Steadily improving Euro 2016 hosts progress to quarter finals

Hosts France advanced to the quarter finals of Euro 2016 after recovering from the loss of an early goal to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon. Inside two minutes Ireland took the lead through Robbie Brady’s penalty, which was awarded after Paul Pogba bundled over Shane Long in the box. Shaken by their inauspicious start, the French struggled to establish a foothold in the game and despite having chances to equalise in the first 45 minutes, could have fallen further behind before half time…

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Arsenal table official bid for Brazilian wonderkid

Arsenal have made an offer to teenage Santos striker Gabriel Barbosa, though no official agreement has been reached with the club or the player, according to ESPN Brazil. The 19-year-old, who’s known as Gabigol, has received three formal proposals: one from England, one from Italy and one from China. Hebei Fortune of China came up with a huge salary bid of £250.000 for the Brazilian and were even ready to trigger his £42 million release clause. His agents also have a letter of intent from Fiorentina, who have promised to…

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Manchester United make bid to sign alternative playmaker, in danger of losing star defender

Manchester United are currently very busy working the transfer market. On Sunday, The Guardian broke the story that the Red Devils are close to landing both Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan. According to the report, United are willing to pay Ibrahimovic £220,000 per week and that the 34-year-old striker will complete his move during the first week of July. Meanwhile, the Red Devils are prepared to offer £30 million for Mkhitaryan and are sure that a deal will be completed in the coming week. Now, a report by The Sun claims that Borussia Dortmund have…

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Euro 2016 – England look to end Iceland’s famous run

There were several teams during the group stage of Euro 2016 that caused a surprise by being much more competitive than anticipated, and of those, Iceland will surely rank among the highest. Written off by many a pundit in the lead up to the tournament, they went through with an unbeaten record and will now feel that they belong at this level. The dramatic win against Austria on Wednesday will go down as a definitive moment in their footballing history, and it ensured that they would face England in the…

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Stoke City fans are split on reported Saido Berahino deal

Stoke City are on the verge of landing striker Saido Berahino from West Bromwich Albion in a £16 million deal, according to The Sunday People. The 22-year-old will sign a long-term contract at the bet365 Stadium and reportedly get a £70,000-a-week deal. On Twitter, a bunch of Potters’ fans were excited about the arrival of Berahino: And if we get berahino 💥💥💥💥💥💥 — Jack Rawlings (@jackscfc100) 26 juni 2016 Would love Berahino at Stoke — Jack Hurlstone (@_barneyrubble) 26 juni 2016 What a start to the window signing Berahino and Arnie on…

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Manchester United closing in on two huge signings

Manchester United are closing in on the signings of both Sweden superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mikhitaryan, according to a report by The Guardian. Jose Mourinho is attempting to improve his squad after replacing Louis van Gaal and has already signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal. But now, the Red Devils are on the verge of signing two big names. Ibrahimovic has been linked with a summer transfer all season long and decided against extending his contract with Paris Saint-Germain, making himself a free agent during the transfer market.…

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Italy and Spain to resume Euro Championship rivalry in last 16

For a third successive European Championships, Italy and Spain will play one another, in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final. La Roja convincingly won that encounter 4-0, to seal a second straight European Championship title, after completely outplaying the Azzuri, who will be keen to exact revenge when the two teams face one another in the second round of Euro 2016 at the Stade de France. In addition to meeting in the final of Euro 2012, which was jointly hosted by Poland and Ukraine, Italy and Spain played one…

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Euro 2016 – Revenge on Irish minds as they take on France

Coming into the final round of group matches, it looked an extremely tough ask for the Republic of Ireland to beat Italy and qualify for the knockout stages of Euro 2016, particularly on the evidence of their previous outing against Belgium. However, a terrific display and a late headed goal from Robbie Brady saw them do just that, securing a berth as one of the four best third-placed teams. It sets up a rather enticing encounter with hosts France, which immediately evokes memories of the two-legged play-off these sides contested…

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Manchester United pull ahead in Paul Pogba race with record bid considered

Where will Paul Pogba play next season? It’s probably the biggest question of the summer transfer market. According to a report by Spanish source AS (via Football-Italia), the French superstar could land at Old Trafford. The report claims the Red Devils have pulled ahead in the race to sign the Juventus midfielder and are willing to pay a record £97.5 million to land the France international. As it stands, Gareth Bale is the most expensive football player on the planet. In 2011, Real Madrid broke their own record set in 2009, when they paid…

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Arsenal reportedly agree personal terms with Romelu Lukaku

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is keen to land a new top-level striker who can add the killer instinct their current options lack, and according to the latest reports, the Gunners are making progress on landing a big transfer target. According to Italian journalist Emanuele Giulianelli, Arsenal have agreed personal terms with Romelu Lukaku ahead of making a summer bid for the Belgium international. The 23-year-old provided 25 goals and seven assists in 46 appearances in all competitions last season for the Toffees and has scored two goals thus far at Euro 2016, twice…

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Mane a main transfer target for Liverpool

Liverpool have intensified their interest in signing Southampton striker Sadio Mane and are willing to pay £30 million for the player, according to the BBC. Neverthless given that Southampton officials previously indicated that they would require to receive £40 million to allow Mane to leave, a significant amount of negotiation will need to take place between the two clubs prior to any deal being finalised. After scoring only three goals in 29 Premier League appearances last season up until mid-March, Mane then found the net eight times in eight games.…

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Euro 2016 – Croatia favourites to topple Ronaldo and Portugal

Although not exactly full of goals, the group stage of Euro 2016 provided its fair share of entertainment and did not produce any of the heavy winning margins that many would have expected. All of the heavyweights made it through whether in convincing or inauspicious fashion, but there were some surprises as some of the competitions least fancied nations advanced to the last 16. The knockout drama begins on Saturday, where the standout fixture comes in the evening as a very impressive Croatia side come up against Portugal, who laboured…

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Southampton streamline managerial shortlist

Southampton’s hierarchy have decided not to appoint Manuel Pellegrini as their new manager and will now consider other candidates to replace the recently departed Ronald Koeman. Despite being a favourite for quite some time to succeed Koeman at St Mary’s, Pellegrini will not do so, since after holding extensive talks with the 62-year-old Chilean, the Saints board have determined that his managerial approach fits in neither with the club’s general ethos nor their youth development strategy, according to the Daily Echo. Also certain not to replace Koeman, who left to…

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Arsenal to pursue other striking options after missing out on Vardy

Jamie Vardy’s decision to remain with Leicester by signing a new four-year contract with the Premier League champions instead of moving to Arsenal has left the Gunners manager Arsene Wenger requiring to turn to alternative new striking options to strengthen his squad ahead of the 2016/2017 season. The shadow of Van Persie By submitting a £22 million offer for Vardy at the start of June, Arsenal triggered the release clause in the striker’s contract with the Foxes. However the 29-year-old former Fleetwood Town player has opted to stay loyal to…

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Chelsea star is a target of major European clubs

Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta is one of the most talented full-backs in world football at present. The 26-year-old has been ever-present in Chelsea’s team since his move to the Premier League from Ligue 1 club Olympique Marseille in 2012. It is understandable that a lot of clubs would be interested in signing the Spain international if he becomes available in the transfer market. According to Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague, Atletico Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona are some of the clubs that are monitoring Azpilicueta’s situation in the transfer market. Balague said that…

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Arsenal duo feature among 10 most stylish footballers at Euros

The entire football world is currently by the ongoing Euro Cup in France at the moment. The best footballing talent from Europe is on display for the football die-hards, but the following list has nothing to do with the footballing talents of players participating in the tournament. Famous fashion magazine Vogue has recently released their list of top 10 stylish footballers playing at Euro 2016 in France. Serie A champions Juventus have two players on the list, while no other team has more than one. When it comes to the Premier League, Arsenal and Liverpool each…

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O’Neill’s Republic of Ireland invoke memories of fairytale in New York with historic win

With just five minutes of normal time to play in their game against Italy at the Stade Pierre Mauroy, Lille, the Republic of Ireland were on the verge of being eliminated from Euro 2016. Despite producing a far improved performance, particularly in terms of attacking play, than they did during their first two games of the tournament – when Wes Hoolahan’s goal against Sweden was their only shot on target – the Republic of Ireland were unable to find a route through a stubborn Italian defence. That was however until…

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Manchester United plotting expensive shock move for Arsenal star

Jose Mourinho has targeted Aaron Ramsey as a contingency plan should Manchester United not be able to persuade Borussia Dortmund to part with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. According to a report by The Sun, the Red Devils are very much in the hunt for the Armenia international but it remains unclear if the 27-year-old will leave the Bundesliga giants. Mino Raiola, the player’s agent, remains hopeful that an agreement can be struck with Dortmund after his client signalled his desire to move to Old Trafford. Mkhitaryan has a year left on his…

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Euro 2016 players with experience at the UEFA Under-21 European Championships

Whilst the European Championships are staged every four years, taking place every second year is the Under-21 version of the tournament which many of those players among the Euro 2016 squads have experience of being involved in. The under-21 European Championship in it’s current form has existed since 1978, with the earliest appearances in the tournament by Euro 2016 players being made by Bruno Alves and Petr Cech in 2002. Since then, seven more under-21 European Championships have been held with a whole host of Euro 2016 players being called…

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The scenes after Ireland’s winning goal against Italy were crazy

Robbie Brady scored a late header against Italy to put Ireland through to the round of 16 at Euro 2016. The Boys in Green needed a win to qualify, which meant their fans wents crazy when the 1-0 was scored. WOW: The scenes in Dublin as #IRL take the lead vs #ITA (via @Copa90). pic.twitter.com/rUQvlQDL9f — BBC Sporf (@BBCSporf) 22 juni 2016 Video: #Irl fans celebrate dramatic #Euro2016 victory against #Ita https://t.co/RdIjWo3l6dhttps://t.co/o4RCCmDY0S — Guardian sport (@guardian_sport) 23 juni 2016 “I can’t even speak I’m so excited!” @morrisonclinton can barely contain…

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Premier League top clubs dealt big blows as top transfer targets pen new deals

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With the new TV deal kicking in next season, it is expected that all major Premier League clubs will spend big during the 2016 summer transfer window. However, it hasn’t been easy for the likes of Chelsea, Manchester United, and Arsenal to sign their biggest transfer targets. And now, they’ve been dealt two big blows once again. Antoine Griezmann has decided to extend his current contract with Atletico Madrid until the summer of 2021, after he scored an impressive 32 goals in all competitions for the club last season: 22 in in 37…

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England drop spot in bookmakers’ Euro 2016 rankings

England survived Group B at Euro 2016 and are through to the round of 16 in France, where they will face Iceland on Monday June 27 in the Allianz Riviera in Nice. The Three Lions surprisingly finished second behind Wales and that has had some consequences with the bookmakers. Website oddschecker.com keeps track of the Euro 2016 bets of 27 bookmakers, among them Unibet, Bwin, Betway, Bet365 and Paddypower. France still lead the way with a four to one chance to win the competition on their home soil. That’s lower than…

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Commentator’s crazy yelling during Iceland’s winning goal goes viral

On Wednesday, Iceland beat Austria 2-1 during their last group stage game at Euro 2016. Therefore, Iceland finished second in Group F and will be facing England next. Arnor Ingvi Traustason scored the winning goal in the 94th minute of play, with commentator Guomundur Benediktsson celebrating it like a mad man: Sono seriamente preoccupato per il telecronista islandese 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/H5UFxstjdh — Daniele Mari (@danmari83) 22 juni 2016 Guðmundur Benediktsson. Ihr wisst schon, wer… #ISL pic.twitter.com/YbBG0jPWlJ — FUMS (@fums_magazin) 23 juni 2016

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Most England fans are happy about their Euro 2016 opponents

As the games on the final match day of Group F entered into the final stages, it looked like England would be facing Portugal in the round of 16 at the Euros. However, Iceland scored a last-minute winner in their 2-1 win over Austria to claim the second spot in the group. Meanwhile, Portugal finished the group in the third spot. As a result, Iceland will now be facing the Three Lions at Nice on June 27. Some of the England fans are happy with their new opponents, some not so much.…

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Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea compete for Serie A and Euro 2016 star

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has been one of the standout performers in the ongoing Euro Cup. He has produced some eye-catching performances for the Slovakia national team and helped them reach the last-16 of the competition. His performances have reportedly attracted the attention from Premier League clubs Manchester United and Chelsea, according to London Evening Standard. The report also mentions that United are also pursuing Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as an alternative option. Liverpool, who have maintained a long-term interest in the 28-year-old, however, still remain favourites to sign the playmaker.…

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