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'Fiscal fortunes' at Euro 2012.

Who's in the money and who's going bust in Poland and Ukraine...

'BOOM TIME'

BEING GREEK - The country may have no money but now is the time to be called Spiros or Sotiris. Their football team shocked again to make the last eight, and, as coach Fernando Santos reminded everyone, Greece gave the world "history democracy, science, values" and added, "it is very difficult for anyone to give us lessons". Are you listening Angela Merkel?









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POLISH PLAYERS - Apparently every cloud has a silver lining and for Robert Lewandowski and Co the cloud named 'dumped out at the group stages' comes with its very own plus point: the end of Franciszek Smuda's reign as boss. The big boss man was a strict disciplinarian and was over zealous in his puritanical crusade. Let the party begin...

PATIENCE - We can exclusively reveal just how the Czech Republic, an old, tired outfit, with a negative goal difference and little hope, managed to qualify for the quarters, top of Group A. Here it goes: patience. At half-time of their 1-0 win over Poland, boss Michal Bilek told his players one thing, "take your time". That's a message us studious souls can sign up to.

'ABOUT TO DEFAULT'

BLACK BOOTS - We're showing our age here, but we remember a time when footballers weren't all billionaires, wore tight shorts and boots of a sober hue. However, while boots of many colours have been worn for a few years now, the Euros have seen almost universal wearing of garish and grotesque illuminous boots...it's not like the old days...

IN-GER-LAND SECRETS - It's emerged the European minnows aren't very good at hiding their tactics from the opposition. Before the side's 3-2 win a couple of cunning Swedish spies were able to get their hands on In-Ger-Land's line-up and strategy. It didn't do the Swedes much good, but we can reveal Wayne Rooney will play tomorrow...

ANDREI ARSHAVIN - "He's still got it" they cried when the Arsenal flop ran rings around the Czech Republic. However, two games later Andrei and his Russia team-mates are out. The Gunners man is the personification of his national side - at times simply brilliant and great to watch, but all too often inconsistent and lacking come the big occasion.

QUOTE OF THE DAY...

"I don't fear the biscuit" - That's Italy keeper Gianluigi Buffon's way of saying he's sure Spain and Croatia won't send his side home by manufacturing a two-all draw...

EURO SWAPSIES

We run the risk of waking up to find that Ron has scored five goals and single-handedly got Portugal through to the last eight. However, it's a risk we're willing to take as we've found out the 'second best player of the past 15 years with the name Ronaldo' has his own private suite at the team hotel in Poznan. Not exactly mucking in and being just one of the players is it, Cristiano?

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