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How has football changed? England Italy Latest News Spain 

How has football changed?

Football has changed in the past eight years, a time in which Barcelona's 'defend with the ball' dominance under Pep Guardiola transformed into another successful style under Luis Enrique, full of quick transitions and clinical attacking. It was also a period in which Spain dominated the international stage with tiki-taka, monopolising the ball on their way to two European Championships and a World Cup. If 2008 was the birth of possession football, 2016 saw the confirmation of its death. There were several funerals. Leicester were the special guests, Atletico Madrid…

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GERA WINS EURO 2016 FANS’ GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT AWARD EURO Latest News 

GERA WINS EURO 2016 FANS’ GOAL OF THE TOURNAMENT AWARD

The midfielder's superb half volley in Hungary's thrilling 3-3 stalemate with eventual winners Portugal has been voted as the best strike of the competition by supporters Zoltan Gera's amazing strike in Hungary's 3-3 draw with competition winners Portugal has been voted as Euro 2016 Goal of the Tournament by fans. The former Fulham and West Bromwich Albion midfielder opened the scoring in superb style as he thrashed a half-volley past Rui Patricio in the goal-laden clash in Lyon. Balazs Dzsudzsak and Cristiano Ronaldo both scored twice while Nani also found…

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Portugal move up to sixth in FIFA World Ranking Latest News 

Portugal move up to sixth in FIFA World Ranking

Euro 2016 winners Portugal will move to sixth in the new FIFA World Ranking, which is published on Thursday. Fernando Santos' side were eighth before the tournament began, and only move up two places after winning just three of their seven matches at the European Championship, with the penalty shootout victory over Poland counting as a draw. Portugal were ranked as high as third two years ago, but have to be content with sixth despite winning their first major tournament with a 1-0 extra-time victory over France.  Didier Deschamps' France side could have moved…

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FOOTBALL FANS BACK PORTUGAL TO WIN EURO 2016 EURO Latest News 

FOOTBALL FANS BACK PORTUGAL TO WIN EURO 2016

Didier Deschamps's men may be hot favourites to clinch glory at the Stade de France but supporters from all over the world are backing Cristiano Ronaldo & Co. to produce an upset Fans have backed Portugal to shock hosts France and win Euro 2016 ahead of the final in Paris on Sunday. Over 6,000 people from across the world voted for the team they think will triumph at this summer's tournament, with Cristiano Ronaldo's side scooping 56% of the total votes cast. Readers in Germany, who saw France end their hopes…

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Ronaldo to be crowned best player of his generation EURO Latest News Portugal 

Ronaldo to be crowned best player of his generation

Obviously, it would be the highlight of Ronaldo's already stellar career. Few would begrudge him such a moment of personal glory. Even those that dislike the Real Madrid superstar for his perceived arrogance would find it difficult to dispute his greatness – an international title would only cement his status as the best player of his generation. Cristiano Ronaldo feels, though, that Portugal would be worthy recipients of the European Championship trophy in Paris on Sunday evening. "I believe that all these boys deserve it," the Seleccao skipper stated after…

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Germany 0:2 France EURO Latest Highlights 

Germany 0:2 France

  The Atletico Madrid star scored either side of the interval as the hosts downed Germany to set up a clash with Portugal at the Stade de France on Sunday Antoine Griezmann's double sent hosts France through to the final of Euro 2016 with a 2-0 win over world champions Germany in Marseille. Griezmann gave Les Bleus the lead from the spot after Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger was adjudged to have handled inside the penalty area right on the stroke of half time.

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Ronaldo ‘a bad loser’ and ‘petty’ Cristiano Ronaldo EURO Latest News 

Ronaldo ‘a bad loser’ and ‘petty’

Cristiano Ronaldo has been called a "bad loser" and "petty" for criticising Euro 2016 opponents Iceland following Tuesday's 1-1 draw. The Portugal captain hit out at Iceland's lack of ambition during the Group F game and accused them of having a "small mentality". But Iceland midfielder Kari Arnason responded: "It just makes it sweeter that he is a bad loser. "We are a small island in the Atlantic Ocean and we got a draw against them." Former Iceland international Hermann Hreidarsson also hit back at Ronaldo, saying he should have…

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Ten-man Austria stunned by Hungary Austria EURO Latest News 

Ten-man Austria stunned by Hungary

Hungary shocked Austria in the opening Group F game as they won 2-0 thanks to second-half goals from Adam Szalai and Zoltan Stieber. Szalai fired home after a neat one-two and Zoltan Stieber rounded off a late breakaway with an outstanding chip to give the underdogs the points in the 138th meeting between the two sides. Austria had been a fraction away from the fastest goal in European Championship history when David Alaba fired a 20-yard shot across goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly — the oldest player in European Championship history —…

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Ronaldo can finally shine with Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo EURO Latest News 

Ronaldo can finally shine with Portugal

When Cristiano Ronaldo first appeared for Portugal at a major tournament – on home soil at Euro 2004 – he could look around the dressing room and find the last of the Golden Generation – Luis Figo, Fernando Couto and Rui Costa. The three-time Ballon d'Or winner has won plenty on the club front but has rarely had the team around him at international level to succeed… until now "They were the heroes when I was growing up," Ronaldo told  Uefa  before the tournament. "Obviously I focused on them, but I knew…

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RUSSIA HANDED SUSPENDED DISQUALIFICATION FROM EURO 2016 England EURO Latest News Russia 

RUSSIA HANDED SUSPENDED DISQUALIFICATION FROM EURO 2016

UEFA has warned Russia that a repeat of the violence that marred the game with England on Saturday will see them kicked out of Euro 2016. The Russian Football Union have been handed a suspended disqualification from Euro 2016 and fined €150,000 following the violence that marred the Euro 2016 game with England in Marseille on Saturday, UEFA has announced. Hundreds of Russian fans charged through a flimsy security cordon at the Stade Velodrome following the final whistle in the 1-1 draw to attack England fans.  The incident came at…

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