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Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Has One Month To Save Job

Feb 11, 2019 9:34 PM

Maurizio Sarri's fate as Chelsea manager will reportedly be decide this month, heavily influenced by their ability to get past Malmo in the Europa League knockout competition.

Chelsea also face Manchester United in the FA Cup, Manchester City in the Carabao Cup, and Tottenham in the league.

Roman Abramovich has yet to attend a match this season. 

Following their 6-0 loss to Manchester City, Sarri stated that he "never hears" from the Chelsea owner. 

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Tags: Chelsea, UEFA Euro

Gareth Southgate Expects England To Top Euro 2020 Qualifying Group

Dec 4, 2018 1:09 AM

Gareth Southgate said England should win their qualifying group for Euro 2020 after being drawn with the Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Montenegro and Kosovo in Group A. The qualification stage begins next March.

Southgate added that the next evolution for his side is to be able to handle the pressure of high expectations. 

The 2020 Euros will be held across 12 cities in Europe, including London, Rome, and Amsterdam. 

Paul MacInnes/The Guardian

Tags: England, IQ, UEFA Euro

Nations League Groups Announced

Jan 24, 2018 10:38 AM

The first ever UEFA Nations League has drawn their Group Stage pairings. The competition will begin on Sept. 6th and 8th with the semifinals and finals to be played June 5th-9th, 2019.

The 16 Nations League group winners will go into the playoffs but if they have already qualified for the European Championships the next best-ranked team in their league will take their place.

Group 1: Netherlands, France, Germany
Group 2: Iceland, Switzerland, Belgium
Group 3: Poland, Italy, Portugal
Group 4: Spain, England, Croatia

Group 1: Czech Republic, Ukraine, Slovakia
Group 2: Turkey, Sweden, Russia
Group 3: Northern Ireland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria
Group 4: Denmark, Republic of Ireland, Wales

Group 1: Israel, Albania, Scotland
Group 2: Estonia, Finland, Greece, Hungary
Group 3: Cyprus, Bulgaria, Norway, Slovenia
Group 4: Lithuania, Montenegro, Serbia, Romania

Group 1: Andorra, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Georgia
Group 2: San Marino, Moldova, Luxembourg, Belarus
Group 3: Kosovo, Malta, Faroe Islands, Azerbaijan
Group 4: Gibraltar, Liechtenstein, Macedonia


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Iceland, Italy Win Final Spots In Euro Quarterfinals

Jun 27, 2016 4:50 PM

The quarterfinal matchups of the 2016 Euros has been set.

June 30th: Poland-Portugal

July 1st: Wales-Belgium

July 2nd: Germany-Italy

July 3rd: France-Iceland

Spain, England, Croatia, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Hungary were eliminated in the Round of 16.

RealGM Staff Report

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Spain Leaves Isco, Saul Off Euro 2016 Roster

May 31, 2016 3:07 PM

Spain has left Isco and Saul Niguez off their Euro 2016 roster.

Sergio Ramos, Juanfran, Lucas Vázquez and Koke were the final four players included, while Hector Bellerin replaced the injured Dani Carvajal.

“We have tried to select a balanced squad and I think every position is well covered in this 23,” Del Bosque said at a press conference.

“I’ve not spoken personally to any of the players who’ve been left behind. Everyone wanted to be here, but we only had 23 spots.”

Goalkeepers Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Man United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla).

Defenders Sergio Ramos (Real Madrid), Gerard Piqué, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra (all Barcelona), César Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San José (Athletic Bilbao), Héctor Bellerín (Arsenal), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid).

Midfielders Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets, Andrés Iniesta (both Barcelona), Thiago (Bayern Munich), David Silva (Manchester City), Pedro, Cesc Fábregas (both Chelsea), Lucas Vázquez (Real Madrid), Koke (Atletico Madrid).

Forwards Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Álvaro Morata (Juventus).

Press Association

Tags: Spain, UEFA Euro

Conte Blames MLS Decisions On Omitting Andrea Pirlo, Giovinco

May 24, 2016 5:07 PM

Antonio Conte said that he left Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco out of his squad of 30 players was because they decided to play in the MLS.

Pirlo was a surprise omission, having been convinced by Conte to reassess his plan to retire after the 2014 World Cup.

Pirlo played a part in Italy qualifying for Euro 2016, but he has not featured since playing in the 1-0 win over Malta last September.

"When you make a certain choice and go to play in certain leagues, you do so taking it into account that they could pay the consequences from a footballing viewpoint," Conte said at a news conference on Tuesday.

"I called him and we've spoken about it. I needed to discuss it with him and we've had people out there for a week to take a look at him and Giovinco. We've made technical choices and nothing has been done just at random."

Pirlo was left out, even though Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti have both been ruled out injured.

Ben Gladwell/ESPN

Tags: Italy, UEFA Euro

Italy Leaves Mario Balotelli, Andrea Pirlo Off Euro Roster

May 23, 2016 12:51 PM

Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo have been left off Antonio Conte's preliminary 30-man roster for Euro 2016.

On loan from Liverpool, Balotelli scored only one goal in 20 Serie A appearances for AC Milan this season.

Pirlo now plays for New York City FC of the MLS after leaving Juventus last season.

Sebastian Giovinco was also omitted. 

Italy are in Group E, one of the toughest of the tournament with Belgium, Ireland and Sweden.

The Guardian

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Spain Leaves Costa, Mata, Torres, Cazorla Off 25-Man Roster

May 17, 2016 11:21 AM

Vicente del Bosque has left Diego Costa, Juan Mata, Fernando Torres, Paco Alcacer and Santi Cazorla out of his 25-man provisional squad for Euro 2016.

Del Bosque has offered call-ups to Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez, who are both yet to make a senior appearance for Spain, while also including Athletic Bilbao veteran Aritz Aduriz, Villarreal midfielder Bruno Soriano and Barcelona centre-back Marc Bartra.

"We have weighed everything up," Del Bosque said. "We do not want to call up too many people with doubts over their fitness. We have [David] Silva and Lucas Vazquez with doubts. I did not speak with anyone, as you never know where to put a limit on how many you should call."

Asked about the omissions, Del Bosque said: "Many people had chances, there were doubts over many of the calls, but we made the decisions we thought best.

"There is lot of competition -- we can't bring them all. We make decisions based on football merit. We just bring those we think will be most useful for us."

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Tags: Spain, UEFA Euro

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Miss Euros With Knee Injury

May 6, 2016 10:34 AM

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will miss the European Championship after suffering a new knee injury in training.

Oxlade-Chamberlain was set to return from the knee injury he sustained against Barcelona in February but Wenger said he had picked up a fresh injury in training on Monday that will rule him out for six to eight weeks.

"It's very sad, because he was quite ready physically, and sharp in training," Wenger said on Friday at his news conference.

Wenger said "there is no chance" he will recover in time for the Euros, which start next month in France, adding: "He'll be back in the beginning of July."

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Tags: Arsenal, England, Injury, UEFA Euro

Euro 2016 Could Be Played Without Fans In Attendance

Mar 23, 2016 11:46 AM

UEFA could play Euro 2016 behind closed doors if there is sufficient concern about terrorism, according to its executive committee vice-president Giancarlo Abete.

Authorities ruled out a cancellation or relocation of Euro 2016 after November's terror attacks in Paris, and France's Interior Minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, re-emphasised the importance of high security at the tournament in light of Tuesday's deadly explosions in neighbouring Belgium.

"Security is the primary problem for all of us," Abate told Radio 24. "The sporting event is only secondary to the issue of people's security. For every sporting event, there is somebody responsible for public order who is above any other person responsible for the organisation of the sporting event.

"The last two World Cups, first in South Africa and then in Brazil, were both characterised by the risk of incidents and social tension, for different reasons. It is something that unfortunately the world of sport has to live with.

"We need to keep our heads held high and keep faith in the values we trust. We need professionalism and sensitivity to take certain decisions, by staging as many events as possible and postponing or cancelling them in the moment in which significant risks emerge."


Tags: France, UEFA Euro

Wayne Rooney Won't Be Automatic Starter For England
Wayne Rooney's absence has led Hodgson to recall Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck to his 24-man squad for the friendlies against Germany and Holland this month after their injuries.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

N'Golo Kante Called Up By France For International Break
N'Golo Kante wasn't featured for France's junior ranks and is already 24 without a call-up.

Dominic Fifield/The Guardian

Van Gaal: Marcus Rashford Not Too Young For Euro 2016
Marcus Rashford has scored four goals in his opening three matches with United and has also impressed with his contribution off the ball.

Jamie Jackson/The Guardian

Antonio Conte Suggests Mario Balotelli Will Watch Euro 2016 On TV
Mario Balotelli has been picked by Antonio Conte just once following Italy's exit from the 2014 World Cup.

The Guardian

Euro 2016 Group Stage Draw Announced
Eden Hazard and Belgium are drawn against Italy in the group stage.


Belgium Ranked All-Time Best 2nd In World
Belgium has taken Argentina's place in second in FIFA's latest world rankings.


Joachim Lw Signs Extension With Germany Through 2018
Joachim Lw joined the Nationalmannschaft as Jrgen Klinsmann's assistant in 2004


Carlo Ancelotti Dreams Of Managing Italian National Team
Carlo Ancelotti is 55 years old and is in his second season with Real Madrid.

Peter McVitie/Goal.com

Harry Kane To Receive England Call-Up For Next Euro Qualifier
Harry Kane will be called up by England for their next Euro qualifiers.

Daniel Taylor/The Guardian

Koke Doesn't Want Pressure Of 'Successor To Xavi' Tag
Koke is seen as Spain's successor to Xavi in the midfield.

Jamie Kemp/Inside Spanish Football

Del Bosque Doesn't Believe Spain Needs Major Overhaul
Vicente del Bosque believes Spain is not in need of a major overhaul to turnaround their performance from the World Cup ahead of Euro 2016.


Nolito Called Up For Spain, Diego Costa Left Off Roster Due To Injury
Diego Costa has been left off the roster to help him recover from his recent injuries.

The Guardian

Saido Berahino Called Up For England's Next Euro Qualifier
Saido Berahino has scored eight times for West Brom this season, seven of them coming in the Premier League.

David Hytner/The Guardian

Gareth Bale's Injury Still Not Considered Serious
Wales are confident Gareth Bale will play in their Euro 2016 qualifier in Belgium.


Vicente Del Bosque To Step Down As Manager Of Spain After Euro 2016
Vicente del Bosque plans to leave his post as manager of Spain after the 2016 European Championships.

Joe Prince-Wright/ProSoccerTalk

Luke Shaw Demoted To England's Under-21 Roster
Roy Hodgson has demoted Luke Shaw to England's Under-21 team.

Richard Jolly/ESPN

Wembley To Host Euro 2020 Final, Semifinals
Wembley has been confirmed as the venue for the semifinals and final of the 2020 European Championship.


Pirlo Convinced By Conte To Continue Playing Career
Andrea Pirlo has been convinced by new manager Antonio Conte to continue his international career with Italy.


David Silva Believes Spain Shouldn't Change Style
David Silva believes Spain needs to change personnel rather than adjust their entire style of play.

Heath Chesters/Inside Spanish Football

Claudio Ranieri Named Manager Of Greece
Claudio Ranieri has been appointed manager of Greece on a two-year deal.


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