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 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[…]

Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016 – Part 3

Part 3 of Tom Curren’s “Predicting the Breakout Stars of Euro 2016” series, and he highlights three more players to watch. If you’ve not read Part 1 or Part 2 then we recommend reading them. Aleksandr Golovin (Russia) Russia are no strangers to showcasing talented youngsters at the European Championships; four years ago, a 21-year-old Alan[…]

Netherlands on the brink after dreadful Euro qualifying campaign

Last summer, an unfancied Netherlands team reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil, losing on penalties to Argentina before comprehensively beating the hosts in the third place play-off. 15 months on, the Dutch find themselves on the brink of failing to reach Euro 2016 after a dismal qualification campaign. The Netherlands’ run to[…]

Wales on the brink of history 57 years on from their last international tournament

A hat-trick from a widely unknown 17-year-old in the semi-final with France was followed by a brace in the final against hosts Sweden. The year was 1958, with the teenager in question inspiring Brazil to their first ever World Cup and kick-starting a spell of dominance that would see the Selecao triumph in two of[…]

SIGTHORSSON A KEY PART OF EXCELLENT ICELAND SIDE

It is truly remarkable that, following an incredible 1-0 win against the Netherlands in Amsterdam last week, tiny Iceland – which is home to just 323,000 people – sat at the summit of a Euro 2016 qualifying group containing the Dutch (population 16.8 million), Turkey (75 million), Czech Republic (10.5 million), Latvia (two million) and[…]