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Euro 2016 Group E: Final Round Preview


On June 22 at 3PM ET the final round of games in Euro 2016’s group of death will take place. In Lille, Italy take on Republic of Ireland while in Nice, Sweden play Belgium to decide Group E.

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Match Preview: Italy vs Sweden


The Azzurri gave a performance worthy of the Roman Empire against Belgium and are looking to book their place in the next round with a win against Blågult.

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Greatest Games of The European Championships: Denmark 2 Germany 0, 1992


The Panenka starts a new series of articles chronicling some of the best games ever witnessed at the European Championships.

 The first of the series takes us to Gothenburg in 1992 where the tournament finale created one of sport’s most unlikely underdog stories. 1990 World Champions Germany met Denmark after the Danes found themselves competing at the summer tournament due to some very unusual circumstances.
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Things You Didn’t Know About Group E’s Coaches


The Panenka has reached Group E in it’s fact finding mission on France Euro 2016’s coaches. This competitions group of death contains a crime expert and a controversial senator among Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland and Sweden.

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Euro 2016 Team Preview: Sweden


We really missed Sweden at the last World Cup in 2014 and no, it wasn’t because it meant that the cameraman was unable to pan to a row of Swedish twenty-somethings in the crowd. The Panenka is glad to welcome back the only host nation to be defeated in a World Cup final as there is always something about the Sweden team that threatens to do something special. OK they’ve never won a major tournament but always seem to find themselves in the group of death or on that betting slip as you proclaim them to be this years dark horses, but hey, they may not have a realistic chance of winning it, but it is the year of the underdog after all.

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