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[…]

Future Stars – Hungarian Talent Adam Nagy

This time last year Adam Nagy hadn’t made a senior appearance for club or country. Roll on twelve months and he’s now a key member of the Hungarian side that impressed during the group stages of Euro 2016. This was evident in Hungary’s last group game against Portugal. Bernd Storck decided not to risk him as[…]

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[…]

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[…]

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[…]

Euro 2016 Dark Horses

With the domestic season coming to a close across Europe, attention and anticipation is beginning to turn to the upcoming European Championship in France. The tournament, which takes place every four years, will commence on 10 June in the Stade de France, as the host nation take on Romania. Didier Deschamps’s side are the current[…]

Germany’s Secret Weapons For Euro 2016

There were no huge surprises when Germany manager Joachim Löwe announced his 27-man provisional squad for this summer’s European Championship. The usual cast of superstars like Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer, and Borussia Dortmund’s departing captain Mats Hummels, were all included. So too were some trusted members of Die Mannschaft’s 2014 World Cup[…]