By Dan Smith
Since England first entered the Euros in 1968, their relationship with the tournament has been closely associated with disaster culminating in possibly the greatest disappointment in English football history, losing to Iceland, a nation with a population 190 times smaller than ours.
During the Iceland match, the England players were poor and there did not appear to be a set gameplan. But as yet another pass was misplaced and another Harry Kane free kick blazed over the bar, was it really a surprise? It was not the first time that England had failed to live up to, sometimes even lowly, expectations.
Ever since the Three Lions first entered the European Championships in 1968 as favourites, after winning the World Cup only two years before,
Updated 30th June 2016 at 08:38 AM by Veritas
by Andy Teixeira
After a mixed season which included narrowly missing out to Barcelona in the Liga BBVA, Ronaldo played a significant role in Real Madrid winning its 11th Champions League title. As well as making a great contribution to the team effort and he also beat several individual records this season.
An overview of Ronaldo’s fantastic season:
On 17 October, after scoring against Levante UD, Ronaldo became Real Madrid's all-time record goal scorer with 324 goals, exceeding the legendary Raul.
On 8 December, he scored four goals in the Champions League against Malm? FF and beat the record for goals in the Champions League's group stage, with eleven goals in six games.
On 3 March, after scoring four goals in the Liga BBVA
Updated 13th July 2016 at 03:21 PM by 11v11
With the European Championships upon us the time has come to start worrying about how and where we’re going to be able to catch the matches. With games scattered throughout the day, chances are you’re going to be stuck at work, school, church or anywhere else other than down the pub enjoying a nice cold pint as you watch England dominate. However, we’ve come up with a few genius ideas making missing the big game is officially a thing of past.
We can all agree that education is important, but watching England romp home to European triumph clearly takes priority. Missing England play is a disaster in itself, but being forced to read the entire works of William Shakespeare whilst
As preparations continue for Euro 2016, Portugal’s visit to Wembley (Thursday 2 June) will inevitably revive memories of the Eusebio-inspired team that were beaten in the World Cup semi-final as England progressed to their greatest-ever triumph in 1966.
50 years on, the Three Lions squad will travel to France with the hope of earning similar legendary status as the Boys of ’66, although those compiling Bethut's 2016 predictions for the Euro's suggest that reaching the semi-finals would be a more realistic achievement for Roy Hodgson’s young and enthusiastic charges.
France, of course, played a part in England’s run to the final in 1966 as two goals from Roger Hunt clinched victory in the final group game.
After the controversial
Updated 1st June 2016 at 04:25 PM by Veritas
As Louis Van Gaal takes his leave of Old Trafford, the veteran Dutch coach will reflect on his legacy of the latest batch of young Red Devils graduating through to the senior team at Manchester United.
The star pupil of the Class of ’16 is undoubtedly Marcus Rashford who can cap his meteoric rise by making his England debut this week.
The Manchester-born striker made his United debut only three months ago and has made such an astounding impact that he has earned a call-up by Roy Hodgson for his Three Lions provisional squad for the summer’s Euro 2016 championships in France.
It was as recently as 26 February that he burst on to the Old Trafford senior scene with such dramatic effect.
After Anthony Martial was injured in the pre-match
Updated 27th May 2016 at 08:24 PM by Veritas
We’ll soon know England’s final 23 ahead of this summer’s European Championships and it’s likely that one of Roy Hodgson’s initial strikers will fail to make the cut. With Harry Kane, Jamie Vardy and Marcus Rashford in top form, Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge are returning to full fitness and it’s going to be a tough call.
Wayne Rooney may be England’s all-time leading goal scorer but it’s felt that Hodgson will follow Manchester United’s lead and play the skipper behind the main front man. That would leave a straight choice between Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy for the main centre forward role.
Of those two, Kane has five goals in 11 England appearances and seems more adept at carrying his club form through onto the
Updated 25th May 2016 at 09:17 AM by Veritas
The Football League has released proposals that could see the domestic professional league system re-organised into five divisions of 20 teams from the start of the 2019-20 season.
As if to prove there’s nothing new in the game, the same proposal was put forward back in the sixties and, half a century later, could the 100-club structure suffer the same fate?
The 21st century version carries the title of a ‘Whole Game Solution’.
It was in 1959 that Football League secretary Alan Hardaker compiled a plan called the ‘Pattern for Football’.
Although the author was a renowned dour Yorkshireman, it was described as the most remarkable document any League official had ever formulated.
He foresaw three national divisions
Updated 20th May 2016 at 07:46 PM by Veritas
We are a matter of weeks away from this summer’s festival of football in France. Squads are being finalised, sweepstakes are being organised at work, and wallcharts are being downloaded to be blue-tacked to walls and displayed on tablets.
As well as your own team’s chances of progressing, it is also a good time to look out for other teams who may do well and surprise a few people in June - and even in July. Everyone remembers what Greece did back in 2004, so are there any candidates in this year’s tournament who could repeat that feat?
They may not be an obvious choice, but Romania certainly seem to tick most of the boxes. If you are looking for an outside bet or just an underdog to watch and root for, they could do a lot worse than backing Anghel Iord?nescu’s
Updated 16th May 2016 at 08:29 AM by 11v11
The sacking of Roberto Martinez brings a disappointing season towards an ignominious close at Everton but, amid the doom and gloom, there is a reason for a cheer around the Goodison Park ranks.
Although the Toffees’ final away game of the 2015-16 campaign at Sunderland did mean they had won only one of their last ten league games, it was a notable occasion for veteran midfielder Gareth Barry as he became a new record breaker.
It was the 35 year-old’s 572nd start in his Premier League career, so beating the competition record held by ex-England keeper David James.
Almost 18 years ago to the day, the former Manchester City man made his first full appearance in the Premier League as a centre-back for Aston Villa against Arsenal at Villa Park on
Updated 12th May 2016 at 04:16 PM by Veritas
The 2015-16 Football League season came to a close on Sunday (8 May 2016), and those of us whose youth is but a distant memory have been made to feel just a little bit older.
Midfielder Callum Styles was selected on Bury's subs bench for the first time in their League One game against Southend United at the JD Stadium.
He substituted Anthony Dudley in the 75th minute to become the first player born in the 21st century to appear in England's top four divisions.
Callum's Shakers youth team colleague Rob Harker, who was also born in March 2000, was selected on Bury's bench for the League One game against Bradford City on 5 March 2016 but did not come on.
Bury ended the campaign on a high note with a 3-2 win against Southend featuring
Updated 10th May 2016 at 01:09 PM by Veritas