United Rant Live! Germany v Greece

Nani, Portugal v Czech Republic

More than 30 games into Euro 2012 and we reach the knock-out stages, when the true narrative of the tournament is always written. Over the next 10 days hopes and dreams will be shattered, or attained, as the tournament reaches it’s dénouement. What a tournament it has been to date, with some of the most […]

United Rant Live! England v Ukraine and Sweden v France

England v Ukraine, Sweden v France

The “big man is back” Wayne Rooney once proclaimed on his return to the England side after a pre-World Cup 2006 injury. The tournament ended with Rooney dismissed during England’s quarter-final defeat to Portugal. Six years on, and it’s crunch time in Group D at Euro 2012, with England facing up to an early exit […]

United Rant Live! Czech Rep. v Poland and Greece v Russia

Czech Republic v Poland. Greece v Russia

Continuing the serious of, frankly, incongruous United Rant Live blogs during 2012, we’ll be covering the conclusion to Group A on Saturday night! There’s everything to play for in the ‘group of bored to death’, which turned out anything but. Russia need only draw with Greece to qualify for the quarter finals, although a win […]

United Rant Live! Germany v Holland

Germany v Holland, Euro 2012

Germany versus Holland in one of the iconic fixtures in the international football calendar, invoking memories of the 1974 World Cup final, and the feisty clash between the sides at the 1990 version of the competition. Those are just two in 38 fixtures between the countries that remain the best of enemies. There is unlikely […]

United Rant Live! England v France

England v France Euro 2012

Eight years on from England’s 2-1 defeat to France at Euro 2004 and the sides meet again in Donetsk, Ukraine, late Monday afternoon. Once again France will start favourites to emerge victorious, with England hampered by injuries, a late change of manager, and a general lack of quality! But can Roy Hodgson’s men ‘park the […]

Welbz and Young: England’s lone rangers

Danny Welbeck, Ashley Young

With Euro 2012 well under way attention has turned, momentarily Rant suspects, from the tittle-tattle of transfer market gossip to the world’s second biggest football tournament™, which is taking place in Poland and Ukraine over the next three weeks. In between bouts of organised racism, fans from 16 countries hope to witness some high quality […]

United Rant Live! Ireland v Croatia

Republic of Ireland v Croatia

Join United Rant for the second live blog of Euro 2012 – Republic of Ireland v Croatia in Poznań, Poland. There’s loads of United interest in this one, with John O’Shea, Darron Gibson, and Paul McShane likely to turn out for Giovanni Trapattoni’s Republic side. Meanwhile, Croatia’s midfield is built around Tottenham Hotspur’s Luka Modric, […]

United Rant Live! Portugal v Germany

Portugal v Germany, Euro 2012

Join United Rant for our first live blog international match – Portugal v Germany at Euro 2012! There’s plenty of United interest in this one, with Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani in the Portugal team, and former trainee Ron-Robert Zieler on the Germany bench. Rant will be live blogging several games throughout the tournament, predominantly those […]

Euro 2012: five youngsters to watch

Mario Gotze

Tournament football, they say, is never a good time to scout new players, but Euro 2012 will be home to some of the continent’s most exciting young talents. Will they flourish on the big stage? Here’s Rant’s guide to five… Ivan Perisic – 23 – Croatia/Borussia Dortmund – midfielder The chances of Perisic featuring in […]

Team-by-team Euro guide: Group D

England

Euro 2012 is around the corner, with 16 national teams heading to bases in Poland and Ukraine ready for the big kick on Friday. And while we’re firmly Manchester United focused here at Rant, we’ll be covering the tournament in full: current and former Reds on show, with luck some outstanding football, and a big […]