• Ten players to watch this summer

    Bologna's Gaston Ramirez (left)1. Gaston Ramirez

    The Uruguay playmaker 21, has been linked with Liverpool among others following an excellent season for Bologna, during which he scored eight Serie A goals as the perennial strugglers finished in the top half of the standings.

    Ramirez is a gifted, technical attacking midfielder who plays in the space between the midfield and the strikers. Ordinarily, players of this ilk struggle in the Premier League, but ordinarily, such trequartistas are slight of frame, and find themselves shunted out wide or forced to play in an orthodox four-man midfield.

    But he is six-foot tall and has

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  • When England play Italy in the Euro 2012 quarter-finals on Sunday night, it won't just be the two nations going head-to-head. It will also be a meeting of two of the most controversial figures in the game, John Terry and Mario Balotelli.

    So we decided to take a look at the lowlights - and even one or two highlights - of the careers of football's two great pantomime villains.

    Both players have already hit the headlines in the tournament, with Terry being right at the heart of the  single most controversial incident with his attempted goal-line clearance against Ukraine.

    John Terry makes his controversial clearanceJohn Terry makes his controversial clearance

    It was a classic

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  • Euroscout: Aiden McGeady

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we looked at Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady during the 0-0 draw with Hungary.

    Name: Aiden McGeady

    Date of birth: April 4, 1986 (age 26)

    Place of birth: Glasgow, Scotland

    Nationality: Irish

    Height: 1.81m (5'11)

    Position: Right and left wing

    Current club: Spartak Moscow

    Former clubs: Celtic, Queen's Park

    McGeady is hardly an unknown quantity for Irish and British football fans, but he is only really seen on these Isles when playing for his country as his move to Russia means he has slipped off the domestic radar.

    Revitalised after a Scottish

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  • Euroscout: Miguel Lopes

    Ahead of the Euro 2012 finals, we look at Portugal right-back Miguel Lopes, who made his international debut in the pre-tournament friendly against Turkey at the Estadio Da Luz in Lisbon, which ended 3-1 to the visitors.

    Name: Hugo Miguel Almeida Costa Lopes
    Date of birth: December 19, 1986 (age 25)
    Place of birth: Lisbon, Portugal
    Nationality: Portuguese
    Height: 1.82m (5ft 11 1/2in)
    Position: Right-back
    Current club: Porto
    Former clubs: Benfica, Operario, Rio Ave, Betis (loan), Braga (loan)

    Miguel Lopes has been the unlikely beneficiary from the falling-out between coach Paulo Bento and Jose

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