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Robbie Keane raring to get Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 bid started

Robbie Keane cannot wait to get started as the Republic of Ireland finalise their preparations for their Euro 2012 kick-off on Sunday evening.

'It's a disgrace, especially after getting back from Auschwitz, that we are confronted with this', says Dutch captain Mark van Bommel

Dutch football team subjected to racist abuse from fans in Krakow ahead of Euro 2012

Netherlands complain to Uefa over monkey chants while training near England's Euro 2012 camp

Polish coach is crazy like a fox

Poland coach Franciszek Smuda is like a "fox in a cage" and cannot wait to launch the team's Euro 2012 campaign tomorrow, according to assistant coach Jacek Zielinski.

Euro 2012 files: Blasts from the past

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of days and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Euro 2012 files: Notable absentees

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of days and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Euro 2012 files: The exciting youngsters

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of days and in anticipation The Independent is running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

Franciszek Smuda said choosing Poland's European Championship squad had been 'incredibly hard'

Franciszek Smuda backs Poland to progress at Euro 2012

The Poland coach, Franciszek Smuda, yesterday announced the European Championship co-hosts' 23-man squad, and declared it the worst moment of any coach's career. Smuda made the announcement, including telling the three players who were surplus to requirements, as Poland wrapped up their training camp less than two weeks before kicking off the tournament.

Euro 2012 files: The hotheads and divers

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a couple 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.

Euro 2012 files: The top goalkeepers

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.

Euro 2012 files: The galacticos

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.

Donetsk 'the least racist' of host cities at Euro 2012

Donetsk, where England will play two of their group games at Euro 2012, has been described as the "least dangerous of all the host cities" by a group responsible for monitoring racism in eastern Europe.

Euro 2012 files: The wives, girlfriends and famous faces

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.

Poland best for good value luxury accommodation says survey

Poland provides the best-value five-star hotel accommodation, according to a survey.

Euro 2012 files: The meanest defenders

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

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Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez scored on his debut for Germany in 2007 against Switzerland. In the 51 games he's played since, he's notched an noble 21 goals. Yet his form in the big tournaments has failed to impress. Despite breaking up the tried and tested partnership of Lukas Podolski and Miroslav Klose at Euro 2008, he failed to score at the tournament, including a substitute appearance in the final against Spain. At the World Cup in South Africa, he was similarly useless - again failing to find the net even once. But this season he's been in startling form for his club side, scoring 26 goals in the league and an incredible 12 in Bayern's march to the Champions League final - and that's why we're backing the 26-year-old to break his tournament duck and then some at Euro 2012. If he doesn't, Germany can look to those trusted old hands Klose and Podolski to see them through.

Euro 2012 files: The golden boot contenders

Euro 2012 kicks-off in just a matter of weeks and in anticipation The Independent will be running down the key factors and people to keep an eye on in Poland and Ukraine this summer.

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