UEFA Euro - Soccer Wiretap

Uli Hoeness Criticizes Munich Press For Not Defending Neuer

Sep 19, 2019 1:16 PM

Uli Hoeness went after the "west German" press for failing to defend Manuel Neuer in a row against Marc-Andre ter Stegen over who should start in goal for the German national team. 

"I think it's a joke. Especially the Munich press, it is not OK. The west German press act as if ter Stegen has already won 17 World Cups. But I don't see anything from the south German press. No support," said Hoeness.

Hoeness continued, saying that Neuer should be first-choice in goal beyond the Euros.

"There is just no discussion for anyone in the world to doubt that Manuel Neuer should be in goal here in Germany and I read today that maybe [only] until the European Championship. He can play as long as he stays healthy. He will always be the best. End of story. We will light up the folks at DFB [German FA]. We are good at that."

Stephan Uersfeld/ESPN FC

Tags: Germany, IQ, UEFA Euro

England To Report Montenegro For Racial Abuse Following Match

Mar 25, 2019 11:24 PM

England will report Montenegro for racial abuse following their 5-1 in Podgorica.

"It is unacceptable. I definitely heard abuse of Danny Rose when he got booked. There's no doubt in my mind it happened. I know what I heard. We have to make sure our players feel supported, they know the dressing room is there and we as a group of staff are there for them," said Southgate.

Raheem Sterling and Callum Hudson-Odoi were also subject to abuse.

"There should be a real punishment for this, not just the two or three people who were doing it - it needs to be a collective thing. This place holds 15,000. The punishment should be, whatever nation it is, if your fans are chanting racist abuse then it should be the whole stadium so no-one can come and watch. When the ban is lifted, the fans will think twice. They all love football, they all want to come and watch their nation so it will make them think twice before doing something silly like that," said Sterling. 

BBC Sport

Tags: England, UEFA Euro

Luka Jovic Watched By Barcelona

Mar 15, 2019 5:52 PM

Barcelona director of football Eric Abidal was in attendance for Eintracht Frankfurt's match at Inter to watch striker Luka Jovic.

The 21-year-old Jovic, one of the revelations of the European football season, has scored 15 goals in 23 matches.

Jovic is currently on a 2-year loan from Benfica. 


Tags: Eintracht Frankfurt, Barcelona, UEFA Euro

Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels Out Of German Team

Mar 5, 2019 8:04 PM

Joachim Low decided to turn the page on the German national team with his decision that Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, and Mats Hummels will not longer be selected for the side.

"I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for the many successful, extraordinary and unique years we shared. They are big players who stand for a big time in the national team. Throughout the years they achieved an incredible amount for the team. I thank Mats, Jerome and Thomas for many successful, extraordinary and unique years together," said Low.

Low added that it's time the national team looks ahead to Euro 2020.

"With the Euro 2020 qualifying campaign about to begin, we wanted to make it clear that this is a new start. We want to give the team a new look. I'm convinced that that is the correct step."


Tags: UEFA Euro

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


Tags: UEFA Euro

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

Tags: UEFA Euro

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

The Guardian

Spain Leaves Costa, Mata, Torres, Cazorla Off 25-Man Roster
Vicente Del Bosque has offered call-ups to Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez and Real Madrid's Lucas Vazquez.

Dermot Corrigan/ESPN

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain To Miss Euros With Knee Injury
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will be out for six to eight weeks.

Mattias Karen/ESPN

Euro 2016 Could Be Played Without Fans In Attendance
Authorities ruled out a cancellation or relocation of Euro 2016 after November's terror attacks in Paris.


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