, talented and full of attacking flair.

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