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Gameiro hits double in handsome France win

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Paris (AFP) Kevin Gameiro marked his first international start in almost five years with a brace as France came from behind to beat Bulgaria 4-1 and kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday.

On their first outing at the Stade de France since losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in July, France fell behind to an early Mihail Aleksandrov penalty but Atletico Madrid striker Gameiro not part of the European Championship squad got the equaliser.

Gameiro hits double in handsome France win

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Paris (AFP) Kevin Gameiro marked his first international start in almost five years with a brace as France came from behind to beat Bulgaria 4-1 and kick-start their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday.

On their first outing at the Stade de France since losing the Euro 2016 final to Portugal in July, France fell behind to an early Mihail Aleksandrov penalty but Atletico Madrid striker Gameiro not part of the European Championship squad got the equaliser.

Infrastructure to blame for lack of CAN expansion

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Paris (AFP) African football chief Issa Hayatou blamed "a lack of infrastructure" for the 16-team Africa Cup of Nations tournament failing to mirror the expansion of the European Championship, he told RFI on Friday.

"If there was no handicap originating from infrastructure we would have gone to 24 teams," said Hayatou, the long-serving president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Spain

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

Italy expect vengeful, ‘more motivated’ Spain in W. Cup qualifier

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Milan (AFP) Italy defender Leonardo Bonucci expects a "more motivated" Spain to come seeking revenge for their early exit at Euro 2016 when the sides meet in a mouthwatering 2018 World Cup qualifier in Turin on Thursday.

Italy host 'La Roja' at Juventus Stadium in what is their first meeting since Spain's 2-0 last-16 defeat to the Azzurri at the Stade de France in June ended their hopes of a record third consecutive European Championship crown.

SPAIN EUROPEAN INDOOR SOCCER CHAMPION

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SPANISH FOOTBALL SPORTS FLASHBACK | MARCELINO LEGEND

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RIP Luis Aragones

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Luis Aragones appeared to some as an old, vulgar, dictatorial, and for some racist, old man. But it was clear that his football players loved him, perhaps seeing in him a father figure who said things directly and the job got done. Because indeed, Luis Aragones got the job done of bringing Spanish football to the top of the world after decades and decades of disappointments and underperformance.

Was Iker Casillas Dropped For Being A Peacemaker?

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Explosive comments by Spain coach Vicente del Bosque that Iker Casillas was dropped by Jose Mourinho last season because he attempted to ease tensions between the Spain internationals that play for Real Madrid and Barcelona.

As games between Real and Barcelona intensified in bitterness, there were concerns in Spain that the relationship between Real's Spain internationals, including Casillas, Alvaro Arbeloa, Sergio Ramos and Xabi Alonso would be frayed beyond repair with Barca stars such as Xavi, Iniesta, David Villa and Carles Puyol.

International football

Euro U21: Man Utd Starlet Marcus Rashford Nets Hat-Trick As England U21s Batter Norway 6-1 (Video)

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After scoring on his Man Utd debut, his Premier League debut and his England senior team debut, Marcus Rashford netted a superb hat-trick in his first ever game with the Three Lions' U21 side in Colchester on Tuesday night.

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Gareth Southgate started Rashford up front in the European Championship qualifier against Norway and the 18-year-old didn't disappoint, netting on 29, 65 and 71 minutes as the England youngsters battered the visitors.

The Euro Story: France Do The Double At Euro 2000, Portugal Implode And England… Let’s Not Go There

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The 11th European Championships marked another revolutionary first as Belgium and the Netherlands stepped up to the plate as co-hosts.

The competitionwas again contested by 16 nations and they delivered what, in this writer's humble opinion, was one of the finest tournaments of all time.

With their Golden Generation now fully matured, Portugal stormed through Group A, winning all three games.

EURO 2016

SPAIN 1 CZECH REP 0 | EURO 2016 GROUP D RESULT

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SPANISH FOOTBALL TEAM | LIST OF 25 PROVISIONAL PLAYERS

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Which Arsenal players can we expect to see at the Euros?

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Which Arsenal players can we expect to see at the Euros? By AH As we approach the final week of this seasons Barclays Premier League, Arsenal fans must certainly disappointed with how things panned out. Although it could have been so much better for the Gunners, with the rest of the usual top four blowing [.

Euro 2016: Most likely upsets

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Euro2016 is ahead of us, and, as always people keep talking about the favorites, about the best players. You will hear a lot of people claiming that it is obvious that the Germans will win the competition, or that England, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy will make it to the semi-finals. In this article we will take a look at the teams that might cause and upset and surprise everyone.

Euro 2016: Most likely upsets

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Euro2016 is ahead of us, and, as always people keep talking about the favorites, about the best players. You will hear a lot of people claiming that it is obvious that the Germans will win the competition, or that England, Germany, Spain, France, Belgium and Italy will make it to the semi-finals. In this article we will take a look at the teams that might cause and upset and surprise everyone.

England given Wales showdown at Euro 2016

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England and Wales will meet at Euro 2016 after Saturday's draw in Paris for next year's 24-team finals paired them together in Group B, while world champions Germany can look forward to meeting neighbors Poland.

The British rivals were drawn alongside Fabio Capello's former team Russia and tournament debutants Slovakia, and will meet each other in their second match in the northern city of Lens on June 16.

England given Wales showdown at Euro 2016

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England and Wales will meet at Euro 2016 after Saturday's draw in Paris for next year's 24-team finals paired them together in Group B, while world champions Germany can look forward to meeting neighbors Poland.

The British rivals were drawn alongside Fabio Capello's former team Russia and tournament debutants Slovakia, and will meet each other in their second match in the northern city of Lens on June 16.

Where to find the Euro 2016 draw live on US TV and streaming at Noon ET

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The draw for Euro 2016 is upon us, featuring the most number of teams competing in the tournament (24) compared to the previous 16 from 1996 onwards.

If you live in the United States and you want to watch the draw live, you can via TV and/or streaming. Here are all of the details you need:

What: Draw for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament (to be held in France next summer)
When: Coverage of the draw begins at Noon ET / 9am PT, Saturday, December 12
Where: Live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Streaming: Live on ESPN3.

Where to find the Euro 2016 draw live on US TV and streaming at Noon ET

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The draw for Euro 2016 is upon us, featuring the most number of teams competing in the tournament (24) compared to the previous 16 from 1996 onwards.

If you live in the United States and you want to watch the draw live, you can via TV and/or streaming. Here are all of the details you need:

What: Draw for the UEFA Euro 2016 tournament (to be held in France next summer)
When: Coverage of the draw begins at Noon ET / 9am PT, Saturday, December 12
Where: Live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes
Streaming: Live on ESPN3.

Should the European Championship go ahead?

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Horrible terrorist attacks create fear, and the recent attack in Paris has swept fear over Europe, and not least over football, as the Stade de France was also targeted in the last attack. Tonight, Germany-Netherlands was cancelled in Hannover due to a credible terrorist threat. Can France really hold a European Championship where they guarantee security?

US TV and streaming schedule for games played during international break

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Sixty-seven international games will beshownlive across televisions and the Internet to viewers across the United Statesin the next week featuring must-see games including the CONCACAF Cup (USA-Mexico), Round 1 of World Cup qualifiers from South America, and the final two matches in Euro 2016 qualifying as several nations are on the precipice of qualifying for the tournament to be played next summer.

US TV and streaming schedule for games played during international break

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Sixty-seven international games will beshownlive across televisions and the Internet to viewers across the United Statesin the next week featuring must-see games including the CONCACAF Cup (USA-Mexico), Round 1 of World Cup qualifiers from South America, and the final two matches in Euro 2016 qualifying as several nations are on the precipice of qualifying for the tournament to be played next summer.

Quitting the Netherlands job is the correct decision by Guus Hiddink

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So Guus Hiddink has resigned as the Netherlands coach and it should come as little shock to anyone. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager endured a torrid time in charge of his home nation since taking the job in July 2014.

In his first match back in the hot seat he saw his side lose 2-0 to Italy in a friendly, but it is the Netherlands devastatingly poor form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers which would ultimately force Hiddink's hand.

Quitting the Netherlands job is the correct decision by Guus Hiddink

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So Guus Hiddink has resigned as the Netherlands coach and it should come as little shock to anyone. The former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager endured a torrid time in charge of his home nation since taking the job in July 2014.

In his first match back in the hot seat he saw his side lose 2-0 to Italy in a friendly, but it is the Netherlands devastatingly poor form in the Euro 2016 qualifiers which would ultimately force Hiddink's hand.

Wales’ victory over Belgium shows they are ready to compete on the big stage

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Three years ago, I drove across the United Kingdom just to see a soccer match. Stupidly I had planned a vacation during an international break and the one exciting match occurring in the U.K. during that time was the Wales versus Scotland World Cup qualifier. Both countries were languishing near the bottom of their group, but inspired by the intersectional rivalry, I joined the Wales FA and purchased a ticket to sit across from the Wales bench, next to the supporters' group.

Wales’ victory over Belgium shows they are ready to compete on the big stage

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Three years ago, I drove across the United Kingdom just to see a soccer match. Stupidly I had planned a vacation during an international break and the one exciting match occurring in the U.K. during that time was the Wales versus Scotland World Cup qualifier. Both countries were languishing near the bottom of their group, but inspired by the intersectional rivalry, I joined the Wales FA and purchased a ticket to sit across from the Wales bench, next to the supporters' group.

Euro 2016 qualifying rounds are captivating to watch

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With the Euros expanded to 24 for the next tournament in France, this was the cue for many to call out qualifying for the tournament, with some calling it "academic" and "boring". To the surprise of so many, not only has it not been boring, it's been intensely captivating. The stories emerging as Europe's middle class gets its long due chance at making it to a tournament they'd otherwise have little hope of getting too has created some fascinating storylines.

Euro 2016 qualifying rounds are captivating to watch

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With the Euros expanded to 24 for the next tournament in France, this was the cue for many to call out qualifying for the tournament, with some calling it "academic" and "boring". To the surprise of so many, not only has it not been boring, it's been intensely captivating. The stories emerging as Europe's middle class gets its long due chance at making it to a tournament they'd otherwise have little hope of getting too has created some fascinating storylines.

Luka Modric To Miss Three To Four Months After Sustaining Injury On International Duty

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According to Real Madrid's club doctors, midfielder Luka Modric sustained a torn left proximal rectus femoris tendon (thetendon to the top of the muscle near his hip) and will be out of action for between three and four months.

The setback occurred during Croatia'sEuro 2016 qualifier against Italy yesterday.

Manchester United Midfielder Daley Blind Ruled Out For A Month With Suspected Knee Injury

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The hits just keep coming for Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal.

Earlier this weekend it was learned that goalkeeper David De Gea had dislocated a finger while training with Spain. Now it is understood that midfielder Daley Blind has been sidelined for between four to six weeks with suspected knee ligament damage.

ESPN Sets Its Sights On Euro 2016 After Raising Bar On World Cup Coverage

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So much of the discussion regarding ESPN's coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup has been centered around what a magnificent job the network has done, but the fear of what's going to happen after ESPN hands over the rights to FOX Sports, which effectively happens after the World Cup coverage ends on Sunday night.

England

The Euro Qualified nations

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20 out of 24 nations are ready for the 2016 European Championship in France. Despite the fact that I am those who think that a European Championship of 24 teams is way too much, I cannot help but notice some notable newcomers among the 20 nations, some of which would even have qualified with 16 nations, showing what is perhaps a power shift going on in European football: Group A: The Czech

England in danger of heavy criticism against San Marino, says Graham Taylor

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England are in danger of heavy criticism when they face minnows San Marino tonight in the European Championship qualifier. Roy Hodgson's side...

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Euro 2016 Qualifying Draw Revealed

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The draw has been made for the Euro 2016 qualification process to determine which 24 teams will end up playing in the Euro 2016 tournament that will be staged in France.

The qualifying matches will start in September 2014 and proceed until its conclusion in late 2015. Current champions Spain will participate as will Gibraltar, who are playing in a major international competition for the first time.

Greece

The greatest teams: Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004

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Throughout the history of soccer, there have been many shocks. Despite this, no underdog side has ever pulled off such an upset at an international tournament. Greece pulled off the impossible in 2004, winning a competition in which they were completely unfancied, with all odds up against them. Over a decade later, they are still well-remembered.

The greatest teams: Greece’s triumph at Euro 2004

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Throughout the history of soccer, there have been many shocks. Despite this, no underdog side has ever pulled off such an upset at an international tournament. Greece pulled off the impossible in 2004, winning a competition in which they were completely unfancied, with all odds up against them. Over a decade later, they are still well-remembered.

The Rest

D.C. United's Alvaro Saborio and Markus Halsti called up for national team duty

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The veteran duo won't miss any United games while away with Costa Rica and Finland, respectively.

A pair of D.C. United veterans will leave the club after tomorrow's game against the New York Red Bulls for international duty. Alvaro Saborio has been called up by Costa Rica, while Markus Halsti will join the Finnish national team for European Championship qualifying.

Chelsea’s Diego Costa named in Spain squad despite Jose Mourinho concerns

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Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been named in the Spain squad for the upcoming European Championship qualifiers despite Jose Mourinho's claims...

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Why UEFA 2020 Will Be the Most Exciting Summer Tournament Ever

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In December 2012, UEFA announced that the 2020 European Championship will take place in "12 or 13" different European cities in as many countries, giving smaller soccer nations the chance to bring the European festival to their doorstep without having to shoulder the financial and logistical burdens of acting as sole or co-hosts.