Euro Countdown: One Month To Go

England picks Roy Hodgson: The Three Lions finally decided on their coach, surprising many by picking Roy Hodgson over Harry Redknapp. The British population reacted badly, but the rest of world seems to think this is a smart move. It is.

First of all, Hodgson has a much better reaction to personal criticism than Redknapp does, a trait very important for the England job. As soon as the news was made official, The Sun made fun of Hodgson’s speech impediment with the headline “Bwing on the Euwos!”

Hodgson’s tactics are also a much better fit for England than Redknapp’s. With so little time to prepare for the Euro, the country needs a defense-first coach, rather than one who believes that “tactics are 10% of the game.” Hodgson’s teams, usually hard-working and effective underdogs, have a lot in common with England’s traditional style. And getting Fulham to the Europa League final is much more impressive than anything Redknapp has achieved at Spurs.

For a more in-depth comparison between the two coaches, read this A Football Report article.

Ukraine Goalkeeper Crisis: Oleksandr Shovkovskiy is the third Ukrainian goalkeeper to be ruled out of Euro 2012, turning an already precarious goalkeeper situation into a full-blown crisis. The full goalkeeper rankings:

16. Ukraine (Andriy Pyatov)

15. Greece (Michalis Sifakis/Alexandros Tzorvas)

14. Denmark (Thomas Sorensen/Anders Lindegaard)

13. Sweden (Andreas Isaksson)

12. Croatia (Stipe Pletikosa)

11. Ireland (Shay Given)

10. Portugal (Rui Patricio)

9. Russia (Igor Akinfeev)

8. France (Hugo Lloris)

7. Poland (Wojciech Szczesny)

6. Czech Republic (Petr Cech)

5. Holland (Maarten Stekelenburg)

4. Italy (Gianluigi Buffon)

3. England (Joe Hart)

2. Spain (Iker Casillas)

1. Germany (Manuel Neuer)

Injury Update: The injuries are starting to fly in. In the last week, Shovkovskiy, Bacary Sagna , Erik Pieters, and Carles Puyol have all been ruled out of the tournament.

Squads: Ireland are the only team to have announced their 23-man Euro 2012 squad, but Poland, Ukraine, Germany and Holland have all named preliminary squads.


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