Euro Cup of the year 2016 – The road so far

Fraught with the drama, both on as well as off the field, the current version of the euro cup has been thrilling to say the least. The recently finished group stages have brought to glow a lot of the glaring failings as well as the prodigies to the limelight whilst cementing the place of top performers in the world.

Euro Cup of the year 2016 – The road so far

Also tasting World Cup Soccer action this year from the African continent are:

  • Nigeria,
  • Ivory coast (Cote d’Ivoire),
  • Cameroon,
  • Algeria

Five South American Football teams:

  • Brazil,
  • Chile,
  • Paraguay,
  • Argentina, as well as

Uruguay teams from Europe that are also around for FIFA football 2016 World cup in Rio of Brazil as well as they are-

  • England,
  • Italy,
  • Germany,
  • Netherlands,
  • France, as well as especially
  • Spain (the European champions), are attending the Soccer World Cup action with their toughest, formidable contingents.

The tournament was shrouded in terrorism scares as well as rampant hooliganism between rival supporters as well as led to multiple clashes in Marseilles. People were jailed, deported as well as hospitalized. But all this never took away from the game, its ability to enchant as well as charm us all the same.

Nail biting finishes

France had some pretty tight saves in Their games of group A even against much lesser ranked teams like the Romania , Minnows like Albania and of course Switzerland,  while world conquerors Germany were held to a single goal in stark contrast to their rampaging score lines in the last international event that they took part in.

Suspense has been the flavor of the tournament, with several late goals deciding the fate of many qualifications. According to statistics, 17 goals have been scored in the 84th minute or even later, with the Iceland’s deciding game against having their vital strike in the 94th minute.

Portugal’s 3-3 in opposition to Hungary was another action packed performance that would have removed them from the Cup if not for Ronaldo’s late game heroics.

The not so exciting ones

Other teams like England had trouble breaking through defenses in their matches, with the Roy hodgson lamenting that people dint play to win but only defend. However his frustration maybe attributed to their goal drought even against lesser opponents, making this their lowest ever scoring performance since 1968.

Individual performances have also not been up to par with greats like Ibrahimovic as well as Lewandoski failing to bring about any modicum of impact in their games. Considering this was going to be Ibrahimovic’s last game in the Swedish shirt he would be extremely disappointed.

Captain of Turkey Arda Turan also failed to live up to his potential with him being heavily booed and jeered by his own supporters.

Format- Legit or not?

The uncertainty of the format has also caused some concerns. Even the decision of the final games having to be played simultaneously since this did not include all the groups at the same time. As a result of this teams like Northern Ireland and Portugal were able to use this to their advantage, lessening pressure on them.

So, what’s next?

The teams who made it through will be facing off against each other over a period of 3 days starting off with Switzerland against. Poland, Croatia in opposition to. Portugal, Wales’s in opposition to Northern Ireland, Hungary against. Belgium on the first day (June 25). The next day, will be the dreaded side of the bracket kicking off with Germany against. Slovaia, Italy against   Spain, France against Ireland. The round of sixteen will conclude the next day with the final match being England against. Iceland.

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