Iceland beat Turkey 2-1 at home in Group H in EURO 2020 qualifiers on Tuesday evening in what was a tense game after the diplomatic row before the match.
The Turks arrived the famous KeflavÃk International Airport late on Sunday and were kept waiting for another two hours due to extensive checks on their belongings by the Icelander officials. This irated the Turkish team with Turkeyâ€™s minister for Youth and Sports Mehmet Muharrem Kapolglu having an emergency meeting with his Icelandic counterpart Lija Dogg Alfreosdottir in Reykjavik before the game. Continue reading “EURO 2020 QUALIFICATION ROUND UP”
FedEx Express will continue support European soccer, this it has stated by announcing the fresh sponsorship deal of four-year, multi-tournament with UEFA. UEFA is the continental governing body of football sport. This deal is going to provide lots of gain to UEFA as well as the global courier profit marketing access to over 400 national teams of soccer matches, which will be played amid 55 countries of Europe and in eight tournaments.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has urged England to exclude John Stones from the national team squad with the centre-back struggling to overcome a groin problem. The centre-back has been a crucial player for the Citizens this campaign but he has not featured for the past couple of weeks where he has been on the sidelines.
Speaking to reporters, the Catalan tactician indicated that Stones had made a tentative comeback for the bench against Schalke but he has unfortunately suffered another setback which should keep him out during the international break, he said: â€œHopefully he will not go. He is not ready to play, he is injured. Stones made an effort in the last two days before the Schalke game; he was not good. We made a test today [Friday] and he doesnâ€™t feel good, and thatâ€™s why he hasnâ€™t trained with us for the past two days.â€ Continue reading “Pep Guardiola urges England to exclude John Stones from Euro 2020 duty”
Roberto Mancini is of the opinion that Italy will be able to win the Euro 2020 despite having been in a disorganised state over the last few years. The national team has not done well for the last few editions of the major tournaments and it is largely down to a transitional phase with the old guard being replaced with the new.Mancini has taken up the mantle of freshening up the Italian national team squad by focusing on young players and he says that there is a lot of optimism going into the upcoming two major tournaments.
Christian Panucci, Albaniaâ€™s coach is confident a change in their tactics to a more defensive brand of Â football, and some key players making theirÂ comebacks following injury could see them make it through another miracle qualification for the Euro 2020.In the same fashion they did the 2016 edition qualifiers, Â when they earned their first ever appearance at a major competition.
TheÂ ItalianÂ who has been at the helms of affairs at Albania since mid-2017, was reconfirmed as Albania coach in November 2018, despite their failings Â at the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign, and losing a series of friendlies in dreadful performances that irked Â bothfans and football pundits. Continue reading “ALBANIA COACH REVEALS EURO 2020 QUALIFIERS PLAN”
England manager Gareth Southgate is excited by the Euro 2020 qualifiers draw and said that this is an exciting opportunity for the team. England has been drawn in the Group A which consists of countries such as Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Kosovo, and Montenegro. He said that this is a favorable draw for the team and that they will need to capitalize on it.
He said that England needs to take advantage of this
upcoming 18 months and make sure that they continue to develop as a team. He
said that they had a wonderful World Cup in Russia and that it would be a great
thing that they could repeat this performance at the Euro 2020 and even go
He said that it will be exciting to see how the team handle
this pressure and this will be a good training for the upcoming Euro 2020.
Gareth Southgate was part of the England team that reach the
semi-final of the Euro 1996 which were hosted in England. He said that it has
been a long time since England has won a major trophy and that it will be a
great thing if they could manage to win the Euro 2020. He said that the England
fans have always been magnificent and that they deserved to see their team win
a big trophy at least once in their lifetime.
Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk has said that the country still have the focus on qualifying for Euro 2020 despite their recent success in the UEFA Nations League. The Dutch were the least fancied side to make the Nations League finals after being pitted against France and Germany but they managed to exceed their expectations by claimingthe top spot in their group.
With that, the Dutch have got a chance of grabbing silverware next summer but Van Dijk believes the focus is still on making the country proud by reigning supreme at Euro 2020, he told UEFA.com:“It’s a fantastic feeling. We should all be proud of ourselves. I know I am.It’s just a great feeling for all of us. We worked so hard every game and to get rewards for that is fantastic. Hopefully [the future] holds a lot, but wedon’t like to look too far ahead. We want to qualify for Euro 2020, that’s the main target. If we can win the Nations League, fantastic,but we all want to make sure we’re at the European Championships and do very well there to make our country proud.”
Quincy Promes gave some hope to the Dutch after scoring in the 85th minute and right before stoppage time, Van Dijk came to the fore with a right-footed volley which level led the scores. The victory has helped the Netherlands reach the Nations League finals next year where they could face one of England, Portugal, or Switzerland during the semi-final phase.
Belgium international Romelu Lukaku has indicated that he has not changed his stance on retiring from national team duty after the 2020 European Championship. Earlier in August, the Manchester United striker suggested that he plans to step down from international football after the next major tournament and his thought appears unchanged following Belgium’s 4-0 friendly win over Scotland.
Speaking after that game, Lukaku said that he has no second thoughts about the statement made last month and he would like to enjoy the moments with his compatriots for the next couple of years. He added that Belgium may have enjoyed success in terms of victories and goals but they still need to make the next step by going on to win trophies. Continue reading “Romelu Lukaku unchanged on his stance on retiring after Euro 2020”
England manager Gareth Southgate is preparing for the forthcoming Euro 2020 qualifiers. The coach is hoping to hand young talents opportunities to fire the Three Lions to glory following their success at the World Cup in Russia.