France national coach Didier Deschamps said that he is happy with the new format of the Euro Nations League. He said that this brings some more competitiveness to the friendly games and that this will help the young players develop more quickly.
Deschamps said that very often in the past players were not motivated during friendly games and that there was not a lot of aggressiveness during games. He believes that this format of Nations League will help the players focus more during the games as there is a clear objective. He said that with the additional possibility of qualifying for the Euros this makes it more interesting for some teams to perform in the competition. Continue Reading
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.
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
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