Euro 2012 Diary: Bert van Marwijk quits Netherlands after humiliation

 

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Bert van Marwijk has stepped down as Netherlands coach after their terrible showing at Euro 2012. His contract still had four years to run but Van Marwijk, who guided the Dutch to the World Cup final two years ago, decided to leave after they lost all three group games in Ukraine.

Podolski in a Pickle over plug for uncle?

As Nicklas "Pants" Bendtner found, Uefa doesn't like solo marketing but Germany forward Lukas Podolski has come out as a fan of the Polish pickled cucumber – if it's from his uncle. Hieronim Gawroski runs a gherkin business and his nephew declares: "I love these gherkins, they are fantastic!"

Balotelli won't go home, says agent

Mario Balotelli will not be returning to Italy. His agent says the Manchester City striker has "no intention" of moving despite reports that Juventus were preparing a bid.

Mino Raiola added that Serie A is now only Europe's fourth-best league: "There's England, Spain, even Germany!"

Forget flair, it's a French flare-up

The French squad have come in for a huge amount of criticism at home following their limp departure against Spain last weekend, but the calls last night for a return of former coach Raymond Domenech seem a bit harsh. He of the star signs, and the cause of a player rebellion during the last World Cup, has won the backing of Montpellier president Louis Nicollin. "I regret the departure of Domenech because he, at least, had the balls," Nicollin said. Obviously leading your country on a 23-match unbeaten run, as Laurent Blanc did, is not enough for some.

Hodgson: Capello's cheap shot at Rooney

The England manager, Roy Hodgson, has hit back at his predecessor Fabio Capello after the Italian criticised Wayne Rooney's efforts in the tournament. "Capello is entitled to his opinions," Hodgson said. "But I think it's a bit cheap to kid on a player who was so anxious to do well."

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