Let`s be fair, at times, watching the various efforts of ITV and BBC in the punditry game at Euro 2012 has been far more interesting than some of the matches. Adrian Chiles may not be the most polished of presenters, a la Lynam, Coleman etc but by golly he is entertaining as he tries to MC Roy Keane etc and he is a true fan.
I`m not sure how immersed in the tournament the BBC guys can be ensconced in deepest Salford whilst Chiles and co at least have a genuine backdrop against which to pontificate. I also have to say that ITV has edged ahead of the corporation pundits because there is far less `same old same old` as we seem to be served up courtesy of our licence fee.
Love him or loathe him, and the latter group must be exceedingly larger than the former, Roy Keane
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
In the Netherlands v Denmark game Jetro Willems, at just 18 years and 71 days old, became the youngest player ever to play in the tournament. The record was previously held by Enzo Scifo who was 18 years and 115 days old when he played for Belgium against Yugoslavia in 1984.
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
It didn`t take long for Roy Hodgson to experience `withdrawalitus` following his accession to the England hot seat. In the space of a few days injury ruled out Kyle Walker, voted the best right back in the Premier League, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, the latter two vastly experienced players. Throw in the injury doubts surrounding Danny Welbeck and Scott Parker, the Spurs man being particularly crucial to England`s tournament hopes and you don`t even have to delve into the unavailable Darren Bent, Jack Rodwell and Chris Smalling to start contemplating some malevolent spooky curse.
Actually it`s a bit more down to earth because ALL the England player have just completed a physically taxing Premier League season, some more than others of course. But it was interesting
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
Barclays Premier League
Sunday 13 May
Chelsea Blackburn Rovers
Chelsea have lost only two of their last 23 Premier League games against Blackburn Rovers.Chelsea will finish outside of the top five of the Premier League for the first time since the 2001-02 season.Relegated Blackburn Rovers have not won on their last 16 Premier League visits to London since March 2009.
Everton Newcastle United
Newcastle United’s 1-0 win at Goodison Park last season followed a run of five defeats in their seven preceding trips to Everton (all Premier League).Should they match or better
Premier League goal of the week is of course, Papiss Cisse’s second in Newcastle United’s win at Chelsea.
Updated 8th May 2012 at 09:09 PM by 11v11