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"We will get the fans on board by having fun.”
-- Italy national team coach Roberto Mancini, appearing on an Italian television variety show, the stage for his unveiling of the Azzurri squad for the European Championship. Mancini and his coaches played a game of paddleball with frying pans. Three players performed as backup vocalists for a rapper. (New York Times)
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"Johan Cruyff would turn over in his grave. But he would also do that [if he saw the] games of Barcelona under Ronald Koeman."
-- Ronald de Boer on the 5-3-2 formation used by his twin brother, Dutch national team coach Frank de Boer, for its friendly against Scotland, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Cruyff played for the Netherlands and played for and coached Barcelona, now coached by Koeman, Frank de Boer's predecessor as Dutch national team coach. Cruyff favored a more attacking 4-3-3 formation. (De Telegraaf in Dutch)
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1. Amsterdam. Johan Cruyff Arena (12,000)
2. Baku. Olympic Stadium (31,000)
3. Bucharest. Arena Nationala (13,000)
4. Budapest. Puskas Arena (61,000)
5. Copenhagen. Parken Stadium (11,250/0)
6. Glasgow. Hampden Park (12,000)
7. London. Wembley Stadium (*22,500)
8. Munich. Allianz Arena (14,500)
9. Rome. Stadio Olimpico (16,000)
10. St. Petersburg. Krestovsky Stadium (30,500)
11. Seville. La Cartuja (20,000)
*Capacity for semifinals and final at Wembley Stadium are yet to be confirmed.
Note: In parentheses are the capacity levels in place for the tournament.
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