Greece has suspended all national league and local cup tournaments after an arson attack on refereeing chief Giorgos Bikas.
The Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) made the announcement on Wednesday following the arson attack early on Wednesday in Halkidiki, northern Greece.
Bikas is reportedly safe and his family as they were away from the burnt property.
“Following an extraordinary meeting, the EPO announces its decision for the suspension of all national football championships until the conclusion of the investigation into the causes of the fire by the fire services.
“The EPO expresses its full compassion to Mr Giorgos Bikas, whom we will support in every way possible,” the EPO said in a statement following the incident.
The incident comes after Giorgos Tsachilidis was threatened by two men leading to the resignation of all three members that constituted the refereeing committee (KED). The football season was moved forward by two weeks following dispute between the Greek government, the EPO, and top Greek clubs. Continue Reading
Raheem Sterling has admitted that he had a tough time prior and during the Euro 2016.
He said that he had to endure some harsh criticism for his performance during the tournament. Indeed the Manchester City player was the target of critics after England poor performance at the Euros, and he was substituted early in the games against Wales and Iceland.
He was criticized for his displays during the tournament, but he admitted that things were quite tough prior to the tournament as well. He said that there were negative stories about him and also plenty of criticisms in the warm-up games. He admitted that this had affected him morally and this may have an impact on his performance in France.
He said that it was not easy to play in this situation. He said that he wanted to prepare himself well in order to represent his country and instead, he had to face some intense criticisms before the Euro 2016. He said that it was the first time that he was criticized bluntly and he did not have any support to deal with the criticisms. He believes that this is the main reason why he has performed poorly at the Euros in France, but he does not want to use this as an excuse. He said that he would improve and work harder for the next tournament.
He said that he has learned from the experience and that he will improve himself. He said that this season has started well for him and that he is looking to win matches with Manchester City. Raheem Sterling has been playing well this season, and it appears that he is among the players that are benefiting from the arrival of Pep Guardiola at the head of the team.
Heimir Hallgrimsson reckons Iceland’s Euro 2016 Squad Players are already Legend whoever was a part of the Icelandic Euro 2016 squad has gained the status of a legend already and would not be forgotten by any Icelander ever.
Iceland had had the services of two coaches in Euro out of which one was Hallgrimsson and the other was Lars Lagerback.
But, Lagerback, post the tournament, took up an advisory role offered by his home association, which is Sweden, leaving Hallgrimsson to take over as the head coach in the Icelandic set up.
According to Hallgrimsson, <a href=”http://www.manutdbrunei.com”>soccer is not going to remain only a game in his nation</a> from here on, but, it is going to get much bigger than that.
Speaking after landing on the home soil, Hallgrimsson said, “The Icelanders would be talking about these boys forever like the Englishmen talk about their heroes of 1966. It’s huge. It has increased our stature as a nation.”
“The welcome we had is hard to describe. I would say, rather than asking me, you should see the pictures because they show everything. I mean there are memories which are always fresh in your head and it’s going to be of those memories for me; that’s for certain.” Continue Reading
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
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
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