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A ‘strange’ experience

ON THE BALL

Cries of “Capello, Capello” rang out briefly between news conferences at the England’s Euro 2012 media centre on Thursday. But the former England manager Fabio Capello, who resigned in February, was not in the room. It was a first sign, albeit tongue-in-cheek, of rising tensions ahead of Sunday’s quarter final in Kiev where Italy will play England.

The Italian media corps were visiting the headquarters of their counterparts at the Football Association’s (FA) England media centre on the first floor of Andel’s Hotel.

It was, for them, a very strange experience.

Biggest lasagne!

A Polish restaurant in Krakow has set a Guinness world record for cooking the biggest ever lasagne in honour of the Italy team. The lasagne weighed in at more than 4.8 tonnes and took 10 hours to bake before being sliced into 10,000 portions.

In contention

Former Germany coach Berti Vogts is one of two candidates being considered to replace Poland’s Franciszek Smuda who stepped down after the co-hosts’ group-stage exit, a Polish radio station reported on Thursday.