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They Impressed at the Euros (Part Four)

Concluding the series looking at the players who impressed so much playing for their countries at the European Championships that it was enough to earn them a big money move once the tournament was over. For Part One click here; for Part Two click here; and Part Three click here. Mario Mandzukić Croatia failed to get out of the group ...

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They Impressed at the Euros (Part Three)

Continuing the series looking at some of the players whose performances wearing national colours at the European Championships won them big money moves after the tournament was over. For Part One please click here, and :Part Two please click here. Luis Figo The Portuguese winger was already a star in la Liga, helping Barcelona win two league titles, the Spanish ...

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Greatest Football Controversies: The Battle of Nuremburg

The round of 16 match between the Netherlands and Portugal at the 2006 World Cup has earned notoriety for the sheer number of cards awarded by the referee for various infringements and is now referred to as the Battle of Nuremburg. The match was a stop-start affair due to the numerous times the Russian referee Valentin Valentinovich Ivanov blew his ...

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Should Pepe win the 2016 Ballon d’Or?

There are players that take the limelight in big triumphs and then there are some whose contribution to the cause remains indispensable but they go under the radar. Pepe’s performances for Real Madrid during their Champions League-winning campaign and Portugal’s European Championship triumph earlier this summer fall in the latter category. The defender was absolutely on top of his game ...

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Why Cristiano Ronaldo is Europe’s best soccer player of all-time

Photo credits: Paul Not everyone recognizes Cristiano Ronaldo as one of the best players in the history of football, but the day the legendary forward decides to hang up his boots and lets the dust settle behind him, everyone will be deemed to acknowledge the exceptional career that the Portuguese stalwart has had. The former Manchester United winger has won ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Renato Sanches

The ever efficient Bayern Munich’s transfer dealings completed another good purchase when they acquired Benfica’s Renato Sanches earlier this summer. The young Portuguese star had been linked with a move to Manchester United but ultimately he chose the five-time European champions. Sanches is only 18-year-old, but his reading of the game is well beyond his years. The youngster played only ...

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Greatest Underdog Stories: When Greece became European Champions

 There are fewer stories of triumphs as unprecedented as Greece’s European Cup win in 2004. The Greeks started their Euro 2004 campaign against Portugal in the opening game of the tournament. Being the hosts, Portugal were the overwhelming favourites against a side that had only previously played at the biggest stage twice – first at the Euros 1980 and then ...

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UEFA Euro 2016 contenders – Portugal

Portugal saw a change of manager during the course of their 2016 European Championship qualifying campaign as Paulo Bento made way for Fernando Santos after they lost to lowly Albania. Under their new manager seven successive wins saw them through to the tournament proper as group winners ahead second-placed Albania and Denmark, who came in third, but lost their playoff ...

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