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Here’s what Fabregas, Torres & Ballack thought of the Euro2008 Final

June 29th, 2008

Villa and Torres - Euro2008 - photo courtesy of Bodog SportsSpain ended their 44-year wait for a major international title with a 1-0 victory over Germany at the Euro 2008 final on Sunday.

Fernando Torres scored the only goal of the game in the first half as football’s perennial underachievers finally banished that unwanted tag to the history books. It was the first time Spain had won the European title since 1964 and their first final since 1984.

For 69-year-old Spanish coach Luis Aragones there was a tinge of bitterness mixed with the moment of glory. “We did things well, we won, period. I will not be staying on as coach because I have been given no possibility to,” said Aragones.

For Spanish midfielder Cesc Fabregas it was a dream come true. “This is great,” said the 21-year-old Arsenal star. “This is the best day of my life as a player. “I don’t think we are conscious yet of what we have achieved….44 years later. “It has been one of my dreams and I made it. “It is true we won it with style. “We were trying to create chances and play beautiful football and we have at last had the success we deserved. “I don’t know why it has taken this long and I don’t want to think about that anymore as we have achieved it and we are a young team and will fight for the World Cup in two years time.”

For Torres too it was a dream realised. “For me, it’s a dream come true,” said Torres. “Victory in a Euro, is almost as big as a World Cup. I think that we have played very good football throughout the tournament and it was justice done when we won the final.”

German coach Joachim Loew professed his admiration for his side, who defied expectations to reach the final. “I have to compliment the team for what they have achieved over the past few weeks,” said the 48-year-old. “It has been fantastic. The players are obviously disappointed, but they have every reason to hold their heads up high.”

For German captain Michael Ballack it was more disappointment in a major tournament. “It is very sad to lose when one has come such a long way,” said the 31-year-old, who missed the 2002 World Cup final because he was suspended and has also lost two Champions League finals. “All the team battled away. This tournament has come at the end of the season and physically it has been tough. However, today (Sunday) we have made too many errors.”

Spain seemed to start tentatively and a mistake from Sergio Ramos gave Miroslav Klose a glorious opportunity after just four minutes, but after taking the ball past Carles Puyol his next touch was too strong and he ran the ball out of play. Spain gradually started to settle but three-time champions Germany still had the next chance, Thomas Hitzlsperger hitting a tame shot straight at Spain captain Iker Casillas.

Just before the quarter-hour mark Jens Lehmann came to Germany’s rescue as a cross from Andres Iniesta deflected off Christoph Metzelder’s boot and only a stunning reaction save from the Arsenal stopper prevented a goal.

Spain were starting to take control and Torres headed a Xavi free-kick over the bar. On 23 minutes Ramos cut in from the right and crossed to the back post where Torres climbed above the considerably taller Per Mertersacker; his downward header beat Lehmann but unfortunately for Spain not the base of the post.

Up the other end Spain’s slightly suspect defence was struggling to cope with the direct running of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Lukas Podolski but Germany created little despite Ballack’s volley being blocked by Ramos. Then on 33 minutes Torres put Spain ahead with a moment of sublime quality. He latched onto a piercing through ball from Xavi, outpaced Philipp Lahm and chipped the ball over the advancing Lehmann with a flicked shot that could have threaded the eye of a needle. Spain were suddenly rampant and Iniesta crossed to the back post where the unmarked David Silva had a rush of blood to the head and lashed a volley wildly over.

Spain seemed brimming with confidence at the start of the second period and both Xavi and Silva went close with long range efforts before Torres again outpaced the German defence but couldn’t quite reach the ball before Lehmann came out to smother. Germany coach Joachim Loew responded by sending on a second forward in Kevin Kuranyi to replace midfielder Hitzlsperger. That immediately shifted the momentum of the game and on the hour a mistake from Puyol was almost punished as Ballack fired just wide; moments later Casillas came storming out of goal to take a cross from Ballack off Kuranyi’s head. Spain remained dangerous and Ramos forced Lehmann into a fine block with a powerful header from a Xavi free-kick before Torsten Frings cleared a shot from Iniesta off the line.

Brazil-born Marcos Senna came within inches of settling the game in the final 10 minutes but he couldn’t quite stretch his leg out far enough to meet substitute Daniel Guiza’s downward header with the goal at his mercy.

Former champ bids to end Federer’s 62-match winning streak

June 29th, 2008

Hewitt faces an uphill task 
Ailing Hewitt inspired by WoodsLleyton Hewitt will attempt to halt Roger Federer’s charge towards a sixth Wimbledon title on Monday – and he will use Tiger Woods as an inspiration.

Former champion Hewitt faces Federer in the last 16 knowing his opponent has now won 62 consecutive matches on grass. To add to his task, the Australian is struggling with a hip injury which he admits would have ruled him out of any other tournament. But Hewitt hopes he can follow in Woods’ lead – he won the US Open earlier this month despite clearly struggling with a knee problem which has since ruled him out for the rest of the season.

“I love watching Tiger play, he’s one of my favourite sportsmen,” said the 27-year-old from Adelaide. “What he did was incredible. I don’t really know if anyone else would have been able to do it. Not only to play four rounds but then go out and play a fifth day (for the play-off).

“That’s the kind of stage that was set up perfectly for him. It really was. No-one else on this planet, I don’t think, could have got through with the win.”

Woods was very cagey about the extent of his injury during the event and Hewitt is also keen not to talk up his problem. “I don’t complain about injuries too much, I think that comes from a (Australian Rules) football background,” added the 2002 winner. “You don’t show when you’re hurt. It’s the same out on the court. Very rarely do I give away signs if I’m hurting at all. It’s signs of weakness. I try to play the cards pretty close to my chest.”

Federer has a 13-7 win-loss record against Hewitt, including the last 11 in a row. Two of those wins have come at Wimbledon – the 2004 quarter-finals and the 2005 semi-final.

Attractive
But Hewitt does have at least one advantage – he is now coached by the legendary Tony Roche, who also coached Federer for two and a half years until they split in May last year.

“Rochey’s obviously going to know a lot,” Hewitt added. “There’s no doubt about that. But you’ve still got to go out there and execute it as well and not play into Roger’s hands too much. “It can only help but it’s not the absolute key to success. You’ve still got to go out there and do it.”

While Federer-Hewitt is arguably the pick of the fourth-round matches, all of which are due to take place on Monday, there are plenty of other attractive clashes to look forward to.

Second seed Rafael Nadal faces a potentially-tricky clash with Mikhail Youzhny on Court One. The Russian has given Nadal plenty of problems in the past andhas won four of their previous 10 meetings. He was also close to toppling the Spaniard when they met at the same stage here last year when Youzhny led by two sets to love before Nadal stormed back to win in five.

Youzhny amazingly won their last meeting 6-0 6-1 in Chennai earlier this year but has needed five sets to win each of his last two matches here and could pay the price for those exertions against Nadal. That match will be followed by another Russian, Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Marat Safin, up against Switzerland’s 13th seed Stanislas Wawrinka.

On Court Two Janko Tipsarevic, who accounted for Andy Roddick in the second round, takes on his good friend Rainer Schuettler, while former semi-finalist Marcos Baghdatis and Spain’s Feliciano Lopez will fight it out on Court 18.

Croatian fans will be heading to Court 11 to see Mario Ancic take on Spain’s Fernando Verdasco and Marin Cilic up against France’s Arnaud Clement.

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Handicap Betting: Euro 2008 Final Preview

June 27th, 2008

Euro2008 betting previewsAfter thirty games and almost 3,000 minutes of soccer action the Euro 2008 betting market boils down to just two teams – Spain and Germany. Though the Germans were the outright favourite most sportsbooks before the tournament kicked-off on June 7th, it is the Spaniards who come into the final of Euro 2008 as favourites.

 

EURO 2008 FINAL ASIAN HANDICAP BETTING PRICED TO 101.7%

Spain 1.690*
Germany 2.350*

Germany were fancied to do well at Euro 2008 on account of relatively easy group, a relatively comfortable route to the final and strong support. Though they have succeeded in reaching the final, some of their performances en-route have raised eye-brows. Germany were beaten by Croatia at the group stage and gave a lacklustre performance against a severely weakened Turkey at the semi-final stage. These concerns have led bookmakers such as PinnacleSports.com, to push Germany to under-dogs for the final in Vienna on Sunday, but as all soccer fans know, Germany don’t know the meaning of the word under-dog.

EURO 2008 FINAL THREE WAY BETTING PRICED TO 102.85%

Spain 2.400*
Germany 3.300*
Draw 3.230*

Spain’s appearance in the Euro 2008 final is an historic moment for a soccer nation that has consistently under-achieved on the world stage. During their 3-0 semi-final defeat of Russia, the side visibly grew with confidence and the cries of ‘Ole’ became more triumphant from their ecstatic supporters. Coach, Luis Aragones, has been dealt a blow by the injury to David Villa (the tournaments current top-scorer) which keeps him out of the final. However, Aragones has La Liga’s top-scorer, Dani Guiza, and Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas – who has made a huge impact when used as a substitute – ready to step into the breach.

On performances so far, Spain are worthy favourites with PinnacleSports.com to lift the Euro 2008 trophy, the question punters have to ask is whether they can deal with the pressure in the final, and deliver on their undoubted potential.

Go to PinnacleSports.com for a full range of Euro 2008 final match markets including corners, red & yellow cards, and total goals, all priced to 60% better than traditional bookmakers.
*All odds subject to change.

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Euro2008 Final Sportsbook Specials

June 27th, 2008

Ready to place your bets on the final? Check out these stake-back deals first!

Absolutely Fabregas! – Euro 2008 Final – Sunday 29th June LIVE ON BBC1/RTE2
Click to visit PaddyPower.com Online BookiePaddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast single bets on this match if Cesc Fabregas scores at any time in 90mins. If Cesc Fabregas plays no part in the match special will revert to if the last goal is scored from outside the box. Max Refund €300/£200 per customer/bet.

Euro 2008 Final  – Sunday, 29 June
Click to visit Aussie Bookie CanbetIf your bet loses and the match is tied 0-0 at the end of 90-minutes, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUFINAL. Maximum refund £50 (€65)

Last Action Hero – Germany v Spain – Euro2008 Final, Sunday 7:45pm
Click to visit Irish sportsbook BoyleSports.comIf Fernando Torres or Michael Ballack scores the last goal of the game (90 mins play only) Boylesports will refund losing First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer, Correct score & Scorecast single bets on this match. Max Refund €300 (or Currency Equiv) per customer

Nil All?  BET365 Bore Draw Offer
Click to get on down to Bet365 BookmakerPlace a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

Fred’s Euro2008 Cashbacks
Click to go to Bet Fred BookmakerScorecast Cashback Offer: Place a scorecast bet on any Euro 2008 match and if ‘half’ of your scorecast wins but the other half lets you down, BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max).

Click to go to Bet Fred BookmakerFirst Goalscorer Cashback Offer: Place a bet on any Euro 2008 First Goalscorer market and if your selection misses out on the first goal but goes on to score the last goal, BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max). 

Victor Chandlers Cashbacks
Click to visit Victor Chandler BookmakerMoney for Nothing: Place a bet on the Correct Score, First Goalscorer or Double Result (HT/FT) on
the EURO 2008 final and if it finishes 0-0 VCBet will refund your losing stake as a free bet. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only. Does not apply to in-running bets.

Click to visit Victor Chandler Bookmaker1st Scorer 2nd Chance: Place a First Goalscorer bet on the EURO 2008 final and if your player fails to score the first goal but scores at any other time in the match VCBet will refund your stake as a free bet. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only.

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June 24th, 2008

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Stake-back Betting Specials Euro2008 Semis & Final

June 24th, 2008

Here are the next set of bookie Euro2008 money back specials (stake-back betting offers, free bet deals… whatever you like to call them). First up I’ve listed those specific to the semi finals and final matches, then I’ve included some more generic sportsbook offers applicable on these games (they’ve run throughout the UEFA Euro 2008 event).

Click to visit PaddyPower.com sportsbookHeading to Vienna! – Euro 2008 – Semi-Finals, Germany v Turkey and Russia v Spain
Money-Back Special: Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on either of the above matches if the last goal in that match in 90 minutes is a header. Max Refund €300/£200 per customer/bet.

Click to visit BoyleSports.com bookmakerToo Klose for Comfort! – Germany v Turkey, Euro2008 Semi Final
If Miroslav Klose scores the last goal of the game (90 mins play) Boylesports will refund losing First/Last/Anytime Goalscorer,
Correct score & Scorecast single bets on this match.
Applies to single pre-kickoff bets only, max refund is €300 (or currency equivalent) per customer.

Click to visit Aussie bookie Canbet.comSecond Chance Special – Germany v Turkey  – Wednesday, 25 June 20:45 CET
If your bet loses and a penalty kick (a direct free kick from the penalty mark) is awarded during the first half of this match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUGAMES1. Maximum refund £50 (€65)

Click to visit Aussie bookie Canbet.comSecond Chance Special – Russia v Spain – Thursday, 26 June 20:45 CET
If your bet loses and David Villa scores the first goal in the match (excluding in a penalty shootout), Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUGAMES2. Maximum refund is £50 (€65)

Click to visit Aussie bookie Canbet.comSecond Chance Special – EURO 2008 Final – Sunday, 29 June 
If your bet loses and the match is tied 0-0 at the end of 90-minutes, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUFINAL Maximum refund £50 (€65)

Click to visit top rating bookmaker Bet365Nil All? – BET365 Bore Draw Offer
Place a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

Click to go to BetFred.com bookmakerEuro2008 Cashbacks – Scorecast Cashback Offer
Place a scorecast bet on any Euro 2008 match and if ‘half’ of your scorecast wins but the other half lets you down BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max).

Click to go to BetFred.com bookmakerEuro2008 Cashbacks – First Goalscorer Cashback Offer
Place a bet on any Euro 2008 First Goalscorer market and if your selection misses out on the first goal but goes on to score the last goal, BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max). 

Click to visit Victor Chandler bookmakerMoney for Nothing
Place a bet on the Correct Score, First Goalscorer or Double Result (HT/FT) on any EURO 2008 match and if the match finishes 0-0 VCBet will refund your losing stake as a free bet on any future match. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only. Does not apply to in-running bets.

Click to visit Victor Chandler bookmaker1st Scorer 2nd Chance
Place a First Goalscorer bet on any EURO 2008 match and if your player fails to score the first goal but scores at any other time in the match VCBet will refund your stake as a free bet on any future match. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only. Does not apply to in-running bets.

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Sports Betting Previews: Handicap Betting on Euro2008 Semi Finals

June 24th, 2008

Euro2008 bettingEuro 2008 betting was turned on its head after some surprising quarter-final results. Bettors now have a few days to recover from the excitement, before the Euro 2008 semi-finals take place on Wednesday and Thursday. The tournament favourites – Holland – tumbled out in the last eight, in one of several shock results, including the amazing scenes at the end of the Croatia v Turkey game, with two goals in the final minute of extra time.

Semi-Final One – Germany v Turkey, June 25th

Turkey pulled off another Euro 2008 great escape, scoring with the final kick of extra-time against Croatia in the quarter-finals, to take the game to penalties, where they came out on top. The Turks’ joy was tinged with some misgivings as they approach a Euro 2008 semi-final against Germany without four key suspended players. Goalkeeper, Volkan Demirel, Emre Asik, Arda Turan, and Tuncay Sanli – the backbone of the Turkey side – will all watch from stands at St.Jakob-Park in Basel. Turkey are the outsiders of the four Euro 2008 semi-finalists priced 15.500* at PinnacleSports.com in a yes/no market priced to less than 102%.

In stark contrast, Germany cruised passed Portugal into the last four, oozing confidence, and carry only one injury into the semi-finals. Midfielder, Torsten Frings, is a doubt with a rib injury, otherwise Joachim Low has a full squad to choose from looking to repeat the success of national side at Euro 96. Germany are now favourites in the outright Euro 2008 betting at PinnacleSports.com priced 2.500*, strongly fancied to overcome the weakened Turkish on Wednesday night. The quarter-finals did however, make a mockery of the formbook, so bettors should think twice before piling on Germans. PinnacleSports.com price Germany 1.746 (-1)* with Turkey 2.240 (+1)* – a market priced to less than 102%.

Semi-Final Two – Russia v Spain, June 26th

The Russian soccer renaissance gathered pace as Guus Hiddink attack-minded philosophy helped them to a 3-1 extra win over Holland, who were the favourites in the Euro 2008 betting at PinnacleSports.com. Having been huge outsiders at the start of the tournament, Russia are now as short as 4.620* for overall glory, and 1.249* to fail – market priced to less than 102%. This has already been a phenomenal sporting year for Russia, after Zenit St.Petersburg lifted the UEFA Cup, CSKA Moscow became Super League Champions and the Russian national team won the Ice Hockey World Championships.

Spain stand in Russia’s way, as two of the under-achievers meet on Thursday night for what promises to be a engaging Euro 2008 semi-final. Spain were frustrated by an intensely defensive Italian side in the quarter-finals, but came through a tense penalty shoot-out, to reach the Euro 2008 semi-finals that their performances so far certainly merit. The attack pairing of David Villa and Fernando Torres remain a potent threat, while Arsenal’s Cesc Fabregas will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up against Russia, having impressed as a substitute, and scoring the winning penalty against Italy. PinnacleSports.com price Spain 2.750* overall second-favourites in their Euro 2008 outright betting market, and 2.120 (-0.5)* on their Euro 2008 Asian Handicap for Thursday night, with Russia 1.820 (+0.5)* – a market priced to less than 102%. 

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Euro 2008 Quarter-finals Betting Preview

June 17th, 2008

Euro2008 bettingEuro 2008 betting will be soon be whittled down to the last eight teams, as the quarter-final line-up starts to take shape. Both the Euro 2008 hosts are out, leaving most of the power-houses of European football to face-off for an all important place in the semi-finals.

Euro 2008 Quarter-final 1: Germany v Portugal (June 19)

The first quarter-final of Euro 2008 sees Germany play Portugal in Basel on Thursday night, for what is an intriguing encounter between the 1996 winners and 2004 finalists. Germany came into the tournament as favourites with top handicap bookie PinnacleSports.com, but having finished second in Group B, they now take a more difficult route. The Germans are now priced 7.000* for outright success behind the Portuguese who are now 6.000* to lift the Euro 2008 trophy on June 29th.

Portugal have a more fluid passing game with the likes of Ronaldo and Deco, but lack an out-an-out striker. Germany are more solid defensively, have proven strikers, but lack the service. PinnacleSports.com are offering 1.96/1.96 style Asian Handicaps, and live-betting for the game.

Euro 2008 Quarter-final 2: Turkey v Croatia (June 20)

Four years ago at Euro 2004 Greece captured the neutral supporters’ vote, emerging as unlikely winners. This time around, following two last gasp victories, Turkey have become everyone’s favourite Euro 2008 under-dog. It would be some story were Fatih Terim’s side able to make it all the way to the final, having looked down and out after opening with a 2-0 defeat to Portugal. They now face Euro 2008 Group B winners Croatia, but are without first choice goalkeeper Demirel, sent off the amazing conclusion to their 3-2 win over the Czech Republic.

Croatia bring a 100% record into the last eight, and have shortened in the Euro 2008 outright betting at PinnacleSports.com to 9.000* with the win over Germany of particular significance. The Croatians have grown in confidence, and coach Slavan Bilic had the luxury of resting key players in the win over Poland. PinnacleSports.com are offering 1.96/1.96 style Asian Handicaps, and live-betting for the game.

Click to compare Euro2008 odds live across sportsbooks

 

*All odds in this blog are subject to change but were correct when published. Check out the best bookie odds live for Euro2008 betting here at BookieLabRat.com.
 

 

 

Euro 2008 Group C & D Betting – Concluding Fixtures (June 17 – 18)

June 17th, 2008

Euro 2008 Betting Preview – Group C Reaches its Dramatic Conclusion (June 17)

Holland have shot to head of the Euro 2008 outright betting at top Handicap sportsbook, PinnacleSports.com, priced as short as 4.500*, in a market priced to an amazing 105%. The Dutch have scored seven goals to send them through to the quarter-finals, where they could be joined by any of Italy, France and Romania.

Victory Against Holland Will Send Romania Into Last Eight

If Romania can do what France and Italy failed to do – beat Holland on Tuesday night – they will book a place in Euro 2008 quarter-finals. Judged purely on performance so far that would appear unlikely, as the Dutch have slammed in seven goals, and played the most attractive football so far. However, having already qualified, Marco Van Basten’s side may take their foot off the gas, and they will shed no tears if by losing they also knock out France and Italy. Adrian Mutu has more to prove than most having missed a penalty against Italy that would have sent them through. PinnacleSports.com price the Romanians favourites 2.200 (-0.5)* with Holland 1.769 (+0.5)* – a market priced to less than 102%.

World Cup Finalists’ Fate Out of their Hands

The Euro 2008 fate of World Cup finalists, Italy and France, is out of their hands ahead of the final Group C fixtures. A victory for Romania will send them both out, irrespective of the result, so they must hope Holland hold form. A draw is unlikely to good enough, given both sides heavy defeat to the Dutch, so both teams must go for the win, ensuring a cracking game. Neither the French or Italians have produced their best form, and on the night it could well be the side that enjoys a bit of luck that progress, in a World Cup final re-run. PinnacleSports.com price Italy slight favourites 1.794 (0/scratch)* with France 2.160 (0/scratch)*.

Euro 2008 Betting – Group D Final Matches (June 18)

The complete line-up for Euro 2008 quarter-finals will be known after the final Group D fixtures on Wednesday night. Outright 4.90* second favourites in Euro 2008 betting, Spain, play a meaningless game against holders, Greece, who are already out, leaving Sweden and Russian to battle it out for the final quarter-final place.

Swedes & Russians Face Off for Quarter-final Place

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - photo courtesy BodogLife.comSweden must pick themselves up after the disappointment of a conceding a late goal against Spain, which makes the job of reaching the final eight that bit harder. The Swedes must avoid defeat against Russia, but if successful will face tournament favourites, Holland. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – scorer of two goals – is a fitness doubt, but should play. Russian produced a crucial winner against Greece, which leaves them needing another victory against Sweden to progress after losing their opening fixture. PinnacleSports.com price Sweden 1.893 (0/scratch)* with Russia 2.040 (0/scratch)* – a market priced to less than 102%.

Greeks Playing For Pride Against Buoyant Spaniards

European Championship holders, Greece, are already eliminated from the 2008 tournament after successive defeats. Otto Rehhagel’s side are therefore playing for pride against Spain, looking to at least score a consolation goal. Having already qualified as Group D winners, Spain are resting at least three key players – Puyol, Cazorla and Silva – while coach, Luis Aragones, may look to protect his lethal strike-pairing of Torres and Villa. Aragones will understandably leave out those players on yellow cards, but will not want to disturb his side’s positive momentum. PinnacleSports.com price Spain favourites 1.763 (-0.5)* with Greece 2.210 (+0.5)*.

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Comparing Euro 2008 Stake-Back Betting Offers

June 15th, 2008

Here’s the latest Euro 2008 stake-back betting offers at our favourite online sportsbooks.  3 outcomes to a wager: win, lose or money back as a free bet is certainly a perk that many bookies won’t offer and something the betting exchanges just can’t do for you!

There’s been a few good payouts on these cash backs so far in Euro2008: Examples include PaddyPower’s “Eur Off!” red card special paying out on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s sending off in the Croatia v Germany match. Aussie bookie Canbet also paid out on Tuesday’s Spain v Russia game as 5 or more goals were scored in the match.

Hope you too are up on your Euro2008 betting – there’s been only a few real upsets so far in the tournament, but still there’s good money to be made!
Mike

Turkey v Czech Republic  – Sunday, 15 June
Click to visit Canbet BookmakerIf your bet loses and a Red Card (the sending off of a player following serious misconduct) is shown during the first half of this match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUGAME9 at any time before the start of the match. Maximum refund for any of the Second Chance Specials is £50 (€65).  —there are new offers daily throughout Euro2008 —

Austria v Germany – Monday, 16 June
Click to visit Canbet BookmakerIf your bet loses and Austria wins this match, Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUGAME10 at any time before the start of the match. Maximum refund for any of the Second Chance Specials is £50 (€65).

France v Italy – Tuesday, 17 June
Click to visit Canbet BookmakerIf your bet loses and the first or last goal of the match is a header (scored using only the player’s head), Canbet will refund your bet (Correct Score Only). To take advantage of this offer, enter the promotional code: EUGAME11 at any time before the start of the match. Maximum refund for any of the Second Chance Specials is £50 (€65).

Super Sub Stake Back – Portugal v Switzerland 
Click to visit Ladbrokes BookmakerSimply pick a player in Ladbrokes’ first goal scorer market and if he is the first player subbed off when the score is 0-0 then, Ladbrokes will refund your stake.

Last Chance Saloon – Czech Republic vs Turkey 
Click to visit Ladbrokes BookmakerPlace a bet on the Czech Republic vs Turkey and, if Milan Baros scores the last goal of the game, Ladbrokes will refund all losing first and last goal scorer bets.

Nil All?
Click to visit top rating bookie Bet365BET365 BORE DRAW OFFER. Place a pre-match correct score, double result or scorecast bet on ANY FOOTBALL MATCH and Bet365 will refund losing stakes if the match finishes 0-0.

Eur Off!! Red Card Rebate
Click to visit PaddyPower.comEuro 2008 Group Matches 7th – 18th June. If a player is shown a red card in any of these group matches Paddy Power will refund all losing pre-match 1st/last goalscorer, correct score & scorecast singles on that match. Player must be on the field of play at the time of sending off. Max Refund €300/£200 per customer/bet. (Paddy will no doubt replace this offer with new ones after the Group Stages)

1st Scorer 2nd Chance
Click to visit Victor Chandler VCBet.comPlace a First Goalscorer bet on any EURO 2008 match and if your player fails to score the first goal but scores at any other time in the match VCBet will refund your stake as a free bet on any future match. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only. Does not apply to in-running bets.

Money for Nothing
Click to visit Victor Chandler VCBet.comPlace a bet on the Correct Score, First Goalscorer or Double Result (HT/FT) on any EURO 2008 match and if the match finishes 0-0 VCBet will refund your losing stake as a free bet on any future match. Max refund £100 (€120) per offer per person per match. Applies to singles only. Does not apply to in-running bets.

First Goalscorer Cashback Offer
Click to visit BetFred BookmakerPlace a bet on any Euro 2008 First Goalscorer market and if your selection misses out on the first goal but goes on to score the last goal, BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max).

Scorecast Cashback Offer
Click to visit BetFred BookmakerPlace a scorecast bet on any Euro 2008 match and if ‘half’ of your scorecast wins but the other half lets you down BetFred will refund your losing stake (to £100 max). For example place a scorecast on Spain to win 2-1 and Torres to score first, if Torres scores first but Spain lose 3-1 you will get your stake refunded!!

A League of Their Own – Euro 2008 Group Stages      
Click to visit Irish bookie BoyleSports.comIf the last goal of any group stage game is scored by an English Premier League Player Boylesports will refund losing single first, last & anytime goalscorer & scorecast bets on the match. Applies to single pre-kickoff bets only, max refund is €300 (or currency equivalent) per customer.

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