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REAL Madrid attacker Cristiano Ronaldo believes that Portugal can defeat Germany in its Euro 2012 opener.
Die Mannschaft sent Portugal packing at Euro 2008 and are one of the favorites in Poland and Ukraine, but Ronaldo refused to write off the Seleccao's chances against Joachim Low's men in the first group game.
"I am looking forward to the tournament, we will have a few days to prepare for it," Ronaldo said.
"The coach knows better than anyone what to do. We will have 20 days to prepare for the first game, so we will have enough time to set up the tactics to beat Germany."
After the match against Germany on June 9, Portugal will take on Denmark (June 13) and Netherlands (June 17).
The Euro 2004 runnerup, whose pre-Euro training base is located in Obidos, will play friendlies against Macedonia and Turkey before flying out to Opalenica, in Poland.

DESPITE going into the match as the favorite, the German giant lost out on penalties to the west Londoners, with die Mannschaft stars Bastian Schweinsteiger and Mario Gomez being heavily scrutinized for their performances in the contest.
Schweinsteiger missed a crucial spot kick during the shootout, while Gomez failed to take any of his chances in front of goal, leading to question marks over their ability to rise to an occasion. But Klose insists they do not have a mental block.

FORMER France boss Raymond Domenech has stated that England has no quality and will be an easy Euro 2012 opener for Les Bleus.
The rivals have been drawn against each other in Group D along with Sweden and Ukraine, and will do battle in the first game of the pool on June 11.
The 60-year-old, who coached his nation between 2004 and 2010, has stated that Roy Hodgson's men will not stand in France's way.
“The first game against England should be easy as they have no quality,” Domenech is quoted as saying by France Football. “Then we must not lose against Ukraine and we will progress past the first round."

LIVERPOOL will make another effort to discover this weekend whether they can convince Pep Guardiola to take over the managerial reins at Anfield.
The Reds have previously made enquires through Pere Guardiola, Pep's brother and also agent to Luis Suarez, but have not received a response from the outgoing Barcelona boss.
Guardiola had initially claimed he wanted to take a sabbatical from football to recharge his batteries, but hinted earlier this week that he would be willing to take on a new job in the summer.

...As Chelsea wins Champions League

ABSENT skipper John Terry called for Roberto Di Matteo to be given the job on a full-time basis after Chelsea won the Champions League final in Munich.
''Robbie has been fantastic since he came in,'' he said. ''You look at that trophy. That's certainly what we've been waiting for, what the owner's been waiting for, what the owner was in tears for.
''He's strived for this, he's pumped an awful lot of money into this football club trying to achieve that. Tonight we've done that and Robbie deserves a lot of credit for that.''

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