Juventus to move for Nani

Click Manchester is reporting today that Italian giants Juventus are keeping a close eye on Nani’s latest situation at Manchester United.

The winger is currently at the European Championships with Portugal of course and is set to discuss his Old Trafford future upon his return.

According to reports, Juventus coach Antonio Conte is in Poland and Ukraine this summer with a keen eye on how Nani is getting on.

The 25-year-old’s future is certainly up in the air at the moment with the Guardian reporting earlier this month that he will ‘study opportunities’ this summer.

There has also been plenty of speculation that Nani is stalling on his new contract with the Red Devils, so interested clubs – including Juventus – are keeping tabs.

The former Sporting Lisbon man is certainly coming to the peak of his career at the moment, so where he plays over the next few years is very important.

Having been in England since 2007, perhaps he thinks a spell in Italy or Spain would be beneficial to him. It would also keep things fresh.

As for Manchester United’s stance on it, they will be aware that Nani didn’t play as regularly last season and they could cash in on him this summer.

Ronaldo will score: Rui Patricio

Cristiano Ronaldo during the friendly match Po...

Cristiano Ronaldo

Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio is positive that team-mate Cristiano Ronaldo will score in Sunday’s Euro 2012 match against Netherlands.

The Real Madrid star has come under fire after failing to impress in the country’s first two matches at Euro 2012, missing clear chances on goal.

He has yet to find the back of the net in the tournament, but Patricio believes that the 27-year-old will break his duck in the decisive match against the Oranje.

“Cristiano always plays well,” he told UEFA’s official website. “Things not always go the best way, also when it comes to finishing, but only those who play miss chances.

“Still, Cristiano had an excellent game, he tried hard and I believe that he will score on Sunday already.”

Questioned about Netherlands, Patricio said that he trusts Portugal’s chances for the match despite acknowledging that the Dutch are tough to beat.

“We will have to approach this game the same way we did against Germany and Denmark,” the Sporting Lisbon goalkeeper said.

“We will have to give our all, we will need to be aggressive and do everything that we have done so far. We will have to believe until the end that we can beat Netherlands.

“They are a very strong team, with excellent players and great attackers.

“Our main goal has always been to reach the quarter-finals. We know we have a very hard game ahead, but we will do everything to progress.”

Cristiano Ronaldo eyes knockout berth!

Portugal attacker Cristiano Ronaldo is confident that his side can qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2012, despite having to face the likes of Germany, Holland and Denmark in the “Group of Death”.

“We know we are in the most difficult group of the Euros, but it is not anything to regret, because you cannot change it, and we have known it for months,” he told Uefa.com.

“So we have to be prepared, we have no other option. These will be extremely difficult matches, but I think Portugal will do a good job and we will progress to the next phase.”

The Real Madrid talisman went on to reveal that Portugal are eyeing a win against Germany in their first fixture in Group B.

Three points against Germany would be absolutely golden for the Portuguese, but can they pull it off? We shall see.

Cristiano Ronaldo is 12/1 to be the top overall goalscorer at this summer’s European Championships.

Euro 2012 Betting Odds: Group of Death

According to the bookmakers, the Seleccao are  4/1 to win Group B at the 2012 European Championships.

Meanwhile, Euro 2008 runner-ups Germany are 6/5 to top the Group of Death in Poland-Ukraine this summer, while 2010 World Cup runner-ups are 9/5 to finish atop Group B.

Last and probably least, Euro 1992 champions Denmark are 16/1 underdogs to win Group B.

Now then, you do not have to win your group to reach the knockout stages of Euro 2012. A top-2 finish will do just fine.

Subsequently, betting on group qualification shifts the betting odds quite drastically.

See for yourself. Here are the betting odds for the teams to qualify from Group B of the 2012 European Championships:

Germany (1/4)

Holland (1/2)

Portugal (13/10)

Denmark (17/4)

Euro 2012 Betting Odds: Group A – Total Goals

Every football fan wants to see goals, goals and more goals. In other words, we want to be entertained, and grinding out 1-0 results doesn’t float most of our boats.

Despite what you may think, this useless banter has a point. In fact, it’s a perfect transition to revealing the “total goals” odds for Group B. Note, these odds apply for group matches only.

The Group of Death is 15/8 to net under 14 goals, 13/8 to notch 14-16 goals and 6/4 to bag over 16 goals.

Bet of the Day: 9 June 2012

The bet of the day for the opening day of fixtures in Group B  is Mario Gomez and Cristiano Ronaldo to score at anytime, paying 19/5 odds.

Stay tuned for the latest betting odds, news and rumors surrounding Euro 2012.

Euro 2012 updates

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Andre Schürrle

Group B will take center stage at Euro 2012 on Saturday, 9 June, with Holland v Denmark and Germany v Portugal on the matchday schedule.

Of Saturday’s two “Group of Death” clashes, Germany v Portugal is surely the main event, with Die DFB-Elf the favorites, according to the bookmakers, to notch three points at the Arena Lviv in Lviv, Ukraine on 9 June.

Now then, Seleccao boss Paulo Bento may have something to say about that.

“We must be organized to defeat Germany,” he told UEFA.com. “We will also need courage, but if we only think about defending we will surely not get a good result.

“We must attack, but in an organized way. Above all we have to be strong, aggressive and cohesive, especially when we lose the ball.”

Competing with Germany on perhaps the biggest stage in international football is easier said than done. There is no doubt that Portugal will have their hands full on Saturday.

With that said, both teams have struggled, to an extent, in their warm-up friendlies heading into this summer’s European Championships.

Team Report: Portugal

Portugal suffered a 3-1 defeat to Turkey at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon on 2 June.

Toulouse forward Umut Bulut bagged a brace for the visitors, while Nani netted for the home side before Pepe conceded an own goal in the 88th minute.

It was a frustrating day for Paulo Bento and Portugal, who were eyeing a bounce performance after being held to a goalless draw against Macedonia at Estádio Dr. Magalhaes Pessoa in  Leiria, Portugal on 26 May.

Will the Seleccao bounce back against Germany on the biggest European stage?

Team Report: Germany

On the other side of the touchline, Germany have not been clinical in their Euro 2012 preparations either.

The Euro 2008 runner-ups suffered a shocking 5-3 defeat to Switzerland on 26 May.

The Germans looked disorganized throughout, and conceded a hat-trick to Bayer Leverkusen striker Eren Derdiyok.

Stephan Lichtsteiner (67′) and Admir Mehmedi (76′) were also on the score-sheet for the Swiss, while Mats Hummels (45′), Andre Schürrle (64′) and Marco Reus (72′) found the back of the net for Germany.

Furthermore, Die DFB-Elf struggled to find their top form against Israel on 31 May.

Germany went on to win the match by a score of 2-0, courtesy of goals from Mario Gomez and Andre Schürrle, but once again they were far from their best.

‘Humble’ Germany?

Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has advised his team-mates not to underestimate Portugal in the first match of their Euro 2012 campaign.

Despite Joachim Low`s side being labelled as slight favourites for the Group B encounter, Neuer remains wary of the Seleccao, and warns his side that they will have to be at their best to secure all three points.

“We want to win, but have to be modest in preparing for the game,” he said at a press conference.
“A lot has changed for Germany since 2010. Back then it was not certain that I would be the number one. Now I`m glad about the responsibility I take for the team.”

Cristiano Ronaldo? I`d say the Champions League semi-final (between Bayern Munich and Real Madrid) turned out to be a tie between us, but I suppose (Mesut) Ozil and (Sami) Khedira kept him well informed about me,” grinned Neuer.

Germany will also take on the Netherlands and Denmark in Group B action.

Cristiano Ronaldo Vows to stay at Real

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo 

Real Madridstar striker Cristiano Ronaldo has said that he wants to stay at the Spanish club for the rest of his career.

“If it was up to me then I would stay at Real Madrid for the rest of my career, but it doesn’t all depend on me. I am not justsaying this, I am sincere, I want to finish my career here,” The Sun quoted Ronaldo, as saying.

The Madrid megastar, who quitManchester United in an 80 million pound move three years ago, has hinted at an eventual Old Trafford return in the past and is also thought to be a target for Manchester City.

However, the Portuguese footballer, who took pride for being the most expensive player in soccer history, stressed that he doesn’t want to move to any other club further.

“At times I think about how I am still the most expensive singing in the history of football and I always try to justify on the pitch the huge gamble the club took on me. I would sign for 10 years today if I could, but this is something that also depends on other people,” he added.

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