EURO 2020 QUALIFICATION ROUND UP

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 Keflavík 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 Turkey’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”

Euro 2020 Got Logistics Partner as FedEx It Signed UEFA Deal

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.

FedEx Express is the official logistics partner of tournament UEFA Euro 2020 this partnership make sure that the rights to the qualifiers of European, finals of UEFA Nations League (UNL) and the Under 21 Championships of UEFA European in the year 2019 and 2021, along with 2022 UEFA   Euro.
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Pep Guardiola urges England to exclude John Stones from Euro 2020 duty

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: “Hopefully 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 doesn’t feel good, and that’s why he hasn’t trained with us for the past two days.”
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Roberto Mancini Confident of Italy’s Euro 2020 Success

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.

Mancini has admitted that the Italian national team is certainly pass to the trauma experienced after the World Cup. The team are only focusing on the future. Italy have had a decent set of results since October, but Mancini will feel that the team has to improve a lot more if they are to even come close to getting into the latter stages of the Euro 2020. The qualification campaign for Europe begins in March with Italy taking on Finland followed by a game against Liechtenstein. A return of six points from these two matches will be a great start to the campaign, which also sees Italian going up against teams like Greece, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Armenia in the group stages.
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ALBANIA COACH REVEALS EURO 2020 QUALIFIERS PLAN

Christian Panucci, Albania’s coach is confident a change in their tactics to a more defensive brand of  football, and some key players making their  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,  when they earned their first ever appearance at a major competition.

The  Italian  who has been at the helms of affairs at Albania since mid-2017, was reconfirmed as Albania coach in November 2018, despite their failings  at the inaugural UEFA Nations League campaign, and losing a series of friendlies in dreadful performances that irked  bothfans and football pundits.
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Southgate excited with Euro 2020 draw

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 further.

He said that England has an exciting group of players and that they can go all the way and win the Euro 2020 but for that, they will have to continue to develop as a team. He said that they will be the favorite in the group to qualify for the Euros 2020 and that they will have to deal with this pressure from now on.

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.

Virgil van Dijk insists Netherlands are still focusing on Euro 2020

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.”

Netherlands picked up a rather comfortable2-0 win over France in their third Nations League game of their group and this pretty much put them in pole position with just one point required against Germany. However, they made things difficult for themselves after Serge Gnabryand Leroy Sane scored for the 2014 World Cup champions within the opening 20minutes and a defeat appeared destined until the final stages of the encounter.

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.

Romelu Lukaku unchanged on his stance on retiring after Euro 2020

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.
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SOUTHGATE PREPARING FOR EURO 2020 QUALIFIER

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.

Manchester City’s Phil Foden is reportedly set to get his chance when Southgate releases the shortlist. Borussia Dortmund starlet Jadon Sancho, 18, is also another proposed name in the list.
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EURO 2020: SCOTLAND VS ENGLAND VENUE COULD BE DECIDED BY COIN TOSS

Scotland and England might have to rely on a coin toss to determine the venue for their clash at the forthcoming Euro 2020, as per reports. Both sides would be in the same group if they both qualify.

The new tournament guidelines would see both sides meet a venue that could be determined by a coin toss. England would definitely want the game at Wembley for obvious reasons while the Scots would want it at Hampden.
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