Leaping out from the deluge of post Euro opinion are two basic questions which seem to be swamped by all the expert, and not so expert, punditry. From a national perspective, why did England not do better? Let`s get the easy one out of the way, answer, because England were not good enough, deeper analysis and dissection for a later time. The second and more pleasant question is, why did Spain win. Again that`s quite an easy one, because they were the best team.
Why were Spain the best team, basically because they lifted the trophy and in the record books for all time they will be listed as winners, as they will be for the 2010 World Cup and the 2008 European Championships. And therein lies the rub as Will Shakespeare wrote. You see we keep hearing and reading phrases like
There is some confusion over Russia's exit from Euro 2012 in Group A. This isn't surprising as there are different systems for tie-breakers when teams are level on points in the group stages of international football tournaments - one operated by FIFA and the other by UEFA.
Russia have been knocked out because the UEFA system gives priority to the head to head results between the teams equal in the points standings, rather than separating the sides on goal difference in all group games.
So in the case of Russia their 4-1 victory against eventual group winners the Czech Republic, counts for nothing in deciding whether they or the Greeks go through to the next round.
The system operated by UEFA leads to fairly complex calculations and bizarre results regarding
We are covering all matches live with our Twitter App - the 11v11 Matchdeck as per usual.
Here's the link for Euro 2012 live on twitter
Updated 10th June 2012 at 08:51 AM by Statisticus
The Euro 2012 squads have all now been announced and we are in a position to calculate some of the stats.
The youngest player at Euro 2012 will be Jetro Willems, currently of PSV, who is still 18. He is followed by two England players: Arsenal's Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and young keeper Jack Butland.
However, the Germany squad is youngest on average with the oldest squad being the Russians followed by the Irish.
The oldest player will be Kostas Chalkias who was a member of the famous winning squad of 2004. Amongst the OAPs are also Nikos Liberopoulos and Andriy Shevchenko.
The oldest German is Polish-born Miroslav Klose who will be looking to add to his amazing tally of 63 goals in 115 games for Germany.
Update: In the Netherlands
Updated 11th June 2012 at 05:31 AM by Statisticus
The deadline for the national team managers to announce their 23-man squads is midday tomorrow (Tuesday) 29th May.
After the deadline and before their team's first game players can only be replaced in cases of injury.
We are tracking the most up-to-date information on the Euro 2012 squads in our Euro 2012 section.
Update: Yahoo /Eurosport are claiming the deadline is on Wednesday at 11 am.
However. the UEFA regulations clearly state that the squads must be delivered "at least 10 full days" before the final tournament starts.
Updated 29th May 2012 at 10:18 AM by 11v11
by 11v11 Guest Blogger Brian Beard
Hands up all of you who gasped and were underwhelmed by Roy Hodgson's squad for the European Championships. The words that crossed my mind were; functional, pragmatic, unexciting. Then, for some reason, Denmark, 1992, and Greece, 2004, flashed across my mind (the latter having nothing whatsoever to do with the Euro, more the Euros eight years ago when the functional and pragmatic Greeks danced off with the trophy. Denmark were late substitutes for Yugoslavia 20 years ago and won the tournament, after plucking their players from beaches across the world. Sun beds and Ambre Solaire, as preparation, didn`t impair Schmeichel and co too much.
Am I suggesting the hurried installation of Roy Hodgson, with barely
Updated 25th May 2012 at 08:45 AM by 11v11