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Euro 1976: Birth of the legendary Panenka penalty

The 1976 Euros will forever be immortalized for that chip which a certain Antonin Panenka introduced to the wider world when he fooled Sepp Maier in goal in the summit clash at the Crvena Zvezda Stadium in Belgrade on 20th June. The fifth edition of the European Championship followed the same template as the previous editions and only four teams ...

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Euro 1972: A look back at the 1972 European Championship

The 1972 Euros followed the same format as the previous editions of the tournament. Only four teams made it to the finals which saw two semi-finals, a third-place playoff and the final. This time Italy, England as well as Belgium had expressed interest in hosting the event, but Belgium was chosen to be the venue for the fourth edition of ...

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Euro 1968: A look back at the 1968 European Championship

In 1968, the European Nations’ Cup became the European Championship. The tournament did away with home and away qualifying structure that it followed in the last two editions and had a group stage instead. And similar to the past editions, the last four games: the two semi-finals, the third place playoff and the final were held in the host country. ...

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Euro 1964: A look back at the 1964 European Nations’ Cup

The second edition of the European Nations’ Cup was held in Spain and had a similar format to the inaugural edition of the 1960 when it was organized in France. It was a knockout competition with 29 nations participating. Similar to the first edition, the participating countries played home and away fixtures until the semi-finals after which the top four ...

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PSG and Barcelona’s unbeaten record not impressive enough

Last week Paris Saint Germain broke the French record for the longest unbeaten record. The Ligue 1 champions haven’t lost in 34 games but they are still way behind from becoming one of the most unbeatable league sides in Europe. Now, Barcelona have beaten their previous club record of staying unbeaten for 28 games with a 1 – 1 draw ...

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Euro 1960: A look back at the 1960 European Nations’ Cup

The first ever European Championship was hosted by France in 1960. And the inaugural edition of the tournament bore almost no resemblance to its modern incarnation. First and foremost, there were 17 participating nations, but none of these traditional powerhouses of European football: Italy, England and West Germany, sent their teams to the event. The tournament was structured as such ...

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Euro 2016 Venues: Cities and Stadiums

Bordeaux/Stade de Bordeaux The home of Bordeaux is one of the ten venues for the 2016 European Championship. The stadium has been newly built by the famed architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron, who also built the Bird’s Nest for the 2008 Olympic games in China. Lens/Stade Bollaert-Delelis Racing Club de Lens’ home was renovated for the Euros and has ...

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Most impressive Chelsea records over the last decade

Since the takeover of Chelsea by Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich over a decade or so ago, the Blues have become a dominant force in the English Premier League and they have also made significant forays in European competitions, having won the Champions League and the Europa League in successive seasons. The Pensioners hold the record for most wins in a ...

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Top 5 Embarrassing Club Record Signings

Andy Carroll The Geordie moved to Liverpool in the summer of 2011 for an eye-watering sum of £35m. No one had thought that Carroll would command such a staggering fee for his move from St. James’ Park to Anfield, but the Reds did shell out the money after they reaped the riches from Fernando Torres’ move to Chelsea for another ...

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