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Euro 2016: Austria vs Hungary… Live!

So, here we are again with another European Championship group match, and today we’re onto Group F and the match between Austria and Hungary. So, let’s get the brief history lesson out of the way first, shall we? The Austro-Hungarian Empire’s run wasn’t a long one, but it was historically significant. It was at its peak between 1867 until 1918, and in August 1914 the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo, one of its outposts, was the catalyst for all concerned – some might argue that it was all the excuse they needed – to hurtle themselves into...

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Euro 2016: Spain vs Czech Republic… Live!

Good afternoon, everybody, and welcome to the first of another three match day here at Euro 2016. This afternoon, we kick off with one of the most curious games of the group stages, between Spain and the Czech Republic. Spain have, of course, won the last two tournaments, an achievement all the more impressive for the fact that this particular nation had not won a major tournament before since the 1960s while no-one had ever successfully defended the European Championships before. In the summer of 2016, however, it might be argued that Spain are in a period of transition....

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Dotmund’s Eureux Tapestry: Day 4

Today’s instalment of our epic Eureux Tapestry series – and what could be a better way of catching up with all the latest international football than fifteenth century French religion? – reflects on yesterday’s matches, featuring the massed ranks of Northern Ireland’s defence, Verdan Corluka spilling blood for his cause and Jerome Boateng’s goal-line acrobatics. Fortunately, there’s no reference to Jogi Loew sniffing his own junk, something for which I think we should all be grateful. Click on the image to see it in its full, original glory.   Twohundredpercent is, after ten years, endeavouring to try and change...

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Euro 2016: Ireland vs Sweden… Live!

We briefly mentioned on our preview podcast that one of the defining features of this tournaments is the number of nations with one marquee player. From Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal to Adam Lallana and England, it seems to be the way of things that many nations have one superstar accompanied by a supporting cast, and nowhere is this more prevalent than in the case of Zweden Ibrahimovic. This one player’s every utterance eclipses every other player in his squad to such an extent their involvement in this summer’s festivities may come to resemble the long-half-forgotten animated Happy Days spin-off...

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Euro 2016: Belgium vs Italy… Live!

Time, then, for this evening’s match. A main event, if you will, and this is one that I consider just about impossible to call. Belgium have been simultaneously near the top of the FIFA rankings and not quite the sum of their parts for a while now, and big things are expected of them at this tournament. The brunt of the blame for what is considered to be a degree of underachievement has been borne by coach Marc Wilmots, who has stood accused of not being able to get the best from the lavish talents at his disposal. Tonight...

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