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UEFA Euro Story – Win the DVD

International teams from across Europe have battled for supremacy to become European Champions since 1960 when France hosted the inaugural championships won by the Soviet Union with Yashin, Ivanov & Bubukin out muscling their Yugoslav counterparts.

52 years and 13 finals later, Poland & Ukraine host the championships with Spain arriving as both current holders and current favourites to win the championship with Betfair’s Euro 2012 market. Whatever happens the tournament promises to be a hotly contested one with ageing world stars going head-to-head with more youthful, up-and-coming talent.

This DVD boxset (available from Amazon) takes you on a journey through time chronicling the drama, the passion and the untold stories behind each tournament.

Each documentary begins by pinpointing a key moment from that years tournament, from Antonin Panenka’s classic penalty in 1976, Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal in 1996 and Michel Platini’s heroics in 1984.

These iconic moments become the focal point from which the other themes and stories of that tournament are explored through the eyes of star players and coaches including Luis Aragones, Just Fontaine, Franco Baresi, Jurgen Klinsmann, Franz Beckenbauer, Michel Platini, Iker Casillas and others such as Terry Venables and Alesandro Del Piero.

Each documentary blends these tales with exciting match action, the series also unveils previously unseen, behind-the-scnes footage, iconic stills which have undergone revolutionary photo seperation along with additional newsreel footage to provide fabulous tributes to these historic, memorable events.

This years championships promise to be one of the most entertaining and open championships for many years with many onlookers unable to nail down an out-and-out favourite. My personal favourites (at a price) are France.

With Lloris in goal, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa and Evra in defence, Remy and Benzema up front and a plethora of midfield options including Newcastle United’s highly impressive Yohan Cabaye and the much sought after Yann M’Vila alongside proven world class stars in Ribery, Nasri and Gourcuff they have some squad to shout about and the potential to sweep aside all-comers with ease. At a mind-bogglingly generous 13.5 (25/2) I suggest they represent the value in the market unless their Achilles heel undermines their chances once again.

Who get’s your Betfair Euro 2012 Bet?

As part of our summer of give-aways RedRants is offering 2 lucky winners the chance to own their own copy of The UEFA Euro Official Story simply by entering the competition via Twitter. Simply follow us @Red_Rants and answer this question to be in with a chance when the lucky winners are drawn on the opening night of the tournaments on Friday 8th June 2012 at 5pm (UK).

Q: Denmark won the tournament in 1992 in Sweden. Who was their goalkeeper?

If you can’t wait until then or you’re not amongst the winners you can purchase the DVD for yourself from Amazon now.



  1. Nelson

    27 May 2012 at 20:47

    man! this place is a ghost town. anyway I am curing my football itch by watching international friendlies and I have to say we need another leftback. currently watching France vs Iceland and Evra is a defensive liability. France are 2 goals down and both goals have originated from his wing. Benzema is looking good though unfortunately he picked Madrid over us

    • tonymontanna4united

      28 May 2012 at 12:00

      @Nelson: Posted this on the other thread:
      Im just sick of the sight of him now tbh nelson. What a Pathetic waste of space he has become.
      I may not ever have been a fan of john o’shea, but atleast he tried. Atleast he looked like he actually wanted to pull on our shirt, and would always put in a good shift regardless of how lacking in general ability he was.
      Evra though just couldnt give a shit. Defending is beneath him. Evans and rio can fill in and do his job whilst hes up the other end of the pitch thinking hes ronaldinho πŸ™„ barely breaking a sweat to get back and help his team mates.
      Just a selfish, β€œall about me”, joke who’d be better suited to shitty or another of the mercenary clubs. Quite how hes bigged up as supposedly one of our players who loves the club, god only knows.
      So i say piss off to psg or to qatar paddy, because its blatantly obvious your just not bothered anymore. So why should i be bothered about you.

      • Nelson

        28 May 2012 at 15:58

        @tonymontanna4united: I somehow think next season could be his last with us.

      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 17:16

        @tonymontanna4united: I’m surprised that even with our embarassing midfield, Evra has somehow managed to deflect some attention towards his own shit performances. It’s quite an achievement unfortunately.

  2. godzilla

    28 May 2012 at 09:24

    thanks to Euro all transfer rumors/activity has gone cold. off season is a lousy period.

  3. Opti

    28 May 2012 at 16:01

    Breaking news: Eden Hazard to Chelsea – transfer confirmed after the player’s wife agrees terms with John Terry. πŸ˜€ LOL

    • Nelson

      28 May 2012 at 16:05

      @Opti: hahahahahahahahahaha

  4. Nelson

    28 May 2012 at 16:03

    so hazard has made up his mind and I for one will be suprised if he says united, with all that money city and Chelsea will offer him

  5. Opti

    28 May 2012 at 16:06

    Breaking News: John Terry spotted in Hazard’s wife.

  6. Opti

    28 May 2012 at 16:15

    We don’t know where Hazard is at present, but Geoff Shreeves has just been spotted waiting outside Carrington.. doesnt bode well for Man Utd πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

  7. Opti

    28 May 2012 at 16:17

    If Hazard signs for United: “He’s gonna be next Ronaldo”, “Ballon d’Or is coming back to OT”

    If Hazard signs for Chelsea/City: “He’s gonna be a flop.”, “Rent boy”, “Over-hyped ego”, “Hope he breaks a leg”

    Football is fickle like that πŸ˜† πŸ˜† πŸ˜†

    • Nelson

      28 May 2012 at 16:29

      @Opti: my thoughts exactly. I somehow fear the hazard torres and Mata combo

  8. Nelson

    28 May 2012 at 16:33

    which player combo do you think will devastate premier league defenders next season?

    • Opti

      28 May 2012 at 16:40



      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 17:10

        @Opti: If Fergie was as sensible as you to play Rooney up top, this would indeed be the most fearsome attack.

    • Moscow

      28 May 2012 at 17:08

      @Nelson: If Hazard joins City they will play Silva, Nasri and Hazard all feeding Aguero. Scary.

  9. Opti

    28 May 2012 at 16:39

    I don’t believe past 1% chance that Hazard will opt for United, unless working with french-speaking Fergie is highest on his list.

    We may have met Lille’s asking price, BUT there is NO WAY we have matched City’s or Chelsea’s wage packets of around 150K/week. NO. WAY!

    Therefore, if he joins United, it is for the opportunity of working with Fergie and donning the #7. If he joins the other teams, he did it for money, location, and money and therefore, he can rightfully F*** off!

    United > Hazard!! We don’t need him!

    • Stephen

      28 May 2012 at 16:52

      @Opti: I think it is a done deal with Chelsea. I think we need to invest in other areas, so won’t be that bothered when he signs for the Rent Boys.

      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 17:12

        @Stephen: Well, Fergie ruled out signing a holding midfielder so Kagawa, and possibly Gaitan is all we’re getting this summer if Hazard doesn’t pick us.

        • Stephen

          28 May 2012 at 17:14

          @Moscow: Kagawa would be a top signing, I am not sure about Gaitan. With Berba going and Owen gone, we need a big number 9 up front.

        • Moscow

          28 May 2012 at 17:18

          @Stephen: Welbeck will be given the No 9 shirt and we will promote Will Keane from the reserves. Mark my words, this will actually happen.

        • Stephen

          28 May 2012 at 17:19

          @Moscow: Will Keane I think is going on loan, Welbeck in fairness had a good last few games. I simply don’t rate the guy, but he needs another season for me to be proven right…..
          Has Anderson fucked off yet?

    • tonymontanna4united

      28 May 2012 at 18:16

      @Opti: Really would have improved us ten fold with hazard in our team, but agree with stephen, weve other areas we need improving as a matter of priority, so if he dont want to come then fuck him.
      Could have understood him moving to shitty, but managerless chelski? Really?
      Anyway hope im wrong, but am now getting the feeling that its going to be just another one of those summers now. We havent even closed the kagawa deal yet and that seemed to be all but done 2 weeks ago.
      Instead weve wasted 2 weeks chasing hazard, a player who i think we all knew at the end of the day was never going to choose us, just seems like such a bloody waste of time to me. I just have no faith in gill tbh.
      Whatever business were hoping to do though, had now better be done pretty damn quick, as we all know what were going to be hearing during/after the euros in regards to players and their valuations dont we πŸ™„

  10. Moscow

    28 May 2012 at 17:26

    @Stephen: I think Anderson is up for sale, amazingly no-one has shown interest, so need to lower our fee demands methinks.

    Welbeck can’t play in a lone striker role and should be sold while he still has that precious young English talent premium fee. Quite amazing how expectations have been lowered, he wouldn’t have had a look-in a few years ago but is now our first choice striker (Rooney plays in midfield).

    • Stephen

      28 May 2012 at 17:30

      @Moscow: Very true, we will need to sign a striker as we simply can’t rely on Rooney.
      I also think we need a left back, right back and one more midfield player. My main worry is the lack of leadership in the side, a player who can also put his foot in.

      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 17:40

        @Stephen: Either we sign a world class midfielder (a player to compete with Xavi and Iniesta, yes such midfielders do exist). Or we sign two good midfielders, trust me even Cabaye would walk into our midfield as shown this season, we don’t need to even go as far as Schweinsteiger to improve this lot.

        Evra has usurped the captain’s armband (no idea why), but Vidic will reclaim it and he is the leader at the back. None of our players can manipulate the ball in tight areas apart from Nani. A world class 3 man midfield who can pass quickly and incisively will be able to deal with pressing and therefore fill the whole team with confidence. Rooney will start enjoying his football again and Valencia/Nani/Rooney triumvirate will match Ronaldo/Di Maria/Benzema axis at Real.

        Yet, Ferguson won’t sign these players partly because he is a coward, but also because of his loyalty and stubbornness to keep Scholes and Giggs in the side.

        • Stephen

          28 May 2012 at 17:43

          @Moscow: In fairness Scholes was superb last season and Carrick had his best season for ages. I am not saying that we can continue with these 2 all next season, but they were hardly useless.
          Kagawa would be a very good piece of business, for me Tiote would be someone who can boss and bully players. We have not had this type since Keane.

        • Moscow

          28 May 2012 at 17:48

          @Stephen: I agree Kagawa is a super little player, and if we can play him in the correct position as attacking midfielder operating behind striker Rooney then great. Even so, at the very bare minimum we must buy a partner for Carrick to complete the midfield trio.

          Just think, wouldn’t you have laughed if they told you last summer that Pogba would leave United before Scholes? Ginger Ninja was the best central midfielder we ever had, but he should leave on a high like right now.

        • Stephen

          28 May 2012 at 17:52

          @Moscow: I think using Scholes as a squad player who can see games out is ideal.
          Pogba is an idiot for signing for Juve, he will never get a game until he 31.

        • Moscow

          28 May 2012 at 18:01

          @Stephen: The thing is, Scholes WILL start every game precisely because he’s than anyone to partner Carrick.

  11. Moscow

    28 May 2012 at 17:44

    As for left back Stephen, in the old days I would have wanted a bid for Baines, accepted the highest bid from PSG and promote Fryers as back-up. Then we could load the RB slot with the twins and Jones, which would cope better with the probable injury crisis in winter.

    • Opti

      28 May 2012 at 17:55

      @Moscow: From what I read, Ezekiel Fryers is leaving United by not signing a new contract, with Chelsea or Newcastle as possible suitors… any confirmation there????

      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 17:59

        @Opti: I wouldn’t blame him after watching Evra start every game last season.

      • tonymontanna4united

        28 May 2012 at 18:04

        @Opti: Last i heard he had failed to agree a contract with us and was on his way to spurs. Shame if true, as i had high hopes for the boy.
        If you believe ian though, weve got an absolute star in the making just lying in wait in tyler blackett.
        Ian tends to know what hes talking about with the youth prospects so good stuff if true. Havent seen an awful lot of him this last year or so so really cant comment, but its encouraging to hear all the same.
        LB really does need addressing though asap, as i just cant stomach watching skinned sausage any longer.

  12. Moscow

    28 May 2012 at 17:55

    Dammit Fergie less than two weeks left for Euro 2012 and we haven’t bought any midfielders! If you’re not gonna buy any at least try loaning Nuri Sahin. Good news as well, you can procrastinate for months before signing him because Turkey aren’t in the Euros! What I would give just to have a say in 3 signings. I’ve conquered the world on FM 2012, let me have a shot old man 😈

    • tonymontanna4united

      28 May 2012 at 18:29

      @Moscow: Sahin to united represents value. It seems practical, and just seems to make sense.
      Naturally that means its not going to happen then.
      So many fantastic players out there going for a song. So many fantastic players that would cost a fair whack granted, but would elevate us to the next level.
      So many young players who, if given regular chances, could go on to become legends and world class players for us.
      But we still cant see past giggs and scholes πŸ‘Ώ So frustrating.

  13. Yang

    28 May 2012 at 19:38

    Both Hazard and Kagawa are young prospects at best, They won’t make much impact even if we sign them. Don’t know why Chelsea chase luxury young prospect when they need fill 4-5 positions in their squad. It seems like nobody have any clue which midfielder we chase, hope we sign as soon as possible to get some proper pre season.

    • Moscow

      28 May 2012 at 21:39

      @Yang: I wouldn’t get my hopes up mate, my guess is that we will sign a grand total of 0 midfielders this summer. So what if our midfield was humiliated by pretty much any decent team this season? We were pasted by Barca this time last year but the old man did fuck all. He may well be nearing the end of his tenure and I hope he doesn’t shred his legacy to pieces by falling victim to his arrogance and delusion a la Wenger.

  14. AndyCR7

    28 May 2012 at 21:12

    When was the last time we bid and managed to sign a “big” player?

    • tonymontanna4united

      28 May 2012 at 21:39

      @AndyCR7: Im really not too upset as i have said from day 1, its CM and players like martinez, sahin, even modric we need to be looking at first and foremost.
      But if, as it sounds, we were most definitely in for hazard, but he instead chose chelski- a side that finished 6th lets not forget, hasnt got a permanent manager and has just lost their best player in drogba- because he found them a more attractive option than ourselves, well we have to start thinking something is really wrong here.
      Its not about money, for once, as if you want to believe whats been said by his agent, personal terms were agreed with all 3 clubs.
      So its obviously down to something else here. Location? Maybe? Game time? Possibly.
      Or maybe were just not the draw we once were in days gone by (particularly to the non english players).
      I didnt think we’d fallen below chelski in allure and attractiveness though.
      I just hope we now pull our finger out and get the kagawa and powell deals sorted (clyne too if he hasnt already chosen someone else) and then get to work on bringing in a top class, and i mean bloody top class, central midfielder and left back.
      If we dont manage to do that though, well tough questions are going to have to be asked this summer. It really is a make or break season for us this year, as it will tell us an awful lot about the direction this club is headed in.

      • Moscow

        28 May 2012 at 22:03

        @tonymontanna4united: I just saw the news, I cannot believe it. I would have understood his decision 6-7 years ago, Mourinho’s Chelsea were really going places but 6th best team in England? I’m not sure if Hazard actually watched the Champions League this season but Chelsea managed to get outplayed by every single one of their opponents in the knockout stage. Young footballers these days eh, not the brightest sparks are they? πŸ™„

        On the other hand, this arrogant dickhead will feel at home with his new captain JT.

        • Yang

          28 May 2012 at 22:49

          @Moscow: Wise decision form Hazard I think, we do not have attacking midfielder position in the team and we cannot assure playing time or regular position to anyone.

          It will take few seasons for Hazard to adjust and settle in the league.

          I will not surprise if Kagawa go to Arsenal, he can replace Rosicky as he is old and injury prone.

          We need to concentrate defensive part of team and leading striker. Better get pull out from this sort of players.

      • AndyCR7

        29 May 2012 at 05:40

        @tonymontanna4united: Rumors are Powell has signed for Arsenal.

        • tonymontanna4united

          29 May 2012 at 15:02

          @AndyCR7: Wouldnt that be typical.
          Probably for the sake of an extra Β£1m or 2 transfer fee and an extra Β£5k a week in wages.
          Yet we paid how much for bebe, and put him on a Β£15k a week contract no problem πŸ™„

  15. colver

    28 May 2012 at 23:55

    I’m not so bothered we didn’t sign Hazard. Β£32 million is a lot for a player who has only really impressed in a very weak league. Not to mention that it would have absorbed most of our transfer budget when really we could do with bringing in 2-3 good players rather than a single star signing.

    Forget wingers, attacking midfielders with no interest in defending and strikers.

    What we need is a play maker and a solid defensive midfielder as back up for Carrick while it is still uncertain whether Fletcher is gonna return. If there is any money left over a left back would be ideal.

    The real problem last season was that at key games during the season we were playing ridiculous central midfields like Park and Rafael and Giggs and Jones. And in Europe we were forced into a woefully outdated 4-4-2 because we did not have the midfielders to make up the numbers.

    Buy a few young midfielders and a replacement for Paddy Evra and we will have a team that will get better each season as our youngsters mature.

    I am quite happy to go a few years without trophies if it meant that we could produce a team that can dominate Europe and win back-to-back titles for the following five years.

    Chelsea and City are gonna beat us when it comes to signing the Mr Right Nows but if we take a long term view and actually improve the weak areas of our team rather than getting seduced by the latest hot attacking players we will win the long game

    • Moscow

      29 May 2012 at 01:05

      @colver: You’re preaching to the choir my friend. It’s up to Ferguson and Gill now, not the best people to trust or believe but everything depends on where they want to take this club. This summer is make or break and could be the last defining moment of Ferguson’s reign. He has ruled out signing a holding player which is very disturbing, if he doesn’t sign a central midfielder he is conclusively senile and has lost the plot, simple as.

      • Stephen

        29 May 2012 at 08:59

        @Moscow: Why do you have to be so abusive and use quite so sickening terminology when you describe Fergie? There is simply no need, that man has made our club, it is quite astounding the hate aimed towards him.

    • AndyCR7

      29 May 2012 at 05:44

      @colver: We have a lot of failed bids. Villa, Benzema, Sneijder twice etc. And we did not re-invest that money elsewhere. So I don’t see how it would have affected our budget. We will become Arsenal if we keep signing these half decent young players.

    • AndyCR7

      29 May 2012 at 06:09

      @colver: What makes you think these so called youngsters would renew their contracts if we go a few years without trophies and if these youngsters come good? We are heading the Arsenal way. Even they nurture young talent and when they become hit they leave due to lack of trophies.

      • Opti

        29 May 2012 at 07:04

        @AndyCR7: I agree. We need “someone” with world-class appeal to galvanize our midfield, players, and fans. Eden Hazard would not be the one in my book. Neither is Kagawa. We need “someone” else…

        Sneijder would fit the bill

        Nurturing young players only works if they have someone to aspire towards… Pogba had no reason to stay at United, because he was getting 0 playtime and could not learn from aging today-non-World-Class Scholes and 31 yr old Carrick.

  16. Stephen

    29 May 2012 at 11:27

    I think Hazard not signing for us isn’t the end of the World. It doesn’t suggest we don’t have the pulling power we once had, Chelsea when the Russian Revolution started were beating us to the likes of Essien then. The key for us is investing in the right areas, midfield and for me a big striker. Last season feels still like the season from hell, but United and Fergie have always fought back, with getting in the right players. We seem to simply now focus on value rather than quality, this is obviously a Glazers mantra. Kagawa is to be honest both and a player who will enhance our side. This is a big Summer for United and Fergie, but lets be patient, lets judge at the end of the window not now. If we are going to talk about peoples frustrations everyday until the start of next season then it is going to be a long Summer, lets give Fergie time, he at least deserves that.

    • AndyCR7

      29 May 2012 at 14:03

      @Stephen: It’s definitely not the end of the world but the thing is fergie wouldn’t have bid for Hazard/Sanchez/Villa/Sneijder if he did not want them! And we never went for an alternative once above bids failed. Fergie wanted both Kagawa and Hazard. So Kagawa cannot be an alternative to Hazard. Anyway Thank god he didn’t choose City at least.

      • Stephen

        29 May 2012 at 14:58

        @AndyCR7: He did, but we have missed out on many others and have still won the league. A lot of players eg foreign want to leave in London, which is hard to compete!

        • tonymontanna4united

          29 May 2012 at 15:06

          @Stephen: God knows why. I live in london and its a complete shite hole. Quite possibly the most over rated city on the planet. No where near what its hyped up to be.
          Am packing my bags and moving back up to manchester this summer thank god.

        • tonymontanna4united

          29 May 2012 at 16:01

          @Stephen: πŸ˜† πŸ˜† Im on my way :mrgreen: πŸ˜†

      • tonymontanna4united

        29 May 2012 at 15:00

        @AndyCR7: Agree. Its not exactly a new phenomenon-being turned down by players.
        But usually when we missed out on someone, we had an alternative who came in, and proved to be just as good, if not better, than our original target who we’d missed out on.
        Think shearer. We missed out on him when he was at southampton i think it was, so we went out and got eric.
        Think kluivert/batistuta. Didnt work out so we got yorke who went on to form that fantastic partnership with cole, which proved to be one of the key factors behind our treble triumph.
        Think ronaldinho/harry kewell, we got ronnie.
        Point is, these days we seem to only ever have one target in mind, and if we miss out on them, we rarely have a plan B.
        Last season for example we held a major interest in both nasri and sneijder.
        We were also apparently offered modric too, which was rejected immediately due to inflated price tag (probably quite rightly so).
        Now thats fair enough. But the question needs to be asked, why after turning down modric, sneijder, nasri for different reasons, did we not avert our attentions elsewhere, to other fantastically gifted players who would also have made a great difference to the team, with many fitting the “value” criteria we seem so desperate to meet.
        Im thinking arturo vidal for example, who has been a monster at juve and cost a very reasonable Β£12m.
        Im thinking martinez before his price reached the current Β£30m it is currently at.
        Im thinking the peanuts real paid to bring sahin to madrid (Β£8m).
        Theres so many options out there is what im saying. Now is the time therefore to start opening our eyes and start bringing them in.
        The euros start in less than 2 weeks time now. My money says, all our business is going to have be done before then, because prices really are going to go crazy at that point, and i cant see us entering the market when its like that.

        • Stephen

          29 May 2012 at 15:26

          @tonymontanna4united: People keep banging on about Sahim, in all reality he has been a total flop at Real. He has played only 127 minutes there, a loan move would be more sensible.

        • tonymontanna4united

          29 May 2012 at 16:08

          @Stephen: He was injured for most of the season though mate, and upon returning to fitness, similar to cleverley, found his place in the team blocked by alonso and khediera.
          They were on for the title at that stage so werent going to be experimenting and giving chances to players returning to fitness.
          Id urge you to go watch his highlights from his days at dortmund though stephen. Such an elegant footballer.
          Like martinez, i just get the feeling that he and carrick would fit together perfectly.
          Assuming he is over his injury problems (and his past record shows this was just a one off and not a sign of any long lasting problem) then id be perfectly happy bringing him in.
          A player of his class dont come around very often, particularly with aprice tag as low as his.

  17. joonnn

    29 May 2012 at 11:53

    closing in on kagawa, report 15 mil

    • Opti

      29 May 2012 at 17:37

      @joonnn: So two Kagawas < one Hazard πŸ™‚ Good deal in my book if under 15 milion. According to ROM, it is 12 million pounds.

      Still Martinez or Sahin would and could be had, if Fergie saw fit. Sahin would be 5 million or so at worst or loan even …

      According to Google, Sahin is "staying at dream club" while his agent is in talks with AC Milan and Bayern have supposedly offered 10 million euros for the Turk. Surely United can compete with Bayern and Milan.

      What about Sweiny or MΓΌller?

  18. Traverse

    29 May 2012 at 23:07

    The word is Kagawa is a done deal for Β£17mil. More Goals and Assists than Hazard over same games. Still think we need another top class Midfielder, a striker to replaces Owen/Berbatov and I’d take Baines to replace Evra in a heartbeat.

    • AndyCR7

      30 May 2012 at 06:25

      @Traverse: More goals and assists in a tougher league too. But the point is we bid for both so fergie was may be panning to play hazard on the wings. I would be happy with no midfielders if we replace Evra alone :mrgreen:

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