Posted June 24, 2012 on AP on Fox
Playing against defending champion Spain at Euro 2012 has got even harder. Portugal, at least, has had an extra 48 hours to try and figure out a way of countering Spain's different systems of play. Spain has alternated between a traditional attack led by striker Fernando Torres and a six-man midfield fronted by playmaker Cesc Fabregas, with the latter picked to start Saturday's 2-0 quarterfinal victory over France. Spain returns to the Donbass Arena to play its Iberian neighbors in Wednesday's European Championship semifinal, where the six-man midfield could well return. Coach Vicente del Bosque has tended to use the system against tougher opponents, deploying it against Italy in a 1-1 draw in their Group C opener.

Spain’s Fabregas Wary Of Portugal Threat – They Have Ronaldo And Nani

Cesc Fabregas suggests that Spain will have to be very careful when they take on Portugal at Euro2012. The reigning world and European champions meet their neighbours in the semi-final in Donetsk on Wednesday and the Barcelona ace is well aware that Paulo Bento’s Portuguese side have plenty of dangerous players. “I think they play a different system from Real Madrid, but one...

Fabregas starts for Spain; France gets defensive

Cesc Fabregas will lead Spain's attack against a defensive lineup named by France in their European Championship quarterfinal Saturday, leaving Fernando Torres on the bench. Fabregas also started against Italy in the defending champions' first group match that ended in a 1-1 draw, sparking criticism against coach Vicente del Bosque for fielding a team without a recognized...

Fabregas wary of rebounding Portuguese

Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas has warned his team-mates of Portugal’s quick counterattacks ahead of Wednesday’s Euro 2012 semi-final. The Barcelona...

Spain's 6-man midfield effective against France

Much maligned but effective once again, Spain's experimental six-man midfield got the job done against France on Saturday in the European Championship quarterfinals. The defending champions play Portugal next after the 2-0 victory at the Donbass Arena, where usual midfielder Cesc Fabregas led Spain's attack from the start over Fernando Torres for the second time this tournament...

Fabregas laughs off Messi comparisons

Cesc Fabregas has rubbished claims that he is fulfilling the same role for Spain that Lionel Messi carries out for...

Spain's simplistic style still the best

Success does strange things to people. Some are liberated by it, one indelible achievement against their name lifting the pressure. For others, there is a sense of fun and vitality about the aspiration coming within reach. But, once it does, success becomes a miser's narcotic to be clung to with increasing desperation. That is the route down which Spain have gone. If Spain does...

Arsenal: The Striking acquisitions and will Van Persie stay?

Before the end of the season, Arsenal were put in an uncomfortable position of maybe losing their captain and star player Robin van Persie.  Arsenal fans, going by previous experiences with Cesc Fabregas, perhaps thought that they might have to rely on out-of-favour players like Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young for the upcoming season. However, Arsene Wenger had other ideas...

Euro 2012 Attracts Legions of European Beauties to Poland and Ukraine (Photos)

The soccer on display at the 2012 UEFA European Championship has been riveting, but we've taken our eyes off the ball in order to bring you the best of the action off the field and showcase Europe's most beautiful fans. This year's edition of the Euro tournament has been riveting. Goals have been flowing and a highly competitive field has created drama in abundance right...
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