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The spellbinding football that the Copa America conjured up in its centenary year provided a stark contrast to the pragmatic approach adopted by most teams at the 2016 European Championship.
Follow @TheWorldGame The world's two major continental tournaments for national teams have overlapped each other and neutral fans have been able to make an easy comparison between the individual flair emanating from the Americas and the s...
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Football, as in life, is rarely fair. There’s a cold reality at play here: of the 16 teams who made the EURO 2016 knockout stages, 15 of them will go home having suffered defeat. And you can bet a good quarter of them will feel a sense of...
Follow @TheWorldGame I’m not downplaying how they must be feeling, but it’s just a right of passage - especially if you’re an England fan.  However, I’m heartbroken for Croatia right now. I can’t think of a side that’s brought more to the...
It’s hard to believe that as recently as 1992, there were only eight teams in the entire Euros. At the completion of the group stage of these EURO 2016 championships, we’ve got double that number still in the competition. No kidding.
Follow @TheWorldGame We talk frightfully about why mistakes at this level are so dramatic and concerning, about why one slip up can end a nation’s dream.  Well, with only eight teams going home after the group stage, that’s not exactly tr...
It’s been a wonderful, intriguing group stage of the 2016 European Championship, and with all the games done and dusted, let’s look back at Match Day 3 in France.
Follow @TheWorldGame The moment: Ivan Perišić zooms away, changing the tournament in a second Get the banners ready in Madrid and dust off the double-decker bus: the Spaniards are good to go three in a row. At least they were until the 87...
It wasn’t meant to be like this. Portugal were supposed to top a relatively easy EURO 2016 group and be full of confidence heading into the next round, but international football rarely goes to plan.
Follow @TheWorldGame In the end Portugal just squeezed through as one of the best third-placed teams and with three performances that have left the country’s football-loving public immensely frustrated. While failing to win a game in the ...
Major tournaments have always been a shop window for the best and biggest names in the game but have also given unprecedented opportunities for players who ply their trade out of the spotlight. So it will surely be in France.
Follow @TheWorldGame Without further ado, meet the men who might be about to sign the biggest paychecks of their lives at the conclusion of their EURO 2016 campaign. 1. DIMITRI PAYET- FranceAge: 29Position: Attacking midfielderClub: West H...
England cannot win these European Championships. They haven’t played that badly, or lost a game, but it is a side with a fundamental flaw that will prevent them from being champions.
May they make me eat humble pie at 7am AEST at Stade de France on July 11 - and how I hope they do - but the cynic in me says it’s not possible. Every team ever put together has problems and none are perfect, but it’s about how serious the...
There are three superpowers left in the Copa America and one host who, by rights, maybe shouldn’t even be there. But they are - and a Hollywood ending is only 180 minutes away for the USA.
Follow @TheWorldGame This is one unique Copa America, if it wasn’t enough already - being played in the United States of America, a year after the last one, with Brazil already knocked out and one knockout match decided by a seven-goal ma...
The planets are aligned, the stage is set, Lionel Messi has a date with destiny.
Follow @TheWorldGame “Lionel Messi will never be considered a great until he wins something with Argentina.” You’ve heard this sentence, you’ve read this sentence, you might have even said this sentence. It’s ridiculous. If Messi retired ...
Italy's progress to the knockout phase of the 2016 European Championship has caught many pundits offside, not least those in the Italian media.
Follow @TheWorldGame Coach Antonio Conte's wobbly wannabes were dubbed the worst Azzurri team in major tournament history and not many within or outside Italy would have disagreed. Therefore when the Azzurri sprang a surprise by beating B...