Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.
Bayern Munich 1 Chelsea 1 (Chelsea win 4-3 on penalties)
As if reaching a European Cup final in their own stadium were not motivation enough, Bayern Munich will have countless reasons to want to end Real Madrid's European adventure at the Allianz Arena tonight.
Marseille 0 Bayern Munich 2
Tottenham winger Gareth Bale was today named in UEFA.com users' team of the year for 2011 alongside eight Spain-based players.
Former Manchester City defender Jerome Boateng has no regrets about leaving the club in the summer.
Feyenoord technical director Leo Beenhakker has told Craig Bellamy to "stop the nonsense" as the Wales striker continues to talk about a move to Rotterdam.
Tottenham Hotspur ace Rafael van der Vaart has suggested that he could have stayed at Real Madrid rather than leaving for first-team football in England.
In what will have been the proudest moment of their careers, Howard Webb and his two linesmen Darren Cann and Mike Mullarkey were booed by Dutch supporters when they went up to receive their World Cup final medals on Sunday.
Netherlands 0 Spain 1
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson insists he has not made a bid for Holland midfielder Wesley Sneijder.
Unified Holland believe this is their time as fired-up Robben claims 'I don't need friends, I want to be a world champion'
Van Marwijk didn't pause when asked about the legacy of Cruyff and Krol - 'they are an inspiration'
As a football devotee, Robin van Persie can tell you the exact moment when, as a child, he fell under the spell of the game. It was when he watched the footage of Diego Maradona lifting the World Cup in 1986, and on Tuesday night he sounded like a man who could scarcely believe that he was one game away from doing the same himself.
In added time there was a moment when all the logic of this game was put into the most severe peril
Bold attack pays off as 3-2 win over Uruguay sets up a 'dream chance' for Holland to lift World Cup for first time