Manuel Rui Costa, Eder And The Topsy-turvy Story Of Portuguese Football

If one year summed up the highs and lows of Portuguese football, it was most definitely 2004. It was one for the underdog, an anomaly in many ways, going against the grain. That theme was both a blessing and a curse in an Iberian country that has punched above its weight for a very long[…]

Euro 2016 Team Of the Tournament

Usually, when putting together a tournament best XI, the temptation is to cram extra forwards into the side at the expense of a defender or two, but looking back on Euro 2016, that won’t be the case this time. As Portugal’s surprise victory over France in the final demonstrated, this was a tournament in which[…]

Italy’s Future Under Giampiero Ventura

Italy delivered the first truly stunning performance of Euro 2016, upsetting the odds to secure a well-worked 2-0 victory over Belgium on Group E’s opening night. Few, including Italian pundits and fans, saw the result coming. Antonio Conte had selected an ageing squad with little by way of star names but, despite widespread criticism of[…]

The Worst XI Of The Uefa Euro 2016 Group Stage

The UEFA Euro 2016 group stage came to an end in dramatic fashion as Portugal, Iceland, Belgium and Republic of Ireland secured their places in the knockout phase. It brought us a number of extraordinary performances with a host of players stepping up for their nations. However, we also had the opportunity to see experienced[…]

Irish Passion – Taking France By Storm

Roy Keane’s impassioned plea appeared to work it’s magic in stoking the fires in his player’s bellies. A performance full of desire and unwavering commitment saw Ireland set up a date against the heavily favoured home nation of France. In a tense final 10 minutes, Martin O’Neills side could have been forgiven for thinking they[…]

6 Surprise Call-ups to Euro 2016 Who Could Shine

If you’re good enough, you’re old enough – a cliché that feels as though it has been around as long as association football itself. But regardless of how tired a refrain it can sometimes sound, the adage holds true because it is rooted in the essence of the game. One of the most uplifting spectacles[…]

France Looks to Build New Footballing Dynasty at Euro 2016

France have the chance to establish a new footballing dynasty with Euro 2016 victory The 2016 UEFA European Championship will get underway when hosts France face Romania at Stade de France on Friday. Didier Deschamps’ men are among the hot favourites to win this summer’s title and a quick look through Les Bleus’ squad illustrates[…]

The Best 23-man Squad Missing From Euro 2016

No matter what the competition is and in which sport, spectators want to see the best competitors taking the field. In football this is no different. All of the squads have now been announced for Euro 2016 and there are numerous high-profile absentees from this year’s tournament. Out of all of the players that will be[…]

6 Serie A Based Players Set To Break Out Internationally At Euro 2016

Serie A has, in recent times, become an increasingly multinational league. For the first time in the league’s history, the 2015-16 season saw a match without Italian players in the starting lineups when Inter Milan took on Udinese in April. It comes as no surprise then that, despite the growth of this summer’s European Championships[…]