Big Sam for England?

Big Sam for England?

The way certain sections of the UK media built themselves up for the inevitable disappointment at Euro 2016 with England, it seems they really haven’t learned from history and after the departure of the beleaguered Roy Hodgson, it seems the FA haven’t learned either. Portugal winning Euro 2016 was really a victory for tactical prowess over superior talent.  Despite having a genuine world superstar in their midst and some talented players in their squad, Portugal probably shouldn’t have been able …
Five Euro 2016 Players Premier League Clubs Should Target

Five Euro 2016 Players Premier League Clubs Should Target

International tournaments are a great shop window and players realise that. Although it is important not to place too much stock into performances at tournaments like Euro 2016, they can provide the final details that clubs need to know about targets. They are great for showing how players deal with big matches especially. This tournament hasn't been the best for free-flowing football, instead providing some excellent tactical battles. The following five players have impressed me and I feel they would …
Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview | Germany vs France

Euro 2016 Semi-Final Preview | Germany vs France

It feels like the Euro 2016 started only a short while back, and yet, we are at the face of the semi-finals already! The match is expected to be an epic clash as the home team takes on the world champions Germany. France shocked fans and critics alike with their stellar performance against the dark-horse team Iceland. Winning 5-2, they have certainly sent out a strong message to Germany. And backed by the passionate fans, France might just snatch a …
The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

The Aftermath of England's and Hodgson's Euro 2016 Exit

For the second time in a week, England have managed an ignominious exit from Europe and Roy Hodgson, much like the hapless politicians, oversaw it without any cohesive plan. The humiliating defeat to Iceland was Hodgson’s final act as England manager and summed up his handling of this tournament. Yes, England did not have the best squad of players heading into Euro 2016, despite the hype, and their ceiling was probably a semi-final at best, but the way they were …
Potential Premier League Targets Emerging from Euro 2016

Potential Premier League Targets Emerging from Euro 2016

Thus far, Euro 2016 has not exactly been a classic tournament, although that could yet change in the knockout stages when tournament progression, rather than points are on the line. That being said, there have still been some notable and impressive performances from certain teams and certain players. Here, I’ve identified a few players who have caught my eye and could be potential targets for Premier League clubs. Alvaro Morata Obviously, Morata is well known throughout Europe and has improved …
Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Italy vs Ireland Preview | Team News, Key Men and Stats

Republic of Ireland have a daunting task at their hands if they are to qualify to the round of 16. The 1-1 Draw against Sweden and a 3-0 thrashing means that not only should Republic of Ireland beat Italy, Sweden must drop points against Belgium in order for them to have a realistic chance at qualification. However,  manager Martin O'Neil is unperturbed and believes that his side has all it takes to qualify for the next round. Team News Italy …
Croatia vs Spain Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

Croatia vs Spain Preview | Team News, Stats & Key Men

This looks to be a straight battle to top the group, with Spain already into the next round and Croatia all but guaranteed to advance. Spain gave the most convincing performance of the tournament so far against Turkey and they could have won by a larger margin than 3-0. Meanwhile, Croatia have surprised many and every side will want to avoid them in the knockout rounds. It will be interesting how both sides approach this match as it will be …
Germany vs Northern Ireland Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Germany vs Northern Ireland Preview | Team News, Stats and Key Men

Northern Ireland are all set to take on World Champions Germany in the final Euro 2016 Group D match at the Parc des Princes in Paris on Tuesday evening. Touted as the underdogs of this tournament, Northern Ireland deservedly won against Ukraine 2-0, and put in a brilliant team performance. The third spot is guaranteed for them in Group C, and they are also eyeing the possible knockout qualification in their first ever UEFA European Football Championship. From what they …
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