Category: Euro 2016

English clubs top Euro 2016 compensation list

Nyon (Switzerland) (AFP) – Liverpool led English clubs in taking the lion’s share of the 150 million euros ($162 million) compensation handed out by UEFA for freeing players for Euro 2016. Yet while 60 English clubs shared 38.2 million euros ($41.3 million), Icelandic clubs whose country humiliated England at the tournament got just 118,712 euros. Nearly all of their players are with foreign clubs. Juventus and Liverpool each had 12 players at Euro 2016. The Italian club received 3.48 million euros and Liverpool 3.394 million — more than most of the 54 countries who tried to reach the finals. Juventus ... Read more

Euro 2016 gave France €1.2 bn boost – study

Paris (AFP) – Hosting the Euro 2016 football tournament cost France less than 200 million euros ($211 million) but brought some 1.22 billion euros into the country, according to figures released by the ministry of sports Tuesday. There was controversy over the public funds poured into the tournament, with some 24 million euros — double the expected cost — spent on security in light of an increased terrorist threat. The state spent a further 160 million euros on building and renovating venues for the June and July event, while private funds and tournament organiser UEFA covered the remaining costs. But ... Read more

Russian fans jailed for Euro 2016 trouble to be deported

Aix-en-Provence (France) (AFP) – Three Russians jailed in France following clashes with England fans before their Euro 2016 match in June will be released from prison and deported next month, a lawyer said on Wednesday. The trio, who filed a request for conditional freedom, will be released on January 9 and expelled January 16, said Alexandre Robelet, the lawyer for Alexei Yerunov, who was initially sentenced to two years behind bars for the Marseille battles on June 11. His sentence was reduced to 18 months on appeal, while Sergei Gorbachev was jailed for 18 months, cut to 15 months after ... Read more

Podolski says Germany should have won Euro 2016

Berlin (AFP) – Lukas Podolski believes Germany wasted their chance to lift the Euro 2016 title and admits he was sad to see Portugal win the final of the European championships. The 31-year-old Galatasaray striker announced his retirement from international football on Monday, having scored 48 goals in 129 appearances for Germany, and was in the squad which won the 2014 World Cup. Germany coach Joachim Loew plans to pick Podolski one last time for die Mannschaft in a future friendly, once the ankle injury he suffered in the Turkish Super Cup final has healed. Podolski made just one appearance ... Read more

A brief history of the World Cup, European Championship and Copa America on US TV

As Christopher Harris reported here at World Soccer Talk, the final ratings for Euro 2016 were, much like the quality of play, decent but not spectacular. Copa América Centenario, thanks to Univision’s reach and the USMNT’s run, captured a slightly bigger audience. But by putting the numbers for the two tournaments into context, we can see just how far the sport has come in this country. With the ability to now stream every match, whether scarfing a slice on Coney Island or sipping a cortadito on South Beach while chasing Pikachu on our phones, it’s easy to forget just how ... Read more

Rooney blames Hodgson for England Euro woe

London (AFP) – Wayne Rooney has blamed England’s Euro 2016 humiliation on Roy Hodgson’s unsuccessful selection gamble. Hodgson made six changes for England’s final group match against Slovakia and the subsequent goalless draw cost England first place in their group. England captain Rooney was one of those rested by Hodgson and the Manchester United forward says the loss of momentum caused by Hodgson’s decision was instrumental in the team’s stunning last 16 defeat against minnows Iceland. “I wouldn’t have rested six players. It’s more than half the team. It was a gamble and it didn’t pay off,” Rooney told the ... Read more

England’s Euro 2016 exit can be motivation for future – Allardyce

London (AFP) – New England manager Sam Allardyce told his players to use their shock Euro 2016 exit at the hands of Iceland as motivation for the future on Saturday. The 61-year-old was named on Friday as the successor to Roy Hodgson, who resigned after his team bowed out of the Euros in France with a 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the last 16. Allardyce, who dramatically kept Sunderland in the Premier League last season, wants a young England team to stay positive despite the recent disappointments. “It’s a very bitter experience as we all know but that inner drive… ... Read more

Leicester or Iceland: Which is the best cinderella story of 2016?

Photo credit: AFP The world of sport has been truly blessed in the year of 2016, I don’t think anyone can argue that. But more importantly the game of soccer, the Beautiful Game if you will, has been completely transformed. Just like 2010 gave us tiki-taka, 2016 has given us hope. Whether you’re a player or a fan, the stories of this year have given us reason to believe! The question is, who is more of a cinderella story: Iceland or Leicester City? Iceland: The entire country of Iceland has a booming population of 332,000 (the size of Leicester), and ... Read more