Category Archives: European Championship

Why the Euro performances matter for club football

During and after every major international tournament there are many moves of players between clubs, and it would seem that many tournament performances serve to reawaken interest from major clubs, not least of which is the Premier League. It’s how Manchester United got Paul Pogba back - he starred in the 2016 Euros and subsequently became the club’s biggest signing. The movement of players after the big tournaments So, the 2020 Euros are at an end, and it’s interesting to…
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Euros Round of 16 predictions

The group stage of Euro 2020 has now been completed and the draw for the round of 16 is set. From here, each of the remaining nations know their route to the final. None of the major nations have fallen at this point, though three of the 11 hosts have been eliminated – Russia, Scotland and Hungary. Here’s a look at the second-round matches: Belgium vs Portugal Two of the pre-tournament favourites meet as early as the round of 16.…
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Amazing stats from 60 years of European Championship history

It’s been a long time coming, but at last the waiting is almost over. Euro 2020 gets underway on 13 June 2021. It sounds bizarre, but UEFA were insistent on keeping the 2020 tag, as it signifies 60 years of tournament history. It’s a history that has seen 15 tournaments, 12 hosts and 10 winners, three of which are countries that no longer even exist. So before we get completely engrossed in the present day action, let’s take a look…
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Euro Squads announcements to date

UEFA Euro 2020 kicks off on Friday 11 June with Italy facing Turkey in the opening game of the tournament. The start of the competition comes less than two weeks after the Champions League final, which concludes the European domestic season. The 24 qualifying nations are required to submit their final 26-man squad for the tournament by 1 June, as per UEFA regulations. However, the coaches can make changes between then and their first game if a player occurs a…
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Euro 2021 winner predictions

The 2021 European Championship is approaching rapidly as the 2020/21 season in club football edges to a close. Euro 2021 is so close you can almost feel it, as fans across the Old Continent gear up for a feast of football. Reigning champions Portugal will try to stun Europe again as they did in 2016. But several questions require answers.  Can England end 60 years of pain? The odds for Euro 2021 certainly suggest so. Can Belgium justify the number…
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London Clubs’ Combined XI for the Euros

The 2020-21 Premier League season includes six London clubs, with Chelsea, West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur currently competing against each other, Leicester City and Liverpool for a top four finish. England’s top flight will send more players to Euro 2021 this summer than any other division across the world. The team that London clubs could hypothetically put together a team capable of winning the tournament alone. So, here’s our combined XI from London teams for the summer: Goalkeeper: Hugo…
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Predicting England’s Euro 2021 line-up

With a young group of players, as well as a manager who seems to be adept at getting a sense of cohesion like few of his predecessors, most pundits agree that the sky is the limit for the current England team. Indeed, when we look at the squad of young players, as well as those knocking at the door, it seems there is room for this side to improve. And, make no mistake – England are already one of the…
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Will England look any different at Euro 2021?

The news that football fans have been expecting has finally arrived. The Euro 2020 Championships will be moved to the summer of 2021 to allow domestic leagues the time to finish their fixtures this summer. This is all due to the current lockdown around Europe because of the coronavirus outbreak.  From a purely footballing standpoint, this move has the ability to change things for a number of countries that are taking part, but how will the delay affect England and…
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Ronaldo, a season of records

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. (more…)
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