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.
Remember what we said about Dimitri Payet being named Player of the Tournament at Euro 2016? Well, you can go ahead and forget it.
Turns out Pies, like several other sites, got all confuzzled by the same press statement emitted by UEFA in which they appeared to ordain Payet as their player of the tournament by way of finishing on top of their special 'performance barometer'.
Dimitri Payet has been named as the best player at Euro 2016 after finishing the tournament on top ofUEFA's 'player barometer', i.e, the aggregator they've usedto process performance statistics since day one.
Payet got off to a flying start be scoringthe winning goal for France in the opening match against Romania, scoring twice more in Les Bleus' run to the final.
I wasn't intending to come to the Final, but since I returned home two weeks ago I had kept an eye on the UEFA ticketing website and had been able to get tickets for every game played in the knockout stage whilst I was back at work.
I mentioned this at work, and explained that if I got a ticket I would be late for work on Monday.
Mesut Ozil sent out a heartfelt tweet to club team-mates Laurent Koscielny and Olivier Giroud, who were part of the losing French team last night. France were beaten by Portugal in extra time, thanks to a fantastic long-distance strike by Eder, and will have to find a way to put the pain of that behind [.
Watching Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal lift the European Championship trophy in Paris last night proved too much for one particular France fan, who struggled valiantly but ultimately failed to stave off the waterworkswhile watching on in the Fan Zone.
However, as the France supporter blubbed away in his own little private bubbleof pain, it was quickly pricked by the actions of a young Portuguese samiratan, who wandered over to the bloke and extended a consolatoryhand of friendship.
Portugal meet France at the Stade de France on Sunday in the Euro 2016 final.
Didier Deschamps takes charge of the favourites who have scored seven goals in their last two matches to reach the final, whilst the Portuguese have only scored eight in the whole tournament in comparison.
After a slow start to the tournament that only saw them beat Romania and Albania very late in their opening two matches, held by Switzerland in their final group game and come from behind to beat the Republic of Ireland 2-1, France have exploded into life to reach the final.
When hosts France will take on Portugal on Sunday in the Euro 2016 final, they will start as an overwhelming favourite. France have won their last ten matches against Portugal, there is a clear psychological advantage, but most importantly Les Blues are playing as a unit and are bubbling with confidence.
The final of an international tournament has rarely proved to be the most fascinating or engrossing one in the edition but Sunday’s Euro 2016 final promises to be an intriguing clash between France and Portugal, who have been very fascinating to observe, for a variety of reasons.
Despite Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo being their country’s star men, it is the team effort from both set of players that has guided them to Sunday’s final.
First of all I would just like to address the recent Arsenal transfer rumours that have been saying that the Newcastle United and France international star Mamadou Sissoko would reject a move to north London with either Arsenal or our local rivals Tottenham in favour of a move to Anfield to play for Jurken Klopp's [.
Arsenal are one of the many clubs in the Premier League and around Europe that have been linked with the possible signing of the Real Madrid and France international star Raphael Varane, but with the young centre back regularly being talked about as one of the most talented and promising young players in the world [.
The newly-rechristened Mikel John Obi has found time inhis busy schedule to welcome old pal Paul Pogba back to the Premier League with a timely reminder of the kind of midfield foe he'll be coming up against this season.
Indeed, the Chelsea veteran sought to put the willies up Pogba, who you may have heard made an understated return to Manchester United a few days ago, by chucking in a video clip of the time he nutmegged the bejesus out of his French counterpart at the 2014 World Cup.
Former Italian defender Marco Materazzi has undisclosed what he said to his opponent Zidedine Zindane which caused the infamous headbutt incident in the 2006 World Cup final.
In the 110th minute of the mega International finale, France midfielder Zidane produced one of the most controversial moments in the history of the game as he was sent off for headbutting Materazzi after the duo confronted each other during a heated encounter.