Euro 2012

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Spain Wallops Italy 4-0 for 3rd Straight Crown

David Silva, Jordi Alba score first-half goals in European Championship

(Newser) - Spain won its third straight major soccer title today, beating Italy 4-0 in the European Championship final. David Silva and Jordi Alba scored first-half goals, and Fernando Torres and Juan Mata added two more in the second half as the Spanish passing game worked its magic against the Italians at... More »

Activists: Quit It With Oracle Animals

'Tasteless' soccer trend annoys animal rights groups

(Newser) - World Cup wonder Paul the octopus has been succeeded by Nelly the elephant and a menagerie of other animals allegedly capable of predicting soccer outcomes, but the trend has gotten out of hand during Euro 2012, animal rights groups complain. "It's too much, almost every dog and pig... More »

Devoted Sports Fan Dies From Exhaustion

Jiang Xiaoshan stayed up for 11 nights, working the next day

(Newser) - A Chinese soccer fan has paid the ultimate price for supporting his favorite teams, the Telegraph reports. Jiang Xiaoshan, a fan of France and England, died this week from exhaustion after staying up for 11 sleepless nights to watch every Euro 2012 match-up. With the time difference, he watched games... More »

Euro 2012 Animal Oracles Doing Shockingly Well

Can any of them replace Paul the octopus?

(Newser) - Paul the octopus stunned the world with his eight-out-of-eight correct predictions during the 2010 World Cup—but sadly, he died shortly thereafter . Der Spiegel looks at a menagerie of his would-be successors, and finds that the latest animal oracles are doing surprisingly well at predicting the outcome of the European... More »

120 Busted as Russians, Poles Clash at Soccer Showdown

15 seriously injured in Warsaw fan skirmishes at Euro 2012

(Newser) - Euro 2012 has been shaken by some of the worst violence to hit a major soccer tournament in years. At least 120 people were arrested as large groups of Polish and Russian fans clashed in Warsaw before and after the two national sides played to a 1-1 tie, reports the... More »

Ukraine Accused of 'Barbaric' Dog Slaughter

Strays routinely poisoned, activists say

(Newser) - In four Ukrainian cities that will host the Euro 2012 soccer championship next summer, more than 9,000 dogs have been put to death in the last year—and animal rights activists, who believe the number is actually much greater, accuse authorities of using illegal, inhuman methods including poison to... More »

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