Iceland has experienced an unusual birth rate spike just nine months after its national football team’s victory over England at Euro 2016, which sent them into the tournament’s quarter-final stage for the first time in their history.
Emiliano Marcondes: A Danish-Brazilian Homecoming
Emiliano Marconde Camargo Hansen is a Danish international with Brazilian roots and will be returning to the South American country for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Alcides Ghiggia: The Man Who Silenced The Maracana
Many people won’t recognize the name or the face of Alcides Ghiggia but he is the man who shattered Brazilian dreams of winning the World Cup final in 1950.
After host nation France had their dreams shattered in their national stadium, The Panenka looks back at the scarring experience of when it happened to Selecao.
Football in Gibraltar Keeps on Rocking
The tiny enclave with a population of just 30,000 gained UEFA membership in May 2013, allowing the British territory to take part in Euro 2016 qualifying and will next be competing for FIFA World Cup 2018 qualification starting in September 2016.
In an interesting twist, local domestic champions, the Lincoln Red Imps recently pulled off a major upset in a UEFA Champions second round qualifier against fellow Brits Celtic with the second leg due to be played next week.
The Panenka looks at a strange mix of football and politics in the British satellite state.
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The Stade de France Ronaldo Conspiracy
The hosts reach the final at the Stade de France and face a country whose star player, named Ronaldo, suffers an injury on the day of the final. We’ve been here before, haven’t we?
The Panenka looks at the rumors surrounding another non-performer in the final of a major competition at Saint Denis.
Most Memorable Moments of Euro 2016
UEFA’s decision to expand the tournament to 24 teams rather than the traditional 16 side format gave us plenty of moments to savor as some of the big boys slipped up, the onion bag was rattled with some great goals and plenty of tears were shed. These are the most memorable moments of Euro 2016.
Eder: From Ugly Duckling To Beautiful Swan
Every protagonist in every story has an obstacle to overcome. When the striker emerged from the bench in the final of the European Championships and made history, it seemed like a movie, with the striker playing the central role as the downtrodden hero with something to prove.
From humble beginnings to top dog, The Panenka looks at the struggling career of a striker who’s goal landed his country it’s first ever major tournament win. Continue reading
The Panenka’s Top 10 Goals of Euro 2016
51 games later, these are The Panenaka’s Top 10 goals of Euro 2016.
The Panenka’s EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament
After an action packed tournament The Panenka names its selection for Team team of the Tournament.
Deschamps-Elysees: A Troubled Road to the Euro 2016 Final
The former Nantes, Marseille and Juventus midfielder hasn’t had an easy ride during his time as Les Blues coach. From dressing room exiles to allegations of racism, injuries to non-starters, there has rarely been a dull moment in the French dug-out.
The Panenka looks at the big decisions the 47-year-old coach has had to make at Euro 2016.
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