Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

Sublime Payet sets the stage for the rest of the tournament

When Dimitri Payet came off the pitch, moments after scoring the gorgeous goal that gave France the 2-1 lead over Romania, he was not hiding his emotions. The West Ham attacker cried tears of joy after having provided the home fans a moment of unadulterated, unabashed joy. It was a goal he would have dreamt of scoring, at the grandest of stages, for his nation for whom he was on the fringes for so long. Payet almost didn't make it for …
Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Germany vs Ukraine Match Preview

Group C is an intriguing one, featuring Germany, a side many expect to go far in the competition. The World Cup holders will be eager to add the European Championships to their impressive trophy haul, but they have lost some key experienced players since Brazil, so they are not the same side that lifted the game's most coveted prize. The majority of the players are still available though and they will be expecting to reach the semi-finals at a minimum. …
England Vs Russia Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

England Vs Russia Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

On June 11th, Russia and England will square off in the Stade Velodrome as they both begin their campaigns in the 2016 European Championships. After a disappointing Euro 2012, the Russians will be looking to bounce back in Euro 2016.  The Russians grabbed a 4-1 victory in their opening game four years ago, but still saw themselves crash out at the group stage.  This time around they'll hope for a similar start, but a much better finish. England did make …
The Premier League influence on Spain

The Premier League influence on Spain

Ever since Rafa Benitez took over as Liverpool manager in 2004 and brought the likes of Xabi Alonso and Luis Garcia with him, there has been a steady stream of Spanish players plying their trade in the Premier League. Whilst Barcelona and Real Madrid caught most attention as Spain enjoyed their golden period that saw them win the 2008 and 2012 Euros, along with the 2010 World Cup, the Premier League also contributed towards those squads. Whilst many of the …
The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

The Premier League Influence for Germany at Euro 2016

Reigning world champions Germany will understandably be amongst many people’s pre-tournament favourites for this summers’ Euros. Despite them often underperforming in friendlies and even flattering to deceive at times in qualifying, it’s tournament football where they really come alive. The Bundesliga is now recognised as a breeding ground for talent and the place where most of the squad play their football, but the Premier League is also represented and here I look at what the English-based contingent could play for …
Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016: Can Spain Win the Third Consecutive Title?

Euro 2016 will kick off on June 10, when host nation France will face Romania in the opening match of the tournament. Spain will be seeking a historic third consecutive triumph, an achievement that no team has ever reached before. Despite having won the last two editions of the tournament, Spain are not the top favorites this time, at least according to the bookmakers. We recommend before placing any bets to check your book makers reputation at LCB. Most bookies are backing France …
Can England Win Euro 2016?

Can England Win Euro 2016?

UPDATE Roy Hodgson has announced his 23 man squad of as follows: Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Tom Heaton (Burnley). Defenders: Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur), Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool). Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Ross Barkley (Everton), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Liverpool), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal). Strikers: Wayne Rooney (Manchester …
Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

Can England Really Win Euro 2016?

The bookies currently have England as fourth favourites for winning this summer’s European Championships, a price no doubt influenced by people using their hard earned cash to back Roy Hodgson’s side for victory in France. Two clichés spring to mind for me: “a fool and his money are soon parted” and “you never see a poor bookmaker”. Despite the best efforts of the ITV commentary team to build this England side up as the second coming of the Brazil 1970 …
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