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                     WHERE IS EURO 2024? UEFA’S TOURNAMENT AFTER WORLD CUP 

Qatar will host the FIFA World Cup in 2022 before UEFA nations look ahead to their next major tournament with Euro 2024. But where will the European Championship be held? Well, UEFA will take its flagship event to Germany in two years’ time for the 17th edition of the competition. It will be the second time that the nation hosts the event and the first since reunification in 1990. West Germany held the tournament in 1988 and made the semi-finals.

Italy will look to defend their title at Euro 2024 after winning the first pan-European event at Euro 2020. The Azzurri beat England in the final held at Wembley for their second title after triumphing in 1968. Germany and Spain are the most successful nations with three titles. Continue Reading

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ITALY SECURE SECOND GROUP A3 WIN

Euro 2020 winners Italy secured their second win in Group A3 to stay in contention for the final phase as far as this season’s UEFA Nations League campaign is concerned. The Euro 2020 winners are in Group A3 alongside four-time world champions Germany, Hungary and Euro 2020 finalists England.

The Italians sealed their second win in Group A3 thanks to the slender win over England in what’s a repeat of the Euro 2020 final. Italy and England played out a 1-1 draw at the end of regulation time and extra time before the Italians saw off their hosts on penalties. Italy won their second Euro title by beating England 3-2 on penalties. Continue Reading

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ARSENAL GOALKEEPER AARON RAMSDALE TO GET ENGLAND OPPORTUNITY FOR QATAR

Aaron Ramsdale is set to get an opportunity to show what he can do as England’s No.1 later this month. The Arsenal goalkeeper only has three caps for his country, but he is set to add to that in the Three Lions’ upcoming Nations League fixtures against Italy and Germany. Pickford’s injury presents an opportunity for another goalkeeper to impress Gareth Southgate, and Ramsdale is the leading candidate. Newcastle United’s Nick Pope and Dean Henderson of Nottingham Forest will also be hoping for a chance in September’s international fixtures.

The timing of Pickford’s injury could be significant. The games against Italy and Germany are England’s last matches before the World Cup, so Ramsdale will be looking to put himself into Southgate’s thoughts ahead of the tournament in Qatar. Continue Reading

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RASHFORD ON TARGET IN BIG WIN

England international Marcus Rashford was on target as his Manchester United side recorded a big win over arch rivals Liverpool to reignite their season in the Premier League. The Euro 2020 participant was the recipient of the winning goal at the end of the game involving two of the biggest teams in English football. Rashford was part of the England squad to the Euro 2020 tournament as the Three Lions finished as runners-up. It must be pointed out that the Manchester United forward has rarely featured for his country since the Euro 2020 and he would be hoping to maintain his form with the World Cup tournament in Qatar a few months away.

Rashford and his Manchester United teammates were heavily criticised in all quarters after they lost their first two league games of the season. There were no margin for errors ahead of their third league game with Liverpool at Old Trafford having failed to register a single point from the maximum six points available this season. Continue Reading

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REPORT: EURO 2020 DRIVING COMMERCIAL OPPORTUNITIES IN WOMEN’S FOOTBALL

Audiences and consumers alike are taking more notice of women’s football, and in doing so presenting key business opportunities, according to a new survey. A study by Footy.com has shown that sports fans are becoming more and more engaged with the women’s game off the back of the ongoing UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 – particularly from a commercial and retail perspective. Notably, 83% of surveyed fans said they ‘would consider’ buying a football shirt with a female player’s name on the back, with an additional 84% stating that they would be more likely to make a purchase following the tournament.

Sam Patterson, Marketing Director at Footy.com, said: there’s been huge demand from football fans for women’s football jerseys this summer, with many retailers even running low on stock. He also said that this just shows that women’s football is having its moment off the pitch, just as much as it is on it. Seeing fans wearing their England jerseys with pride with names like Bronze, Hemp and Mead on the back really signifies a level of retail growth in the game we haven’t seen before. Continue Reading

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        RASHFORD: WHITE ENGLAND PLAYERS WOULDN’T HAVE RECEIVED SAME ABUSE

Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford believes England stars would not have received abuse after the Euro 2020 final if three white players missed penalties against Italy last summer.  Rashford was targeted by trolls with vile racist messages on social media after he failed with his spot kick at Wembley Stadium, along with his fellow black team-mates Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka, who also missed their efforts. The 24-year-old, who opened up on the episode to basketball icon LeBron James on his Shop YouTube series, said he did not feel white players would receive the same treatment from fans, claiming supporters ‘wouldn’t have noticed’.


Rashford appeared on the show alongside British actor Daniel Kaluuya, artist Rashid Johnson, marketing exectuvie Paul Rivera, entrepreneur Maverick Carter and James. When the group began speaking about the sickening abuse the three players received after the Three Lions lost on penalties – following a 1-1 draw in the final – Rashford was asked if he felt the level of hate would have been the same if white players were involved. Continue Reading