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Football’s Biggest Controversies – The Disgrace of Gijon

At the 1982 World Cup in Spain, Algeria became the first ever African nation to defeat a European team. They also became the first team from their continent to win two games at a single World Cup. However, all those heroics were not enough to see them make it to the second round of the tournament. Reason? The disgrace of ...

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Portrait of an iconic manager – Helenio Herrera

Helenio Herrera is quite rightly regarded as one of the greatest managers of all time. He has become synonymous with his “catenaccio” Inter Milan side of the 1960s, but there is so much more to the manager, who was one of the early tactical pioneers. The Argentine began his managerial career in the 1940s and after managing a string of ...

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Football’s Rising Stars – Sergi Samper

  Luis Enrique took charge of the Barcelona first team in the summer of 2014 and guided the Catalans to a treble of the league title, the Champions League and the Copa del Rey in his first season at the club. For a manager who achieves so much in only his first season, there can hardly be any complaints. However, ...

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Betting: Euro 2016 semi-finalists

France When you have Hugo Lloris in goal, centre-back options include Laurent Koscielny, Raphael Varane and Kurt Zouma, in midfield you can call upon the likes of Paul Pogba, Yohan Cabaye, Blaise Matuidi and up front Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud and Kingsley Coman, then no wonder you are likely to be amongst the top favourites to finish amongst the top ...

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Betting: Euro 2016 Finalists

France The host nation is the pre-tournament favourites to win the Henri Delaunay trophy this summer. France are placed in a relatively easy group alongside Switzerland, Romania and Albania and are strong favourites to win all three group games on their way to the round of 16. A strong team under the management of a hard taskmaster in Didier Deschamps ...

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Euro 2012: Spain becomes the first team to retain European Championship

The 14th edition of the European Championship was jointly-hosted by Poland and Ukraine from 8th June to 1st July 2012. Spain, fresh from their first World Cup triumph, were also the reigning European champions heading into Euro 2012 and were widely considered to be the favourites. Czech Republic, Greece, Russia and hosts Poland comprised Group A. The hosts kicked off ...

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Euro 2008: Spain crowned the European champions

It is hard to believe now that Spain were one of the perennially underachieving teams in world football. After winning the second European Championship in 1964, they went empty-handed until 2008 before they won something big. And since then La Furia Roja have gone on to be crowned the European champions twice as well as world champions in 2010. Participants ...

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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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