Nederlands elftal opent de moeilijke groepsfase op het Euro 2012 in Polen en Oekra?ne

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Het Nederlands elftal opent de moeilijke groepsfase op het Euro 2012 in Polen en Oekra?ne met een duel tegen Denemarken. Op 9 juni is het zover en zullen de mannen van bondscoach Bert van Marwijk stevig aan de bak moeten om de eerste punten te verzamelen. Poule B van het EK is zonder meer de poule des doods en dus lijkt het treffen met de Denen een must win. Tijd dus om eens voor te beschouwen voor dit duel van het EK 2012. Een maand voor het Europees Kampioenschap is de nieuwste FIFA wereldranglijst uitgekomen en daaruit blijkt eens te meer hoe zwaar de groep van Oranje is. Lees meer over nederland denemarken

Serie A champions

Juventus wasted no time prodding the hornets’ nest. No sooner had they been confirmed as Serie A champions, than staff began handing out bottles of champagne labelled No. 30 – a figure representing how many league titles the club would have won, had two of them not been revoked as a result of the Calciopoli scandal. Last Wednesday saw an enormous Scudetto badge pasted onto the Juventus Stadium bearing three gold stars – each one representing 10 titles.

For the Italian Football Federation, Juventus’ triumph represented a double-edged sword. Arguments of this nature had been inevitable from the moment that verdicts were handed down in 2006, but for the club to adopt such a defiant position represented an open challenge to the federation’s authority. Putting that aside, however, history suggests the people running the national team should never be sad to see Juventus at the fore in an international tournament year.
Including that contentious 2006 Scudetto, three of Italy’s four World Cup triumphs have come in years when Juventus were crowned champions. The team-sheets from each of those tournaments show it to be anything but a coincidence.

In 1934, Vittorio Pozzo’s squad contained nine members of a Juventus team celebrating their fourth consecutive title; it counted five of those – Giampiero Combi, Giovanni Ferrari, Luis Monti, Mumo Orsi and Luigi Bertolini – as regular starters. At Spain ’82, Enzo Bearzot relied similarly heavily on a team which had just claimed its 20th Scudetto – selecting Dino Zoff, Antonio Cabrini, Gaetano Scirea, Marco Tardelli and Paolo Rossi in every game. Claudio Gentile missed only the semi-final, for which he was suspended.

Most recently, in 2006, Marcello Lippi used five Juventus players – Gigi Buffon, Fabio Cannavaro, Gianluca Zambrotta and Alessandro Del Piero – during Italy’s final win over France. Indeed, with three of the club’s players – Lilian Thuram, Patrick Vieira and David Trezeguet – also featuring for the opposition that day, the whole fixture might have been read as one great act of defiance against those who suggested they had not won the Scudetto on merit.

In a sense it is no surprise Juventus players should play such a key role for the national side, as the club have been (by some distance) the most successful in the history of Serie A, regardless of whether you count the 2005 and 2006 titles. But it is also true that they have always relied more heavily on domestic talent than other leading Italian sides. Juventus players have totalled 2,033 appearances for Italy since the national team’s inception; Inter have the second-most with 1,368.

It is a trend that was evident during Marcello Lippi’s second stint in charge of the Azzurri. The manager was criticised for spending so much time at Juventus’ training ground and so little at that of then-champions Inter, when in reality the latter had few players who were even eligible for selection.

Lippi would eventually bow out having overseen what Gazzetta dello Sport described as “the darkest and most terrible day in our football history”, with the 2010 tournament in South Africa seeing Italy fail to win a single game at the World Cup for the first time in their history. The manager had become increasingly cold and intransigent in his approach; his commitment to ageing players who had served him well in 2006, along with a refusal to even countenance a recall for Antonio Cassano, earning him widespread opprobrium.

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Euro 2012 football championship now one month away

In the run-up to the Euro 2012 football championship now one month away, much attention is focusing on racism among fans and the potential for violence in co-host nation Poland.

The assumption is that Poland’s hard-core hooligan groups will cause trouble during the championship and abuse foreign fans and players.

Theo van Seggelen, secretary general of players’ union Fifpro, told the BBC recently he was not “100% convinced” that “accidents” would not occur both inside and outside stadiums if the majority of fans watching the matches came from the co-host nations, Poland and Ukraine.

Racist incidents do still occur in grounds across the country but mainly in the lower leagues and they are more infrequent than before.

The Never Again association monitors racism in Poland and its booklet, Hateful, gives a flavour of incidents at grounds.

It describes a derby match from November 2008 in Krakow between the city’s teams, Cracovia and Wisla, whose rivalry is such that it is described here as a “holy war”.

Israeli footballer David Biton of Wisla Krakow celebrates scoring against Ruch Chorzow
Some Wisla fans sang an anti-Semitic song about the supposed Jewish origins of their rivals and when a Cracovia player left the pitch, fans shouted: “To the gas chambers.”

When the match ended Wisla players went over to their fans to thank them, some of them making obscene chants about Jews.

Beforehand, some Cracovia fans made monkey noises at Wisla’s Brazilian player, Cleber, when he was sent off.

But this is not the whole picture. Wisla now have two Israeli players in their first team, and one of them, David Biton, is the club’s top scorer this season.

Most teams have foreign players these days and when they score, whether they are white, black or Jewish, the supporters cheer.

‘Monkey, go back’
According to a recent Fifpro survey of professional players in Eastern Europe, 9.6% of respondents said they had been victims of racism, mainly from supporters. In Poland, the figure was 9.5%.

In the region, 11.7 % of respondents said they had been victims of violence from fans, coaches and management. In Poland the corresponding figure was 6.3%.

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I don’t know whether it’s racism or whether people are not used to seeing black people”

Bruno Coutinho
Brazilian midfielder for Polonia Warsaw
Senegalese defender Pape Samba Ba, 30, was assaulted twice in Opole, south-west Poland, when he played for the city’s Odra Opole club.

“I started playing here more than six years ago and then they didn’t have the security,” he told the BBC.

“The fans would scream ‘monkey, go back to your country’. Now it’s changing, the stadiums are getting better.”

Bruno Coutinho, 26, a Brazilian midfielder for Polonia Warsaw who plays in Poland’s top-flight Ekstraklasa division, has never been a victim of racism and says he has a good relationship with his teammates and coaches.

But he did witness racism while playing for Jagiellonia Bialystok in north-eastern Poland in 2009.

“They signed an 18 or 19-year-old black guy from Colombia,” he told the BBC.

“During a pre-season friendly match some of our own fans were making monkey noises at him. It was the first time I had experienced anything like that.”

Coutinho’s dark-skinned brother recently visited him in Warsaw.

“We were walking in the centre and people would look at him like a person from another planet,” he recalls.

“I don’t know whether it’s racism or whether people are not used to seeing black people. I’m not saying it’s everyone or everywhere.”

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Chelsea ’s season and future hangs in the balance as the club prepares to face Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final at the Allianz Arena on May 19.

Fourth place and Champions League qualification via the league are now impossible after the Blues were demolished at Anfield by Liverpool 4-1.

Chelsea manager Roberto Di Matteo made several changes to the team that saw off Liverpool on Saturday to win the FA Cup.

The Italian will not have been impressed with some of the performances he saw Tuesday. Michael Essien, Oriol Romeu and Paulo Ferreira did little for their chances of being including in Di Matteo’s squad for the final.

The one thing Chelsea do have in its favor is the fact the team have flourished in Europe, especially under Di Matteo. The Blues have tripped over every hurdle in the Premier League this season but look a different class in the Champions League since that dreadful February night in Naples.

Everyone at Chelsea knows the final will define their legacy at the club and shape the future of the Blues.

Chelsea can overcome Bayern Munich in the final, however, the team is going to need to improve. Here are the four things the team must do better in the final.

oal scorers and creators

You would have to say that Bayern have the edge in this department, as Mario Gomez has racked up 12 goals in the competition compared to just five for Chelsea’s top scorer Didier Drobga. Gomez is just two goals behind leading scorer Lionel Messi, so the Golden Boot will be his if he racks up a hat-trick in the final. Wing wonders Arjen Robben and Frank Ribery have scored seven between them, while the Blues’ Fernando Torres and Frank Lampard have three a piece.

As far as assists go, Ribery stands head and shoulders above anyone in either team with five to his name. That probably explains why he is such a marked man: the Frenchman has suffered more fouls, 42, than anyone in the tournament. The next most fouled is Lionel Messi on just 26.

Top scorers:

Bayern

12 – Mario Gomez
4 – Arjen Robben
3 – Frank Ribery

Chelsea

5 – Didier Drogba
3 – Fernando Torres
3 – Frank Lampard

Top assists:

Bayern

5 – Franck Ribery
2 – Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Holger Badstuber and Toni Kroos

Chelsea

3 – Frank Lampard
2 – Florent Malouda

Previous meetings:

The sides have met just once before in the UEFA Champions League, a 2004/05 quarterfinal tie that produced no less than 11 goals over the two legs. Chelsea advanced 6-5 on aggregate. Neutrals will certainly hope to see a similar goal return in Munich on May 19…

The Blues also have a pretty good record against German teams in the competition, with seven wins from 13 matches, while Bayern’s record against English teams has seen them pick up 13 wins from 35 matches.

The last time the Bavarians faced English opposition in the final of the Champions League was back in 1999 when Manchester United famously scored two late goals to secure a dramatic 2-1 win in Barcelona.

2004/05 UEFA Champions League quarterfinal:

1st leg: Chelsea 4-2 Bayern (J Cole 4, Lampard 60 70, Drogba 80; Schweinsteiger 52, Ballack 90 pen)
2nd leg: Bayern 3-2 Chelsea (Lampard 30, Drogba 80; Pizarro 65, Guerrero 90, Scholl 90+5)

Chelsea won 6-5 on aggregate

Bayern v English sides

P W D L

35 13 12 10

Chelsea v German sides

P W D L

13 7 2 4

Tournament history

There’s no question that Bayern have the superior heritage in the competition, winning it four times from eight appearances in the final, the most recent of which was in 2010 when they lost Jose Mourinho’s all-conquering Inter Milan. Chelsea, in contrast, are making just their second appearance in the final after 2008’s heartbreaking penalty shootout defeat to Manchester United in Moscow.

Bayern Chelsea

Finals/wins 8/4 1/0

Bayern: Winners1974, 1975, 1976, 2001 / runners-up 1982, 1987, 1999, 2010

Chelsea: Runners-up 2008

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AC Milan will miss suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic

LONDON. AC Milan will miss suspended Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the clash of the season so far in Italy when the Rosseneri faces Juventus at San Siro on Saturday evening.

– Milan will miss Zlatan and the odds on them to win, 2.20, reflect that, says Dan Vikman, PR Manager at online bookmaker Betclic.com.

Serie A teams are marching on in the Champions League with both AC Milan and Napoli on the verge of knocking-out English giants Arsenal and Chelsea respectively.

In the domestic league, all eyes will be on the top of the table clash this weekend when Juventus travel to Milan, with Juve trailing Milan by a point but with a game in hand.

This is a potential title decider between two of the biggest rivals in Italy. The temperature has risen even more with the handling of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s suspension.

The towering Swede, who orchestrated the 4-0 thrashing of Arsenal at San Siro a fortnight ago, is suspended for three matches after slapping Napoli’s Salvatore Aronica in a match on February 5. Milan appealed against the ban hoping to have one match taken off, but the Italian Football Federation didn’t lift the ban, meaning Ibrahimovic will miss the titanic clash.

– Ibrahimovic has been in great form in recent weeks and of course him being out increases Juventus chances to do something at San Siro, continues Dan Vikman at Betclic.com.

Juventus pays 3.25 while the draw is offered at 3.20 at Betclic.com. Milan will most likely use Robinho and Pato as strikers and are still missing Kevin-Prince Boateng and Clarence Seedorf due to injuries.

Juve, with the best defensive record in Serie A, will aim to close down Milan’s attacks where Pato pays 5.50 in odds if he scores first in the match.

Vucinic is priced at 7.50 if he would score first in the game for Juventus.

What’s your pick?

Odds from Betclic.com:

Milan 2,20 X 3,20 Juventus 3,25

First goalscorer

Milan

Pato 5,50

Maxi Lopez 6,00

Robinho 6,50

Stephan El Shaarawy 8,00

Antonio Nocerino 10,00

Urby Emanuelson 15,00

Sulley Muntari 16,00

Massimo Ambrosini 18,00

Djamel Mesbah 20,00

Mark Van Bommel 20,00

Juventus

Alessandro Matri 6,50

Alessandro Del Piero 7,00

Mirko Vucinic 7,50

Fabio Quagliarella 8,00

Marco Borriello 8,00

Claudio Marchisio 10,00

Simone Pepe 10,00

Emanuele Giaccherini 12,00

Arturo Vidal 15,00

Andrea Pirlo 16.00

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Germany is the favourite to win Euro 2012, according to Marcel Desailly

Germany is the favourite to win Euro 2012, according to Marcel Desailly. Ahead of the finals draw this Friday, online bookmaker Betclic gathered six of their top experts and ambassadors, also including Ruud Gullit and Arrigo Sacchi, and the poll shows that Spain is not the team to beat next summer.

The football world will focus on Kiev on Friday evening when the finals draw for the big tournament in Poland and Ukraine will be held. With 16 teams in the draw, the question is who will come out victorious?

Online bookmaker Betclic https://en.betclic.com gathered six of their top ambassadors in London recently. In total they have 382 caps, two World Cups, two European Championships and six Champions League/European Cup trophies between them, so they know exactly what they are talking about!

The exclusive Betclic poll is below and as you can see, three of the experts are backing Germany to win, namely Marcel Desailly, Joao Pinto, and Pontus Kamark.

German 1990 World Champion Thomas Berthold and Italian master-coach Arrigo Sacchi both back reigning champions Spain, while Dutch legend Ruud Gullit backs his native Netherlands, who were World Cup finalists last year.

– “Netherlands have a great chance to win the tournament, they
have developed after the success in South Africa”, states Gullit.

Here are the predictions from the Betclic top ambassadors ahead of the finals draw on Dec 2:

Ruud Gullit
Euro 2012 Winner: Netherlands
Outright Odds: 8.00

Marcel Desailly
Euro 2012 Winner: Germany
Outright Odds: 3.75

Arrigo Sacchi
Euro 2012 Winner: Spain

Thomas Berthold
Euro 2012 Winner: Spain
Outright Odds: 3.50

Joao Pinto
Euro 2012 Winner: Germany

Pontus Kamark
Euro 2012 Winner: Germany

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Wint Barcelona de Champions League ?

Check Betclic’s super enquete met 6 voormalige voetbalhelden. Bij Betclic kun je altijd online wedden op je favoriete club.

Als aan jou gevraagd werd welk team de Champions League wint dit seizoen, roep je waarschijnlijk Barcelona. Maar denk nogmaals – check een exclusieve Betclic enquete met Europacup winnaars, als Marcel Desailly, Ruud Gullit en Arrigo Sacchi en je weet precies waarom.

Online bookmaker Betclic (https://nl.betclic.com/) heft 6 van zijn topambasadeurs verzameld in Londen en elk hun eigen visie te geven wie dit seizoen wint.

In totaal hebben zij 382 wedstrijden achter hun naam, plus 6 Champions League/Europa Cup titels. De vraag om de winnaar van de Champions League 2012 te voorspellen, is er een die zij moeten kunnen beantwoorden toch?

Barcelona is de favoriet bij de bookmaker, maar 3 van de zes voorspelt een overwinning van de Catalaanse grootheden op 19 mei volgend jaar.

“I denk dat het tijd wordt voor iemand niew en dat verassingen plaatsvinden in de knockout-face dit seizoen and ik ga voor AC Milan,” zei Marcel Desailly, die de Champions League won met Marseille in 1993 en met AC Milan en jaar later.

De Portugese gouden generatie ster Joao Pintokiest voor Bayern Munchen, terwijl de Zweedse Swedish World Cup 1994 bronzen winnaar Pontus K?mark, het Real Madrid van Jos? Mourinhno’s steunt.

Maar de Italiaanse meester tacticus Arrigo Sacchi, die AC Milan leide naar overwinningen in Europa Cups in 1989 en 1990, kiest voor Barcelona, Terwijl de Duitse wereldkampioen Thomas Berthold en Nederlandse legende Ruud Gullit, twee keer Europees kampioen met AC Milan, kiezen voor de mannen van Pep Guardiola’s voor de overwinning.

“Op termijn zal blijken dat Barcelona wederom te sterk is dit jaar denk ik” Zei Gullit tegen Betclic.com Betclic. Bij Betclic kunt u wedden op: wedden Euro 2012, wedden Bundesliga , sportweddenschappen , wedden eredivisie , wedden eerstedivisie , wedden Primera Division Meer wedden ? ga dan naar onze site.

Hier zijn de tips van de zes Betclic ambassadeurs:

Winnaar Champions League 2012

Marcel Desailly: AC Milan Kans Betclic: 25.00 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

Ruud Gullit: Barcelona Kans Betclic: 2.75 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

Arrigo Sacchi: Barcelona Kans Betclic: 2.75 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

Joao Pinto: Bayern M?nchen Kans Betclic: 8.00 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

Thomas Berthold: Barcelona Kans Betclic: 2.75 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

Pontus K?mark: Real Madrid

Kans Betclic: 5.50 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/eventdetail.aspx?id=8&t=Ftb_Win

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Duitsland is favoriet om Euro 2012 te winnen volgens Betclic

Duitsland is favoriet om Euro 2012 te winnen, volgens Marcel Desailly. Vooruitlopend op de finale loting deze vrijdag heeft online bookmaker Betclic zes top experts en ambassadeurs verzameld, waaronder Ruud Gulliten en Arrigo Sacchi. De stemming zegt dat Spanje niet de grote favoriet is deze zomer.

De voetbal wereld richt zich op Kiev op vrijdagavond, wanneer de finale loting is voor het grote toernooi in Polen en Oekra?ne. Met 16 teams in de loting, de vraag is wie er het beste uit komt?

Online bookmaker Betclic heft zes ambassadeurs recent in Londen verezameld. In totaal hebben zij 382 caps, twee World Cups, twee Europese kampioenschappen en zes Champions League /Europa Cup overwinningen behaald, dus zij weten exact waarover ze praten!

De exclusieve Betclic poll staat hieronder, 3 van de experts kiezen voor Duitsland, Marcel Desailly, Joao Pinto en Pontus Kamark.

Duitlsands Wereld kampioen 1990 Thomas Berthold en de Italiaanse top coach Arrigo Sacchi verwachten dat Spanje wederom wint, terwijl legende Ruud Gullit zijn thuisland Nederland steunt die finalist waren op het wereld kampioenschap van afgelopen jaar.

– “Nederland heft een grote ka nom dit toernooi te winnen, ze zijn verder
ontwikkelt na het success in Zuid Afrika”, zegt Gullit.

Hier de voorspellingen van de Betclic top ambassadeurs vooruitlopend op de trekking van 2 December:

Ruud Gullit

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Nederland

Winkans: 8.00 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

Marcel Desailly

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Duitsland

Winkans: 3.75 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

Arrigo Sacchi

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Spanje

Winkans: 3.50 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

Thomas Berthold

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Spanje

Winkans: 3.50 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

Joao Pinto

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Duitsland

Outright Odds: 3.75 https://nl.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

Pontus Kamark

Euro 2012 Winnaar: Duitsland

Winkans: 3.75 https://en.betclic.com/sport/match.aspx?id=79105

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the Betclic Everest Group, has successfully achieved the tough professional standards

Betclic, a well-established internet casino, poker and sportsbook company in the Betclic Everest Group, has successfully achieved the tough professional standards required to gain accreditation with the independent standards and player protection organisation eCOGRA.

Announcing the successful accreditation, eCOGRA chief executive Andrew Beveridge said that Betclic joins an elite group of 146 online gambling sites that have demonstrated a practical commitment to higher standards of operational conduct, fair gaming, integrity and player service through the organisation’s Safe and Fair seal, which Betclic is now entitled to display on its websites.

“The Betclic management is highly experienced and well established in the industry,” Beveridge said this week. “Betclic was the founding company when the Mangas Gaming Group, which subsequently became the Betclic Everest Group, was formed.

“It has also achieved compliance with the European Gaming and Betting Association’s (EGBA) standards, and it is therefore not surprising that the management met all of our requirements despite a rigorous on-site inspection and review process.”

The audit and inspection leading to accreditation was carried out by Bradley Khoury, a Chartered Accountant and Information Systems Auditor, who reported to the eCOGRA Seals Compliance Committee: “The cooperation and dedication of the Betclic compliance personnel accompanied by unrestricted access to knowledgeable staff and transparent information facilitated a highly comprehensive review. The organisation demonstrated strong resilience and noteworthy commitment to compliance.”

Lisa Lombardi, the Licensing and Compliance Director for Betclic, said that the accreditation initiative had been both informative and challenging.

“We consider the investment in time and resources to have been very well spent, giving us the opportunity to review all of our procedures and gain the benefit of a totally independent, practical and expert view of the manner in which we conduct every aspect of our business,” she said.

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De spannende Champions League wedstrijd AC Milan tegen Arsenal gespeeld

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De spannende Champions League wedstrijd AC Milan tegen Arsenal gespeeld. Dit is de enige ‘topper’ in de achtste finales van de Champions League. Het jonge Arsenal met Robin van Persie tegen AC Milan met Clarence Seedorf.

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