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

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Emiliano Marcondes: A Danish-Brazilian Homecoming

Emiliano Marconde Camargo Hansen is a Danish international with Brazilian roots and will be returning to the South American country for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Alcides Ghiggia: The Man Who Silenced The Maracana

Many people won’t recognize the name or the face of Alcides Ghiggia but he is the man who shattered Brazilian dreams of winning the World Cup final in 1950.

After host nation France had their dreams shattered in their national stadium, The Panenka looks back at the scarring experience of when it happened to Selecao.

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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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Eder: From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan


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

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 Panenka’s EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament


After an action packed tournament The Panenka names its selection for Team team of the Tournament.
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Deschamps-Elysees: A Troubled Road to the Euro 2016 Final

Didier Deschamps

The former Nantes, Marseille and Juventus midfielder hasn’t had an easy ride during his time as Les Blues coach. From dressing room exiles to allegations of racism, injuries to non-starters, there has rarely been a dull moment in the French dug-out. 

The Panenka looks at the big decisions the 47-year-old coach has had to make at Euro 2016.
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Portugal’s Young Upstarts Making an Impact at Euro 2016


With an average age of 28, the nation’s 23-man squad is far from being considered one of the more youthful teams at the tournament. Neither has it been considered as even close to being one of it’s best. It is however a squad with some of the most promising players under that age of 25 at Euro 2016.

Fernando Santos has said that he believes it to be his personal responsibility to guide a new generation of talent into the Portugal team, The Panenka takes a closer look.

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EURO 2016 Final Preview: Portugal vs France


The two sides have history and it is Fernando Santos’ men who will be looking to enact revenge for semi-final defeats in both the 1984 and 2000 European Championships.

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UEFA Chief ‘Very Satisfied’ With Security But Bans Players’ Kids From Celebrating On The Field


The scenes of toddlers in full Wales kit joining their dads on the field at full-time has added to the surprise feel-good story for Chris Coleman’s squad.

However, despite a successful tournament in term of safety so far, football’s big wigs have drawn the line at allowing children onto the pitch after games.

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