Based on the latest survey from several sports website, European football is still toppled the list of favourites to watch. Any news about this sport can be a center of discussion in all corners of European continent.
Euro Soccer News (Series 1)
Now, this is the start of a series in delivering top stories related to European soccer in a weekly basis.
Let us start with the Euro 2016.
The prestigious UEFA Euro 2016 kicks off
Some revisions needed to implemented in this year’s Union of European Football Associations European Championship or well-known as UEFA Euro 2016 edition. It was started last June 10 and it will ended in July 10, 2016. France is the host of this year’s tournament comprising of 24 teams across European continent.
France was chosen as the place of the tournament six years ago via bidding process competing with Italy and Turkey for the hosting chores.
They divided into 6 groups with France automatically grabbed the Group A spot. A prestigious sports website across United Kingdom named Euro Sport break down the top favourites in this year’s edition of the tournament.
They ranked Belgium as top tier favourite because of its current FIFA World Rankings. With the inclusion of Thibaut Courtois as a goal keeper, Belgium was cracked once again the football public court of opinion. Courtois will be a great help by stretching his physical strength in saving the ball across the goal. But in the other side, they had a lack of offensive power by the injuries of Vincent Kompany and Thomas Vermaelen. They countered that kind of weakness by fielding high-ranking defensive prowess the likes of Thomas Meunier and Christian Kabasele.
An empire such as Spain was on the discussions also because of its recent Champion’s League finals appearance. Obviously, they had an abundance of talent that can match the co-European rivals. Lastly, the host country France has a depth bench support to have a share in winning games. The firepower made by Antoine Griezmann fuelled this country’s national football team in getting impressive finishes during the all- year round national and regional tournament/s.
The latest standings on this current tournament (as of July 1,2016) comprising group leaders France (Group A) with 7 points, Wales (Group B; 6 points), Germany (Group C; 7 points), Croatia (Group D; 7 points), Italy (Group E; 6 points) and Hungary (Group F; 5 points). As of the moment, the quarterfinals are running with the victory of Cristiano Ronaldo led-Portugal over Poland via penalty kick, 5-3.
Top Signings in Football Revealed
The La Liga founding team Real Madrid announced that their defender Raphael Varane has opted to stay at the club per report from Le10 Sport. Varane who initially started as first-choice centre-backs was relegated to the bench to give way the likes of Pepe and Sergio Ramos. He opted in to stay for at least one season with the condition of improving his situation on the rotation of Coach Zinedine Zidane.
Let’s go on the Premier League: The Argentinian defender Pablo Zabaleta decided to join the Italian football league Series A squad A.S. Roma, according to the reports from Gazzetta dello Sport website. The 31-year old defender joined the top Premier League team Manchester United last 2008 promised to bring a real desire to win. Being a dynamic player, Zabaleta help the United to topple several tournaments such as FIFA World Club Cup, English League and UEFA Champions League. Zabaleta has become slow down due to his injuries. Based on the report, he wants to have a fresh environment to regain his lost strength by playing in one of the football clubs that primarily concentrates on religion and cultural aspect.