EURO 2016

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England 1-2 Iceland: Celebrating The One-Year Anniversary Of Steve McClaren Making Himself Look Like A Right Prat (Video)

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of what just might be the absolute nadir of the England national team in a decade or so positively crammed full of them.

We are of course talking about the Three Lions' moribund, gutless, and utterly galling performance against Iceland in the group stages of Euro 2016.

‘I’m Trying To Channel My Passion’ – Joe Hart Admits He Was Too Pumped Up To Save Anything At Euro 2016

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Joe Hart has admitted that his shortcomings at Euro 2016 were probably a result of being overly excited about the whole thing.

Despite all the pre-match tunnel bluster, the patriotic chest thumping and the national anthem bellowing, Hart dropped a couple of clangers as Roy Hodgson's dreary rabble went plummeting out in the group stages.

‘Thank You All For The Great Time’ – Germany Stalwart Bastian Schweinsteiger Announces International Retirement

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On the very day he found he was one of nine Manchester United playerswho have been told to find new clubs, Bastian Schweinsteiger has announced his retirement from international duty with Germany.

It's a day we'd never thought we'd live to see, but after making 120 appearances in 12 years for Die Mannschaft, Basti is bowing out a World Cup winner, no less.

Will Grigg Ties With Paul Pogba In UEFA Short-List Of Best Players in Europe

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Demonstrating once again that all football polls should be rendered mootby their very existence, the short-list for the 2015/16 UEFA Best Player in Europe Award has been announced today.

It's been cobbled together by journalists from all 55 UEFA member associations, who were asked to provide a list of their five best players the first receiving five points, the second four points, and so on.

Iceland

‘I’ve Never Regarded Myself As A Celebrity’ – Roy Hodgson Reveals He Turned Down ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ Offer

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Roy Hodgson has been speaking to the Big Issue, covering such diverse subjects as literature, alternative vocations and why the bloody hell he stuck Harry Kane on corner duty at Euro 2016.

As well as naming his Top 10 favourite books (which consisted of just six), Hodgson also revealed that he knocked back an offer to appear on Strictly Come Dancing, chiefly on the basis that he doesn't consider himself to be a celebrity:

I'd have been another Ed Balls!

Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

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The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don't think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you're a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe!

Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

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The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don't think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you're a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe!

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Bale wants Wales football to build on Euro 2016 glory

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London (AFP) – Gareth Bale is determined that Wales’s success in getting to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 won’t be a one off as they try to qualify for a first World Cup finals in 60 years.

The Real Madrid star has had a tough time at club level in recent months, with injuries and suspensions limiting him to a mere five appearances since November.

Azerbaijan bear the Brunt of Northern Irish firepower

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Belfast (AFP) Chris Brunt put behind him the disappointment of missing Euro 2016 as he scored one and made another in Northern Ireland's 4-0 whipping of Azerbaijan in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Brunt, who missed Euro 2016 because of a serious knee injury, also played most of Friday's match with his head bandaged after a clash of heads early on.

Azerbaijan bear the Brunt of Northern Irish firepower

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Belfast (AFP) Chris Brunt put behind him the disappointment of missing Euro 2016 as he scored one and made another in Northern Ireland's 4-0 whipping of Azerbaijan in their 2018 World Cup qualifier.

Brunt, who missed Euro 2016 because of a serious knee injury, also played most of Friday's match with his head bandaged after a clash of heads early on.

Newcastle United

Newcastle Talented Player On Verge Of International Career

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Karl Darlow's grandfather is former 13 times capped Welsh International Ken Leek who some of us remember when he briefly played for Newcastle and signed for £25K in 1961 but he didn't stay long and scored 6 goals in 13 appearances for us. Ken passed away back in 2007 when he was 72 years old. [...]

Rafa Can Now Easily Block Any Move For Moussa Sissoko

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The unthinkable is about to become thinkable. Who would have thought after his display against Portugal in the final of the Euro 2016 tournament on July 10th 51 days ago that Moussa Sissoko would still be a Newcastle player with less than two days left of the transfer window? Moussa Sissoko when told [.

Euro 2016 Transfers: Bartosz Kapustka and 23 players whose Euro form put them in the shop window

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Euro 2016 may be done and dusted but it's not quite forgotten. Despite the lack of classic matches the Euros had its fair share of excellent team and individual performances, and those quality...

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It’s Started – Newcastle Receive Multiple Bids For Star Player

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There's a report in Spanish publication AS today that Real Madrid have finally given up on trying to get Paul P{ogba to the club and it looks he will finally sign on at Manchester United for around £100M. The Spanish powerhouse have now switched their attention to Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko who is [.

Real Madrid And Other Top Clubs Now After Moussa Sissoko

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Newcastle United midfielder Moussa Sissoko has been linked recently with a move to Italian giants Juventus as a potential replacement for Paul Pogba, who is almost certain to join Manchester United. In fact the Red Devils had him as an alternative if they couldn't get Paul Pogba to Manchester. And there was news yesterday that [.

Sissoko In Another Crazy Interview – Gives Himself 10 Out Of 10

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Sissoko has given a very long interview in France Football today and he talks about a lot of different things, but mainly about himself as per usual. He is asked about different French players and the manager Didier Deschamps and he gives his opinion on them, but it's when he talks about his immediate [.

A Heartfelt Message To Moussa From Lifelong Newcastle Fan

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I just couldn't resist putting this out I cannot stop laughing thanks to cliffy.

Liverpool

Liverpool lead Premier League clubs in earnings from Euro 2016 payout

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Premier League club Liverpool have earned the highest amount of money among English clubs for sending their players to Euro 2016. The Reds received...

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English clubs top Euro 2016 compensation list

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Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) Liverpool led English clubs in taking the lion's share of the 150 million euros ($162 million) compensation handed out by UEFA for freeing players for Euro 2016.

Yet while 60 English clubs shared 38.2 million euros ($41.3 million), Icelandic clubs whose country humiliated England at the tournament got just 118,712 euros.

Adam Lallana Named ‘England Player Of The Year’ For 2016 (Photo)

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Congratulations are in order for Adam Lallana who has been crowned as England Player of the Year for 2016.

The Liverpool man came out on top in the FA's fan poll, taking 39% of the votes to clinch it over Jamie Vardy (12%) and Wayne Rooney (9%) in second and third place respectively.

‘Physically, We Are Not Ready’ – Arsenal Boss Arsene Wenger Cites Euro 2016 Fatigue In Aftermath Of Liverpool Defeat

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Arsene's playing the blame game... again

Stop us if you've heard this one before. Arsene Wenger, with a defensive injury crisis and a lack of striker options to contend with, has turned to blaming outside forces for Arsenal's fragile, lacklustre start to the Premier League season.

The Gunners kicked off with an entertainingly ridiculous 4-3 home defeat against Liverpool, with Wenger's patchwork side looking decidedly less than convincing.

‘It’s Pointless Taking Up A Spot Just Because I’m Reliable’ – James Milner Mulls Over His England Future

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James Milner has revealed that he is seriously considering retiring from international football after finding himself barely involved at Euro 2016.

While demoralised by his experiences (or lack thereof) in France, Milner is also willing to step aside in a selfless act to help clear the way for England's emerging Under-21 talent.

Official: Joe Allen Joins Stoke City After Completing £13m Transfer From Liverpool (Photo)

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Terms were agreed a week or so ago but last night saw Joe Allen formally seal his £13million move from Liverpool to Stoke City.

The Welsh midfielder, who played his way into the UEFA Team of the Tournament at Euro 2016 this summer, has moved to the Britannia on a five-year deal.

BREAKING | Stoke City are delighted to announce the signing of Joe Allen from @LFC on a 5-year deal #SCFC pic.

Wales

‘Don’t Take Me Home’ – The Story Of Wales’ Giddy Run To Euro 2016 Semi-Finals Is Getting Big Screen Treatment

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As was surely inevitable at some stage, Wales' phantasmagorical waltz through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016 is getting the big screen treatment.

'Don't Take Me Home' named after *that* sodding chant will document the astoundingrun Chris Coleman's side enjoyed at the tournament in France: Gareth Bale, Hal Robson-Kanu, all that.

FIFA: Chris Coleman And Claudio Ranieri On Shortlist For 2016 ‘Coach Of The Year’ Award

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Wales boss Chris Coleman has found himself jostling for elbow room with some of the biggest names in management on FIFA's shortlist for their 2016 'Coach of the Year' award.

Coleman guided hisebullient Welsh side right through to the semi-finals of Euro 2016, eventually coming unstuck against eventual tournament winners Portugal.

Portugal

In hindsight, the Euros were easy to call...

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THIS SUMMER PROVED AGAIN HOW USELESS THE 'EXPERTS' ARE
"We are not going there on an excursion," insisted Portugal coach Fernando Santos.
"We are going there to win!"
Cue the smirks from the assembled press at the pre-Euro 2016 conference.
Looking back at this summer's big European tournament, we can all we so maddeningly wise after the event, convinced now having read the statistics at leisure that the best team all along won it in the end.

Cristiano Ronaldo hits back at Jose Mourinho for criticism over Euro 16 antics

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Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo has appeared to have hit back at Jose Mourinho over criticism for his touchline antics in the final of the European competition last month.

After sustaining a knee injury early in the first half, the Portuguese skipper was forced off from Euro 16 final, but continued to furiously cheer and instruct his teammates from the touchline in the latter stage of the game.

Euro 2016: Zoltan Gera’s Low Drive Against Portugal Officially Named Best Goal Of Tournament

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Zoltan Gera's opener in the group-stage thriller between Hungary and Portugal has been officially voted as the best goal scored at Euro 2016.

The match eventually finished 3-3, though it was Gera's 19th-minute daisy-mulching drivethat sparked the whole kit and caboodle into life.

Hmmm.

ESPN

A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

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As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision's reach and the USMNT's run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country.

A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

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As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision's reach and the USMNT's run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country.

Spanish-language viewing numbers for Euro 2016 on ESPN Deportes

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Earlier this week we reported the viewing figures for ESPN's coverage of Euro 2016.

Here are the English-language viewing figures for Copa America on FOX vs. Euro 2016 on ESPN:

Teams Channel Viewing avg.
France vs. Romania ESPN Deportes 129,000
Albania vs.

Spanish-language viewing numbers for Euro 2016 on ESPN Deportes

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Earlier this week we reported the viewing figures for ESPN's coverage of Euro 2016.

Here are the English-language viewing figures for Copa America on FOX vs. Euro 2016 on ESPN:

Teams Channel Viewing avg.
France vs. Romania ESPN Deportes 129,000
Albania vs.

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Russian Politician Suggests Plans To Legalise Hooliganism And Turn It Into Organised Sport Ahead Of 2018 World Cup

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As you may recall, the recent European Championships in France were plagued by outbreaks of hooliganism, not least in Marseille where hordes of Russian yobs staged organisedattacks on groups of England fans.

However, as the rest of the world poured scorn on the perpetrators, one man spoke out in support of the hooligans: that man wasRussian politician Igor Lebedev.

Arsenal fans confused as Ramsey beats Ozil to award

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I am not one of the many Arsenal fans who thinks that Aaron Ramsey is not as good as Arsene Wenger seems to think he is (shown once again this week when he started an out of form Ramsey out wide against Man United) and that apart from that one fantastic season in 2013-14 when [...]

How Euro 2016 Affected Sports Brand Stocks

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Euro 2016 was the largest European Championship in history. With an increased number of 24 teams resulting in more matches, more fans and more money,...

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Borussia Dortmund: Marco ‘Scourge Of The Roads’ Reus Has Finally Passed His Driving Test

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Fabulousnews, y'all. Marco Reus has finally passed his driving test.

As you may recall, Reus was fined over half-a-million euros a couple of years ago when, after being stopped by police in Dortmund, it emerged that the forward had been merrily pootling around in hisAston Martinwithout a valid driving license for THREE YEARS.

Shit Football Ink: Super-Ref Mark Clattenburg Gets Tattoos Of Champions League Trophy And Euro 2016 Logo (Photos)

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One of a small band of 'super refs', Mark Clattenburg has got himself a tattoo of the Champions League trophy after overseeing the 2016 final between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.

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Clattenburg, who also refereed the Euro 2016 final as well as the FA Cup final, got inked on his wrist in California and it's quite a sight.

Charity Match: NBA Star Dirk Nowitzki Replicates Simone Zaza’s Godawful Euro 2016 Penalty Miss In Painstaking Detail (Video)

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Euro 2016 may have been and gone but the windowfor taking the rise out ofSimone Zaza's truly woeful penalty against Germany in the quarter-finals is far from closed.

Indeed, towering NBA star Dirk Nowitzki himself of the German persuasion poked fun at the Italian striker's dismal spot-kick during Wednesday evening's 'Champions for Charity' exhibition game in Mainz by faithfully recreating it right down to the last painstaking detail.

Everton Bump Up Romelu Lukaku’s Asking Price To Whopping £75m To Ward Off Chelsea Vultures

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Chelsea are currently fourth in the reckoningwith 888sport.com to finish top of the Premier League pile this coming season, down below Arsenal, Man Utd and outright favourites Man City.

With a long-lost title to reclaim, new coach Antonio Conte has already set about adding a little more auxiliary firepower to his new squad with the acquisition ofMichy Batshuayi but it would seem that the ex-Marseille striker isn't the only big name Belgium international on the Blues' summer shopping list.

Football Art: Case Jernigan Knocks Out Brilliant Retrospective Animation Of Euro 2016 Highlights (Video)

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US-based animator Case Jernigan (@off_foot) is fast becoming something of a favourite here on Pies, having previously delighted us with his stop-motion renditions ofLionel Messi's famous Copa del Rey goal, Zizou's volley against Leverkusen and even the entire history of association football (here, here and here).