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21 under 21 at Euro 2016

Olexandr Zinchenko – Ukraine (19) Zinchenko is a product of the Shaktar Donetsk Youth Sportive School system, but was let go by Shaktar in 2014 to join FC Ufa of the Russian Premier League. He made his international debut against Spain in a Euro 2016 qualifier and scored his first goal against Ukraine breaking a record previously held by Andriy …

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Fernando Santos: Ronaldo is More Important to Portugal than Real Madrid

Portugal coach Fernando Santos is relying on Cristiano Ronaldo to use another impressive season as a starting point for a strong Euro 2016 campaign. Only eight days after Real Madrid lifted the Champions League trophy thanks to Ronaldo scoring the winning penalty against Atletico, he joined his national team in training on Sunday. His presence is a boost for Portugal …

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World Cup 2014: Bizarre and Hilarious Moments

In a World Cup full of twists and turns, it’s time to look back on some of the stranger moments of World Cup 2014. The James Rodriguez Grasshopper After taking a penalty against Brazil, James Rodriguez was joined in his celebrations by the giant insect which latched onto his arm. Making a brilliant cameo appearance, the grasshopper went completely unnoticed …

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World Cup Preview: Group G

Our penultimate group preview here at footyblog takes us finally to the Group of Death, featuring 4 sides each very capable of advancing in the forms of Germany, Ghana, Portugal, and the United States. Group Overview Group G is considered the “Group of Death” of the 2014 World Cup, comprised of 4 sides who all made it to the knockout …

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Will the USA Advance Past Group G?

We’ve had a couple of months to absorb the crushing blow of a group draw with Ghana, Germany, and Portugal, so it’s time to pose the question: can the US advance? Yes, they can. Let’s be honest about it. United States fans are filled with optimism for this World Cup, and that is because of the magical Jurgen Klinsmann. The …

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Benfica boss Jorge Jesus is the longest serving manager in the Primeira Liga after joining the club in 2009

Scout Report: Portugal

Background The Portuguese first division, the Primeira Liga, has been in establishment since 1934, and is currently in its 80th season. Before 1938, the Portuguese league was not considered the most important competition for club sides; it was in fact the Portuguese knock out cup that was more important, with the winner being crowned Portuguese Champions. The Portuguese top division …

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France, Portugal and Croatia all win to progress to finals as Greece hold on

France completed a stunning comeback as they won 3-0 in 90 minutes to overturn the 2-0 defeat they faced at the hands of Ukraine on Friday night. A goal in each half by Liverpool’s Mamadou Sakho, separated by a strike from Karim Benzema, (a player who was tipped to start by footyblog.net) saw France progress to next summer’s finals. Didier …

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France have it all to do as European qualification reaches its climax

Didier Deschamps’ France side have it all to do if they are to make it to the World Cup finals in Brazil next summer tonight after losing 2-0 in Kiev on Friday. The Ukrainians took control of the tie in the first leg thanks to goals from Roman Zozulya and a late penalty from Andriy Yarmolenko. Ukraine’s advantage also leaves Didier …

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UEFA WCQ Playoffs: Ronaldo Beats Zlatan, Ukraine Stun France, While Iceland Hold Their Own Against Croatia (VIDEOS)

Friday night across Europe marked the first leg of UEFA World Cup Qualifying Playoffs for 8 teams with the headline matchup being Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal hosting Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s Sweden. The match lived up to the lofty expectations place on it by pundits and fans alike despite only 1 goal being shared between the sides as an 82nd minute Ronaldo header gave Portugal …

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European nations prepare to open battle for qualification

Tonight see’s the turn of the European nations who finished 2nd in their respective groups in qualification to try and steal an advantage in their quest to qualify for next summer’s finals in Brazil. The stand out fixture is in Portugal where they host Sweden. Portugal will be hoping to gain a priceless first leg win before they have to …

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