Euro 2016 Preview: Croatia vs Portugal


The winner of this last-16 tie will play either Switzerland or Portugal in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.

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Comparing Spain’s Euro 2012 Winners To The Euro 2016 Squad


Spain entered Euro 2016 shrouded in controversy and with a hangover from their dire performance at the 2014 World Cup looming large. While many have written off the latest group of La Roja players, is there really much difference between the squad now and the one which lifted the European Championship in 2012?

The Panenka compares Vicente de Bosque’s triumphant 23-man squad of 2012 to that of this summer’s European competition.

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Ukraine Miss Chance For Atonement At Euro 2016 For Troubles At Home


Ukrainian football has faced up to some tough times over the past few years. Conflict and crisis in Ukraine is causing clubs to collapse, major disputations to the league and players fleeing the country for their safety. These are just some of the blows to football in the country that co-hosted the European Championship just four years ago.

 The Panenka looks at why the war-torn country had been seeking redemption for it’s political and economic strife at Euro 2016 before being dumped out the tournament.  Continue reading