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EURO 2016

Shit Football Ink: Poor Git Now Has A John O’Shea Tattoo After Losing Crucial Euro 2016 Bet (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

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Footballing wagers between friends are a dangerous thing as, for example, it usually means some poor sap is going to end up with John O'Shea's face tattooed on his leg for the rest of his life or something.

Indeed, that is exactly what happened to young Ireland fan Max Charles, who lost a bet with his friend and now has the Sunderland skipper's mush indelibly inked about his person.

Snapshot: Croatian Fans Launch Volley Of Flares At San Siro During Euro 2016 Clash With Italy

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By Alan Duffy

It's such a shame to see this sort of nonsense still happening at football grounds. This time it was the away fans during Italy's Euro 2016 clash with Croatia at the San Siro who were to blame.

With the game finely balanced at 1-1, courtesy of early goals from Italy's Antonio Candreva and Croatia's Ivan Perisic, the trobule erupted.

Euro 2016: Belgium 0-0 Wales – Dragons Dig Deep For Priceless Draw In Brussels (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Belgium 0-0 Wales Euro 2016 Qualifiers 16th November 2014

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Wales produced a superb defensive display in Brussels to secure a precious draw against a much-fancied Belgian side.

The hosts went close in the first-half, withNicolas Lombaerts hitting the frame of the goal.

Football Vine: Swiss Winger Xherdan Shaqiri Scores Cheeky Back-Heel Against Lithuania

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By Alan Duffy

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Bayern Munich's stocky widemanXherdan Shaqiri bagged a lovely goal for Switzerland against Lithuania on Saturday. With the game almost over and the Swiss 3-0 up, the attacker nipped between two opposition defendersand back-heeled the ball (from Josep Drmic) past 'keeperGiedrius Arlauskis.

Football GIF: Isco Fever! Spain Schemer Nets Beauty Against Belarus

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By Alan Duffy

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Spain have been blessed with a plethora of world-class playmakers in the last decade and Real Madrid midfielder Isco is the latest schemer to make his mark withLa Roja.

In Spain's 3-0 Euro 2016 win against Belarus on Saturday, the Real Madrid star opened the score on 18 minutes, courtesy of a superbly nonchalant long-range effort.

Euro 2016: England 3-1 Slovenia – Danny’s The Boy As Three Lions Come From Behind To Win At Wembley (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

England 3-1 Slovenia Euro 2016 Qualifying 15th November 2014

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Danny Welbeck continued his superb England goal-scoring run by netting a brace in the Three Lions' less-then-scintillatingwin against Slovenia on Saturday night.

Slovenia Player’s Hat Gives Brutally Honest Critique Of His Team’s Poor Performance At Wembley (Photo)

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By Alan Duffy

No doubt the words on this baseball cap donned by Slovenian player Kevin Kampl refer to old school hip-hop (or something). However, the phrase in question could also be interpreted as a comment on his side's performance against England, which ended in a 3-1 defeat.

Euro 2016: Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland – O’Neill’s Boys Papp-ed In Bucharest (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Romania 2-0 Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 14th November 2014

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A brace fromSteaua Bucharest's Paul Papp sent Northern Ireland to their first defeat of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Michael O'Neill's men had gone into the game on the back of a three-game winning streak but found their hosts too strong.

Euro 2016: Scotland 1-0 Rep. Of Ireland – Maloney Magic Sees Scots Triumph At Celtic Park (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scotland 1-0 Republic Of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifiers 14th November 2014

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Gordon Strachan's Scotland side secured a vital win at home to Ireland on Friday night, in a game played at an incredibly high pace.

Shaun Maloney was the goal-hero for the home side, deftly curling home on 74 minutes.

Wembley To Offer Personal Butler Service To England Fans During Slovenia Qualifier (Photos)

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By Chris Wright

If your idea of the perfect matchday experience happens to include having a fellow human being beholdenin servitude to you for the entire duration of the game then, by Jove, you're in luck!

For this weekend's Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia, England fans attending the fixture at Wembley will be able to apply for the chance to win themselves a butler.

England Squad For Slovenia Qualifier Announced – Saido Berahino, Stewart Downing And Theo Walcott (?) Get The Nod

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By Chris Wright

Roy Hodgson has just blurted out his England squad for both the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Slovenia and the following friendly against Scotland later this month, and the good news is that Saido Berahino has finally been given the nod.

The West Brom striker has scored seven Premier League goals so far this season more than any other Englishman and as such, has ferreted his way into the senior squad having scored 10 goals in 13 appearances for the U21s.

Euro 2016: Germany 1-1 Rep Of Ireland – Centurion O’Shea Saves Day For Boys In Green (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Germany 1-1 Republic Of Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D

On his 100th appearance for the Boys In Green, veteran defender John O'Shea secured a superb point for Ireland away to the world champions.

O'Shea's goal at the death came after the Germans had, unsurprisingly, dominated the game.

Young Fan Snubs Paul Pogba After Asking For His Shirt Only To Be Offered Sweaty Shorts As An Alternative Souvenir (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Seems everybody's keen to get their hands on Pogba's shirt these days

While the rest of the continent continues to fuddle around with qualifying, Euro 2016 hostsFrance wallopedArmenia 3-0 in a friendly inHrazdan last night courtesy of goals from Loic Remy, Andre-Pierre Gignac and Antoine Griezmann.

Euro 2016 Vine & Photos: Serbia Vs Albania Abandoned After Drone Flies Contentious Flag Over Pitch

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of the draw for the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016, UEFA rather sensibly decided to keep Gibraltar and Spain apart and do the same for Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the powers-that-be did allow Serbia and Albania to be drawn in the same group, a decision which was always asking for trouble in light of the Kosovo issue.

Euro 2016: Serbia vs Albania Abandoned After Drone Flies Contentious Flag Over Pitch (Vine & Photos)

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of the draw for the qualifying rounds of EURO 2016, UEFA rather sensibly decided to keep Gibraltar and Spain apart and do the same for Armenia and Azerbaijan. However, the powers-that-be did allow Serbia and Albania to be drawn in the same group, a decision which was always asking for trouble in light of the Kosovo issue.

Euro 2016: Poland 2-2 Scotland – Slick Scots Push Poles All The Way In Warsaw (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Poland 2-2 Scotland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group D 14th October

On a good night for the Home Nation sides, Scotland pulled off a fine 2-2 draw in Warsaw against Poland, a side on a high after beating world champs Germany at the weekend.

The hosts did open the scoring on 11 minutes, courtesy of a fine finish from Krzysztof Maczynski.

Euro 2016: Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland – The Odyssey Continues For O’Neill & Co After Victory In Piraeus (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Greece 0-2 Northern Ireland Euro 2016 Qualifying Group F 14th October 2014

Northern Ireland pulled off a superb win in Greece on Tuesday night to make it three wins out of their first three games for the first time in their history.

Michael O'Neill's charges took the lead after just nine minutes, courtesy ofJamie Ward's effort whichdeflected off Loukas Vyntra and into the Greek net.

Euro 2016: Wales 2-1 Cyprus – Cotterill And Robson-Kanu Fire 10-Man Welsh To Victory In Cardiff (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Wales 2-1 Cyprus Euro 2016 Qualifying Group B 13th October 2014

Wales continued their impressive start to their Euro 2016 campaign on Monday night, albeit courtesy of a nervy home victory over Cyprus.

The hosts started the game superbly and were 2-0 up by the 23rd minute, with goals fromDavid Cotterill and Hal Robson-Kanu putting Chris Coleman's side in the driving seat.

Euro 2016: Norway’s Stefan Johansen Wipes Out Bulgaria Coach With Superb Tackle (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In the same game that saw Norwegian prodigy Martin Odegaard become the youngest ever player to feature in a European Championshipmatch at the tender age of 15 years and 300 days old, Norway (and Celtic) midfielder Stefan Johansen did his level best not to get overshadowed displaying his tough-tackling prowess with a textbook slide tackle on Bulgarian coachLyuboslav Penev's standing leg.

Estonia Left-Back Artur Pikk Made His International Debut Against England Then Reported For National Service Immediately After Full-Time (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Granted we're a bitlate on the uptake here, but this is the benefit for the minuscule gaggleof Pies fansout there who haven't seen it yet.

In stark contrast tothe news that little diddums Raheem Sterling was too plum-tuckeredto start against Estonia on Sunday evening, not only did Estonia left-back Artur Pikk play the full 90 minutes against England, he was also under strict instructions to return to the barracksimmediately after the game in order to report for national service!

Euro 2016: Sweden’s Jimmy Durmaz Pounces After Lichtenstein ‘Keeper Drops Almighty Clanger (GIF)

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By Chris Wright

With Zlatan Ibrahimovic sitting out once again due to a pesky Achilles injury, Sweden picked up their first win of the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign on Sunday evening with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lichtenstein though Erik Hamren's side had to rely heavily on outrageous fortune to get the job done.

Videos

Wayne Rooney’s ‘Cartwheel’ Goal Celebration Against Scotland Mimicked One He Performed Against Them 14 Years Ago (Video)

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By Chris Wright

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In hindsight, Pies did think it was a little strange that Wayne Rooney opted for an uncharacteristic acrobatic hand-spring goal celebration after scoring his first goal of the evening against Scotland on Tuesday evening.

Football Vine: Roy Hodgson And The England Boys Warm Down After Hard-Fought Scotland Victory

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By Chris Wright

Hypnotic, in the most unsettling way possible (turn on sound for full effect)...

(Vine: vonstrenginho)

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Poland’s Artur Jedrzejczyk Leaps Into Front Row Seat To Celebrate With Fans After Scoring Against Switzerland (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

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Poland and Switzerland hammered out a 2-2 draw in their friendly fixtureinWroclaw last night, withJosip Drmic scoring a third-minute opener for the Swiss before most fans had had a chance to wedge their bums in their seats.

Friendly: Scotland 1-3 England – Rooney Bags Brace As Three Lions Outclass Strachan’s Scots (Photos & Highlights)

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By Alan Duffy

Scotland 1-3 England International Friendly 19th November 2014

England produced a superb, vibrant display at a wonderfully charged Celtic Park on Tuesday evening. While Scotland, coming off the back of a vital Euro 2016 win against Ireland, looked heavy-legged, the Three Lions were quick to the ball and full of movement.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar Unleashes Unfortunate Pre-Game Battle Cry Before Missing One-Yard Sitter vs Mexico (Video & GIF)

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By Chris Wright

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While Wesley Sneijder was busy getting his 25-yard thundercannon on, fellow Dutch cohort Klaas-Jan Huntelaar suffered a less than stellar run-out in the Netherlands' 2-3 international friendly loss against Mexico in Amsterdam last night missing an absolute howling one-yard sitter at the back post in the first half.

US Amputee Footballer Josh Sundquist Pretty Much Wins Halloween With Brilliant ‘Foosball’ Costume (Photo & Video)

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By Chris Wright

"Oi, no spinning!"

A gentlemanly doff of the cap is definitely due to American amputee footballer Josh Sundquist who has, without a shadow of a doubt, won Halloween this year with an absolute belter of a costume.

Sundquist, who lost his left leg to bone cancer and now represents his country as part of the US amputee national side, has gone above and beyond in creating a "foosball" (that's "table football" to non-Yanks) costume and he's even cobbledtogether a short behind-the-scenes video to detailthe making of it.

Retro Football: Scotland Hardman Tommy Gemmell Has A Right Old Swing At West Germany’s Helmut Haller, 1969 (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Scotland left-back Tommy Gemmell, seen here in 1969

Picture the scene: It's 22nd October, 1969 and things are getting a bit frantic as the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and West Germany enters its final throes.

Scotland found themselves 3-2 down against adominant West Germany in Hamburg and facing the very real prospect of not qualifying for the 1970 World Cup in Mexico.

James Rodriguez Scores Quick Free-Kick Belter As Colombia Squeak Narrow Win Over Canada (Video)

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By Chris Wright

Everybody loves a good quick free-kick, especially when it's dispatched like this...

For the record, James' strike was the only goal of the game, coming in the 71st minute not a bad result for the Canadians by any stretch.

Swedish U21 Squad Troll France’s Layvin Kurzawa Over Cocky (And Premature) Goal Celebration

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By Chris Wright

Already 0-2 down coming into the second leg of last night's Euro 2015 Under-21 play-off tie, Sweden needed something special to overturn France's lead and something special they duly produced.

Flying out of the traps, the Swedes had drawn level on aggregate by half-time before finding themselves in the lead for the first time in the tie when Oscar Lewicki put them 3-2 up in the 71st minute.

Wayne Rooney Scores An Almost Identical Free-Kick Before The Estonia Game After Being Challenged By Joe Hart (Video)

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By Chris Wright

In which, after being loudly challenged by Joe Hart to do so, Wayne Rooney tucks away an almost identical free-kick away during England's final training session prior to their win over Estonia the following day.

It's a case of 'spot the difference' here.

Mexico

Retro Football: Jimmy Quinn Helps Northern Ireland Secure 1986 WC Qualification With Winning Goal Vs. Romania (Video)

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By Alan Duffy

Ahead of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 clash with Romania in Bucharest, we thought it the perfect time to relive Jimmy Quinn's famous goal for the North away in Romania which helped to secure their passage to the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico.

Facing a fine Romanian side which included the great Gheorghe Hagi, Billy Bingham's boys needed to secure an unlikely win in Bucharest if they were to stand any chance of making it to Mexico.

Football GIF: Wesley Sneijder Scores Thumping 25-Yard Smasheroo vs Mexico

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By Chris Wright

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The main story of the night so far is Carlos Vela scoring twice on his long-awaited return to the Mexico fold, but Wesley Sneijder gave him some stout competition just after the break cancelling out the ex-Arsenal striker's 8th-minute opener with an absolute stonker from 25 yards.

The Rest

British Heptathlon Star Karla Drew Wakes Up £50,000 Richer After Incredible £5 Football Accumulator Bet Comes Off!

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By Chris Wright

Congrats to risingBritishheptathlon star Karla Drew, who has woken up today £50,000 better off afterPanama slogged to a drawagainstCanada and Uruguay beat Chile overnight to see her bold 10-gameaccumulator come off in the wee small hours of the morning.

Football Vine: Jack Wilshere Provides Laser-Guided Assist For Alex Oxlade Chamberlain Against Scotland

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By Alan Duffy

Deployed again in the deep-lying midfield role by Roy Hodgson, Jack Wilshere produced yet another superb display for England against Scotland.

He may still have some way to go if he's to hit the quarter-back playing heights of a Guardiola or a Pirlo, but the young Gunners' assist for team-mate Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's goal was a thing of precise beauty.

Breaking: Roy Keane Alleged To Have Punched Fan Outside Republic Of Ireland Team Hotel

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By Alan Duffy

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Now here's a story to get the media into a frenzy! According to a growing number of media sources, Gardaí were called to an incident at the Republic of Ireland's hotel in Portmarnock outside Dublin on Wednesday night, ahead of their Euro 2016 clash with Scotland.

Plucky Fan Who Applied To Replace Giovanni Trapattoni As Ireland Manager Receives Brilliant Reply From The FAI

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By Chris Wright

Trap: Livin' the life

It's been a little over a year since Giovanni Trapattoni left his post as manager of the Republic of Ireland to take up the role as coach of the Vatican City's in-house football team (we're not kidding), with Martin O'Neill stepping in to replace the veteran Italian a couple of months thereafter.

Stop Us If You’ve Heard This One Before: The Night 16-Year-Old Wayne Rooney Stunned His England Teammates With A Post-Dinner Poetry Recital

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By Chris Wright

As unlikely as it may seem, beneath that pork scratching of an exterior, it would appear that Wayne Rooney harbours the sensitive soul of a poet.

To that end, former England youth coach Dick Bate hastold the Independentthat once, shortly after Englandhad been jettisoned fromthe U17 European Championships in 2002, the then-16-year-old Rooney stunned his teammates with an impromptu recital of a poem he'd written himself.

FIFA Reveal Offical Emblem For 2018 World Cup…

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By Alan Duffy

So, after the obligatory hoo-haa in Moscow, the powers-that-be in FIFA revealed the emblem for the 2018 World Cup, and very, very red it is too. Indeed, to me it looks like a very shy duck, but it's still quite cool!

And while we're at it, here's a look back at the all the previous World Cup emblems which is quite nice!

Egypt International Shawky El-Said Reportedly Returns From Botswana With A Monkey In A Box (Photo)

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By Chris Wright

Egyptian internationalShawky El-Said has caused a ripple of consternation after reportedly returning back home from his country's African Cup of Nations qualifier against Botswana on Friday with a monkey in a box.

El-Said was spotted making his way through Cairo International Airport carrying a box containing what looked to be a new vacuum cleaner, which was enough to raise quizzical, Ancelotti-esque eyebrows among Egyptian fans press likewise.