Owain Fon Williams: Recording Welsh History In More Ways Than One

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Far from the image of the stereotypical footballer, Williams has developed into a talented artist. Through painting, the keeper who plys his trade in The Scottish Premeirship is becoming something of a cult hero.

The Panenka takes a closer look at the Inverness Caledonian Thistle stopper and his hobby.

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Deschamps: Iceland are more than set-piece specialists


The Nordic minnows have shocked many at Euro 2016 but the France boss believes they deserve their spot in the last-8 have and have a host of assets in their armory.

Furthermore, the 1998 World Cup winning captain had to defend his actions in an incident when Les Blues last met Iceland in a friendly, just months after being crowned World Champions.

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The Four Times Italy Sent Germany Home From Major Tournaments


The meeting between Die Mannschaft and Azzurri at Euro 2016 in Bordeaux on July 2 will be the 34th meeting between the two-footballing heavyweights.

Interestingly, Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament where Italy’s record reads: P8 W4 D4 L0. Those four draws occurred at World Cup 62 and 78 and Euro 88 and 96.

The Panenka takes a closer look at those four Italian victories, three at World Cups and one at a European Championship.
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Belgium’s Quarter-Final Defensive Crisis


De Rode Duivels named an extremely attacking squad for Euro 2016 where 5 strikers and 3 attacking midfielders were selected in the 23-man squad for France.

However, suspension and injury to their back-line looks like it could derail the best chance the ‘Golden Generation’ may ever get to reach final at a major international tournament. The Panenka looks at who is most likely to step into the fray.

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The Harrowing History of Jakub Blaszczykowski’s Backstory


The Borussia Dortmund winger has overcome worse things in his life than being sent out on-loan from the Ruhr valley club he’s been with for the last decade. At the tender age of 10-years-old the Biało-czerwoni winger witnessed the murder of his mother at the hands of his own father.

The Panenka takes a brief look at the effect of those chilling events on one of the most unsung heroes of Adam Nawalka’s side at Euro 2016.
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What Could Brexit Mean For The English Premier League?


On Thursday 23rd June 2016 the British public took part in a referendum to decide whether it would ‘Remain’ or ‘Leave’ the European Union. As results filtered in, it became apparent that it had been determined, by way of democracy, that The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will be leaving the EU.

These are very uncertain times and at the time of writing it is still a relative unknown what the future holds politically, socially and economically. The Panenka looks at what this could mean for the English Premier League.

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