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Euro 2020: Ronaldo Breaks Goals Record as Portugal crush Hungary
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Euro 2020: Ronaldo Breaks Goals Record as Portugal crush Hungary

  Portugal captain, Cristiano Ronaldo, made history at the ongoing Euro 2020, when he netted his 10th goal in his fifth appearance at the tournament. This makes him the leading men’s scorer in the Championship’s history. Ronaldo overtook France legend Michel Platini with his first goal against Hungary on Tuesday evening. The Juventus forward converted a penalty kick in the 85th minute to make it 2-0. The 37-year-old added a second, rounding off a slick move to make it 3-0 in Budapest. Ronaldo has now taken his tally to 107 goals in 176 appearances for Portugal, two fewer than Iranian Ali Daei’s all-time men’s record of 109 international goals. The all-time record is held by Christine Sinclair of Canada, with 186 goals. Ronaldo is the only man to score in fi...
PSG to Block Neymar, Mbappe from Olympic Games
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PSG to Block Neymar, Mbappe from Olympic Games

  Paris Saint-Germain will not permit Kylian Mbappe, Neymar, Marquinhos or any of their players to feature in the Olympic Games in Tokyo this summer, ESPN reports. Mbappe, Neymar and Marquinhos have all expressed a desire to play in the competition, but the Ligue 1 side will not agree to their request. PSG feel the trio would need rest before a short preseason, following their involvement at Euro 2020 and the Copa America in Brazil. Playing at the Olympics (which Neymar and Marquinhos did in 2016), would mean no holidays or preseason. The Olympic tournament will be held between July 21 and August 7. It is not an official FIFA competition, which means clubs are not obliged to let their players go The new Ligue 1 season starts on August 6, with the Trophee des C...
‘Goal of the tournament’ – Record-breaking Schick strike for Czech Republic against Scotland has Euro 2020 fans purring
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‘Goal of the tournament’ – Record-breaking Schick strike for Czech Republic against Scotland has Euro 2020 fans purring

The Bayer Leverkusen forward netted from nearly 50 yards to stun the crowd at Hampden Park and set his country towards victory in Group D It may only be day four of the European Championship, but goal of the tournament may have already been sewn up by Czech Republic striker Patrik Schick. The Bayer Leverkusen forward scored from practically on the halfway line in the Czechs' opening game of Group D against Scotland, lobbing goalkeeper David Marshall from approximately 50 yards. It was Schick's second goal of the game, and stunned the crowd at Hampden Park who had hoped to see Scotland get a good result in their first major tournament match for 23 years.
‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020
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‘They did their country proud’ – Kane hails England tournament debutants after beating Croatia at Euro 2020

The striker reserved special praise for those appearing at the European Championship for the first time in a Three Lions shirt at the weekend Harry Kane hailed England's major tournament debutants after their opening Euro 2020 game against Croatia on Sunday, insisting "they did their country proud". England gained revenge over the nation that dumped them out of the 2018 World Cup at the semi-final stage thanks to Raheem Sterling's neat finish in the 57th minute at Wembley. Kalvin Phillips set up the goal to cap a superb all-round display, while Phil Foden, Mason Mount, Declan Rice and Tyrone Mings also shone after being trusted to represent the Three Lions in the European Championship for the first time.
Copa America 2021: Messi Expresses Fear of Contracting COVID-19
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Copa America 2021: Messi Expresses Fear of Contracting COVID-19

  Argentina captain, Lionel Messi, has admitted he is worried about contracting COVID-19. This comes as they kick off their Copa America tournament on Monday, amid an outbreak of infections among rival teams. Players and officials from Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela have already tested positive for Coronavirus even before the tournament kicked off on Sunday in Brazil. Messi says the fear of contracting the virus was widespread in the squad. Copa America in doubt after CONMEBOL confirms Argentina will no longer host tournament “It worries us because it is a risk for everyone catching COVID-19,” he told reporters. “We try to be careful but it’s not easy. These things happen. “We’ll try to do all we can so no one gets it but sometimes it doesn’t depend solely...
Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine
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Netherlands Edge Five-goal Thriller Against Ukraine

Denzel Dumfries' late header rescued three points for the Netherlands in their Euro 2020 opener with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Ukraine in Amsterdam. The Netherlands had held a comfortable two-goal lead through strikes from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst within six minutes of one another shortly after half-time, in a chance-laden game at the Johan Cruyff Arena. But Ukraine, who had impressed early on before fading badly, sprang back into the game through an Andriy Yarmolenko stunner 15 minutes from time, before shocking their hosts as Roman Yaremchuk headed home Ruslan Malinovskyi's free-kick four minutes later. That looked like getting Frank de Boer's tournament off to a disappointing start less than a year into an uncomfortable reign as Netherlands boss, before Dumf...
Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance
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Bellingham becomes youngest ever to play at European Championship after England substitute appearance

The Borussia Dortmund midfielder replaced Harry Kane in the second half of the 1-0 win against Croatia on Sunday Jude Bellingham became the youngest ever to play at a European Championship when he came on for England on Sunday. The 17-year-old came off the bench to replace Harry Kane in his side's first game of the tournament against Croatia. The Borussia Dortmund midfielder has also broken Michael Owen's record to become the youngest player to represent England at a major tournament.
Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare
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Benzema declares himself 100 per cent fit for France’s Euro 2020 campaign after injury scare

The Real Madrid striker has confirmed that he is back in full training with Les Bleus after recovering from a slight knock Karim Benzema has declared himself 100 per cent fit for France's Euro 2020 campaign after shaking off an injury scare. Benzema was called up to the France squad for the first time in six years ahead of their latest international tournament, but left head coach Didier Deschamps sweating on his fitness after limping out of their final warm-up game against Bulgaria. The 33-year-old was replaced by Olivier Giroud in the 41st minute of the 3-0 victory after going down under a challenge from opposition defender Ivan Turitsov, leading to question marks over his participation in France's Group F opener against Germany.
Castagne Out of Euros with Eye Socket Double Fracture
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Castagne Out of Euros with Eye Socket Double Fracture

Timothy Castagne suffered a double fracture in his eye socket during Belgium's 3-0 win over Russia in their Euro 2020 opener on Saturday, ending his involvement in the tournament. Castagne collided heavily with Daler Kuzyaev in the first half of Saturday evening's game against Russia in St Petersburg. The 25-year-old was forced off after suffering heavy swelling around his eye, and manager Roberto Martinez later confirmed the Leicester defender had suffered a double fracture in his eye socket. "Really bad news, sad to see Timothy Castagne is going to be out of the tournament," Martinez said after the game. "He's had images taken, he's got a double fracture, and now we'll take the necessary treatment." Defender Jan Vertonghen was also forced off early during Saturday's ga...
England’s Key Decisions ahead of Croatia Euro 2020 Clash
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England’s Key Decisions ahead of Croatia Euro 2020 Clash

Gareth Southgate will have breathed a sigh of relief when the full-time whistle in Sunday's 1-0 win over Romania meant his England side had come through their final warm-up game unscathed. A full bill of health was the ultimate priority after losing Trent Alexander-Arnold last time out - but the fitness of Jordan Henderson and Harry Maguire looks set to remain a major talking point at this tournament. Henderson made his long-awaited return to action as a half-time substitute and, while there were some signs of rustiness on the ball, he played the pass which led to the second penalty and appeared to come through the run-out in good shape - although his over-eagerness to make his mark by taking the penalty off Dominic Calvert-Lewin was a bad call. The Croatia game is almost cert...
Euro 2020: Details of Eriksen’s Chat with Denmark team-mates in hospital emerge
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Euro 2020: Details of Eriksen’s Chat with Denmark team-mates in hospital emerge

  Denmark playmaker, Christian Eriksen, FaceTimed his teammates urging them to resume their Euro 2020 clash with Finland, the UK Mirror reports. Eriksen collapsed during the first half in Copenhagen, sparking distressing scenes on the pitch. The 29-year-old was seen receiving CPR, while his teammates formed a barrier between him and any cameras. He was down on the pitch for over 10 minutes, before being stretched away and rushed to hospital. Eriksen is now awake and stable. The player even contacted the others, telling them to finish the game as they look for a winning start to the tournament. They eventually lost 1-0 to Finland.
Unseeded Czech Krejcikova Wins French Open
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Unseeded Czech Krejcikova Wins French Open

Barbora Krejcikova's dream French Open run ended in a stunning victory as she claimed her maiden Grand Slam title after overcoming Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in Saturday's women's singles final. The Czech, ranked No 33 in the world, claimed the Suzanne Lenglen trophy after battling past Russian Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 2-6 6-4. Krejcikova, 25, was coached earlier in her career by former Wimbledon champion Jana Novotna, who died of cancer in 2017 at the age of 49. In an emotional victory speech, she said: "It's really hard to put words together right now because I cannot believe what just happened. I cannot believe that I actually won a Grand Slam. "I was going through a really hard time when Jana was passing away. I was most of the time with her and I really wanted to experience th...
Benzema says Brazil legend Ronaldo is his ‘role model’ as France striker prepares for major tournament return
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Benzema says Brazil legend Ronaldo is his ‘role model’ as France striker prepares for major tournament return

The Real Madrid star, who is set to feature in a major international tournament for the first time since 2014, says he based his game on the Brazilian Karim Benezma says Brazilian legend Ronaldo was his role model growing up as he prepares to make his major tournament return with France. Ronaldo is widely considered to be one of the greatest players of all time having won a string of honours during the 1990s and early 2000s, including two World Cups with Brazil and two Ballon d'Or awards. Benezma concedes Ronaldo’s skills were “a level above” his own, but says he took great inspiration from the former Barcelona and Real Madrid striker during his early career.
French Open final of Firsts for Krejcikova and Pavlyuchenkova
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French Open final of Firsts for Krejcikova and Pavlyuchenkova

When both Barbora Krejcikova and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova set foot on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Saturday, they will need to compose themselves quickly. The women will be in unchartered waters, and both will know that they are just two (or three) sets away from achieving their lifelong dream. Neither has ever faced the other before in singles, nor do they know what it is like to be alone on court with a Grand Slam singles title being just one win away. The unseeded Krejcikova does have the experience of winning doubles Grand Slam titles in her corner, and Pavlyuchenkova that of her junior Grand Slam titles and triumphs. A first senior singles Grand Slam title would mean so much to both women. From round one, they have quietly gone about their business; both have knocked out hi...
Mount: Legend Fabregas remembered me at the World Cup!
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Mount: Legend Fabregas remembered me at the World Cup!

The Spain midfielder has won the Euros twice and Mount is out to emulate the player that he grew up watching and then trained with Mason Mount admits to being starstruck after meeting Cesc Fabregas in Russia on a trip to the World Cup in 2018. Chelsea's young midfielder travelled to the tournament, along with Manchester City's Phil Foden and Tottenham's Ryan Sessegnon, with the trio combining their trip with media and commercial activity. Ahead of his first tournament with England, Mount spoke about meeting the former Blues midfielder ahead of a clash with Croatia on Sunday at Wembley Stadium and the impact that moment had on him at the time.
‘Juve’s in his blood!’ – Turkish defender Demiral nets historic own goal to open Euro 2020 against Italy
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‘Juve’s in his blood!’ – Turkish defender Demiral nets historic own goal to open Euro 2020 against Italy

The centre-back's game took an unfortunate turn as he scored an own goal against the country he calls home Merih Demiral was the unfortunate protagonist of Friday's Euro 2020 opener between Turkey and Italy as the tournament kicked off with an own goal for the first time ever. The big moment came in the 53rd minute following a fairly dull first half, with Turkey defender Demiral forced to turn the ball into his own net from a Domenico Berardi cross. Italy would go on to win the match 3-0 after further goals from Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne. The irony of Demiral being a Juventus player was not lost on those watching the game, who were quick to joke about the Turkey defender's connections to the Italian heavyweights.
Italy Make Perfect Euro 2020 Start with Turkey win
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Italy Make Perfect Euro 2020 Start with Turkey win

Italy kicked off Euro 2020 in style with a dominant 3-0 win over Turkey as Ciro Immobile and Lorenzo Insigne both scored in the Group A opener. Roberto Mancini's side put on an emphatic showing after Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli had opened the tournament singing Italia '90 anthem Nessun Dorma on the pitch pre-match. Turkey managed to frustrate their opponents for 45 minutes but faltered badly after the break as Merih Demiral put through on his net (53) following a tasty Domenico Berardi cross. That opened the game up which suited Italy's aggressive and attack-minded style as Immobile (66) and Insigne (79) added further weight to Italy's margin of victory. It was the first time in 39 European Championship matches that Italy had scored more than two goals in a game. ...
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Predicts Golden Boot winner

  Former Manchester United defender, Rio Ferdinand, has predicted the player that will finish the European Championship as top scorer. Ferdinand feels Harry Kane will win the Golden Boot, depending on how far England progresses in the tournament. If the Three Lions fail to reach the last four, he has picked Kylian Mbappe or Karim Benzema both from France, to claim it. “If England gets to the semi-finals I think Harry Kane will be the top goalscorer of the tournament,” he said. “If they don’t get to the semi-finals I think Mbappe. “Outside bet Benzema – what a fairytale that would be.”
Ramos too much of a risk for Euro 2020 but Pedri can be key for Spain says Luis Garcia
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Ramos too much of a risk for Euro 2020 but Pedri can be key for Spain says Luis Garcia

The centre-back is missing a major tournament for the first time since his international career started but the ex-winger feels it is the right call Former Spain star Luis Garcia says Spain will miss Sergio Ramos at Euro 2020 but admits it would have been risky for coach Luis Enrique to select him. Ramos is not part of the final squad for the tournament after the 35-year-old endured an injury-ravaged season at Real Madrid. Ex-Liverpool and Barcelona winger Garcia believes the tournament may have been too much for Ramos if he is not at his best.
I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho
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I’m very Upset with Chelsea’s Mateo Kovacic – Mourinho

  Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has said he was very upset with Chelsea midfielder, Mateo Kovacic because he never managed the Croatia international despite their similar career paths. Mourinho said this ahead of Croatia’s Euro 2020 opener against England on Sunday. Since leaving Dinamo Zagreb in 2013, Kovacic has played for three clubs, Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea, all previously managed by Mourinho. But the 27-year-old has never worked with the Portuguese gaffer. “Kovacic, I always feel he’s much better than what people think,” said Mourinho on talkSPORT. “And I am very upset with him because he played in every club I have been to, but never with me! “He played for Real Madrid, but not with me. He played for Chelsea, but not with me. He played for In...
This generation has made history’ – North Macedonia hero Pandev says they can cause Euro 2020 upset
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This generation has made history’ – North Macedonia hero Pandev says they can cause Euro 2020 upset

The country are preparing for their first major international tournament and their 37-year-old captain believes they can survive the group stage Goran Pandev says North Macedonia have made history by qualifying for Euro 2020 and their goal is to progress beyond the group stage. North Macedonia secured a place in a major international tournament for the first time when they beat Georgia in the play-offs. Pandev says his country should be proud just to reach the finals, but is confident they can put in a strong performance.
Euro 2020: Tension in France Camp as Mbappe ‘Rejects’ Giroud’s Apology
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Euro 2020: Tension in France Camp as Mbappe ‘Rejects’ Giroud’s Apology

  Kylian Mbappe has rejected an apology from his France teammate, Olivier Giroud, over remarks he made after their 3-0 win over Bulgaria on Tuesday. This has led to tension in the camp of the world champions, as they seek success in Euro 2020. Giroud came off the bench in the second half to score twice against the Bulgarians. After the game, the Chelsea striker said: “‘Sometimes you make the runs and the ball is not arriving. Perhaps we could have found each other better, there it is.” Mbappe was furious by his comments and even asked coach Didier Deschamps if he could call a press conference to give his side of the story, as he felt they were directed at him. RMC Sport reports Deschamps rejected his request, but the issue appears to have deepened. Giroud has ...
Lineker and Shearer give their verdicts on England’s Euro 2020 chances ahead of Croatia showdown
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Lineker and Shearer give their verdicts on England’s Euro 2020 chances ahead of Croatia showdown

Gareth Southgate's side are in action at Wembley on Sunday, with the former Three Lions strikers believing they can have a positive tournament Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer are confident England's talented squad can take them to the latter stages of the European Championship, although they are concerned that defensive issues may haunt the Three Lions. Gareth Southgate's side kick off their Euro 2020 campaign on June 13 as they face Croatia - who knocked them out at the semi-final stage of the 2018 World Cup - at Wembley. The Three Lions have a number of talented young forward players, raising expectations that they are capable of a strong tournament, with Lineker and Shearer excited by the potential of the squad.
England star Rice vows to drink first-ever beer if Three Lions win Euro 2020
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England star Rice vows to drink first-ever beer if Three Lions win Euro 2020

The West Ham star said he's never had a pint but would give it a try if the Three Lions emerge victorious at the summer tournament Declan Rice has promised to drink his first-ever beer if England win Euro 2020. The West Ham star admitted he wasn't a fan of the beverage but would make an exception were the Three Lions to bring home the trophy. Rice, 22, is likely to play a key role in England's Euros campaign, which kicks off on Sunday against Croatia.
Werner ‘will show who he really is’ at Euro 2020 after ‘up and down’ season at Chelsea, says Boateng James Westwood
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Werner ‘will show who he really is’ at Euro 2020 after ‘up and down’ season at Chelsea, says Boateng James Westwood

The German defender is confident his compatriot will shine at the summer tournament despite a testing first year in English football Jerome Boateng has backed Timo Werner to "show who he really is" at Euro 2020 after an "up and down" season at Chelsea. Much was expected of Werner at Stamford Bridge following his £47.5 million ($67m) switch to Chelsea from RB Leipzig last summer, but he did not adapt to English football as quickly as supporters hoped. The 25-year-old struggled to replicate the prolific form in front of goal he showed at Red Bull Arena, but still played a key role in the Blues' run to Champions League glory and Boateng expects to see him back to his best for Germany at the European Championships.
Brazil players blast CONMEBOL but vow they will play in Copa America
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Brazil players blast CONMEBOL but vow they will play in Copa America

The Selecao have hit out at South America's main football governing body over their handling of the summer tournament that will be hosted in Brazil The Brazil squad have criticised CONMEBOL for switching the Copa America location, but have reluctantly accepted the hosting responsibilities that have been thrust upon them. Argentina and Colombia were originally due to co-host the 2021 Copa America, but the latter was removed on May 20 amid widespread political protests. CONMEBOL subsequently announced that Argentina would stage the tournament alone before they were hit with a surge of Covid-19 cases, and Brazil were then swiftly named the new hosts.
COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil
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COVID19: New doubts cloud Copa America in Brazil

New doubts gathered Tuesday over the Copa America five days from kickoff, as Brazil's Supreme Court agreed to consider blocking the troubled tournament and the Brazilian national team's players said they were against holding it. Organisers are battling the odds to pull off the South American football championships this year despite the coronavirus pandemic. It has forced them into a last-minute search for an emergency host country that ended with the controversial choice of Brazil last week. Brazil's Supreme Court said it would rule Thursday on two requests to block the 10-nation tournament, which is scheduled to open Sunday and run through 10 July. Chief Justice Luiz Fux said given the "exceptional nature of the case," he had decided to have the full 11-member court take u...
England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson
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England boss Southgate took risk selecting Liverpool captain Henderson

Former England boss Glenn Hoddle thinks Gareth Southgate has taken a risk by selecting Jordan Henderson for the Euros. Having suffered a groin injury in February, Henderson played for the first time in four months in the friendly win over Romania last weekend. And Hoddle is concerned about Henderson's fitness heading into the major tournament. Speaking at a Betfair event, Hoddle said: "Henderson has been brought into the squad and I think it is a risk. "But I can see Gareth saying he needs someone with that experience who can settle people off the pitch. What happens off the pitch is not as important but it is massively important. "For that down time when you're not training, having that experience around is key, and if you haven't got that to lean on and watch it can be tou...
Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement
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Barcelona schedule date for Depay signing announcement

Barcelona are preparing to announce the signing of Lyon striker Memphis Depay this week. Sport says Depay will become Barcelona's fourth signing of the summer after the arrivals of Sergio 'Kun' Agüero, Eric Garcia and Emerson. A final agreement is close to being signed off and Barça hope to officially announce Depay's signing on Friday, before the start of the European Championships. That way, the Lyon forward's future will not become a distraction during the tournament and he can focus exclusively on the Netherlands. Depay's deal with Lyon expires on June 30 and he will sign for Barça on a free transfer. The forward wants to make the move to Camp Nou and be reunited with Ronald Koeman, his previous coach with the Netherlands, and the final details should be sorted soon. ...
Lukas Nmecha: Nigeria eyeing up Manchester City wonderkid – reports
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Lukas Nmecha: Nigeria eyeing up Manchester City wonderkid – reports

Despite representing England and Germany at youth level, the three-time African champions are keen on seeing the forward represent them The Nigeria Football Federation wants Manchester City forward Lukas Nmecha to play for the Super Eagles at senior level. Born to a Nigerian father and German mother in Hamburg, the 22-year-old is eligible to represent the West Africans despite featuring for England and Germany at youth level. At the just-concluded 2021 Uefa European U21 Championship staged in Slovenia, Nmecha’s 49th-minute strike inspired Stefan Kuntz’s team to a 1-0 defeat of Portugal in the final staged at the Stozice Stadium, Ljubljana. Having found the net on four occasions, he walked home with the Golden Boot while he made the team of the tournament alongside teammates Davi...
Euro 2020: Roy Keane identifies two England players to watch out for
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Euro 2020: Roy Keane identifies two England players to watch out for

  Manchester United legend, Roy Keane, has named the two most talented players in the England squad ahead of the Euro 2020. Keane believes Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling are “ready to explode” in the Euro 2020, which kicks off on Friday. According to him, both players could make a difference for England in the competition. The Three Lions begin their Euro 2020 campaign against Group D rivals Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. “Sometimes you look at players who have had a quiet spell; quiet because they have set such high standards,” Keane was quoted by Daily Star as saying. “Rashford and Sterling, for example. But I think that is a good thing. “You’re going into the tournament [Euro 2020], ‘these lads are ready to explode.'”
‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener
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‘Not good enough’ – Southgate warns England need defensive improvement ahead of Euro 2020 opener

The Three Lions' campaign starts against Croatia on Sunday but the coach warns they must be in better shape than they were against Romania on Sunday Gareth Southgate has warned that England have "a lot of work" to do before their first game of Euro 2020, highlighting their defending as a key area that needs improvement. After getting the better of Austria last week, the Three Lions beat Romania 1-0 on Sunday in their last friendly before the tournament begins. Southgate's team will open their Euro 2020 campaign with a match against Croatia at Wembley on June 13 and the coach fears they are still not good enough in some aspects.
Euro 2020: Harry Kane Rates England’s Chances of Winning Tournament
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Euro 2020: Harry Kane Rates England’s Chances of Winning Tournament

England captain, Harry Kane, has insisted that the Three Lions are in a better position heading into the Euro 2020 tournament than they were for their run to the Russia 2018 World Cup semi-final. England begins their Euro 2020 campaign against Group D rivals Croatia at Wembley on Sunday. Recall that Croatia ended England’s World Cup hopes three years ago in Russia, but both squads have changed since. However, Kane, who won the golden boot in Russia, feels Gareth Southgate’s side are now better suited for the Euro 2020, having gained more experience for club and country since their painful exit in Russia. “I would say so,” Kante told the official England Podcast when asked if the squad is stronger than in 2018. “We are probably in a better place. Going into that World Cup...
Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament
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Euro 2020: Wayne Rooney Snubs England, names country to win tournament

Former England striker, Wayne Rooney, has snubbed the Three Lions and named France as the favourite country to win this year’s Euro 2020. Rooney believes France are clear favourites to win the Euro 2020 ahead of England, Portugal and Belgium because of their quality, experience and track record as world champions. France are in Group F alongside Germany, Hungary and Portugal. The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July, 2021. “England are among a group of four teams that stand above the rest in terms of prospects at Euro 2020. Portugal and Belgium are in there too, but my clear favourites are France,” Rooney told The Times. “Kylian Mbappe, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Antoine Griezmann, Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane, Hugo Lloris: you look at their quality, experience a...
Euro 2020 will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last – Mourinho
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Euro 2020 will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s last – Mourinho

  AS Roma manager, Jose Mourinho, has insisted that the 2020 Euro will be Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo’s last in the tournament for his country. Mourinho explained that Ronaldo, 36, is not a kid anymore after becoming a European champion in 2016. According to him, the Juventus forward is going to do everything possible to win the Euro 2020 with Portugal. The Euro 2020 will kick-off on June 11 – 11 July, 2021. Portugal are in Group F alongside Germany, Hungary and France. “Of course, Cristiano Ronaldo is not a kid anymore and this is probably his last Euros [Euro 2020],” Mourinho told The Sun. “After becoming a European champion, I believe he’s going to try everything to succeed for the last time.” Mourinho added, “Fernando Santos is the right guy in the r...
Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark
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Mario Balotelli peaked at the Euros – and his Monza spell could help him rediscover a lost spark

In his frantic, frenetic career, Euro 2012 was the high point. Nine years on, he's spent half a season in Serie B - and enjoyed some success In the frantic, frenetic career of Mario Balotelli, Euro 2012 was the high point. Having just helped Manchester City to the most dramatic of Premier League titles – providing his only assist for the club to set up "Aguerooooo" – he was the outstanding forward in Poland and Ukraine. At the tournament, he super-charged an Italian side which had flopped at the World Cup two years earlier as reigning champions. They outplayed new world kings Spain in the opening group match, before beating Croatia and Republic of Ireland to reach the knock-outs.
Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award
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Euro 2020: Wenger Names Favourite for Best Player award

  Former Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, has identified Chelsea’s Timo Werner as the favourite player to win the Euro 2020 player of the tournament. Wenger also said that he likes the quality of the Germany international’s movement on the pitch. Werner endured a mixed first season at Chelsea, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions for the west London club. “I like the quality of his runs,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “I like his movement, but he’s not… we see his conversion rate with the number of chances he has. “He’s not good enough to say, but he will be absolutely the favourite to be the player of the tournament [Euro 2020].” The Euro 2020 will kick off on June 11 – 11 July 2021. Germany is in Group F alongside France, Hungary and Portugal....
Euro 2020: Wenger Snubs England, Predicts Country to win Tournament
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Euro 2020: Wenger Snubs England, Predicts Country to win Tournament

Former Arsenal boss, Arsene Wenger, has predicted that France will go all the way and win this month’s European Championships. The Frenchman said Les Bleus are the “super favourite”, as the return of Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema makes the attack an “even stronger” force. The reigning world champions play Wales and Bulgaria in friendlies ahead of the tournament, which starts June 11. France has been placed in the ‘group of death’ along with holders Portugal, Germany and Hungary. But Wenger is confident his fellow countrymen can progress into the knockout phase and go all the way. “France will be the super favourite of this tournament for many, many reasons,” Wenger told beIN SPORTS. “The main one of course is they just won the World Cup in a convincing way in Russia. Bu...
Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Names Player that Shouldn’t be in England Squad
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Euro 2020: Rio Ferdinand Names Player that Shouldn’t be in England Squad

Ferdinand believes England manager, Gareth Southgate, made a mistake by selecting Maguire in his Euro 2020 squad. Southgate released his 26-man squad for Euro 2020 on Tuesday afternoon and included Maguire in the list despite his recent injury problems. Maguire missed Man United’s final five matches of the 2020/21 season, including their Europa League final defeat to Villarreal due to ankle ligament damage. “England needed another centre back. This tells me he [Southgate] is definitely playing three at the back,” Ferdinand told FIVE. “Harry Maguire’s not even fit, I wouldn’t even take Maguire. You are not fit, you are not going to be fit for ages, it doesn’t make sense. “I have been in squads with players who have not been fit and they don’t perform when they are not themsel...
Euro 2020: England coach omits Lingard from 26-man squad [Full list]
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Euro 2020: England coach omits Lingard from 26-man squad [Full list]

  England manager, Gareth Southgate, has named a 26-man squad for the European Championship. Southgate omitted Manchester United’s Jesse Lingard from the Three Lions squad. England will play Austria on June 2 and Romania on June 6 in warm-up friendly matches, before kicking off their tournament against Croatia on June 13. The Euro 2020 will kick-off on June 11 – 11 July, 2021. Below is England’s 26-man squad in full; Goalkeepers: Dean Henderson (Man Utd), Sam Johnstone (West Brom), Jordan Pickford (Everton) Defenders: John Stones (Man City), Luke Shaw (Man Utd), Harry Maguire (Man Utd), Trent Alexander-Arnold (Liverpool), Kyle Walker (Man City), Tyrone Mings (Aston Villa), Reece James (Chelsea), Conor Coady (Wolves), Ben Chilwell (Chelsea), Kieran Trippier (At...
England Squad Jersey Numbers Confirmed as Southgate Names Euro 2020 players
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England Squad Jersey Numbers Confirmed as Southgate Names Euro 2020 players

  England manager, Gareth Southgate, on Tuesday named his 26-man squad for this month’s European Championships. Squad numbers were also allocated to those who will be on the plane for the tournament. It is possibly a hint on who will make Southgate’s starting XI against Croatia on June 13. Jordan Pickford has the no 1 shirt, while Kyle Walker and Luke Shaw has the full back slots for no 2 and no 3 respectively. Captain Harry Kane will wear no. 9, while Raheem Sterling is no. 10. Here’s the full list of England squad numbers that will be used at the tournament. England squad numbers 1 – Pickford 2 – Walker 3 – Shaw 4 – Rice 5 – Stones 6 – Maguire 7 – Grealish 8 – Henderson, J. 9 – Kane 10 – Sterling 11 – Rashford 12 – Trippier ...
Naomi Osaka Withdraws from French Open as she Reveals she’s depressed amid media controversy
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Naomi Osaka Withdraws from French Open as she Reveals she’s depressed amid media controversy

Four-time Grand Slam champion, Naomi Osaka has decided to withdraw from the French Open following the bitter fallout from her decision to boycott all media activity. In an announcement made on Twitter, Naomi said she intends to "take some time away from the court" rather than continue to be a distraction for her stance against speaking to the press. Last week, on the eve of the tournament, Naomi she would not face the press during the 2021 French Open, citing mental health reasons. She said at the time: "I’ve often felt that people have no regard for athletes mental health and this rings very true whenever I see a press conference or partake in one." True to her word, following her win over Patricia Tig in the first round on Sunday, May 30, Osaka failed to attend the post-mat...
CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021
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CONMEBOL Confirms new Venue for Copa America 2021

  South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has announced that the 2021 Copa America will be played in Brazil after original hosts Colombia and Argentina had to pull out of holding the tournament. CONMEBOL made the announcement on Monday, just thirteen days before the tournament is set to begin. Colombia and Argentina had to pull out due to political unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2021 Copa America will begin on June 13 and end on July 11. Meanwhile, Brazil is one of the countries in the world worst affected by the coronavirus pandemic, with the second-highest death toll of over 460,000 so far and more than 16.5 million cases. Brazil won the Copa America in 2019 after beating Peru 3-1 in the final.
French Open: Naomi Osaka responds after she is fined $15k for skipping press conference
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French Open: Naomi Osaka responds after she is fined $15k for skipping press conference

Tennis star, Naomi Osaka fired back Sunday after she was fined $15,000 for skipping a mandatory press conference following her first-round victory at the French Open. Tournament organizers said Osaka was fined for failing to "honor her contractual media obligations." Osaka announced that she would not participate in any media events in a post last week. The 23-year-old cited mental health concerns as the reason for her decision. Osaka acknowledged the likelihood of a fine in her initial post, expressing hope that "the considerable amount that I get fined for this will go towards a mental health charity." Osaka, a four-time Grand Slam tournament winner, addressed the fine in a tweet after her 6-4, 7-6 (4) victory over 63rd-ranked Patricia Maria Tig on Sunday, May 30. "Anger...
Copa America in Doubt after CONMEBOL Confirms Argentina will no longer host tournament
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Copa America in Doubt after CONMEBOL Confirms Argentina will no longer host tournament

  The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) has confirmed Argentina will no longer host the Copa America. This development throws the tournament into doubt with only 13 days before it was due to kick off. The tournament was scheduled to be played in Argentina and Colombia between June 13 and July 10. However, Colombia was removed as co-host on May 20 and Argentina has now followed due to what CONMEBOL said was “the present circumstances”. Argentina is currently suffering from a spike in Coronavirus cases. “CONMEBOL is analysing offers from other countries that have shown interest in hosting the continental tournament. “Updates will be announced soon,” it said in a short statement.
Champions League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 21]
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Champions League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 21]

  Following the conclusion of this year’s Champions League on Saturday night, top goal scorers in the tournament this season have been revealed. Recall that Chelsea defeated Manchester City 1-0 in Porto to win their first Champions League since 2012. Chelsea’s Kai Havertz scored the only goal of the match for Chelsea against Man City. Below are UEFA Champions League top scorers this year: 10 goals: Haaland (Dortmund). 8 goals: Mbappe (PSG). 6 goals: Morata (Juventus), Neymar (PSG), Rashford (Man United), Giroud (Chelsea), Salah (Liverpool), Youssef En-NesyriEn-Nesyri (Sevilla), Karim Benzema (Real Madrid). 5 goals: Immobile (Lazio), Plea (Borussia Moenchengladbach), Messi (Barcelona), Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Sérgio Oliveira (Porto). 4 goals: Cristia...
Europa League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 19]
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Europa League Highest Goal Scorers this Season Revealed [See top 19]

  Following the conclusion of this year’s Europa League on Wednesday night, below are the top goal scorers in the tournament this season. Recall that Villarreal defeated Man United 11-10 on penalties to win this year’s Europa League after the match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes in Gdansk. Villarreal’s Gerard Moreno, Lille’s Yusuf Yazici and Roma’s Borja Mayoral are on top of the goal chart with seven goals each. Below are UEFA Europa League top scorers this year: 7 goals – Gerard Moreno (Villarreal), Pizzi (Benfica), Borja Mayoral (Roma), Yusuf Yazıcı (LOSC Lille). 6 goals – Nicolas Pépé (Arsenal), Carlos Vinícius (Tottenham), Edinson Cavani (Manchester United), Mislav Oršić (Dinamo Zagreb), Munas Dabbur (Hoffenheim), Paco Alcácer (Villarreal), Edin Džeko (Roma). ...
Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham
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Southgate Reveals when Harry Kane will Leave Tottenham

  England senior national team handler, Gareth Southgate, has revealed when he expects Tottenham’s striker, Harry Kane to leave the club. The future of the England striker has been the subject of much speculation, but his national team coach does not think the player will leave Tottenham before the end of the Euro 2021 tournament. Southgate, who named the centre-forward in his 36-man provisional squad, insists the speculation surrounding the prolific striker will not be an issue during the tournament. “I don’t need to talk about Harry’s focus. He has got one goal with us and that’s to win a European Championship,” Southgate told the press while explaining some decisions about his squad. “What is going on at his club is a matter for him and Tottenham. He has made som...
UEFA unveil the trophy for the newly-formed Europa Conference League
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UEFA unveil the trophy for the newly-formed Europa Conference League

  UEFA have officially unveiled the trophy and branding for the Europa Conference League, which begins next season. The trophy, which stands 57.5cm tall and weighing 11kg, consists of 32 hexagonal spines one for each team in the group stage of the competition, twisting and curving from the trophy base. Clubs will qualify for the competition based on their performance in their national leagues and cup competitions. It will be the third tier of European club football, after the Champions League and the Europa League. “We want to make our competitions more inclusive – to give clubs and fans the chance to dream and compete for European honours,” said UEFA President Aleksander ?eferin. “This is why we created the UEFA Europa Confer...
Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos Reacts to Spain’s 2020 Euro snub
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Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos Reacts to Spain’s 2020 Euro snub

Real Madrid captain, Sergio Ramos, has reacted to the 2020 Euro 24-man squad released by coach Luis Enrique on Monday. RUSHHOURSPORT reports that Ramos was left out of Spain’s 2020 Euro squad. The Euro 2020 will start on June 11-11 July 2021. Reacting, Ramos said he was hurt after he was snubbed by Enrique. The defender also wished his teammates the best of luck at the tournament. “I wish all my teammates the best of luck and I hope we have a great Euro Cup. I will cheer as one more from home,” Ramos wrote on Twitter. “After a few fucked-up months and an atypical season that is different from what I have experienced in my entire career, the Eurocup also joins. “After a tough few months and a strange season unlike anything I have experi...

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