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Lifestyle 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Hyped up for battle

FOOTBALLCHANNEL.COM scours for reasons for England being one of the Euro 2004 favourites and examines the role that captain David Beckham must play in their quest to justify the lofty expectations.

Lifestyle 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

The best and ‘wurst’

In this concluding segment of a two-part series on Euro 2004, B. SANJEEVAN reckons the Germans won't cut it.

Lifestyle 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Dutch courage

Holland is considered one of the outside favourites for Euro 2004 and arrive in Portugal on the back of another round of internal bickering and suspect form. FOOTBALLCHANNEL.COM recalls the bitter disputes of past that ruined Holland's chances with a heavy sense of deja vu.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Troubled Germans arrive as cops hold fans at bay

Germany arrived in Portugal on Wednesday with no fans to greet them and plenty to worry about before the start of their Euro 2004 campaign.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Owen, van Nistelrooy and Totti will have to live up to legends

Latvia midfielder Andrejs Rubins is unlikely to join the list of great number 10s but Francesco Totti, Michael Owen and Ruud van Nistelrooy just might.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Montgomery and three others face Olympic ban

Sprint world record holder Tim Montgomery has been told by the US Anti-Doping Agency he may have committed drug violations that could bar him from the Athens Olympics.

Other Sport 11 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Van Nistelrooy itching to show true colours

Ruud van Nistelrooy will finally get the chance to show his true colours in a major tournament when he leads the Dutch attack at Euro 2004.

Other Sport 10 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Bekele breaks world record again

Kenenisa Bekele fulfilled the prediction of fellow-Ethiopian Haile Gebrselassie just ahead of his 22nd birthday when he stole the 10,000m world record from his mentor as well.

Other Sport 10 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

Golden goal rule booted for Euro 2004

Euro 2004 is played with the same 16-team format as the 2000 edition, but this time with a silver goal rule and possible penalty shoot-outs in the group stage.

Other Sport 10 Jun 2004 | 12:00 AM

No world record for Dragila

American Stacy Dragila's outdoor pole vault leap of 4.83m on Tuesday will not stand as a world record, the sport's governing body IAAF have confirmed.