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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.

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.

England

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.

Ireland-England, 1988

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A couple of years ago I did a series of posts on this blog about the Greatest World Cup matches of all time. Truth is that I have been working on the greatest European Championship matches of all time, and just this week I was looking at a match that had its 25-year anniversary this week, namely Ireland-England in 1988.

Coady Confident Of Squad Focus

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England Under-20s captain Conor Coady has emphasized the squad are heading into their World Cup campaign "focused" and eager to do their best.
The group of 21 players, overseen by Peter Taylor, travel to Turkey on Wednesday for the tournament, in which they will play Group E fixtures against Iraq on June 23, Chile on June 26 and Egypt on June 29.

Despite Imminent Sacking, Stuart Pearce’s Entire England U-21 Tenure Wasn’t A Failure

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Stuart Pearce's England Under-21 side has crashed out of the European Championships with a whimper. But it would be unfair to label Pearce's tenure a failure. Sometimes managers stay too long at the international level. It's a four year job at most, and Pearce overstayed his welcome at this level.

England vs Norway, u-21 European Championship: Open Thread

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After England's disappointing one-nil loss against Italy in mid-week, Stuart Pearce's under-21 team has an opportunity to pick up all the pieces and start all over again today in the team's match against Norway, scheduled to kick off at Noon ET.

For viewers in the United States, the match is being shown live on ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

England vs Italy, u-21 European Championship, Group Stage: Open Thread

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England kick off their first match in the under-21 European Championship today at 2:30pm ET (on ESPNU, ESPN Deportes and ESPN3.com for viewers in the United States) against Italy.

The Group Stage match in Group A pits an England team managed by Stuart Pearce against an Italian side that Pearce says are favorites to win the group.

UEFA

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.

FOX Sports Wins US Media Rights to European Qualifiers For Euro 2016 and 2018 World Cup

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FOX Sports has acquired the US media rights to the European qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2016 and FIFA World Cup 2018.

FOX will have exclusive rights in the USA to all of the qualifying matches.

The qualifying matches for Euro 2016 begins in September, 2014 and runs through November, 2015 to determine the 23 qualifying teams (France, as host automatically qualifies for the tournament).

Spain

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.

Spain vs Italy, Under-21 European Championship Final: Open Thread

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The final of the under-21 European Championship kicks off today with two brilliant sides facing each other in the final in Israel.

Spain, who have been a joy to watch this tournament —especially Isco, who has been a revelation —faces an Italy team who will be confident after defeating the Netherlands in the semi-final.

Etching Themselves In The History Books

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The one in red is a bit good isn't he

Champions, Champions, Champions. That's how the record will read for Spain going into their next footballing assignment. They have reached the pantheon of greatness as they now become the first team ever to retain the Henri Delaunay trophy. A run that started 4 years ago in the same competition, it is unprecedented and in all likelihood, unlikely to be repeated.

Greatness Beckons

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Captains

A deep lying midfielder and a goalkeeper coming off the end of a successful Serie A season where they could not be beaten in any league game. Both and a few more of their team mates are on the verge of adding the European Championship to their honours list. A mad man (as many would like to call him) and the cause of consternation amongst fans, dividing opinions between that and that of a genius.

Champions League

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Q / FINAL RESULT | FC BARCELONA 1 PARIS ST GERMAIN 1 | BARÇA WINS IN AGGREGATE

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Former Lyon player and manager Bernard Lacombe makes sexist comment on radio show

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Bernard Lacombe started his career as a striker with Olympique Lyon, and masterminded several Champions League campaigns as manager of the club after retiring. The 1984 European Championship winner is now an adviser to club president Jean-Michel Aulas, and is credited with bringing in several key signings in recent seasons.

Chelsea do not need Portuguese striker

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For almost a decade now Chelsea tips have linked the club with every relatively big name in football, with every rising starlet or disgruntled legend poised to touch down at Stamford Bridge.

Rarely do these big transfer rumours materialise and quite often – in the case of Andriy Shevchenko and Adrian Mutu – these stars turn out to be flops.

The Return Of Sexy Football

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Gunners we all have to admit that our football didn't live up to its reputation last season, we weren't as good to watch as we were when we had Fabregas, Nasri and Jack Wilshere in the team.
I'm not complaining but -In My Opinion- our football wasn't as entertaining as before.

Italy

Wayne’s time is up.

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In my own humble opinion Wayne Rooney's days in an England shirt should be numbered. His performance against Italy, showed us all of what we don't want to see in our national team, Rooney showed no desire and utter laziness to what was a head in hands evening for most England supporters, I believe we should look elswhere for striking talent and leave Wayne to focus on club football as he never really performs in the major International tournaments.

Balotelli Struts His Stuff To Get Italy in Another Final

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Messi? Who? I only want to be better than Bendtner. I can do the underpants thing too.

It's been decided. The winner of the last 2 World Cups will contest the final on Sunday. Italy played the perfect game to see off the challenge of Germany to set up a rematch of their group game against Spain.

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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Manchester United's Champions League Draw Looks Tough

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Yesterday, the Champions League draw took place in Monaco and it hasn't been kinder to the British clubs - except Chelsea! Manchester United will have to face some tough teams to qualify for the knock out stages. United have been drawn in Group A along with Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen and Real Sociedad.

Gareth Southgate Named England Under-21 Boss to Replace Stuart Pearce

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Former Middlesbrough manager and England centre back Gareth Southgate has been handed the tempting but challenging role of putting faith back into the England youth set-up as Under-21 coach.

The FA confirmed Southgate will take over from Stuart Pearce immediately following a disappointing European Championship campaign for the Under-21 squad.

Barcelona vs Levante: Players to Watch

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Sunday will mark the start of the 2013/2014 La Liga campaign for Barcelona. They will be home at Camp Nou against Levante. The Catalans won the league last season, dominating their opponents on all aspects of the ball, and will look to defend their title again this season. With new manager Gerardo Martino and the major signing of Neymar in the off season, there are expectations from many for Barcelona to win the league once more and also another European Championship.

Euro 2013: German Women Make It Six Euro Titles In A Row, Losers Norway Rue Penalty Misses (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany retained the European Championship trophy in Stockholm on Sunday afternoon, deservedly beating underdogs Norway 1-0.

The Germans started slowly but would ultimately break the deadlock in the second half, courtesy of sub Anja Mittag who scored after a superb passing move from the holders.

Marcos Senna Signing Shows That New York Cosmos Mean Business

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The revived New York Cosmos announced the signing of Villarreal legend and European Champion Marcos Senna on Thursday. Senna's signing is further indication that the revived Cosmos, now in the second-tier of football in America, the North American Soccer League (NASL) are serious about building a high-level side despite the restriction of not being in the American top-flight league.