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The Greatest European Championships Teams

West Germany 1972 Back in the 1970s, West Germany were at the peak of their game. The national team, which comprised of a core of players plying their trade for Bayern Munich, went on to reach three successive major international finals: the 1974 World Cup triumph sandwiched between the 1972 and 1976 European Championships finals. Their team at the 1972 ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories – The rise and rise of Jamie Vardy

  At the end of England’s European Championship group stage match against Wales on June 16, an interesting statistic did the rounds of Twitter and other social media: Jamie Vardy has scored four goals with his last five shots on target for England! Quite astounding. But then again, who would have thought that Vardy would be ending the 2015/16 Premier ...

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Biggest Controversies in European championship history

General Franco stops Spain from participating at the 1960 Euro Back in the day when the continental European competition was first played, the map of Europe looked a whole lot different than it does today. In fact, the European Championship or Euros were then known as the European Nations’ Cup and there used to be only four teams in the ...

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Top 5 Goals at Euro 2016 so far

The first round of the group games are over now. A total of 22 goals have been scored in the tournament so far. There haven’t been many matches with a goalfest, however, just 12 matches into the tournament, we already have some of the strong contenders for ‘Goal of the tournament’. Here’s our pick for the top five Euro 2016 ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Vicente del Bosque

  Vicente del Bosque was a product of the Real Madrid youth academy who went on to have a successful 16-year association with Los Blancos’ first team. The midfielder went on to make over 500 appearances for the Spanish giants across all competitions and won five league titles as well as four Copa del Reys during his time at the ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Granit Xhaka

  Granit Xhaka has signed for Arsenal this summer and has become the first acquisition for the Gunners in the ongoing transfer window. For the 23-year-old midfielder the north London club have paid €45 million, according to reports. It is a steep price for a youngster, but then the rapid progress that the Swiss international of Albanian origin has made ...

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Best Quotes on Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal was unceremoniously removed from the helm at Manchester United in May 2016. The legendary Dutchman has had a glorious managerial career. His last piece of silverware, the FA Cup, took his trophy tally to 20. The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich won at least one title at all the clubs he coached. Over the course of his ...

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Simen Agdestein – The footballer and the chess grandmaster

It is hard enough to represent a country at the international level in one sport. It is even tougher to do in two different sports and it is yet another level of achievement to do so in sports as different as football and chess. Probably, Simen Agdestein remains the only man to have achieved such a unique accomplishment. Agdestein, born ...

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