Euro 2008: Where are they now?
It was six months ago that fans were treated to a scintillating European Championship. Here's a look at how the leading actors of Euro 2008 are now faring:
Moreover, Spain fielded a young team, with stars
Spain hasn't missed a beat since
Arshavin immediately became the hottest player on the summer transfer market. There was only one problem -- there were no takers. Zenit hoped to get $30 million for Arshavin, but the price tag was too high. Zenit rebuffed a bid from Barcelona, and Arsenal rejected Arshavin as being too old to rate a $30 million price tag. Now Zenit must wait until the January transfer market for a deal to be cut. Struggling Real Madrid could land Arshavin, and Arsenal has thrown its hat back into the ring.
The Dutch were one of the great stories of Euro '08, playing with the swagger and attacking spirit that van Basten displayed in a playing career cut short by injuries. He was never a likely candidate to go into coaching, but after almost a decade in retirement he joined Ajax, the club at which he started his career, as an assistant in its reserve program. After four years with the Dutch national team -- it fell to Portugal in the second round of the '06 World Cup -- van Basten returned to Ajax, where is again working his magic.
The Amsterdam club is three points back of first-place AZ Alkmaar in the Eredivisie and into a UEFA Cup round-of-32 matchup with Fiorentina. After a slow start, van Basten has Ajax back on course toward reaching his goal of making it once again the preeminent Dutch club.
He came through with an excellent Euro '08, scoring the first goal against Italy and the late equalizer in the quarterfinal loss to Russia in overtime, but his future is in doubt. Playing for Real Madrid, van Nistelrooy suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of action until next season. At 32, he finds his career in jeopardy. "It's a long time to be out but there was no other way," he says. "The injury is serious."
Most observers figured Domenech was a goner, but the French soccer federation (FFF) chose to give the 56-year-old coach a lifeline. Thanks to the support of UEFA president
"It is a big frustrating result," acknowledged Queiroz, who replaced