Germany legend Jurgen Klinsmann claims that Germany coach Joachim Loew needs to get his team to reach the semifinals of the Euro 2020 in order to avoid losing his job. Klinsmann is known for his iconic time with the German national team as he managed to get the team to the semifinals of the World Cup 2006 after taking over in 2004. Immediately after the tournament, his assistant manager Loew was promoted to the big job.Loew has had a great amount of success with Germany after getting the national team to success at the World Cup 2014. However, there is a major threat to his hope of the remaining beyond 12 years in charge of the national team since recent failures have placed his job security under threat.
Germany have been quite disappointing in recent major tournaments and there is a strong possibility of Loew losing his job if Germany failed to reach the Euro 2020 semifinals, according to Klinsmann.The national team has undergone a drastic change in the last couple of years due to the retirement of veterans like Miroslav Klose. The end of the golden generation has been attributed to the recent decline of the national team and Klinsmann says that it is up to Loew in order to build the same.
Belgian duo Vincent Kompany and Thibaut Courtois have laughed off the idea of Romelu Lukaku retiring from international football after Euro 2020. The Manchester United striker recently claimed that he has the plan to step down from national team duty after the next major tournament but his compatriots don’t believe that would be the case.
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Speaking to reporters, Red Devils captain Kompany was surprised by even the thought of Lukaku hanging his boots in 2020 and feels the striker may end up regretting the statement, he said: “I can hardly imagine that I’m going to have a lot of trouble convincing him to go even further. Young players sometimes say things that they later regret. We all laughed at it.”
Tottenham Hotspur defender Kieran Trippier has admitted that he is keen to take his game to the next level after starring for England at the recent World Cup. The 27-year-old was a regular for the Three Lions in the right wing-back role during the tournament and he scored a remarkable free-kick against Croatia at the semi-final stage, although it came in a losing cause.
Speaking to Sky Sports News, Trippier admitted that he was delighted to have made the mark at the World Cup after making his debut only a year ago. He added that the performances have given him plenty of confidence going forward and he is hoping to play a fundamental role for Spurs during the course of the current campaign.
Hungary have appointed former Brescia defender turned coach Marco Rossi as the manager of the national team ahead of Euro 2020. The Italian would now replace Belgian Georges Leekens as the Hungary Football Association (HFA) prepare for the continental event which is only two years out.
The 53-year old coach was handed a two year deal with a clear mandate on helping the team develop into a world class competitor as they jointly host the event. The 1938 and 1953 World Cup finalists are aware that so much work needed to be done. They lost three games and played a draw in one to make four friendly games under Leekens. The HFA sacked Leekens not solely because of the losses but because the manager in their opinion brought minimal improvement to the team during his time at the helm.
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.
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