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Euro 2012 leads big summer for soccer

Coming off of huge football stories in May with Chelsea winning the Champions League and Manchester City winning the Premiereship in dramatic fashion, Clemente Lisi discusses some of the big events coming up this summer, leading with Euro 2012.

As previously stated, this is the biggest tournament for national teams after the World Cup. In a way, this 16-team competition is better than the World Cup because there are fewer teams (the World Cup has 32) and with the exception of Brazil and Argentina, features some of the best players on the planet.

Things get started this coming Friday when co-hosts Poland (the other is Ukraine) takes on Greece in Warsaw. The first round features other delicious matches, including France vs. England on June 11 and Germany vs. the Netherlands on June 13.

The best games will come out of Group C because it features Spain, reigning World Cup and European champion, Italy, Ireland and Croatia. Spain vs. Italy on June 10 is the big game, but the bars in New York and Boston will really focus on Italy against Ireland.

As for who will win it all? Tough one to predict since so many Cinderella teams actually won this thing in the past. My outside choice to make a run is Portugal. If I was a betting man, however, I’d go with Germany. The final will be played July 1 in Kiev.

The World Cup generated great ratings in the U.S. in 2010 so it will be interesting to see the reception for this tournament.

The usual mess for Italy in the run up to Euro 2012

The Euro 2012 tournament is less than a week away and the Italian national team find themselves in the usual state of disorder with an embarrassing loss to Russia in a friendly and of course, Italy is embroiled in yet another match fixing scandal.

What does it all mean? If history is any indicator, it probably means the Italians will win the tournament.

Top 5 Soccer Clubs with Mobile Websites

As a soccer fan, you can stay updated and connected to the latest news and updates on your favorite team directly from your mobile phone. Most soccer clubs have their own websites that are also compatible with mobile phones, and some clubs even have their own apps that you can download to your smartphone to stay updated on scores, stats, and players.

By visiting the websites of most soccer clubs, you can learn more about your options for downloading soccer apps, or browse the app store, or app market on your phone to download soccer apps.

Read on to learn more about the top 5 soccer clubs that provide users with mobile websites and apps.

Barcelona

Barcelona is currently the top soccer club in the world. In the last five years, Barcelona has participated in the UEFA Champions League finals three times. Barcelona has apps for users with iPhones, iPads, and Android phones. Users with T-Mobile android phones can search and download the Barcelona app directly from their devices.

Real Madrid

Read Madrid is ranked as the second top soccer club in the world, and is the only team in all of Europe with 100 goals to date. In addition to allowing fans to download wallpaper, music, games, and videos of the team directly to their smartphone, Real Madrid has a mobile website that allows users to receive updates on their mobile phone. Real Madrid also has apps for Android phones, the iPhone, and the iPad.

Manchester United

Manchester United consistently outscore league opponents, and provide their fans with a wealth of mobile options. With theme songs, games, text message updates, and more, Manchester United allows its fans to stay connected to soccer games and updates any way they choose. Users can even subscribe to bundle packages from their mobile phones that provide chants, animations, and wallpapers.

Juventus

The Juventus soccer club made it through most of the season with no losses. On the mobile website for Juventus, users can browse stats on their favorite player, and even download a fantasy football app to their smartphone devices. For users with T-Mobile Android phones, you can visit the Android Market, and download Juventus’ mobile tools and apps directly to the phone.

Manchester City

Manchester City’s soccer club has a reputation for being one of the most competitive teams in the world. In addition to stats and team scores, Manchester City gives their fans the option to download replays and videos of past games to their mobile devices. To receive media related to the Manchester City soccer club, users can either visit their official website online at a computer, or visit their website directly from their mobile phones.

Most other soccer clubs in the world also provide their fans with mobile options. With technology forever on the rise, users can even find soccer apps that keep them updated on the latest sports news.

What are your favorite soccer apps? Do you often frequent a specific mobile soccer website? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below this article.

Champions League final today

Most fans worldwide are disappointed that the Champions League final won’t include the world’s best player, Lionel Messi.  In fact today’s final promises little in the way of excitement.   Chelsea’s surprising run to the final is almost as astonishing as Bayern Munich’s arrival.  Both teams upset better financed Spanish squads to get to the final with Chelsea shocking Barcelona and Bayern taking care of Real Madrid.

Most notable today are two facts.  First Bayern will have a rare home field advantage, with the game being played on their pitch.  The Champions League is much like the American Super Bowl, with the final game a much sought out economic bounty that cities fight to host.  It’s very rare that the host city actually has their home team make it all the way to the final.   Having the 12th man on their side today means a lot for Bayern.

The other factor in Bayern’s favor is that Chelsea have several key players ineligible today including their captain, John Terry.   It would seem likely that Chelsea will play not to lose, hoping to push the game to a 0-0 tie.   That would result in a penalty kick shootout.   Defensive battles can be just as enjoyable as a goal fest for true fans of the game but a highly tactical defensive match likely will bore much of the globe.   I’ll check out the final for sure and for those of you that want to get deeper, here’s a link to a good article sizing up the final.

 

Congratulations Man City

In an incredible come behind victory with 2 goals after the 90th minute, Man City beats QPR 3-2 and wins their first premiership title since 1968.

Congratulations to Roberto Mancini and all Man City fans around the world