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Italian forward Mario Balotelli celebrat

Italian forward Mario Balotelli celebrates after scoring a penalty during a penalty shoot out at the Euro 2012 football championships quarter-final match England vs Italy on June 24, 2012 at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. AFP PHOTO / CARL DE SOUZA (Photo credit should read CARL DE SOUZA/AFP/GettyImages)

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What we’re thinking, what we’re watching, what’s coming on the blog today and the RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day). Setting up your day in soccer:

Soccer birthdays: Jamie Redknapp may be only the second most famous Redknapp in footy-loving England. But never mind that. The Sky Sports commentator and columnist for the Daily Mail (who did, after all, have 17 England caps) turns 39 today.

Ahead on the blog today*: Tending to some “best of” elements from three great weeks of European Championship soccer so far, plus our “Monday Meh” list – a dossier of the slightly overrated in soccer.

Big Important Story of the Day: Anything look familiar with England’s loss yesterday? Like, maybe you’ve seen it before? At the World Cups in 1990, 1998 and 2006? And at the European Championships in 1996 and 2004. All were penalty kick shootout eliminations for the Three Lions.

What we should all watch on TV:

Never mind today; Just get your schedule sorted out for this week: two dandy Euro 2012 semifinals are on deck for Wednesday and Thursday.

RASNoD (Random American Soccer Name of the Day): Glenn Myernick (R.I.P.)

Twitter daps: NBC analyst Kyle Martino (@kylemartino): Breaking news: something about stripping and Joey Barton. No surprises there.

Red Bulls midfielder Dax McCarty (@DaxMcCarty11) on the team’s win Sunday over D.C. United: YEAAAA BUDDY! That one felt a little better than usual. To the fans, unbelievable. Every game from now on please. Brandon Barklage = legend!

PST background noise while blogging today: KXT out of Dallas; I need some music to sooth the hurt of a three-week, whirlwind relationship that’s approaching its termination point. I can already feel it slipping away. I miss you already, Euro 2012! I miss you already.