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France Vs Portugal Preview using xG: Closer than you think

In the build-up to the Euro 2016 Final, the hype has primarily been around France. This is obviously understandable; they’ve had a nearly flawless...

Fail to Prepare, Prepare to Fail: Analysing England’s failures in Iceland’s opening goal

In the days since England’s shock loss to Iceland, like many fans I have asked numerous questions in the search for answers to what...

Romania’s Euro journey comes to an end

Sunday night in Lyon, Albania defeated Romania and a national hysteria began in Gheorghe Hagi’s country. Everybody started to blame everybody. The last time...

Powerless Romania fail to impress against Switzerland

After the opener with France, everyone was talking about Romania’s football team, praising the players for their spirit, hard-work and organisation. Against France, Romania...

France 2:1 Romania- Romania almost ruins France’s party

The last time when France hosted the European Championships was in 1984. Les Bleus won all five games and eventually lifted the trophy. There...

Euro 2016- 6 Underdogs to watch out for

There’s always at least one so-called surprise package in every international tournament. Whether it’s a World Cup or European Championships, a previously unheralded team...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Romania

Romania is joining Europe’s elite at Euro 2016 after comfortably qualifying for the final tournament. Having missed on all the major tournaments since 2008...

The Problem with Toni Kroos

Toni Kroos is good at many things, but defending is not one of them. He can tackle, but he is not a ball winner....

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Albania

With an exciting Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, seeing The Eagles finish second in their group, the Albanian national team led by former Udinese and...

Euro 2016 Stadiums

The stadium that plays host to the opening Euro 2016 fixture between France and Romania, and the Euro 2016 final, which will not be...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Turkey

Euro 2016 will be Turkey’s first major tournament after 8 years. They reached the quarter finals in Euro 2000, came 3rd in the World Cup...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Belgium

Bandied about as the dark horses and rank outsiders for the competition, Belgium’s squad has an embarrassing wealth of riches. As a ‘golden generation’...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Portugal

Portugal head into the EURO 2016 competition with a team containing both experience, and relatively unknown quantities that have begun to break through. Names...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview-France

France, the host country have one of the strongest squads on paper going into the tournament. More importantly all of their key players have...

Euro 2016 Tactical Preview- Wales

Wales, led by the superstar Gareth Bale, made history in October 2015 by qualifying for the upcoming European Championships. It was the first time...

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