The match between Czech Republic and Greece turned out to be an electrifying one as the match saw some real action within the first 10 minutes itself. The result was Czech Republic scoring the first 2 goals in the 10 minutes period. Czech Republic Petr Jiracek scored the first goal after 2 minutes the game started. The second goal was scored after 6 minutes and this time it was Vaclav Pilar who score the second goal which saw the Greece team looking at the Czech in astonishment.

Greece tried to return the goal in the first half, but was well defended by the Czech defenders and they made sure that the score remained 2-0 in the first half. If Greece has to make their progress towards the next round in Euro Cup 2012,then they desperately need to win their match against Russia later in this group. Greek defense was really weak and we could see many times the Greek defense being cut open and the Czech Republic making the most out of it.

After trying many of their chances Greece managed to strike back in the 53rd minute through Gekas, who came in as a substitute replacing Fotakis. There was also allegations regarding the lack of game quality from both the sides and the refereeing also came under severe criticism.

In another group match Poland and Russia were held in a 1-1 draw with Dzagoev scoring for Russia in the 37th minute and  Blaszczykowski scoring for Poland in the 57th minute.

In another major match of the Euro Cup 2012 championship, France and England ended up in a 1-1 draw which saw England really putting up a good show against France. England seems to be really serious about winning Euro Cup soccer 2012 and it was quite evident from their match against France. England’s Joleon Lescott opened the scoring for England after headed one cross from Steven Gerrard.

But France returned strongly and within 9 minutes, they gave it back to England after Samir Nasri equalized for France. After that the two teams tried their best to score a goal that could present a memorable victory, but both the teams had to be satisfied with a draw. Both England and France had to play under extreme difficult conditions as the extreme heat and humidity was really challenging.

In another match in the group Ukraine beat Sweden 2-1 to make a positive start to their Euro Cup 2012 campaign. Ukraine’s goals were scored by     Shevchenko in  the 55th and  61st minutes, where as Ibrahimovic scored the lone goal for Sweden in the 52nd minute. Overall the match was interesting and both teams had their share of moment, where ultimately Ukraine had the final laugh.

In the match between Italy and Spain in Group C, both the teams ended up 1-1 with Fábregas scoring for  Spain in the 64th minute and Di Natale scoring for Italy in the 60th minute. It was a match which was dominated by Spain as they had 66% of the ball possession  and had almost 18 goal attempts when compared to Italy’s 11 goal attempts. Even though Italy took the lead initially, Spain was quick enough to respond and score the equiliser in whithin 4 minutes.

The growing list of injuries in the England squad is really worrying captain Steven Gerrard prior to Euro Cup 2012 Championship. A good number of England players have gone out of the squad due to injuries and the latest one to join this line is Gary Cahill. Euro Cup 2012 soccer championship is just few days away and would be kicked off on 8th of June 2012.

Gary Cahill was injured during a friendly match with Belgium at Wembley on Saturday and Cahill had a strong collision with Belgium’s Joe Hart. Cahill is reported to be suffering from double fracture in the jaw, making his Euro Cup 2012 campaign to an end. Some of the other names in the England team that have been ruled out of the mega event are third-choice goalkeeper John Ruddy, Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard.

Even though England won the friendly match 1-0, these injuries have caused a major setback for England’s dream of winning the Euro Cup 2012 title and the England captain Gerrard is really angry with the way the players have been injured at a most crucial time. England cannot expect to field a full strength team in the championship and the team needs to work really hard to get on with the replacements.

England is all set to make their first appearance at Euro Cup 2012 on 11th of June and they would take on France at Donbass Arena stadium in Ukraine. England skipper really feels angry after losing its key player on behalf of the warm up matches and is really doubtful about the team’s performance in the tournament.

Diehard fans have also blamed the English Premier League (EPL) for the growing list of injured players in England’s national team.  With the absence of these players, England has to really sweat it out, if they are really serious about making a strong impact in the Euro Cup 2012 championship.  Otherwise, they would not be able to enjoy any memorable moments of this soccer extravaganza.

France defender Erid Abidal would be missing the Euro Cup Soccer Championship 2012 due to liver transplant and  Barcelona has confirmed the same. This would be a big blow for France who is looking for yet another shot at the title and Abidal had a major role in their plans. He would be having liver transplants in the coming weeks and would surely be missing the Euro Cup 2012, which will be a huge loss to France and football fans all over the world.

Eric Abidal

Abidal had undergone treatment for liver tumour in 2011 and had remarkably fought and came back to play for his club in the Champion’s league last year. For the 32 year old, age is not in his side and it is not sure whether he would be able to return to international football ever again after the liver transplant. The liver transplant was there in plan since the start of his treatment almost an year ago.

Eric Abidal plays for FC Barcelona and France National team and his role is usually of as a left or central defender. With almost 60 international caps to his credit he is certainly one of the experienced players in the France’s line up and his absence would really be going to affect France’s performance in the coming Euro Cup football championship that is going to be held in Poland and Ukraine.

Abidal made his international debut for France on August 2004 at the age of 23 and was part of the FIFA world cup campaigns for France in 2006 and 2010. He also played in the 2008 Euro Cup champoinship and in the match against Italy, he conceded a penalty and France lost the match 2-0 resulting in their elimination from Euro Cup 2008 championship.

Eric Abidal has also played for club teams such as Monaco, Lille and Lyon prior to joining Barcelona and have made a strong presence with all these teams. His co-player and friends have rallied behind him with support after hearing the news of his health problem and they all believe that he can strongly come back into the team after the liver transplantation. But since this is  a serious surgery, one cannot predict the outcome and we need to wait and see how it goes and how fast he recovers from the liver transplant surgery.

Christiano RonaldoChristiano Ronaldo, the soccer star has been having a great time in the Spanish league and has scored goals at will. Now it is time for yet another major football tournament, and that is the Euro Cup Football Championship 2012 which is to be held in June – July and is hosted by Ukraine and Poland. Euro Cup is something that has been eluding the Portuguese national team since the tournament started and they hope to turn things down in the 14th edition of the championship. To win the Euro Cup in 2012, Portuguese team must put up some extraordinary efforts and for this they look up to none other than Christiano Ronaldo.

Euro Cup Title has been a long cherished dream for Team Portugal and many times they have come closer to winning the title, but flattering in the end. Portugal missed a great chance when they had the likes of Luis Figo, Fernando Couto, Ricardo, Petit and Pauleta in their line up during the 2004 Euro Cup Championship. They got into the final where they failed to deliver in the Match against Greece and lost the game 1-0. That was one of the best chance for Portugal as they had all their golden player in their prime and Christiano Ronaldo was just budding into the international arena as a 19 year old. But things went out of their control in the final and they ended up being the runner up and Greece emerged the champions of Euro Cup 2004.

Things have changed so much since then as the golden era team members of Portugal have quit international arena and we can no more see Luis Figo and company. But Christiano Ronaldo has grown so far in stature and fame through his amazing skills and talent. He has become the super star of World soccer and has been one of the mainstays of his Spanish team Real Madrid. He can single handedly turn any match into his own and defenders all over the world are planning vigorously to tackle his advance.

If things go as per the expectations of soccer fans, it seems that this Euro Cup Championship would be Ronaldo’s tournament and would help Portugal in clinching the Euro Cup title for the first time. Portugal is having a well balanced team and most of the players are in top form. Ronaldo is also at the peak of his form as it is evident from his club level performances. His recent exploits for his team Real Madrid, says all about the majestic patch he is going through in his career.

Being a diehard fan of Portugal football team, I deeply wish that Portugal win the Euro Cup 2012 and Ronaldo play a major role in the victory. But as with any other team game, football is not a one man show and there needs to be a collective team effort for any team to taste success. Portugal has a much talented side and if the crucial members of the team strikes form at the right time, then nothing can stop Portugal from winning their maiden Euro Cup Championship.