Fernando Santos, Portugal and the Greece Paradigm

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Despite not yet winning a game inside 90 minutes there is something dangerous about the semi-finalists here. Their coach has a history of achieving the unachievable and could be set to reach the unreachable if ‘A Selecao das Quinas’ can defeat Wales at Euro 2016.

The Panenka takes a closer look at the Portugal boss’ team and tactics while paying special attention to the demons of disappointment from Euro 2004 and how that spirit is being resurrected to work in their favor 12 years later.  Continue reading

The Four Times Italy Sent Germany Home From Major Tournaments

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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

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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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