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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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The three teams who could steal France’s World Cup crown

The next FIFA World Cup is less than two years away and, though much of the attention has been on Qatar’s preparations for staging the tournament, including the rapid construction of stadiums and more controversial issues like working conditions, there is also the small matter of the action on the pitch. Defending champions are France, who overcame an energetic Croatian effort in the 2018 Final thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Kylian Mbappe and an own goal from…
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2018 World Cup in Russia: stonewall defences

Over the many decades that the greatest sporting event in the world has taken place, a common trend has developed among the champions: the deployment of a stern defence. Germany and Italy have each won the World Cup four times, often built upon a staunch back line. Despite the praise often going to the flair-filled attackers, many of Brazil’s five World Cup wins have come from strong defending that allows the forwards to express themselves. So now, with the 21st World…
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World Cup 2018 qualifying – Ten big talking points

Football fans were well and truly spoilt this summer with the European Championships - the 24-team tournament eventually and surprisingly won by Portugal and watched by a global TV audience of millions. Fortunately, the international football calendar sees little downtime and the qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup is well underway. (more…)
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