World Cup Buzz Archives for January 2016

Misfiring Ronaldo ‘amazing’, insists Portugal coach Santos

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Marseille (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos hailed Cristiano Ronaldo's performance as "amazing" despite his failure to score as his side progressed to the Euro 2016 semi-finals with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Poland.

Ronaldo is just one goal off matching Michel Platini's record of nine in Euro finals, but endured a frustrating night in front of goal during the 120 minutes in Marseille.

Poland Euro 2016 exit ‘not the end’ for coach Nawalka

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Marseille (AFP) Poland's heartbreaking Euro 2016 quarter-final exit to Portugal on penalties should not dampen optimism of great things to come, insisted coach Adam Nawalka.

Jakub Blaszczykowski's spot-kick was saved by Rui Patricio as Portugal prevailed 5-3 in the shootout after Renato Sanches had cancelled out Robert Lewandowski's quickfire opener in Marseille.

Sling TV now offers soccer fans NBCSN, FS1, FS2, ESPN, ESPN2, beIN SPORTS and Univision

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With Sling TV adding NBCSN to its new Sling Blue streaming service, you can watch Premier League games televised on NBCSN and NBC without needing a cable or TV subscription. In addition to NBC and NBCSN's availability on Sling TV, soccer fans can also get ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, FS2, beIN SPORTS, beIN SPORTS en Español, Univision, UniMas and Univision Deportes, in addition to several other soccer-related channels.

Wonderkid Sanches leaves Ronaldo in the shade at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo is one step closer to the holy grail of an international trophy but was overshadowed by the rising star of 18-year-old teammate Renato Sanches as Portugal booked their place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Despite still having failed to win a game in 90 minutes, Ronaldo is just two games away from delivering Portugal's first major tournament win as A Selecao scraped past Poland 5-3 on penalties in Marseille.

‘Lucky’ Portugal don’t mind criticism – Sanches

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Marseille (AFP) Teenage goal hero Renato Sanches insists Portugal do not care if they are labelled "lucky" after reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016 with a 5-3 penalty shootout win over Poland.

Fernando Santos's men have yet to win any of their five Euro matches in 90 minutes, but are now just one game away from the July 10 final.

Del Bosque quits Spain coaching job and football

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Madrid (AFP) Vicente del Bosque brought the curtain down on one of the most successful managerial careers in football on Thursday, saying he has resigned from the Spain job and does not expect to coach again.

His departure at aged 65 comes just days after the reigning champions crashed out of Euro 2016, a sad end to a trophy-laden career with club and country.

Shootout win sees Ronaldo’s Portugal into Euro 2016 semi-finals

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Marseille (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal battled their way to a place in the European Championship last four on Thursday winning a penalty shootout 5-3 against Poland in a tense quarter-final.

Robert Lewandowski scored his first goal of Euro 2016 inside two minutes in the Marseille clash before his new Bayern Munich teammate, teenager Renato Sanches, equalised with a powerfully driven shot.

Spain coach Del Bosque – man who won it all but fell at the last

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Madrid (AFP) As a pot-bellied, softly spoken 65-year-old, Vicente del Bosque, who has quit as Spain coach, never looked like a man on a mission.

That description could easily however be applied to his nemesis, the manic Italy coach Antonio Conte, who paced and ranted on the sidelines as Italy took revenge for a final defeat four years ago.

US national team to play October football friendly in Cuba

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Chicago (AFP) The United States national men's football team will play its first international friendly in Cuba in nearly 70 years in Havana on October 7, the US Soccer Federation announced Thursday.

The match which comes as the United States and Cuba pursue a thaw in ties will be the first American friendly in Cuba since 1947, and only the US team's second visit to the island since then.

Euro 2016 quarter-final – Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties

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Marseille (AFP) Portugal beat Poland 5-3 in a penalty shootout on Thursday to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

The quarter-final ended 1-1 after 90 minutes and when neither side scored in extra-time, it went to a penalty shootout with Ricardo Quaresma scoring the winning spot kick after Jakub Blaszczykowski's attempt was saved.

Neymar agrees new five-year Barcelona deal

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Sao Paulo (AFP) Brazilian striker Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona this week, his agents said Thursday, ending speculation over his future at the Spanish giants.

"The athlete, along with his family, has decided to stay with FC Barcelona and will renew his contract for five more years," said NN Consultoria, the agency representing the international forward, 24.

US national team to play October friendly in Cuba

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Chicago (AFP) The United States national men's football team will play its first international friendly in Cuba in nearly 70 years, in Havana on October 7, the US Soccer Federation announced Thursday.

The match which comes as the United States and Cuba pursue a thaw in ties will be the first friendly in Cuba since 1947, and only the US team's second visit to the island since then.

Del Bosque quits as Spain football coach

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Madrid (AFP) Vicente del Bosque said Thursday that he has resigned as coach of Spain, just days after the reigning champions crashed out of Euro 2016.

"Without a doubt, I have no intention to remain as coach, but you have to be discreet. No matter what the result of the Euros, I had no doubt about what my future would be," he told Spanish public radio RNE, confirming reports in sports dailies AS and Marca that he had quit.

Neymar to sign new five-year Barcelona deal – agents

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Sao Paulo (AFP) Brazilian striker Neymar will sign a new five-year contract with Barcelona this week, his agents said in a statement on Thursday.

"The athlete, along with his family, has decided to stay with FC Barcelona and will renew his contract for five more years," said NN Consultoria, the agency representing the star forward.

Football coach Del Bosque tells Spanish radio he has quit

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Madrid (AFP) Vicente del Bosque said Thursday he has resigned as coach of Spain, just days after the reigning champions crashed out of Euro 2016.

"Without a doubt, I have no intention to remain as coach, but you have to be discreet. No matter what the result of the Euros, I had no doubt about what my future would be," he told Spanish public radio RNE, confirming reports in sports dailies AS and Marca that he had quit.

Euro 2016 – Poland 1 Portugal 1 quarter-final half-time

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Marseille (AFP) Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored within two minutes of kickoff in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Portugal but 18-year-old Renato Sanches equalised for Portugal to leave the match poised at 1-1 at half-time.

Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski, without a goal in his last seven international appearances, connected with Kamil Grosicki's low cross after just 100 seconds for the second fastest goal in the history of the championships.

Lewandoski scores – Poland 1 Portugal 0 in Euro 2016 match

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Marseille (AFP) Poland striker Robert Lewandowski scored within two minutes of kickoff in the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Portugal to put his nation 1-0 ahead and break his international scoring drought.

The Bayern Munich striker, who had not found the net in seven games before the match in Marseille, connected with Kamil Grosicki's low cross.

Wales coach Coleman promises Belgium ‘hell of a game’ in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Emboldened byBelgium's defensive selection problems, Wales manager Chris Coleman has told Eden Hazard and his team-mates to expect "a hell of a game" in Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final.

Hazard starred as Belgium crushed Hungary 4-0 in the last 16, but his side have since lost Thomas Vermaelen to suspension and Jan Vertonghen to injury, robbing coach Marc Wilmots of the left half of his defence.

Wales ‘will attack with our lives’, Coleman says of Euro 2016 match

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Lille (France) (AFP) Wales are not thinking about themselves as underdogs ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final with heavily fancied Belgium, manager Chris Coleman asserted on Thursday.

Having qualified for a major tournament for the first time since 1958, Wales defied expectations by topping their group above England and then beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in the last 16.

Bale sets tone for happy-go-lucky Wales in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman promised that his team were not coming to Euro 2016 "for a laugh", but his players have been having the time of their lives in France.

From Gareth Bale's training ground tomfoolery to Joe Ledley's outlandish dance moves, the Welsh players have seemed immuneto the pressures of major tournament football.

Del Bosque quits as Spain football coach – reports

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Madrid (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has resigned his post after the national team crashed out of Euro 2016, Spanish sports dailies AS and Marca reported Thursday.

Del Bosque informed Spanish Football Federation (RFEF) president Angel Maria Villar of his decision on Tuesday, a day after Spain were eliminated from the tournament following a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the reports said.

Ibrahimovic – Towering football superstar with ego to match

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Paris (AFP) If Manchester United fans have been put to sleep by several dull seasons of late they are about to be awoken by the arrival of the strutting Swedish superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The giant striker with an ego as great as his astonishing talent said Thursday that he would be joining coach Jose Mourinho's bid to take United back to the top of English football.

Belgium suffer Vertonghen injury blow for Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Belgium have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales after defender Jan Vertonghen was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender, 29, tore ankle ligaments in training on Thursday, coach Marc Wilmots said, adding that he will be out for between "six and eight weeks".

Belgium suffer Vertonghen injury blow for Euro 2016 – reports

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Lille (France) (AFP) Belgium have been dealt a major blow ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales after defender Jan Vertonghen was ruled out of the rest of the tournament with an ankle injury, media reports said.

The Tottenham Hotspur defender, 29, reportedly damaged ankle ligaments in training on Thursday and Belgian broadcaster RTBF said he is set to be sidelined for up to four months.

Ronaldo v Lewandowski kicks off Euro 2016 quarter finals

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Marseille (AFP) The might of Poland's Robert Lewandowski stands in Cristiano Ronaldo's path to his first international title with Portugal in Euro 2016's first quarter-final in Marseille on Thursday.

In the battle of two of Europe's top strikers, Poland will be counting on Bayern Munich's Lewandowski to find his scoring touch after four scoreless games in France to outgun Ronaldo.

Five facts on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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London (AFP) Five facts on Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic after he announced he is signing for English Premier League giants Manchester United on Thursday:

League titles but no Champions League crown

Ibrahimovic's goals have delivered league titles wherever he has gone from the Netherlands to Italy to Spain and France but never has he touched the Champions League trophy.

Sling TV adds NBCSN to help Premier League fans cut the cord

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Sling TV today announced that it has added NBCSN to its long list of channels forfans of Premier League teamswho want to cut the cord without needing a cable or satellite TV subscription.

In addition to NBCSN, Sling TV added NBC, USA, BBC America, SyFy and Bravo to its list of 30+ channels.

I’m joining Manchester United – Ibrahimovic

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season.

Ibrahimovic, who was a free agent after ending a hugely successful stay at Paris Saint-Germain, becomes the second signing of new United boss Jose Mourinho after that of highly rated Ivory Coast centre-back Eric Bailly from the Spanish outfit Villarreal

"Time to let the world know.

Ibrahimovic says he is joining Manchester United

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar forward will be playing next season.

"Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United," he wrote on Instagram and Facebook, complete with a picture of the United badge.

I’m joining Manchester United says Ibrahimovic

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Paris (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic said on Thursday that he is joining Manchester United, ending intense speculation about where the 34-year-old Swedish superstar will be playing next season.

"Time to let the world know. My next destination is Manchester United," he wrote on Instagram, complete with a picture of the United badge.

Doctor who failed to revive Cameroon footballer faces homicide charge

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Bucharest (AFP) The Romanian public prosecutor on Thursday said a doctor had been charged with homicide for not attempting to resuscitate Cameroon international footballer Patrick Ekeng, who died of heart failure last month.

Ekeng, 26, collapsed shortly after coming on as a substitute for Dinamo Bucharest in a league game against Viitorul Constanta and died after hospital staff were unable to resuscitate him.

Mystery of ESPN’s female voiceover artist for Euro 2016 can now be revealed

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If you've been watching Euro 2016 this summer, you may be wonderingwho the mysterious woman is that does the voiceover work before and after ESPN's commercial breaks. The woman that's one of the first and last voices you hear when you listen to ESPN's Euro 2016 broadcasts. If thefollowing sounds familiar,"Welcome to UEFA Euro 2016.

Barca agree deal for France defender Samuel Umtiti

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Barcelona (AFP) Barcelona have agreed a 25-million-euro move for France defender Samuel Umtiti from Lyon, the Spanish giants announced Thursday.

Barca president Josep Maria Bartomeu said: "Barca have reached an agreement with Lyon to sign him, but it has to be negotiated with the player.

"There's an agreement for 25 million euros.

Slutsky out as Russia coach after Euro debacle

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Moscow (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky has officially severed his ties with the national team after they crashed out of Euro 2016 without a win, the country's football union said Thursday.

The union announced in the statement the "end of cooperation" with Slutsky and thanked him for helping Russia qualify for the Euro.

Iceland coach plots Euro 2016 treatment plan for French

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Annecy (France) (AFP) Fresh from leaving England aching, Iceland's joint-coach and part-time dentist Heimir Hallgrimsson senses a cavity to be filled in France's Euro 2016 campaign.

Hallgrimsson also believes his outside profession has been a help in plotting Iceland's amazing run at the Euro tournament where his team will meet the hosts in Paris on Sunday.

Bierhoff eyes history, 20 years after Euro ’96

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Evian (France) (AFP) Oliver Bierhoff says it is time for Germany to write new history in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals as Thursday marked the 20th anniversary of his goals which won Euro '96.

It is exactly two decades since Bierhoff, now Germany's team manager, came off the bench to net twice at Wembley and seal a 2-1 comeback win over the Czech Republic in the Euro 96 final.

Ronaldo v Lewandowski kicks off Euro quarter-finals

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Marseille (AFP) The Euro 2016 quarter-finals begin on Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo seeking a new step towards his first international title when Portugal take on Poland in Marseille.

In the battle of Europe's top strikers, Poland will be counting on Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to cancel out the Ronaldo threat by scoring his first goal in the tournament.

ESPN averaging 815k viewers for Euro 2016 matches

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ESPN's coverage of Euro 2016 is averaging 815,705 viewers for all games across ESPN and ESPN2 through the end of the Round of 16 stage of the tournament.

In comparison, FOX Sports' coverage of Copa America averaged 787,522 viewers per game for the entire tournament not including the matches involving the US Men's National Team.

Southampton name Claude Puel as new coach

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London (AFP) Southampton on Thursday named Frenchman Claude Puel as their new coach on a three-year deal.

The 54-year-old former Monaco and Nice boss replaces Ronald Koeman, who left for Everton earlier this summer.

Former Aston Villa coach Eric Black has been named as Puel's assistant.

7 young soccer stars at Copa America Centenario

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For most people, just knowing the top players in a tournament is fine. However, what about the players who are going to hit it big atthe next World Cup? With the growing popularity of Football Manager-type computergames, the public is more informed on footballers than they've ever been before.

Where to find Portugal vs. Poland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Portugal vs. Poland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The match between Portugal and Poland pits two of the best strikers in the world against each other —Cristiano Ronaldo and Robert Lewandowski. With both teams being criticized for overly defensive performances in their previous games, it'll be interesting to see if Portugal and Poland resort to those tactics or if one of the teams tries to open up the game.

Aussie Mooy joins Manchester City

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Sydney (AFP) Australian Aaron Mooy has signed a three-year deal with Manchester City, moving from sister club Melbourne City, it was announced Thursday.

The 25-year-old Socceroo has established himself as one of Australia's top attacking midfielders in recent years, twice winning Melbourne City's player-of-the year.

Wales, Belgium vie for Euro 2016 golden ticket

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Lille (France) (AFP) History awaits the victors as Wales talisman Gareth Bale and rejuvenated Belgium star Eden Hazard lead their respective golden generations into battle in Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final in Lille.

Belgium, second in the FIFA ranking, are desperate to make good on their squad's vast potential and reach a first major semi-final since the 1986 World Cup.

Timberwolves’ new Chinese stakeholder on buying spree

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Shanghai (AFP) A Chinese businessman has bought a minority stake in the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, his company and the league said, after taking over Spanish La Liga football team Granada in a 37 million euro deal earlier this month.

Jiang Lizhang, 34, runs a little-known Shanghai-based marketing firm called Double-Edged Sports (Desports), but has secured spots in two of the world's highest-profile sporting leagues in as many weeks.

Ronaldo v Lewandowski kicks off Euro quarter finals

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Marseille (AFP) The Euro 2016 quarter finals start Thursday with Cristiano Ronaldo seeking a new step towards his first international title when Portugal take on Poland in Marseille.

In the battle of Europe's top strikers, Poland will be counting on Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski to deaden the Ronaldo threat by scoring his first goal in the tournament.

Brazil star Hulk signs for Chinese club Shanghai SIPG

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Shanghai (AFP) Brazilian football star Hulk signed for Chinese side Shanghai SIPG on Thursday after passing a medical, the club said, as the cash-rich Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of spending.

A press conference will be held Friday to announce "the Incredible Hulk" joining the team from Russian side Zenit St Petersburg, a SIPG spokeswoman said in a statement sent to journalists.

Czech coach Vrba quits national team, signs up with Anzhi

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Prague (AFP) Coach Pavel Vrba is leaving the Czech Republic national team after signing up with Russian top-flight side Anzhi Makhachkala, the Czech Football Association said Thursday.

"We can only respect the wish of the coach who wants to try a job abroad," Czech FA chief Miroslav Pelta said in a statement.

Watch Portugal vs. Poland for free with Sling TV

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Portugal faces Poland on Thursday in a Euro 2016 quarterfinal that'll pit two of the best strikers in the world against each other —Cristiano Ronaldo for Portugal against Robert Lewandowski for Poland.

Both teams were criticized for being overly defensive in their last games, so it'll be interesting to see if both teams stick to their guns, or if one or both of them go for the jugular by playing a more open game.

Southgate ‘out of England manager contention’

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London (AFP) Bookmakers' favourite Gareth Southgate was on Thursday reportedly ruled out of taking over as Roy Hodgson's successor as England manager.

Various reports in the British media suggested the England Under-21s boss had no interest in taking over from Hodgson after the team's dismal Euro 2016 display.

Previews and predictions for Euro 2016 quarterfinals

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Here are previews and projections for the four quarterfinals at Euro 2016 in France.

Poland v. Portugal

Poland didn't exactly set the world alight in their Round of 16 shootout win over Switzerland, but Portugal and Croatia combined to put it to sleep.

Four games into their Euro 2016 campaign, Fernando Santos' side still doesn't have a win in normal time.

Italy ready for German ‘Everest’ Euro 2016 match, says Florenzi

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Marseille (AFP) Beating world champions Germany to a semi-final place at Euro 2016 will be like scaling Everest, but a united Italy are ready to strap on the crampons, says Alessandro Florenzi.

"We've already climbed some mountains here and now we're facing Everest," the Roma midfielder said Wednesday.

Ronaldo used to burden of expectation – Santos

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Marseille (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos shrugged off suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo will be weighed down by the burden of his country's hopes in their Euro 2016 quarter-final with Poland on Thursday.

At 31 Ronaldo is unlikely to have a better chance to finally land a major tournament with Portugal.

Ronaldo used to burden of expectation, says Portugal coach Santos

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Marseille (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos shrugged off suggestions Cristiano Ronaldo will be weighed down by the burden of his country's hopes in their Euro 2016 quarter-final with Poland on Thursday.

At 31 Ronaldo is unlikely to have a better chance to finally land a major tournament with Portugal.

Neymar, Costa star in Brazil Olympic football lineup

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Strikers Neymar and Douglas Costa head a young Brazil Olympic football squadlooking to bounce back from humiliation in the Copa America Centenario, stand-in coach Rogerio Micale announced Wednesday.

On home soil in next month's Games in Rio two years after their devastating 7-1 semi-final loss to Germany, Brazil are bidding to add Olympic gold to their three silver medals, two bronze and five World Cup titles.

Bergkamp to the rescue for misfiring Poland striker Milik?

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Marseille (AFP) Misfiring Poland striker Arkadiusz Milik has turned to Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp for assistance ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal.

Milik scored Poland's opening goal when the White Eagles beat Northern Ireland in their Group C curtain-raiser on their way to an unlikely place in the quarter-finals against Portugal on Thursday.

Portugal threat bigger than Ronaldo, says Poland coach Nawalka

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Marseille (AFP) A "top class" Portugal pose a bigger threat than just Cristiano Ronaldo, Poland coach Adam Nawalka insisted Wednesday ahead of their battle for a place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

Ronaldo has been racking up the records in France as Portugal, who stunned Croatia to reach the last 16, go in search of unprecedented international glory.

Deschamps circles wagons before Iceland Euro 2016 clash

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps is keeping his players out of the spotlight amid mounting expectations ahead of the Euro 2016 hosts' quarter-final against Iceland on Sunday.

France have enjoyed a favourable path to the last eight and are widely expected to brush aside surprise packages Iceland, and Deschamps is trying to ensure nothing derails their progress.

Belgium striker Batshuayi kept silent ahead of Chelsea move

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Le Haillan (France) (AFP) Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi was prevented from speaking to reporters on Wednesday by his club Marseille amid speculation he is about to sign for Chelsea, the Belgian Football Association said.

"At Marseille's request, we have decided that Michy Batshuayi will not speak to the media today," they said at Belgium's Euro 2016 base in Bordeaux.

Bale says Euro 2016 clash with Belgium is biggest game for Wales

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale has branded Wales's Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with Belgium on Friday as the nation's biggest game in decades.

Having ended a 58-year wait to reach a major tournament, Chris Coleman's men have already matched the achievement of the 1958 team who reached the World Cup quarter-finals in Sweden before they were knocked out by a Pele goal for Brazil.

Italy’s De Rossi set to miss Germany Euro 2016 clash

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Marseille (AFP) Injury-hit midfielder Daniele De Rossi has been virtually ruled out of Italy's Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with world champions Germany on Saturday, according to the Azzurri's medical staff.

De Rossi has been rock solid for Antonio Conte's side as they upset pre-tournament predictions to top Group E then swept defending champions Spain aside on Monday to set up a last-eight clash in Bordeaux.

ESPN announces commentators for Euro 2016 quarterfinals

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Anticipation is building for the Euro 2016 quarterfinals, which will be televised live Thursday through Sunday (see TV listings below).

Now that the Euro 2016 Round of 16 games arecompleted, the list of match commentators has been condensed. That means that Steve McManaman, Derek Rae, Alejandro Moreno, Kate Markgraf and Max Bretos will sit out, while heavy hitters Jon Champion, Stewart Robson, Ian Darke and Taylor Twellman will call the games.

Iceland coach laughs off Olympic swimmer boast ahead of Euros tie

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Annecy (France) (AFP) Iceland's co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson says French swimmer Yannick Agnel's promise to swim around the Nordic island if the minnows win Euro 2016 would be chilly business.

France's Olympic 200m freestyle champion joked on Twitter that he will swim around Iceland a distance of 2,008km (1,247mi) if Hallgrimsson's side win the European Championship finals.

Southgate in line for England football hot seat

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London (AFP) Gareth Southgate could be in line to succeed Roy Hodgson as manager on an interim basis in the wake of England's latest embarrassing early exit from a major tournament.

English football has embarked on another round of soul-searching after one of the most humiliating nights in the country's history saw them go out of Euro 2016 2-1 to Iceland on Monday.

Germany have learnt lessons from Euro 2012 loss to Italy: Hummels

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany defender Mats Hummels said they will use painful lessons, learnt from their Euro 2012 defeat to Italy, for Saturday's quarter-final against the Azzurri.

The Italians humbled Germany 2-1 in the Warsaw semi-final four years ago when Mario Balotelli's first-half goals fired them to the Euro 2012 final.

Swim around Iceland? It’d be chilly, says coach

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Annecy (France) (AFP) Iceland's co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson says French swimmer Yannick Agnel's promise to swim around the Nordic island if the minnows win Euro 2016 would be chilly business.

France's Olympic 200m freestyle champion joked on Twitter that he will swim around Iceland a distance of 2,008km (1,247mi) if Hallgrimsson's side win the European Championship finals.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision

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Out of the top 5 most-watched Copa America Centenario games on Univision this June, four of them featured Mexico. But the game that was the most-viewed was the final between Argentina and Chile, which was watched by 6.8 million people.

Meanwhile, the United States did well in the TV viewing numbers, averaging 3.

Tough love: psychology of Argentina’s Messi relationship

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Like neurotic parents, Argentines swung from criticism to unconditional love for their star footballer Lionel Messi this week, providing the soccer-mad nation's many therapists with rich material for psychoanalysis.

Fans' frustration at the superstar's missed penalty in Sunday's defeat to Chile in the Copa America Centenario soon gave way to panic as he vowed to quit the national team ahead of the 2018 World Cup.

England’s ‘brittle’ football psyche exposed again

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) In attempting to unpick England's Euro 2016 humiliation by Iceland, captain Wayne Rooney and outgoing manager Roy Hodgson touched upon a common theme: mental readiness.

England have now gone eight major tournaments without reaching a semi-final. Previous failings have been ascribed to factors such as the lack of a mid-season break in English football or the high proportion of foreign players in the Premier League.

Football: Brazilian Hulk to sign for Sven’s Shanghai side

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Shanghai (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg's Brazilian international Hulk arrived in Shanghai Wednesday to sign for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG team, as the cash-flush Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of transfer spending.

A horde of cheering red-shirted fans mobbed the 29-year-old at Shanghai airport as he made his way through the arrivals halls carrying two bouquets of flowers.

Ronaldo-Lewandowski face off for Euros semis slot

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Marseille (AFP) Two of Europe's most prolific marksmen go head-to-head as Robert Lewandowski aims to end Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams of landing an international trophy when Poland meet Portugal in a Euro 2016 quarter-final clash on Thursday.

Ronaldo is just one goal away from even more European championship history by matching French legend Michel Platini's record mark of nine goals in the finals.

Brazilian Hulk to sign for Sven’s Shanghai side

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Shanghai (AFP) Zenit St Petersburg's Brazilian international Hulk arrived in Shanghai Wednesday to sign for Sven-Goran Eriksson's Shanghai SIPG team, as the cash-flush Chinese Super League embarks on a new round of transfer spending.

A horde of cheering red-shirted fans mobbed the 29-year-old at Shanghai airport as he made his way through the arrivals halls carrying two bouquets of flowers.

Austria’s Fuchs quits international football

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Vienna (AFP) Austrian captain and Leicester City defender Christian Fuchs announced his retirement from international football on Wednesday, after his team unceremoniously crashed out of Euro 2016.

Touted as dark horses before the tournament, Austria failed to reproduce their impressive qualifying form, losing 2-1 to Iceland in their final group game last week to seal their fate.

Newcastle swoop for Belgian keeper Sels

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London (AFP) Newcastle United snapped up goalkeeper Matz Sels for a reported fee of £4.5 million (5.4 million euros) from Belgian side Gent on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old, voted goalkeeper of the year last season in Belgium, signed a five-year contract and becomes Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez's first summer signing, as the Spaniard looks to freshen up his squad after relegation from the Premier League.

Gascoigne to stand trial over alleged racist joke

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London (AFP) Paul Gascoigne will stand trial in September after the troubled former England international footballer pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a racially aggravated public order offence.

The 49-year-old, affectionately known as "Gazza", allegedly made a racist joke about a security guard during "An Evening With Gazza" show in Wolverhampton, central England, in November last year.

Ronaldo, Lewandowski face off for Euros semis spot

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Marseille (AFP) Two of Europe's most prolific marksmen go head-to-head as Robert Lewandowski aims to end Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams of landing an international trophy when Poland meet Portugal in a Euro 2016 quarter-final clash on Thursday.

Ronaldo is just one goal away from even more European championship history by matching French legend Michel Platini's record mark of nine goals in the finals.

Iceland turn underdog guns on France

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Annecy (France) (AFP) England-slayers Iceland hope to harness their underdog status to put the psychological pressure on Euro 2016 hosts France in Sunday's quarter-final.

"The pressure was always so much more on England that was a game for them to lose," said Heimir Hallgrimsson, who combines his role as joint coach alongside Lars Lagerback with his job as a dentist.

MLS game scores 1 million viewers for first time since 2008

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Saturday night's broadcast of San Jose Earthquakes against LA Galaxy averaged 1 million viewers on Univision, the first time that MLS has hit that number since 2008.

The broadcast of the California Clasico was the first MLS match televised live on Univision since 1999. No regular season or post-season MLS game has ever drawn those viewing numbers on Spanish-language television.

Montella appointed new AC Milan coach

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Milan (AFP) Sampdoria coach Vincenzo Montella was on Tuesday appointed as the new coach of AC Milan on a two year contract, the Serie A side announced.

The 42-year-old Italian succeeds Cristian Brocchi, who has fulfilled the role as caretaker boss since Sinisa Mihajlovic was sacked in April.

Football Association chief drops Southgate England hint

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Football Association chief executive Martin Glenn hinted on Tuesday that Gareth Southgate will become interim England manager and suggested a female coach could succeed Roy Hodgson on a permanent basis.

The FA is looking for a new England manager after Hodgson, 68, announced his resignation following Monday's humiliating elimination by Iceland at Euro 2016.

Newspaper back covers on Iceland’s victory against England [PHOTOS]

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The aftermath of England's devastating and deplorable loss to Iceland is no time for quiet reflection and understated contemplation. A ruinous result like this one deserves the height of hyperbolic reaction found only in England's titillating tabloids and brilliant broadsheets.

The Sun's back page plays on the Iceland supermarket chain's one-time slogan "Mum's gone to Iceland," accompanied by a picture of Wayne Rooney's sobbing son Kai.

Univision’s Copa America coverage averaged 3.1 million viewers per game

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For Copa America Centenario, Univision averaged 3,099,625 viewers per game over the 32-game tournament.

The impressive numbers illustrate how perfect of a competition this was for Univision. Not only did it feature the popular Mexico and USA teams in North America, but the tournament was filled with some of the brightest teams as well as heavily supported Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, Chile and other South American nations in addition to teams from Central America and the Caribbean.

No player beyond Chinese football clubs’ reach: Gao

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London (AFP) High-profile English Premier League players such as England captain Wayne Rooney could be targets for the cash-rich Chinese Super League, a leading Chinese sports event organiser said Tuesday.

Eric Gao, the man behind the International Champions Cup which this year pitches Pep Guardiola's Manchester City against bitter rival Jose Mourinho's Manchester United, says the Super League had to look elsewhere as the well of South America-based talent was running dry.

No Welsh regrets over video celebrating England Euro exit

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Wales insist they have no regrets about the leaked video which showed them celebrating on Monday night as England were knocked out of Euro 2016.

The footage, filmed inside the team hotel as the squad and staff watched England's defeat to Iceland, shows the Wales camp jumping up and down just after the final whistle in Nice.

Euphoria in Iceland after seismic Euro 2016 win

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Reykjavik (AFP) Iceland basked Tuesday in the glory of its historic and unexpected 2-1 victory over England at Euro 2016, with locals now convinced that all their dreams can come true.

The team will next face hosts France in the quarter-finals on Sunday at the Stade de France.

But whatever happens in Paris, "when the boys return home, whenever that will be, they'll be national heroes," said Gudni Johannesson, who won Saturday's presidential election in Iceland.

England agonise after Iceland Euro 2016 fiasco

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Paris (AFP) England on Tuesday surveyed the wreckage of their humiliating Euro 2016 exit as now former coach Roy Hodgson agonised over a defeat that added to the nation's sense of post-Brexit turmoil.

Iceland, the smallest nation ever to play in a major tournament, erupted in celebration after sending England crashing out with a 2-1 win on Monday that ranks among football's biggest ever shocks.

Football titans square off in Euro 2016 quarter-finals

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany are seeking to end an eight-game winless run against Italy in the standout clash of the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, while Iceland's fairytale run continues against hosts France.

Here, AFP Sports looks at all four quarter-final ties.

Poland v Portugal Thursday June 30, Marseille

Two of Europe's most prolific marksmen collide as Robert Lewandowski's Poland aim to end Cristiano Ronaldo's dreams of finally landing an international trophy with Portugal.

ESPN averages 1.25 million viewers for weekend Euro 2016 games

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ESPN scored impressive viewing numbers for its live coverage of Euro 2016 this past weekend, averaging 1,249,500 viewers per game across six matches.

The numbers were even more impressive considering that severalsmaller countries werecompeting in the games such as Wales, Northern Ireland, Switzerland, Slovakia and Hungary.

I didn’t see England Euro 2016 defeat coming, says Hodgson

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England's now ex-coach Roy Hodgson cut a bewildered figure as he appeared before the press on Tuesday following his team's humiliating Euro 2016 elimination by Iceland, a defeat he said he hadn't seen coming.

"My emotions are obvious ones. I am really disappointed. I didn't see the defeat coming," said Hodgson of the 2-1 loss in Nice in the last 16.

beIN SPORTS expands The Locker Room and The XTRA shows to more nights

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US sports network beIN SPORTS has expanded its coverage of their studio shows The Locker Room and The XTRAto strengthen itsoriginal programming.

Starting this week on beIN SPORTS, The XTRAwill broadcast live every night at 7pm ET, while The Locker Room will belive every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:30-8pm ET.

Football star Messi ‘God’s gift’ to Argentina, says president

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina's President Mauricio Macri said Tuesday Lionel Messi was "God's gift" to the country and it should take better care of him after he vowed to quit the national team.

"We are lucky, it is one of life's pleasures, it is a gift from God to have the best player in the world in a footballing country like ours," Macri said.

Argentina’s Del Potro hopes for Messi rethink

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London (AFP) Argentina's former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro has pleaded with compatriot Lionel Messi to rethink his shock decision to quit international football.

Messi, 29, called a halt to his career with the national team at the weekend after Argentina were defeated by Chile in the Copa America final.

Humiliated Hodgson and England make sombre Euro 2016 exit

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England's now ex-coach Roy Hodgson said he was unsure why he had to appear at an awkward press conference on Tuesday after his team's humiliating Euro 2016 defeat by Iceland.

"I don't really know what I'm doing here. I thought my statement last night was sufficient," Hodgson told the media in Chantilly as England's players solemnly departed their luxurious hotel to return home.

Players did not lose faith in Hodgson at Euro 2016, says Rooney

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney has rubbished reports that senior players called into question Roy Hodgson's management before their Euro 2016 humbling at the hands of Iceland on Monday.

"In response to recent media reports, I'd like to say that (the reports are) completely untrue," Rooney said in a statement released to Britain's Press Association.

How coaching and mentality were the difference for Italy and Iceland against Spain and England

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It was at the end of the first half between Italy and Spain when aging midfield hard-man Daniele De Rossi, just 50-minutes fit, nutmegged Andres Iniesta. We weren't soon going to forget this gameat Euro 2016.

Several hours later, we'd have the full picture: In Italy's thundering triumph over holders Spain, we saw the best performance of the tournament.

Paris Saint-Germain name Unai Emery as new coach

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Paris (AFP) Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday named Spaniard Unai Emery as their new coach on a two-year contract.

Emery, 44, takes over from Laurent Blanc, who left his role with the Qatari-backed French giants on Monday, and his contract includes an option for an additional season.

Emery had terminated his contract with Sevilla earlier this month, having guided the Spanish side to three successive Europa League titles.

Conte theatrics a boon for Italy, and Chelsea fans

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) A "great" Italian feat toppled Spain at Euro 2016, but Antonio Conte's touchline theatrics were just as dramatic for Italy and Chelsea fans during an emphatic 2-0 win over the defending champions.

Former Juventus coach Conte was widely applauded on Tuesday for transforming a "mediocre" squad of players into contenders for this summer's European Championship in France.

NBC Sports Live Extra changes name to NBC Sports App

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For soccer fans in the United States, the vast majority are familiar with NBC Sports Live Extra, the app that allows soccer fans to watch every single Premier League game across computers, smart phones, tablets, Roku and other devices. But beginning immediately, NBC Sports has rebranded the app from NBC Sports Live Extra to NBC Sports App.

Lay off Lukaku criticism, says Wilmots

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Le Haillan (France) (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has called for an end to criticism of striker Romelu Lukaku ahead of his side's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Wales.

Lukaku scored twice in Belgium's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland but has otherwise failed to find the net at the tournament.

England in the pits after Iceland fiasco at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) England were at one of their lowest points on Tuesday after Iceland's battlers dumped them out of Euro 2016, coach Roy Hodgson quit, and the abject failure added to the national sense of post-Brexit turmoil.

Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson claimed their place in sporting history with the goals on Monday that secured a 2-1 win in Nice for the smallest nation ever to play in a major tournament.

Portugal can’t be compared to negative Greece, says Nani

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Marcoussis (France) (AFP) In-form Portugal winger Nani refuted suggestions a side spearheaded by Cristiano Ronaldo are basing their quest for Euro 2016 success on defensive tactics similar to those which saw Greece beat the Portuguese to win Euro 2004.

It took 117 minutes for Portugal to even manage a shot on target as they squeezed past Croatia 1-0 after extra time on Saturday thanks to Ricardo Quaresma's late header to book a quarter-final meeting with Poland in Marseille.

Southgate favourite to replace humiliated Hodgson in England job

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London (AFP) England Under-21 coach Gareth Southgate is the early favourite on a list of candidates to replace Roy Hodgson as coach of the national team following their embarrassing exit at Euro 2016.

Having employed foreign coaches such as Sven-Goran Eriksson and then autocratic Italian Fabio Capello before bringing in the hugely experienced Hodgson, the Football Association (FA) are likely to go for an Englishman if the bookies are to be believed.

Argentine president asks Messi not to quit

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentine President Mauricio Macri called football star Lionel Messi and asked him to stick with the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat, a spokesman said.

"He called him and told him how proud he feels of the national team's performance and asked him not to listen to the criticism," urging him not to quit, the spokesman told AFP by telephone.

Argentina begs Messi not to quit

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentine football legend Diego Maradona and the country's President Mauricio Macri urged Lionel Messi not to leave the national team despite his vow to quit after a humiliating defeat.

The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario final shootout against Chile on Sunday.

Hodgson pays price for sorry England mess

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Nice (France) (AFP) In presiding over England's humiliating Euro 2016 elimination at the hands of Iceland, Roy Hodgson seemed to abandon the principles upon which he has constructed his entire career.

Hodgson, 68, resigned as manager in the press conference room at Stade de Nice minutes after his side's 2-1 loss to Iceland in the last 16 on Monday had brought his third major tournament to a dismal end.

Copa America final review and Euro 2016: EuroCopa Podcast

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Welcome to the latest episode of the EuroCopa Soccer Podcast, the digital download focused on Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016.

In this episode, the EuroCopa Podcast host Nipun Chopra is joined by Kartik Krishnaiyer, Robert Hay Jr. and Gabe Smith to analyze the Copa America Centenario final as well as FOX's TV coverage.

Iceland heroes leave England in turmoil

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Nice (France) (AFP) No one thought they stood a chance, but Iceland stuck to their guns and pulled off one of football's biggest shocks, dumping England out of Euro 2016 and forcing their manager Roy Hodgson to quit in disgrace.

Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson claimed their place in sporting history with the goals that secured a 2-1 win on a hot, humid night in Nice for the smallest nation ever to play in a major tournament.

Spain failing to keep standards: Pique

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Paris (AFP) Spain can no longer match the standards that won back-to-back European Championship titles in 2008 and 2012, Gerard Pique admitted after his side crashed out of Euro 2016 to Italy.

The 2-0 defeat means that Spain, who also claimed their maiden World Cup in 2010, have now been embarrassed in two consecutive major tournaments.

Belgium want to make Lille home territory for Wales clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Kevin De Bruyne wants Belgium's Euro 2016 quarter-final clash with Wales to be like a home game the Lille stadium is just 100 kilometres from the Belgian border.

A huge wave of Belgians is expected to cross the frontier to invade the French city to watch their country take on opponents that De Bruyne called "a technically and defensively astute side.

Germany’s safe hands Neuer poised for more records

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Evian (France) (AFP) Manuel Neuer could set a German safe hands record in Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Italy as the world champions' bid to add the European crown.

Neuer kept a fifth straight cleansheet for Germany in Sunday's 3-0 last 16 win over Slovakia, which leaves Germany as the only team yet to concede in the tournament.

Germans have no Italian complex, insists Loew

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew insists the world champions have no Italian complex as die Mannschaft attempt to break their Azzurri curse in Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final.

In eight previous attempts, Germany has never beaten Italy in the finals of a major tournament and will need to make history Bordeaux to reach the semi-finals.

Dani Alves eyes Champions League glory with Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Brazil international Dani Alves said Tuesday that his ultimate goal was to win the Champions League with his new Serie A club Juventus.

"Juventus have a dream which is to win the Champions League, and I want to help them achieve this," Alves told a press conference after signing a two-year deal with the Italian champions.

Liverpool sign Sadio Mane from Southampton

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London (AFP) Senegal forward Sadio Mane has joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton on a "long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee, the Anfield club announced Tuesday.

British media reports suggested Mane had signed a five-year contract in a deal worth about £30 million ($40 million, 36 million euros).

Liverpool sign Saints striker Mane for reported £30 mn

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London (AFP) Senegal striker Sadio Mane has joined Liverpool from Premier League rivals Southampton on a "long-term contract" for an undisclosed fee, the Anfield club announced Tuesday.

British media reports suggested Mane had signed a five-year contract in a deal worth some £30 million ($40 million, 36 million euros).

Maradona urges Messi to stay with Argentina

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentine football legend Diego Maradonaon Monday urged Lionel Messi not to follow through on his vow to quit the national team after its defeat in the Copa America Centenario.

"Messi has to stay in the national team... He will go to Russia in form to be world champion" at the 2018 World Cup, Maradona was quoted as saying by La Nacion newspaper online.

Iceland celebrates sending England home

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Reykjavik (AFP) More than 10,000 people packed a Reykjavik square to watch Iceland beat England at Euro 2016 in the country's greatest sporting moment.

The 2-1 victory in Nice on Monday unleashed national celebrations. "There are no words, only tears of joy," Iceland's foreign ministry said on its Twitter account.

Top 10 things we learned from MLS gameweek 16 of 2016 season

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Here are the ten things we learned from Week 16 of the 2016 MLS season.

1. California Clasico Delivers Again

For intensity, drama, and sheer entertainment value, this fixture – the California Clasico hosted by San Jose against LA at Stanford Stadium – is the most reliable game on the MLS calendar.

Lionel Messi’s legacy won’t be overshadowed by lack of success with Argentina

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Photo credit: USA Today Sports Images.

Despite losses in the last two summers in major tournament Finals for Argentina and Lionel Messi, he somehow managed to keep his expression in check, as well as his disappointment. But by the third time last night at MetLife Stadium, the weight of the world, the internal turmoil at the Argentinian FA and the pressure seemed to collapse on his shoulders, and finally he could bear the weight no more.

Univision finishes Copa America Centenario with 6.8 million viewers for Argentina-Chile

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Univision's live coverage of the 2016 Copa America Centenario final between Argentina and Chile averaged a record 6.8 million viewers across Univision and Univision Deportes combined.

The Spanish-language broadcast of the game was more than double the 2.997 million who watched the match on FOX Sports 1.

Beating England life-changing – Iceland coach

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Nice (France) (AFP) Iceland's co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson toasted a potentially life-changing win for his team after the small nation stunned England at Euro 2016 on Monday.

"If you want the best out of life you have to be ready when the opportunity comes. That is a fact and these boys were ready today and this opportunity that was put in our hand was huge, it can change their lives," said Hallgrimsson, who combines his role as co-coach alongside Lars Lagerback with his job as a dentist.

2.9 million watch Argentina-Chile Copa America final on FOX Sports 1

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Sunday's Copa America Centenario final between Argentina and Chile averaged 2.9 million viewers, which is the most-watched men's soccer game ever not involving the USA team on FOX Sports 1.

The game, which was televised live on FS1 from 8-10pm ET, ended in a 0-0 draw in regulation time and after extra time.

England ‘panicked’ says Iceland hero

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Nice (France) (AFP) Iceland hero Ragnar Sigurdsson said England's over-confidence caused their humiliating 2-1 defeat to the Nordic minnows and they "panicked" in one of the most stunning football upsets.

"They thought this would be a walk in the park," said Sigurdsson, who scored Iceland's first goal.

Motta banned for Italy quarter-final, De Rossi a concern

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Paris (AFP) Italy are facing a serious selection headache in midfield ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Germany after Daniele De Rossi came off hurt in Monday's win over Spain and Thiago Motta incurred a suspension.

Roma midfielder De Rossi came off early in the second half of the game at the Stade de France, which Italy won 2-0 thanks to goals by Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle.

England vs Iceland – five things we learned

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Nice (France) (AFP) Tiny Iceland beat England 2-1 in their Euro 2016 last-16 game in Nice on Monday, one of the biggest ever shocks in major tournament football. Here AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the match.

New chapter opens in Iceland's fairytale

Iceland's fairytale debut major tournament just gets better and better.

Iceland stun England in one of greatest ever shocks

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Nice (France) (AFP) England were dealt a humiliating 2-1 defeat by minnows Iceland on Monday as Roy Hodgson's side crashed out of Euro 2016 in one of the most stunning upsets in the history of the game.

Ragnar Sigurdsson cancelled out Wayne Rooney's fourth-minute opener before Kolbeinn Sigthorsson's tame shot squirmed past England goalkeeper Joe Hart for an 18th-minute winner.

Five ex-England players’ reactions

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London (AFP) Five reactions following England's 2-1 last-16 humbling by Iceland at Euro 2016 on Monday:

Former Barcelona and England striking great Gary Lineker tweeted:

"The worst defeat in our history. England beaten by a country with more volcanoes than professional footballers. Well played Iceland.

Hodgson quits as England boss after Iceland humiliation

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Nice (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson resigned as England manager following his side's humiliating 2-1 defeat by tiny Iceland in the Euro 2016 last 16 on Monday.

Hodgson's contract was due to expire after the tournament and following the match in Nice, he read a pre-prepared statement at his post-match press conference in which he said that he would not be seeking to continue.

Argentina cries for retiring Messi

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentines begged Lionel Messi on Monday not to quit the national team after its traumatic Copa America defeat, but his friends said the country has mistreated its greatest footballing asset.

The Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the Copa America Centenario final shootout against Chile on Sunday.

Teamwork helps Italy overcome talent drought – Conte

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Paris (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte said hard work had allowed a talent-shorn Azzurri to become more than the sum of their parts to dump Spain out of Euro 2016.

Goals from Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle handed Conte's men a throroughly deserved 2-0 win in the last 16 over the two-time defending champions to avenge their 4-0 thrashing in the Euro 2012 final.

Spanish football era goes on, says Del Bosque

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Paris (AFP) Spain coach Vicente del Bosque batted away questions about his future and denied it was the end of an era for his side they lost 2-0 to Italy on Monday and crashed out of Euro 2016.

"It has been and is a great era for Spanish football. We have Italy ahead of us for the World Cup qualifiers in Russia and we have to prepare for that," Del Bosque said after Monday's defeat at the Stade de France.

Masterful Conte making Italy dream – Bonucci

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Paris (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci hailed coach Antonio Conte's masterful game plan as the Azzurri dumped two-time defending champions Spain out of Euro 2016 2-0 in the last 16 on Monday.

Conte's men now face world champions Germany in the quarter-finals and Bonucci believes Italy's teamwork makes them capable of beating sides with greater individual talent.

Italy v Spain – five things we learned

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Paris (AFP) Italy dumped out the reigning champions Spain at Euro 2016 on Monday, winning their last 16 tie 2-0 at the Stade de France. Here AFP Sports looks at five things we learned from the match:

Conte coaching masterclass

Written off before the tournament began, Italy are more than the sum of their parts and that is in large part down to their coach Antonio Conte.

Wales say Hazard can destroy their plans

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Wales boss Chris Coleman warned Monday that Eden Hazard has the inventiveness to destroy any plan to shackle the Belgian playmaker in their quarter-final meeting at Euro 2016.

Coleman and his players are well-versed in the challenges posed by Belgium, having faced them during the qualification stage of this tournament and the 2014 World Cup.

Croatia arrests Euro 2016 hooligans

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Zagreb (AFP) Police have arrested five people suspected of being among hooligans who threw flares during Croatia's Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic in France, officials said Monday.

Four men, arrested in the Split region, are suspected of "causing disorder and attacking other fans at the stadium in Saint-Etienne on June 17," a prosecutors' statement said.

Italy dump Spain to set up epic Euro 2016 clash

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Paris (AFP) Giorgio Chiellini and Graziano Pelle scored as Italy exacted revenge for their Euro 2012 final hammering by dumping Spain out of Euro 2016 with a deserved 2-0 last 16 win on Monday.

The landmark victory set up an epic Italy-Germany quarter final.

Chiellini forced home the first goal from close range after goalkeeper David de Gea could only parry Eder's fiercely struck free-kick.

England milestone for Rooney against Iceland

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Nice (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney was handed a record-equalling 115th cap as manager Roy Hodgson made six changes for Monday's Euro 2016 last 16 showdown with Iceland in Nice.

Rooney, 30, joins David Beckham as England's most-capped outfield player, 10 appearances shy of goalkeeper Peter Shilton's overall record.

Williams fitness boost for Wales

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Captain Ashley Williams has given Wales a fitness boost ahead of their Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium after his shoulder injury turned out to be less serious than feared.

Williams was hurt in a collision with Jonny Williams during the closing stages of the last 16 win over Northern Ireland.

Qatar using 3D printers to find perfect pitch

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Doha (AFP) Following concerns over poor quality pitches at Euro 2016, Qatar has employed a high-tech solution to avoid similar criticisms of its World Cup in 2022 3D printers and wind tunnels.

Scientists at Qatar University, the country's largest higher education establishment, have created 3D-printed models of some of the potential eight stadiums that will be used in 2022, to try and ensure there are no such similar surface problems in six years' time.

Romania sack manager after Euros exit

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Bucharest (AFP) Romania sacked manager Anghel Iordanescu on Monday after they were knocked out of Euro 2016 in the first round, with the country's best-known former player Gheorghe Hagi among the names tipped to replace him.

Iordanescu became the first managerial casualty of these European championships after his team finished bottom of Group A following an opening 2-1 loss to hosts France, a 1-1 draw with Switzerland and a 1-0 defeat to Albania.

Football’s Alves begins new chapter with Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Brazil international Dani Alves on Monday signed a two-year deal with Juventus, the Italian Serie A champions announced.

The 33-year-old full-back left Barcelona in June at the end of his contract, after eight seasons with the Catalan giants that produced 23 trophies.

"Dani Alves is bianconeri," Juve declared in a statement, hailing their new signing's "class, athletic qualities and international experience".

Argentina fans despair as Lionel Messi quits internationals

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentines begged Lionel Messi on Monday not to abandon the national team before the 2018 World Cup after he tearfully announced his retirement in frustration at another last-gasp international defeat.

As Chileans danced in the streets and honked their horns to hail their team's victory by penalties in the Copa American Centenario, the rainy streets of Buenos Aires were deserted.

Messi exit leaves Argentina in turmoil

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's tearful decision to quit the international team left Argentinian football in turmoil Monday after a traumatic penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

The heartbroken Barcelona superstar left the field in tears after missing a spot-kick in the shootout in the United States on Sunday Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Taylor Twellman rises to number one American soccer analyst

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American soccer voices are often criticized in some quarters while being defended as a "cause" in others.

The idea of American commentators ata major international event is either seen as parochial to an American audience or simply out of place by many hardcore observers of the sport. At a time when FOX Sports appears to have made the Americanization of soccer punditry and analysis a network priority, rival ESPN has found the right mixture of commentators and outstanding American voices.

PSG part company with Blanc amid Emery talk

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Paris (AFP) Laurent Blanc left his role as Paris Saint-Germain coach on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, with former Sevilla coach Unai Emery widely expected to replace him.

"My collaboration with PSG ends today," said Blanc, 50. "I would like to thank all the people who've worked alongside me.

‘Can’t go home if we lose’ – England fans fret about Iceland

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Nice (France) (AFP) England fans drank together with Iceland supporters in a good-natured atmosphere in Nice on Monday as they returned to France's south coast for the first time since the mayhem of the Euro 2016 match with Russia.

Thirty-five people were injured in Marseille when well-prepared Russian hooligans clashed with English fans on June 11.

Paris Saint-Germain part company with coach Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Laurent Blanc left his role as Paris Saint-Germain coach on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing any financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24m) as part of his severance package.

Sadio Mane on verge of big-money Liverpool move

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London (AFP) Senegalese international striker Sadio Mane is on the verge of signing for English Premier League giants Liverpool from Southampton, according to British media reports.

The 24-year-old who would become the fifth player from Southampton to sign for Liverpool in the past two seasons will reportedly cost £34 million (41 million euros, $45 million) subject to passing a medical.

Spain v Italy in ‘early final’ at Euro 2016, England eye quarters

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Paris (AFP) Two-time defending champions Spain meet Italy in a mouthwatering last-16 clash at Euro 2016 on Monday, while Wayne Rooney's England must overcome outsiders Iceland to reach the quarter-finals.

To keep alive their hopes of a third consecutive European title, Spain must negotiate a repeat of the Euro 2012 final that they won 4-0.

Messi exit leaves Argentinian football in turmoil

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his international retirement leaving Argentinian football in turmoil after a traumatic penalty shootout defeat to Chile in the Copa America final.

The heartbroken Barcelona superstar left the field in tears on Sunday after missing a spot-kick in the shootout Messi's fourth straight defeat in a major final with Argentina.

‘Crazy’ France seek balance for Euro quarter-finals

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Lyon (AFP) Didier Deschamps says 'crazy' France must strike a balance for the Euro 2016 quarter-finals after a half-time bust up inspired their 2-1 comeback win over Ireland.

There were heated words in the French dressing-room in Lyon at half-time after an early Robbie Brady penalty put the Irish 1-0 up at the break.

Belgium in awe as Hazard turns on Euro 2016 style

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Eden Hazard could eclipse his "difficult" season with Chelsea by taking Euro 2016 by storm, according to Axel Witsel.

Hazard struggled to make his mark for Belgium as they finished runner-up place in Group E behind Italy.

But in a man-of-the-match performance against Hungary in Toulouse on Sunday, Hazard, captain for the night, turned on the style to score his maiden goal as his country secured a last eight fight against Wales in Lille.

Where to find Italy vs. Spain on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Spain in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

In the most eagerly anticipated game of the Round of 16, Italy faces Spain in a must-see match between two of the world's best teams. Wherever you live, it's time to call in sick or go in late to your job.

Premier League clubs hope transfers don’t take Brexit pounding

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London (AFP) The shockwaves felt after Britain voted to leave the European Union are set to have a dramatic impact on the transfer fees splashed out by cash-rich Premier League clubs for leading European players.

One question is whether players like French Manchester United target Paul Pogba would be eligible to play in Europe's most high-profile and competitive league, given that talks on Britain remaining in the single market could drag on for at least two years.

Chile stun Argentina to win Copa America Centenario

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Holders Chile stunned Argentina to win the Copa America Centenario in a penalty shoot-out as Lionel Messi's title curse struck again.

Messi on Sunday blazed a penalty over the bar in the shoot-out before Lucas Biglia missed to leave Chile's Francisco Silva with the task of stroking home the winning spot-kick at the MetLife Stadium.

Where to find England vs. Iceland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Iceland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

England faces a tough task about one of the best stories in Euro 2016 —Iceland, the smallest country ever to participate in the European Championship. Can heavily favored England beat Iceland and book a destiny in the quarter-final where they'll play the winner of France-Ireland?

Watch Italy vs. Spain for free with Sling TV

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Italy faces Spain on Monday in the most eagerly anticipated game of Euro 2016 thus far. One of the giants will be going home after this game, and the winner will advance to the quarter-finals to play Germany in another must-see match.

With Spain as the current holders of the European Championship after their win at Euro 2012, the pressure will be on Vicente del Bosque's team to defeat a very well-organized Italy side coached by Chelsea-bound Antonio Conte.

Lionel Messi retires from international football

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to an upset defeat against Chile in the final of the Copa America.

"For me the national team is over. I've done all I can, it hurts not to be a champion," the 29-year-old Barcelona superstar told reporters on Sunday after his fourth defeat in a major final with Argentina.

Lionel Messi retires as Chile stun Argentina in Copa America

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi sensationally announced his retirement from international football after Argentina crashed to defeat against Chile in the Copa America Centenario final.

A crestfallen Messi on Sunday confirmed his decision to quit after yet another agonizing near-miss with Argentina, who have now lost three major tournament finals in a row since 2014.

Zola sacked by Qatari club Al-Arabi

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Doha (AFP) Former Italy and Chelsea star Gianfranco Zola has been sacked as coach of Al-Arabi, a spokesman for the Qatari Stars League side said on Monday.

Zola, who lasted just one season in Qatar, will be replaced by veteran Uruguayan coach, Gerardo Pelusso.

"Our president has said he is going to change the coach," the spokesman for Al-Arabi told AFP.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Clues to weary Lionel Messi’s international retirement

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi's retirement from international football may have come as a shock to his many admirers but in hindsight there were plenty of clues that the Argentina superstar might call time on his career with the "Albiceleste" sooner rather than later.

The 29-year-old five-time FIFA world footballer of the year was left devastated on Sunday after suffering yet another traumatic near-miss with Argentina in the Copa America Centenario his fourth defeat in a final since 2007.

Paris Saint-Germain sack coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc.

More Argentine stars could follow Messi out – Aguero

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has warned more Argentina players could follow Lionel Messi into international retirement after the Barcelona superstar's shock exit.

Messi called time on his Argentina career after missing a penalty in a shootout defeat to Chile in Sunday's Copa America final.

Paris Saint-Germain part company with coach Laurent Blanc

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc left Paris Saint-Germain on Monday, the French Ligue 1 champions announced, without revealing financial details.

French sports daily L'Equipe had said on Thursday that Blanc would pocket 22 million euros ($24 million) as part of his severance package.

Former Sevilla coach Unai Emery is tipped as the favourite to take over from Blanc, having guided the Spanish side to three successive Europa League titles.

Di Maria back for Argentina in Copa final

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Angel Di Maria was named in Argentina's starting line-up for the Copa America Centenario final against Chile here Sunday.

Paris Saint Germain star Di Maria, who has not played since the 5-0 victory over Panama in the group stage, returns to join Gonzalo Higuain and Lionel Messi in a potent front three for Argentina.

Hazard can’t wait for Wales in quarters

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Chelsea star Eden Hazard said Belgium are hoping to keep the Euro 2016 party going with a win over Wales in Lille on Friday but said their 4-0 rout of Hungary will be hard to beat.

In an impressive man-of-the-match performance Hazard hit his maiden goal of the tournament as the Red Devils proved far too hot to handle for an outclassed Hungary side.

Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy

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Paris (AFP) Euro 2016's joint top scorer Alvaro Morata expects Spain to be taken to the limit by old foes Italy if they are to remain on course to win a third consecutive European Championship.

Spain thrashed Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final four years ago and also ousted the Azzurri on penalties at the quarter-final stage in 2008 on course to winning their first major trophy for 44 years.

Belgium hit four past Hungary at Euro 2016

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Eden Hazard scored his first goal of Euro 2016 as Belgium cruised into the quarter-finals with a 4-0 win to end Hungary's fairytale campaign.

Belgium go into the European Championship quarter-finals for the first time since losing the 1980 final. They were dominant throughout at Stadium de Toulouse after Toby Alderweireld headed them into a 10th minute lead.

Vikings without football tickets to invade Nice for Euro clash

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Nice (France) (AFP) Iceland will have about 3,000 fans in the Nice stadium for their Euro 2016 clash against England on Monday but thousands more chanting their Viking songs will be in the Mediterranean resort.

Like Irish Republic supporters who had to lay out for black market tickets to see their country against France on Sunday, Iceland's fans have become caught in the European Championship quandary.

Morata expects game of his life from Italian friends

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Paris (AFP) Spain striker Alvaro Morata believes his clash with old friends when the European champions take on Italy at Euro 2016 on Monday is one of the biggest game of his young career.

Morata is joint top scorer in the tournament with three goals from three games, but will face the unique challenge of having former Juventus teammates Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon blocking his route to goal.

Nothing impossible as Conte seeks Spain surprise

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Paris (AFP) Italy boss Antonio Conte has charged his players with the belief they can end Spain's eight-year reign as European champions in a blockbuster Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Monday.

Spain beat Italy 4-0 in the Euro 2012 final and on penalties in the quarter-finals on way to winning their first major trophy for 44 years in Euro 2008.

Moment of truth for Messi as Copa final nears

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi will bid to end Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title later Sunday as his team faces holders Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario.

A sell-out capacity crowd of more than 81,000 will flock to the MetLife Stadium to see if Messi can finally lead Argentina to a tournament triumph after two consecutive defeats in finals.

Slovakia outclassed by Germans, admits coach

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Lille (France) (AFP) Slovakia coach Jan Kozak lamented the performance of his side as they were outclassed by Germany at Euro 2016 on Sunday, losing 3-0 to exit at the last-16 stage.

Kozak had made four changes to his team following the goalless draw with England last Monday that saw them qualify for the knockout phase but his side rarely threatened against the world champions and star man Marek Hamsik had little impact.

Germany football team must do better yet, warns Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany still have plenty of room for improvement after easing into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals by beating Slovakia 3-0 on Sunday, coach Joachim Loew warned.

The reigning world champions were comfortable winners in their last-16 clash in Lille as Jerome Boateng, Mario Gomez and the excellent Julian Draxler all scored while Mesut Ozil had an early penalty saved.

Rooney on red alert over Iceland threat

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Nice (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney has pledged that his side will take Iceland as seriously as any opponent when their paths converge in Monday's Euro 2016 last 16 tie in Nice.

For Iceland, whose population of 330,000 makes them the smallest country to qualify for a major tournament, the game provides a chance to score one of the biggest upsets in football history.

Iceland football team owe ‘great debt’ to coach, says Hodgson

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Nice (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson said Iceland owe a "great debt" to coach Lars Lagerback who he said he had formed a special bond with during his years spent in Sweden.

"They owe a great debt to Lars Lagerback and (long-time associate) Roland Andersson," Hodgson said ahead of England's last-16 showdown with the Nordic surprise packets in Nice on Monday.

Commanding Boateng is Germany’s new leader

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany's Jerome Boateng arrived at Euro 2016 surrounded by controversy but his first international goal and another rock solid performance against Slovakia cemented his position as a new team leader.

Boateng's sweetly struck eighth-minute volley set Germany on their way to a comfortable 3-0 win and a lip-smacking quarter-final against either reigning European champions Spain or Italy.

Slick Germany ease into Euro quarter-finals

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Lille (France) (AFP) Jerome Boateng scored his first international goal to set Germany on their way to a 3-0 win against Slovakia at Euro 2016 on Sunday as the world champions cruised into the quarter-finals.

Boateng opened his account eight minutes into his 63rd international appearance and Joachim Loew's side never looked back against outclassed opponents.

‘No problems’ between Rooney, Vardy – Hodgson

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Nice (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson declared on Sunday that there are "no problems" between captain Wayne Rooney and Jamie Vardy following a press report about the strikers' relationship.

British newspaper The Times has reported that Rooney urged Vardy to ask his wife, Rebekah, to adopt a lower profile, apparently in reference to her newspaper column, television appearances and social media activity.

O’Neill hails Ireland’s ‘heart’ but rues loss in Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) Martin O'Neill hailed the Republic of Ireland's "heart and soul" effort as his 10-man side exited Euro 2016 at the hands of France despite taking an early lead on Sunday.

Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes to breach O'Neill's defence as France came from behind to win the last 16 clash 2-1 in Lyon.

Dressing room row lifted France – Griezmann

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Lyon (AFP) A half-time dressing room bustup inspired France to come back and win their Euro 2016 match against the Republic of Ireland on Sunday, two goal hero Antoine Griezmann said.

"We had a bad first half but a few things were said at half-time," Griezmann said of the heated exchanges between the tournament hosts who fell behind to a Robbie Brady penalty just 90 seconds into the game when Irish striker Shane Long was fouled by Paul Pogba.

Iceland’s ‘army’ have already won at Euro 2016 – coach

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Nice (France) (AFP) Iceland's players are "winners" regardless of the outcome of Monday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash with England, but victory would change their lives "forever", joint-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson said on Sunday.

Iceland's population of 330,000 makes them the smallest nation ever to have qualified for a major tournament and they approach the game in Nice as massive underdogs.

France better when ‘crazy’ says Deschamps

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Paris (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps said his team get better when they "go a bit crazy" after they came from a goal down to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1 on Sunday to move into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016.

The host nation got the worst possible start when Irish striker Shane Long was fouled by Paul Pogba to give Ireland a penalty after just 90 seconds that was converted by Robbie Brady.

Too few tickets for Iceland fans, says star Sigurdsson

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Nice (France) (AFP) Iceland star Gylfi Sigurdsson criticised UEFA's ticket distribution system for Euro 2016 knockout games, which he said has stopped more Icelandic fans attending his team's last-16 showdown with England on Monday.

"We'd love to have more tickets for the Icelandic people," Sigurdsson told reporters in the Stadium Nice on Sunday.

Five facts about French hero Antoine Griezmann

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Paris (AFP) Five facts on Antoine Griezmann who rode to France's rescue with a second-half double to dig the Euro 2016 hosts out of trouble and reach the quarter-finals with a 2-1 win over the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

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The scene of Griezmann's heroics were particularly sweet for the Atletico Madrid forward as he grew up a huge Lyon fan.

Germany recall Draxler, drop Goetze for Slovakia clash

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany have recalled Julian Draxler for their Euro 2016 tie against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday, with Mario Goetze dropping out of the side.

That is the only change to the world champions' starting line-up for the last-16 tie following their 1-0 win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday that saw them progress as winners of Group C.

Griezmann fires hosts France into Euro 2016 quarters

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Lyon (AFP) Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes as Euro 2016 hosts France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

The goal hero said tough half-time words were exchanged at half-time to lay on the last 16 victory that means France face England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday.

France beat Ireland 2-1 to reach Euro 2016 quarter-finals

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Lyon (AFP) Antoine Griezmann broke Irish hearts with two second-half goals as France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Republic of Ireland and move into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Sunday.

Robbie Brady, who had netted the Republic's winner against Italy, had converted a penalty with just two minutes gone to give the Irish a shock lead.

Griezmann fires hosts France into Euro 2016 quarter-finals

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Lyon (AFP) Antoine Griezmann scored twice in four minutes as Euro 2016 hosts France came from behind to claim a 2-1 win over ten-man Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Victory in the last 16 clash in Lyon means France face either England or Iceland in the Stade de France quarter-final next Sunday.

Where to find Argentina vs. Chile Copa America Final on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Argentina vs. Chile in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

Argentina is on the verge of winning its first trophy in 23 years. In its path is a strong Chile side that defeated Argentina in the last Copa America final, but with Argentina playing some of its best football in years as well as being led by Lionel Messi in scoring and creating goals, this should be an exciting final to watch.

Ireland lead France 1-0 at half-time in Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) An early Robbie Brady penalty saw the Republic of Ireland take a shock 1-0 lead over hosts France at half-time in Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash.

Paul Pogba's foul on Ireland striker Shane Long after 70 seconds at the Stade de Lyon saw Brady drill home the resulting penalty with just two minutes gone.

France’s Deschamps rings changes for Ireland Euro 2016 clash

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Lyon (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps made four changes to his side for Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against the Republic of Ireland, boosting his attack and switching his midfield.

Antoine Griezmann is the only survivor up front from the team which was held to a goalless draw by Switzerland.

Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Seeking to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship, Vicente del Bosque's Spain will once again have to see off old foes Italy to retain their crown.

Before winning back-to-back Euros and a maiden World Cup in 2010, Spain suffered an inferiority complex with Italy having never beaten them in five tries at major finals.

Controversial Lampard goal lifts New York City

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Los Angeles (AFP) A controversial goal by Frank Lampard and a key mistake by Seattle lifted New York City FC to a 2-0 Major League Soccer victory over the Sounders in Seattle.

Former England and Chelsea midfielder Lampard on Saturday scored in the 38th minute. A corner kick by New York's Andrea Pirlo was cleared away from the goalmouth but not from the area and RJ Allen sent it back.

Where to find France vs. Ireland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Ireland has the opportunity to enact revenge against France after Thierry Henry blatantly handled the ball in 2009 during a World Cup qualifier match. That motivation coupled with the incredible support for Ireland should give the team a lift against a very talented France team.

Iceland tightrope beckons for England in Euro 2016 last 16

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Opportunity knocks for Iceland and potential disaster looms for Roy Hodgson's England in their David-and-Goliath last 16 clash at Euro 2016 on Monday.

For Iceland, whose population of 330,000 makes them the smallest country to have qualified for a major tournament, the game in the Mediterranean city of Nice brings the chance to score one of the biggest upsets in football history.

Where to find Germany vs. Slovakia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Slovakia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

If the game goes according to script, this should be a comfortable victory against a Slovakia side that still hasn't gotten out of first gear. In competitive tournaments, anything is possible.

Iceland’s ‘Gunnar’ on England’s Euro 2016 radar

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Nice (France) (AFP) England coach Roy Hodgson is keeping a wary eye on the powerful throw-ins of Iceland's bearded captain Aron Gunnarsson ahead of their Euro 2016 clash.

"You'd have to be a bit blind not to realise that Gunnarsson is a weapon for them," said Hodgson ahead of the David v Goliath match in Nice on Monday.

Shackled Bale still finds key for Wales

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Paris (AFP) With an expert swish of his left foot, Gareth Bale demonstrated against Northern Ireland that even when he does not shine, he can decide matches for Wales at Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid star, the tournament's joint-top scorer with three goals, was shackled for much of Saturday's last 16 game in Paris, mustering a single shot on target with a second-half free-kick.

Where to find Belgium vs. Hungary on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Belgium vs. Hungary in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The two dark horses Belgium and Hungary face each other with the winner playing the winner of Wales against Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals. The heavily-favored Belgium will face a difficult task against one of the surprises in the tournament in Hungary.

Watch Argentina vs. Chile for free with fuboTV

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Argentina plays Chile tonight in the must-see Copa America Centenario final, and we have the details on how you can watch it for free with a 24-hour trial to fuboTV.

Whether you're a cord cutter, going to be at work or away from home or if you prefer watching games on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, Apple TV or smart TV, fuboTV will bring you live Spanish-language coverage from Univision Deportes with no strings attached.

Irish ticket anger at Euro 2016 clouds France clash

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Paris (AFP) Don't call it revenge, but a Thierry Henry handball in 2009 means there will be more than a Euro 2016 quarter-final place at stake when France take on the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

Germany also have a point to prove when they face little Slovakia in their last 16 game. Hungary take on Belgium for the right to play Gareth Bale's Wales in the last eight.

Wilmots demands better Belgium for Hungary Euro 2016 clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has called for all-round improvements as his side look to seal a quarter-final place at Euro 2016 and finally convince their anxious fans with a win over Hungary on Sunday.

A patchy 1-0 win over Sweden followed Belgium's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland but Wilmots' men, who lost their Group E opener 2-0 to Italy, have yet to truly convince expectant fans.

Hungary coach Storck steers team on ‘dream’ journey

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) German coach Bernd Storck has got rank outsiders Hungary finally looking to the future not the past and even as they face a huge task against Belgium in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Sunday, he says it has been "a dream come true".

Before the tournament, the 53-year-old told AFP that third place in the group behind heavyweights Portugal and Austria was the height of Hungary's ambition.

Watch Argentina vs. Chile for free with Sling TV

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Argentina plays Chile tonight in the must-see Copa America Centenario final, and we have the details on how you can watch it for free with a 7 day trial to Sling TV.

Whether you're a cord cutter, going to be at work or away from home or if you prefer watching games on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, Apple TV or smart TV, Sling TV will bring you live Spanish-language coverage from Univision Deportes with no strings attached.

Chile ready for Messi challenge

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saturday he has a plan in place to shackle Lionel Messi as the champions prepare to face Argentina in the Copa America Centenario.

Twelve months ago, Chile unleashed midfield enforcer on Messi during the final in Santiago, effectively neutralising the threat of the Argentina captain.

Chile ready for Messi challenge in Copa America final

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Chile coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said Saturday he has a plan in place to shackle Lionel Messi as the champions prepare to face Argentina in the Copa America Centenario.

Twelve months ago, Chile unleashed midfield enforcer on Messi during the final in Santiago, effectively neutralising the threat of the Argentina captain.

Best team lost, laments Croatia boss Cacic

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Lens (France) (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic claimed football was "unfair" after his side lost their Euro 2016 last 16 clash with Portugal 1-0 due to Ricardo Quaresma's winner three minutes from the end of extra-time.

Cacic's side dominated for long periods in Lens with Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo subdued until Croatian goalkeeper Danijel Subasic palmed his shot into Quaresma's path to head home.

Quaresma heads Portugal into Euro 2016 quarters

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Lens (France) (AFP) Ricardo Quaresma headed Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 three minutes before the end of extra-time to break Croatian hearts with the only goal in Lens.

Ronaldo was denied matching Michel Platini's record of nine goals in European championship finals by a fine save from Danijel Subasic, but the ball fell kindly to Quaresma to head into an empty net.

Argentina football chief slams FIFA dismissal

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Hoboken (United States) (AFP) The president of the Argentina Football Association (AFA) angrily lashed out at FIFA on Saturday after the sport's world governing body removed him from office and appointed a committee to take charge of the organization's affairs.

FIFA on Friday said it had appointed a normalization committee that would see AFA President Luis Segura removed from his job in the latest twist to the organization's troubled recent history.

Quaresma heads Portugal into last 8 of Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) Ricardo Quaresma's headed extra-time goal earned Portugal a 1-0 win over Croatia and a place in thequarter-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday.

In a match which only caught fire in the closing minutes, Croatia's Ivan Perisic hit a post with a header. Seconds later Cristiano Ronaldo's shot was saved but pushed into Quaresma's path by Croatian keeper Danijel Subasic in the 117th minute.

I won’t beg for England job, says manager Hodgson

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson believes that the achievements of his four-year tenure speak for themselves ahead of his side's slippery Euro 2016 last 16 tie against underdogs Iceland.

Hodgson, 68, goes into the game under extreme pressure, with England having finished second behind Wales in Group B and failed to secure a place in the less daunting other half of the draw.

We can’t lose another final, says Argentina coach Martino

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said failure was not an option as his team aims to erase the bitter memory of back-to-back major final defeats when it faces Chile in the Copa America Centenario final here Sunday.

The Argentinians take on Chile at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford bidding to end a 23-year trophy drought following agonizing near-misses in the 2014 World Cup and last year's Copa America.

McAuley ‘gutted’ to end Northern Ireland Euro 2016 party

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Paris (AFP) Gareth McAuley said that he was "gutted" to have ended the Northern Ireland campaign at Euro 2016 after his own goal sent Wales into the quarter-finals.

The West Bromwich Albion defender, 36, turned a Gareth Bale cross into his own net in the 75th minute at Parc des Princes to give Chris Coleman's men a 1-0 win in Saturday's all-British last 16 tie.

Croatia v Portugal Euro 2016 tie goes into extra-time

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Lens (France) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo failed to even muster a shot on goal as Portugual and Croatia's last 16 Euro 2016 tie headed to extra-time after a dull 90 minutes finished 0-0 in Lens.

Ronaldo was looking to match Michel Platini's record of nine goals in European championship finals, but the Real Madrid star was starved of service in a match desperately short on creativity at either end.

Time for Germany to turn Euro 2016 domination into goals – Loew

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew has called on his side to finally start taking their chances as they enter the Euro 2016 knockout phase against Slovakia in Lille on Sunday.

The world champions eased through to the last 16 as winners of Group C by beating Ukraine and Northern Ireland and drawing with Poland.

‘Ugly’ win for Wales, ‘cruel’ defeat for N. Ireland in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Wales star Gareth Bale and coach Chris Coleman expressed their delight after Saturday's "ugly" 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Wales progressed to the quarter-finals in their maiden European Championship appearance courtesy of Gareth McAuley's own goal at the Parc des Princes.

Spain aim to maintain reversal of fortunes with Italy in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Seeking to win an unprecedented third consecutive European Championship, Vicente del Bosque's Spain will once again have to see off old foes Italy to retain their crown.

Before winning back-to-back Euros and a maiden World Cup in 2010, Spain suffered an inferiority complex with Italy having never beaten them in five tries at major finals.

Wilmots wants better Belgium for Hungary Euro 2016 clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has called for all-round improvements as his side look to seal a quarter-final place at Euro 2016 and finally convince their anxious fans with a win over Hungary on Sunday.

A patchy 1-0 win over Sweden followed Belgium's 3-0 win over the Republic of Ireland but Wilmots' men, who lost their Group E opener 2-0 to Italy, have yet to truly convince expectant fans.

Northern Ireland exit in Euro 2016 ‘devastating’, says O’Neill

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill described his team's Euro 2016 elimination at Wales' hands on Saturday as "devastating" and said his side had deserved to go through.

"It's devastating. We were the better team on the day," O'Neill said. "Icouldn't ask anything more of the players throughout the tournament.

Bale delighted to win ‘ugly’ with Wales in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Wales star Gareth Bale said his side had been happy to win "ugly" after they edged British rivals Northern Ireland 1-0 to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday.

Bale is the tournament's top scorer with three goals, but he was kept at bay by Michael O'Neill's side at Parc des Princes in Paris until the 75th minute, when his cross produced an own goal by Gareth McAuley.

Slovakia seek new Germany shock in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Slovakia are looking for a second upset in weeks over world champions Germany in their Euro 2016 clash on Sunday, defender Peter Pekarik said.

Jan Kozak's side are the outsiders going into the game in Lille but they beat Germany 3-1 in a warm-up friendly ahead of the Euros in Augsburg on May 29.

Hungary need more Gera goals to reach Euro 2016 last eight

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Hungary striker Zoltan Gera scored one of the best goals of Euro 2016, but as he looks for a way to beat Belgium on Sunday he says his effort has already been outdone.

Gera's long-range strike in the 3-3 draw with Portugal helped Hungary top Group F and kept alive a dream campaign on the country's first appearance at a major tournament in three decades.

Lack of goals from Poland football captain fails to faze Nawalka

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Coach Adam Nawalka again brushed off concerns about Robert Lewandowski's lack of goals at Euro 2016 as Poland ended their 34-year wait to reach the quarter-finals of a major tournament.

Nawalka was delighted as Poland reached the quarter-finals on the big stage for the first time since the 1982 World Cup.

Germany confident on Boateng’s fitness for next Euro 2016 match

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Lille (France) (AFP) Jerome Boateng is set to take his place in the Germany starting line-up in Sunday's Euro 2016 clash with Slovakia after coming through training on Saturday, coach Joachim Loew said.

The Bayern Munich central defender came off after 76 minutes in Germany's 1-0 win over Northern Ireland in Paris in their last group game with a calf knock.

Redmond takes flight from Canaries to join Southampton

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London (AFP) Highly-rated England Under-21 international winger Nathan Redmond became Southampton's first signing of the close season on Saturday joining from relegated Norwich for a reported fee of £10 million ($13.6million, 12.3million euros).

The 22-year-old, who was part of the England Under-21 side that won the prestigious Toulon tournament in May, signed a five-year contract with Saints, who are managerless after Ronald Koeman decamped for Everton this month.

Kuba’s delight as Poland make Euros history

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Goal scorer Jakob Blaszczykowski was delighted his midas touch helped make history as Poland booked their Euro 2016 quarter-final berth by beating Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday.

Blaszczykowski proved again he produces when his team need him most as he gave his side a first-half lead in the last-16 clash.

McAuley own goal sends Wales into Euro 2016 last eight

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland's Gareth McAuley scored a heart-breaking own goal to hand British rivals Wales a 1-0 victory in Paris on Saturday that sent them into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals.

In a cagey contest, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland largely succeeded in muzzling Gareth Bale, but the Real Madrid star produced a wicked 75th-minute cross that the hapless McAuley turned into his own net.

Xhaka will cope with Swiss Euro 2016 penalty miss – Shaqiri

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Xherdan Shaqiri said Arsenal-bound Granit Xhaka can cope with Euro 2016 heartache after his penalty miss sent Poland into the quarter-finals at Switzerland's expense on Saturday.

Xhaka, who will join the Gunners after the European Championship finals, sent Switzerland's second penalty wide while Poland nailed all five kicks to seal a 5-4 win in the shoot-out.

Xhaka miss sends Poland into Euro 2016 quarters

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Poland claimed the first Euro 2016 quarter-final place Saturday by beating Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out after Arsenal-bound Granit Xhaka blasted his spot-kick wide.

Jakob Blaszczykowski proved again he has the midas touch for Poland as the Borussia Dortmund winger gave his side a first-half lead in the last-16 clash.

Poland beat Swiss on penalties in Euro 2016 as Xhaka blasts wide

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 after beating Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shoot-out on Saturday as Jakob Blaszczykowski proved again he has the midas touch.

Borussia Dortmund winger Blaszczykowski gave Poland a first-half lead in the last-16 clash before Xherdan Shaqiri's spectacular second-half bicycle kick levelled for Switzerland.

Poland beat Switzerland on penalties at Euro 2016

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Poland beat Switzerland 5-4 in a penalty shootout in the first Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Saturday with new Arsenal star Granit Xhaka missing a crucial kick for the Swiss.

The match ended 1-1 after extra time with Poland winger Jakub Blaszczykowski putting Poland ahead in the first half before Xherdan Shaqiri's spectacular scissors kick brought the Swiss level in the 82nd minute.

Pogba needs to concentrate for France – Deschamps

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Lyon (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps has called on star midfielder Paul Pogba to concentrate for his country ahead of their Euro 2016 second round clash with the Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

The Juventus player was lambasted after France's first match against Romania, was kept on the bench for the second and made a full return for the third against Switzerland.

Euro 2016 – Poland-Switzerland 1-1 after 90min, into extra time

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Switzerland and Poland will play extra time in their last 16 match at Euro 2016 on Saturday with the score tied at 1-1 after 90 minutes.

Winger Jakub Blaszczykowski gave Poland a deserved 1-0 lead in the first half before Xherdan Shaqiri's spectacular scissors kick brought the Swiss level in Saint-Etienne in the 82nd minute.

USA vs. Colombia preview: Copa America Centenario Third-Place Final

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As was the case last summer at the 2015 Gold Cup, the US finds itself in the third place game. Unlike last summer however, the US' defeat in the semi-finals was not a shock result, but an expected drubbing at the hands (or in this case feet) of the best team in the world. Now they try to regroup as they get a chance to end the tournament on a high note against the team they started against: Colombia.

Where to find USA vs. Colombia Third Place Final on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Colombia in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

The United States and Colombia battle to determine who'll end up in third place in the 2016 Copa America Centenario. In team news, the United States will start Tim Howard in goal instead of Brad Guzan, as well as dropping John Anthony Brooks due to an injury concern.

Messi ready for crowning glory in Copa final

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.

For Messi's many millions of admirers, the five-time world footballer of the year has already achieved enough in his glittering career to be considered in the same bracket as Pele and Diego Maradona.

Wilmots warns of Hungary threat to Euro 2016 hopes

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots has warned against taking Hungary for granted when they face an ambitious modern-day version of the 'Magical Magyars' looking to book their quarter-final place at Euro 2016 on Sunday.

While Belgium have failed to live up to their status as the world's second-best ranked team, Hungary's feats at their first international tournament for three decades have inspired a nation.

Messi ready for crowning glory in Copa America final

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New York (AFP) Lionel Messi will bid to gild his legacy as the greatest footballer of his generation here Sunday by ending Argentina's 23-year wait for a major title in a dream final against holders Chile in the Copa America Centenario.

For Messi's many millions of admirers, the five-time world footballer of the year has already achieved enough in his glittering career to be considered in the same bracket as Pele and Diego Maradona.

Knockout ties will bring out best in Germany: goalkeeper Neuer

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Lille (France) (AFP) Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes the world champions can put a slow start to Euro 2016 behind them and thrive under the pressure of knockout football when they face Slovakia on Sunday.

Joachim Loew's side progressed to the last 16 as winners of Group C, beating Ukraine and Northern Ireland, drawing with Poland and all without conceding a single goal.

Irish fans eye revenge against hosts France

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Lyon (AFP) Both the Republic of Ireland and France camps have played down Thierry Henry's infamous handball, but Irish fans will be hoping for revenge in Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash.

It was at the Stade de France in Paris on November 18, 2009 that Henry used his hand twice to control the ball in the buildup to William Gallas' late goal.

Where to find Switzerland vs. Poland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Switzerland vs. Poland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

In the first Knockout game of Euro 2016, the favorites Poland face the underdogs Switzerland. The winner will play the winner of Croatia against Portugal next week. Can Robert Lewandowski fire the Poles to victory in this important match?

Where to find Wales vs. Northern Ireland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Northern Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Wales and Northern Ireland face off in a match between the two British teams with a chance for one of them to make it to the quarter-finals where they'll play the winner of Hungary against Belgium.

Bale out to beat the luck of the Irish at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in the Battle of Britain at Euro 2016 on Saturday with mounting pressure on the last 16 teams to claim a quarter-final place.

Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal also face a tough encounter against Croatia. Switzerland play Poland in the day's third match.

Where to find Croatia vs. Portugal on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Croatia vs. Portugal in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Croatia against Portugal promises to the best match of the day as Croatia has been playing far better, while Portugal finally sputtered to life in their 3-3 draw against Hungary (after draws against Iceland and Austria in their previous games).

Previews and predictions for Euro 2016 Round of 16 matches

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The first two weeks of the newly expanded 24-team European Championship from France, outside of a handful of truly memorable moments, failed to consistently spark.

Now, though, the real fun begins. The knockout stages, beginning with the first Round of 16 in this competition's history, are here.

Pique, Ramos unite to face Italian brute force in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Enemies at club level, Spain's Sergio Ramos and Gerard Pique have united to build the bedrock upon which a quest to win a third consecutive European Championship is built.

The two-time defending champions face a horrible draw if they are to make it back to Paris on July 10th for the Euro 2016 final.

Reawakened Ronaldo up against a Croatia with teeth at Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo awoke from his Euro 2016 slumber in time to rescue Portugal from an early exit, but faces a greater challenge against a classy Croatia side that Portugal coach Fernando Santos called "sharks" in a wide open draw.

Ronaldo made history as the first player to score in four European Championships with a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary.

I can’t score without chances, says Kane of Euro 2016

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England striker Harry Kane laid bare his team's attacking problems on Friday when he said that he has not had one clear scoring opportunity at Euro 2016.

The Tottenham Hotspur striker started England's first two games in the tournament, against Russia and Wales, but was substituted at half-time against Wales and played only 14 minutes of the 0-0 draw with Slovakia.

Copa America Centenario is a runaway TV hit for Univision and a boost to FOX Sports

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Copa America Centenario has been a runaway hit for Univision, with the Spanish-language network reaching over 45 million viewers to date. With two games remaining, Univision has already averaged over 2.8million viewers per game. Expectations are that Univision will be able to crush that number with the remaining USA-Colombia and Argentina-Chilegames this weekend.

Croatia aim to ‘limit’ Portugal’s Ronaldo in Euro 2016 match

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Lens (France) (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic believes his side can shut out Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo to reach the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday.

Ronaldo struck a double to become the first player to score in four separate European championships and rescue Portugal from an embarrassing early exit in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary on Wednesday.

ESPN announces commentators for Euro 2016 Round of 16 games

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ESPN has announced the commentators for the Round of 16 games in Euro 2016 that will be played this weekend.

The names from the Group Stage of games by ESPN that are not included in the Second Round are Mark Donaldson, Paul Mariner, Tommy Smyth and Adrian Healey (who will be announcing MLS games this weekend).

Copa chiefs open to joint football tournaments

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New York (AFP) Copa America Centenario organizers said Friday they are open to staging a joint tournament featuring teams from North and South America every four years but the possibility has not yet been discussed in detail.

This year's special edition of the Copa America, which brought together teams from South America (CONMEBOL) and North, Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF) was held in the United States for the first time.

Spain don’t fear Italy in Euro 2016 clash – Nolito

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Spain forward Nolito insists the two-time defending European champions have no reason to fear a blockbuster Euro 2016 last-16 clash with old foes Italy in Paris on Monday.

A shock defeat to Croatia saw Spain lose out on top spot in Group D after starting the tournament in impressive fashion with victories over the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Foreign players ‘shocked’ by Brexit at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) At the European football championships on Friday it was left to players from the rest of Europe to express shock that Britain had voted to break away from the European Union.

As the news broke in France, where the 16 remaining teams are preparing for the first knockout round of the continent's football extravaganza, Italians and Germans spoke of their sadness at Britain's decision.

US soccer chief brushes off Klinsmann Southampton link

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New York (AFP) The head of United States Soccer Federation Sunil Gulati on Friday brushed off reports linking US coach Jurgen Klinsmann to the vacancy at English Premier League side Southampton.

Klinsmann has emerged as the strong favorite to take over at St Mary's following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Everton, with his odds tumbling from 40-1 earlier this week to 1-3 with one British bookmaker.

Open Euro 2016 draw offers Wales, N. Ireland chance of a lifetime

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Paris (AFP) Two small British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in a post-Brexit clash in Paris.

Wales (population 3.1 million) and Northern Ireland (1.8 million) have never previously appeared at a European Championship finals,but they find themselves in the last 16 with the eyes of the continent upon them.

Northern Ireland primed for Bale in Euro ‘cup tie’, says coach

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland coach Michael O'Neillis counting on more defensive heroics to counter the threat posed by Gareth Bale in Saturday's British "cup tie" against Wales in the last 16 of Euro 2016 in Paris.

Northern Ireland reached the knockout stages as one of four best third-place sides having come through a challenging group featuring world champions Germany, Poland and Ukraine.

South America proposes Copa-Euro football showdown

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New York (AFP) South American football's governing body has proposed a one-off match between the winners of the Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016 later this year, officials confirmed Friday.

Alejandro Dominguez, the president of CONMEBOL, told reporters at a press conference an invitation to UEFA had been made to stage the inter-continental showdown.

Too early for “Magical Magyars” tag, says Hungary’s Kleinheisler

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Hungarian midfielder Laszlo Kleinheisler says Hungary could one day again be called the "Magical Magyars", the nickname given to the all-conquering team of the 1950s, but not yet.

"I believe that one day we will be similar to the great teams of the past," the 22-year-old Werder Bremen player told reporters as he prepared for the Euro 2016 knockout tie with Belgium on Sunday.

Dangerous to dream too much in Euro 2016, says Wales coach Coleman

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Paris (AFP) Chris Coleman said it would be dangerous for Wales to look beyond Saturday's last-16 clash with Northern Ireland despite the open nature of their half of the Euro 2016 draw.

With title-holders Spain, world champions Germany and hosts France on a collision course with each other, the stage is set for an outsider to potentially clinch a place in the July 10 final.

Lewandowski is not Ronaldo, fumes Poland boss

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka has rejected comparisons between his misfiring striker Robert Lewandowski and Portugal's superstar Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against Switzerland.

Hot-shot Lewandowski was the top scorer in the Euro 2016 qualifiers with 13 goals.

ESPN raises bar on Euro 2016 TV coverage to a beautiful art form

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Now that the Group Stage of the 2016 European Championship has concluded, it's time to take a look at the job thatESPN has been doing since the opening weekend of the tournament.

Overall, despite several major obstacles, ESPN has raised the bar on its coverage of a major international soccer tournament.

Italy ready for Spain challenge, says Chiellini

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Key defender Giorgio Chiellini insists Italy's confidence remains intact as the beaten 2012 finalists prepare to beat their "bogey team" Spain to a Euro 2016 quarter-final spot on Monday.

"It's a shame we're meeting each other so early in the tournament," Chiellini told journalists on Friday.

Germany’s Loew relishing business end of Euro 2016

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany have built a reputation as a tournament team under Joachim Loew and two below-par years since their World Cup triumph, he is relishing the business end of Euro 2016.

After a flattering scoreline in the 2-0 win over Ukraine and an unimpressive goalless draw with Poland, Germany booked their last 16 berth with a 1-0 win over Northern Ireland.

Hendrick driving on Ireland alongside boyhood friend Brady

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Lille (France) (AFP) While Robbie Brady stole the headlines with his dramatic winning goal against Italy at Euro 2016, his childhood friend Jeff Hendrick again displayed his importance to the Republic of Ireland in that game.

The 24-year-old Derby County midfielder put in another superb shift from his position wide on the right, earning rave reviews in French sports daily L'Equipe as he helped Ireland through to a last-16 tie against the hosts.

Italy stunned as Lippi walks away from federation post

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Italy's plans for a smooth build-up to their crunch Euro 2016 clash with Spain on Monday suffered a blow after World Cup-winning coach Marcelo Lippi walked away from a key post with the Italian football federation (FIGC).

Lippi, who led the Azzurri to their fourth World Cup triumph in 2006, was set to become Italy's new technical director, a post that would have seen him oversee an all-new federation programme.

Personal kudos nothing if Spain don’t beat Italy – Morata

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) Alvaro Morata is joint top scorer at Euro 2016 but doesn't care who hits the net if Spain beat a familiar Italy side to a coveted quarter-final place in their last 16 clash on Monday.

"I couldn't care less about the top scorer's chart if we lose," Morata said after the defending champions' shock 2-1 defeat to Croatia left them second in Group D and facing a nightmare draw as they bid to retain their title.

Rooney no longer lonely at the top with England at Euro 2016

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney says that heis more relaxed than at any previous major tournament because he no longer feels like the only match-winner in the squad.

The Manchester United skipper will equal David Beckham's record of 115 caps for an England outfield player when Roy Hodgson's side tackle minnows Iceland in the Euro 2016 last 16 in Nice on Monday.

Wales, Northern Ireland to clash for Euro 2016 quarter-final berth

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Paris (AFP) Two small, British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in Paris.

Wales (population 3.1 million) and Northern Ireland (1.8 million) have never previously appeared at a European Championship finals,but they find themselves in the last 16 with the eyes of the continent upon them.

Bundesliga intel preps Swiss for Poland clash at Euro 2016

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Experience forged in the German league will help Switzerland's Bundesliga stars when they face Robert Lewandowski's Poland in the last 16 at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Switzerland and Poland have both qualified for the knockout phase of a European Championship finals for the first time.

Reawakened Ronaldo up against a Croatia at Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo awoke from his Euro 2016 slumber in time to rescue Portugal from an early exit, but faces a greater challenge against a classy Croatia side that Portugal coach Fernando Santos called "sharks".

Ronaldo made history as the first player to score in four European Championships with a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary.

Reawakened Ronaldo up against Croatia at Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo awoke from his Euro 2016 slumber in time to rescue Portugal from an early exit, but faces a greater challenge against a classy Croatia side that Portugal coach Fernando Santos called "sharks".

Ronaldo made history as the first player to score in four European Championships with a double in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Hungary.

Open draw offers Wales, N. Ireland chance of a lifetime

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Paris (AFP) Two small British nations clash for the momentous prize of a Euro 2016 quarter-final berth on Saturday when Gareth Bale's Wales meet Northern Ireland in a post-Brexit clash in Paris.

Wales (population 3.1 million) and Northern Ireland (1.8 million) have never previously appeared at a European Championship finals,but they find themselves in the last 16 with the eyes of the continent upon them.

USA’s third place game against Colombia will be a true yardstick of team’s playing level

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It has been hard to determine how the U.S. Soccer Federation is using the Copa America Centenario to grade its men's team's progress leading up to the 2018 World Cup. Depending on who you ask and when, the measuring stick was reaching the semifinals, or simply playing the games, or the even more ambiguous total body of work.

Rooney no longer lonely at the top with England in Euro 2016

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney says that heis more relaxed than at any previous major tournament because he no longer feels like the only match-winner in the squad.

The Manchester United skipper will equal David Beckham's record of 115 caps for an England outfield player when Roy Hodgson's side tackle minnows Iceland in the Euro 2016 last 16 in Nice on Monday.

Questions for Recre Supporters Trust on saving Spain’s oldest football club

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Spanish club Recreativo de Huelva is in a race against time to avoid extinction. Recre requires 2 million euros by June 30 in order to survive.

Here's our interview with a member of the Recreativo de Huelva's Supporters Trust:

Can you let me know me your role/title in the efforts to save Recreativo de Huelva?

Wanyama rejoins old boss Pochettino at Spurs

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London (AFP) Midfield enforcer Victor Wanyama became the first player from Southampton to join up with former manager Mauricio Pochettino when he signed for Spurs from their Premier League rivals on Thursday.

The 24-year-old Kenyan international who Southampton refused to sell to Spurs last year will cost a reported £9 million ($13.

No Messi in Argentina squad for Rio Olympics

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina coach Gerardo Martino on Thursday named part of his squad for the Rio Olympics but superstar Lionel Messi was not included after being chosen for the Copa America instead.

The full list of 22 will be revealed in the coming days but not before Sunday's final of the Copa, where Argentina take on holders Chile.

Argentine football head, three ex-cabinet chiefs indicted

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Buenos Aires (AFP) The president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA) and three former presidential cabinet chiefs were indicted Thursday in a probe of the country's football broadcasting rights distribution system.

Federal judge Maria Servini de Cubria suspected embezzlement after analyzing the government's program to manage broadcasting rights during football championships and national matches, particularly concerning the distribution of broadcasting revenue between clubs.

English football hooligan slapped with five-year ban

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London (AFP) England football hooligan Joe Pizarro was banned from attending any football matches for five years after being involved in violence prior to England's Euro 2016 game with Russia, a court ruled Thursday.

The 34-year-old was caught by British police when they viewed footage from June 10 on the eve of the 1-1 draw in Marseille.

Spain paid for over-confidence in Euro 2016, says Juanfran

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Right-back Juanfran admitted European champions Spain were punished for their over-confidence as they were struck by a Croatia sucker punch to miss out on top spot in Euro 2016 Group D.

Ivan Perisic's winner three minutes from time means Spain were pushed into the much tougher half of the draw and face old foes Italy in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final in the last 16 on Monday.

Mexico stick with coach despite Copa humiliation

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Mexico City (AFP) Juan Carlos Osorio escaped the axe as Mexico coach on Thursday despite the humiliating 7-0 thrashing by Chile in the quarter-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

The Colombian coach survived as a consequence of having guided the national team to nine wins and a draw before Saturday's historic loss in Santa Clara.

Coach Laurent Blanc leaves PSG – report

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Paris (AFP) Coach Laurent Blanc has left ambitious Paris Saint-Germain and will be handed 22 million euros to go on his way, the French newspaper L'Equipe said Thursday.

The departure of Blanc, whose position has looked increasingly tenuous after he failed to guide the French side beyond the Champions League quarter-finals, opens the way for Unai Emery, who has been heavily linked with the post and left Sevilla earlier this month.

‘Irreparable’ Lille Euro 2016 pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) The playing surface at Lille's Euro 2016 stadium was replaced on Thursday after severe criticism of the state of the pitch.

UEFA admitted the pitch had suffered "irreversible damage" due to severe weather in recent weeks.

The 50,000 capacity stadium will host Germany's last 16 tie with Slovakia on Sunday and a quarter-final clash on July 1.

Henry handball ‘forgotten’, O’Neill plots France’s Euro 2016 downfall

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Versailles (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill wants his players to target glory rather than revenge when they face hosts France in a Euro 2016 last 16 clash on Sunday.

Ireland were denied a place in the 2010 World Cup when Arsenal legend Thierry Henry controlled the ball with his hand to tee up a William Gallas equaliser that sent France to South Africa from a playoff in 2009.

England hold no fear for Iceland boss Lagerback in Euro 2016

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Annecy-le-Vieux (France) (AFP) Boasting a personal six-game unbeaten record against England, Iceland co-coach Lars Lagerback insists his side won't be overawed by facing a selection of Premier League stars in their Euro 2016 last 16 clash Monday.

Lagerback enjoyed plenty of success against England in nine years as Sweden coach and believes a similar familiarity with the Premier League could help Iceland pull off a monumental upset in their debut major finals.

Maradona tells Argentina ‘don’t come back’ without Copa

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Argentina football legend Diego Maradona told his national team not to bother coming back home if they don't win the Copa America Centenario on Sunday.

"We will certainly win on Sunday... and if we don't win, they shouldn't come back," Maradona, 55, told Argentina television channel C5N.

Wales have Euro 2016 ‘bragging rights’ over England – Bale

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Dinard (France) (AFP) After claiming "bragging rights" over England, Wales star Gareth Bale said Thursday he was savouring the prospect of a new Battle of Britain against Northern Ireland at the European Championship finals.

Wales stole a march over England by finishing top of Group B despite losing the clash between the two, and Bale was clearly delighted.

Landon Donovan is shining star in FOX Sports’ disappointing Copa America broadcasts

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While much has been written about the flag-waving, delusional broadcast of the United States v. Argentina Copa America semi-final, one part of the broadcast that was a pleasant surprise was the color commentary by USMNT legend Landon Donovan. This was not Donovan's first match; he had called the U.

Ronaldo rescues Portugal, Iceland, Ireland into last 16

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Lyon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Paul Pogba are through, now the European Championship finals turn to revenge, a fairytale David v Goliath tale and a heavyweight rematch.

Ronaldo hit two crucial goals becoming the first player to score in seven straight major tournaments: three World Cups and four European Championships as Portugal three times came back from a goal down to draw 3-3 with brave Hungary and reach the last 16.

England captain Rooney keeps mum on Brexit

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England captain Wayne Rooney refused to reveal on Thursday which way he was voting in Britain's referendum on European Union membership or even whether he had voted at all.

"The option (to vote) has been there for the players," Rooney told a press conference at England's Euro 2016 media centre in Chantilly, north of Paris.

Five stars of Euro 2016 so far

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Paris (AFP) At the end of the European Championship group phase, here are five players who shone in the first round:

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Bale arrived in France fresh from winning a second Champions League title with Real Madrid and the 26-year-old forward has lived up to his pre-tournament billing as one of the potential stars of Euro 2016.

Five flops of Euro 2016 so far

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Paris (AFP) With the European Championship finals first round now over here are five stars who failed to bring the tournament alight in the group games:

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)

Fresh from scoring 50 goals for Paris Saint-Germain in his last season, Zlatan Ibrahimovic looked ready to terrorise opposition defences at the Euros.

Germany battling to get Boateng fit for Slovakia

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany's medical staff are working around-the-clock to get key defender Jerome Boateng fit for Sunday's Euro 2016 last 16 clash against Slovakia.

The burly Bayern Munich centre-back came off on 76 minutes with a knock to his calf in their 1-0 group stage win over Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

Goals prove Ronaldo’s back says coach

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Lyon (AFP) Portugal's coach Fernando Santos says Cristiano Ronaldo's two-goal display against Hungary proves he has shaken off a poor start to return to his best at Euro 2016.

Ronaldo scored a pair of brilliant goals in Lyon on Wednesday to go down in European Championship history as the first player to score at four finals.

Sweden bids adieu to ‘proud’ Zlatan

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Nice (France) (AFP) Sweden bid farewell to Zlatan Ibrahimovic with noisy tributes but no goals and exited the European Championship finals meekly after a 1-0 defeat by Belgium.

The brash giant of football ended his 116-cap international career on Wednesday with 62 often spectacular goals yet not a shot on target during Sweden's three matches at Euro 2016.

Thunderstorm halts Copa semi

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Chicago (AFP) The Copa America Centenario semi-final between Chile and Colombia was plunged into chaos after a severe thunderstorm halted play.

With Chile leading 2-0 at half-time at Soldier Field, a heavy storm rolled into the region forcing stadium officials to delay the start of the second half.

Unbridled joy on one of Ireland’s greatest nights

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It was the chance of a lifetime. A loose touch and follow-up dive from Italy's stand-in captain Leonardo Bonucci sprung Wes Hoolahan, introduced as a substitute not ten minutes previously in Ireland's do-or-die Group E finale, through on goal.

But Hoolahan's shot was tame, and easily saved by the deputy Italian goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu.

Chile down Colombia to reach Copa final

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Chicago (AFP) Chile stormed into the Copa America final, beating Colombia 2-0 in a weather-disrupted semi-final that took more than four hours to complete.

The defending champions advanced to a repeat of last year's final against Argentina on Sunday after a whirlwind start left Colombia chasing the game.

Gambling-mad Vietnamese put their houses on Euro 2016

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Hanoi (AFP) Football and a flutter go hand-in-hand in Vietnam making Euro 2016 a golden opportunity for fans to enjoy two national obsessions, even for those who have already bet their houses on the beautiful game and lost.

Each major football championship is followed by a slew of reports of big wins, losses and suicides that fixate a nation with a particularly deep love for gambling, even though it is outlawed.

Ramsey glows for Wales in Bale’s shadow

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Paris (AFP) Aaron Ramsey's man-of-the-match display in Wales's 3-0 win over Russia at Euro 2016sent a reminder that there is more to Chris Coleman's side than Gareth Bale.

The 25-year-old Arsenal midfielder scored his team's opener in Toulouse on Monday a smooth, lofted finish from Joe Allen's pass and teed up Bale for the third goal, his second assist of the tournament.

Mohawk Hamsik takes Slovakia to Euro glory

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Bratislava (AFP) His first tattoo comprised three Chinese signs energy, fairness, talent. Marek Hamsik has gone a long way since getting it at 16, propelled by its three attributes.

At 28, the Napoli and Slovakia midfielder is in his prime, having led his national team to the last-16 of Euro 2016 and scoring one of the goals of the tournament on the way.

Vardy spurns Gunners, commits to Leicester

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Leicester (United Kingdom) (AFP) Jamie Vardy gave a huge boost to champions Leicester on Thursday by rejecting an offer from Arsenal to sign a new contract.

The 29-year-old striker presently on duty with England at the Euro 2016 finals agreed to an improved four year contract offer from 'The Foxes' and spurning Arsenal's advances after they activated a £20million ($30m) release clause.

Italy hopeful of hurting Euro champions Spain

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Lille (France) (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte believes his team can thrive as the underdogs when they face Spain in the first knockout round at Euro 2016 next Monday.

The Azzurri's reward for finishing top of Group E is a meeting with the reigning champions in a repeat of the Euro 2012 final, when Spain outclassed the Italians 4-0 in Kiev.

USA vs. Argentina semi-final nets 8 million viewers

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Argentina's win against the United States in the Copa America Centenario semi-finalaveraged 8,090,000 million viewers across FOX Sports 1, Univision and Univision Deportes.

The match, which was shown live from 9-11pm ET, on Tuesday, June 21 drew 4.8 million viewers on Univision and Univision Deportes in addition to 3.

Bacca out of Colombia line-up for Copa semi-final

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Chicago (AFP) Colombia's Copa America Centenario hopes suffered a blow here Wednesday after striker Carlos Bacca lost his battle to be fit for his team's semi-final against Chile at Soldier Field.

The AC Milan striker was nursing a knock from his team's bruising quarter-final win over Peru but had been hopeful of making the starting line-up.

Departing Ibrahimovic proud of journey from ‘ghetto’

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Nice (France) (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic said he was filled with pride as he bowed out of international football on Wednesday, saying he had emerged from "the ghetto" to become Sweden's record goal scorer.

The 1-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 was not the way the brash striker would have wanted to depart the international stage, but he said he would take "fantastic memories" with him.

Ireland coach O’Neill hails ‘special night’

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Lille (France) (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill said the 1-0 win over Italy that took his team through to the last 16 of the European Championship was one of the best nights of his long career.

"I've had some great nights but this was very special tonight," a beaming O'Neill said after Robbie Brady's late goal in Lille took Ireland through to a dream tie against host nation France as one of the best third-placed sides.

Win was “life and death” for Ireland, says Italy coach Conte

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Lille (France) (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte congratulated the Republic of Ireland after Robbie Brady's late goal saw them seal a 1-0 win in Lille to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016.

The Azzurri were already guaranteed top spot in Group E coming into the match at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, allowing Conte to make eight changes to his starting line-up for the game, which was decided by Brady's 85th-minute header.

Irish winner ‘what dreams are made of’ for Brady

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Lille (France) (AFP) Robbie Brady admitted to being in dreamland after his late winner over Italy took the Republic of Ireland into the knockout stage of Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

"It's what dreams are made of. We have done the job for everyone who came to see us and all the Irish fans around the world," said Brady, whose 85th-minute goal in Lille secured a 1-0 win that took Ireland through as one of the best third-place sides.

Belgium seal Euro last-16 berth in Ibrahimovic farewell

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Nice (France) (AFP) A late goal by Premier League target Radja Nainggolan earned Belgium a last-16 berth with a 1-0 win over Sweden making superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic end his international career with a defeat.

The Roma midfielder, reportedly wanted by Chelsea, controlled a cross from Eden Hazard outside the area and powered it into the net in the 82nd minute.

Brady heroics take Ireland into Euro last 16

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Lille (France) (AFP) Robbie Brady struck with just five minutes remaining as the Republic of Ireland claimed a dramatic 1-0 win over Italy in Lille on Wednesday to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016.

Brady's goal arrived just when it looked as if Ireland were heading out due to a combination of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and Romanian referee Ovidiu Hategan.

Time to change national holiday, jokes Iceland coach after Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Iceland co-coach Heimir Hallgrimsson jokingly suggested Wednesday's historic 2-1 win over Austria at Euro 2016 would force the Nordic island country to change its national holiday.

Iceland, with a population of around 330,000, is the smallest nation to qualify for a major finals and its national team strode into the last 16 and a meeting with England after consigning Austria to a premature exit.

Watch Colombia vs. Chile for free with fuboTV

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Colombia plays Chile tonight in a must-see Copa America Centenario semi-final, and we have the details on how you can watch it for free with a 24-hour trial to fuboTV.

Whether you're a cord cutter, going to be at work or away from home or if you prefer watching games on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, Apple TV or smart TV, fuboTV will bring you live Spanish-language coverage from Univision Deportes with no strings attached.

No stopping Portugal’s Ronaldo, says Hungary coach

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Lyon (AFP) Hungary coach Bernd Storck insisted there is no controlling Cristiano Ronaldo as the record-breaking Portugal captain netted twice in Wednesday's 2-2 draw as both sides advanced at Euro 2016.

The Real Madrid ace became the first player to score at four European championship finals and his 17th match in a Euro tournament was also a record.

Success extra special for Iceland’s ‘best friends’ – Arnason

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Paris (AFP) Iceland defender Kari Arnason hailed the incredible unity within the team after the Nordic team beat Austria 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Euro 2016 knockout stages.

Substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason's stoppage-time winner in Paris sent Iceland through as runners-up of Group F and set up a last 16 showdown with England.

No blame for Dragovic penalty miss, says Austria coach Koller

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Paris (AFP) Austria coach Marcel Koller absolved Aleksandar Dragovic of any blame after the central defender missed a costly first-half penalty in Wednesday's 2-1 loss to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Dragovic assumed spot-kick duties after David Alaba was fouled by Ari Skulason with Iceland leading 1-0, but the Dynamo Kiev centre-back struck his 37th-minute effort against the outside of the post.

Six of record-breaking Ronaldo’s best

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Madrid (AFP) Three-time world player of the year Cristiano Ronaldo made new football history Wednesday by becoming the first player to score in four European Championship finals. Here are six of the Real Madrid star's numerous scoring records:

Goals in four European Championship finals

Ronaldo is now bearing down on French legend Michel Platini, just one off his record mark of nine goals in Euros finals.

Two-goal Ronaldo hails ‘insane’ draw as Portugal progress

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Lyon (AFP) Man-of-the-match Cristiano Ronaldo hailed Portugal's 3-3 draw against Hungary as 'insane' as his side scrapped into the last 16 of Euro 2016, thanks to his two record-breaking second-half goals.

Ronaldo opened his account in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes, then a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalise at the Stade de Lyon.

Traustason winner sets up Iceland-England Euro 2016 clash

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Paris (AFP) Substitute Arnor Ingvi Traustason's last-gasp winner fired Iceland past Austria 2-1 in their final Group F match at Euro 2016 on Wednesday to book a last-16 showdown with England.

Jon Dadi Bodvarsson swept Iceland into an 18th-minute lead at the Stade de France, with Austria paying dearly for Aleksandar Dragovic's missed first-half penalty.

Record-man Ronaldo puts Portugal into Euro last 16

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Lyon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo scored two trademark brilliant goals Wednesday to go into European Championship history and rescue Portugal in a 3-3 draw that took them into the last 16.

The 31-year-old opened his account in style with a deft backheel flick on 50 minutes, then a bullet header 12 minutes later to twice equalise at the Stade de Lyon.

Shilton, Maradona trade barbs over ‘Hand of God’ World Cup goal

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Diego Maradona and former England goalkeeper Peter Shilton reignited on Wednesday their long-running feud, on the 30th anniversary of the Argentine's infamous "Hand of God" World Cup goal.

Maradona, one of the finest footballers to play the game, scored twice in Argentina's 2-1 victory over England in front of 115,000 fans on June 22, 1986 in Mexico.

Wales boss stays away from Euro 2016 minefield

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Wales boss Chris Coleman insisted Wednesday he is not yet trying to plot a path through the minefield of the European Championship knockout rounds.

And Coleman indicated he could make changes to the team that brilliantly beat Russia 3-0 for their last 16 match against Northern Ireland or Turkey in Paris on Saturday.

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Ronaldo scores in record fourth Euro finals

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Lyon (AFP) Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo scored in a record fourth European Championship finals on Wednesday when he backheeled into the net against Hungary in Euro 2016.

The goal came in the 50th minute to bring Portugal level at 2-2 in the Stade de Lyon in their final Group F match.

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Messi eyes Copa crown for Argentina after goalscoring milestone

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi's goalscoring exploits at the Copa America Centenario have rewritten his country's record books and left Argentina on the brink of a first major title for 23 years.

But if Argentina are to avoid a fourth straight defeat in a major final when they take the field in New Jersey on Sunday, the chances are they will have to do something they have never done before in the Messi era: score.

Ronaldo breaks Euros appearance record

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Lyon (AFP) Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo on Wednesday became the first player to make 17 appearances at European Championship finals when he started against Hungary in Wednesday's crunch Euro 2016 tie.

Ronaldo is also aiming to become the first player to score in four separate Euros finals, with Portugal needing at least a point to secure their place in the last 16.

Ronaldo throws reporter’s mic in lake ahead of Euro 2016 crunch match

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Paris (AFP) Portugal's superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo let the tension show as he prepared for his country's crunch Euro 2016 match on Wednesday by throwing a reporter's microphone in a lake.

The three-time World Player of the Year has had a frustrating time in France, hitting the post with a penalty in Saturday's goal-less draw with Austria and failing to score in his side's opening 1-1 draw with minnows Iceland.

Where to find Colombia vs. Chile on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Colombia vs. Chile in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

After Chile's 7-0 demolition of Mexico while Colombia defeated Peru on penalties after drawing 0-0 in regulation, you would expect Chile to have the advantage in this match against Colombia.

Where to find Italy vs. Ireland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

For Ireland, they have to get a win in order to keep their chances alive of progressing in this tournament as a third-place finisher, otherwise their Euro 2016 dreams are over. Italy, on the other hand, can afford to rest most of its players knowing that they've already qualified for the Knockout Round and will be facing Spain, where they'll need all of the rested players they can use.

Ronaldo throws microphone in lake ahead of Euro 2016 crunch match

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Lyon (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo threw a reporter's microphone in a lake on Wednesday after objecting to being approached hours before Portugal's crunch Euro 2016 match against Hungary.

Ronaldo, 31, has endured a frustrating time in France, hitting the post with his second-half penalty attempt in Saturday's 0-0 draw with Austria.

FOX takes one step forward, two steps back with Copa America Centenario TV coverage

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In what began as a promising start for FOX Sports during the opening weekend of their TV coverage of Copa America Centenario, the leading soccer rights holder in the United States returned to someof its old ways Tuesday night duringits broadcast of the USA vs. Argentina semi-final.

Let me start by saying that watching FOX Sports' coverage of soccer continues to be afrustrating experience.

Where to find Belgium vs. Sweden on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Belgium vs. Sweden in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

In what may end up being Zlatan Ibrahimovic's last game for Sweden, Belgium will want to win or draw to advance to the last 16 of the Euro 2016. At the same time, Sweden has been a big disappointment, so they'll want to end the game on a positive note.

Croatia fightback condemns Spain to unwanted Italy clash

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Paris (AFP) Ivan Perisic's last gasp winner gave Croatia a 2-1 win over Spain that condemned the defending European champions to a heavyweight last 16 clash against Italy while Germany claimed their place in the knockout rounds.

Mario Gomez struck the only goal in a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Paris to ensure Joachim Loew's men advance as Group C winners, with Poland through as runners-up following a 1-0 win over Ukraine.

Ronaldo out to avoid exit, Ireland face Italian job

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Paris (AFP) Portugal will be relying on a drastic turnaround for superstar captain Cristiano Ronaldo to avoid an embarrassing early Euro 2016 exit against surprise package Hungary on Wednesday.

Belgium, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden, meanwhile, are still in contention to join Group E winners Italy in the last 16.

Miraculous McGovern earns N. Ireland adulation

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern spent last season toiling for Scottish strugglers Hamilton Academical, but his brilliant display against Germany at Euro 2016 made him the toast of Paris.

The 31-year-old pulled off save after save on Tuesday to frustrate the world champions and while Mario Gomez found a way past him in the 30th minute, it was only thanks to McGovern's electric reflexes that the score remained 1-0.

Dark horses Croatia an example to unruly fans: Cacic

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatian coach Ante Cacic said his heroic players are an example the country's unruly fans should follow after shocking European champions Spain 2-1 to top their Euro 2016 group.

Flares thrown by Croatian fans halted their side's momentum in a 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday and saw the country's football federation fined 100,000 euros ($113,000).

Record-breaker Messi fires Argentina into Copa final

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Houston (AFP) Lionel Messi became Argentina's all-time record goalscorer as the two-time world champions outclassed the United States 4-0 to reach the Copa America Centenario final here Tuesday.

Messi curled in a magnificent 32nd-minute free-kick to become Argentina's all-time record scorer with 55 goals as the United States' campaign ended with an emphatic defeat in front of a 70,858 crowd at Houston's NRG Stadium.

Wasteful Germany missing clinical finish

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Paris (AFP) Germany and their normally prolific strker Thomas Mueller bemoaned missed chances at Euro 2016 as the world champions scored just one goal against battling Northern Ireland

The Germans had 26 attempts on goal at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday to just two for their opponents but only Mario Gomez was able to beat inspired Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern or the woodwork.

Where to find Portugal vs. Hungary on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Portugal vs. Hungary in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

On the final day of Group F games, Portugal and Hungary's destiny is in their own hands. The first, second and third places are up for grabs. Can Cristiano Ronaldo turn around his disappointing performance against Austria, to help Portugal into the Knockout Round of Euro 2016?

Where to find Iceland vs. Austria on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Iceland vs. Austria in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

On the final day of Group F games, places one through three are up for grabs in Group F. If Iceland can finish in second, they'll play England on Monday. But with the Portugal-Hungary game being played at the same time, many people will be watching both games to see how the most open group in Euro 2016 shakes up.

Group D drama revives flagging European Championship

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Over the last several days, a series of flat 0-0 draws in marquee games on the field – paired with incessant fan misbehavior off the field – considerably deflated the mood surrounding the 2016 European Championships in France.

Concerns over security, the format allowing progression for four third-placed teams, and an almost-bizarre lack of goal-scoring drama left the tournament in dire need of a shakeup.

USA vs. Argentina player ratings from Copa America Centenario semi-final

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The United States was demolished 4-0 by Argentina in the Copa America Semifinal in Houston on Tuesday night. Here are the player ratings for both teams.

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Brad Guzan, 3: Got caught on the opening goal in several different ways, and got beat on his side on the free kick. Did make a very good save on Messi late.

USA’s humbling defeat against Argentina overshadows progress made by team

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Losing 4-0 to anyone will always look terrible, no matter the opponent, even if it's against one of the world's best teams. Argentina might not have moved outof second gear Tuesday night, but even in cruise control they still looked nearly untouchable. Though the US played badly, and may not have set themselves up to succeed, the best of this current US Men's National Team might not have fared much better.

Perisic winner for Croatia stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship finals to top Group D after a 2-1 victory on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

France expels Russian football fan leader for second time

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Paris (AFP) France on Tuesday expelled Russian football activist Alexander Shprygin for the second time in four days after he sneaked back into the country to watch his country play at Euro 2016.

Shprygin, who has been linked to Russian far-right causes, was first expelled on Saturday over fan violence between Russian and England supporters.

Criticism fires up England for Euro’s last 16

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) England's under-fire goalkeeper Joe Hart is backing the Three Lions to to prove critics of their goalless draw with Slovakia wrong in the Euro 2016 knock-out phase.

Hart acknowledged the "tension" caused by England's second draw which left the side waiting to meet the Group F runners-up either Iceland, Portugal, Hungary or Austria in Nice on Monday in the last 16.

Santos backs misfiring Ronaldo for Hungary Euro 2016 clash

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Lyon (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos is backing misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo to break his Euro 2016 duck by netting against Hungary on Wednesday to help fire his side into the last 16.

Ronaldo is still waiting for his opening goal in France to become the first person to score at four consecutive European Championship finals.

Italy draw “not ideal” for Spain – Del Bosque

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain boss Vicente del Bosque admitted he would rather have avoided a Euro 2016 last 16 clash with old foes Italy after a 2-1 defeat to Croatia on Tuesday.

Ivan Perisic's goal three minutes from time condemned the two-time defending champions to second place in Group D and repeat of the 2012 final with Italy in Paris on Monday.

Turkey stun Czech Republic to revive Euro hopes

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Lens (France) (AFP) Burak Yilmaz and Ozan Tufan scored a goal in each half as Turkey beat Czech Republic 2-0 to keep alive slim hopes of reaching the Euro 2016 last 16 on Tuesday.

The defeat eliminated Czech Republic, who had already suffered at Turkish hands at a past Euro finals.

Turkey lost their first two Group D matches and were punished for their unruly fans.

Perisic winner stuns champions Spain in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Ivan Perisic struck a sensational winner three minutes from time as Croatia ended Spain's 14-game unbeaten run at the European Championship to top Group D after a 2-1 victory in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

Spain will now face Italy in the last 16 in Paris on Monday in a repeat of the 2012 final.

Iceland dreaming of England tie in Euro 2016, says Gunnarsson

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Paris (AFP) Iceland captain Aron Gunnarsson said a prospective last 16 tie against England was a "dream" for his country, but Austria are also confident of advancing in Wednesday's final Euro 2016 Group F clash.

After 1-1 draws against Portugal and Hungary, Iceland will progress to the knockout rounds with a victory at the Stade de France.

Lewandowski blanks ‘no problem’ for Poland coach

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Marseille (AFP) After Poland's 1-0 defeat of Ukraine secured them a slot in the last-16, coach Adam Nawalka said star striker Robert Lewandowski's third straight blank at Euro 2016 is not a concern.

"The fact that Lewandowski has not scored a goal yet is not a problem for either me or the team," Nawalka told media in Marseille's Stade Velodrome on Tuesday.

Santos keeps faith in Ronaldo despite blunder

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Lyon (AFP) Despite his spot-kick blunder against Austria, Cristiano Ronaldo will remain Portugal's penalty-taker and free-kick specialist at Euro 2016 and Wednesday's pivotal Group F match against Hungary.

Ronaldo won a Portugal record 128th cap in Saturday's goalless draw against the Austrians, a match which will be remembered for his penalty miss when he hit the post late in the second half.

Vargas eyes more goals as Chile face Colombia in Copa semi-finals

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Chicago (AFP) Eduardo Vargas will aim to extend his astonishing goalscoring record in the Copa America on Wednesday when holders Chile face Colombia in the semi-finals at Soldier Field.

After a remarkable four-goal display in the 7-0 destruction of Mexico in the quarter-finals, Vargas has now amassed 10 goals in two editions of the Copa America in the space of a year.

Coleman calls for Irish ‘heroes’ against Italy in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Seamus Coleman believes the Republic of Ireland can claim another famous win over Italy on Wednesday and make themselves "heroes" by qualifying for the Euro 2016 knockout stage.

Ireland go into their final Group E game in Lille with just a single point and must win on a shocking surface at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy if they are to reach the knockout phase.

Italy not taking Ireland Euro 2016 game lightly, says Conte

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Lille (France) (AFP) Italy will not take their foot off the gas in Wednesday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland despite already being through to the knockout stage, coach Antonio Conte promised.

Having won their opening two games against Belgium and Sweden, the Azzurri have already been confirmed as winners of Group E and are preparing for a last-16 tie at the Stade de France next Monday.

France expels Russian football activist for second time

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Paris (AFP) France moved Tuesday to expel for a second time a Russian football activist accused of stirring street violence at Euro 2016, as police again fired water cannon and tear gas at fans.

Alexander Shprygin, who has been linked to far-right groups in Russia, will likely be flown to Moscow after he was moved to Paris from Toulouse where he was detained on Monday, according to police.

Maradona and the ‘Hand of God’ goal, 30 years on

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Buenos Aires (AFP) It was a day to live in footballing infamy, a day when the two contrasting sides of Diego Maradona were displayed to the world in the space of four breathtaking minutes at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium.

Thirty years after Maradona's "Hand of God" goal against England at the 1986 World Cup and the magnificent solo effort which followed it the controversy continues to resonate like no other.

Poland coach Nawalka hails historic qualification

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Marseille (AFP) Poland coach Adam Nawalka hailed his side's dogged work to qualify for the last-16 at Euro 2016 after their 1-0 win against Ukraine on Tuesday.

"For the first time in Polish history we have qualified from the Euros group stage, the first time in three attempts," he said.

With two 1-0 wins in Group C against Northern Ireland and Ukraine either side of a scoreless draw against Germany, Poland finished in second place in the group on goal difference.

New FIFA number two Samoura starts work

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Zurich (AFP) FIFA's new general secretary Fatma Samoura officially started work Tuesday, becoming the first woman and non-European to hold the powerful post at the scandal-tainted organisation.

Samoura was named to the job in May, in a surprise move by FIFA president Gianni Infantino, who has sought to repair the reputation of world football's governing body since over taking over from the disgraced Sepp Blatter.

UEFA orders Lille Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA has ordered the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium to be hastily relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland because of "irreversible damage" caused by bad weather.

Italy were furious that they were being forced to play on the surface before it is changed.

Germany’s Mueller back to his old self in Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) After an underwhelming start to Euro 2016, Germany's Thomas Mueller bounced back to his commanding self in the 1-0 win against Northern Ireland that sent the world champions into the knockout round.

The Bayern Munich striker set up Mario Gomez for Germany's opening goal and hit the woodwork twice in the first half and it was remarkable that Germany failed to turn their domination into more goals against limited opponents.

McGovern fearful of Northern Ireland Euro 2016 exit

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland goalkeeper Michael McGovern said that elimination from Euro 2016 would be a bitter blow after his side lost 1-0 to Germany in Paris on Tuesday.

McGovern, who plays for Scottish club Hamilton Academical, made a string of saves to limit the damage at Parc des Princes, but Mario Gomez's 30th-minute strike was enough for Germany to reach the last 16 as Group C winners.

Mueller bemoans Germany’s missed chances in Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Star striker Thomas Mueller said Germany were too "greedy" handling their multitude of chances against Northern Ireland but have got better.

"The goals were missing. We were greedy," Mueller said after the 1-0 win that ensured Germany finished on top of Group C.

"There were improvements in our play, but of course we aren't 100 percent happy.

Gomez guides Germany into Euro 2016 knockouts

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Paris (AFP) Mario Gomez struck as world champions Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in Paris onTuesday to qualify for the Euro 2016 knockout phase as winners of Group C.

Drafted in to address the goal-scoring problems witnessed in Germany's 0-0 draw with Poland, the on-loan Besiktas striker netted from Thomas Mueller's pass in the 30th minute at Parc des Princes.

Poland ease into Euro last-16 over hapless Ukraine

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Marseille (AFP) A second half strike by substitute Jakub Blaszczykowski booked Poland's ticket into the last-16 at Euro 2016 and sent hapless Ukraine home without a point.

The 30-year-old Fiorentina veteran had been rested by coach Adam Nawalka who made four changes in all but scored minutes from his introduction at halftime to decide the tie.

Ireland coach O’Neill preaches patience against Italy in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Martin O'Neill has urged his Republic of Ireland side to be patient when they face Italy in Lille on Wednesday in their final group game at Euro 2016 needing a victory.

Ireland come into the game at the Stade Pierre-Mauroy bottom of Group E with just one point to their name so must win if they are to advance to the last 16 against an Italy side who are already through.

Hungary out to add to Ronaldo’s Euro 2016 misery, stay top

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Lyon (AFP) Surprise Group F leaders Hungary will look to prolong Cristiano Ronaldo's misery in front of goal and secure first place when they face Portugal at Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

The Hungarians have raised eyebrows in France, backing up their 2-0 win over Austria with a 1-1 draw with Iceland, to top a group Portugal had been favourites to win.

Marseille police use water cannon against Euro 2016 football fans

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Marseille (AFP) French police used water cannon and tear gas on football fans amid ugly incidents in Marseille ahead of the Euro 2016 match Tuesday between Ukraine and Poland, an AFP reporter said.

Several people were seen being detained.

The troubles heightened tensions among supporters massed at a roundabout near the Marseille stadium, causing shoving and many to run in panic.

Ukraine coach to quit after Euro 2016 exit

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Kiev (AFP) Ukraine coach Mykhaylo Fomenko on Tuesday announced he was quitting after a hugely disappointing performance saw his team suffer the ignominious fate of being the first knocked out of Euro 2016.

Fomenko said he will leave his job after Ukraine play Poland in Marseille later Tuesday in their final game at the tournament.

Poland’s Rybus signs for Lyon

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Lyon (AFP) Poland international defender Maciej Rybus has signed for three years with Lyon, the French Ligue 1 side said on Tuesday.

"He completes the defensive lineup and numerically fills in for Henri Bedimo (end of contract)," said Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Coach Bruno Genesio praised Rybus as "a technical player, very good at an offensive level, quick".

Black leaves Villa after caretaker role

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London (AFP) Eric Black left relegated Aston Villa on Tuesday following the recent arrival of new manager Roberto di Matteo.

Black took over as Villa's caretaker manager following the sacking of Remi Garde in March, but the 52-year-old failed to win a single game as his team crashed out of the Premier League.

Milan sell on-loan El Shaarawy to Roma

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Rome (AFP) Italy international forward Stephan El Shaarawy has made his loan move from AC Milan to Roma permanent, the capital club said on Tuesday.

The 23-year-old was loaned from the seven-time European champions in January with an option to make the deal permanent for 13 million euros ($14.

Real Madrid to buy back Morata from Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Real Madrid will exercise their right to buy back the contract of their former player Álvaro Morata from Juventus, the Spanish club confirmed on Tuesday.

"Real Madrid have informed JuventusFC of their decision to salvage the federative rights on the playerÁlvaro Morata, who will join up with the first team for pre-season training under the command of Zinedine Zidane," the Madrid club said in a brief statement.

Watch USA vs. Argentina for free with fuboTV

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USA plays Argentina tonight in a must-see Copa America Centenario semi-final, and we have the details on how you can watch it for free with a 24-hour trial to fuboTV.

Whether you're a cord cutter, going to be at work or away from home or if you prefer watching games on your computer, smartphone, tablet, Roku, Apple TV or smart TV, fuboTV will bring you live Spanish-language coverage from Univision Deportes with no strings attached.

Ibrahimovic to quit international duty after Euro 2016

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Nice (France) (AFP) Sweden's superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Tuesday he will retire from international football after Euro 2016.

"The last game with Sweden in the Euro will be my last game with Sweden. So I hope it won't be tomorrow," Ibrahimovic, 34, told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's final Group E game against Belgium in Nice.

UEFA orders Euro 2016 stadium pitch relaid

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Lille (France) (AFP) UEFA said Tuesday that the pitch at the Lille Euro 2016 stadium has suffered "irreversible damage" from bad weather and will be relaid after Wednesday's game between Italy and the Republic of Ireland.

"The extremely difficult weather conditions in the past few weeks (rain, humidity, lack of sunshine) have caused irreversible damage to the surface at the stadium," said a UEFA statement.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic to quit international football after Euro 2016

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Nice (France) (AFP) Sweden's superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Tuesday he will retire from international football after Euro 2016.

"The last game with Sweden in the Euro will be my last game with Sweden. So I hope it won't be tomorrow," Ibrahimovic, 34, told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's final Group E game against Belgium in Nice.

Ibrahimovic to quit international football after Euro 2016

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Nice (France) (AFP) Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic announced on Tuesday he will retire from international football after Euro 2016.

"Sweden's last match at the Euros will be my last match with Sweden. So I really hope it won't be tomorrow," Ibrahimovic told a press conference ahead of Wednesday's final Group E game against Belgium in Nice.

Germany target group win, Spain want easier path at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Joachim Loew's world champions Germany face Northern Ireland on Tuesday seeking top spot in their group and a place in the Euro 2016 knockout phase while title-holders Spain are out to avoid a heavyweight clash with Italy down the line.

A draw in Paris would be enough for Germany to progress to the last 16 in Paris, and Poland can join their neighbours by avoiding defeat to already eliminated Ukraine in Marseille.

Real Madrid set to buy back Morata: Juventus

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Rome (AFP) Real Madrid are set to exercise their right to buy back the contract of Spanish international Álvaro Morata from Juventus, the Serie A club said on Tuesday.

"Real have informed us that they will exercise their right to repurchase Morata. In the coming days, they will put it in writing," Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta Marotta said in comments reported by Gazzetta dello Sport.

Where to find Spain vs. Croatia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Spain vs. Croatia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Spain has already guaranteed advancement to the next stage of Euro 2016, so while Vicente del Bosque could play some of the Spain footballers who haven't had many minutes so far, Spain will want to draw or win to guarantee that they finish atop their group so they have an easier game in the next round.

Where to find USA vs. Argentina on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Argentina in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

The USA faces Argentina, the current number one team in the world, in the Copa America Centenario semi-final. The winner goes on to the final on Sunday against either Colombia or Chile.

Bale says Wales happy to take plaudits after trouncing Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale insists Wales will not be celebrating to excess but said the tournament debutants will happily soak up the plaudits as they wait to find out their last 16 opponents at their "amazing" Euro 2016.

On only their second appearance at a major finals following their elimination to a Pele winner for Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, Wales have returned to the international football stage with a bang.

Where to find Poland vs. Ukraine on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Poland vs. Ukraine in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

While Ukraine are out of Euro 2016 and have no chance of advancing to the next stage, Poland will want to draw or win this match in order to ensure they can advance to the Knockout Round.

US will attack Argentina in Copa semis, coach Klinsmann promises

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Houston (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann promised his team would go "eye to eye" with Argentina here Tuesday when the two teams meet for a place in the final of the Copa America Centenario.

Argentina will start as heavy favorites for the semi-final showdown at Houston's NRG Stadium, with an array of attacking led by Lionel Messi.

Hodgson says ‘someone will pay’ for England frustration

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson vowed that a looming Euro 2016 opponent will "pay" for his side's domination of games but failure to score.

Hodgson, whose contract ends after the European Championship finals, admitted his frustration after the 0-0 draw with Slovakia that meant the team finished second in Group B behind rivals Wales.

Russia’s coach Slutsky to leave after Euro 2016 failure

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said he will quit to let someone else run the 2018 World Cup hosts' national team as he apologised for their failure at Euro 2016.

After a campaign tainted by football hooliganism, Russia dropped out of the European Championship finals following defeats by Slovakia and Wales.

Germany eye last 16, Spain target easier path at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany headline a host of sides chasing places in the Euro 2016 knockout phase on Tuesday while title-holders Spain are out to avoid a heavyweight clash with Italy.

Joachim Loew's team will progress to the last 16 with a draw against Northern Ireland in Paris, and Poland can join their neighbours by avoiding defeat to already eliminated Ukraine in Marseille.

Ireland seek historical ‘bounce’ against Italy in Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) The Republic of Ireland can take inspiration from one of the finest moments in their footballing history as they face Italy in Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

Ireland come into their final game in Group E in Lille with a single point. They know that anything less than a win will end their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.

Santos backs misfiring Ronaldo for Euro 2016 Hungary clash

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Lyon (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos is backing misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo to break his Euro 2016 duck by netting against Hungary on Wednesday to help fire his side into the last 16.

Ronaldo is still waiting for his opening goal in France to become the first person to score at four consecutive European championship finals.

Back-on-track Belgium eye progress over goal-shy Swedes

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Nice (France) (AFP) Reinvigorated by Romelu Lukaku's goals, Belgium take on under-par Sweden on Wednesday with both sides still in the hunt for a Euro 2016 last-16 berth.

Neither side can catch Group E leaders Italy having both lost to the Azzurri. But after a slow start Marc Wilmots' Belgium travel to the Stadium Nice with their campaign mounting.

Last chance for stuttering Austria to salvage Euro 2016 campaign

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Paris (AFP) Marcel Koller's Austria have one "uncomfortable" last chance to salvage their Euro 2016 campaign in their final group game against Iceland at the Stade de France on Wednesday.

Touted as dark horses before the tournament, Austria have struggled to reproduce their impressive qualifying form and are bottom of Group F with just one point.

Where to find Germany vs. Northern Ireland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Northern Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Group C in Euro 2016 is wide open. Both Germany and Northern Ireland have a chance of qualifying for the Knockout Round of the competition. With Ukraine out of the competition, it's between Poland, Germany and Northern Ireland to decide who will end up in first, second and third place.

Hungary’s amateur African all-stars battle prejudice

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Budapest (AFP) The bongo drum means only one thing in Hungarian football: Internationale CDF, a team mostly of African immigrants ripping up the amateur leagues and challenging prejudices, are on the pitch.

"We go win forever! We love Jesus!" roars the dreadlocked Theophilus, 38, the team's self-appointed spiritual healer and djembe drummer, during a recent away match in the industrial town of Tiszaujvaros.

Misfiring England leave Hodgson exposed at Euro 2016

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England's frustrating 0-0 draw with Slovakia at Euro 2016 has left manager Roy Hodgson facing a wave of criticism over his inability to make his talent-packed squad click.

Despite 29 attempts at goal, England had to settle for a draw in Saint-Etienne on Monday, consigning them to second place behind Wales in Group B and setting them on a quarter-final collision course with hosts France.

Two Britons still in coma after Euro 2016 attacks

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Marseille (AFP) Two England supporters gravely injured in football violence at the European Championship finals in Marseille remain in a coma, officials said Tuesday.

Andrew Bache, 51, and Stewart Gray, 47, are in a "stable condition" but still fighting for their lives, the officials said.

They were two of 35 mainly British victims of the violence on June 11, much of which has been blamed on Russian supporters.

Bale off the beers as Wales soak up Euro plaudits

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale insists Wales will be staying off the beers but said the tournament debutants will happily soak up the plaudits as they wait to find out their last 16 opponents at their "amazing" Euro 2016.

On only their second appearance at a major finals following their elimination to a Pele winner for Brazil in the quarter-finals of the 1958 World Cup, Wales have returned to the international football stage with a bang.

Russian football fan leader ‘probably’ expelled from France Tuesday: police

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Paris (AFP) Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin is expected to be expelled from France for a second time on Tuesday after he sneaked back into the country to watch his country play, police said.

"Measures have been taken and they are being finalised," a police source said.

Tips for getting tickets to sold-out USA vs. Argentina game

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Tickets for tonight's game between the United States and Argentina are sold out.

The Copa America Centenario semi-final, which will kick off at 9pm ET tonight at NRG Stadium in Houston, will feature several star players including Lionel Messi, Angel Di Maria, Clint Dempsey, Sergio Aguero, Michael Bradley and many more.

Watch USA vs. Argentina for free with Sling TV

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USA faces Argentina on Tuesday night in the Copa America semi-final in a massive game for both countries. If you're planning on watching the game, you can watch USA vs. Argentina for free with Sling TV or via one of the cable/satelliteoptions. We've included all of the possibilities below.

After defeating Costa Rica, Paraguay and Ecuador, the USA will play Argentina in Houston, Texas.

Hodgson happy, but frustrated with England Euro 2016 draw

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson praised England's performance against Slovakia on Monday, but admitted his frustrations with the goalless draw that left the Three Lions second in Group B at Euro 2016.

"I have to say I don't think we could have done too much more than we did we dominated the game from start to finish and had so many attempts and so many chances as well, and one day we're going to put those chances away," Hodgson told ITV.

England are better than Wales: Slovakia’s Kozak

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England might have qualified second in Group B behind Wales at Euro 2016, but the Three Lions are better than Chris Coleman's Dragons, according to Slovakia coach Jan Kozak.

Roy Hodgson's England secured their place in the knock-out phase, but lost their status as Group B winners to Wales, after being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia on Monday.

Croatia crowd fears overshadow Spain Euro 2016 clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Fears over their fans and the fitness of Luka Modric have overshadowed Croatia's preparations for their bid to secure a last 16 place at Euro 2016 against two-time defending European champions Spain on Tuesday.

The Croatian football federation were fined 100,000 euros ($113,000) on Monday after flares were lobbed onto the Saint-Etienne pitch during the 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

USA vs. Argentina preview: USA faces date with destiny and Lionel Messi

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Thursday's win over Ecuador was one of the biggest wins in US Soccer history. With that win, the US is now into the semi-finals of the Copa America for only the second time. Jurgen Klinsmann said before the start of the tournament that reaching the semi-finals was the goal for the US, and that goal has been met.

US will attack Argentina in Copa: Klinsmann

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Houston (AFP) United States coach Jurgen Klinsmann promised his team would go "eye to eye" with Argentina here Tuesday when the two teams meet for a place in the final of the Copa America Centenario.

Argentina will start as heavy favorites for the semi-final showdown at Houston's NRG Stadium, with an array of attacking led by Lionel Messi.

Frustrated England progress after Slovakia draw

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson's England secured their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 but were condemned to finishing as runners-up in Group B after being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia on Monday.

Wales' 3-0 win over Russia in Toulouse meant the Three Lions dropped to second in the group, behind their neighbours.

Coleman ‘immensely proud’ as Wales top group

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman could not contain his joy as his team beat Russia 3-0 on Monday to qualify for the knockout phase of Euro 2016 as winners of Group B, ahead of England.

Man of the match Aaron Ramsey put Wales ahead in Toulouse before a rare goal by Neil Taylor doubled their lead and Gareth Bale's third goal in as many matches at the tournament secured a famous win.

Russia’s Slutsky says new coach needed after Euro elimination

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky said after his side's elimination from Euro 2016 on Monday that a new coach would prepare the country's team to host the World Cup in 2018.

"After a tournament like this you need someone else in charge," Slutsky said following the 3-0 defeat to Wales which left his side bottom of Group B.

Bale inspires as brilliant Wales into Euro 2016 last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia on Monday.

First-half strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor sent Chris Coleman's men well on their way to a comprehensive win in Toulouse against an overwhelmed Russian side.

England lacked ‘cutting edge’: Cahill

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England captain Gary Cahill said Monday his side had lacked "cutting edge" as they drew 0-0 with Slovakia and finished second in Group B to Wales.

"We tried and tried and they shut the door in our face," Cahill told ITV.

England coach Roy Hodgson made six changes to the line-up, but Cahill denied it had affected the result.

Hodgson happy with England despite Slovakia draw

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson praised his side for their performance against Slovakia on Monday despite a frustrating 0-0 draw that condemned them to second place in Euro 2016 Group B.

"I have to say I don't think we could have done too much more than we did we dominated the game from start to finish and had so many attempts and so many chances as well, and one day we're going to put those chances away," Hodgson told ITV.

Frustrated England progress at Euro 2016 after Slovakia draw

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson's England secured their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016, but lost their status as Group B winners, after being held to a goalless draw by Slovakia on Monday.

Wales' 3-0 win over Russia in Toulouse meant the Three Lions finish second in Group B.

Slovakia must now wait to see if they qualify as one of four best third-place best teams after their goalkeeper Matus Kozacik pulled off a string of saves some more luck than judgement.

Bale inspires as brilliant Wales into last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale struck his third goal in as many Euro 2016 games as brilliant Wales cruised into the last 16 as winners of Group B with a clinical 3-0 dismantling of Russia on Monday.

First-half strikes by Aaron Ramsey and Neil Taylor sent Chris Coleman's men well on their way to a comprehensive win in Toulouse against an overwhelmed Russian side, who were eliminated.

Croatia’s Modric, Rakitic offer Spain mirror image

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Bordeaux (AFP) Boasting the quality and experience of Real Madrid and Barcelona stars, Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic, Croatia's array of midfield talent provides a mirror image to Europan champions Spain's army of midfield maestros.

The two face off on Tuesday in a battle to top Euro 2016 Group D and avoid a murderers' row that could see second place in the group face Italy, France and Germany on route to the final in Paris on July 10.

Russian far-right agitator Shprygin arrested at Euro 2016 in France

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) French police on Monday arrested Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin watching his country at Euro 2016 just two days after being expelled from France over fan violence, the interior ministry said.

"Alexander Shprygin was arrested in the stadium this evening and placed in custody," ministry spokesman Pierre-Henry Brandet said.

Foreign Legion fighters spit on police at Euro stadium

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Nice (France) (AFP) Two Hungarian members of France's legendary Foreign Legion force spat on police who were trying to stop fighting in a Euro 2016 stadium, a French court was told Monday.

The two legionnaires were among five Hungarians and a Slovak who received jail terms of up to six months for the latest violence to hit the European Championship finals.

Brazil confederation confirms Tite as coach

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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) Brazil's football confederation (CBF) confirmed on Twitter on Monday the appointment of Tite as the new national team coach.

The news was first revealed by his former club Corinthians on Wednesday of last week.

"Tite is the new coach of Brazil," said a simple statement on the CBF Twitter account ahead of a press conference to introduce the 55-year-old.

Germany, N. Ireland set for Paris culture clash

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Paris (AFP) World champions Germany meet redoubtable underdogs Northern Ireland former postal workers and all in Paris on Tuesday with a place in the Euro 2016 knockout phase on the line.

While Germany are short of momentum following a 0-0 draw with Poland last week, Michael O'Neill's Northern Ireland are flying after beating Ukraine 2-0 to claim a first major tournament win in 34 years.

War hurt Ukraine’s Euro 2016 campaign, says sorry coach

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Marseille (AFP) Ukraine's two-year-old war stopped the country getting past the European Championship finals group stage, coach Mykhailo Fomolenko said Monday.

"Football in Ukraine is not an exceptional thing, in our lives we have a very hard situation, a conlict situation, football is influenced by that," Fomolenko told reporters in Marseilleahead of their final match against Poland.

Russian far-right agitator Shprygin arrested at Euro 2016 in France: ministry

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Paris (AFP) French police on Monday arrested Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin at his country's Euro 2016 match against Wales just two days after he was expelled from France over fan violence, the interior ministry said.

Shortly before his detention, Shprygin told AFP by telephone from the stadium: "I am at the match with a ticket.

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Croatia crowd trouble fears overshadow Spain clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Croatia can secure their place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 with just a point against two-time defending European champions Spain in Bordeaux on Tuesday.

However, fears over further disturbances from Croatian fans threatens the future participation of a richly talented squad including Real Madrid's Luka Modric.

Russian far-right agitator, expelled by France, says back at Euro 2016

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin, expelled from France at the weekend over fan violence at Euro 2016, told AFP Monday he returned to the country and was at Russia's match against Wales.

"The French authorities told me I was not deported but just expelled, my Schengen visa has not been cancelled and all the stamps are there.

Vokes starts up front for Wales against Russia

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Wales coach Chris Coleman sprung a surprise as Sam Vokes was handed a starting place alongside Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale for the crunch Euro 2016 Group B match with Russia on Monday.

Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored the winner in Wales' opening game against Slovakia after coming off the bench, started just in front of Bale in the 2-1 defeat to England last week but he now drops to the bench.

Foreign Legion troops spat on police in Euro stadium brawl

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Nice (France) (AFP) Two Hungarian members of France's legendary Foreign Legion force spat on police who were trying to stop fighting in a Euro 2016 stadium, a French court was told Monday.

The two were among five Hungarians and a Slovak who received jail terms of up to six months for the latest violence to hit the European Championship finals.

England start Vardy, Sturridge against Slovakia

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson made six changes to England's starting line-up for Monday's crunch Euro 2016 clash against Slovakia, including strikers Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge whileresting captain Wayne Rooney.

With Rooney amongst the replacements, centre-back Gary Cahill will captain the Three Lions at Saint-Etienne's Stade Geoffroy Guichard.

Hungary orchestra leaves opera to watch Euro 2016 game on TV

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Budapest (AFP) A Budapest orchestra did not let their opera performance get in the way of watching Hungary's Euro 2016 game, dashing backstage mid-show to watch a crucial game on TV.

With Hungary losing 1-0 against Iceland in a Group F tie, Hungarian RadioSymphonyOrchestra musicians downed instruments between Acts of Richard Wagner's "Siegfried" opera to catch the closing stages.

Former Bournemouth skipper first signing for Di Matteo

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London (AFP) Former Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick became Aston Villa manager Roberto di Matteo's first signing, the relegated Premier League side announced on Monday.

The 28-year-old defender who skippered 'The Cherries' to promotion to the Championship and then their historic elevation to the Premier League in the 2014/15 campaign cut short his honeymoon to return for a medical prior to signing a three year contract with Villa.

Schedule of soccer games after Copa America and Euro 2016 ends

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For soccer fans in the United States, we've been extremely fortunate to be having so much soccer on our TV sets from June 3 to July 10. But what happens after Euro 2016 ends? Will we be going from a summer of soccer into a drought?

Thankfully not. In addition to a ton of MLS, NASL and USL games this summer, there are plenty of other matches in store including the Olympics soccer matches (in August), International Champions Cup, as well as friendlies galore.

Pedro not happy playing Spain second fiddle

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Bordeaux (AFP) Spain winger Pedro Rodriguez has hinted he could retire from international football after being frustrated at his lack of playing time in the European champions' opening two Euro 2016 matches.

After a disappointing first season with Chelsea following a 30 million euro ($34 million) move from Barcelona, Pedro has played just eight minutes in one substitute appearance as Spain eased into the last 16 with two wins from their opening two matches over the Czech Republic and Turkey.

Croatia fined 100,000 euros over flares thrown at Euro

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Paris (AFP) UEFA's disciplinary committee on Monday fined Croatia 100,000 euros ($113,000) for flares thrown on the pitch by its fans that halted the Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic.

UEFA also ordered the Croatian federation, the HNS, not to sell tickets to fans "identified by the HNS and the Croatian authorities as hooligans.

Blanc on brink of PSG exit, says agent

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Paris (AFP) Laurent Blanc will quit Paris Saint Germain this week, French radio station Europe 1 said on Monday, quoting the coach's agent.

"Between now and the end of the week PSG and Laurent Blanc will part company," Jean-Pierre Bernes said via Europe 1's Twitter account.

Spaniard Unai Emery, who led Sevilla to three straight Europa League titles, is widely reported to be taking over the PSG hot seat.

Make memories, O’Neill tells N. Ireland

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill has challenged his players to make memories that last a lifetime ahead of Tuesday's final Euro 2016 group game against world champions Germany.

After beating Ukraine 2-0 last week, Northern Ireland need another victory to guarantee a last 16 place, but could also go through from Group C with a draw or even a defeat.

Euro 2016 last-16 berth in sight for Poland

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Marseille (AFP) Robert Lewandowski's Poland take on Ukraine on Tuesday in the final Euro 2016 Group C match for both sides with a draw enough to take the Poles through to the knockout stages.

Even a defeat in Marseille would still suit Poland if Northern Ireland lose to Germany, who Poland held to a scoreless draw in Paris on Thursday.

International Champions Cup TV schedule for US

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The International Champions Cup TV schedule for the United States has been announced. Beginning in late July, ten well-established soccer clubs from across Europe will be playing in the 2016 International Champions Cup. The teams feature La Liga champions Barcelona, Champions League winners Real Madrid, Premier League champions Leicester City, Ligue Un champions Paris Saint-Germain as well as Liverpool, Inter Milan, Celtic, Chelsea, Bayern Munich and AC Milan.

Adidas extends Germany deal worth 50 mn euros-plus a year

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Paris (AFP) Sportswear giant Adidas on Monday announced a deal worth over 50 million euros ($56.5 million) a year to remain Germany's kit supplier, doubling the amount it currently pays in the face of competition from Nike.

Adidas's current contract with the German Football Federation (DFB) to produce the world-renowned white and black jerseys is worth around 25 million euros a year.

Puma blames faulty fabric for torn Swiss jerseys at Euro 2016

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Berlin (AFP) German sportswear maker Puma Monday blamed a manufacturing flaw after several Swiss players had their jerseys torn in their Euro 2016 match with France a day earlier.

Its investigation had found that "there was a faulty batch of material in which the yarn was damaged during production," the company said in a statement.

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Premier League backs British vote to stay in EU

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London (AFP) Footballing powerhouse the Premier League weighed into Britain's referendum debate on Monday, saying a departure from EU would go against the "openness" of the league and all of its clubs.

"Nobody bears the scars more than me of having to go and negotiate in Brussels and try and organise things a little bit in our interests in terms of the European machine," Premier League executive chairman Richard Scudamore told BBC radio.

England and Bale’s Wales set sights on Euro 2016 knockouts

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PARIS (France) (AFP) Wayne Rooney's England and Gareth Bale and Wales will aim to cement their places in the Euro 2016 knockout phase on Monday in two high-security matches.

England take on Slovakia in Saint-Etienne while Wales play Russia in Toulouse with all four nations still in with a chance of reaching the next round.

Golden Japanese oldie ‘Kazu’ breaks goal record – at 49

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Tokyo (AFP) Twinkle-toed former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura proved he has no plans to shuffle off into the sunset after the 49-year-old rewrote his own record as the J-League's oldest goalscorer.

"King Kazu", who is playing in his 31st season as a professional, scored with a rare header for Yokohama FC on Sunday in his side's 2-1 defeat at home to FC Gifu in the Japanese second division.

Adidas extends kit deal with German football team

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Paris (AFP) German sportswear giant Adidas said Monday it had agreed a four-year deal to remain kit supplier to the German football team until 2022 worth more than 50 million euros ($56.5 million) a year.

The agreement with the world champions, announced in Paris during Euro 2016, came in the face of competition from US giant Nike for the prestigious contract.

Real Madrid, Juventus open Pogba talks: agent

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Madrid (AFP) Real Madrid and Juventus have opened talks concerning the possible transfer of French international Paul Pogba to Madrid, the player's agent Mino Raiola revealed on Monday.

"The will of Zidane (Zinedine) is important, that of the club too. But we are currently only at the stage of contact, not yet at negotiations," Raiola said in an interview with Spanish sports daily Marca.

USA awaits Argentina after Messi and co. defeat Venezuela in Copa America

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Even before the droves of Argentina and Venezuela fans descended upon Foxborough, Massachusetts Saturdaynight for the Copa America Centenario quarter-final, many people were expecting a comfortable victory for Argentina. So, when Gonzalo Higuain scored the game's opening goal after just eight minutes, things seemed to be going according to plan.

England vs. Slovakia preview: Hodgson still searching for his best starting XI

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The supposedly conservative England manager Roy Hodgson surprised many when he picked five strikers alongside offensive midfielders Adam Lallana, Raheem Sterling, Dele Alli and Ross Barkley in his final 23-man squad for the UEFA Euro 2016. With just three specialist center backs, the plan was clearly to outscore the opponent.

Where to find England vs. Slovakia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch England vs. Slovakia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

In the third and final game for England in Group A at Euro 2016, the Three Lions face a stiff test against a Slovakia team that impressively defeated Russia. Both teams have something to play for in this game, so an early goal in this match could open the game up and make it a thriller.

USA vs. Argentina preview and Euro 2016 review: EuroCopa Podcast

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Welcome to the latest episode of the EuroCopa Soccer Podcast, the digital download focused on Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016.

In this episode, the EuroCopa Podcast host Nipun Chopra is joined by Robert Hay Jr. and Kartik Krishnaiyer to analyze and review the Copa America quarter-finals, as well as previewing the semi-finals and focusing on USA's chances against Argentina.

Deschamps encouraged as Pogba repays faith

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hailed Paul Pogba's "great, great potential" after the midfielder put a difficult week behind him to shine in Sunday's 0-0 draw with Switzerland.

The Juventus star was one of few bright spots in a drab final Euro 2016 Group A game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, twice clipping the crossbar and testing Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer with a crisp half-volley.

Euro 2016 last-16 berth in sight for Poland past Ukraine

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Marseille (AFP) Robert Lewandowski's Poland take on already eliminated Ukraine on Tuesday in the final Euro 2016 Group C match for both sides with a draw enough to take the Poles through to the knockout stages.

Even a defeat would suffice for coach Adam Nawalka's side if Northern Ireland lose to Germany, who Poland held to a scoreless draw in the Stade de France in Paris on Thursday.

Where to find Wales vs. Russia on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Wales vs. Russia in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The match between Wales and Russia could have plenty of ramifications on how Group B finishes. With a victory, Wales will advance to the Knockout Round, but even a lopsided win for Russia could give them an opportunity to advance as one of the best third place teams in the competition.

US dream of Copa shock against Argentina

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Houston (AFP) Jurgen Klinsmann is daring to dream that the United States can pull off mission improbable in the Copa America Centenario semi-finals here Tuesday as the hosts face a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina closing in on a long-awaited tournament triumph.

Klinsmann has already met his pre-tournament goal of reaching the last four after helping his side navigate a challenging group phase and an awkward quarter-final against in-form Ecuador.

Mueller steels Germany for Northern Ireland clash at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Thomas Mueller has defended Germany's misfiring forwards ahead of their pivotal final Euro 2016 Group C game against Northern Ireland on Tuesday.

The world champions opened their campaign with a scratchy 2-0 win over Ukraine and then drew 0-0 with Poland, leaving them needing at least a point from their last pool match in Paris to be sure of a place in the next round.

Northern Ireland’s Will Grigg ‘is on fire’ – but on the bench

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Paris (AFP) Northern Ireland striker Will Grigg will hear thousands of supporters sing his name in the Euro 2016 match against Germany on Tuesday and he probably won't even be on the pitch.

A re-working of the 1996 dance track "Freed from Desire" by Gala featuring a tribute to Grigg in place of the original words has become a hugely popular chant wherever the Northern Irish have played in France.

Hotshot Demba Ba extends scoring streak in Chinese Super League

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Shanghai (AFP) Former Chelsea striker Demba Ba hit a hat-trick in Shanghai Shenhua's 4-0 win over Hangzhou Greentown as he extended his lead as the Chinese Super League's top-scorer.

The Senegalese marksman struck in the 42nd, 74th and 81st minutes his second hat-trick of the season to propel his team to fifth in the table and reach a personal tally of 12 goals in 14 games.

Striding Sissoko stakes claim for France role at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) With a purposeful display against Switzerland, France's Moussa Sissoko served notice that he can bring drive and dynamism to the Euro 2016 hosts' problematic midfield.

Aligned alongside Yohan Cabaye and Paul Pogba in a three-man midfield, Sissoko impressed as France recorded a 0-0 draw against the Swiss in Lille on Sunday that took them into the last 16 as Group A winners.

Russia won’t man-mark ‘superstar’ Bale in Euro 2016 clash

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia coach Leonid Slutsky says his side will not focus on Real Madrid "superstar" Gareth Bale and insists they are favourites against Wales as they look to save their Euro 2016 campaign with a win in Toulouse Monday.

Bale has struck twice for Wales, in a 2-1 win over Slovakia and a 2-1 defeat to England that has left Chris Coleman's men on the verge of a place in the last 16 on their European Championship debut.

Albania’s day in the sun thoroughly deserved

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This was a long time coming. Almost 70 years after playing their first international fixture in Tirana against Yugoslavia in the wake of World War II, Albania finally scored its first goal and a victory in a major tournament.

While the world focused on a forgettable 0-0 draw between Switzerland and France on the final day of Group A play at Euro 2016, the competition's ultimate footballing minnows rode a late first half goal from Armando Sadiku of FC Zurich to a thrilling, heartwarming 1-0 win over Romania.

Ronaldo, Zlatan among big names failing to fire at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) They scored a combined 203 goals last season, but superstar forwards Cristiano Ronaldo, Robert Lewandowski, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Thomas Mueller and Harry Kane have yet to find the net at Euro 2016.

A new, extended 24-team format was expected to give Europe's finest poachers the opportunity to boost their goalscoring stats in a battle royale to claim the tournament's golden boot.

Joy in Albania at historic win

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Tirana (AFP) Thousands of Albanians celebrated wildly in the streets of the capital Tiranaon Sunday after the national football team secured its first ever victory in a major international finals.

Car horns blared and red flags stamped with the black eagle of Albania flew while flares lit up the night sky.

Five things on Albania after their first Euro 2016 win

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Paris (AFP) Five things about Albania who scored their first goal and won their first game in a major tournament against Romania at Euro 2016 on Sunday:

Sadiku demands game time

Albania's goalscoring hero Armando Sadiku was FC Zurich's leading scorer last season when he demanded to go out on loan to get more playing time so he could make it into Albania's Euro 2016 squad.

‘Mission accomplished’ for France: Deschamps

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps said his team had fulfilled their initial objectives after qualifying as winners of Euro 2016 Group A following a 0-0 draw with Switzerland on Sunday.

The host nation largely controlled the game at Lille's Stade Pierre-Mauroy, with Paul Pogba twice hitting the bar and substitute Dimitri Payet also leaving the woodwork quivering with an emphatic late volley.

Pogba shines as France top Euro 2016 group

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba shone through the mediocrity as hosts France secured top spot in Euro 2016 Group A following a subdued 0-0 draw with Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

A game that featured a substandard pitch, ripped Switzerland shirts and a burst ball concluded in a mutually convenient result that allowed the Swiss to join Didier Deschamps's France in the last 16.

Albania face wait after historic win over Romania

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Lyon (AFP) Armando Sadiku scored Albania's first goal at a major tournament in a historic 1-0 win over Romania on Sunday to keep alive their slender hopes of progressing to the Euro 2016 knockout phase.

Sadiku headed home the game's only goal after 43 minutes in Lyon to leave debutants Albania facing an anxious wait to see if they qualify from Group A as one of the four best third-placed teams.

Adebayor mourns ‘great loss’ of Keshi

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Lome (AFP) Togo skipper Emmanuel Adebayor on Sunday mourned the "great loss to African football" of Stephen Keshi, the former Nigerian international and coach who died from a heart attack at the age of 54 earlier this month.

Crystal Palace striker Adebayor was playing in an exhibition game in Lome organised to pay homage to Keshi, who coached Togo to the 2006 World Cup finals in Germany.

Vardy set to stay at Leicester: Wenger

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London (AFP) Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger appears ready to give up his pursuit of Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy after saying Sunday he believe the England forward will stay with the Premier League champions.

"Jamie Vardy is, at the moment, at Leicester and from what I know, he will stay at Leicester," Wenger said in an interview with Chinese TV.

‘Normal’ that Spain are Euro favourites: Silva

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Saint-Martin-de-Ré (France) (AFP) Manchester City midfielder David Silva believes it is "normal" that two-time defending champions Spain have been made the bookies' favourites after a scintillating start to their Euro 2016 campaign.

Vicente del Bosque's men have already secured their place in the last 16 after sweeping aside Turkey 3-0 on Friday after opening with a 1-0 win over the Czech Republic.

DR Congo only Cosafa Cup winners to avoid penalty drama

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Johannesburg (AFP) Democratic Republic of Congo beat Mozambique 1-0 on Sunday in Namibia in the only Cosafa Cup quarter-final not decided by a penalty shootout.

Nelson Munganga scored the lone goal of the southern Africa championship tie after 37 minutes at Sam Nujoma Stadium in Windhoek with a looping far-post header off a corner.

Romania ring changes for Albania clash

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Lyon (AFP) Romania coach Anghel Iordanescu made wholesale changes to his team for Sunday's crucial Group A match against Albania in Lyon.

Alexandru Matel replaced the injured Razvan Rat at left-back with Denis Alibec handed a start up front. Ovidiu Hoban, Adrian Popa and Nicolae Stanciu were all recalled after the 1-1 draw with Switzerland.

Pogba, Griezmann back for France in Euro 2016, Payet rested

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Lille (France) (AFP) Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann returned and in-form playmaker Dimitri Payet was rested for Euro 2016 hosts France's final Group A game against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Juventus star Pogba and Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann both started Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania on the bench, with Pogba coming on at half-time and Griezmann scoring the 90th-minute opener after entering the fray in the 68th minute.

Lafferty hopes for chance against Germany

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Saint-Georges-de-Reneins (France) (AFP) Despite scoring seven goals to help Northern Ireland qualify for Euro 2016, hot-shot striker Kyle Lafferty says there is no guarantee he will start against world champions Germany on Tuesday.

The goals scored by the 28-year-old Norwich City ace were a key factor in Northern Ireland reaching the European championships finals for the first time.

Paris last-16 tie not England’s priority, says Hodgson

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England coach Roy Hodgson wants his side to beat Slovakia on Monday to set up a more forgiving path to the tournament's latter stages and not just to secure a last-16 match in Paris.

Hodgson's side need a point at Saint-Etienne's Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on Monday to advance to the knockout phase.

Slovakia’s Skrtel out to kick it against England

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Slovakia captain Martin Skrtel will do whatever it takes to win in Monday's crunch Euro 2016 clash against England including making sure Liverpool team-mate Daniel Sturridge has a quiet game.

With a last 16 place at stake both teams need at least a point in Saint-Etienne to be sure of reaching the knockout phase of the European Championship finals.

Russian fans ‘provoked’ by English – Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has claimed Russian fans who attacked England supporters in Marseille last week were simply acting after being "provoked" by their English counterparts.

Three Russian fans were handed jail terms by the French authorities last week for their role in attacking England supporters.

Slicker Wales can secure Euro 2016 last 16 place: Coleman

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) An improved passing game can provide Gareth Bale with the platform to fire Wales into the last 16 of Euro 2016 against Russia, says coach Chris Coleman.

After opening their Group B campaign with an encouraging 2-1 win over Slovakia that saw Bale open his Euros account after 10 minutes, the Real Madrid forward's second free-kick goal of the tournament couldn't prevent a 2-1 defeat to rivals England.

Hooligan Facebook threat ahead of Euro 2016 Croatia-Spain

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Zagreb (AFP) Hardcore supporters of Croatian club Hajduk Split, suspected of throwing flares during the Euro 2016 match against the Czech Republic, have threatened on Facebook to also disrupt the next game against Spain.

UEFA have brought charges after at least 10 flares were lobbed from the Croatian corner of the Saint-Etienne stadium during the 2-2 draw with Czech Republic on Friday.

Football fans should “fight elsewhere”, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Football fans should ‘fight elsewhere’, says Russia striker

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Russia striker Fedor Smolov has called for a stop to fan violence inside the stadiums of Euro 2016, saying fans should "fight elsewhere".

Wales face Russia on Monday in a high risk Group B clash the Russians must win to have any chance of qualifying for the last 16 of the tournament.

Stay safe, Hodgson urges England fans

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson has urged fans to stay out of trouble at Monday's Euro 2016 clash against Slovakia and for those without tickets to avoid coming to Saint-Etienne.

Violent clashes in Marseille overshadowed England's 1-1 draw with Russia in their opening game just over a week ago.

Recreativo de Huelva face a race against time to avoid extinction

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The eyes of the soccer world, quite rightly, are tuned to a pair of rather big international tournaments, Euro 2016 and Copa Centenario. However by the time both competitions end, Spain could see it's oldest club disappear from existence.

Recreativo de Huelva requires 2 million euros by June 30 in order to survive.

Hodgson future depends on Euro success – Dyke

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Roy Hodgson's future as England manager depends on how well the team fare at Euro 2016, Football Association chairman Greg Dyke said in a BBC radio interview broadcast on Sunday.

Dyke, who steps down this month, said that Hodgson's contract, which is due to expire at the end of the tournament, will be extended if the team "do well" and "play well" in France.

It’s a dog’s life for Germany’s Goetze

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany's World Cup winner Mario Goetze has brushed off criticism of his form at Euro 2016 by insisting, "sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree".

The 24-year-old's star has fallen since Goetze came off the bench and scored the winning goal in extra time for Germany in the 2014 World Cup final.

‘Nice’ Iceland fans prefer hugs to hooliganism

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Marseille (AFP) A week after England and Russia supporters clashed and while flare-throwing and fighting have marred games elsewhere, fans of tiny Iceland say they prefer hugs to hooliganism at Euro 2016.

Having the time of their lives, Icelanders told AFP in Marseille they have come to their first ever European Championships to have fun and feel part of Europe.

Messi record as Argentina thrash Venezuela in Copa quarters

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Foxborough (United States) (AFP) Lionel Messi scored a record-equalling 54th international goal as Argentina outclassed Venezuela 4-1 to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

The Barcelona superstar onSaturday scored his fourth goal of the tournament in the 60th minute at the Gillette Stadium to equal Gabriel Batistuta's long-time Argentina international goalscoring record.

France eye Swiss bliss route to Euro 2016 last 16

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Paris (AFP) Already assured of a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016, hosts France are looking to round off Group A with a third straight win when they face Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Despite a 100 percent record, Didier Deschamps's men have so far failed to deliver on their status of pre-tournament favourites, needing late winners to see off the challenge of Romania and Albania.

Hodgson mulls striker options for Euro 2016 clash with Slovakia

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) England take on Slovakia on Monday in the key battle for first place in Group B at Euro 2016 with Roy Hodgson mulling over which of his strikers to deploy.

Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge proved their form by coming off the bench to dig England out of trouble in their 2-1 win over Wales in Lens.

Wales ready to qualify for last 16, says Bale

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale said Wales' Euro 2016 fate is in their own hands as they look to qualify for the last 16 in a potentially high-risk match against Russia in Toulouse.

Real Madrid forward Bale has been inspirational in Wales' European Championship debut, hitting the net in a 2-1 win over Slovakia and again in the 2-1 defeat to England in Lens.

Ronaldo ‘sad’ after night to forget at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo crashed a penalty against the woodwork, blowing the chance to write his name into European Championship history, as Portugal stumbled to a second draw against Austria.

Ronaldo was foiled again in his bid to become the first player to score at four consecutive European Championship finals.

Beer, batons and lessons from battle of Marseille

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Marseille (AFP) The Pizzeria du Sud was selling record amounts of beer to England fans when a group of Russians in near-military formation burst into the square near the Marseille seafront.

The beatings, broken bottles, tear gas, court cases and diplomatic shouting that followed came as a stark warning ahead of Russia's third Euro 2016 match on Monday against Wales.

Sling TV brings FOX, ESPN, beIN SPORTS and Univision Deportes together in one subscription

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In a major development for streaming, Sling TV is now offeringcustomers the opportunity to bundle FOX and ESPN channels together in addition to a long list of sports, news and entertainment channels.

For soccer fans specifically, it's now possible for the first time ever to subscribe to ESPN, ESPN2, FOX, FS1, FS2, beIN SPORTS, Univision Deportes, UniMas and other networks without the need to have a cable or satellite TV subscription.

Vargas scores four as Chile thrash Mexico 7-0

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Santa Clara (United States) (AFP) Eduardo Vargas scored four goals as holders Chile sent Mexico spinning to a historic 7-0 defeat to reach the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

Hoffenheim forward Vargas completed a hat-trick in 13 devastating minutes either side of half-time to send Chile into a semi-final against Colombia in Chicago on Wednesday.

Where to find France vs. Switzerland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Switzerland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Despite France having already qualified for the knockout round of the competition, today's match against Switzerland will determine who finishes in first and second place, which will have a big impact on who the opponent will be in the next round.

Where to find Romania vs. Albania on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Romania vs. Albania in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Depending on what happens in the France-Switzerland, everything is still to play for in the Eastern European match between Romania and Albania. Both teams could still emerge into the knockout round as a third place team.

Belgium’s coach Wilmots relishes chance to hit back at critics

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium's convincing 3-0 win against the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday is unlikely to ease the difficult relationship between coach Marc Wilmots and his critics.

After starting with a 2-0 defeat to Italy, the world number two side bounced back in Bordeaux as a second-half Romelu Lukaku brace, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, gave them their first Group E points.

UEFA opens disciplinary probes against Portugal, Hungary, Belgium

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Paris (AFP) UEFA began disciplinary proceedings Sunday against Portugal, Hungary and Belgium for incidents in their Euro 2016 matches the previous day.

Portugal is charged with allowing a pitch invasion, Hungary for allowing crowd disturbances and other offences and Belgium for its fans setting off fireworks and throwing objects.

Slovakia can beat England at Euro 2016 says goal scorer Weiss

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Doha (AFP) Slovakia forward Vladimir Weiss is backing his country to beat England in their crucial Euro 2016 Group B game.

The teams meet on Monday in Saint-Etienne with both sides looking to book a place in the last 16 of the competition.

"We have beaten big teams before and if we play at our best we can beat anyone, even England," said Weiss.

Penalty shocker won’t get Ronaldo down

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Paris (AFP) Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo promised to bounce back from missing a penalty and the chance to break another goalscoring record at Euro 2016.

Ronaldo hit the post from the spot with 11 minutes remaining in a 0-0 draw with Austria on Saturday when looking to become the first player to score in four separate European Championships.

No time for regrets despite ‘unfair’ Euro 2016 draw, says Santos

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Paris (AFP) Portugal boss Fernando Santos demanded his players keep their spirits high going into their final Group F game at Euro 2016 despite a frustrating 0-0 draw against Austria on Saturday.

Portugal fired 23 shots at the Austria goal in Paris, six of which were on target, but again failed to take three points after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a 79th-minute penalty.

Ronaldo becomes a target after missing Euro penalty

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Paris (AFP) There was relief for Austria and joy for those who like to see superstars cut down to size after Cristiano Ronaldo missed a penalty and a chance to go into the European Championship record books on Saturday.

Portugal won a spot kick in the 79th minute of their Group F match against Austria.

I want to return to Euro 2016 – Russian agitator

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Moscow (AFP) The Russian far-right football fan leader expelled from France over unrest at Euro 2016 on Saturday swaggered through a Moscow airport, his outstretched arms holding a Russian flag with a snarling bear and vowed to return to France before the end of the tournament.

Alexander Shprygin, who heads Russia's national supporters association, was among the 20 Russian fans expelled from France for disrupting public order after violent clashes between Russian and English fans last weekend before their countries met in Marseille.

Vardy brings Leicester spirit to England quest

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Encouraged from afar by his club manager Claudio Ranieri, Jamie Vardy is carrying Leicester City's limitless ambition into England's assault on Euro 2016.

Having sat out England's opening draw with Russia, Vardy made an instant impact as a half-time substitute against Wales, netting an equaliser 11 minutes after coming on as Roy Hodgson's men came from behind to win 2-1.

Portugal coach Santos dodges Ronaldo question

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Paris (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos refused to comment on Cristiano Ronaldo's performance after the Real Madrid superstar missed a penalty in Saturday's 0-0 draw against Austria at Euro 2016.

Asked how the Portugal captain was feeling in the dressing room having struck the post with a 79th-minute penalty, Santos responded: "I prefer not to talk about this subject.

Misfiring Ronaldo, Portugal foiled by Austria

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo missed a second-half penalty as Portugal stumbled to a second straight draw at Euro 2016 on Saturday after a frustrating 0-0 stalemate against Group F rivals Austria in Paris.

Ronaldo set a new Portuguese record with his 128th international cap, surpassing the mark previously shared with Luis Figo, but the occasion will be better remembered for the Real Madrid superstar hitting the post with a 79th-minute penalty.

Late own goal saves Hungary from being frozen out

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Marseille (AFP) An own-goal by Iceland's Birkir Savarsson in the dying seconds rescued a draw for Hungary in a frenetic Euro 2016 clash that keeps both team's hopes alive of a second round berth.

A first-half penalty by Gylfi Sigurdsson put little Iceland on course for a fairytale win. But the European Championship newcomers succumbed to waves of late Hungarian pressure.

Ronaldo set to break caps record against Austria

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo is set to win a Portugese record 128th cap against Austria in Euro 2016's Group F on Saturday.

Ronaldo will surpass the record shared with former Portugal great Luis Figo and is also looking to become the first player to score in four European Championships at the Parc des Princes.

Overly defensive tactics aren’t working for teams in Copa America and Euro 2016

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Maybe the story of this wonderful summer of soccer can be how even though teams can defend marvelously for nearly an entire game, fate isn't often as kind to them. Though teams like Northern Ireland and Italy have proven you can win on the strength of solid shape and heroic defending, sometimes fate doesn't smile on everyone equally.

Iceland own goal saves Hungary’s blushes at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Iceland's Birkir Savarsson directed the ball into his own net to let Hungary steal a 1-1 draw in their Euro 2016 Group F game on Saturday.

Gylfi Sigurdsson scored from the penalty spot in the 40th minute to put Iceland ahead. And the Nordic islanders, who brilliantly held Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal 1-1 in their opening match, seemed to be heading for a famous win until Savarsson's heartbreaking interception of a cross.

Deschamps douses Pogba fire as Switzerland await

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Lille (France) (AFP) France coach Didier Deschamps hopes to put a controversy concerning midfielder Paul Pogba behind him when the Euro 2016 hosts close Group A against Switzerland in Lille on Sunday.

Dropped for Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille, Juventus star Pogba came on at half-time and helped set up the second goal for Dimitri Payet deep into stoppage time with a trademark cross-field pass.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill rued his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday that compromised their prospects of reaching the last 16.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval of the Group E game in Bordeaux, but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

O’Neill rues Irish defending against Belgium in Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill was left to rue his team's sloppiness in a 3-0 defeat to Belgium at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ireland held the Belgians into the interval in the Group E game in Bordeaux but Romelu Lukaku netted twice in the second half, either side of an Axel Witsel goal, as Belgium claimed a comfortable win.

Bale ‘over’ England defeat as Wales eye more history

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Dinard (France) (AFP) Real Madrid star Gareth Bale insists Wales have overcome the disappointment of losing out to rivals England as he looks to fire his country into the last 16 of Euro 2016 with victory over Russia on Monday.

Bale is tied for top scorer at the tournament having scored free-kicks in both Wales' 2-1 opening win over Slovakia and heart-breaking, last-gasp defeat to neighbours England on Thursday.

Wilmots delighted with Belgium Euro win

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots was delighted with his side's 3-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland at Euro 2016 on Saturday as they bounced back from their opening loss to Italy.

Widely criticised after losing 2-0 to the Italians in Lyon in their Group E opener, two goals by Romelu Lukaku and one from Axel Witsel saw Belgium hit back.

France expels Russian far-right football fan leader from Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) France on Saturday expelled Russian far-right football fan leader Alexander Shprygin over violence at Euro 2016 as UEFA opened an inquiry into new chaos caused by Croatian supporters.

Shprygin and 19 other fans were moved from a holding centre in Marseille, where Russian fans battled England rivals last weekend, and put on a plane that left Nice for Moscow.

How to watch Copa America Centenario on Roku with fuboTV

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The 2016 Copa America Centenario is entering the exciting stages of the competition with the United States in the semi-finals, where they'll play either Argentina or Venezuela. Plus, Mexico, Chile, Peru and Colombia are battling it out to determine who will play in the other semi-final.

To watch the games, you can switch on FOX Sports or Univision, but if you're a cord cutter or someone who watches most of your programming on a Roku, we havestep-by-step instructions on how to watch the exciting tournament with a free 24-hour trial to fuboTV, a legal streaming service that has an app on Roku devices.

Croatia sent warnings sent about Euro 2016 hooligan threat

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Zagreb (AFP) Croatia's football federation said Saturday that UEFA and French police had been warned that hooligans planned to disrupt the Euro 2016 match between Croatia and Czech Republic.

At least 10 flares were lobbed from the Croatian corner of the Saint-Etienne stadium in the 86th minute of Friday's game which was stopped for four minutes.

Fighting before Hungary-Iceland Euro 2016 match

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Marseille (AFP) Hungarian supporters briefly clashed with stewards in the stadium at the Hungary-Iceland Euro 2016 match in Marseille on Saturday, AFP reporters said.

The Hungarians had been trying to climb a fence in the Stade Velodrome to join up with another group of Hungarians when stewards intervened.

How Chile’s style is evolving after the change from Jorge Sampaoli to Juan Antonio Pizzi

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Under Marcelo Bielsa and Jorge Sampaoli, Chile went from one of the afterthoughts of South American soccer to one of the most entertaining national teams on the planet. The transformation was sometimes slow and rough, and Claudio Borghi's tenure was not a pleasant one in between the teacher and student.

Lukaku hits double as Belgium down Ireland

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Bordeaux (AFP) Romelu Lukaku silenced his critics with a brace as Belgium kick-started their Euro 2016 campaign by comfortably beating the Republic of Ireland 3-0 in Bordeaux on Saturday.

After being frustrated by the Irish in the first half, Belgium broke through when Lukaku struck three minutes after the restart, atoning for his profligacy in front of goal in Monday's 2-0 loss to Italy.

No news on Leicester future, says Vardy

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy said on Saturday that there have been no developments regarding his future at the club, as he focuses on his England duties at Euro 2016.

Vardy, whose 24 goals inspired Leicester's fairytale Premier League triumph, is thought to be considering an approach from Arsenal, who have reportedly triggered his £20 million ($28.

Where to find Mexico vs. Chile on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Mexico vs. Chile in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

So far this Copa America Centenario, Mexico has been the team has impressed the most —both on and off the pitch —with plenty of passion and exciting soccer.

Where to find Argentina vs. Venezuela on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Argentina vs. Venezuela in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

The winner of the Argentina vs. Venezuela quarter-final will play the United States in the Copa America Centenario semi-final on Tuesday night. While Argentina, led by Lionel Messi, will be favored to win tonight, don't count out the plucky Venezuela who have surprised many in this tournament.

Where to find Iceland vs. Hungary on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Iceland vs. Hungary in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

The two teams that were the most remarkable stories from the first round of matches meet up today in a clash that could help determine who progresses through to the next round. Iceland and Hungary are both proud countries.

France expels Russian far-right agitator from Euro 2016

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Nice (France) (AFP) France on Saturday expelled a Russian far-right leader of a football supporters group, Alexander Shprygin, and 19 other fans after the troubles with England fans at Euro 2016.

Shprygin and the others were on a plane that left the southern French city of Nice for Moscow on Saturday.

France expels Russian far-right agitator

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Nice (France) (AFP) France on Saturday expelled a Russian far-right leader of a football supporters group, Alexander Shprygin, and 19 other fans after the troubles with England fans at Euro 2016.

Shprygin and the others were on a plane that left the southern French city of Nice for Moscow on Saturday.

Loew questions whether German youngsters ready

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Evian (France) (AFP) Germany's Joachim Loew has questioned whether his youngsters are up to scratch at Euro 2016 as he looks set to stick with the world champions' experienced stars against Northern Ireland.

Loew cast an eye to the future by including talented midfielders Joshua Kimmich, 21, and 20-year-olds Julian Weigl and Leroy Sane for the European Championship finals.

Pogba furore dogs France ahead of Swiss test at Euro 2016

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Lille (France) (AFP) Juventus star Paul Pogba finds himself at the eye of a storm as Euro 2016 hosts France prepare to face Switzerland in their final Group A game in Lille on Sunday.

Dropped for Wednesday's 2-0 win over Albania in Marseille, Pogba came on at half-time and helped set up the second goal for Dimtri Payet deep into stoppage time with a trademark crossfield pass.

Morato double boosts Spain hopes of Euro treble

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Paris (AFP) Alvaro Morato scored twice for defending champions Spain and Eder was Italy's winner as the two booked places in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on another day marred by fan violence.

A 2-2 draw between Croatia and the Czech Republic was briefly halted after Croatians threw flares on the pitch, prompting coach Ante Cacic to call them "sports terrorists.

Panenka prank keeps keepers busy 40 years on

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Prague (AFP) Zinedine Zidane, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Andrea Pirlo have all done it: instead of blasting a penalty kick into the net, they fool the diving keeper by chipping the ball into the middle of the net.

Forty years have passed since Czechoslovakia's playmaker Antonin Panenka first displayed the trick at the 1976 European Championship final against Germany.

Colombia down Peru to reach Copa America semi-finals

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Colombia defeated Peru 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out to book their place in the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

The Colombians on Friday advanced to their first appearance in the last four since 2004 after goalkeeper David Ospina saved Miguel Trauco's spot-kick before Christian Cueva shot over the bar for Peru.

Where to find Belgium vs. Ireland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Belgium vs. Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

After Belgium fell apart last weekend against Italy, the dark horses of Euro 2016 have an opportunity to get back to winning ways with a match against the Republic of Ireland. Meanwhile, Ireland after drawing Sweden 1-1 in the first match, will want to get a draw or better in this match to give them a chance of progressing through to the next round in the third and final game.

Colombia advance to Copa America semis as Peru pay penalty

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East Rutherford (United States) (AFP) Arsenal goalkeeper David Ospina was the hero as Colombia slayed their penalty shoot-out jinx to defeat Peru and advance to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario.

Ospina onFriday pulled off a superb save deep into injury time to deny Peru a goal before saving a spot-kick from Peru defender Miguel Trauco in the shoot-out to clinch a nailbiting win for Colombia.

Ronaldo’s Portugal, Belgium looking for spark

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Paris (AFP) Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal will attempt to reignite their flagging Euro 2016 campaign against Austria on Saturday, while Belgium hope to breathe life into their title bid after a terrible start.

Ronaldo was frustrated in his quest to become the first player to score in four European Championships as Portugal stuttered to a 1-1 draw with Iceland in their Group F opener.

Morata double boosts Spain hopes of Euro treble

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Paris (AFP) Alvaro Morata scored twice for defending champions Spain and Eder was Italy's winner as the two booked places in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on another day marred by fan violence.

A 2-2 draw between Croatia and the Czech Republic was briefly halted after Croatians threw flares on the pitch, prompting coach Ante Cacic to call them "sports terrorists.

Cheering on Vinotinto, Venezuelans escape their problems

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Caracas (AFP) Their national team's triumphs at the Copa America Centenario offer Venezuelans a welcome escape from their problems, though even in celebration they feel the pinch of a worsening economic crisis.

Eleazar Martinez, a 25-year-old fan, has been enjoying the Vinotinto's winning performance in the US-hosted regional tournament.

Where to find Portugal vs. Austria on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Portugal vs. Austria in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Both teams come into this match with a point to prove after disappointing performances in their first matches. Can Cristiano Ronaldo lead Portugal to victory, or will Austria live up to their potential as one of the underdogs of the tournament?

UEFA open probes into Croatia, Turkey Euro 2016 incidents

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Paris (AFP) UEFA began disciplinary procedures Saturday against Croatia and Turkey following flare-throwing incidents at Euro 2016 matches.

Croatian fans hurled flares on to the pitch in Saint Etienne in the 86th minute of the 2-2 draw with Czech Republic on Friday, while Turkish fans let off flares after their defeat to Spain in Nice.

Croatia, Turkey charged over new Euro 2016 fan trouble

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Paris (AFP) UEFA hit Croatia and Turkey with disciplinary procedures Saturday following flare-throwing incidents at Euro 2016 matches as the Croatian press raged at its "shameful" fans.

Croatian fans hurled flares on to the pitch in the 86th minute of the 2-2 draw with Czech Republic in Saint Etienne on Friday, while Turkish fans let off flares after their 3-0 defeat by Spain in Nice.

Turkey coach slams Euro fan booing of Turan

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Nice (France) (AFP) Turkey coach Fatih Terim had harsh words for Turkish fans who booed star player Arda Turan during his side's 3-0 defeat by Spain in Nice on Sunday.

"Whatever happens that shouldn't happen," he told media at the Stadium Nice after the Group D tie.

"I think the expectations were very high for the team, but nobody deserves that, we need to enjoy being here".

US attempt to overturn Jones red card in Copa

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Los Angeles (AFP) The United States on Friday lodged a protest against the red card issued to Jermaine Jones that looks set to rule the key midfielder out of their Copa America Centenario semi-final.

US Soccer announced the protest against Jones' red, and a yellow card against striker Bobby Wood which also leaves him suspended for the semi-final, in a posting on Twitter.

‘Sports terrorists’ bring new chaos to Euro 2016

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Croatian fans who hurled flares on the pitch to halt their country's Euro 2016 match against Czech Republic were branded "sports terrorists" as the showcase tournament suffered new troubles.

UEFA said an investigation would be opened and even the country's president Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic slammed the violent fans as "enemies of Croatia.

FIFA should threaten Russia over World Cup hosting: Collins

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London (AFP) FIFA should warn Russia they could be stripped as hosts of the 2018 World Cup if they don't take measures to root out their hooligan element, British lawmaker Damian Collins told AFP on Friday.

Collins said it would be unacceptable for Russia to host a World Cup if the government cannot give assurances over the safety of foreign football supporters.

Ronaldo seeks Euro 2016 redemption against Austria

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Paris (AFP) Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to make amends for a poor performance and some unwise words when his side take on Austria at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ronaldo was frustrated in his opening Group F game in a 1-1 draw with Iceland on their debut in a major finals, and then drew the ire of Europe for lambasting the North Atlantic minnows for their "small mentality" because of their defensive tactics.

Spain cruise to last-16 with Turkey win

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Nice (France) (AFP) Defending European champions Spain booked their place in the last 16 round of Euro 2016 on Friday with a convincing 3-0 win against Turkey in Nice.

Vicente del Bosque's men bossed the Group D tie from the kickoff, with a double by Juventus' Alvaro Morata and a first competitive international goal from Nolito sealing a comfortable win.

Star-studded Belgium on edge before Ireland Euro clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium coach Marc Wilmots is in the line of fire amid suggestions he is not doing enough to get the best from a star-studded squad ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland.

The Red Devils are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in their opening game in Group E in France, losing 2-0 to Italy in Lyon.

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

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Nice (France) (AFP) Defending European champions Spain booked their place in the last 16 round of Euro 2016 on Sunday with a convincing 3-0 win against Turkey in Nice.

Vicente del Bosque's men bossed the Group D tie from the kickoff, with a double by Juventus' Alvaro Morata and a first competitive international goal from Nolito sealing a comfortable win.

Injured Rosicky out against Turkey in Euro

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Czech Republic captain Tomas Rosicky said Friday he would miss his country's final Group D game at Euro 2016 against Turkey on Tuesday because of a fresh hamstring injury.

The midfielder added he was most probably out for the rest of the tournament too.

The injury-prone 35-year-old fell on the pitch grabbing his hamstring while sprinting unmarked at the end of his team's 2-2 draw with Croatia, which was overshadowed by flares thrown onto the pitch by Croatian fans.

Austria can’t just focus on Ronaldo, says Fuchs

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Paris (AFP) Austria captain Christian Fuchs said his side cannot afford to overlook Cristiano Ronaldo's supporting cast when they take on Portugal in Euro 2016 Group F on Saturday.

Austria go into their second group game at the Parc des Princes seeking their first points of the tournament after a shock 2-0 defeat to Hungary in their opening fixture.

FOX Sports nets 1.8 million viewers for USA vs. Ecuador Copa America quarter-final

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FOX Sports' coverage of the USA vs. Ecuador Copa America Centenario quarter-final was watched by a viewing average of 1.878 million people. The game, which was televised live on Thursday, June 16 from 9:30-11:30pm ET, is the second most-watched men's soccer game in FS1 history.

The record for FOX Sports 1 was the USA-Paraguay game that averaged 2.

Cacic slams Croatia’s ‘terrorist’ supporters

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Croatia coach Ante Cacic branded supporters who threw flares onto the pitch in Friday's 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic at Euro 2016 as 'sports terrorists' with UEFA set to investigate the crowd trouble.

With Croatia 2-1 up, referee Mark Clattenberg briefly halted play when flares thrown from the Croatian fan block landed on the Saint-Etienne pitch, minutes before the 90 minutes were up.

Conte surprised as Italy march on in Euro

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte admitted his surprise Friday as the beaten 2012 finalists continued their dream start to Euro 2016 by marching into the last 16 of the competition.

An 88th minute strike from Brazil-born striker Eder, one of Italy's most disappointing players in an otherwise forgettable opening period, handed Conte's men a 1-0 win over Sweden after star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic failed to spark for the Scandinavians.

O’Neill pays tribute to second dead Irish fan

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Saint-Georges-de-Reneins (France) (AFP) Northern Ireland manager Michael O'Neill paid tribute to a second Irish supporter dead at Euro 2016, whilst following the British minnows in France on Friday.

Robert Rainey, 62, is understood to have suffered a heart attack at the Stade de Lyon as Northern Ireland won their first match at a major finals for 34 years 2-0 over Ukraine on Thursday.

Eder goal repays Conte’s as Italy reach last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Italy agonized over whether Brazilian-born Eder should get a place in their Euro 2016 squad, but coach Antonio Conte's faith was repaid with the goal that sank Sweden 1-0 on Friday.

After what defender Giorgio Chiellini called a "brutal" first half, Italy came alive in the second period to secure their place in the last 16 from Group E.

Eder fires pale Azzurri into Euro 2016 last 16

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Brazil-born striker Eder overcame an otherwise patchy performance to hit a cracking late winner in a 1-0 victory over Sweden that sent Italy into the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Friday.

Eder, playing in his first major finals for Italy after being naturalised last year, came close to being substituted by Antonio Conte after a dismal opening half up front alongside Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.

Subs rescue Czechs in flare-hit draw with Croatia

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) A 94th-minute penalty rescued a point for the Czech Republic in their dramatic 2-2 draw with Croatia as flares thrown onto the pitch marred Friday's Euro 2016 match.

With Croatia 2-1 up and with one foot in the last 16, referee Mark Clattenberg briefly halted play late in the game when flares thrown by Croatian fans landed on the pitch in Saint-Etienne.

Croatia-Czech Republic match halted by flares

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Fans threw at least eight flares onto the pitch forcing the referee to halt the Croatia-Czech Republic Euro 2016 game for four minutes on Friday before the match finished in a 2-2 draw.

The flares appeared to come from the Croatian supporters' section. UEFA are certain to open an inquiry into the incident and the country has a record of trouble in recent months.

Highs and lows of FOX Sports’ USA vs. Ecuador TV coverage

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Sometimes TV ratings can be a false positive. The overnight TV ratings for USA vs. Ecuador on FOX Sports scored an impressive 1.8 (the exact viewing number average will be released later today). Based on that, you would assume that FOX Sports did a fantastic job of covering the Copa America Centenario quarter-final.

Croatia and Czech Republic draw 2-2 in flare-disrupted Euro 2016 match

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Croatia blew a two-goal lead and could face UEFA sanctions after flares thrown from the crowd interrupted their Euro 2016 2-2 draw with the Czech Republic on Friday.

The match was suspended for nearly five minutes with Croatia leading 2-1 when flares were thrown on from the end of the stadium housing Croatian supporters.

Swede dreams as Ibrahimovic calls for Belgium win

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Superstar striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has called on Sweden to beat Belgium next week and save their Euro 2016 campaign after a 1-0 defeat to Italy in Toulouse on Friday.

After a disappointing 1-1 draw with the Republic of Ireland in which Ciaran Clark's own goal, following Ibrahmovic's pass in to the area, secured a share of the points for the under-par Swedes, Erik Hamren's men proved tough customers for the Azzurri.

Croatia-Czech Republic Euro match halted by flares

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) Fans threw at least eight flares onto the pitch forcing the referee to halt the Croatia-Czech Republic Euro 2016 game for four minutes on Friday.

The flares appeared to come from the Croatian supporters' section. UEFA are almost certain to open an inquiry into the incident.

Walters ruled out for Ireland’s Belgium clash

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Bordeaux (AFP) Jon Walters will miss the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Belgium on Saturday due to injury, manager Martin O'Neill confirmed.

"Jon Walters is not going to be fit so we will have to make at least one change. We will have a look at it and decide on it tomorrow morning," said O'Neill at a press conference in Bordeaux on Friday.

Portugal’s Santos defends ‘good person’ Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw his support behind Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday after the Real Madrid superstar was widely lambasted for describing Iceland as having a "small mentality" following their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016.

Portugal were held in their opening Group F match on Tuesday by the Nordic island nation and Ronaldo slammed Iceland for their defensive approach, prompting a stream of criticism.

Eder fires Italy into Euro 2016 knockout stages

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Brazil-born striker Eder overcame an otherwise patchy performance to hit a cracking late winner in a 1-0 victory over Sweden that sent Italy into the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Friday.

Eder, playing in his first major finals for Italy after being naturalised last year, came close to being substituted by Antonio Conte after a dismal opening half up front alongside Southampton striker Graziano Pelle.

Portugal coach Santos defends ‘good person’ Ronaldo

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Paris (AFP) Portugal coach Fernando Santos threw his support behind Cristiano Ronaldo on Friday after the Real Madrid superstar was widely lambasted for describing Iceland as having a "small mentality" following their 1-1 draw at Euro 2016.

Portugal were held in their opening Group F match on Tuesday by the Nordic island nation and Ronaldo slammed Iceland for their defensive approach, prompting a stream of criticism.

Italy beat Sweden 1-0 in Euro 2016 Group E

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Naturalised Brazilian-born striker Eder fired home the winner a minute from time as Italy qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 win over Sweden in Toulouse on Friday.

A second victory from two games gives the Euro 2012 finalists a commanding five-point lead at the top of Group E ahead of Belgium's clash with Ireland on Saturday.

Wayne Rooney reborn in England midfield role at Euro 2016

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Chantilly (France) (AFP) Wayne Rooney arrived in France for Euro 2016 with his place in England's team reportedly under threat, but a new midfield role has given him a fresh lease of life.

With Rooney under pressure from rivals such as Tottenham Hotspur's Harry Kane and Leicester City sensation Jamie Vardy, England manager Roy Hodgson faced pre-tournament calls to drop the country's record goal-scorer.

Where to find Colombia vs. Peru on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Colombia vs. Peru in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

In this massive match between these two South American teams, Colombia and Peru will be playing in front of a sold-out crowd of over 80,000 at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Italy frustrate record-chasing Zlatan at half-time

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Zlatan Ibrahimovic's bid to become the first player to score at four European Championships was foiled as Sweden were level at 0-0 with Italy in their Euro 2016 Group E clash at half-time.

Italy could secure a place in the last 16 with victory in Toulouse after a fine 2-0 win over Belgium to open their campaign.

Making an eSports living on a pixelated pitch

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Wolfsburg (Germany) (AFP) With Euro 2016 in full swing, many football fans will be taking to their computer consoles to play out their team's fortunes in France.

But those among the world's elite gamers are now even making a living from playing digital football online in what computer-game and football fans alike would regard as a dream job.

Antonio Conte has Italy believing again

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This wasn't the job Antonio Conte signed up for.

When Cesare Prandelli resigned after Italy failed to advance from the group stage of the 2014 World Cup, and Conte agreed to take charge of his native country, he thought he'd be leading one of the world's leading teams.

Instead, Conte, who was coming off three straight Serie A titles with Juventus, ended up with a team that many in the media have called Italy's least talented ever.

Where to find Italy vs. Sweden on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Italy vs. Sweden in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

After Italy's impressive victory against Belgium last weekend, it's the Italians who have been the best performing team in the first round of the competition. But can they continue their good form against a Swedish side that was unable to defeat Ireland?

USA’s win against Ecuador epitomizes Klinsmann’s vision for US soccer

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Before this Copa America, Jurgen Klinsmann said that his goal was to make the semifinals of the tournament. Some scoffed and some wondered whether that goal was attainable. Now, as the US prepares to head to Houston for the semifinal on Tuesday against Argentina or Venezuela, Klinsmann and his team deserve the credit for not only getting there, but getting there as only a US National Team can.

USA down Ecuador 2-1 to reach Copa Centenario semis

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Seattle (AFP) Clint Dempsey struck again as the United States powered through to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario in a stormy 2-0 win over Ecuador that saw both sides finish with 10 men.

Dempsey scored his third goal in as many games for Jurgen Klinsmann's side at CenturyLink Field, pouncing on 22 minutes before setting up a second for Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes in the 65th minute.

USA vs. Ecuador review plus Euro 2016 talk: EuroCopa Podcast

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Welcome to the latest episode of the EuroCopa Soccer Podcast, the digital download focused on Copa America Centenario and Euro 2016.

In this episode, the EuroCopa Podcast host Nipun Chopra is joined by Robert Hay Jr. and Kartik Krishnaiyer to analyze and review USA's 2-1 win against Ecuador in the quarter-final, as well as to share their opinions on the wins by England and Northern Ireland plus Germany's 0-0 draw against Poland.

Where to find Croatia vs. Czech Republic on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Croatia vs. Czech Republic in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Croatia impressed during their hard-fought physical game against Turkey, where the Croats came out winners thanks to Luka Modric's sublime goal. Meanwhile, Czech Republic will feel disappointed that they weren't able to hold on to a draw against Spain.

US into Copa last four after Dempsey strikes

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Seattle (AFP) Clint Dempsey struck again as the United States powered through to the semi-finals of the Copa America Centenario in a stormy 2-0 win over Ecuador that saw both sides finish with 10 men.

Dempsey scored his third goal in as many games for Jurgen Klinsmann's side at CenturyLink Field, pouncing on 22 minutes before setting up a second for Los Angeles Galaxy forward Gyasi Zardes in the 65th minute.

Where to find Spain vs. Turkey on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Spain vs. Turkey in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Spain's first game featured a late winner that edged them against Czech Republic. But will we see the Spain we know and love that will be able to put more goals into the back of the net, or will they come undone against a very physical Turkey side that could cause the Spaniards some headaches.

Klinsmann blasts ‘disgraceful’ red card

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Seattle (AFP) Jurgen Klinsmann lashed out at Copa America Centenario officiating, branding the dismissal of key midfielder Jermaine Jones in the United States win over Ecuador as "disgraceful."

US coach Klinsmann was left counting the cost of a deserved 2-1 quarter-final victory at Seattle's CenturyLink Field after goals from Clint Dempsey and Gyasi Zardes set up the win.

Coleman urges Wales to regroup at Euro 2016 after England setback

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Lens (France) (AFP) Wales manager Chris Coleman called on his side to put the desperate disappointment of their 2-1 defeat to England behind them when they face Russia in their final group game at Euro 2016.

A long-range Gareth Bale free-kick gave the Welsh the lead at a raucous Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Thursday but England came back in the second half to equalise through substitute Jamie Vardy before Daniel Sturridge netted a dramatic last-gasp winner.

Cristiano Ronaldo seeks Euro 2016 redemption against Austria

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Paris (AFP) Portugal superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is looking to make amends for a poor performance and some unwise words when his side take on Austria at Euro 2016 on Saturday.

Ronaldo failed to shine in his opening Group F game, and after the 1-1 draw against Iceland he lambasted the North Atlantic minnows for their "small mentality" because of their defensive tactics.

Lukaku in firing line as Belgium prepare for Ireland at Euro 2016

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Bordeaux (AFP) Belgium head into their Euro 2016 clash with the Republic of Ireland on Saturday desperate to atone for their opening defeat to Italy as debate rages about whether Romelu Lukaku should be dropped.

Marc Wilmots' much-fancied side are second in the FIFA world rankings but they disappointed in a 2-0 loss to Italy in their first Group E outing in Lyon on Monday.

Spain buoyant for Turkey test after winning start at Euro 2016

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Nice (France) (AFP) European champions Spain are often slow starters at major tournaments but after Gerard Pique's late winner in their Euro 2016 opener, Vicente del Bosque's men already have the last 16 in sight when they take on Turkey on Friday.

"Starting with a win makes a big difference," Atletico Madrid defender Juanfran told reporters at the Stadium Nice ahead of Spain's second Group D tie.

Surprise packets Hungary and Iceland clash in last-16 hunt

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Marseille (AFP) Two Euro 2016 surprise packets face off in Marseille on Saturday, with Group F leaders Hungary taking on Iceland, who kept Cristiano Ronaldo at bay in their opener.

Absent from a major tournament since 1986 and the European Championships since 1972, Hungary finished below Northern Ireland and Romania in qualifying and only reached France with a playoff win.

Spain aim to roll into Euro 2016 knockout phase

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Paris (AFP) Andres Iniesta's Spain will look to ease into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 and keep up their pursuit of a third consecutive title on Friday when they face out-of-sorts Turkey.

And losing 2012 finalists Italy, who impressed in their opening match, can also move into the last 16 if they overcome Sweden and their superstar captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Toulouse.

Muddled England give Hodgson food for thought

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Lens (France) (AFP) As the dust settled following England's dramatic comeback victory over Wales at Euro 2016, victorious manager Roy Hodgson was left facing more questions than answers.

Daniel Sturridge's stoppage-time goal at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens on Thursday earned England a 2-1 win over their British rivals that left Hodgson's men on top of Group B and on the cusp of the last 16.

Apple TV adds Sling TV to give soccer fans more viewing options

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With the launch this week of the Sling TV app on Apple TV devices, soccer fans in the United States can now access a wealth of soccer games from ESPN, FOX Sports, beIN SPORTS, Univision and more.

Sling TV, which starts at $20/month, is offering a 7-day free trialfor customers in the US. If you live outside the US, you can learn more about VPN services.

Germany plodded against Poland, says Loew

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Paris (AFP) Germany coach Joachim Loew lambasted his flat-footed attackers after they were held 0-0 by Poland in their Euro 2016 Group C clash.

Both sides remain on course to reach the last 16 with four points from their opening two games despite disappointing result in Paris on Thursday night.

Super-subs guide England, N.Ireland to dramatic wins

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Paris (AFP) Substitutes Jamie Vardy, Daniel Sturridge and Niall McGinn inspired England and Northern Ireland to dramatic wins over Wales and Ukraine at the European Championship finals on Thursday.

World champions Germany ground out a goalless draw with Poland and were left wondering what put a spanner in their normally efficient goal machine despite a result that edged both sides to a place in the last 16.

Boateng critical of faltering German attack

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Paris (AFP) German defender Jerome Boateng was critical of his more attack-minded teammates after the world champions were held to a 0-0 draw with Poland at Euro 2016 on Thursday.

Bayern Munich's Boateng was named man-of-the-match for another fine display as he kept club teammate and Polish star Robert Lewandowski in check.

Resurgent N.Ireland delight O’Neill

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Lyon (AFP) Michael O'Neill hailed Northern Ireland's 2-0 win over Ukraine on Thursday as the proudest moment of his career with his side still in contention in Group C at Euro 2016.

A flying header from defender Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn's injury-time strike in Lyon means Ireland have everything to play for against world champions Germany in Tuesday's final Group C game.

Russians jailed for Euro 2016 violence, far-right figure expelled

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

The jailed supporters Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russians detained by French police on Tuesday after street battles in Marseille before Russia played England.

Most-watched Copa America Centenario games on US TV after 24 games

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Based on the number of TV viewers for Copa America Centenario, Univision Deportes is the clear winner. In many ways, the tournament is made for Univision. Most of the teams are Latino. Plus with the United States and Mexico enjoying such a large number of viewers in the United States, Copa America Centenario is in many ways the perfect tournament for Univision.

Stalemate edges Germany, Poland towards last 16

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Paris (AFP) Old rivals Germany and Poland fought a battle of attrition that ended in a goalless draw and edged both countries towards a place in the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Thursday.

The stalemate left Germany on top of Group C on goal difference with both sides on four points from two matches.

Pele hails ‘reliable’ new Brazil coach

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Santos (Brazil) (AFP) Brazil's legendary former striker Pele on Thursday hailed new national coach Tite as a "reliable" pair of hands for the demoralized national team.

Tite, 55, was named Wednesday after ex-coach Dunga was fired for Brazil's humiliating group-stage exit from the Copa America Centenario tournament.

Second N.Ireland fan dies at Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) A Northern Ireland supporter suffered a suspected heart attack and died while watching his country beat Ukraine at Euro 2016 on Thursday, police said.

The man, in his sixties, collapsed in the upper section of the Stade de Lyon and paramedics were unable to revive him.

Fellow supporters left flags, shirts and scarves at the stadium in tribute to the dead man.

Viewing numbers for ESPN Deportes’ opening weekend of Euro 2016 TV coverage

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The viewing numbers for ESPN Deportes' Spanish-language coverage of Euro 2016 are in for the opening weekend of the tournament.

From the first seven games of Euro 2016, ESPN Deportes is averaging 126,143 Hispanic viewers for live and same day coverage. That compares to the 228,000 Hispanic average from ESPN Deportes' coverage of Euro 2012, although that was after the first 24 games of the tournament.

Attempted murder inquiry into England fan beatings at Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) French prosecutors have launched an attempted murder inquiry over attacks on two England football fans at Euro 2016 which left the victims gravely wounded, they said Thursday.

The announcement came as French and British authorities expressed relief that England's victory over Wales in Lens passed without any serious spectator trouble.

Russian fans jailed for Euro 2016 violence

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters over Euro 2016 fan unrest while a far-right Russian agitator was thrown out of the country.

The jailed supporters Alexei Yerunov, Nikolai Morozov and Sergei Gorbachev were among 43 Russians detained by French police on Tuesday after street battles in Marseille before Russia played England.

Italy focus on Sweden, and last 16 spot

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Italy coach Antonio Conte has warned against focusing on Swedish danger man Zlatan Ibrahimovic as the Azzurri look to avoid a repeat of their ill-fated 2104 World Cup campaign by beating Euro 2016 Group D rivals Sweden on Friday.

Beaten 2012 finalists Italy will secure their place in the last 16 knockout phase if they beat Sweden in Toulouse to follow their blistering start to the competition with a 2-0 win over Belgium in Lyon.

Northern Ireland enjoy Euro 2016 win over Ukraine

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Lyon (AFP) Veteran Gareth McAuley and substitute Niall McGinn netted as Northern Ireland shocked Ukraine 2-0 at Euro 2016 on Thursday to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase.

A flying header from West Bromwich Albion defender McAuley and McGinn's injury-time strike at a hailstone-battered Stade de Lyon gave Ireland their first win at a European Championship finals.

Gaitan moves to Atletico Madrid for 25 million euros

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Madrid (AFP) Argentina midfielder Nicolas Gaitan moved to European Champions League runners-up Atletico Madrid from Benfica on Thursday in a deal worth 25 million euros.

"Atletico Madrid and Benfica have reached an agreement for the transfer of Nicolas Gaitan to his new team," said a statement from Atletico who were third in La Liga last season.

Viewership numbers for every Copa America Centenario Group Stage game

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The group stage of the Copa America Centenario tournament is complete, and both Univision Deportes and FOX Sports have reported impressive numbers for their telecasts. For FS1 and FS2, they've both broken their records for the most-watched men's soccer games on those networks.

‘Ibra’ rumour mill not affecting Swedes, says Hamren

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Toulouse (France) (AFP) Sweden coach Erik Hamren played down uncertainty over the club future of striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of a crunch encounter with Italy on Friday that could decide their Euro 2016 hopes.

Speculation over Ibrahimovic has been mounting since the Sweden striker left Paris Saint Germain after four years in the French capital, with Manchester United favourites to become his next destination.

McAuley has N. Irish eyes smiling at Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) Having scored Northern Ireland's first goal at a European championships finals, veteran Gareth McAuley said Thursday his side was delighted to prove a few doubters wrong at Euro 2016.

The Northern Irish shocked Ukraine with a 2-0 victory Group C on Thursday thanks to McAuley's flying header and a late strike from substitute Niall McGinn to keep alive their hopes of reaching the last 16.

Turkey vow more ‘fight’ against Spain

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Nice (France) (AFP) Turkey manager Fatih Terim has called for more "fight" from his players who need to avoid defeat against Spain on Friday to keep their Euro 2016 dreams alive.

After an out-of-sorts display in their Group D 1-0 defeat to Croatia on Sunday, Turkey need to return to the form that saw them lose just one game in their 16 coming into the European Championship.

Hummels returns for Lewandowski reunion

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Paris (AFP) Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels returned to Germany coach Joachim Loew's starting line-up to battle Poland for top spot in Euro 2016 Group C in Paris on Thursday.

Hummels has not played since making his final appearance for Borussia Dortmund against Bayern in the German Cup final a month ago.

N. Ireland beat Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) Northern Ireland beat Ukraine 2-0 in a Group C at Euro 2016 on Thursday thanks to a powerful header just after half-time from Gareth McAulay and an injury-time goal from Niall McGinn.

The result in a match interrupted by a hailstorm on Lyon gives the Northern Irish fresh hope of reaching the last 16, although they face world champions Germany in their final group match.

Marseille Euro 2016 pitch a ‘disaster’ – Deschamps

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Marseille (AFP) The Euro 2016 pitch in Marseille has been labelled a "disaster" by France coach Didier Deschamps adding to fears over several tournament pitches that has led to top British troubleshooters being brought in.

UEFA, which raised concerns about French pitches before the tournament, has banned Iceland and Hungary from training on the Stade Velodrome ahead of their game there Saturday.

N. Ireland shock Ukraine in Euro 2016

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Lyon (AFP) Northern Ireland shocked Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday thanks to goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase at Euro 2016.

A flying header from veteran West Bromwich Albion defender McAuley and McGinn's injury-time strike at a hailstone-battered Stade de Lyon gave Ireland their first ever goals at a European championships finals.

Five top fashion trends at Euro 2016

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Paris (AFP) With star footballers now doubling as fashion icons led by Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo who has his own underwear label we pick out the top five trends at the Euro 2016 championships.

Mohawk haircuts

Nothing gets you noticed more than a wacky haircut.

The hairdresser responsible for French star Paul Pogba's spiral cockerel hairdo has been hired by the Portuguese squad to shave patterns on its stars' heads.

Hodgson joy as England turn the table

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Lens (France) (AFP) England manager Roy Hodgson reflected on the fickle nature of fate after Daniel Sturridge's last-gasp stoppage-time goal earned his team a 2-1 Euro 2016 victory over Wales on Thursday.

Wales went ahead through Gareth Bale's 35-yard free-kick late in the first half of the British derby at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens, only for half-time substitute Jamie Vardy to equalise in the 56th minute.

Vardy, Sturridge rescue England against Wales

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Lens (France) (AFP) Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge rose from the bench to score as England came from behind to defeat neighbours Wales 2-1 in Thursday's all-British Euro 2016 clash in Lens.

Just as he had in Wales's opening 2-1 win over Slovakia, Gareth Bale put Chris Coleman's side ahead with a long-range free-kick, which England goalkeeper Joe Hart could only fumble into the net.

Turkey ex-football star on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial in his absence Thursday on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face similar legal proceedings.

England super-sub Vardy hoping for Euro 2016 starting berth

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Lens (France) (AFP) England striker Jamie Vardy hopes he has done enough to win a starting role after coming off the bench to score as Roy Hodgson's men beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday.

Hero of Leicester City's fairytale Premier League triumph, Vardy was an unused substitute in England's opening 1-1 draw against Russia, but made his mark to equalise after Gareth Bale gave Wales a 1-0 lead before Daniel Sturridge scored a stoppage-time winner.

Gareth Bale ‘proud’ despite Wales Euro 2016 derby defeat

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Lens (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale declared himself "proud" of his Wales team-mates despite the huge disappointment of Daniel Sturridge's stoppage-time goal giving England a 2-1 victory on Thursday.

For the second game running at Euro 2016, Bale put Wales ahead from a direct free-kick, but England substitutes Jamie Vardy and Sturridge struck in the second half to give England victory.

England beat Wales 2-1 at Euro 2016 to top Group B

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Lens (France) (AFP) Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge struck deep into stoppage time to hand England a 2-1 win over rivals Wales to move top of Euro 2016 Group B in Lens on Thursday.

Real Madrid star Gareth Bale's free-kick from 35 metres was helped into his own net by England goalkeeper Joe Hart to give Wales the lead just before the break.

Vardy, Sturridge rescue England against Wales at Euro 2016

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Lens (France) (AFP) Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge rose from the bench to score as England came from behind to defeat neighbours Wales 2-1 in Thursday's all-British Euro 2016 clash in Lens.

Just as he had in Wales's opening 2-1 win over Slovakia, Gareth Bale put Chris Coleman's side ahead with a long-range free-kick that England goalkeeper Joe Hart could only fumble into the net.

Russian fans jailed for up to two years for Euro 2016 violence

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Marseille (AFP) A French court on Thursday jailed three Russian football supporters for up to two years for their role in violence in Marseille before the England-Russia Euro 2016 match.

Nikolai Morozov, Alexei Yerunov and Sergei Gorbachev were among a group of 43 Russian supporters detained by French police in southern France on Tuesday after the violence which left more than 30 people injured.

Bale fires Wales ahead against England in Euro 2016 clash

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Lens (France) (AFP) Gareth Bale drilled home a long-range free-kick to put Wales 1-0 up against neighbours and Group B rivals England at half-time in Lens on Thursday.

Raheem Sterling blazed over inside the opening 10 minutes in what represented England's best chance, while Chris Smalling flashed a header just wide from a corner.

France coach Deschamps sees room for improvement at Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) Didier Deschamps praised the persistence of his French side after late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet steered the Euro 2016 hosts to a 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday.

But Deschamps admitted there were still areas in which France could improve despite starting the tournament with back-to-back victories.

Turkey ex-football star Sukur on trial for insulting Erdogan

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Istanbul (AFP) Former Turkey football star Hakan Sukur went on trial on Thursday at an Istanbul court in absentia on charges of insulting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on social media.

Sukur is one of several thousand people including journalists, politicians and the occasional celebrity, to face legal proceedings on hugely controversial accusations of insulting the Turkish leader.

Where to find USA vs. Ecuador on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch USA vs. Ecuador in the Copa America Centenario, you've come to the right place.

The US Men's National Team faces its biggest game since the knockout stages of the 2014 FIFA World Cup when it played Belgium. A victory for the USA against Ecuador in the Copa America Centenario quarter-final and they'll have a chance to play against Argentina (featuring Lionel Messi) next week in the semi-final of the oldest national club competition in the world.

Dele Alli: The archetype of soccer’s changing landscape

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At times, football lulls us into a stupor. A certain style of play can become so dominant that it is easier to match it than to innovate around it, easier to accept greatness than to challenge it. The year 2015 was the timeof tiki-taka's coronation. Although the foundations of possession-based football looked to be faltering in 2014, 2015 underlined tiki-taka's place in the pantheon of great footballing philosophies.

Slovakia hail Hamsik after historic win

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Lille (France) (AFP) Slovakia coach Jan Kozak believes Europe's best teams should be watching Marek Hamsik after the Napoli midfielder led his country to a 2-1 win over Russia.

It was a historic day for Slovakia in Lille as they claimed their first European Championship finals win since the break-up of Czechoslovakia to boost their hopes of qualifying from Group B at Euro 2016.

Lotus position keeps Germany flexible at Euro 2016

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Evian (France) (AFP) In the macho world of international football, Germany have taken a more spiritual approach by employing a yoga teacher at Euro 2016, whose former pupils include Madonna and Sting.

"To my knowledge, I was the only yoga teacher working with a national team at the World Cup in Brazil," Munich-based yoga teacher Patrick Broome told AFP.

Three Russian fans to face trial over Euro 2016 violence

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Marseille (AFP) Three of the 43 Russian supporters detained in France over the violence around the England-Russia match will be tried Thursday, prosecutors told AFP.

Another 20 of the group will be expelled from France although they will face no charges, while 20 will be released, the officials said.

French ministry says 323 arrests made since Euro 2016 start

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Paris (AFP) French police have made 323 arrests since the start of the European Championships, the interior ministry said on Thursday, as Europe's showcase football event continues to be marred by violence.

"Of these arrests, 196 were taken into custody, eight convicted to jail terms and three given suspended sentences," the ministry said in a statement, without offering further details.

Italians ready for Ibrahimovic and Sweden at Euro 2016

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Montpellier (France) (AFP) He terrorised opposition defences in Serie A for seven seasons but Zlatan Ibrahimovic will face stiff resistance to his efforts to rescue Sweden's Euro 2016 campaign against Italy on Friday.

"Zlatan can put a whole team under pressure just by himself, but we have to concentrate on our own game.

Spain eye Euro 2016 progress against out-of-sorts Turkey

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Nice (France) (AFP) European champions Spain are often slow starters at major tournaments, but after Gerard Pique's late winner in their Euro 2016 opener, Vicente del Bosque's men already have the last 16 in sight when they take on Turkey on Friday.

An opening defeat at the 2010 World Cup, and draw at the 2012 European Championship ultimately counted for little as Spain won both tournaments.

Poland confident against Germany after Euro 2016 qualifying win

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Paris (AFP) Having discarded an 81-year wait to beat bitter rivals Germany in Euro 2016 qualifying, Poland believe they can repeat the trick against the world champions to take control of Group C.

The two sides meet in Paris on Thursday with Germany making an emotional return to the Stade de France just seven months after being caught up in last November's attacks in the French capital.

Czechs desperate for win against Croatia at Euro 2016

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Saint-Étienne (France) (AFP) The Czech Republic take on Croatia on Friday with their coach Pavel Vrba targeting a Group D win over "little Spain" to help their bid to keep their Euro 2016 hopes alive.

"With their stars playing at Real and Barcelona, they can be nicknamed 'little Spain'. We know another tough game is in front of us," said the Czech boss.

Where to find Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland on TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

Both Ukraine and Northern Ireland were unlucky to lose their first games of Euro 2016 —for different reasons. Ukraine, against Germany, were a more attacking side, but ultimately came undone against a stronger team.

Where to find Germany vs. Poland on US TV and streaming

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If you're trying to find out how you can watch Germany vs. Poland in Euro 2016, you've come to the right place.

If Germany is to face the most difficult opponent in the Group Stage, Poland is it. Poland knows the German players and system inside and out (many of them play in the Bundesliga).

France expels 20 Russians amid new Euro 2016 hooligan alert

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Marseille (AFP) Twenty Russians including a far-right agitator were to be thrown out of France on Thursday as the city of Lens went into lockdown ahead of England's next Euro 2016 match.

Amid diplomatic tensions over the case, three Russian supporters will also be tried in Marseille, the first from their country to face justice for their role in violence around the England-Russia match in the city on Saturday.

Russian far-right agitator among fans expelled from Euro 2016

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Marseille (AFP) A Russian far-right agitator was among 20 fans to be thrown out of France on Thursday as the city of Lens went into lockdown ahead of England's next Euro 2016 match.

Amid diplomatic tensions over the case, Alexander Shprygin, who heads Russia's football supporters' association, is among fans who will be expelled following violence at the England-Russia match in Marseille.

USA vs. Ecuador preview: USMNT dares to dream in Copa America quarterfinal

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It looked bleak for the USMen's National Teamafter they lost their opening game of the Copa America Centenario to Colombia, but the US bounced back to win their next two games and finish first in the group, thanks not only to a dramatic and heroic 1-0 win over Paraguay, but also to Costa Rica beating Colombia 3-2.

Satisfied Deschamps sees room for improvement

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Marseille (AFP) Late goals by Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet in Marseille secured the win against a stubborn Albania side as well as a slot in the last 16 in another late show for Euro 2016 hosts France.

"This is becoming a bit of a habit, I'd prefer us to break the deadlock a bit earlier," coach Didier Deschamps told media afterwards.

Cord cutter’s guide to watching USA vs. Ecuador Copa America quarterfinal

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This Thursday, the US Men's National Team faces Ecuador in the quarter-finals of Copa America Centenario. If you're one of the growing number of Americans who don't subscribe to cable or satellite, there are several ways you can watch the game for free.

Kickoff time for the match is 9:30pm ET/6:30pm PT on Thursday, June 16.

Giroud hails dogged France after Albania scare

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Marseille (AFP) Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud hailed France's never-say-die attitude after a last-gasp 2-0 win over Albania on Wednesday sent the hosts into the last 16 of Euro 2016.

Giroud missed a few real chances for Les Bleus, notably hitting the base of the upright with a second-half header at a packed Stade Velodrome in Marseille where second-half substitute Antoine Griezmann broke the deadlock in the 90th minute.

Riot squad charges break up Euro 2016 hooligans

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Lille (France) (AFP) French police repeatedly fired tear gas and baton charged England and Russia fans as Euro 2016's hooligan protagonists took their rivalry to a fresh French city in Lille.

Tens of thousands of English, Welsh, Russian and Slovakian supporters took over the city and sporadic brawling erupted between rival groups as a day of heavy beer-drinking took its toll.

Northern Ireland battle for survival in Euros ‘Cup final’

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Lyon (AFP) Northern Ireland face Ukraine in Lyon on Thursday with both sides needing a win to keep their Euro 2016 knockout-stage dreams alive in what Irish boss Michael O'Neill dubbed a 'Cup final'.

Having seen his side's 12-match unbeaten run ended by a 1-0 defeat to Poland on Sunday, O'Neill expects a big improvement for their second outing in a first major international tournament for 30 years.

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‘No magic wand’ to solve Argentina crisis, says Maradona

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Buenos Aires (AFP) Former World Cup winner and national coach Diego Maradona said Wednesday he had no magic wand to solve Argentina's football crisis but agreed to help organise talks to that end.

FIFA president Gianni Infantino had called upon Maradona on Monday to help negotiate deadlocked talks over the future of Argentina's league, where the big clubs want to form a super league.

FIFA 17 will debut Story Mode, managers and other new features

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This week, EA Sports held a conference atthe annual E3 to announce what gamers can expect this fall inFIFA 17.

Let's take a look at what was announced and how it may stack up against previous versions.

FIFA 17 will be running under the Frostbite engine

EA's proprietary graphics engine, which powers many games including Star Wars: Battlefront and Battlefield 1 will now power the FIFA series.