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Ronaldo To Lead Portugal At Euro 2016

The 15th edition of UEFA European Championship 2016 will be held in France as per the schedule from 10th June till 10th July 2016. The Euro 2016 will have 24 teams as contestants this time.

There has been an announcement made by the Portugal of their squad of 23 men for the European Championship this summer in France. Europe will be led by Cristiano Ronaldo at Euro 2016. Ronaldo, the forward of Real Madrid will aim to add to his international goals which have been 56 till now. There have been players of Premier League chosen by the head coach Fernando Santo namely Jose Fonte and Cedric Soares; the defenders for Southampton who are likely to make the cut and Luis Nani, the former winger of Manchester United have been selected as well.

Ricardo Carvalho, who was the former defender for Chelsea has been involved in the 5th international football tournament, although he had not featured in the World Cup and Euro 2012 two years ago. Renato Sanches, who has recently moved out of Manchester United in order to make an entry at Bayern Munich, is also an active member of the group. Sporting Lisbon has 4 players in the club as Rui Patricio, the goalkeeper and William Carvalho, Joao Mario, and Adrein Silva have booked their seats to fly to France.

Portugal would be kicking off its campaign against Iceland in Group F at State Geoffrey on 14th of June. Ronaldo and Co are all prepared to play for Austria which is going to be held in Paris at Parc des Princes on 18th of June before they conclude the group stage match against Hungary on 22nd of June in Lyon. Well, let’s see which team gets a chance to compete in the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 which will be hosted by Russia.

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Portugal not playing as a team

Football pundit Guillem Balague has stated that Portugal does not play like a team, and that is what is affecting their results. He believes that the team has a tendency to rely on Cristiano Ronaldo, but when the latter is marked closely, Portugal does not have an alternative.

For him, Portugal will have to work as a team if they want to have a successful competition. He said that they had enough opportunities to score goals during the first half, but they did not take them. And when Iceland equalized, they panicked and lost their team spirit. Continue Reading

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WELSH FANS SENSE TROUBLE

Ahead of the final round of games at the group stage, Welsh fans already sense trouble. Wales is set to meet with Russia in the final group game B encounter which will be a cracker, based on the current group standings. Russia have already received suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 after violence at the game against England.

The Monday game is believed could brew trouble, especially when fans’ expectations are not met. The games in France have seen a lot of violence, and with the games on Monday, the Haute-Garonne prefecture has raised the security risk-level to three on the one to four scale. Welsh football fans in Toulouse have said they are “apprehensive” about the meeting with the Russians. The security team which comprise of British and French police said they had taken “sensible and positive measures” ahead of games. Continue Reading

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HODGSON TO NAME HIS EURO 2016 SQUAD NEXT WEEK

Head coach of the English men national team, Roy Hodgson, will now name his Euro 2016 final 23-man squad next week.

The coach had earlier opted to reveal this on Thursday, May 12th 2016. The coach opted to he could make a better assessment of players’ fitness after the final round of Premier League fixtures, even though the official deadline for the Football Association to submit its squad to UEFA before the tournament is 31 May.

England have warm-up games against Turkey, Australia and Portugal before the finals, which are being played in France between 10 June and 10 July. Arsenal forward Danny Welbeck is expected to be ruled out with an injury to his right knee suffered in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Manchester City. The Gunners forward was one of the players almost certain of making the final squad, even ahead of his club mate, Theo Walcott.

Scans and tests have revealed Welbeck has suffered serious cartilage damage and could be out until February 2017. The key performer in England’s qualifying campaign just returned this February from an injury to his other knee which he’d sustained in May 2015.

Also fellow Arsenal player, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is already missing the tournament. The 22-year-old has not featured for the Gunners since their Champions League defeat to Barcelona at the Emirates in February, when he suffered a knee injury. His latest setback is a fresh injury, Continue Reading

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HODGSON: NO RASHFORD FOR EURO 2016

Head coach of the English men national team, Roy Hodgson says there is no way Red Devils teenage sensation, Marcus Rashford, will play in the Euro 2016 campaign billed for France this summer.


The coach says including the youngster, even of it is for experience, would be tantamount to allowing another player who has more reason being in the tournament to be sacrificed.

Rashford, who is only 18 years old, has seven goals for Manchester United in 13 appearances since making his senior team debut in February when Martial was out due to injury. Hodgson says he has been very impressed with the youngster but said it was unlikely he would take him to Euro 2016.

The player who is six months from his next birthday scored a brace on his debut in the Europa League game against FC Midtjylland. The English player has gone on to score more goals including the matches against Arsenal, Manchester City and Aston villa. The young striker also scored when the Red Devils took on West Ham in a crucial FA cup tie. His goal helped place Manchester United in the semi final against Everton. With Crystal Palace and Watford also in contention, Manchester United have a clear edge in lifting the trophy this season.

Hogdson has numerous options in Jamie Vardy, Harry Kane, Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck amongst others. Continue Reading

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Bilic impressed by Spain

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic said that he had been impressed by the way Spain beat Turkey in their friendly match ahead of Euro 2016. He stated that the Spanish players are so good technically and that they are at ease when playing between the lines. He said that this makes it difficult to defend for the opposing players.

He said that the Spanish players deserve credit for being able to play between the lines. He said that if you want to stop them, you should not give them so much time on the ball but this is easier said that done. He believes that the player has a natural ability to keep the ball and to create openings. For him, you cannot afford to give so much time to players such as David Silva and Andres Iniesta. Sooner or later, they will find an opening and will create chances for their teammates. Continue Reading