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Iceland Baby Boom After Euro 2016 England Triumph

The small island nation obviously celebrated their historic knockout victory in style.

Iceland has experienced an unusual birth rate spike just nine months after its national football team’s victory over England at Euro 2016, which sent them into the tournament’s quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.

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American Soccer’s Missed Opportunity

By Tarutr Malhotra, creator and editor of Sixth Feb.

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Iraq: The Lions of Mesopotamia at Rio 2016

The Arabic nation only has two Olympic medals in their trophy cabinet, both bronze. One for weightlifting in 1960, the other for the men’s soccer team’s astonishing run to the semi-finals in Athens, 2004.

At Rio 2016, The Lions are in the hunt for another after clawing their way to qualifying to compete in Brazil.

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Jack Harrison: The NYCFC star with a foothold each side of the Atlantic

Some impressive performances of late have well and truly let the Jack Harrison secret out bag and the winger could now be facing a dilemma over his international future.

The Panenka looks at the NYCFC stars journey from Lancashire, England to Yankees Stadium, New York.

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UEFA blow hot and cold on Kosovo

With the UEFA Champions League Qualifiers in full swing it is worth sparing a thought for the recently crowned 2016 Kosovo champions who were banned from entering the European completion on technical grounds.

The Panenka looks at football in the newly formed country as the 210th member of FIFA. 

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Football in Gibraltar Keeps on Rocking

The tiny enclave with a population of just 30,000 gained UEFA membership in May 2013, allowing the British territory to take part in Euro 2016 qualifying and will next be competing for FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification starting in September 2016.

In an interesting twist, local domestic champions, the Lincoln Red Imps recently pulled off a major upset in a UEFA Champions second round qualifier against fellow Brits Celtic with the second leg due to be played next week.

 The Panenka looks at a strange mix of football and politics in the British satellite state.

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The Stade de France Ronaldo Conspiracy

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The hosts reach the final at the Stade de France and face a country whose star player, named Ronaldo, suffers an injury on the day of the final. We’ve been here before, haven’t we?  

The Panenka looks at the rumors surrounding another non-performer in the final of a major competition at Saint Denis.
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Most Memorable Moments of Euro 2016

France and Portugal fans gather at Paris fan zone during a EURO 2016 final soccer match

UEFA’s decision to expand the tournament to 24 teams rather than the traditional 16 side format gave us plenty of moments to savor as some of the big boys slipped up, the onion bag was rattled with some great goals and plenty of tears were shed. These are the most memorable moments of Euro 2016.

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Pepe: The Most Hated Man In Football?

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The defender played a pivotal role in Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph and won Man of the Match on the 1-0 victory over France in the final. However, his confident displays in the tournament have done little to repair an atrocious reputation.

The Panenka looks at why Los Blancos have a player among their ranks who is hated the world over.

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Eder: From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan

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Every protagonist in every story has an obstacle to overcome. When the striker emerged from the bench in the final of the European Championships and made history, it seemed like a movie, with the striker playing the central role as the downtrodden hero with something to prove.

From humble beginnings to top dog, The Panenka looks at the struggling career of a striker who’s goal landed his country it’s first ever major tournament win.  Continue reading

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