The Harrowing History of Jakub Blaszczykowski’s Backstory

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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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Simone Zaza Wishes The Best For Outgoing Alvaro Morata “Starting Tuesday”

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Goodbye is never easy when you’ve played up front together at Stadio delle Alpi. However, there will be no love lost when these two meet at the European Championships.

In anticipation of the titanic clash between La Roja and Azzurri in the knockout stage at Euro 2016, The Panenka discusses the future of the two strikers who look likely to be separated next season.

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Die Mannschaft: Life After Lahm

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Before the dust had even had a chance to settle on the after-party of Germany’s triumph over Argentina in the 2014 World Cup final, Philipp Lahm announced that he was retiring from the international scene.

At Euro 2016, Joachim Low’s side have had to adapt. The Panenka looks at what this means for Die Mannschaft and how the World Champions are shaping up without their leader.

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

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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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