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June 23, 2016

Zlatan to retire from international football

Zlatan to retire from international football

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

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On Tuesday, Sweden’s football captain Zlatan Ibrahimović announced he will not play international football again after UEFA Euro 2016. He said he will not participate in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil in August.

File photo of Zlatan Ibrahimović
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Speaking to the media before yesterday’s final Group E match against Belgium, 34-year-old forward Ibrahimović said, “The last game at the Euros will be my last game for Sweden, so I hope it won’t be tomorrow”((sv)). He added “I won’t participate in the Olympics, because my last game will be the last game Sweden does in this EURO. So let’s hope it goes as long as possible. To finish in a disappointment: never!”

Since his international debut in 2001, Ibrahimović has made 116 appearances for Sweden and scored 62 goals, a national record. In this year’s EURO competition, Sweden have lost to Italy, drawn against the Republic of Ireland, and lost their final game against Belgium, scoring only once through an Irish own goal.

According to the Swedish Football Association, Kim Källström and Andreas Isaksson will also end their international careers after the Euro campaign. Losing 0–1 to Belgium in yesterday’s match, Sweden was eliminated from the tournament.

In 2014, Ibrahimović was placed second on a list of Swedish sport stars, behind tennis player and five-time Wimbledon winner Björn Borg. Ibrahimović said in reaction, “[…] to finish second is like finishing last.”



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June 16, 2016

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

UEFA Euro 2016, day 4 and 5 match review

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

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On Monday, day four of UEFA Euro 2016, Spain defeated Czech Republic 1–0; Republic of Ireland drew to Sweden 1–1 and Belgium faced a 2–0 defeat against Italy. On Tuesday, Hungary stunned Austria in a 2–0 win and Portugal and Iceland shared the spoils with 1–1.

Day four[]

Group D — Spain 1–0 Czech Republic[]

Sergio Ramos lead the defending champions as David de Gea was guarding the net. Only one player was booked in the entire match — David Limberský recieved a yellow card in the 61th minute. Though Spain had a string ball possession and 91% passing accuracy, they were unable to score till the 87th minute when defender Gerard Piqué scored from Iniesta‘s cross, and thus winning it for Spain. David Silva played his 100th match for the La Roja.

Group E — Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden[]

Irish midfielder Wes Hoolahan scored minutes after the second half begun, upsetting Zlatan Ibrahimović lead the Swedish team, but later, in the 71st minute, Sweden equalised when Ciaran Clark scored an own goal, resulting in a 1–1 draw.

Group E — Belgium 0–2 Italy[]

Italians had never lost to Belgium in 34 years, and in this match Emanuele Giaccherini‘s goal in the first half, and Graziano Pellè‘s goal moments before final whistle allowed this custom to follow even though the Belgian side had greater ball possession and passing accuracy.

Day five[]

Group D — Austria 0–2 Hungary[]

The Hungarians defeated tenmen Austria as Austrian defender Aleksandar Dragović picked up two yellow cards in the 33rd and the 66th minute when he was sent off. Ádám Szalai‘s goal in the 62nd minute and Zoltán Stieber‘s goal in the 87th minute earned them three points as they sit on the top of the table.

Group D — Portugal 1–1 Iceland[]

As Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal, he equalled record of Luís Figo ‘s 127 international caps for the nation. Nani‘s goal in the 31st minute gave Portuguese a 1–0 lead. But later, in the 50th minute, Birkir Bjarnason scored from a volley, and the match ended in a draw. Portugal had 925 passing accuracy and led the ball possession.


June 13, 2016
15:00 (UTC+2)
Spain 1–0 Czech Republic Stadium Municipal, Tolouse
Referee: Flag of Poland.svg Szymon Marciniak, Poland
Gerard Piqué Scored after 87 minutes 87′ 0–0 (HT) David Limberský Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
18:00 (UTC+2)
Republic of Ireland 1–1 Sweden Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Flag of Serbia.svg Milorad Mažić, Serbia
Wes Hoolahan Scored after 48 minutes 48′
James McCarthy Booked after 43 minutes 43′
Glenn Whelan Booked after 77 minutes 77′
0–0 (HT) Ciaran Clark Scored after 71 minutes 71′ (o.g.)
Victor Lindelöf Booked after 61 minutes 61′

June 13, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Belgium 0–2 Italy Stade de Gerland, Lyon
Referee: Flag of England.svg Mark Clattenburg, England
Jan Vertonghen Booked after 90+1 minutes 90+1′ 0–1 (HT) Emanuele Giaccherini Scored after 32 minutes 32′
Graziano PellèScored after 90+2 minutes 90+2′
Giorgio Chiellini Booked after 65 minutes 65′
Éder Booked after 75 minutes 75′
Leonardo Bonucci Booked after 78 minutes 78′
Thiago Motta Booked after 84 minutes 84′

June 14, 2016
21:00 (UTC+2)
Portugal 1–1 Iceland Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Referee: Flag of Turkey.svg Cüneyt Çakır, Turkey
Nani Booked after 31 minutes 31′ 1–0 (HT) Birkir Bjarnason Scored after 50 minutes 50′ Booked after 55 minutes 55′
Alfreð Finnbogason Booked after 90+4 minutes 90+4′

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May 31, 2016

Reus to miss Euro 16 due to injury

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Reus to miss Euro 16 due to injury

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Today, Joachim Löw, manager of the German national football team, dropped Borussia Dortmund midfielder Marco Reus from the UEFA Euro 2016 squad. Marco Reus, who turned 27 years old today, is suffering from a groin injury. He also missed the 2014 FIFA World Cup with an ankle injury.

File photo of Marco Reus.
Image: Michael Kranewitter.

Löw said their medical staff wasn’t sure Reus could meet the demands of the forthcoming games. He added, “Marco has serious fitness problems; he can only run in a straight line at the moment.”((de))

Löw also did not include other Bundesliga players Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt, and Sebastian Rudy from the provisional squad in the final selection. Thanking the four German internationals for their performance in training, he said, “It’s not a decision against those four players, but rather one in favour of the other 23.”((de))

Germany are due to play their final friendly match before the start of Euro 2016 on June 4 against Hungary. On June 12, Germany will open their account in Euro 2016 when they face Ukraine in Lille, France.


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December 14, 2015

UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

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On Saturday evening, UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were grouped in six groups, with the host nation getting Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales also drew into Group B. World Cup winners Germany got Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, would be facing his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending Champions Spain got the D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shocking exit in the qualifying match.

In full, groups drew as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.
Group E, Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden.
Group F, Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.



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October 14, 2015

Netherlands out of Euro 16 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic

Netherlands out of Euro 16 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic

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Yesterday, the Netherlands football team crashed out of the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 after a 2–3 defeat against the Czech Republic in a qualifying match. Dutch player Robin van Persie scored an own goal.

The match was held in the Amsterdam ArenA in the Dutch capital. Turkey, Iceland and the Czech Republic qualified for the tournament from group A, Turkey defeating Iceland 1–0 to take third position.

The Dutch team, nicknamed Oranje, had 60% ball possession in front of the Czechs. The match saw six yellow cards and one red card. Four Dutch players were shown yellow cards. A total of 30 fouls were committed in the match, seventeen by the Dutch, and thirteen by the Czechs. Czech defender Suchý was sent off in the 43rd minute.

The first half saw two goals by the visitors, three yellow cards, and one red card. The first goal came in the 24th minute. Kaderábek, assisted by Skalák, scored. Tomáš Necid assisted for the second goal, Josef Šural scoring in the bottom left corner.

Robin van Persie, who scored the own goal, pictured from file last year.
Image: Kathi Rudminat.

In the second half, Robin van Persie scored an own goal in the 66th minute, providing the visitors a 3–0 lead. The Dutch side won a corner in the 70th minute, from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reduced the goal difference with a header, assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Later, in the 83rd minute, van Persie scored in the correct net, making it 2–3 for the Netherlands, assisted by Bas Dost. In the next minute, van Persie was booked for diving.

The match ended in a 2–3 loss for the Oranje, and they failed to qualify for the Euros for the first time since 1984. In order to qualify, the Dutch had to beat the Czechs and rely on Iceland to beat Turkey. A ten-man Turkish side defeated Iceland 1–0 and qualified for the tournament.

Group A standings
Position Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 5 22
2 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 11 20
3 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 5 18
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 3 13
5 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 -11 5
6 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 -13 5




The Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2 – 3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia
Huntelaar Scored after 70 minutes 70′ Booked after 20 minutes 20′
van Persie Scored after 83 minutes 83′ Booked after 84 minutes 84′
Blind Booked after 30 minutes 30′
Sneijder Booked after 88 minutes 88′
Kadeřábek Scored after 24 minutes 24′
Šural Scored after 35 minutes 35′
van Persie Scored after 66 minutes 66′ (o.g.)
Skalák Booked after 41 minutes 41′
Suchý Sent off after 43' 43′
Selassie Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2′

Match stats[]

60%
90′
40%

The Netherlands Czech Republic


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13 12


  Shots on target

4 3


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6 5


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6 5

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4 2
0     1

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March 30, 2015

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match abandoned after brawl in Montenegro

UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match abandoned after brawl in Montenegro

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The UEFA Euro 2016 qualification match between Montenegro and Russia on Friday was abandoned after players and coaching staff got involved in a brawl. The match, at Montenegrin capital Podgorica‘s Gradski Stadion, was suspended within the first minute after the Russian goalkeeper was hit with a flare. The match re-started after a delay but was called off around the 66th minute when a brawl started.

The flare, thrown from the crowd, hit 28-year-old Russian goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev on the back of the head less than 30 seconds after the game had started. The game was suspended and play delayed for 35 minutes after the incident. Akinfeev was substituted with Yuri Lodygin coming on in his place. Akinfeev, who plays his domestic football for CSKA Moscow, suffered a neck injury and minor burns and was taken to a Podgorica hospital.

Disturbances caused a further 18-minute delay in starting the second half. Play resumed and Russia were awarded a penalty on the 66th minute. Roman Shirokov saw his penalty saved by Vukasin Poleksic and the score remained 0–0. In the moments after the penalty players and officials from both teams started a brawl on the pitch. The players were led off the pitch, and the crowd was told the game had been called off.

Montenegrin Football Association general secretary Momir Djurdjevac gave his reaction the the events. He said to Reuters, “These fans sing ‘Montenegro we love you’ but throw flares, insult rivals and cause all sorts of incidents every time they turn up and that’s outright hypocrisy[…] We have left the impression of barbarians and this is a complete disaster. It seems we don’t deserve to have a nation, a football team or a berth in a major tournament. As far as I am concerned the game should not have continued after the first-minute incident. We can only thank God that no one was seriously hurt”.

He also spoke about his fear of the repercussions it could have on Montenegro’s hopes to qualify for Euro 2016. He said “We will in all likelihood pay a hefty fine and say goodbye to a major tournament but what scares me is that this can happen again.”

Russia and Montenegro are competing in Group G of the qualification process. They are in the group along side Sweden, Austria, Moldova, and Liechtenstein.



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