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Men’s Olympic Football Gold Medal Match Preview: Brazil vs Germany

On Saturday August 20th at 17:30 local time hosts Brazil take on Germany in Rio 2016’s gold medal match at Maracana in Rio de Janeiro.

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The Panenka’s Top 10 Goals of Euro 2016

Switzerland v Poland - EURO 2016 - Round of 16

51 games later, these are The Panenaka’s Top 10 goals of Euro 2016.

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The Tragedy of Seville: Schumacher’s Charge Crushes France’s Dream


At World Cup 1982 Les blues met Die Mannschaft in a game that will not be remembered for it’s extra-time comeback, tense penalty shootout or array of magnificent players on show, it will be remembered for one ‘tackle,’ if you can call it that, by the German goalkeeper on Patrick Battiston.

In the build up to the second Euro 2016 semi-final, The Panenka looks back at that famous incident in Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizuan, now known as ‘The Tragedy of Seville.’

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EURO 2016 Semi-Final Preview: Germany vs France

Stade Velodrome, Marseille

Les Blues are hoping to reach the final of the tournament with a victory over the 2014 World Cup winners.

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The Four Times Italy Sent Germany Home From Major Tournaments


The meeting between Die Mannschaft and Azzurri at Euro 2016 in Bordeaux on July 2 will be the 34th meeting between the two-footballing heavyweights.

Interestingly, Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament where Italy’s record reads: P8 W4 D4 L0. Those four draws occurred at World Cup 62 and 78 and Euro 88 and 96.

The Panenka takes a closer look at those four Italian victories, three at World Cups and one at a European Championship.
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EURO 2016 Preview: Germany vs Italy

Italy v Spain - EURO 2016 - Round of 16

This game pits the bookmakers’ second favorite against the fourth favorite where the winner of will set up a semi-final with France or Iceland

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Die Mannschaft: Life After Lahm


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 Group C: Final Round Preview


Germany take on Northern Ireland while Poland face Ukraine in Group C. The games will be played simultaneously on June 21 and kick off at 3PM ET.

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David Alaba: Rising to New Heights

Austria's David Alaba thanks a higher power after scoring against the Republic of Ireland.

Austria have snuck under the radar to make it to only their second ever European Championship. they do however have a host of reasons to be optimistic.

One reason is David Alaba, the versatile, defender come midfielder. The Panenka looks at the Bayern Munich man’s career while assessing Austria’s chances at Euro 2016 in France this summer.

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