Don’t Take Me Home tells the story of Wales’s Euro 2016 campaign in France where Chris Coleman’s side reached the last four the tournament. The documentary comes from Welsh film-maker Jonny Owen and will be released across the UK on 3 March, with limited screenings taking place on 1 March, St David’s Day Continue reading...
As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision’s reach and the USMNT’s run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country. With the ability to now stream every match, whether scarfing a slice on Coney Island or sipping a cortadito on South Beach while chasing Pikachu on our phones, it’s easy to forget just how abominable soccer coverage here once was. As with World Soccer Talk’s essential history of Premier League TV availability, remembering what American soccer coverage was like reminds us of how the sport’s slide into the mainstream was a monumental struggle. “Given the ratings, I don’t think anyone will
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Didier Deschamps could not have mismanaged his France team any worse than he did at the Euros. First, after late winners obscured two otherwise unconvincing performances that brought his team safe passage to the knockout phase of the tournament, Deschamps was presented with a golden opportunity: a quasi-dead-rubber match, against Switzerland, to settle on a formation and identify his best lineup, before (cutthroat) competition begins in earnest. Yet he did not grasp at the chance. One can understand the protection of N’Golo Kanté (a top 10 player this past season, perhaps even top five) and Olivier Giroud (a top 10 player every season in terms of spilled chances), as they were suspension risks. But the benching of Dimitri Payet, the indispensable play-maker on Deschamps’ squad, as he endeavors to mold his star-laden individuals into a well-gelled unit — to discover its identity — was foolhardy. Second, is the preference for Giroud
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Earlier this week we reported the viewing figures for ESPN’s coverage of Euro 2016. Here are the English-language viewing figures for Copa America on FOX vs. Euro 2016 on ESPN:
|France vs. Romania||ESPN Deportes||129,000|
|Albania vs. Switzerland||ESPN Deportes||58,000|
|Wales vs. Slovakia||ESPN Deportes||122,000|
|England vs. Russia||ESPN Deportes||197,000|
|Croatia vs. Turkey||ESPN Deportes||63,000|
|Poland vs. N. Ireland||ESPN Deportes||128,000|
|Germany vs. Ukraine||ESPN Deportes||186,000|
|Spain vs. Czech Republic||ESPN Deportes||63,000|
|Ireland vs. Sweden||ESPN Deportes||79,000|
|Belgium vs. Italy||ESPN Deportes||141,000|
|Austria vs. Hungary||ESPN Deportes||32,000|
|Portugal vs. Iceland||ESPN Deportes||153,000|
|Russia vs. Slovakia||ESPN Deportes||12,000|
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Case Jernigan and New York-based studio Make Savvy have put forth a brilliant animated short surreal film that wraps up the highlights and lowlights of Euro 2016 very well. Put on the job by The Guardian after the final, the video sums up many of the important twists and turns that led to Portugal’s unlikely […]