The remarkable stats behind Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph

Despite France, Germany, and Spain being the biggest favourites to win Euro 2016, it was Portugal who came away with the win on Sunday, beating Les Bleus on home soil 1-0 in the final. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, the Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to…

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UEFA announces Euro 2016 awardees and team of the tournament

The title of UEFA’s Euro 2016 player of the tournament has been awarded to the French striker Antoine Greizmann, as reported by the Independent. Great Griezmann Griezmann also finished the tournament with the Golden Boot as he scored six goals, which was double that of any other player, to help France make the final. Despite not being able to score in the final, whilst missing a great opportunity to do so with a header as France lost 1-0 to Portugal, Griezmann’s earned the award of the tournament’s most outstanding player…

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Newcastle to demand staggering fee for Euro 2016 star

Newcastle have told potentoal suitors will have to come up with a staggering £35 million offer if they are to lure Euro 2016 star Moussa Sissoko away from St James’ Park, according to a report by talkSPORT. The Toon midfielder has gone on holiday after France’s 1-0 loss to Portugal in the Euro 2016 final but will return to the Magpies later this month. Newcastle’s preference is to hold on to Sissoko, as Andros Townsend has already left after Crystal Palace activated the £13 million escape clause in his contract. Therefore,…

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Eder: Portugal’s unlikely Euro 2016 hero

Almost as unlikely as Portugal winning Euro 2016, was their match winner in the final against France. When Cristiano Ronaldo went off injured after just 25 minutes, Portuguese prospects of winning a first European Championship suffered a damaging blow, since they lost their main goal scoring threat. As such Ronaldo’s team-mates were required to assume a greater level of responsibility for trying to unlock the French defence without their talismanic captain. Euro Ecstasy for Eder The Portuguese players did that collectively and came close to scoring on numerous occasions, before Eder…

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Multiple heroes emerge to help France to Euro 2016 final

France were the big favourites to win Euro 2016 at the star of the tournament en they made it all the way to the final in the Stade de France, where they will face Portugal on Sunday. Meanwhile, multiple Frencg heroes have emerged. The great Griezmann The French striker deservedly did so when substituted in the last minute of his country’s 2-0 semi-final victory over Germany, as he produced a man of the match performance and scored both goals to send Les Bleus through to the final of Euro 2016.…

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Portugal vs France – Euro 2016 Final Preview

A proud host nation will be expecting to salute an emotional and famous triumph on Sunday evening, as France contest the final of Euro 2016 against a Portugal team that is aiming to upset the odds and win a major tournament for the first time in their footballing history. There is no question that France are heavy favourites to collect their third European Championship crown, not only for the strength of their squad and sheer volume of quality attacking options, but due to the manner in which both sides have…

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Euro 2016 hosts close to emulating French stars of the year 2000

When there is a great deal of expectancy for a team to achieve success, they can often wilt in the face of that. As hosts and one of the favourites to win Euro 2016, France have been under intense pressure since the start of the tournament to perform to the very best of their ability. Steadily improving throughout Euro 2016 Despite not doing so during the group phase, when they laboured to victories over Romania and Albania respectively, before playing out an uninspiring goalless draw with Switzerland, Les Bleus have…

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Galvanised Griezmann showing resolve to star at Euro 2016

By virtue two excellent performances during the knock-out stages, Antoine Griezmann has established himself as one of the stars of Euro 2016. Nevertheless in order to do so, the Atletico Madrid forward has resolutely overcome a number of challenges. Greizmann’s indifferent group stage form Specifically less than a fortnight before Euro 2016, Griezmann missed a penalty in Atletico’s Champions League Final defeat to Real Madrid, before being dropped to the bench for France’s second game of the tournament against Albania, following a muted display in Les Bleus opening game against Romania. Despite…

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Germany vs France – Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview

The second Euro 2016 semi-final sees Germany aim to move to within 90 minutes of becoming the third nation this century to hold both major tournament titles simultaneously, but opponents France have home advantage and are coming on strong. This is a massively anticipated clash, and the winner will be the favourites to lift the trophy on Sunday. It is likely to be tight and could go right to the wire, with Germany’s experience and know-how potentially giving them a slight psychological edge, although France arguably have more flair in…

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Portugal vs Wales – Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview

Portugal have failed to win a game in 90 minutes en route to reaching the last four of Euro 2016, and now only they stand in the way of a Wales side that is on the cusp on sensationally sealing a place in the final. This will be a lot more than just a battle between the world’s two most expensive footballers, Real Madrid teammates Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but a meeting of two sides intent on defying the odds and becoming kings of Europe. And it has to…

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Portugal enhancing their fine European Championship record at Euro 2016

Portugal’s Euro 2016 campaign is quite unique. The reason for that being it represents the first time, since group stages were introduced to the tournament in 1980, that a team has reached the semi-finals without having won a game in normal time. Fernando Santos’ side beat Poland 5-3 on penalties in the quarter-finals following a 1-1 draw after extra time, whilst the Selecao also required 120 minutes of play to overcome Croatia 1-0 in the last 16. Portugal reached that stage after drawing each of their three group games with Iceland, Austria…

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Continuity in selection underlies Iceland’s Euro 2016 journey

For a county with a population of just 330,000 people, Iceland’s performance in reaching the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 before being beaten 5-2 by France was absolutely remarkable. Masterminding that were the team’s joint managers Heimer Hallgrimsson and Lars Lagerback, who named the same starting XI in all five of Iceland’s games at the finals. Remarkable continuity Of those XI players, seven were named among the starting XI for each of Iceland’s 10 qualification campaign games. Those players were Kari Arnason, Ragnar Sigurdsson, Birkir Bjarnason, Gyfli Sigurdsson, Aron Gunnarsson, Johann…

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Low’s Germany one step closer to emulating Euro 1996 heroes

Germany advanced to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after an enthralling 6-5 penalty shoot-out win over Italy. In an evenly contested game Joachim Low’s side took the lead midway through the second half, as Mesut Ozil’s scored with a deft near post finish following some excellent build-up play between Mario Gomez and Jonas Hector. At that stage Germany were in the ascendancy, with Italy struggling to construct any meaningful attacks. Nevertheless the Azzuri did equalise in the 78th minute through Leonardo Bonucci’s calmly converted penalty, which was awarded after Jerome…

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Jerome Boateng trolled by Twitter for his handball against Italy

Ever-so reliable Germany centre-back Jerome Boateng had an unforgettable moment in the penalty shootout win over Italy in the Euro 2016 quarter-final last night. The Germans were leading the game 1-0 in the second half when the Bayern Munich defender mindlessly handled the ball in his box. Italy scored from the resulting penalty to make the score 1-1. The game was eventually decided on penalties after both teams failed to add another goal in the normal plus extra time. Fortunately for the 27-year-old, Germany prevailed in the penalties. However, the Twitter…

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France vs Iceland – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

After an unbeaten run which has taken them all the way to the quarter-finals of Euro 2016, Iceland now have the biggest game in their footballing history to look forward to as they plot to sensationally end the challenge of hosts France. Despite a superb qualifying campaign which only tailed off once a place in the finals had been secured, many expected Iceland to be among the rank outsiders for this tournament given their lack of pedigree, and the fact that it is a country with a tiny population in…

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Wales emergence from the nightmare Novi Sad scene to a Euro 2016 dream

Wales reached the semi-finals of a major tournament for the first time as they recovered from a goal down to beat Belgium 3-1 at Euro 2016. After falling behind to Radja Nainggolan’s superb 25-yard strike, Welsh captain Ashley Williams powerfully headed in from a corner to equalise during an exhilarating first half. The game continued to swing from end-to-end in the second half, ten minutes into which Wales took the lead through Hal Robson-Kanu’s sublime finish after an exquisitely executed Cryuff turn. Following that Belgium intensively tried to engineer an equaliser. However…

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The definitive video on Roy Hodgson’s Euro 2016 disaster

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England fans are still shaking after the Three Lions were eliminated from Euro 2016 by Iceland, who beat them 2-1 in the round of 16. Manager Roy Hogdson announced his resignation immediatly after the game and received loads of criticism. Now, a video has been posted on Twitter, showcasing the former England’s boss Euro 2016 disaster in just a few seconds… When you spot yourself on the big screen and want people to think you’ve got a plan… pic.twitter.com/YLX3Mf6kB0 — Danny Blood (@dannyswfc) 27 juni 2016

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Germany vs Italy – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

The standout quarter-final encounter of Euro 2016 takes place in Bordeaux as world champions Germany aim to reach the last four for the sixth major tournament in succession, although opponents Italy have thwarted them on many occasions in the past. It was the Italians who extinguished Germany’s hopes of winning the World Cup on home soil in 2006, winning a thrilling match 2-0 after extra time, and more recently it was Mario Balotelli who proved the difference in the semi-finals of Euro 2012; so although they are the underdogs, Italy…

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Wales vs Belgium – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

Wales will be intent on taking their epic journey through Euro 2016 all the way into the semi-finals when they head to the Stade Pierre-Mauroy to meet Belgium, who have now begun to spread their wings and look capable of fulfilling their considerable potential. It is a clash that carries great significance for both sides, and one that sees the renewal of a rivalry that developed during qualifying for this tournament. Belgium emerged as group winners, but could not find a way past Chris Coleman’s side home or away, with…

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Poland vs Portugal – Euro 2016 Quarter-Final Preview

The opening Euro 2016 quarter-final encounter takes place on Thursday evening as Poland attempt to plough deeper into uncharted territory by defeating a Portugal side that will be determined to raise its game after labouring to this stage. Whatever happens, this tournament can be looked back on as a success for Poland, but the feeling is that there is still more to come from them. Leading striker and captain Robert Lewandowski is still yet to live up to his billing and has rarely looked like getting on the scoresheet, while…

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Scouting Chelsea’s new golden boy Michy Batshuayi

Chelsea fans will be able to watch a new striker at Stamford Bridge next season, as the Blues paid £33.2 million to Marseille for Michy Batshuayi. Crystal Palace, West Ham and Juventus were also interested in the Belgium international, with Palace having their £31.6m bid accepted by the Ligue 1 club on Monday. However, Batshuayi turned down the move to Palace once Chelsea registered their interest in his services. The 22-year-old, who scored 23 goals in all competitions last season, will be the first signing of Antonio Conte’s spell at the…

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Antonio Conte’s tactically perfect Euro 2016 Italian job

Full of determination, discipline, energy, intelligence, passion and tactical acumen. Italy’s performance throughout their 2-0 win over Spain in the second round of Euro 2016 represented all of the qualities that the Azzuri’s manager Antonio Conte has gradually instilled in the team since taking charge in August 2014. Prior to the finals Conte was cautiously optimistic and quite reserved about Italy’s prospects of performing well, but subsequently Italy’s campaign is currently evolving as Conte suggested it might, with the manager compensating for the lack of individual talent within his squad…

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Two staggering Euro 2016 stats about Norwich City and Joe Hart

The Brexit at Euro 2016 is almost complete, as England, Ireland, and Northern Ireland were all eliminated in the round of 16. That means only Wales remain in the tournament, but Gareth Bale and his fellow Welshmen are facing a strong Belgium side in the quarter-finals on Friday July 1. Belgium’s golden generation produced an extremely polished performance to beat Hungary 4-0 and breeze into the quarter finals of Euro 2016, where they will play the Inspired by the brilliance of Eden Hazard who set-up one goal and scored another…

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Belgium and Manchester United star gets insulted on his Facebook page

On Sunday, Belgium qualified for the Euro 2016 quater-finals by beating Hungary 4-0. Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini played just ten minutes but received a yellow card for elbowing Adam Szalai. Still, the midfielder celebrated his country’s victory on Facebook with this post: “Congrats my little ones,” referring to goalscorers Michy Batshuayi and Yannick Carrasco. However, the reactions on Fellaini’s post weren’t positive at all. A bunch of Hungarian fans took their frustration out on the Belgian midfielder. Here are some of the most notable reactions:

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