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The Dirtiest Players In Euro Cup History

Posted by Todd Shale on 6/14/2012 4:39:34 PM

Most online betting players know there is a fine line between being physical and being dirty, and players on the pitch will often straddle that. They may not even receive cards for their offenses, but some players will cross the line and that is why they will end up on this list of some of the dirtiest players to every participate in the European Championship.

Marco Matarazzi, Italy

Matarazzi is more known for his confrontation with France legend Zinedine Zidane at the 2006 World Cup, where he disparaged Zidane’s family enough that it earned him a headbutt to the chest. Matarazzi was always trying to bend the rules, pulling shirts, dirty tackles, whatever he could do to gain an edge on the competion.

Mark van Bommel, The Netherlands

The current Dutch captain is a bully in midfield, and he won’t hesitate to foul a player on purpose to stop a breakout attempt by the opposition. Van Bommel has been known to have a temper on the pitch and it has led many soccer betting players to wonder why he wears the armband.

Miguel Angel Nadal, Spain

Nadal is the uncle of current tennis great Rafael Nadal, and he was called “The Beast” for his ferocious displays in midfield and defense for Spain. Nadal never left anything on the table when he put on the red shirt and many call him the toughest player to ever suit up for Spain.

Johann Vogel, Switzerland

Vogel was another hardman in midfield that captained the Swiss side and he was a no-nonsense player that never backed down from getting stuck into a tackle. He had quality when it came to passing and starting attack, but if you were going to get by Vogel, you had to expect an extra kick and you were going to know that he was on the pitch, for better or worse.

Tony Adams, England

Adams was also a captain for the Three Lions, even though he is more known for his time leading an Arsenal side that is far different from the flowing football we’ve seen come out of the Arsene Wenger era. Adams was as tough as they come and the defender had to be a little dirty sometimes to overcome a startling lack of pace.

Giorgios Karagounis, Greece

Karagounis continues to lead the Greeks out at Euro 2012 betting, and he has had to use a physical style of play to overcome his height, which is generously listed at 5’9”. Like many of the other players on this list, Karagounis is a quality player and a leader of men, but sometimes you must have a mean streak if you are going to get to the top of your professional and Karagounis certainly has developed one. It’ll be a sad day when he gives up the Greek armband.

Paulo Bento, Portugal

Bento has brought a more defensive style of play to Portugal as manager of the national team, and he was one of the most physical players in the history of the side. He was famously suspended at the 2000 European Championship for abuse of a referee, and he is aiming to make this current Portugal side tougher, although with more discipline.

Lothar Matthaus, Germany

Matthaus will go down as one of the best online sportsbook players in the history of European football, but that doesn’t mean that he was a choir boy. Matthaus was a monster in the midfield, then as a defender and sweeper and he combined decent pace with a willingness to chop you down, no matter where you were on the pitch.

Patrick Vieira, France

Vieira actually behaved better in the blue shirt of France than he did during his time at Arsenal, but like Matthaus, that doesn’t mean that he was innocent. Vieira covered a lot of ground in midfield and if you heard him chasing you, your best bet was to get rid of the ball as quickly as possible, and even though it wasn’t assured that you would get away without receiving a kick or a shove.

Gennaro Gattuso, Italy

Finally, Gattuso rounds out this list as the dogged half of a midfield pairing with Andrea Pirlo that fueled the Italians (and A.C. Milan) for years. He wouldn’t hesitate to stick up for a teammate and he did the dirty work so Pirlo could use his brilliant vision to create in midfield. While he was dirty at times, like all the players on this list, you usually need one player that will cross the line in order to boost your sports betting chances.


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