Jack Wilshere swears to make his presence in the England set-up known

Jack Wilshere was named in Gareth Southgate’s England set-up recently and many an eyebrow was raised at the sight of his inclusion within the national contingent, and though his career has been riddled with injury woes, the productive 26-year-old has sworn to make his presence in the Three Lions’ midfield known. England will face Italy […]

Russian arrested over Euro 2016 attack that left England fan in coma

• German police hold 31-year-old who was on way to European game
• Portsmouth supporter suffered life-changing injuries in MarseilleA Russian man has been arrested on suspicion of causing serious injuries to an English football fan who was left in a coma after riots which blighted Euro 2016. The 31-year-old was arrested at a German airport while in transit to Spain to watch Spartak Moscow play Athletic Bilbao in the Europa League. He faces up to 15 years in jail in France for attempted homicide and grievous bodily harm. Continue reading...

Don’t Take Me Home trailer: documentary follows Wales’s incredible Euro 2016 – video

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...

A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

Brief History of Soccer on American TV 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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Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

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The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don’t think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you’re a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe! The question is, who is more of a cinderella story: Iceland or Leicester City? Iceland: The entire country of Iceland has a booming population of 332,000 (the size of Leicester), and by booming I am referring to the overwhelming list of active volcanoes on the island. The smallest state in the U.S., Rhode Island, has more registered footballers than the entire country. Their coach, Herman Hreidarsson, is a dentist. Maybe the best day in Iceland football history prior to Continue reading "Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?"

Didier Deschamps’ mismanagement led to France’s downfall at Euro 2016

didier-deschamps 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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Spanish-language viewing numbers for Euro 2016 on ESPN Deportes

euro-2016-espn 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:
Teams Channel Viewing avg.
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’s surreal summary of Euro 2016

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 […]

Newspaper reactions to Portugal winning Euro 2016 against France [PHOTOS]

portugal-champions It was a night when history trumped beauty in a European Final that didn’t come to life until late. In time, few will remember the torpid tenor that preceded the late-stage drama. This was a night to join in Portugal’s jubilation at finally breaking through after so many close calls while marveling at France’s missed chances. Let’s see how the world’s papers reacted to it all: Portugal’s O Jogo captures how this team is now forever part of the nation’s fabric with “Eternal” O Jogo - Eternal A Bola declares “We are the European Champions” and gives props to “The Pride of Portugal” A Bola Before last night Portugal could rightly claim to be the best nation in the world to never have won a major trophy. No longer, Jornal de Notícias announces “It’s ours!” Jornal de Noticias E Nosso April 25th is Portugal’s “Freedom Day,” commemorating the 1975 Carnation Revolution that swept the authoritarian dictatorship Estado Novo out of
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BBC and ITV’s coverage of Euro 2016 fails to impress viewers

bbc-match-of-the-day-euro-2016 Soccer viewers are short changed by the quality of analysis and punditry they are forced to experience, of this there can be no doubt. The sport has a variety of excellent play-by-play men such as Martin Tyler, who does a great job calling the action and informing viewers about who is doing what. But there’s a lack of decent color commentators who add to the action and offer insights that the viewers wouldn’t notice otherwise. Soccer is an extremely tactical game, described by The Secret Footballer as “almost like chess” at the highest level. Everything is worked on beforehand, set piece runs, third man runs, patterns of passing and movement, it’s all planned. Color commentators, who have usually been involved in the game for decades, at least some of it professionally, have been privy to information almost no viewers have. Their knowledge about player preparation and manager methods is far superior
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Euro 2016’s unlikely champions Portugal cap a disappointing tournament

portugal-euro-2016 It was almost fitting that Cristiano Ronaldo, the last vestige of Portugal’s great attacking tradition, only lasted twenty-five minutes before coming off – injured and in tears – at the Euro 2016 final on Sunday. If Portugal were going to win their first major tournament championship at the Stade de France – which they somehow did, in extra time, thanks to a magical strike from substitute striker Eder – it was always going to be with hard work, defense, and little else. A player of Ronaldo’s stature hardly fit in this Portugal outfit. Theirs was a team that started a pair of Southampton players in defense, and won the tournament with a goal from a Swansea City reject. Manager Fernando Santos showed little ambition to attack, and as it turns out, he didn’t need to. Portugal’s uncompromisingly dour style was enough in a tournament that never sparked for more than
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What Portugal’s Euro 2016 victory means for the near-term future of soccer

portugal Dark memories of that brutal night in Lisbon 12 years ago have haunted Portuguese soccer ever since. The dying embers of their golden generation sparked one last charge in 2006, but since then Ronaldo’s Portugal hasn’t been able to find the guile and the drive outside of their run four years ago. In these Euros, it certainly looked like that story would have a new chapter written in it during the group stage. But as Iceland, Wales, Northern Ireland and even Italy proved, organization and a tactical identity can beat back talented teams with a lack of direction, and maybe it is fitting that this tournament ends with the ultimate example of that. Fernando Santos had a strong legacy to build when he took over to manage Greece after the 2010 World Cup. He would know what it was like to watch a tactically superior side frustrate and hold a more
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History!!!!

In a curious twist of fate, twelve years after losing 1-0 to Greece as hosts of Euro 2004, Portugal inflicted the same fate on France And they did it in the absence of Ronaldo – who was carted off on a stretcher after the first ten minutes or so of the game. Eder struck the […]

Where to find France vs. Portugal on US TV and streaming

france-portugal-euro-2016-final If you’re trying to find out how you can watch France vs. Portugal Euro 2016 final, you’ve come to the right place. After a month of entertaining games, we’re down to the final two — France and Portugal — to determine who will be crowned Euro 2016 champions. France had the tougher route to the final, so fitness and match sharpness could be a factor. But will Portugal be able to figure out a way to defeat the host country to be crowned European champions? Here are all of the details of where you can watch it on television and via legal streaming: Who: France vs. Portugal
What: Euro 2016 final
When: Game kicks off at 3pm ET / Noon PT; Sunday, July 10, 2016
Where: Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, WatchESPN, Sling Latino and Sling TV (free trial) If you live outside the United States, you can watch Sling TV via
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Watch France vs. Portugal Euro 2016 Final for free with Sling TV

france-portugal The Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal features two talented teams who have both shown glimpses of brilliance during this tournament. While Portugal have been criticized for being too defensive at times, they’ll need to get past a French team that defeated Germany in the semi-final, putting them in the pole position as favorites to win the competition. Whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Nani, Renato Sanches or Paul Pogba, the game will be blessed by exceptional soccer players in a fight to the finish. Here’s where to find the game on TV: Who: France vs. Portugal
What: Euro 2016 final
When: Sunday, July 10, 3pm ET / Noon PT kickoff
Where: Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Sling TV English-language TV: ESPN and Sling TV Spanish-language TV: ESPN Deportes and Sling TV If you’d like to watch France vs. Portugal for free with Sling TV, follow the instructions
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Watch France vs. Portugal Euro 2016 Final for free with Sling TV

france-portugal The Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal features two talented teams who have both shown glimpses of brilliance during this tournament. While Portugal have been criticized for being too defensive at times, they’ll need to get past a French team that defeated Germany in the semi-final, putting them in the pole position as favorites to win the competition. Whether it’s Cristiano Ronaldo, Antoine Griezmann, Nani, Renato Sanches or Paul Pogba, the game will be blessed by exceptional soccer players in a fight to the finish. Here’s where to find the game on TV: Who: France vs. Portugal
What: Euro 2016 final
When: Sunday, July 10, 3pm ET / Noon PT kickoff
Where: Live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Sling TV English-language TV: ESPN and Sling TV Spanish-language TV: ESPN Deportes and Sling TV If you’d like to watch France vs. Portugal for free with Sling TV, follow the instructions
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Will Portugal make history at Euro 2016?

Ronaldo and Co are on the brink of the game of their lives.They have reached the final under most peculiar circumstances – having won only one match inside 90 minutes. Are they saving the best for last?? The last time they ever reached the finals of an international tournament was in 2004 – where they,the […]

France vs. Portugal preview and predicted lineups for Euro 2016 final

france-portugal Both semifinals at Euro 2016 were games of a few isolated moments. There was Cristiano Ronaldo’s header, and Bastian Schweinsteiger’s inexplicable handball, along with flashes of fortune and industry from Nani and Antoine Griezmann. Neither Portugal nor France truly dominated against Wales and Germany, but at this level, total domination is rare. The margins are so thin, the games so tight; it is often the small moments that make the difference. No team at Euro 2016 can attest to that game theory better than Portugal. Fernando Santos’ team has one only one of its six games in France in normal time, but now stands just 90 minutes from its first major tournament success. France has hardly been consistent in this tournament, but thanks to several heavy doses of individual brilliance, they’ve made it to the final with their dream of lifting their country intact. Griezmann has been great – he’s Continue reading "France vs. Portugal preview and predicted lineups for Euro 2016 final"