Tag Archives: EURO 2016

The origins of the European Championships


As with the FIFA World Cup, the European Champion Clubs’ Cup and the modern Olympics, the first major European national competition was the brainchild of a Frenchman: Henri Delaunay, the secretary of the French Football Federation. He initially mooted his vision in 1927, but it took the advent of UEFA in 1954 to truly get the project off the ground. ...

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Oxlade-Chamberlain to miss Euro 2016

The 22-year-old midfielder has been out of action since sustaining a knee injury against Barcelona in February

England winger Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has been ruled out of this summer’s European Championship after suffering his second knee injury of the season. Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says the 22-year-old, capped 24 times, will be out for a further six to eight weeks. Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered his initial knee injury in the Champions League defeat by Barcelona on 23 February. “There is ...

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Netherlands beat England 2-1 at Wembley


England failed to build on the optimism generated by their thrilling victory in Germany as they were beaten in a friendly by the Netherlands, who have not even qualified for Euro 2016. On a night when Wembley paid its respects to the late Dutch legend Johan Cruyff with applause in the 14th minute, a much-changed England side slipped to a ...

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Roy Hodgson hails comeback win against Germany as best night


Roy Hodgson hailed Saturday’s thrilling 3-2 victory over Germany as his best night as England manager but admitted he will now work to keep his players’ feet on the ground. The Three Lions came from two goals down to secure a memorable victory in Berlin’s Olympiastadion as Eric Dier headed in a last-minute winner after Harry Kane and Jamie Vardy ...

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Leciester City midfielder Danny Drinkwater gets England call

Danny Drinkwater has been a key figure in Leicester's rise to the top of the Premier League this season (Image credit: AFP)

Leicester midfielder Danny Drinkwater has been named in the England squad for the Euro 2016 warm-up games against Germany and the Netherlands. It is the 26-year-old’s first call-up to the senior national team. Roy Hodgson’s team travel to Berlin to face world champions Germany on Saturday, 26 March, then host the Dutch at Wembley on Tuesday, 29 March. Tottenham full-back ...

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Euro 2016 Group Stage Draw


The draw for the group stages of the 2016 European Championships was made in Paris on Saturday evening. There is a brand new format for the 2016 edition of this competition, as there are 24 teams in total, which will be sorted into six groups. The top two teams in each group will qualify for the knockout stage, as well ...

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Walters double takes Ireland to UEFA EURO 2016

Jon Walters wheels away after giving the Republic of Ireland the lead

The Republic of Ireland reached their second successive UEFA European Championship after a goal in each half from Jon Walters propelled the Boys in Green past Bosnia and Herzegovina in tonight’s play-off second leg. With an away-goals advantage following Friday’s 1-1 draw in Zenica, the hosts raised their game, a match-winning performance sealed by Walters’ first-half penalty and fine volleyed ...

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EURO 2016 qualifiers: Rooney fires in late England winner

Wayne Rooney (Image credit: Reuters)

England captain Wayne Rooney scored a late winner against Slovenia to keep his team firmly on track for Euro 2016. Rooney’s late strike, and two spectacular goals from Jack Wilshere, mean England have won all six of their Euro 2016 Group E qualifiers so far. But their unblemished record was under threat when a catalogue of defensive errors saw veteran ...

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