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A blog dedicated to European Football, World Soccer, and the 2018 World Cup in Russia

Month: June 2016 (page 1 of 5)

Belgium’s Quarter-Final Defensive Crisis

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De Rode Duivels named an extremely attacking squad for Euro 2016 where 5 strikers and 3 attacking midfielders were selected in the 23-man squad for France.

However, suspension and injury to their back-line looks like it could derail the best chance the ‘Golden Generation’ may ever get to reach final at a major international tournament. The Panenka looks at who is most likely to step into the fray.

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EURO 2016 Preview: Wales vs Belgium

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The winner of this quarter-final will set up a semi-final with either Poland or Portugal.

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The Harrowing History of Jakub Blaszczykowski’s Backstory

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The Borussia Dortmund winger has overcome worse things in his life than being sent out on-loan from the Ruhr valley club he’s been with for the last decade. At the tender age of 10-years-old the Biało-czerwoni winger witnessed the murder of his mother at the hands of his own father.

The Panenka takes a brief look at the effect of those chilling events on one of the most unsung heroes of Adam Nawalka’s side at Euro 2016.
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EURO 2016 Preview: Poland vs Portugal

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The winner of this tie will set up a semi-final with Wales or Belgium.
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What Could Brexit Mean For The English Premier League?

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On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the British public took part in a referendum to decide whether it would ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ the European Union. As results filtered in, it became apparent that it had been determined, by way of democracy, that The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be leaving the EU.

These are very uncertain times and at the time of writing it is still a relative unknown what the future holds politically, socially and economically. The Panenka looks at what this could mean for the English Premier League.

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Simone Zaza Wishes The Best For Outgoing Alvaro Morata “Starting Tuesday”

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Goodbye is never easy when you’ve played up front together at Stadio delle Alpi. However, there will be no love lost when these two meet at the European Championships.

In anticipation of the titanic clash between La Roja and Azzurri in the knockout stage at Euro 2016, The Panenka discusses the future of the two strikers who look likely to be separated next season.

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EURO 2016 Preview: Italy vs Spain

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The winner of this classic international all-star clash will be granted progression to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals where either Germany or Slovakia will be waiting.

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EURO 2016 Preview: England vs Iceland

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The winner of this last-16 tie will play either hosts France or Republic of Ireland in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

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Die Mannschaft: Life After Lahm

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Before the dust had even had a chance to settle on the after-party of Germany’s triumph over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, Philipp Lahm announced that he was retiring from the international scene.

At Euro 2016, Joachim Low’s side have had to adapt. The Panenka looks at what this means for Die Mannschaft and how the World Champions are shaping up without their leader.

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Euro 2016 Preview: Hungary vs Belgium

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The winner of this last-16 tie will face either Wales or Northern Ireland in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

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