UEFA Euro - Soccer Wiretap

Cristiano Ronaldo Wants To Play In Euro 2024

Sep 21, 2022 10:47 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo plans to continue playing for Portugal beyond this year's World Cup, indicating he wants to compete at Euro 2024.

"I hope to be part of the Federation for a few more years," he added. "I still feel motivated; my ambition is high. I'm in a team with young people. I want to be part of this World Cup and the European too; I'm going to assume that right away."

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Tags: Manchester United, Portugal, Misc Rumor, UEFA Euro

Italy-England Averages 6.49M Viewers In United States

Jul 14, 2021 10:18 AM

ESPN's coverage of the Italy-England Euro 2020 Final averaged 6.49 million viewers, representing a 43 percent increase from the 2016 Portugal-France telecast. 

ESPN’s audience peaked at 8.2 million viewers as the Azzurri clinched the title on penalty kicks.

Approximately 31 million viewers in the U.K. watched the final on BBC and ITV, making it one of the most-watched programs in British TV history.

The Italy-England match deliver more viewers than each game of NBC Sports’ coverage of the Stanley Cup Final, and it also handily out-delivered nearly every game of the 2020-21 NBA season.

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Tags: England, Italy, UEFA Euro

Gareth Southgate Says England Loss Is 'My Responsibility'

Jul 11, 2021 9:28 PM

Gareth Southgate said he was responsible for England's penalty shootout loss to Italy in the Euro 2020 final.

Southgate subbed on Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho late in the match, with both players missing their penalties.

“That is my responsibility,” Southgate said. “I chose the guys to take the kicks. I told the players that nobody is on their own in that situation. We win and lose together as a team. They have been tight throughout and that’s how it needs to stay. It is my decision to give him [Saka] that penalty. That is totally my responsibility."

Southgate sought to deflect blame from Bukayo Saka, who missed the fifth and final penalty.

“He’s such a super boy. He’s been a star and he’s going to continue to be a star. We’ve got to be there to support and help him. He’ll get a lot of love from outside because of what he’s done in this tournament," added Southgate.

Meanwhile, Harry Kane looked forward to next year World Cup.

“They’ve just got to hold their heads up high. It’s been a fantastic tournament and these things can happen. Anyone can miss a penalty. We win together, we lose together; these boys will grow for it and it gives us more motivation to do well in the World Cup next year." 

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Tags: England, Italy, UEFA Euro

Phil Foden In Doubt For Euro 2020 Final With Foot Injury

Jul 10, 2021 6:20 PM

Phil Foden suffered a foot injury in training, making him doubtful to appear in the Euro 2020 final against Italy.

Foden sat out training on Saturday due to the "minor knock."

"He's definitely doubtful although it's not something serious. It's just whether it will keep him out of this particular game," said England manager Gareth Southgate.

The 21-year-old has featured in three tournament matches thus far. 

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Tags: England, UEFA Euro

Tests Confirm Leonardo Spinazzola Tore Achilles Tendon

Jul 3, 2021 5:24 PM

Tests confirmed that Italy fullback Leonardo Spinazzola tore his Achilles tendon during their win over Belgium in the quarterfinals of the 2020 Euros.

The 28-year-old was one of the team's standout performers and was named star of the match for three out of the Italy's four matches.

"He has been one of the best players of this tournament and he will still be even if he can't play in the next games. We are very, very sad with what has happened it seems quite a serious one," said Roberto Mancini after the game.

Lorenzo Insigne also expressed his sadness regarding the injury.

"Its a great loss, we will try to go all the way above all for him. Up to today he has been such a key player, an influential player for us."


Tags: Italy, Injury, UEFA Euro

Eden Hazard Says He Will Never Be The Same After Ankle Injuries

Jun 21, 2021 1:37 AM

Eden Hazard accepted that his career wouldn't be the same due to the numerous amount of ankle injuries he's endured in recent seasons.

"I never doubted my qualities, but whether I would be 100% fit for the European Championship was going to be a question. I broke my ankle three times, it will never be the same as 10 years ago. But I know that when I am in shape, that I can prove myself on the field and that's what I'm working on now," said Hazard.

Hazard is set to start against Finland on Monday, though may not last 90 minutes.

Belgium have already qualified for the knockout round with two wins. 

Hazard said that his goal was to be fit for the knockout games.

"I'm not 100% yet, but I'm ready to start. But that was the plan, to bring me along gradually. It's especially important to be completely fit in the knockout phase. Then I have to be in top shape."


Tags: Belgium, Injury, UEFA Euro

Christian Eriksen Says He Feels 'Fine Under The Circumstances'

Jun 15, 2021 1:21 PM

Christian Eriksen said he feels "fine -- under the circumstances" in his first message to fans since suffering a cardiac arrest in Denmark's opening match of the Euro Championship.

Eriksen is still in hospital awaiting further tests as they seek to determine what caused his cardiac arrest. But in his first official communication since collapsing, Eriksen said: "Hello everyone, Big thanks for your sweet and amazing greetings and messages from all around the world. It means a lot to me and my family.

"I'm fine -- under the circumstances. I still have to go through some examinations at the hospital, but I feel OK. Now, I will cheer on the boys on the Denmark team in the next matches. Play for all of Denmark. Best, Christian."

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Tags: Tottenham Hotspur, UEFA Euro

Cristiano Ronaldo Becomes First Man To Play In Five Euros

Jun 15, 2021 1:20 PM

Cristiano Ronaldo has become the first man to play in five European Championship tournaments. 

Ronaldo debuted in 2004 with Portugal and has played in 22 matches. 

"This is my fifth European Championship but for me it feels as though it's my first," Ronaldo said ahead of Tuesday's game.

Portugal won the tournament in 2016, though he exited the final match against France early with an injury.

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Tags: Portugal, UEFA Euro

Christian Eriksen Suffered Cardiac Arrest, 'Gone' Before Resuscitated

Jun 13, 2021 12:53 PM

Christian Eriksen was "gone" before he was resuscitated after suffering a cardiac arrest, the team's doctor, Morten Boesen, said in a news conference Sunday.

Eriksen is in stable condition after being taken to a hospital in Copenhagen after he collapsed on the pitch. 

"He was gone, and we did cardiac resuscitation. It was a cardiac arrest," Boesen said. "How close were we [to losing Eriksen]? I don't know.

"We got him back after one defibrillator, so that's quite fast. I'm not a cardiologist, so the details I will leave to the experts at the hospital."

Eriksen had just played a short pass when he fell facedown onto the ground and was given urgent medical attention for around 10 minutes.

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Tags: Internazionale, Injury, UEFA Euro

Christian Eriksen Stable, Awake At Hospital After Collapse

Jun 13, 2021 8:44 AM

Christian Eriksen was awake at a hospital and stabilized after he collapsed on the pitch during the first half of Denmark's match against Finland. 

"We have spoken to Christian Eriksen, who has sent his greetings to his teammates. His condition is stable, and he continues to be hospitalized for further examination," wrote the Danish federation in a statement.

Danish football federation director Peter Moeller said Eriksen got a "heart massage" while being treated on the field.

"He fell over and got help and heart massage on the field," Moeller told Danish public broadcaster DR. "He was fortunately awake when he left stadium."


Tags: Internazionale, UEFA Euro

Christian Eriksen Collapses On Pitch, Denmark-Finland Match Postponed


Diego Llorente Tests Positive For COVID-19, Spain Expects More Cases


Kevin De Bruyne Fractures Nose, Left Eye Socket

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Didier Deschamps To Call Up Karim Benzema For Euro 2020

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UEFA Postpones Euro 2020 Until 2021

David Conn/The Guardian

UEFA Could Postpone European Championship To 2021

Dan Roan/BBC Sport

UEFA To Discuss Future Of 2020 Euros Next Week

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UEFA Monitoring Conoravirus Ahead Of Euro 2020

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Nicolo Zaniolo, Merih Demiral Out With Torn ACLs

The Guardian

Russia Banned From 2022 World Cup By WADA

BBC Sports

Germany, France, Portugal Drawn In Group F Of Euro 2020


Raheem Sterling Dropped From England Following Joe Gomez Scuffle

The Guardian

Serbia To Play Euro 2020 Qualifier Behind Closed Doors

BBC Sport

Bulgarian Police Arrest Six In Connection To England Match

The Guardian

Uli Hoeness Criticizes Munich Press For Not Defending Neuer

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England To Report Montenegro For Racial Abuse Following Match
Danny Rose, Raheem Sterling, and Callum Hudson-Odoi were targeted with abuse.

BBC Sport

Luka Jovic Watched By Barcelona
Jovic has scored 15 goals in 23 Bundesliga matches this season.


Thomas Muller, Jerome Boateng, Mats Hummels Out Of German Team
Low wanted to start fresh as he builds a new squad for Euro 2020.


Maurizio Sarri Reportedly Has One Month To Save Job
Sarri must reportedly get past Malmo in the Europa League to save his job.

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Gareth Southgate Expects England To Top Euro 2020 Qualifying Group
England open their qualification stage begins next March against the Czech Republic.

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