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Reports: Sam Allardyce To Be Appointed As New England Manager ‘Within Next 24 Hours’

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You're looking at the new manager of the England national football team. English football truly has reached its zenith.

Yep, the FA have gone and given the job to Sam Allardyce after interviewing both him and Steve Bruce for the role over the course of the past week or so.

BBC Sport are reporting that Big Sam's appointment is now signed and sealed, with official confirmation due before the end of play on Thursday.

Apply Now: Belgian Football Association Advertise Head Coach Vacancy On Their Website

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Hey you! Yeah, you. Are you a strong, open communicator who can transmit tactically who hasmastered his social context andproven to be installed in a high performance culture?

If you're sat there nodding your headthen you may just be the person the Belgian FA are looking for to replace Marc Wilmots in their top job.

EURO 2016

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.

Euro 2016: Ex-Porto Striker Benni McCarthy Goes Nuts On South African TV After Eder’s Winning Goal (Video)

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Whilethe dust settles on Sunday night's surprise Euro 2016 final victory for Portugal, this clip of ex-South African international Benni McCarthy is well worth a watch.

Working as a pundit on South African television, the former Porto star had tipped the Portugueseat the start of the tournament to go all the way.

L’Hotline Bling: Euro 2016 Star Antoine Griezmann Explains Goal Celebration With Tweet To Drake (Video)

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Antoine Griezmann has proved to be one of the stars of Euro 2016, with the French forward currently leading the goal charts courtesy of six strikes so far. Those goals, including a match-winning two in the semi-final against Germany, has given us ample opportunities to experience his rather dodgy phone-fiddling goal celebrations.

Euro 2016: Hosts France Through To Final After 2-0 Win v Misfiring Germans (Photos & Highlights)

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Hosts France weathered a first-half storm against Germany to run out 2-0 winners in the Euro 2016 semi-final in Marseille, a result which sets up an intriguing final clash with Portugal on Sunday.

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Germany utterly bossed the first-half, but despite the scheming of Mesut Ozil and Toni Kroos, the lack of an in-form striker proved crucial.

Euro 2016: Welsh Dream Ended By Cristiano Ronaldo As Portugal Win 2-0 In Lyon (Photos & Highlights)

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Wales' outstanding Euro 2016 campaign came to a crashing halt in Lyon on Wednesday, with Chris Coleman's side beaten 2-0 by Portugal.

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Without the services of suspended duo Aaron Ramsey and Ben Davies, Wales started brightly against the Portuguese, with Gareth Bale a constant threat in the first-half.

Euro 2016: France Set Up Classic Semi-Final Clash With Germany After Battering Iceland 5-2 (Photos & Highlights)

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Hosts France flexed their muscles in impressive style on Sunday night, giving the neutralsfavourites Iceland a good old spanking in Paris. The result also made England's exit at the hands of the Icelandic side look all the more dismal.

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Didier Deschamps gave a debut to centre-halfSamuel Umtiti, who replaced the suspended Adil Rami, while Newcastle's Moussa Sissoko came in for N'Golo Kanté.

Iker Casillas Retires From Spain Duty With The Help Of A Patriotic Quote Lifted From Rambo II

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Having lost his first-pick status and seen Spain go a-tumblin' out of Euro 2016in the first knockout round against Italy on Monday, Iker Casillas has decided that the time is now right for him to duck out of international duty all together.

Indeed, the 35-year-old 'keeper, who has won all there is to win over the course of his 167 caps, seemed to confirm as much with a Tweet posted the following day in which he thanked fans for their support over the years before signing off with a patriotic snippet lifted from the end of Rambo: First Blood Part II.

He’s At It Again! Commentator Gudmundur Benediktsson Goes Bonkers As Iceland Down England (Video)

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Despite losing his day job recently as assistant coach at KR Reykjavík,Gudmundur Benediktsson was once again at hiseffervescent best during Iceland's momentous victory against England on Monday night.

With the scores at 1-1,Kolbeinn Sigthorsson fired home an historic winner (thanks to a feeble effort at a safe from Joe Hart).

Euro 2016: Chelsea Wingman Eden Hazard Nets Twinkle-Toed Cracker As Belgium Batter Hungary (Video)

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Many people's pre-tournament favourites, Belgium look to be hitting form at just the right time. On Sunday night theysecured a convincing 4-0 win against Hungary, with Eden Hazard superb throughout.

The Chelsea wingerendured a disappointing 2015/16 Premier League campaign with Chelsea, but now the 25-year-old is back to his best.

OMG! Arsenal New-Boy Granit Xhaka Makes Monumental Mess Of Shoot-Out Spot-Kick As Swiss Crash Out v Poland (Video)

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One good thing from Granit Xhaka's horrendous shootout miss against Poland is that we'll finally see an end to the painfully over-used 'Xhaka can/can't' nonsense. However, the Swiss midfielder's penalty miss is sure to haunt him well into his new career with Arsenal.

After120 minutes of an entertaining draw, Switzerland's Last 16 clash with Poland went down to penalties.

The Euro Story: In The Beginning There Was The 1960 European Nations’ Cup, And It Went On For Two Years!

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Czech 'keeper Viliam Schrojf plucks the ball from the feet of a Soviet Union player, 1960

With Euro 2016 now well and truly up and humming, we thought we'd feed your appetite with a series of retrospective posts on the history of Europe's premier international tournament.

The first international football tournament to be staged regularly was the British home internationals, which began in 1883.

When Irish Eyes Are Crying: Roy Keane Gets Tearful As Boys In Green Secure Memorable Win v Italy (Video)

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A magnificent performance from the Republic of Ireland against Italy on Wednesday night saw the Boys in Green book their place in the last 16, courtesy of a creditable four point from a nightmare Group E.

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With Italy already through, manager Antonio Conte made eight changes to his starting line-up, but the Irish still produced a superb, forward-thinking display which deserved the win.

Euro 2016: Icelandic Commentator Goes Utterly Bonkers After Last-Gasp Victory v Austria (Video)

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Wednesday was a rather dramatic day at EURO 2016, with the teams from the final two groups, E and F, battlingit out for a place in the last 16. Group F saw Portugal play out an entertaining 3-3 draw with Hungary.

However, the real story was the success of minnows Iceland, a country of just 400,000 people, who secured a place in the knockout stages courtesy of a last-gasp win against Austria.

Cheeky: ITV Pundit Slaven Bilic Mugs Off Lothar Matthaus Over Croatia’s 3-0 Win v Germany At 1998 World Cup (Video)

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One of the highlights of EURO 2016 so far has come not on the football pitches of France, but in the ITV studios. West Ham boss Slaven Bilic enjoyed a superb first season with the Hammers and now the Croatian is shining in the role of a pundit.

We've already seen his superb table-climbing antics after Dimitri Payet scored for France.

Euro 2016: Sergio Ramos Fluffs Spot-Kick After Real Madrid Club-Mate Luka Modric Tips Off Croat ‘Keeper (Video)

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Spain suffered a rare Euro finals defeat on Tuesday night, with the title holders downed by Croatia in Bordeaux. With the scores at 1-1, the Spaniards did have a great chance to take the lead whenSime Vrsaljko fouled David Silva in the Croatian box. However, Sergio Ramos' spot-kick was saved byDanijel Subasic after some top-secret information from Ramos' clubmate Luka Modric.

“I Haven’t Had Anything To Do In The Whole Tournament To Be Honest” – Joe Hart Bullish Despite Slovakia Stalemate

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A much-changed England side played out an uninspiring 0-0 draw with Slovakia on Monday night a result that sees Roy Hodgson's charges finish second in Group B, a point behind Wales.

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England 'keeper Joe Hart remained bullish after the stalemate, claiming (a tad arrogantly) that he's 'not had anything to do' in the competition so far.

Euro 2016: Joe Ledley Busts Out Some Serious Moves As Wales Cruise Into Knockout Stages (Video)

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Wales produced an outstanding display against Russia on Monday night, with goals from Aaron Ramsey, Neil Taylor and Gareth Bale securing a comfortable 3-0 win which sees them top Group B, a point ahead of England.

Understandably, the Welsh players were rather pleased with themselves at the final whistle, with hipster Joe Ledley shimmying down the touchline.

Wardrobe Malfunction: Four PUMA Shirts Ripped (And One Ball Burst) During France v Switzerland Clash (Photos)

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Hosts France and Switzerland played out an entertaining but goalless draw in Lille on Sunday night. Much has been made of the poor quality of the pitches during EURO 2016 so far, and the turf in theStade Pierre-Mauroy was no better, with many players slipping throughout the game.

However, as well as the poor playing surface, a number of Swiss players had to contend with rather flimsy shirts.

Misfiring Cristiano Ronaldo Misses Penalty In Draw With Austria, Still Lets Pitch Invader Take Selfie (Video)

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Footballing Twitter reached peak-sneer on Saturday night after Cristiano Ronald, missed a penalty in Portugal's disappointing 0-0 draw with Austria. No doubt the Portuguese superstar's remarks after his side's draw with Iceland didn't win him any new friends, but despite all the predictable jeering, the great man was still rather nice to a post-match pitch invader.

Baggy Trousers: Canadian TV Pundits Pay Tribute To Gabor Kiraly’s Magnificent Grey Sweatpants (Photo)

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Gabor Kiraly is a bit of a character. The chunky 40-year-old, who became the oldest player ever to play in a Euro finals competition this month has enjoyed a fine career, lining out for the likes of Hertha Berlin, Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Burnley.

Famed for donning ill-fitting, baggy grey sweatpants when he plays, Kiraly's iconic style choices have now resonated on the other side of the Atlantic.

Euro 2016: Poland’s Arkadiusz Milik Responds To Russell Crowe Tweet After Missed Chances v Germany

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StrikerArkadiusz Milik has endured a difficult opening two games at EURO 2016, despite scoring once against Northern Ireland.

Overall, the Polish star has misseda number of very good chances against both Michael O'Neill'sand Germany, and those misses have come to the attention of none other than Hollywood heavyweight and Gladiator star Russell Crowe.

Euro 2016: Iain Dowie Loses It After Northern Ireland Wrap Up 2-0 Victory v Ukraine (Video)

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Northern Ireland produced a much improved performance against Ukraine on Thursday, with Michael O'Neill's men registering a well-deserved 2-0 win in Lyon.

36-year-old Gareth McAuley opened the scoring just after the break (becoming the second oldest scorer in EURO finals history), before sub Niall McGinn sealed the deal late on.

Euro 2016: Welsh Fan Moved To Tears By Tension During Clash With England, Goes Berserk After Seeing Himself On Big Screen (Video)

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England left it late against Wales on Thursday, with a late, late Daniel Strurridge goal securing a hard-fought but ultimately deserved victory for Roy Hodgson's side. A nervyoccasion throughout, one Welsh fan struggled to keep his emotions in check, weeping as the tension mounted late on, with the score at 1-1.

Euro 2016: Slaven Bilic Celebrate’s Dimitri Payet’s Goal For France, Jumps On Table In ITV Studio (Video)

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilichas proved to be an outstanding signing by ITV for the Euros, with the Croatian an entertaining and insightful pundit. During France's hard-fought 2-0 win against Albania on Wednesday evening, the 47-year-old celebrated another fine goal from Hammers' star Dimitri Payet in classic fashion.

Euro 2016: Napoli Schemer Marek Hamsik Bags Beauty As Slovakia Beat Russia 2-1 (Video)

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Slovakia bounced back from their opening game defeat to Wales by deservedly beating Russia 2-1 in Lille on Wednesday. Central to the victory was Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik, who topped off a fine all-round display with a cracker of goal.

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Hamsik had already set upVladimir Weiss's opening goal on 31 minutesbefore the 28-year-old produced a magnificent finish on the stroke of half-time.

‘They Have A Small Mentality’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Gets Bitchy After Minnows Iceland Battle To Heroic Draw v Portugal

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The final fixtureof the first set of group games at EURO 2016 ended with minnows Iceland producing a huge shock by drawing 1-1 with Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal inSaint-Étienne.

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Ronaldo, like his team-mates, produced a disappointing display against an Icelandic side taking part in their first-ever Euro finals game.

Lukas Podolski Gives Clever Answer To Question About Jogi Loew’s Scratch ‘n’ Sniff Antics (Video)

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In recent seasons, Lukas Podolski has become more famous for his comedic antics on social media than his footballing skills and the former Arsenal striker was in fine form again during a Germany press conference on Tuesday.

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Reacting to a question about Jogi Loew's now infamous (and utterly disgusting) 'intimate sniffing'antics, the 31-year-old replied with a cracking answer.

Euro 2016: Russian Fan Publishes Shocking GoPro Footage Of Violent Rampage In Marseille (Video)

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While Euro 2016 has already produced a plethora of fine goals and high-quality entertainment, the dark side of football has unfortunately reared it's pathetically ugly head, with hooliganism and violence polluting the streets of France.

England's clash with Russia in Marseille proved to be a major flashpoint in the competition so far, with fans clashing both inside and outside the stadium.

retro

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.

The Euro Story: Denmark Enter As Wild Cards And Emerge Victorious While England Get Bogged Down With Swedes And Turnips At Euro 1992

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The 1992 European Championship finals saw the first appearance of a team representing a unified Germany. The huge political changes sweeping Europe also led to the expulsion of Yugoslavia just a week before the tournament began in Sweden. Denmark, fatefully, were selected to take their place.

The opening game saw hosts Sweden give France an almighty fright by taking an early lead and exposing a fragility and lack of organisation amid the ranks of Les Bleus.

The Euro Story: Van Basten Volleys Netherlands To Victory As Euro 1988 Goes Dutch

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While the finals of Euro 1988 were played out in West Germany, the tournament ended up belonging to one of the great Netherlands teams of all time.

Indeed, the seemingly eternal rivalry between the two nations provided a constant backdrop to the tournament.

The eight nations to make the final stages were Italy, Denmark, Spain, England, USSR, Holland and the Republic of Ireland, along with host nation West Germany, whose fearsome side featured the likes of Lothar Matthaus and Jurgen Klinsmann.

The Euro Story: France Dominate On Home Soil As Michel Platini Lights Up Euro 1984

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For the 1984 European Championships, further tweaksto the structure were introduced, with UEFA bringing the competition format into line with that of the World Cup finals.

What we ended up with were straight knockout semi-finals for the top two countries from each final group, with the third-place play-off being ditched entirely.

The Euro Story: Debutantes West Germany Take The Spoils At The First Attempt, Euro 1972

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The fourth instalmentof the European Championships began in 1970, with most of Europe's teams anxious to make up for dismal showings in the Mexico World Cup earlier that year. Again, 32 nations entered.

A Wales team featuring John Toshack looked promising until the demands of the fourth round of the League Cup in England forced the fielding of a makeshift team in a vital game against Czechoslovakia.

The Euro Story: England Go Close But Italy Edge It As European Championship Comes Of Age In 1968

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Italypose for pictures after beating Yugoslavia 2-0 in the UEFA European Championship Final replay at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome, 10 June 1968

By the time of the 1966 tournament, 31 nations had signed up and the competition, now called the European Championship, was firmly established as the top football tournament in Europe.

South America

‘It Hurts To See Lionel In Tears’ – Cristiano Ronaldo Has Sympathetic Response To Messi’s Argentina Predicament

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Despite the pair being sworn mortal enemies, Cristiano Ronaldo has offered a sympathetic take on Lionel Messi's current international predicament.

Indeed, Ronaldo has admitted that it pained him to see Messi in tears after Argentina successfully upheld their 23-year trophy-less streak by losing out to Chile in the Copa America.

Tough Cookie: Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez Tweets Gruesome Photos Of Injured Ankle, But Says He’s On The Mend

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Arsenal attacker Alexis Sanchez has posted new, and rather gruesome, photos of the ankle injury he suffered in Chile's Copa America final triumph against Argentina. However, the Chilean forward is upbeat about his recovery, despite the pictures.

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Sanchez picked up the injury after a heavy tackle in extra-time from Argentina's Gabriel Mercado, which could well have broken his ankle.

Copa America: Argentina’s ‘Dressing Room Victory Photo’ Makes For Fairly Depressing Viewing

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Argentina tonked Venezuela 4-1 on Saturday evening to go marching into the semi-finals of the Copa America, though you could be fooled into thinking otherwise if you only had their dressing room 'victory photo' to go on.

Sat twiddling away on their phones, Lionel Messi (whose goal saw him move level with Gabriel Batistuta as Argentina's all-time record goalscorer), Sergio Aguero and the rest of the chaps looked more like a gang of mopy teenagers sat at a bus stop.

FAIL: Venezuala’s Luis Seijas Attempts Feeble Panenka Spot-kick In Copa America Clash With Argentina (Video)

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The true beauty of a Panenka penalty is that it's equally entertaining when it goes wrong, something Luis Seijas knows all about. During Venezuela's Copa America quarter-final clash with Argentina, the midfielder produced one of the most feeble spot-kick efforts you are ever likely to see.

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Argentina were 2-0 up when, on 42 minutes, the Venezuelans were awarded a penalty and a precious opportunity to get back into the game.