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ENGLAND v UKRAINE
John Terry of England clears an effort from Ukraine’s
Marko Devic off the line in Donetsk.

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SPAIN v GERMANY
Spain celebrate a 1-0 Final victory at the Ernst Happel stadium in
Vienna that ends a 44-year wait for a major international title.
20 0 4
GREECE v PORTUGAL
Angelos Charisteas of Greece scores the winning
goal in the Final, against the hosts, in Lisbon.

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Jaap Stam blasts his penalty over the bar as the hosts lose
to Italy on spot-kicks in the semi-finals in Amsterdam.

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ENGLAND v SCOTLAND
Paul Gascoigne celebrates scoring England’s
second goal in their 2-0 victory at Wembley.

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STAR INTERVIEW:
WAYNE ROONEY

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ENGLAND: WAYNE ROONEY

G
oing into his sixth major tournament scored a lot of goals and hopefully now I’ve
finals with England, Wayne Rooney got another opportunity. I want England to be
is honest enough to admit he’s only successful and win trophies. This is an opportunity
played at his best in one of them. for us to do really well this summer and hopefully
But will being captain finally see I can lead this team to be successful. I’ll certainly
the 30-year-old achieve his full keep trying to make it happen.
potential at Euro 2016?
Rooney made a dramatic impact on European YOU HAVE MORE THAN A CENTURY OF CAPS
football’s biggest stage when he starred as a AND THE TITLE OF ENGLAND’S ALL-TIME RECORD
teenager in the same tournament in Portugal GOALSCORER. BUT WOULD WINNING A TROPHY
12 years ago, scoring four goals. WITH YOUR COUNTRY TOP ALL THAT?
But since England’s dramatic exit on penalties Of course, no doubt. As much as I love playing and
in Lisbon – and his subsequent move from scoring for England, there would be nothing better
Everton to Manchester United – Rooney’s than being successful with England. That’s all any
international career has fallen agonisingly player wants. It’s the ultimate goal and if I don’t do
and narrowly short of real greatness. it I’ll be disappointed. Hopefully the young players
The stats are good; in fact they’re fantastic. in the future can, but that’s what I want to do too.
He is now England’s record scorer, with more
than 50 goals, and is closing in on Peter Shilton’s COULD THIS BE YOUR LAST BIG TOURNAMENT
all-time record of 125 caps. FINALS FOR ENGLAND, THEN? YOUR LAST CHANCE
But what, by Rooney’s own admission, stops TO WIN ONE...
him breathing the same heady air as Bobby No, I don’t see that. I still feel fine. I think I can go to
Charlton – the man whose goalscoring record he the Russia World Cup and then see how I feel after
surpassed – is that there have been no trophies, that. So, no, it’s not something I’m thinking about.
and no starring role in a major finals either.
This summer, in France, he has another SO WHAT CHANCES DO ENGLAND HAVE THIS TIME,
opportunity to put that right. AGAINST RUSSIA, SLOVAKIA AND WALES?
We’ve learned not to talk these things up. I believe
WAYNE, DO YOU THINK IT’S FAIR TO SAY we have a very good squad of players, but we have
YOU HAVEN’T PERFORMED got to go and prove that – especially for some of
AT YOUR VERY BEST IN A the lads who haven’t been
MAJOR TOURNAMENT
SO FAR? “As much as to tournaments before.
We know we can’t go into
Not since the first one at
Euro 2004, that’s probably I love playing a tournament like we did
last time, at the World Cup,
true. I haven’t played as well
as I’d like. When I go into and scoring for and go out the way we did.

tournaments I’m always


confident, but for some England, there HOW DIFFERENT IS THIS
ENGLAND TEAM TO THE
reason it hasn’t happened.
But over the last few years would be ONE THAT FLOPPED SO
BADLY IN BRAZIL?
I’d say my form for England
has been really good. I’ve nothing better We’re a very different team, a
lot has changed. We have so

than being
successful with
England”

Spot on...Wayne Rooney gets his 50th international goal, with a penalty against Switzerland, to become England’s record scorer

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ENGLAND: WAYNE ROONEY

Special...Harry Kane taki


ng on Germany

much pace in the side. I think other sides will be a


bit wary of us in the finals. We’ve had a lot of young
players come in and they don’t seem to have any
fear at all, which is great.

THERE ARE PEOPLE WHO HAVE SOMETIMES


CRITICISED ENGLAND’S UNITY IN PREVIOUS
TOURNAMENTS AND TALKED ABOUT RIFTS
IN THE CAMP. WHAT’S THIS GROUP LIKE?
It’s probably the best dressing room since I’ve been
in the international set-up. The difference is there
are so many young players. They have all come
through together. In fact they are taking over the
dressing room! Myself and Gary Cahill have to take
a back seat!

YOU SEEM CONVINCED THAT THIS GROUP WILL DO


BETTER THAN ENGLAND TEAMS OF THE PAST...
We know we need to mature and improve – and
I think we’ve been doing that. So we want to go
to the Euros and do as well as we can. I certainly
think we can challenge. At the minute, we feel like
everything is moving in the right direction.

THE EMERGENCE OF HARRY KANE HAS BEEN


IMPORTANT FOR ENGLAND. WILL HE BE A KEY
PLAYER IN FRANCE?
He will, because he’s a great player and he’s
learning fast. He had a fantastic year last year and
he’s scored goals for England

“We have this season, too. He’s really


come on. He is a special player

so much and I think you’ll see that. But


we have a big group of exciting

pace in the young players around him.

IS IT FAIR TO SAY THAT


side. I THERE’S A RENEWED
ENTHUSIASM AROUND
think other THE ENGLAND TEAM?
I hope so. It’s an opportunity
sides will be for us to do really well. We
have got an exciting squad
a bit wary and a great team atmosphere
in the dressing room. I want to
of us in be involved and hopefully lead
this team as far as possible.
the finals” We are going to the finals
with confidence.

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STAR PROFILE:
MESUT OZIL

GERMANY’S
GEM
The Arsenal midfielder
is crucial to world
champions Germany’s
chances of succeeding
at Euro 2016.
By Nick Bidwell

I
f Germany are to add a European title to
the world crown they clinched two years
ago, their “Fab Front Four” will need to
be in rude health this summer – and that
especially applies to Mesut Ozil.
Despite some so-called failings – his
overly languid body language, a tendency to
shrink on the big occasion and the lack of killer
instinct in front of goal – the 27-year-old
Arsenal star remains as vital as ever to the
cultured and measured approach play of Best yet...Mesut Ozil had his best seaso
n with Arsenal
the Nationalmannschaft.
But rather than concentrate on the negatives in setting for Ozil and company these
Ozil’s game, Germany coach Joachim Low prefers days is to go about their business with style needs me out wide, then I do my best there.”
to focus on what the playmaker does bring to the and freedom of expression. They are much The good news for Low and German fans is
table: silky technique, vision, exquisite through more likely to kill with deftness than power. that Ozil very much is on a high at the moment.
balls and an ability to exploit space. Death by a thousand cuts. This season, his third in
In short, he is the oil in the German creative So where to play him? Arsenal colours, has been
machine. The enabler. The man to keep it all nice At the last World Cup, Low his best by far and he
and fluid. Critics who claim that he does not show
enough bite or drive, neither understand him or
switched Ozil from a
central role to an inside-
“If we play to was nominated for the
PFA Players’ Player of
the way today’s team operate.
This isn’t the crash-bang-wallop Germany
right or inside-left position,
but the Bundestrainer has
our absolute the Year prize.
A member of the
which was the norm 10 years ago, relying more
on discipline and physicality than flair. The default
since dropped hints that he
sees the player’s future
potential, I’m Germany under-21 side
that won the European
with the national team
exclusively through the
convinced we title in 2009, he now
has his sights on another
middle. And with Borussia
Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan
can become continental coronation and
remains optimistic that he
out with a knee injury, it’s
hard to imagine Ozil being
European and his team-mates can go
all the way this summer.
anything other than a
number 10 in France.
champions” “We are a tournament
team,” he says. “When they
“Generally I prefer to come around, we’re always
play in the middle,” Ozil told German there. It won’t be easy.
magazine Kicker in December. “However, “We can’t underestimate the challenge, but if
On top...lifting the World Cup in 2014 football is a team game and if the coach we play to our absolute potential, I’m convinced
decides – like in the World Cup – that he we can become European champions.”

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STAR INTERVIEW:
ASHLEY WILLIAMS

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WALES:
ASHLEY WILLIAMS

S
ince being promoted to the Premier the stadium in Bordeaux [where Wales play Slovakia
League with Swansea City, the same in their opening game] and thinking about how far
battered shin pads have protected I’ve come. I think a lot of that will be for after the
Ashley Williams’ legs in battles with tournament or when I retire. I appreciate where
some of the best strikers in the world. I’ve come from, but the excitement is about what
The same pair of pads, bought from we can do out there.”
a simple high-street store in Stockport for a few All that’s being mentioned by Williams and the
pounds, have been worn since he made his Wales rest of the Wales camp is “going as far as we can”
debut while still in the lower leagues. and “getting out of the group and taking it from
They have been with him while making more there”, but the words Greece and 2004 have
appearances than any other player in the English cropped up in conversation a few times in Cardiff
top flight since that promotion in 2011 and while and beyond. And no one should blame the fans,
racking up 58 caps for his country in eight years, given that Wales have taken more than half a
missing just eight internationals in that time. century to reach their first major finals since the
It says something about the way the 31-year-old 1958 World Cup.
approaches the game. “Honestly, we’ve not thought about other teams,”
It’s what has made him such a success – says Williams. “We know exactly who we are as a
certainly with Wales when he was spotted by then side, we have a clear identity of what we’re about
youth-team manager Brian Flynn in 2008. Flynn as a team and we know how it is. We know we don’t
saw the surname Williams and took a punt in asking have many stars as, say, an England do, but we’ve
the centre-back if it meant he had any Welsh roots. gone out and beaten plenty of sides ranked higher
The heritage actually came from his mother’s side than us and we don’t fear anyone.
(his grandfather was born in the Rhondda Valleys), “We don’t watch what other teams are doing and
and manager John Toshack soon took in a game I couldn’t tell you who I think is going to win the
against Hereford United to see whether the cultured tournament, we’re only trying to concern ourselves
but commanding defender was worth selecting. with ourselves, enjoying this experience and giving
Williams now laughs at the fact Toshack left at a good account of ourselves. We know what we
half-time because, as he told him, the game was are about.”
so poor. Williams was not – as his virtual ever- What that is is a team with an incredible, obvious
presence in the side since has testified. togetherness formed through growing in experience
It is a journey unlike many who will be at Euro as a side first capped as rookies by Toshack and
2016, though the Welshman with the West who came through the tragedy of losing Gary
Midlands tones will not dwell on it. Speed, successor Chris Coleman harnessing that
“I think I’ve done a lot spirit and placing Williams as
of that in my career,” says his captain to build a defensive
Williams. “I did it when
we got promoted to the
“We don’t block upon which the likes of
Gareth Bale can flourish.
Premier League and in
games for Wales in the
watch what From a team that were
once – like Williams – in the
past. I think it’s gone past
that now, I don’t have to
other teams lower leagues or rookies in
the reserves at top-flight clubs,
think about how I got
here, perhaps because
are doing... they are now confident winners
with a mass of international
we’ve earned the right to
be out in France the same
we’re only caps far outweighing their
years as a team.
as anyone.
“I won’t be standing in
trying to “I think we always knew we
had a lot of potential,” says
Rise...from non-league
to the Euro finals

concern
ourselves
with ourselves”

Adventure...coach Chris Coleman (right) and Ashley Williams will be part of Wales’ first major finals appearance since the 1958 World Cup

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ASHLEY WILLIAMS

Winners...Gareth Bale
(left) and Aaron Ramsey

Williams of a string of qualifying campaigns that


failed to yield the same success as this one.
“We were good players, but as a squad it was
probably a bit too early for us as individuals. We
had experience in terms of caps but perhaps not
in know-how. We learned so much from the last
couple of campaigns where it was just as a team
together and then we knew it was our time.
“Look at what the players have won at their clubs
now: Aaron Ramsey has won the FA Cup twice,
there are promotions all through the squad, a few
of us have won the League Cup, Andy King has just
won the title with Leicester, a load have played in
Europe and then you’ve got Gareth Bale who has
won the Champions League.
“There’s winners in there, players who know
what it takes and are comfortable with what they’ve
achieved in their careers and what it takes. We all
bring that together with Wales, and then you have
that closeness on top where we are all mates, all
enjoy each other’s company and all want to do
well for each other.”
It’s a far cry from the years when Wales’ small
player pool would be hit by clubs putting pressure
on players over injuries and withdrawing, with the
squad now admitting that they count down the
weeks between Wales’ camps so they can return to
the club environment they have developed on an
international stage.
“It’s difficult to put into words,” says Williams
about the togetherness that ensures Wales can
punch perhaps above their

“I think we weight. “We’ve grown up


together, I guess. We speak

always knew most days and are comfortable


around each other.”

we had a lot And, after such a long wait


for a major finals, comfortable

of potential... in their ability to take the party


beyond a few weeks in France.
Williams won’t have his
We had old shin pads – he actually lost
them coming back from the
experience in recent warm-up friendly with
Ukraine – but he will
terms of caps have the same belief that has
burned in Coleman’s side for
but perhaps some time. It’s been a long
journey to get to Euro 2016,
not know-how” but there’s no plans for it to
stop just yet.

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STAR PROFILE:
DIMITRI PAYET

LETHAL
WEAPON
Dimitri Payet has put
his troubles behind
him and is back in
favour with France.
By Nick Bidwell

W
hile the careers of Eric
Cantona and David Ginola
with France faded to black
during their time in the
Premier League, West
Ham’s attacking midfield
marvel Dimitri Payet has found England much
more beneficial to his chances with Les Bleus.
Previously pigeon-holed on the French circuit
as something of a “dinner-jacket player” – perfect
for a gala occasion though not for everyday use
– he had spent most of his career on the fringes
of the national team, generally called up as an
Top recruit...Dimitri Payet has
afterthought and missing out on both Euro 2012 had a fantastic first season in the
Premier League, with West Ham
and World Cup 2014.
But how that has all changed since he moved the Marseille man, the
to the East End of London last summer. Adding BBC’s Gary Lineker describes him as “the best side,” exclaimed Deschamps on French TV. “He
consistency and maturity to his bag of technical recruit of the season”, while Thierry Henry called has a very particular style. He makes others play.
tricks, he has been one of the Premier League’s him “the brains” of the Upton Park outfit. He has kept his standards high and the question
most impressive performers this season and was In the form of his life, of whether to take him to
good enough to feature on the shortlist for the Payet simply could not be the Euros or not no longer
PFA Players’ Player of the Year award.
Aware that West Ham only paid !15million for
ignored by France boss
Didier Deschamps. And on “I don’t have has to be asked.”
Not that Deschamps was
being recalled for a recent
friendly double-header he an easy always such a fan. It was an
open secret that he did not
was excellent on the appreciate Payet’s attitude
left-flank in the win in character. and it’s fair to say that the
Holland and scored a playmaker has had his share
superb free-kick against I can do of bad boy scrapes: clashes
Russia a few days later. with team-mates, insulting
All in all, the perfect things which referees and once being
audition for a leading role sent to the dressing room
with his country. Here was irritate” by his coach at Marseille,
the Payet that the West Marcelo Bielsa, for not
Ham faithful have grown training hard enough.
to adore. Highly skilled with both feet, inventive, “I don’t have an easy character,” Payet admitted
decisive and one of the best purveyors of a on TV last year. “I can do things which irritate.
set-piece in Europe. “If I make the most of my ability, I can have a
“If I’ve selected him, it’s because I’m much more enjoyable second part of my career.”
March’s friendly against Holland convinced that he can bring something to our It’s a promise he is making good on.
essive...in action for France in
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MICHAEL O’NEILL

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NORTHERN IRELAND: MICHAEL O’NEILL

N
orthern Ireland are about to take qualifying game during June, so I couldn’t do
part in their first major tournament the A-level. I subsequently went back to study
since the 1986 World Cup, and for maths and statistics via the Open University. I was
Michael O’Neill these finals will be transferred to Dundee United and I moved into the
his first. But having made history in same digs as big Duncan Ferguson. He helped me
2011 by becoming the first man to carry boxes of books up the stairs and you could
lead an Irish side to the group stage of a European see he was thinking, who is this guy? It took me
club competition, with Shamrock Rovers in the away from football which was a good thing. I had
Europa League, the 46-year-old can’t wait to a bad injury which got me thinking that you don’t
embark on yet another new adventure. know how long it will last. So if you can get
something that takes you out of it, then that’s a
YOU WORKED OUTSIDE OF FOOTBALL WHEN YOU positive. Some lads played snooker, I studied maths.
STOPPED PLAYING. DO YOU DRAW UPON THOSE
EXPERIENCES NOW? CAN THIS COMPARE WITH BEING A PLAYER?
I’ve certainly had life experiences outside of As a player, the closest I got was Euro 96 when we
football, definitely. I worked in financial services for missed out on the play-offs on goal average. As a
a number of years, and when I did undertake my manager, the defeats are worse. As a player you go
coaching career I went in right at the bottom. So back to your club and the Northern Ireland situation
this has been 10 years in the making. I had to work goes to the back of your mind. As a manager, it
to get here. I had to make things better in the jobs I never goes away. When you’re miserable there’s a
was in. I had great success at Shamrock Rovers, but fair chance you’re going to be miserable for a few
equally the experience of working outside football months, until the next game. So the satisfaction of
does let you look at the game in a different way. I’m qualification is much greater. The highs are so much
not sure what that is, but sometimes if you’re in the greater. You feel more responsible as a manager. It’s
game you can get too engrossed with it. Some of great being a player because players are so selfish.
the top coaches, they get the opportunity at a really It’s the nature of their environment, they have to
young age to get big jobs. I’ve taken the other route think of themselves first.
and the Euros is a really good opportunity for me to
demonstrate my capabilities as a coach. HOW DO YOU BREED CONFIDENCE AMONG YOUR
PLAYERS?
YOU PLAYED WITH PAUL GASCOIGNE AT At the start, I didn’t feel the team had much of an
NEWCASTLE UNITED, BUT YOU WERE identity. It genuinely takes two years to get to know
STUDYING FOR A MATHS them. You have very little time
A-LEVEL WHILE HE WAS with them. Over a campaign
DOING OTHER THINGS...
Yes, he wasn’t much
“You feel more you might see them for 60
days over a 14-month period.
help to me with my
studies! I came into
responsible as a You have to get to know them
to instil confidence You have to
football differently. I was
doing my A-levels when
manager. It’s appreciate their club situation
– are they coming into the
I was transferred from
Ballymena to Newcastle
great being a international situation on a
high or a downer? You have to
and part of the deal with
my parents was that I
player because know what’s going on around
them. You have to understand
would at least do my
A-level maths. But I was
players are so your players. Kyle [Lafferty] is a
player who needs a lot of love.
called up by Northern
Ireland for a World Cup
selfish. It’s the You have to give him that and
he responds to that. Other
nature of their
environment”

Emotional...O’Neill and his players celebrate beating Greece 3-1 at home in October to secure Northern Ireland’s place at the Euro 2016 finals

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NORTHERN IRELAND:
MICHAEL O’NEILL

Support...Kyle Lafferty
needs to feel loved

players need the bare minimum. But confidence


comes from results. Playing for Northern Ireland
is now a positive experience, the fear has gone.

HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH YOUR PLAYERS ON A


REGULAR BASIS. DO YOU SPEAK WITH THEM?
Players are so different now. If you’re in the same
room as them, they’d rather chat to you through
WhatsApp rather than actually talk to you. You have
to adapt to them. The days of
Fergie and the hairdryer are
“I didn’t gone. Players won’t respond
to that. We have a generation
have a great who don’t communicate with
each other in the way we used
playing career. to. We used to get on the bus
and play cards. Now players
I was an get their iPads out and put
their headphones on. They
international, charter planes to go from
London to Birmingham,
but I look back they’re totally different.

and there HOW DID YOUR PLAYING


CAREER SHAPE YOU AS
was a sense of A MANAGER?
I didn’t have a great playing
underachievement” career. I was an international
but I look back and there was
a sense of underachievement,
so that’s a driving factor for me as well. As a coach,
the worse thing you can do is ask a player to do
something that inside you know that he can’t do
and then to vilify or criticise him. If you have a
defender who can’t play out from the back, and
then he plays out from the back and he gives the
ball away, what do you expect?

WAS THERE A POINT IN THE QUALIFYING


CAMPAIGN WHERE YOU THOUGHT YOU MIGHT
BE ON THE POINT OF SOMETHING SPECIAL?
We had three wins after the first three games and
then lost in Romania. We were second, they were
top, and then you don’t play from November to
March. But there was a lot of positivity. Every time
we looked at the group we were second. So the big
game was the fifth game. We came back after a
four month lay-off, we won [against Finland] and
suddenly we were on 12 points.

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STAR INTERVIEW:
IVAN RAKITIC

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CROATIA:
IVAN RAKITIC

A
fter Europa League success with
Sevilla in 2014 and then winning
the Champions League with
Barcelona last year, Ivan Rakitic
has enjoyed plenty of continental
success at club level. Now the
28-year-old midfielder wants some on the
international stage. If things had turned out
differently, however, he could have been lining
up for Switzerland in France, rather than Croatia.

YOU WERE BORN AND RAISED IN SWITZERLAND,


AND CAPPED AT UNDER 17, 19 AND 21 LEVELS
BEFORE CHOOSING TO REPRESENT CROATIA...
When my father was 20 he was a footballer
– not professional but he played – and he had
the opportunity to escape the dangerous zone
[of Yugoslavia] and build a new life. My father is
Croatian but went to school in Bosnia. My mother
is also Croatian but lived in Bosnia. Things became
increasingly difficult. The war had still not really
started – that didn’t happen until 1992 – but
the tension was building and anyone who had
the chance to get out did so. My father went to
Switzerland and met a police chief who was also
the president of a football club in a small town, so
he had the chance to keep playing and also found
a job in construction. Shortly after that, my mother
and my brother joined him when he had sorted the
visas and the paperwork. And, in 1988, I was born
in Switzerland. With the war ever closer, my parents
didn’t want to return to our home which was now a
really dangerous place to be.

DID GROWING UP AWAY FROM HOME GIVE YOU


A STRONGER SENSE OF CROATIAN NATIONAL
IDENTITY OR IS THE OPPOSITE TRUE?
Thank God, and thanks to my parents, I didn’t see
much of the war because we were far away when it
started, but knowing everything that happened and
knowing what happened to relatives, to people we
knew, leaves its mark on you. It hits you still. The
stories touch you, of course, the experiences. Now
we all live together: Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian.
I have great friends who are Serbians who, for
example, helped me enormously at Schalke and
Sevilla – I don’t know if I would have received such
help from other people. I don’t understand the In control...Ivan Rakitic

Mad for it...with former Croatia coach Slaven Bilic

38 EURO 2016
CROATIA:
IVAN RAKITIC

politics [behind the conflict] and don’t want to get


involved. I look at everyone the same.

WHAT WAS BEHIND THE DECISION TO PLAY FOR


CROATIA? WAS THERE AN ELEMENT OF DOING
SO FOR YOUR PARENTS?
No, not really. Not for my parents. I let my heart
decide. A part of me feels very Swiss. Whenever I
follow sport I support the Swiss competitor or the
Swiss team. I like Swiss sports, curling, for example,
which is popular there. I love Roger Federer. But it
was a decision I took with my heart. I didn’t think,
“with this team I’ll play more” – that thought
process is for club football. The national team was
about my heart. The first thing I did was call the
Swiss FA to tell them I wanted to make the change.
I wanted to show respect to them because from the
age of 15 I had been playing with them. The first
thing I did was call Jakob “Kobi” Kuhn, who was
coach at the time.

DID THE SWISS UNDERSTAND YOUR DECISION?


It was difficult. Some Swiss
supporters reacted in a way
“A part of that made things hard. There
were some threats, they
me feels very called my home in Switzerland,
knocked on my door. There
Swiss. Whenever was a fuss which I don’t
think was necessary, but I
I follow sport understand the fans. Another
way for me to look at it is that
I support they wanted me to play for
them so much and that was
the Swiss their way of showing it. I try
to see it from a more positive
competitor perspective. I don’t like to look
back at it too much now. I
or the Swiss made the decision and if I had
to do it again I’d decide the
team” same way. It was never a
decision against Switzerland,
it was a decision for Croatia.

SO IF YOUR DAUGHTER, WHO HAS A CROATIAN


DAD WHO WAS BORN IN SWITZERLAND AND A
SPANISH MUM, BECAME A FOOTBALLER, AND HAD
TO CHOOSE WHO TO REPRESENT...
Hahaha! My daughter is not going to be a
footballer! My daughter will do anything that allows
her to be near to her parents, whatever it is.

THE NATIONAL COACH WHEN YOU WERE CALLED


UP WAS SLAVEN BILIC. HE WAS VERY IMPORTANT
FOR YOU, WASN’T HE. BUT IS HE AS MAD AS HE
SOMETIMES LOOKS?
But mad in a good way. There’s mad...and mad. He
lives football in such a great way. If you have to go
three days without sleep for football, he does it. If
he has to travel, to be away, to watch games, he
does it. He lives it with such passion and that’s very
important. He works so hard, he loves the game,
he’s so positive. He lives it as if the end was coming.
I love his way of approaching the game. He’s got
such a positive mentality that you could be the
worst player there is and he makes you the best.
He gives you an incredible confidence. And, yes,
when he called me up to Croatia, his role was so
important. I wouldn’t say that he fought for me,
exactly, but he came for me: he was determined
for me to be there. And that made me think, “I want
to work with this guy”. What he has achieved in his
career is not coincidence; it’s a result of his ideas,
his enthusiasm, his work.

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40 EURO 2016
STAR INTERVIEW:
DARREN RANDOLPH

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EURO 2016 41
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
DARREN RANDOLPH

H
aving made his international debut a couple of goals during my early days as a keeper.
as a substitute in a friendly against I don’t think I ever scored as defender, so work that
Oman in September 2012, Darren one out.
Randolph’s second appearance also
came from the bench, against Spain YOUR BIG CHANCE WITH IRELAND CAME WHEN
the following June. But when he had SHAY GIVEN PICKED UP AN INJURY IN THE
to come on and take over from Shay Given just QUALIFIER AGAINST GERMANY. HOW DO YOU
before half time in October 2015, it was a whole REMEMBER THAT MOMENT?
new experience. This time it was against world I saw Shay being put on the stretcher and was doing
champions Germany in a vital Euro qualifier – a few warming-up exercises on the touchline with
which the Republic ended up winning 1-0. David Forde. We had no idea who would be going
on. Then the shout I had been waiting a long time
HAVE YOU ALWAYS DREAMED OF TAKING PART IN for came and suddenly I found myself going on
A MAJOR INTERNATIONAL TOURNAMENT WITH against the world champions in a massive qualifier.
THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND?
To be honest, playing soccer was never my big ARE YOU GLAD YOU DIDN’T HAVE TOO LONG TO
dream when I was growing up. I played every sport THINK ABOUT MAKING YOUR COMPETITIVE DEBUT
when I was a kid and my plan was to try and get a IN SUCH A VITAL GAME?
scholarship to play in the NBA in America. My dad It was certainly a big game to be going on for.
was a basketball player and he converted me to I guess if I had more time to think about the
that sport from an early age. I only played soccer enormity of the occasion and what it meant for me
because all my friends back in my home town of and Ireland, I would have been more nervous about
Bray were into it. We would play on our days off it all, but I didn’t have time for that. Thankfully it
school, stop for lunch and start playing again. My turned out to be a pretty amazing night to make
mates were mad about the game. I was a centre- my competitive debut for Ireland as we ended up
half back in those days and Paul McGrath was my winning the game 1-0. When you sit down in the
hero. I thought he was great. dressing room and everyone is singing and cheering,
you realise what has just happened.
SO HOW DID YOU END UP BEING A GOALKEEPER?
Being taller than the rest of the kids of my age, YOU WATCHED A LOT OF IRELAND GAMES AS A
I was a natural pick to be a defender and I just FAN GROWING UP. IT MUST BE A THRILL TO BE
headed the ball and hoofed it clear if it came PART OF THE TEAM GOING TO A MAJOR FINALS?
near me. Then one day, I was there on the day when
our keeper got injured we famously beat Holland [a
and I went in goal. I’d
never done it before, but
“Playing soccer World Cup qualifier in 2001]
and used to go to a lot of
it worked out okay and
I’ve been there ever since.
was never my games with my dad as a kid.
To be honest, the atmosphere
My team was winning
everything in the Wicklow
dream growing at the Aviva Stadium for the
Germany game was as close
leagues at the time and
I had an easy life as a
up. When I was as I can remember to that
in the years since. The buzz
keeper. I even scored a kid my plan was always amazing in the old

was to try and


get a scholarship
to play in the
NBA in America”

Cup run...Darren Randolph in action for West Ham against Manchester United in the FA Cup

42 EURO 2016
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
DARREN RANDOLPH

Making a splash...Randolp
h hopes to have done eno
ugh to be first choice in Fran
ce

stadium for the big qualifiers, when we were


doing well and pushing for qualification for major
tournaments every couple of years. It hasn’t been
quite so good in the newly built Aviva, but the noise
generated in that Germany game was as close as I
can remember to those days at the old Lansdowne.
To be part of it and playing was incredible.

“The noise IRELAND ARE LIKELY TO BE


WELL SUPPORTED IN FRANCE.

generated in HAVE YOU SORTED TICKETS


FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS?

that Germany My mam and dad want to


come over to France, and a

game was as few relatives and friends as


well, so hopefully I can get the

close as I can tickets I need. I feel for Ireland


fans who have not got the

remember tickets they applied for, but I’m


sure they will still all head over
to France and cheer us on in
to those days the fan parks. I’m sure we will
be the best supported team in
at the old the tournament, as Ireland
tend to be when we qualify.
Lansdowne” Our fans are fantastic and
travel in such huge numbers.

DO YOU SEE YOURSELF AS THE ESTABLISHED FIRST


CHOICE IN THE IRELAND TEAM NOW?
I have been in this game for long enough to know
that anything can happen and I don’t take it for
granted at all that I will start at the Euros. Shay
Given is looking to come back to fitness and it
would be great to have him in the squad. David
Forde and Kieran Westwood are also pushing for a
start, so we are all hoping to get the nod. I’d like to
think my performances with Ireland since I got into
the team give me a chance to start this summer.

YOU’VE NOT BEEN PLAYING REGULARLY FOR WEST


HAM THIS SEASON. ARE YOU CONCERNED YOU
MAY LACK MATCH SHARPNESS?
I really don’t see it as a problem that I am not
playing every week. I need to show the Ireland
management that I am in good form. If I do that,
there is no reason why I shouldn’t be in the mix
Backing...the Republic will
be one of the best-supported to start this summer. Adrian is the first choice at
sides this summer West Ham, but I played a lot of FA Cup matches.

EURO 2016 43
1984 HERO: PLATINI
1984 HERO:
PLATINI

H EL PL AT IN I:
MIC
“WE PL AY E D
W O N D ER F U L
SOM E
FOOT B A LL ”

M
ichel Platini was the inspirational suffered in the World Cup semi-final in Seville
captain of the France side that against Germany.
won the European Championship “It was the only final tournament where I wasn’t
on home soil in 1984. His nine- injured. In 1982 I was injured, I had a groin problem; Home rule...Michel Platini lifts the trophy in Paris
goal tally, including two hat- and in 1986 I was injured, with a nerve problem. In
tricks, is still a tournament 1984 I wasn’t injured and I was able to perform to position themselves on the field, how to get back
record, and included the opening goal of the my peak. and defend. But, above all, they had an attacking
Final, against Spain in Paris. “We began to believe we belonged in the latter philosophy. One of Hidalgo’s great merits was
Two years earlier, Michel Hidalgo’s side had stages of major tournaments when, during the finding a way to fit several number 10s into midfield.
suffered penalty heartbreak against West Germany 1982 World Cup, we lost the semi-final against “We were genuinely better than the others, but
in the World Cup semi-finals. But a fine team – Germany. We reached a point where French we encountered difficulties.
remembered for a midfield of Platini, Jean Tigana, football could honestly say, ‘hey, we’re good’. “Against Portugal [in the semi-finals] we should
Luis Fernandez and Alain Giresse – went all the way “Before that match we didn’t know. We came have been leading 2-0 or 3-0, but they made
to the Euro Final, where they faced a Spain side hit through some difficult games in 1982, but when it 1-1 and then 2-1. We got into the last seven
by injuries and suspensions. we lost that semi-final we realised we were really minutes of extra time and we had tremendous
An uncharacteristic slip by Spain keeper Luis a good football team and convinced ourselves will to win; especially as Jean Tigana told us he
Arconada allowed Platini’s free-kick to spin through we were capable of winning the European had never won a penalty shoot-out! We knew we
his hands and over the goalline. France then had Championship in 1984. What’s more, in Michel had to avoid going to penalties!
Yvon Le Roux sent off but held on, with Bruno Hidalgo we had a very good coach – under him, we “Tigana was the one who crossed the ball from
Bellone grabbing a second goal in the last minute. played some wonderful football. the right at the end of the match and I was the
“Hidalgo’s wish was to play attractive, attacking one in the centre who hit the ball into the net. That
PLATINI IN HIS OWN WORDS: football based on good technique and good players. was an exciting game in Marseilles and the crowd
“It was the first official title won by France in a team He created a midfield with four creative players was wonderful. The Final was even more difficult
sport, so it was a great moment for French football who could hit a pass at any time. He had some ball- because Spain played very well. Then we had that
and for French sport as a whole. For us, it was also winners, but he had a team that was technically chance from the free-kick and Arconada made a
symbolic after the rather special defeat we had very strong and intelligent; that knew how to small mistake. For once it wasn’t against us.”

EURO 2016 45
2000 HERO:
ZIDANE
ZINEDINE ZIDA
NE:
W
orld champions France

“THE EUROS I
became only the second
nation – after West

S
Germany in 1972

HARDER TO W EVEN
and 1974 – to hold
both World and
European titles after they beat Italy with
a “Golden Goal” in the Euro 2000 Final.
Zinedine Zidane, the star of the 1998 IN THAN
World Cup, was again France’s key man
and was voted player of the tournament
THE WORLD C
and World Player of the Year.
France began the tournament in fine form,
brushing Denmark aside 3-0 before defeating the
Czechs 2-1. After being rested for the last group
UP”
match against Holland – which France lost 3-2
– Zidane produced his best display yet, against
Spain in the quarter-final. His free-kick broke the
deadlock after half an hour and, following Gaizka
Mendieta’s equaliser from the penalty spot, Youri
Djorkaeff scored a brilliant winner.
The semi-final against Portugal brought back
memories for Zidane, who had been a spectator on
his 12th birthday when Michel Platini fired France to
victory to the 1984 Final. Against the Portuguese,
16 years later, the scores were level at 1-1 after
90 minutes. The key moment came three minutes
before the end of extra time when Sylvain Wiltord’s
shot struck Abel Xavier’s arm and a penalty was
awarded. Furious Portuguese protests delayed the
spot-kick, but Zidane remained calm and sent
Les Bleus into the Final.
France fell behind again in the Final, with Marco
Delvecchio handing Italy a 55th-minute lead. But
Zidane and his team-mates would prevail once
more and, after Wiltord had equalised in the fourth
minute of added time, David Trezeguet scored the
winner in extra time.

ZIDANE IN HIS OWN WORDS:


“We felt really confident, but for me the Euros is
even harder to win than the World Cup. There are
only big teams. At a World Cup you have time to
get going, but here you can’t afford to make even
a single mistake.
“It was a really hard group, but I think that
was a good thing. It meant we could get down to
business straight away. We outclassed Denmark if
I remember correctly. We were looking really good
and Thierry Henry was excellent. So we made our
mark straight away.
“As far as I’m concerned, the quarter-finals was
when the competition truly started. The group
games were hard, but we’d never been tested like
we were against Spain. After Youri put us back in
front, we felt we could do something really great.
“Before games I’d always leave the dressing room
and spend a bit of time on my own. That’s when it
started coming back to me and I thought: ‘Wow, 16
years ago I was at the Velodrome watching France
beat Portugal. Now I’ve got the chance to do what
they did.’
“There was a bit of time between the handball
and the penalty against Portugal in the semi-final.
It gave me the chance to get my breath back and
compose myself. I knew if I scored we were through
to the Final [because of the golden goal rule].
“I didn’t question myself. I knew what I wanted to
do, and I did it.
“In the Final against Italy we were chasing the
game for a long time but we told ourselves if we
equalised we’d win. In extra time there’d be only
one team on the pitch. That was the case.”

46 EURO 2016
1988 HERO:
VAN BASTEN

VAN B AST EN :
MARC O ED
GO A L C H AN G
“THAT
EVERY T H IN G ”

Leader...Van Basten
(right) celebrates putting
Holland 2-0 up in the Final

H
olland striker Marco Van Basten found their confidence; I do not think anybody was fantastic feeling. I have to be happy and thankful
went into the 1988 European finals particularly nervous. We were convinced we could that such a moment was given to me and to
on the back of an injury-hit season win the match and the whole tournament. That Holland. That was the moment where we could say,
with Milan and an ankle problem was a strong feeling we all had in the end. In the ‘It is 2-0, we can win this game’. But the excitement
forced the 23-year-old to sit out beginning we were afraid of losing and not being about the goal, I did not really understand it and
the opening game against USSR. able to perform well; in the end we had confidence, what I did. You can also see that in my reaction.
However, he would make a dramatic impact on which is very important in a tournament like that. I am asking, ‘What is happening?’
the tournament, culminating in his miraculous “It was in the second half and I was a little tired. “That goal changed everything. It was the only
volleyed goal in the Final. The ball came from Arnold Muhren and I was tournament Holland has won in its whole history,
thinking, ‘OK, I can stop it and do things with all and we should be very proud of that. Afterwards,
VAN BASTEN IN HIS OWN WORDS these defensive players, or I could do it the more it’s easy to write a nice book. But things could easily
“I was not in good shape. I had no reason to think easy way, take a risk and shoot.’ have been very different. We had lost our first group
that I should be among the first XI. I was just “You know, you need a lot of luck with a shot like game to Russia. Then I came into the game against
watching and learning and waiting for the moment that. Everything went well. It is one of those things England. If we had lost that game – and it was a
when I got my chance. that just happens. You try to do it, but you need so very even match, they hit the post twice – the story
“But we were on a roll [before the Final]. much luck. would have been completely different.
Everything was positive and a lot of players had “I can tell a lot of stories, but it was just a “The book would have been completely different.”

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1976 HERO:
PANENKA

ANTONIN PAN
T
he 1976 tournament produced a
classic Final between the holders,

EN
“I NEVER MEA KA:
West Germany, and surprise
package Czechoslovakia. It was
decided by a shoot-out – and
settled by one of the most
remarkable penalties ever seen.
Antonin Panenka sensationally dummied
NT TO
German keeper Sepp Maier, who dived one way
while he gently chipped the ball over him and
MAKE SEPP M
into the net. The cheeky spot-kick sealed a 5-3
victory for the Czechs and a place for Panenka
in the history books.
LOOK RIDICU AIER
PANENKA IN HIS OWN WORDS
“After each training session I used to stay
behind after a game with our goalkeeper and
take penalties – we would play for a bar of
LOUS”
chocolate or a glass of beer. Since he was a
very good goalkeeper, it became an expensive at the European Championship.
proposition for me. So, sometimes before going “I don’t think Sepp Maier took it very well; he either. Yet the fact is we had a
to sleep I tried to think of ways of getting the better was and, perhaps still is, somewhat discomfited – really strong team; the composition
of him, to recoup my losses. I suspect he probably doesn’t like the sound of my of the team was outstanding, made up
“I got the idea that if I delayed the kick and just name too much. I never meant to make him look of outstanding individuals.
lightly chipped it, a goalkeeper who dived to the ridiculous, though. I am not aware of anyone who “We had a great balance; we had some
corner of the goal could not jump back up into the would be able to make fun of someone when the real tough fighters, a few creators and a few
air, and this became the basis of my philosophy. I European Championship is at stake. On the finishers; the combination and range was ideal. We
started slowly to test it and apply it in practice. As contrary, I chose the penalty because I realised had excellent trainers and in 20 matches – both
a side effect I started to gain weight, because I was that it was the easiest and simplest way to score. qualifying and friendlies – prior to the European
winning the bets! “When we left for the European Championship Championship, nobody beat us.
“I started to use it in friendlies, in minor leagues, we were basically outsiders and nobody expected “With the two matches at the finals we made it
and eventually I perfected it so I used it in the main us to achieve any success. We, the players, had a 22 games unbeaten; that in itself is sufficient
league as well. The culmination was when I used it different view, even if we weren’t great optimists testimony to the team’s great strength.”

Cheeky...Panenka
chips Maier

48 EURO 2016
1996 HERO:
KLINSMANN

LIN SMANN:
JURGEN K KNOW HOW TO
“WE DIDN’T E GOLDEN GOAL”
REACT TO T H
KLINSMANN IN HIS OWN WORDS

G
ermany made history at Wembley cultural change, because they were idols for the
in 1996 as they won the Euro title “I think the European Championship in East Germans.
with a “Golden Goal” from Oliver 1996 in England was a great experience for “There was a tremendous atmosphere at the
Bierhoff in the fourth minute of us. There was a great camaraderie in the team semi-final at Wembley. Above all, coming from
extra time. It would be the first and we knew that through this team spirit we could the English fans, who sang all the way through
time a major Final was settled compete with the other teams. We fought all the game. It was fantastic, it got under your skin.
in such a way. through the tournament and played really good ”We’d lost the Final four years before, in Sweden
Up until the semi-finals, hosts England had football, even if we were not the best team. Italy against Denmark, because we weren’t focused 100
enjoyed a great tournament. They beat Holland 4-1 were a bit better, England had a great team, but per cent, we were just too arrogant. We reached the
in the quarter-finals but they came up against a we had the best will. Final and thought, ‘OK we will win this title as well’,
determined German side in the semis. After 120 “We had new players joining the team from but we underestimated Denmark. That’s what we
minutes at Wembley, the Germans won on penalties East Germany. They had to adjust to a completely wanted to avoid against the Czech Republic.
to set up a Final showdown with Czech Republic. new mentality. Football helped to build the bridge “The golden goal was new. A goal is scored and
It was Germany, captained by Jurgen Klinsmann, between East and West Germany. And the fact immediately it is all over. It was a strange feeling and
who collected the trophy from the Queen after that players like Matthias Sammer and others we didn’t know how to react. You first had to digest
Bierhoff struck in extra time. came to the national team helped a lot in this this and then, of course, we started to party.”

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2008 HERO:
TORRES

DO TO RR ES :
FERNAN AY IN G , KE PT
“W E K EP T P L LL
A ND A BO V E A
ATTA CK IN G
TH E BA LL”
WE KEPT Clever...Fernando Torres
scores against Germany

S
pain were international football’s penalties, Spain beat Russia 3-0 in the get a tackle in, so he delayed.
great underachievers. Despite semi-finals to set up a Final with Germany in “I got a touch on it and watched it spinning as it
possessing talented players who Vienna. Torres was Spain’s hero, scoring the only went near the goal. I know that if the pitch hadn’t
had enjoyed success at European goal of the game after 33 minutes when he cleverly been watered properly, if the ground had been dry,
club level, the national team lifted Xavi’s pass over keeper Jens Lehmann. the ball would have bitten instead of sliding and the
flattered to deceive in major Winners of the four-team Euros in 1964, Spain spin would have taken it past the post.
tournaments. But that all changed in 2008. were champions of Europe once again. “The way we defended that lead I’d never, ever
With a nucleus of players from the Barcelona seen in such a big game. There’s an entire history of
side that Pep Guardiola would eventually guide to TORRES IN HIS OWN WORDS: teams who lead and then shut up shop, or a team
Champions League glory – Carles Puyol, Xavi, “I don’t remember much about these moments so which is 1-0 down and the ball just won’t go in for
Andres Iniesta – the Spanish finally had a squad many years after, but I know that when I saw Xavi them. But we kept playing, kept attacking and above
capable of going all the way to a major Final. They getting the ball in space between the lines, I knew all we kept the ball.
were joined by Real Madrid stars Iker Casillas and that was very unusual. “There came a stage when the German team
Sergio Ramos, Valencia midfielder David Silva and “If he was unmarked then the pass was coming, couldn’t get a touch and they looked at each other
three overseas-based players: Arsenal midfielder so I set off. It came to me and bounced off my boot as if to say: ‘What the hell is this?’ In that moment I
Cesc Fabregas, and Liverpool’s Xabi Alonso and a little further than I wanted. Lahm was a tad slow was thinking: ‘This isn’t going to end here, this is the
Fernando Torres. because he thought the keeper would come, and beginning. All these players love the ball, all of them
After overcoming quarter-final opponents Italy on Lehmann evidently believed Lahm would turn and have at least one more tournament win in them.’”

50 EURO 2016
1992 HERO:
SCHMEICHEL

SCH M EI CH EL :
PET ER A BL E,
U NB E LIE V
“IT WAS IE VA B LE ”
TRULY U NB EL
D
enmark came from nowhere to win
the 1992 European Championship.
They had failed to qualify after
finishing as runners-up in their
group behind Yugoslavia. But
the war in the Balkans forced
UEFA to ban Yugoslavia on security grounds.
Denmark were given two weeks’ notice to join
the finals.
Manchester United keeper Peter Schmeichel
played a key role as the Danes surprised everybody
by reaching the Final in Stockholm, where they beat
favourites Germany.

SCHMEICHEL IN HIS OWN WORDS


“I was in Brondby – I was actually training that day.
What happened was that our season in England
had finished a fair bit earlier than all the other
tournaments around Europe, and since we were
not in the Euros but were very close to Sweden,
we were one of the teams that a few nations
wanted to play against as their very last game
before going into the tournament.
“So I was preparing for a game we had
in Brondby [against the Commonwealth of
Independent States], and it was in between two
training sessions. We were having lunch and the first
rumour came through that maybe Yugoslavia were
expelled and we had to take their place. And when
we came back from the second training session,
that was it – it was confirmed and we were now
officially one of the participants in the tournament.
“The spine of that squad came from Brondby and
also the under-21s. We had players like Flemming
Povlsen, who obviously never did play for Brondby,
but we grew up being pioneers in professional
football in the country and Brondby were the first
team, in 1986, ever to go full time, so we had a
different mentality to a lot of things you’ve seen
before in Denmark.
“I don’t think we’d had many big results in the
times before 1992. We’d had the odd one, but there
wasn’t a mentality in sport that you could actually
go out and say ‘we want to win this, this is our
target’ because people would look at you.
“I think, beyond anything, it really sank in when
we were in Copenhagen in the town hall for the
celebrations with the rest of Denmark. That was
unbelievable, truly unbelievable. At this point you’re
thinking, ‘Christ, we actually did this, it’s not a dream’. ”

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HARRY KANE

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ENGLAND:
HARRY KANE

H
arry Kane, England’s exciting young loved every minute and hopefully it’s not the end,
striker, says he has a long list of hopefully it’s just the start and I keep progressing,
England heroes who have been an keep getting better and do well in the Euros.
influence on his career – from Alan
Shearer to Teddy Sheringham and CAN YOU DO THAT? IT’S ANOTHER BIG STEP UP?
Wayne Rooney to David Beckham. It is, but I’ve got a lot of faith in my ability. I always
But he goes to France 2016 with an opportunity have had. So, do I think I can go to the Euros and
to put his own name in lights. scores goals? Yes, I do.
The Tottenham Hotspur forward has been one
of the finds of the season for England manager ENGLAND HAVE A HISTORY OF GOING OUT
Roy Hodgson, making an instant impact in his TOO EARLY IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS. BUT
fledgling international career. DOES A 3-2 WIN AGAINST GERMANY, IN BERLIN
Four goals in his first 10 games mean he is IN A PRE-TOURNAMENT FRIENDLY, GIVE YOU THE
a serious contender to start up front in France BELIEF THAT ENGLAND CAN CHALLENGE THE
as England face Russia, Wales and Slovakia – FAVOURITES THIS TIME?
whether that is alongside captain Rooney or It’s probably not our job to talk about that. We are
even, remarkably, in place of him. just going there knowing what we have to focus on
So what is the secret for a player who topped and knowing we have to keep improving. But it was
28 goals for club and country this season but who a great night for English football in Germany, that’s
was a virtual unknown quantity just 18 months true. It gave us great confidence going into the
ago when he was sent on loan by his club to the Euros. But we’ve said lots of times since then that
likes of Leyton Orient, Millwall, Leicester City and we still have a lot of work to do and a lot of room
Norwich City? to improve if we want to do well in the tournament.

IT SEEMS LIKE YOU HAVE COME FROM ALMOST YOU ACHIEVED THAT VICTORY OVER GERMANY
NOWHERE TO BE AN ENGLAND HERO. JUST A WITHOUT WAYNE ROONEY, WHO WAS ENGLAND’S
COUPLE OF YEARS AGO MOST IMPORTANT PLAYER
YOU WERE BEING SENT IN QUALIFYING. IT’S GOING
ON A SERIES OF LOAN
MOVES BY TOTTENHAM
“To be TO GIVE ROY HODGSON
A SELECTION HEADACHE,
AND WEREN’T ON THE
RADAR. WHAT’S BEEN
compared to ISN’T IT?
I am sure it is a problem
THE SECRET OF YOUR
RISE TO FAME?
someone like he enjoys having. All we
can do is keep doing what
I’d say hard work and
self-belief. That’s what
Alan Shearer we are doing, to keep playing
with great belief. Everyone
I’ve always had, a lot of
belief in myself and a
is special...if I is fighting for places and
it is what the country needs.
determination to get to
the top. It’s been a crazy
score anywhere It will only make us better
players. Wayne is a great
Self-belief...Harry Kane

18 months for me, but I’ve near as many player and we all know
has had a remarkable
past 18 months

as he did, it
wouldn’t be a
bad career”

Heroes...Alan Shearer (left) and Teddy Sheringham celebrate an England victory on foreign soil, after beating Poland in 1997

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HARRY KANE

Partnership...Jamie Vard
y (right) could line up alongside Kane
this summer

he’ll be back in the squad in the Euros.

WHO DID YOU MODEL YOURSELF ON AS A KID? A


LOT OF PEOPLE ARE SAYING YOU ARE A MODERN
ALAN SHEARER BECAUSE OF THE POWERFUL WAY
YOU STRIKE THE BALL...
To be compared to someone like Alan Shearer
is special. He’s the all-time Premier League top
goalscorer. If I score anywhere near as many as
he did, it wouldn’t be a bad career! But I also liked
Teddy Sheringham, he was a real Spurs hero and
had that extra bit of craft about him. Hopefully I
can combine both.

IS IT TRUE YOUR STARTED YOU CAREER AT THE


SAME JUNIOR CLUB AS DAVID BECKHAM?
It is! The club was called Ridgeway Rovers and
David was another big inspiration. He’s from the
same sort of area as me in Essex and everyone
knew he had been a Ridgeway player so he was my
hero growing up. We even went to the same school,
The Chingford Foundation School.

EVEN BECKHAM DIDN’T


MANAGE TO WIN SOMETHING

“We still WITH ENGLAND, THOUGH –


AND NOR DID ANY OF THOSE

have a lot HEROES WHO INSPIRED YOU.


WHAT DO YOU THINK IS

of work to SPECIAL ABOUT THIS


CURRENT TEAM?

do and a We have got a great mentality


about us, a great focus and a

lot of room great team spirit too. We never


stop trying to play, either. But,

to improve as I said, we are young and


still learning. We still have

if we want to improve.

WHAT IS YOUR PERSONAL


to do well AIM IN FOOTBALL?
To win trophies, and to be
in the one of the best players in
the world. As any footballer
tournament” growing up, you want to be
the best you can. But I’m quite
level-headed, I never get too
high or too low, I just try to keep my head down
and keep working hard.

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WAYNE HENNESSEY

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WALES:
WAYNE HENNESSEY

I
n 1958, a teenage Pele made his debut on we are, but we’re not there for the numbers in the
the world stage, becoming the youngest Euros – we’re there to do the business.
player to win a World Cup as Brazil
triumphed in Sweden. It also marked YOU LOST 2-0 TO BOSNIA BUT QUALIFIED THANKS
the last time Wales appeared at a major TO CYPRUS WINNING 2-1 IN ISRAEL. HOW DID
international tournament – Pele’s solitary THAT FEEL?
strike knocking them out in the quarter-finals. It’s the quickest I’ve gone from being dead upset to
Fifty-eight years on, goalkeeper Wayne absolutely over the moon. Maybe it was over the
Hennessey is part of a formidable Wales defence space of five minutes after our game finished. We’ve
that conceded just four goals in their 10 Euro just had a devastating loss and then it’s, “oh, we’ve
2016 qualifiers. Now the 29-year-old cannot wait qualified!” It was a fantastic time, but it was just a
to showcase the small British nation on the shame it was out in Bosnia because we only had a
international stage. certain amount of fans there. If we could have had
it at home with the full stadium that would have
IN 2007, YOU MADE YOUR SENIOR WELSH DEBUT been better.
IN A 2-2 DRAW AT HOME AGAINST NEW ZEALAND.
WHAT DO YOU REMEMBER OF THAT GAME? DURING QUALIFYING, WALES KEPT SEVEN CLEAN
That New Zealand game was SHEETS, INCLUDING FIVE
a long time ago, in Wrexham, IN A ROW. HOW
north Wales. I was a young kid
and we had quite a young
“We wouldn’t IMPORTANT HAS
THE DEFENCE BEEN?
team out that day. We made
quite a lot of substitutions, but
be at Euro 2016 We just concentrate on our
clean sheets and we’ve got
you’re playing for your country
so it’s a fantastic achievement.
without the players at the top half of
the field who can create a
I have to thank the manager
John Toshack, who gave me
fans. They’ve lot of damage and are born
goalscorers. If we do the
that chance back then, and
really that’s what has made
absolutely been business at the back, we’ve
got a fantastic chance to
the base of the squad now
- we’ve been together for so
a great credit to win. Our captain and
central defender Ashley
many years. Gary Speed then
came in, which was a fantastic
the whole Williams has been an
absolutely fantastic leader
time, and the passing of him
was really upsetting for
nation” for us and a great credit to
himself, club and country.
everyone. Chris Coleman then
took over. We had a great squad and we just WHAT ARE YOUR AMBITIONS IN YOUR GROUP?
needed certain things to gel which we’ve got now. If we can win and get some points from the Slovakia
It’s still a very young squad when you look at it now game, we can go into the England game with some
and hopefully we’ve got plenty of good years to strong points behind us and some good confidence,
come in front of us. so I can’t see why we can’t beat them.

DID YOU ALWAYS THINK YOU HAD A CHANCE OF DURING YOUR TIME AT WOLVES YOU LIVED IN
MAKING THE FINALS? SHREWSBURY, NEAR TO ENGLAND KEEPER JOE
We knew we had the ability in the dressing room to HART’S FAMILY AND GOT TO KNOW HIM WELL.
take on anyone. We were improving at that period HOW WILL IT FEEL TO FACE HIM AT EURO 2016?
Impressive...Wayne
of time as well, but no games at international level I’ve played against Joe a load of times and talk to Hennessey after beating
are easy. We’ve done fantastically well to get where him and text with him. He’s a fantastic lad and a Belgium in the qualifiers

Experience...Neville Southall never played in a major tournament finals for Wales but offers plenty of advice

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WAYNE HENNESSEY

true professional in the goalkeeping department.


But once that whistle blows, I’m playing for my
country and I don’t really care about Joe Hart then.

WHAT’S IT LIKE HAVING GARETH BALE ON BOARD?


Of course, everyone mentions Gareth Bale and we
should mention him because he has no ego or
anything – he’s one of the best guys you’ll ever
meet and he’s probably one of the best footballers
in the world right now. You’d like to think he has an
ego but he hasn’t; he’s so down to earth and he is
why we’re doing so well. But it’s a squad game and
we’ve been together for a number of years now.

EURO 2016 WILL BE UNCHARTERED TERRITORY


FOR WALES. HOW WILL YOU COPE WITH IT?
I’m sure we’ll all do well as a squad and, individually,
we’ll be absolutely fantastic. We’ve got great team
spirit and everybody will be together. The Welsh FA
have been great with ticketing for all of our families
and friends – everything was sorted early and
they’ve been fantastic. Our families are actually

Debutant...winning his first cap, against New Zealand, aged 20

more excited than us; it will be amazing for


them to be out there supporting us in a major
tournament.

MANY TALENTED WELSH PLAYERS LIKE RYAN


GIGGS, MARK HUGHES, IAN RUSH AND NEVILLE
SOUTHALL NEVER MADE IT TO A MAJOR FINALS
BUT YOU HAVE. HOW DOES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL?
I think Neville Southall was one of the best
goalkeepers in the world in his time. It is
unfortunate for such a fantastic goalkeeper like him
not to have experienced a major tournament for
Wales, but he’s always been there for us and he’s
got fantastic advice I always take on board. I’m
sure I’ll pick up the phone to him before France.

WELSH FANS ARE VERY VOCAL AND TRAVEL WELL.


HOW IMPORTANT HAVE THEY BEEN ?
We wouldn’t be at Euro 2016 without them. They
have absolutely been a great credit to the whole
nation. It’s fantastic, especially as we are such a
small nation as well. And hopefully, out in France,
supporting us, they can enjoy it and be the extra
12th man that we will need. Wales have traditionally
been the underdog but now we are among the best
24 teams in Europe.

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STAR INTERVIEW:
HUGO LLORIS

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H
osts France will start as one of the Schmeichel, and then Fabien Barthez. Later on I
favourites to win Euro 2016, having admired Iker Casillas and Oliver Kahn. As a young
triumphed twice on home soil in goalkeeper I liked to watch a lot of games featuring
previous tournaments: the 1984 top keepers, take certain things away from that and
Euros and the 1998 World Cup. adapt it for myself.
And Hugo Lloris therefore has a
great chance to follow in the footsteps of past WHEN DID YOU DEVELOP YOUR STYLE AS A
skippers Michel Platini and Didier Deschamps. “SWEEPER-KEEPER”?
The 29-year-old heads to the finals after an I’ve never been tall or well-built like a lot of
exceptional season with Tottenham Hotspur, goalkeepers, so for me it has always been about
helping them to push aside the likes of Chelsea, reading the game better than them, anticipating
Liverpool and Manchester United and break into what is going to happen and dealing with it. Even
the top four. when you are not always involved throughout a
He made his senior debut for Les Bleus in game, the job of a keeper is to be ready for action
November 2008, having previously played for the at any time. Because the games require such
under-21s, and captained his country for the first intense concentration, you can be more tired in
time in a friendly victory over England at Wembley your mind than your body afterwards.
in November 2010.
CAN FRANCE WIN EURO 2016?
WHAT ARE YOUR EARLIEST MEMORIES OF FRANCE I hope so. Football is about belief. If you go on the
IN MAJOR TOURNAMENTS? pitch without belief, you can’t expect much. If you
The first World Cup I watched on TV was in 1994, have talent along with spirit and belief, you can
when Brazil won, but I don’t remember too much make great things happen. In France we feel we
about it. The one I remember following most as a have been improving under Didier Deschamps
child was in 1998, when France won it as hosts. It and his staff. And with the talented players we
was very emotional and our victory was a great have in the squad, we have the belief that we
feeling for the whole country – and special can win this competition.
for me because that was
when I started to dream
about being a footballer. “Even when YOU WENT SO CLOSE TO THE
PREMIER LEAGUE TITLE THIS

DID YOU MODEL you are not SEASON BUT LOST OUT IN THE
END. WHAT WAS THE FEELING
YOURSELF ON ANY ONE LIKE AT THE CLUB?
KEEPER AND WHO HAD A always involved We didn’t have any regrets
BIG INFLUENCE ON YOU? because we gave everything.
In my early days at throughout a We congratulate Leicester on
Nice, the older, more winning the title because they
experienced players had game, the job were unbelievable and no one
a big influence on me. The could have expected they
first goalkeeper who really of a keeper would win the title. But, as a
Skipper...Hugo Lloris
leads France against
inspired me was Peter Spurs player, we can feel we
is to be ready England last year

for action at
any time”

Capital gains...Hugo Lloris denies Arsenal in the north London derby

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Trust...with Spurs boss


Mauricio Pochettino

had a great season and we can achieve even


greater things in the next few years. We discovered
something special in our squad. Improving step by
step, still young and very talented, we want to learn
and improve and that is important.

YOU SAID TWO YEARS AGO YOU WANTED TO PLAY


CHAMPIONS LEAGUE FOOTBALL AND ALMOST LEFT
SPURS FOR IT. ARE YOU PLEASED THAT YOU NOW
HAVE THAT TO LOOK FORWARD TO NEXT SEASON?
I had some concerns and questioned myself two
years ago, after Andre Villas-
Boas and Tim Sherwood had
“If you go on been in charge, but the first
meeting with Mauricio
the pitch without Pochettino was very clear
for me and my future. I trusted
belief, you can’t him from the first second I met
him. I really understand what
expect much. If he wants and fully agree with
his football views. We have the
you have talent same football view.

along with spirit WHAT IS POCHETTINO LIKE AS


A MANAGER?
and belief, you He has changed everything,
both in training and in the
can make great squad. It is his mentality, his
personality. If players want to
things happen” improve, individually, he will do
everything to change them as
top players. He’s very fair with
everyone in the squad and then it is up to them.
That’s why it’s very positive inside the changing
room. We can feel we have improved a lot. We
have a real identity now and that is very clear.

HOW DO YOU SWITCH OFF FROM FOOTBALL?


For me, it’s easy. I have my wife and two little girls
who make it a lot easier. When I’m at home I don’t
think about football, just about normal life. Some of
the players play computer games, but I have plenty
to do with my family. I like it in London, being able
to walk in the streets or go to the parks with my
daughters, and people here are respectful towards
footballers. I feel more free than in I do in France,
and that makes life easier.

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NORTHERN IRELAND: GARETH MCAULEY

G
areth McAuley has done it the like it. We like being the underdog and upsetting
hard way. Starting out in the League people, and it makes us tighter as a group.
of Ireland, he played for Linfield,
Crusaders and Coleraine – where MICHAEL O’NEILL LEAVES NO STONE UNTURNED
he came up against future national IN TERMS OF PREPARATION. ARE YOU CONFIDENT
manager Michael O’Neill – before YOU’LL HAVE ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED
moving to England and establishing himself as a BEFORE THE TOURNAMENT?
Premier League regular. I can’t wait to meet up with the lads, but none of
Now, at the age of 34, he is preparing to us know what to expect. I know the analysis and
represent Northern Ireland at their first major preparation will be perfect for us. Michael and his
tournament for 30 years. staff have worked on different things and we now
McAuley started at the bottom in England, have a Plan A, B and C – instead of just turning
with League Two Lincoln City, before moves to up and working hard. We have
Leicester City, Ipswich Town and finally, in 2011, already spoken about things,
West Bromwich Albion.
“Gareth was playing in the Irish League until
and that will happen again to
make sure when we get there
“The games
he was 24,” explains Michael O’Neill. “I played
in an Irish Cup Final against Gareth when I was
– and if we need to change
things during a game – it will
will be special
coming to the end of my career and he was
playing for Coleraine.
be seamless. We are going
to have that in our game
for everyone,
“The career he’s had, to get himself to the
Premier League, and to stay in the Premier
because we will be up against
it, but it was no different in the
but the
League, it’s remarkable.
“He gets better season by season, he’s one of
qualifiers and we achieved
what no one outside our
supporters
those players who West Brom want to replace but
as soon as he’s out of the team, they realise how
camp thought was possible. will have the
much they miss him.”
Privately, O’Neill is said to be desperate for
SO WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER
TO BE A REALISTIC TARGET
best time out
McAuley to continue playing in the upcoming
World Cup qualifying campaign. “For his age,
FOR THE FINALS?
We aren’t fancied but we want
of us all,
to play so many games consistently, you have
to admire that,” continues O’Neill. “Gareth’s a
to make an impression when
we get there. We aren’t there
I’m sure”
30-game man, 30-plus starts every season. That just to make up the numbers.
in itself is a massive achievement. The only pressure comes from
“If you look at our qualifying campaign, only ourselves but the aim is to get
he and Steven [Davis] played in all 10 games.” out of the group.
Now the challenge of Euro 2016 awaits
McAuley and the rest of the squad. AND NORTHERN IRELAND WILL BE BACKED BY
SOME SPECIAL FANS...
WHEN DID YOU KNOW IN YOUR HEART OF HEARTS The games will be special for everyone, but the
Power...Gareth McAuley
THAT QUALIFICATION FOR FRANCE WAS ON? supporters will have the best time out of us all, battles against Hungary
After we lost in Romania, questions were asked. I’m sure. There will be memories to keep for us all. in qualifying
We then played Finland
at Windsor Park and beat
them. After that there was
a real belief it was going
to be done because we’d
faced everyone in the
group and we knew there
was nothing to fear. We’d
gone away and won games
and we knew the home
games were to come. It’s
actually quite strange
going away with Northern
Ireland now, expecting to
win games instead of just
hoping. Obviously that put
pressure on us now.

WOULD YOU RATHER BE


FAVOURITES OR DO YOU
ENJOY BEING THE
UNDERDOGS?
I noticed we are 500/1
to win Euro 2016 but
Romania and Hungary,
who we finished above to
win our group, are shorter
odds. It shows we’re still not
fancied outside of Northern
Special...Northern Ireland will have great support in France
Ireland, but that’s how we

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“If I do
something, my
aim is to be the
best at it”

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STAR PROFILE:
GIANLUIGI BUFFON

RECORD
BREAKER
Italy’s captain and most-capped player is determined to carry
on playing for as long as he can.
By Nick Bidwell

A
World Cup winner in 2006,
a veteran with over 150 caps,
seven times a Serie A victor with
Juventus and twice a Champions
League finalist, 38-year-old Italy
keeper Gianluigi Buffon has
enjoyed a two-decade career of wall-to-wall
achievement. Yet, incredibly, he remains as
hungry for a challenge and as in love with his
craft as ever
The Italy skipper, who plans to hang up his
boots at the end of the 2017-18 season, feels he
still has plenty of new frontiers to conquer, many
of which involve the national team.
After Italy’s disastrous exit from the group
stage of Brazil 2014, he sees a strong Azzurri
showing in France as the only way to heal
the wounds. He then aims to make history
by competing in his sixth World Cup finals,
in Russia in 2018.
“I’ve built up a great deal of experience,
but don’t want to coach,” he told the French Tested...under pressure against Belgium in Novem
ber
magazine So Foot earlier this year. “However, I
do like the idea of working in recruitment. I am
ambitious. If I do something, my aim is to be the with flying colours. leader and a popular media performer.
best at it. Without that stimulus, I’d stop living.” That freezing cold, wet night in Moscow For all his dedication and professionalism,
Buffon was 19 when he made his international was the moment Buffon Buffon makes it all look
debut, in a World Cup 98 play-off in Russia. took a flight as a world- so ridiculously easy. Laid-
Brought off the bench 30 minutes into the
game following an injury to first-choice Gianluca
class performer. But no
one at his club side, Parma,
“I’ve built back and relaxed, he always
seems to be having fun in
Pagliuca, the youngster could not have faced a
more taxing initiation test – but he came through
was taken aback by his
impressive Nazionale bow.
up a great the top-level bear-pit,
approaching the intensity
Two years previously he
had made a nerveless Serie
deal of of competitive sport with
good humour, grace and
A debut against mighty
Milan and everyone at the
experience, elegance.
“Finding the right words
Stadio Ennio Tardini knew
they had seen a teenage
but don’t want to describe Gigi is very
difficult,” says Italy coach
phenomenon and future
world-beater.
to coach” Antonio Conte, who
for three seasons was
Now his country’s most-capped player, he a team-mate of Buffon’s at Juventus. “He’s a great
celebrated his 150th cap last year in a Euro 2016 champion in every way. Using just one definition
qualifier against Bulgaria and for the past five of him runs the risk of not doing him justice.
Veteran...in action against Germany last year years has been Italy’s skipper, turning out to be “He was my goalkeeper when I played and
both a charismatic and commanding on-field remains so in my national team.”

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STEPHEN WARD

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REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
STEPHEN WARD

F
our years ago, the Republic lost up there, Scotland are decent, and we proved that
all three games at the Euro finals – we could mix it with them.
including a 2-0 defeat to Italy, who
they face again this time – and Stephen IS THERE ANY SIGNIFICANCE TO THE ORDER OF
Ward had just suffered relegation from THE GAMES IN FRANCE?
the Premier League with Wolves. Now Obviously the first game in any tournament is
he’s back in the big time with Burnley and eager hugely important; you want to get off to a good
to put things right on the European stage. start. It’s fallen that we play Sweden. I think that
we’re probably quite similar to them in terms of
IRELAND HAD A DISAPPOINTING TIME AT THE LAST squads and personnel. They’ve got Ibrahimovic, he’s
EUROS. WHAT IS THE TARGET THIS TIME? the standout one, but other than that, in terms of
I think, first and foremost, we have a target of trying personnel, I don’t think there’s much in it. I think
to get out of the group. With the new format, the whichever side comes out on top will really fancy
way that it’s set up now, you’ve obviously got a their chances of going through.
much better chance of getting out of the group.
I know it’s an old cliché, but you take each game WHAT DO YOU THINK OF ZLATAN?
as it comes. They’re all individual games, but as I’ve never actually played against him, I didn’t play in
a collective we’d like to go there, get out of the the games against Sweden before, but obviously I’ve
group and then see where that takes us really. watched him and he’s a fantastic talent. He’s proven
in every part of Europe that he’s a success; he has
THE TEAM’S PROSPECTS HAVEN’T BEEN HELPED scored goals and won titles. He is their real talisman
BY DRAWING SWEDEN, BELGIUM AND ITALY? and one that we’ll have to keep quiet on the day.
Listen, it’s a tough group but you’re expecting to be But listen, we have confidence, no matter who we
in a tough group at a major tournament and I feel play against. I’m sure that they’ll look at us and
that we’re a good team, a match for anyone at out identify players that they’ll have to worry about.
best. You take what you’re given in these situations, They’ll want to win, we will too. It’ll be an interesting
whatever comes out of the hat, but we’re confident game but one that we hope will go well and set us
we can go and make an impression. I think we’ve up nicely for the rest of the group.
proven we can play against some of the best sides
in the world and give a good account of ourselves. BELGIUM ARE RANKED NUMBER ONE IN EUROPE.
HOW DO YOU REGARD THEM?
ARE YOU CONFIDENT YOU CAN BEAT The individual talent that they’ve got to choose from
TOP-CLASS OPPOSITION is exceptional. You’ve got to
WHEN YOU NEED TO? respect them – they’ve come
I think there’s always been
that confidence. We have
“We’re better through a tough group, with
Wales and a couple of others.
that underdog mentality.
We like to prove people
than people Wales gave them a decent
game away, and beat them at
wrong, to show them that
we’re better than people
have given home, but the Belgians still
did enough to win the group.
have given us credit for. I
think last time the games
us credit for. The bottom line, though, is
that you have to go to these
just really didn’t go for
us for whatever reason,
I think last tournaments and not fear
anyone. We need to go there
but thankfully in this
last campaign we played
time the games believing that we can get a
result in every game and that’s
some big sides: Germany,
Poland, Bosnia are right
just really exactly what we’ll be doing.
With this management and
didn’t go
for us”

Powerless...Ward (no3) is unable to stop David Silva scoring Spain’s second goal in a 4-0 victory over the Republic at Euro 2012

72 EURO 2016
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND:
STEPHEN WARD

Success...supporters inva
de the pitch at Turf Moor after Ward and Bur
nley clinch promotion

staff, as well as the experience that we have in the


squad, we believe that we can go and get a result
against all three teams in the group.

IT MUST BE NICE GOING TO FRANCE OFF THE BACK


OF PROMOTION TO THE PREMIER LEAGUE. FOUR
YEARS AGO YOU HAD JUST BEEN RELEGATED...
Definitely. I think that at the time, when it was
happening with Wolves, I didn’t feel like it was going
to have the sort of effect that it did. Obviously,
though, the stress and everything that goes with a
season like that, that ends in relegation, is probably
a lot tougher on the body and on your mind; a lot
more than I probably thought it would be. To go into
this time fresh, and happy that I’ve had a successful
season is wonderful. I’m raring to go, really looking
forward to it. It’s a much better situation to go to a
tournament under.

DO YOU FEEL PHYSICALLY FRESHER, HAVING ONLY


COME INTO THE BURNLEY SIDE MIDWAY THROUGH
THE SEASON?
No, I don’t think so. Of course it probably makes
some difference, but the top players play 50-60
games every season. Sometimes when you have
a spell where you miss games it can makes things
harder, to keep yourself in peak condition. So from
that point of view, I’m grateful for the number of
games I’ve had and I’m pleased that I’ve finished
the season in the team which

“With the will help me to keep my match


sharpness as long as possible.

experience that NORTHERN IRELAND AND

we have in the WALES ARE ALSO IN FRANCE.


DOES THAT ADD TO IT ALL?

squad, we Sam Vokes is at Burnley with


me and I know a couple of the
other Welsh lads. We’ve got a
believe that we couple of the Northern Ireland
lads with us, too. Like me,
can go and get they’re absolutely buzzing
about the tournament. They
a result against want to go there and make an
impression as well. Everybody’s
all three teams in the same boat. They’ll be
the underdogs in their groups
in the group” as well, but they’ll have the
same mentality as us.

EURO 2016 73
74 EURO 2016
STAR PROFILE:
DAVID SILVA

SILVA
SERVICE
The Manchester City playmaker
will be a key creative influence
in Spain’s midfield at Euro 2016.
By John Holmesdale

W
hen David Silva was 23, in his side.
Spain coach Luis Aragones Although Silva
described him as “the played a big part in
future of the national the 2008 triumph,
team”. Seven years later, he was a marginal
Silva is preparing to play figure when Spain won
a leading role as his country bids for a record- their first World Cup
breaking third successive European title. in 2010. A tactical
The pint-sized playmaker from the Canary shift under Aragones’
Islands has indeed been a key player for Spain replacement Vicente
– but it has not all been plain sailing. Del Bosque – from
Silva is from Arguineguin, and footballers one deep-lying Warm-up...David Silva
taking on Romania’s Mih
from the Canaries are considered to be Spain’s midfielder to two: ai Pintilii in a march frie
ndly
Brazilians: players of touch, technique and skill, Sergio Busquets and
of creativity and fantasy. But while Silva does fit Xabi Alonso – meant one place fewer for
that mould, he also has the fighting qualities that that creative gang of Spanish little men that creative influence, qualified with ease for the Euro
have helped to define his career as a professional. also included Xavi and Andres Iniesta. Ultimately, 2012 finals. At the tournament in Ukraine and
Following his whole-hearted contribution to it meant no place for Silva. Poland, he continued to play an important role
Spain’s Euro 2008 victory, Aragones declared However, another tactical change put him and scored the opening goal in the Final as Spain
that Silva had “the biggest balls” of any player back in contention for the Euro 2012 qualifying thrashed Italy 4-0 to claim a second successive
campaign. Spain’s lack of a top-class centre- European title.
forward prompted Del Bosque to continue The last two years have been disappointing
his experiments with for Silva. He took much
a “false-nine” striker of the blame for Spain’s
– and Silva fitted the
bill perfectly.
“We opted for poor World Cup in Brazil,
starting in the defeats
Del Bosque saw Silva
as “Spain’s Messi”, with
Silva as a false by Holland and Chile,
and dropped for the final
David Villa and Pedro
playing either side of him
number nine, game against Australia.
But Del Bosque retained
in a bid to replicate the
Barcelona forward line.
as Messi plays faith in Silva for the Euro
2016 qualifiers – and he
“We could have played
Villa as a main striker,”
for Barca. was rewarded with three
goals from Silva, making
said Del Bosque. “But
instead we opted for
We wanted a him Spain’s top scorer.
The Spanish will be
Silva as a false number
nine, as Messi plays for
smaller forward among the favourites
in France, and with Xavi
Barca. We wanted a
smaller forward to deal
to deal with the now retired, there will be
more responsibility on the
Holder...with the European Championship in 2012 with the big defenders.”
Spain, with Silva a key
big defenders” slender shoulders of David
Silva than ever before.

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78 WORLD SOCCER
EURO 2016
THE TEAMS
ALBANIA AUSTRIA BELGIUM CROATIA CZECH ENGLAND
REPUBLIC

FRANCE GERMANY HUNGARY ICELAND ITALY NORTHERN


IRELAND

POLAND PORTUGAL REPUBLIC ROMANIA RUSSIA SLOVAKIA


OF IRELAND

SPAIN SWEDEN SWITZERLAND TURKEY UKRAINE WALES

EURO 2016 79
ALBANIA

KEY INFO Spread around Europe at youth and under-21 level, including Taulant
GROUP A SCHEDULE Albania, with a population of just two million, was Xhaka – whose younger brother, Granit, plays for
June 11 v Switzerland (Lens) a secretive communist state until the 1990s. The the Swiss national side. Italian coach Gianni De Biasi
June 15 v France (Marseilles) 1999 Kosovo War spread the Albanian diaspora has also selected a number of players who play for
June 19 v Romania (Lyon) around Europe and almost half the current team clubs in Italy.
were born or have roots in Kosovo.
BETTING THE COACH
300/1 to win Euro 2016 Swiss connection Gianni DE BIASI
4/11 to be eliminated at group stage Many of the current squad played for Switzerland The Italian is a much-travelled
former Torino and Udinese coach
OVERVIEW who was appointed by the Albanian
Albania, with their players spread around Europe, FA in December 2011.
secured an historic first-ever qualification for the
finals of a major tournament with key wins over TACTICS
Portugal and Armenia. Albania scored the fewest number of goals, 10,
of any of the qualifiers, but they also had one of
Qualification against the odds the tightest defences, conceding just five. Coach
Few people gave Albania any hope of making it out De Biasi’s emphasis on defensive discipline means
of a qualifying group that also featured Portugal, that their 4-2-3-1 formation is in reality 4-5-1, with
Denmark and Serbia. But a stunning 1-0 away win the emphasis on swift counter-attacking, especially
over Portugal in their first game, thanks to a goal from Napoli full-back Elseid Hysaj.
from Bekim Balaj, gave them a platform from which
to launch their campaign.

Battle of Belgrade
Home and away draws with Denmark helped to
STAR MAN
sustain their position in the group, but they were
given a huge boost when awarded all three points • Lorik CANA Italy. Although he has played
after the game against Serbia in Belgrade. The Kosovo-born captain of much of his club career
match was abandoned when a drone carrying a flag the national team who has in midfield, he is a central
with Albanian nationalist symbols flew over the pitch played for leading sides in defensive rock when it comes
and fighting broke out. France, England, Turkey and to his country.

80 EURO 2016
1960 Did not enter 1976 Did not enter 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not enter 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Agolli • Lenjani

• Mavraj • Xhaka

• Berisha • Memushaj • Cikalleshi


• Cana
• Basha
• Hysaj
• Roshi

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Etrit BERISHA • Amir ABRASHI
Lazio (Ita) Freiburg (Ger)
Age 27 (10.03.89) Age 26 (27.03.90)
Caps: 33 Caps: 17
Goals: 0
Goals: 0
• Alban HOXHA
Partizani Tirana
• Migjen BASHA
Age 28 (23.11.87) Lucerne (Swi)
Caps: 1 Age 29 (05.01.87)
Goals: 0 Caps: 17
• Orges SHEHI Goals: 3
Skenderbeu • Ermir LENJANI
Age 38 (20.09.77) Rennes (Fra)
Caps: 7 Age 26 (05.08.89)
Goals: 0 Caps: 17
Goals: 2
DEFENDERS
• Sabien LILAJ
• Ansi AGOLLI
Skenderbeu
Qarabag (Aze)
Age 33 (11.10.82) Age 27 (10.02.89)
Caps: 59 Caps: 13
Goals: 2 Goals: 0
• Arlind AJETI • Ledian MEMUSHAJ
Frosinone (Ita) Pescara (Ita)
Age 22 (25.09.93) Age 29 (07.12.86)
Caps: 8 Caps: 13
Goals: 0 Goals: 0
• Naser ALIJI • Odise ROSHI
Basle (Swi)
Rijeka (Cro)
Age 22 (27.12.93)
Caps: 4 Age 25 (22.05.91)
Goals: 0 Caps: 30
Goals: 1
• Lorik CANA
Nantes (Fra) • Taulant XHAKA
Age 32 (27.07.83) Basle (Swi)
Caps: 90 Age 25 (28.03.91)
Goals: 1 Caps: 11
• Berat DJIMSITI Goals: 0
Atalanta (Ita)
Age 23 (19.02.93) FORWARDS
Caps: 7
Goals: 1
• Bekim BALAJ

U L A N T X H A KA
PROFILE: TA
Rijeka (Cro)
• Elseid HYSAJ Age 25 (11.01.91)
Napoli (Italy)
Caps: 14
Age 22 (02.02.94)
Caps: 18 Goals: 1
Goals: 0 • Sokol CIKALLESHI
Istanbul BB (Tur) Ragip Xhaka was a busy man in October 2015. to play for opposing sides at a European
• Andi LILA
Giannina (Gre) Age 25 (27.07.90) He travelled to St Gallen to watch his younger Championship.
Age 30 (12.02.86) Caps: 17 son, Granit, play for Switzerland as they confirmed While Granit is well established in the
Caps: 57 Goals: 2 their qualification for Euro 2016. Two days later, Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach
Goals: 0 he was in Armenia to see his other son, Taulant, and for the Swiss national side, versatile Basle
• Shkelzen GASHI
• Mergim MAVRAJ Colorado Rapids (USA) play an important role in Albania’s first-ever defender Taulant opted to play for Albania and
Cologne (Ger) Age 27 (15.07.88) qualification. was an impressive figure in defensive midfield
Age 30 (09.06.86) “I have one son playing for Albania, one for during a remarkable Euro qualifying campaign.
Caps: 12
Caps: 24
Goals: 1 Switzerland – it’s the perfect reflection of our Taulant represented Switzerland at all youth
Goals: 3
• Armando SADIKU family,” says Ragip. And with the draw for the finals levels before answering the call from Albania
• Amir RRAHMANI
Zurich (Swi) pitting Albania against Switzerland in Lens on June coach Gianni De Biasi, who has expanded his
RNK Split (Cro)
Age 22 (24.02.94) Age 25 (27.05.91) 11, at least he will save on travel costs. options by recruiting players from the Europe-
Caps: 2 Caps: 18 Born in Basle, after their parents fled Kosovo wide Albanian diaspora.
Goals: 1 Goals: 3 in the 1980s, the Xhakas will be the first brothers John Holmesdale

EURO 2016 81
AUSTRIA

KEY INFO Big-league experience Steady selections


GROUP F SCHEDULE Koller’s key players are spread all around Europe, Koller was consistent with his selections, with
June 14 v Hungary (Bordeaux) with only goalkeeper Robert Almer based in Austria Almer, Florian Klein, Dragovic, Fuchs, Zlatko
June 18 v Portugal (Paris) (Rapid Vienna). Centre-back Aleksandar Dragovic Junuzovic and Marko Arnautovic playing in all 10
June 22 v Iceland (Saint-Denis) plies his trade in Ukraine, with Dynamo Kiev, while qualifiers. He used only 17 players in total. Julian
skipper Christian Fuchs was a shock Premier Baumgartlinger does the donkey work in midfield
BETTING League title-winner with Leicester City. Several of with David Alaba, who also has a licence to go
33/1 to win Euro 2016 the side play their club football in Germany, while forward, making the set-up more of a 4-1-4-1
10/3 to be eliminated at group stage veteran striker Marc Janko is back in Europe, with when they have the ball.
Basle, after a spell in Australia.
OVERVIEW THE COACH
One of the most impressive and improved Marcel KOLLER
performers in the competition so far, Austria Former Swiss international
qualified for the finals for the first time after topping midfielder who has galvanised
their group, ahead of Russia and Sweden. Their the squad since taking charge.
only previous finals appearance was in 2008, when
they were co-hosts with Switzerland. TACTICS
Koller played the same 4-2-3-1 formation in
Nine wins from 10 in qualifying all 10 qualifiers. Janko is the lone striker, with
After drawing with Sweden in their opening game, free-kick specialist Junuzovic operating behind
Austria recorded nine straight victories, including him in the centre of an attacking midfield three.
two 1-0 wins over Russia. Only England, with 10
victories, had a better qualifying campaign.

Koller the miracle worker


Little enthusiasm greeted the initial appointment of
STAR MAN
Swiss coach Marcel Koller in October 2011. Out of
work since being sacked by German club Bochum • Marko ARNAUTOVIC then absolutely brilliant the
in September 2009, he may not have been the big A fiery character who has next. His career has gone off
name that the fans wanted as a replacement for been dubbed the “Austrian the rails several times, but he
Dietmar Constantini, but he has overseen a Ibrahimovic”, he can be totally seems to have settled down at
remarkable transformation in the side. frustrating one minute and Stoke City.

82 EURO 2016
1960 Did not qualify 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Fuchs • Arnautovic
• Alaba
• Prodl
• Junuzovic • Janko
• Almer
• Dragovic
• Baumgartlinger
• Klein • Harnik

GOALKEEPERS • Julian
• Robert ALMER BAUMGARTLINGER
Austria Vienna Mainz (Ger)
Age 32 (20.03.84) Age 28 (02.01.88)
Caps: 27 Caps: 43
Goals: 0 Goals: 1

• Heinz LINDNER • Stefan ILSANKER


RB Leipzig (Ger)
Eintracht Frankfurt (Ger)
Age 27 (18.05.89)
Age 25 ( 17.07.90) Caps: 14
Caps: 7 Goals: 0
Goals: 0
• Jakob JANTSCHER
• Ramazan OZCAN Lucerne (Swi)
Ingolstadt (Ger) Age 27 (08.01.89)
Age 31 (28.06.84) Caps: 21
Caps: 6 Goals: 1
Goals: 0 • Zlatko JUNUZOVIC
Werder Bremen (Ger)
DEFENDERS Age 28 (26.09.87)
Caps: 21
• Aleksandar
Goals: 1
DRAGOVIC
Dynamo Kiev (Ukr)
• Valentino LAZARO
Red Bull Salzburg
Age 25 (06.03.91)
Age 20 (24.03.96)
Caps: 45 Caps: 4
Goals: 1 Goals: 0
• Christian FUCHS • Alessandro
Leicester City (Eng) SCHOPF
Age 30 (07.04.86) Schalke (Ger)
Caps: 74 Age 22 (07.02.94)
Goals: 1 Caps: 2
• Gyorgy GARICS Goals: 0
Darmstadt (Ger)
Age 32 (08.03.84) FORWARDS
Caps: 41 • Marko
Goals: 2 ARNAUTOVIC
Stoke City (Eng)
• Martin
Age 27 (19.04.89)
HINTEREGGER Caps: 50
Red Bull Salzburg Goals: 10
Age 23 (07.09.92)
• Martin HARNIK
Caps: 12
Stuttgart (Ger)
Goals: 0 Age 29 (10.06.87)
• Florian KLEIN Caps: 56
Stuttgart (Ger) Goals: 14

DAV I D A L A BA
Age 29 (17.11.86)
Caps: 35
Goals: 0
• Lukas
HINTERSEER
Ingolstadt (Ger) P RO F I L E :
• Sebastian PRODL Age 25 (28.03.91)
Watford (Eng) Caps: 8
Age (21.06.87) Goals: 0 Just one of a galaxy of stars at Bayern Munich, coach Koller sees Alaba exclusively as an engine-
Caps: 56 • Marc JANKO the “Viennese Express” is often squeezed out of room controller, where he has so much to offer
Goals: 4 Basle (Swi) the limelight in Bavaria by such talents as Thomas with his technique, awareness, intensity when
Age 32 (25.06.83)
• Markus SUTTNER Caps: 52
Muller, Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben and pressing and ability to break through opposition
Ingolstadt (Ger) Goals: 26 Manuel Neuer. But, in the red and white of Austria, lines at pace.
Age 29 (16.04.87) he is the main man. “What impresses me most about him is his
Caps: 15
• Rubin OKOTIE
Munich 1860 (Ger) Although Marko Arnautovic adds the magic, capacity to interpret any situation on the field,”
Goals: 0
Age 28 (06.06.87) Alaba is the class act in the Austrian ranks, and says Shakhtar Donetsk coach Mircea Lucescu.
Caps: 16 he certainly performed as such as they glided “He’s disciplined, strong mentally and physically,
MIDFIELDERS Goals: 2
• David ALABA through qualifying, driving them forward from his and is outstanding when attacking space.”
• Marcel SABITZER deep-lying central midfield station, menacing with Euro 2016 will be Alaba’s international
Bayern Munich (Ger) RB Leipzig (Ger)
Age 23 (24.06.92) Age 22 (17.03.94) his set-pieces and scoring four goals. tournament debut and his first real test as the
Caps: 44 Caps: 16 While Bayern have used him at left-back, as a brains in midfield.
Goals: 11 Goals: 3 midfielder and even in central defence, Austria Nick Bidwell

EURO 2016 83
BELGIUM

GROUP E SCHEDULE Youngsters in contention Kompany blow


June 13 v Italy (Lyon) Over the past 18 months, a number of youngsters Coach Marc Wilmots is without captain Vincent
June 18 v Rep Ireland (Bordeaux) have forced themselves into contention, including Kompany after the Manchester City defender
June 23 v Sweden (Nice) Thorgan Hazard, Youre Tielemans, Michy Batshuayi tore a thigh muscle in April.
and Charly Musonda. However, only Italy-based
BETTING midfielder Radja Nainggolan has managed to THE COACH
11/1 to win Euro 2016 establish himself in the team. Marc WILMOTS
11/2 to be eliminated at group stage Outspoken ex-striker who is popular
with his players. Has been linked with
OVERVIEW a move to his former club Schalke.
Les Diables Rouges (“the red devils”) are ranked
number two in the world by FIFA and will be taking TACTICS
part in the European Championship finals for the Wilmots has had doubts over Marouane Fellaini
first time since 2000, when they co-hosted the in a creative role, so the more mobile Nainggolan
tournament with Holland. is likely to partner Witsel in central midfield, giving
De Bruyne a platform to attack, with Hazard out
Top of the pile on the left. Romelu Lukaku and Christian Benteke
Belgiumsealed top spot in their qualifying group vie for the lone striker role – although Lukaku has
with a win over Israel in Brussels – a result that struggled to score for Belgium, despite starring for
moved them to the top of the FIFA rankings for Everton this season.
the first time. They were not entirely convincing in
the qualifying campaign, however, losing away to

STAR MAN
Wales and benefitting from Bosnia-Herzegovina’s
collapse in form.

World Cup foundations


The current side is still built around those figures • Eden HAZARD qualifying. The finals will
who were crucial to the team that reached the Belgium’s number 10 has provide an important
last 16 of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil: midfield struggled for form with opportunity to remind the
marshal Axel Witsel, and creative types Eden Chelsea this season but world of his talents, with a
Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne. However, central- remains a mercurial talent and rumoured exit from Stamford
defensive leader Vincent Kompany is out injured. scored some crucial goals in Bridge looking likely.

84 EURO 2016
1960 Did not enter 1980 Runners-up
1964 Did not qualify 1984 Group stage 2000 Group stage
EUROPEAN 1968 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1972 Third place 1992 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1976 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Vertonghen • Hazard
• Nainggolan
• Lombaerts
• De Bruyne
• Courtois • R Lukaku
• Denayer • Witsel
• Ferreira
• Alderweireld Carrasco

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Thibaut COURTOIS • Nacer CHADLI
Chelsea (Eng) Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 24 (11.05.92) Age 26 (02.08.89)
Caps: 34 Caps: 31
Goals: 0 Goals: 3
• Jean-Francois • Kevin DE BRUYNE
Manchester City (Eng)
GILLET
Age 24 (28.06.91)
Catania (Ita)
Caps: 34
Age 27 (31.05.79) Goals: 11
Caps: 9
Goals: 0 • Mousa DEMBELE
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
• Simon MIGNOLET Age 28 (16.07.87)
Liverpool (Eng) Caps: 63
Age 28 (06.03.88) Goals: 5
Caps: 16 • Marouane FELLAINI
Goals: 0 Manchester United (Eng)
Age 28 (22.11.87)
DEFENDERS Caps: 65
• Toby Goals: 15
ALDERWEIRELD • Yannick FERREIRA
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng) CARRASCO
Age 27 (02.03.89) Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Caps: 52 Age 22 (04.09.93)
Goals: 1 Caps: 4
• Dedryck BOYATA Goals: 0
Celtic (Sco) • Eden HAZARD
Age 25 (28.11.90) Chelsea (Eng)
Caps: 2 Age 25 (07.01.91)
Goals: 0 Caps: 62
Goals: 12
• Jason DENAYER
Manchester City (Eng) • Dries MERTENS
Age 20 (28.06.95) Napoli (Ita)
Caps: 5 Age 29 (06.05.87)
Goals: 0 Caps: 42
Goals: 8
• Guillaume GILLET
• Radja NAINGGOLAN
Nantes (Fra)
Roma (Ita)
Age 32 (09.03.84)
Age 28 (04.05.88)
Caps: 22
Caps: 18
Goals: 1 Goals: 4
• Nic LOMBAERTS • Axel WITSEL
Zenit (Rus)
Age 31 (20.03.85)
Zenit (Rus)
Age 27 (12.01.89)
AX E L W I T S EL
P RO F I L E :
Caps: 38 Caps: 64
Goals: 3 Goals: 6
• Jordan LUKAKU
Oostende FORWARDS
Age 21 (25.07.94) • Christian BENTEKE No matter that certain prominent members of the best I’ve seen. That’s why I’ve given him the keys.”
Caps: 2 Liverpool (Eng)
Age 25 (03.12.90) Belgian press have been expressing reservations An international since 2008, the Liege-born
Goals: 0
Caps: 24 of late about the Russian-based midfielder’s midfield controller is arguably paying the price for
• Thomas Goals: 6 overall contribution – accusing him of only the rather unglamorous role he occupies in the
VERMAELEN • Romelu LUKAKU passing the ball square and generally playing side’s 4-2-3-1 line-up. The long and short of his
Barcelona (Spa) Everton (Eng) at a snail’s pace – what counts is the opinion job description is to set the strategic tone and not
Age 30 (14.11.85) Age 23 (13.05.93)
Caps: 51
of straight-talking national coach Marc Wilmots. to give the ball away – and in this regard he rarely
Caps: 41
Goals: 1 And he remains very much an admirer of the disappoints, laying the foundations for Eden
Goals: 9
27-year-old. Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne to flourish.
• Jan VERTONGHEN • Divock ORIGI
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng) “He’s our brains,” declared Wilmots in an Named after Eddie Murphy’s character in the
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 29 (24.04.87) Age 21 (18.04.95) interview with the Sudpresse media group. “He Beverly Hills Cop movies, Axel Foley, he may not
Caps: 74 Caps: 16 gives stability in the middle of the park. As far be a Hollywood player, but always learns his lines.
Goals: 6 Goals: 3 as football intelligence is concerned, he’s the Nick Bidwell

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CROATIA

KEY INFO Cacic, was criticised for a lack of experience and and Mateo Kovacic of Real Madrid, along with
GROUP D SCHEDULE for the selection of Josip Simunic as his assistant. Barcelona’s Ivan Rakitic, while a number of Italy-
June 12 v Turkey (Paris) Simunic was banned for 10 games in 2013 for based players are in fine form. The defence, led by
June 17 v Czech Rep (Saint-Etienne) leading supporters in a pro-Nazi chant following veteran captain Darijo Srna, is a potential weakness.
June 21 v Spain (Bordeaux) victory in a World Cup play-off. Centre-back Dejan Lovren is a doubt for the finals
after a disagreement with Cacic during a friendly
BETTING Star-studded squad against Hungary in March.
25/1 to win Euro 2016 Cacic has a star-studded midfield, with Luka Modric
13/8 to be eliminated at group stage THE COACH
Ante CACIC
OVERVIEW A controversial appointment when
Despite being able to call on players based at he left Lokomotiv Zagreb to succeed
some of Europe’s leading clubs, Croatia struggled Niko Kovac in September 2015.
in the qualifiers. They changed coaches during the Once worked as a TV repairman.
campaign and now fancy their chances of reaching
the knockout stage in France. TACTICS
Cacic can call upon some in-form players –
Among the elite Fiorentina’s Nikola Kalinic could edge out Mario
Croatia have qualified for five out of six Euro finals Mandzukic as the lone striker in front of a five-man
since the break-up of Yugoslavia in the early 1990s. midfield – while the midfield axis of Rakitic and
They have also reached four out of five World Cups, Modric could be augmented by the more
including the 1998 finals when they finished third. combative Marcelo Brozovic or Milan Badelj.

Swastika controversy

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Croatia were deducted a point and forced to play
two games behind closed doors after their home
match against Italy was played on a pitch with a
swastika clearly marked out in the grass.
• Luka MODRIC success at Euro 2016. A
Coach changes The Real Madrid man is one of brilliant midfield conductor
Niko Kovac was sacked as coach following the Europe’s leading midfielders who is also a great dribbler
defeat away to Norway. His replacement, Ante and holds the key to Croatia’s with a powerful shot.

86 EURO 2016
1960-1992 2000 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN Did not enter 2004 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP (part of Yugoslavia) 2008 Quarter-finals
HISTORY 1996 Quarter-finals 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD
• Vida
• Perisic
• Schildenfeld • Mandzukic

• Subasic • Badelj • Modric


• Corluka
• N Kalinic
• Srna • Rakitic

GOALKEEPERS • Milan BADELJ


• Lovre KALINIC Fiorentina (Ita)
Hajduk Split Age 27 (25.02.89)
Age 26 (03.04.90) Caps: 18
Caps: 4 Goals: 1
Goals: 0 • Marcelo
• Danijel SUBASIC BROZOVIC
Monaco (Fra) Internazionale (Ita)
Age 32 (27.10.84) Age 24 (16.11.92)
Caps: 19 Caps: 16
Goals: 0 Goals: 4
• Ivan VARGIC • Alen HALILOVIC
Rijeka Barcelona (Spa)
Age 29 (15.03.87) Age 20 (18.06.96)
Caps: 8
Caps: 2
Goals: 0
Goals: 0
• Mateo KOVACIC
DEFENDERS Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 22 (06.05.94)
• Vedran CORLUKA
Caps: 26
Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus)
Goals: 1
Age 30 (05.02.86)
Caps: 87 • Luka MODRIC
Goals: 4 Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 31
• Dejan LOVREN Caps: 89
Liverpool (Eng) Goals: 10
Age 26 (05.07.89)
Caps: 31
• Mario PASALIC
Chelsea (Eng)
Goals: 2
Age 21 (09.02.95)
• Gordon Caps: 2
SCHILDENFELD Goals: 0
Dinamo Zagreb • Ivan RAKITIC
Age 31 (18.03.85) Barcelona (Spa)
Caps: 25 Age 28 (10.03.88)
Goals: 1 Caps: 76
• Darijo SRNA Goals: 10
Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukr) • Marin TOMASOV
Age 34 (01.05.82) Rijeka
Caps: 129 Age 29 (31.08.87)
Goals: 21 Caps: 1
• Ivan STRINIC Goals: 0
Napoli (Ita)
Age 28 (17.07.87)
FORWARDS

: I VA N P E R I SIC
P RO F I L E
Caps: 33 • Nikola KALINIC
Goals: 0 Fiorentina (Ita)
Age 28 (05.01.88)
• Domagoj VIDA Caps: 27
Dynamo Kiev (Ukr) Goals: 8
Age 27 (29.04.89) While nine-tenths of media copy about the was on target in the home victories over Norway
• Mario MANDZUKIC
Caps: 36 “Croatia Class of 2016” centres on the ultra- and Bulgaria, and the vital 1-1 draw at the San
Juventus (Ita)
Goals: 1 confident pronouncements of coach Ante Cacic Siro against Italy. He also scored the only goal
Age 30 (21.05.86)
• Sime VRSALJKO Caps: 65 and the game-changing abilities of Spanish-based of the final game against Malta which sealed
Sassuolo (Ita) Goals: 21 engine-room superstars Ivan Rakitic and Luka Croatia’s place at the finals.
Age 24 (10.01.92) • Ivan PERISIC Modric, the vital attacking role played by Perisic Two-footed, quick, technically good, hard to
Caps: 17 Internazionale (Ita) often goes unnoticed. knock off the ball and a considerable threat when
Goals: 0 Age 27 (02.05.89) The left-sided midfielder, a €20m cutting inside and letting fly, the 27-year-old
Caps: 45
MIDFIELDERS Internazionale purchase from Wolfsburg is simply an excellent all-rounder, a copper-
Goals: 12
• Domagoj ANTOLIC last summer, was Croatia’s top marksman in bottomed guarantee of balance, enterprise
• Marco PJACA qualification with six goals – tellingly scoring and cutting edge.
Dinamo Zagreb Dinamo Zagreb
Age 26 (30.06.90) Age 21 (06.05.95) more than Rakitic, Modric and main striker Mario He will be in line to rack up his 50th cap for his
Caps: 3 Caps: 6 Mandzukic put together – and proved especially country if Croatia make the knockout phase.
Goals: 0 Goals: 0 decisive in the most important fixtures – where he Nick Bidwell

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CZECH REP

KEY INFO Home-based but he has been beset by injury problems and is
GROUP D SCHEDULE With the exception of veteran keeper Petr Cech and likely to miss out on a place in the squad. Left-back
June 13 v Spain (Toulouse) highly rated wing-back Pavel Kaderabek, who joined David Limbersky has faced calls for him to be
June 17 v Croatia (Saint-Etienne) Bundesliga club Hoffenheim last season, the bulk of dropped after he crashed his car while drunk. He
June 21 v Turkey (Lens) the squad play in the domestic league. did himself no favours with those critics when he
acknowledged a goal for his club side, Viktoria
BETTING Selection headaches Plzen, with a drink-driving celebration.
66/1 to win Euro 2016 Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky has been the
Evens to be eliminated at group stage team’s most important player over the past decade, THE COACH
Pavel VRBA
OVERVIEW In charge since 2014 after winning
The Czechs made it through to the finals despite Czech titles with Viktoria Plzen. A
being drawn in a potentially difficult group along good tactician and man-manager.
with Holland, Turkey and Iceland. A team with few
well-known stars, coach Pavel Vrba has moulded TACTICS
his players into a side that is greater than the sum While not quite “Total Football”, Vrba favours a
of its parts. patient build-up with players attacking from all
areas, including the pacy full-backs Kaderabek
Low expectations and Limbersky. The coach has not been afraid to
Expectations were low at the start of the qualifying change his side as he searches for an alternative
campaign, but an injury-time winner in the opening to the often-injured Rosicky.
game at home to Holland galvanised a side who
went on to win their first four games, while all their

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rivals struggled.

Impressive history
The Czechs have an impressive record
at the European Championship, winning (as • Petr CECH Karel Poborsky’s record
Czechoslovakia) in 1976, reaching the Final in The Arsenal goalkeeper is of 118 caps for the Czech
1996, the semi-finals in 2004 and the quarter- one of the few in the squad Republic and is all set to
finals in 2012. They have qualified for every to play in one of Europe’s top become the country’s
tournament since 1996. leagues. He recently equalled outright record holder.

88 EURO 2016
1960-1992
EUROPEAN (as Czechoslovakia) 2004 Semi-finals
CHAMPIONSHIP 1996 Runners-up 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 2000 Group stage 2012 Quarter-finals

THE SQUAD
• Limbersky • Krejci
• Darida
• Kadlec
• Dockal • Necid
• Cech
• Sivok
• Pavelka
• Kaderabek • Skalak

GOALKEEPERS • Borek DOCKAL


• Petr CECH Sparta Prague
Arsenal (Eng) Age 27 (30.09.88)
Age 34 (20.05.82) Caps: 24
Caps: 118 Goals: 6
Goals: 0 • Martin FRYDEK
• Tomas KOUBEK Sparta Prague
Age 24 (24.03.92)
Sparta Prague
Caps: 3
Age 23 (26.08.92)
Goals: 0
Caps: 1
Goals: 0 • Daniel KOLAR
Viktoria Plzen
• Tomas VACLIK Age 30 (27.10.85)
Basle (Swi) Caps: 27
Age 27 (29.03.89) Goals: 2
Caps: 7
Goals: 0 • Ladislav KREJCI
Sparta Prague
Age 23 (05.07.92)
DEFENDERS
Caps: 21
• Theodor GEBRE Goals: 4
SELASSIE • David PAVELKA
Werder Bremen (Ger) Kasimpasa (Tur)
Age 29 (24.12.86) Age 25 (18.05.91)
Caps: 34 Caps: 5
Goals: 1 Goals: 0
• Pavel KADERABEK • Jaroslav PLASIL
Hoffenheim (Ger) Bordeaux (Fra)
Age 24 (25.04.92) Age 34 (05.01.82)
Caps: 15 Caps: 97
Goals: 2 Goals: 6
• Michal KADLEC • Jiri SKALAK
Fenerbahce (Tur) Brighton & Hove Albion
Age 31 (13.12.84) (Eng)
Caps: 63 Age 24 (12.03.92)
Goals: 8 Caps: 8
Goals: 0
• David LIMBERSKY
Viktoria Plzen • Josef SURAL
Age 32 (06.10.83) Sparta Prague
Caps: 35 Age 26 (30.05.90)
Goals: 1 Caps: 10
Goals: 1
• Daniel PUDIL

DA
• Lukas VACHA
Watford (Eng)
Age 30 (27.09.85) Sparta Prague

: M I L A N S KO
P RO F I L E
Age 27 (13.05.89)
Caps: 32
Caps: 8
Goals: 2
Goals: 0
• Tomas SIVOK
Bursaspor (Tur) FORWARDS
Age 32 (15.09.83) In a land where fairy tales are part of the culture, results. Seizing his chance, he scored five times in
• Tomas NECID
Caps: 53 Skoda’s remarkable rise from laughing stock to the first four games of the season.
Bursaspor (Tur)
Goals: 5 Age 26 (13.08.89) national hero seems somehow appropriate. Skoda received his first international call-up in
• Marek SUCHY Caps: 37 Little more than two years ago, the 6ft 3in June last year and appeared as a late sub in a 2-1
Basle (Swi) Goals: 9 striker was in such poor form that Miroslav loss to Iceland. Then, in September, when a goal
Age 28 (29.03.88) • Milan SKODA Koubek, then coach at struggling Slavia Prague, down to Kazakhstan, coach Pavel Vrba sent him
Caps: 27 Slavia Prague
Goals: 0
switched him to central defence. “Skoda is, for on at half-time and he scored twice to earn a 2-1
Age 30 (16.01.86)
me, a cornerstone of our defence,” Koubek told win. Three days later, the Czechs clinched their
Caps: 7
MIDFIELDERS Goals: 2 the media. place in the finals with a 2-1 win in Latvia, this
• Vladimir DARIDA Skoda went along with the plan but made it time with Skoda as the starting striker.
• Matej VYDRA
Hertha Berlin (Ger) Watford (Eng) clear that striker remained his preferred position. Skoda means “a shame” in Czech, making him
Age 25 (08.08.90) Age 24 (01.05.92) And it was only following the appointment of an easy target for headline writers. These days,
Caps: 34 Caps: 18 new boss Miroslav Beranek in 2014 that he was the newspapers make more pleasant reading.
Goals: 1 Goals: 6 restored to the front line – and with dramatic Sam Beckwith

EURO 2016 89
ENGLAND

KEY INFO a new generation of youngsters in Harry Kane, John Injury problems
GROUP B SCHEDULE Stones, Nathaniel Clyne, Eric Dier, Raheem Sterling An injury to Jordan Henderson has reduced
June 11 v Russia (Marseilles) and Ross Barkley. Now 30, Wayne Rooney is the Hodgson’s midfield options, and there are also
June 16 v Wales (Lens) elder statesman. fitness concerns over Jack Wilshere and Raheem
June 20 v Slovakia (Saint-Etienne) Sterling. Left-back Luke Shaw is highly unlikely to
No target man recover from a broken leg in time to make the
BETTING Hodgson has concerns over the fitness of strikers squad for the finals.
8/1 to win Euro 2016 Danny Welbeck, who is set to miss out, and Daniel
7/1 to be eliminated at group stage Sturridge. The lack of a big centre-forward means THE COACH
England may have finally ditched their tendency to Roy HODGSON
OVERVIEW hit panicky, long balls to a target man. Took charge in May 2012 and is
England were the only team with a 100 per cent contracted until July 2016. An
record in the qualifiers. Drawn in a relatively easy experienced, pragmatic Europhile.
group, they won their opening game, in Switzerland,
to take an early lead that was never relinquished. TACTICS
Since their best Euro performance, when they Hodgson has 4-3-3 as his preferred formation but
reached the semi-finals on home soil in 1996, he can also go with a 4-4-2 or 4-2-3-1 set-up in
England have reached the quarter-finals twice, order to incorporate another striker, such as Jamie
in 2004 and 2012. Vardy. Eric Dier is the likely holding midfielder, with
his Tottenham Hotspur team-mate Dele Alli an
Contract talks exciting new option in front of him. Wayne Rooney
Roy Hodgson survived the disappointment of the will play despite calls for him to be left out.
last World Cup, when England failed to get out of
their group in Brazil, but his employers will only

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discuss a new contract for the manager after the
Euro finals have finished. “What we wanted to avoid
was the slightly unsavoury position we had with
Fabio Capello in 2010,” says the FA’s chief executive
Martin Glenn. • Wayne ROONEY appearance record in his
England’s captain is his sights. Struggled for form
Young blood country’s all-time top and fitness at the end of the
With Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard retired goalscorer and he also has season but is sure to be in the
from international football, Hodgson has blooded Peter Shilton’s 125-cap manager’s plans.

90 EURO 2016
1960 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1996 Semi-finals (lost on penalties
1964 Did not enter 1980 Group stage (lost on penalties to Portugal)
EUROPEAN 1968 Third place 1984 Did not qualify to Germany) 2008 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP (of four) 1988 Group stage 2000 Group stage 2012 Quarter-finals
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1992 Group stage 2004 Quarter-finals (lost on pens to Italy)

THE SQUAD
• Rose

• Smalling • Milner • Sturridge

• Hart • Rooney
• Dier
• Cahill
• Kane
• Alli
• Walker

GOALKEEPERS • Eric DIER


• Fraser FORSTER Tottenham Hotspur
Southampton Age 21 (15.01.94)
Age 28 (17.03.88) Caps: 4
Caps: 5
Goals: 1
Goals: 0
• Joe HART • Danny
Manchester City DRINKWATER
Age 29 (19.04.87) Leicester City
Caps: 57 Age 26 (05.03.90)
Goals: 0 Caps: 1
• Tom HEATON Goals: 0
Burnley • Jordan
Age 30 (15.04.86)
Caps: 0
HENDERSON
Goals: 0 Liverpool
Age 25 (17.06.90)
DEFENDERS Caps: 23
• Gary CAHILL Goals: 0
Chelsea • Adam LALLANA
Age 30 (19.12.85) Liverpool
Caps: 41 Age 27 (10.05.88)
Goals: 3 Caps: 21
• Nathaniel CLYNE Goals: 0
Liverpool
Age 25 (05.04.91) • James MILNER
Caps: 11 Liverpool
Goals: 0 Age 30 (04.01.86)
• Phil JAGIELKA Caps: 58
Everton Goals: 1
Age 33 (17.08.82) • Raheem STERLING
Caps: 39 Manchester City
Goals: 3 Age 21 (08.12.94)
• Danny ROSE Caps: 20
Tottenham Hotspur Goals: 2
Age 25 (02.07.90)
Caps: 2 • Jack WILSHERE
Goals: 0 Arsenal
• Chris SMALLING Age 24 (01.01.92)
Manchester United Caps: 28
Age 26 (22.11.89) Goals: 2
Caps: 23
FORWARDS

NER
Goals: 0
• John STONES • Harry KANE

: JA M E S M I L
P RO F I L E
Everton Tottenham Hotspur
Age 21 (28.05.94) Age 22 (28.07.93)
Caps: 8 Caps: 10
Goals: 0 Goals: 4
• Kyle WALKER • Wayne ROONEY
Tottenham Hotspur He may not be the most charismatic player to squads: for Euro 2012, and the 2010 and 2014
Manchester United
Age 25 (28.05.90) have graced English football, but the midfielder World Cups.
Caps: 14 Age 30 (24.10.85)
has quietly made himself indispensable to national His jack-of-all-trades tag has been hard to
Goals: 0 Caps: 109
Goals: 51
boss Roy Hodgson. shake off and Milner has found himself mercilessly
In an England squad blessed with precocious parodied on social media. “You get labelled as a
MIDFIELDERS • Daniel STURRIDGE
• Dele ALLI young starlets, Milner is the reliable older player – and I’m ‘Boring James Milner’, that’s the
Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur statesman. And with Jack Wilshere struggling to way it is,” he explains.
Age 26 (01.09.89)
Age 20 (11.04.96) Caps: 17 be fit, and Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard Skipper at Liverpool when Jordan Henderson
Caps: 6 Goals: 5 seeing out their careers Stateside, he is now an was injured, he also played regularly in central
Goals: 1 automatic pick. midfield. “I’d like to think you will see the best of
• Ross BARKLEY • Jamie VARDY
Leicester City
An accomplished teenage sprinter and me now I am in the central role,” he says.
Everton
Age 29 (11.01.87) cricketer, he is one of only three people – along Hodgson, at least, could be grateful for that in
Age 22 (05.12.93)
Caps: 21 Caps: 6 with Wayne Rooney and Joe Hart – to have France next summer.
Goals: 2 Goals: 2 featured in England’s last three tournament Gavin Hamilton

EURO 2016 91
FRANCE

KEY INFO Benzema unavailable Franck Ribery, will play no part this summer. The
GROUP A SCHEDULE Deschamps will be without the services of Karim Bayern Munich winger, who missed the 2014
June 10 v Romania (Saint-Denis) Benzema after the French Football Federation World Cup through injury, was criticised by Michel
June 15 v Albania (Marseilles) ruled that the Real Madrid striker would not be Platini for his international retirement but is sticking
June 19 v Switzerland (Lille) considered for selection due to his involvement in to his decision.
an ongoing court case over an alleged blackmail
BETTING attempt involving team-mate Mathieu Valbuena THE COACH
3/1 to win Euro 2016 and a sex tape. Didier DESCHAMPS
10/1 to be eliminated at group stage France’s 1998 World Cup-winning
No place for Ribery captain has extended his contract
OVERVIEW France’s most talented player of recent times, until 2018.
Les Bleus will have plenty of talent at their disposal
as hosts of the 24-team tournament and are TACTICS
among the favourites to win the title, despite their Deschamps experimented with 4-2-3-1 and 4-4-2
lack of competitive action over the last two seasons. during a number of friendlies last year, but has now
settled on a 4-3-3 formation. The only nailed on
Friendly fire starters are goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, midfielders
France face the perennial problem of tournament Blaise Matuidi and Pogba, and forward Antoine
hosts: they have played only friendly matches since Griezmann. Andre-Pierre Gignac, who is the first
their 2014 World Cup quarter-finals defeat by Frenchman playing outside of Europe to be capped
Germany. However, coach Didier Deschamps insists by the national side, will probably start in the
that will not be a problem as, in the past 18 months, absence of Benzema.
his side have played Spain, Belgium, Portugal, Brazil,
England, Germany and Holland in friendlies.

Big-money movers
Last summer, Deschamps saw young French
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talent fetch big money in the transfer market, as
Anthony Martial cost Manchester United £36m and • Paul POGBA trainee played a vital role
Internazionale paid £26m for Geoffrey Kondogbia. The Juventus star is developing in Juventus’ Italian league
Speculation surrounds the future of star man Paul into one of the world’s finest title triumph this season,
Pogba, who is a reported target for Barcelona and midfield all-rounders. The providing more assists than
Manchester City. former Manchester United any other player.

92 EURO 2016
1960 Fourth place 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Group stage
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Semi-finals
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Winners 2000 Winners 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Quarter-finals 2012 Quarter-finals

THE SQUAD
• Evra • Payet
• Matuidi
• Varane
• Gignac
• Lloris • Pogba
• Koscielny
• Diarra • Griezmann
• Sagna

GOALKEEPERS • Blaise MATUIDI


• Benoit COSTIL Paris Saint-Germain
Rennes Age 29 (09.04.87)
Age 28 (03.07.87)
Caps: 0 Caps: 42
Goals: 0 Goals: 7
• Hugo LLORIS • Dimitri PAYET
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Age 29 (26.12.86) West Ham United (Eng)
Caps: 75 Age 29 (29.03.87)
Goals: 0 Caps: 17
• Steve MANDANDA Goals: 2
Marseille
Age 31 (28.03.85) • Paul POGBA
Caps: 22 Juventus (Ita)
Goals: 0
Age 23 (15.03.93)
DEFENDERS Caps: 29
• Patrice EVRA Goals: 5
Juventus (Ita)
Age 35 (15.05.81) • Moussa SISSOKO
Caps: 71 Newcastle United (Eng)
Goals: 0 Age 26 (16.08.89)
• Christophe JALLET Caps: 35
Lyon
Age 32 (31.10.83) Goals: 1
Caps: 11
Goals: 1 FORWARDS
• Laurent KOSCIELNY
Arsenal (Eng) • Kingsley COMAN
Age 30 (10.09.85) Juventus (Ita)
Caps: 17 Age 19 (13.09.96)
Goals: 0
Caps: 3
• Layvin KURZAWA
Paris Saint-Germain Goals: 1
Age 23 (04.09.92) • Andre-Pierre
Caps: 2
Goals: 0 GIGNAC
• Eliaquim Tigres (Mex)
MANGALA Age 30 (05.12.85)
Manchester City Caps: 24
Age 25 (13.02.91)
Goals: 7
Caps: 8
Goals: 0 • Olivier GIROUD
• Jeremy MATHIEU Arsenal (Eng)
Barcelona (Spa)
Age 29 (30.09.86)
Age 32 (29.10.83)
Caps: 5
Goals: 0
Caps: 47
Goals: 14
O I N E G R I E Z MANN
T
P RO F I L E : A N
• Bacary SAGNA • Antoine
Manchester City (Eng)
Age 33 (14.12.83) GRIEZMANN
Caps: 55 Atletico Madrid (Spa)
Goals: 0
Age 25 (21.03.91)
• Raphael VARANE Despite enjoying plenty of playing time for his far more effective in his role for Atletico, playing
Real Madrid (Spa) Caps: 26
Age 23 (25.04.93) Goals: 7 country over the past 18 months, the Atletico as a second striker.
Caps: 18 Madrid attacker has yet to fully convince for Les The French football public can only hope that
Goals: 0 • Alexandre
Bleus. He is often accused of only delivering in Griezmann proves as resilient with the national
LACAZETTE short spells and there have been times when team as he has been at Atletico. A !30m arrival
MIDFIELDERS Lyon
• Lassana DIARRA coach Didier Deschamps has appeared to be from Real Sociedad, initially he could not put a
Age 25 (28.05.91) losing patience. foot right, forever incurring the wrath of boss
Marseille
Age 31 (10.03.85) Caps: 10 Not that Griezmann is entirely to blame for his Diego Simeone. However, he stuck to his task
Caps: 33 Goals: 1
Goals: 0
problems with the national side. and has managed to spectacularly turn it around,
• Anthony MARTIAL With the shape and personnel of the side scoring the goals that knocked Barcelona and
• N’Golo KANTE
Manchester United (Eng) in a state of flux, many would-be Euro 2016 Bayern Munich out of this season’s Champions
Leicester City (Eng)
Age 25 (29.03.91) Age 20 (05.12.95) participants are struggling to find their bearings. League and taking Atletico to the Final.
Caps: 2 Caps: 8 And while Deschamps insists on playing Definitely one to persevere with, Didier.
Goals: 1 Goals: 0 Griezmann in wide positions, he is undoubtedly Nick Bidwell

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GERMANY

KEY INFO Return of Reus Wolfsburg forward Max Kruse and Cologne full-back
GROUP C SCHEDULE Marco Reus is back after missing the World Cup Jonas Hector.
June 12 v Ukraine (Lille) through injury, although Ilkay Gundogan – who
June 16 v Poland (Saint-Denis) missed Brazil with a back problem – sits out again Injury concerns
June 21 v Northern Ireland (Paris) after dislocating a kneecap in May. Defender Jerome Boateng recently returned from a
long injury lay-off, while Schweinsteiger faces a race
BETTING New faces to be fit in time for the finals after damaging knee
7/2 to win Euro 2016 New caps during the qualifying campaign included ligaments in March.
14/1 to be eliminated at group stage Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Karim Bellarabi,
THE COACH
OVERVIEW Joachim LOW
The World champions have undergone some World Cup-winning boss who has
changes since their 2014 triumph in Brazil. But extended his contract until 2018
despite some problems during qualifying for the despite rumours he wants a club job.
Euros, Joachim Low’s side will be among the
favourites in France. TACTICS
Germany have a settled formation and plenty of
Blips in qualifying attacking options, but Gundogan is a big loss. The
Although Germany qualified as winners of their main weakness is at full-back. Emre Can failed to
group – ahead of Poland, Republic of Ireland impress on the right, while Hector has made
and Scotland – it was far from plain sailing for mistakes on the other side.
the Nationalmannschaft. They suffered defeats
in Poland and Ireland, and did not confirm

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qualification until the final game.

Personnel changes
Low has overseen a number of personnel changes
since the World Cup. Bastian Schweinsteiger was • Thomas MULLER campaigns. Top scorer at the
appointed captain following the international Still only 26, the prolific and 2010 World Cup, he has been
retirement of Philipp Lahm, while Per Mertesacker versatile forward is already a a star of Bayern Munich’s
and Miroslav Klose also stepped down. veteran of two World Cup triumphs over recent years.

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1960 Did not enter 1976 Runners-up 1992 Runners-up
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not enter 1980 Winners 1996 Winners
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Group stage 2000 Group stage 2008 Runners-up
HISTORY 1972 Winners 1988 Semi-finals 2004 Group stage 2012 Semi-finals

THE SQUAD
• Hector
• Reus
• Kroos
• Hummels
• Ozil • Gotze
• Neuer
• Boateng
• Khedira • Muller
• Ginter

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Manuel NEUER • Karim BELLARABI
Bayern Munich Bayer Leverkusen
Age 30 (27.03.86) Age 26 (08.04.90)
Caps: 64 Caps: 10
Goals: 0 Goals: 1
• Marc-Andre TER • Sami KHEDIRA
STEGEN Juventus (Ita)
Barcelona (Spa) Age 29 (04.04.87)
Age 24 (30.04.92) Caps: 58
Caps: 5 Goals: 5
Goals: 0 • Toni KROOS
• Ron-Robert Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 26 (04.01.90)
ZIELER
Caps: 64
Hanover
Goals: 11
Age 27 (12.02.89)
Caps: 6 • Mesut OZIL
Goals: 0 Arsenal (Eng)
Age 27 (15.10.88)
DEFENDERS Caps: 72
Goals: 19
• Jerome
BOATENG • Lukas PODOLSKI
Bayern Munich Galatasaray (Tur)
Age 27 (03.09.88) Age 31 (04.06.85)
Caps: 57 Caps: 127
Goals: 0 Goals: 48

• Emre CAN • Andre SCHURRLE


Wolfsburg
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 25 (06.11.90)
Age 22 (12.01.94)
Caps: 50
Caps: 5
Goals: 20
Goals: 0
• Bastian
• Matthias GINTER
Borussia Dortmund SCHWEINSTEIGER
Age 22 (19.01.94) Manchester United (Eng)
Caps: 9 Age 31 (01.08.84)
Goals: 0 Caps: 114
Goals: 23
• Jonas HECTOR
Cologne • Julian WEIGL
Borussia Dortmund
Age 26 (27.05.90)
Age 20 (08.09.95)
Caps: 12
Caps: 0
Goals: 1
Goals: 0
• Mats HUMMELS
Borussia Dortmund FORWARDS
R O M E B OAT E NG
P RO F I L E : J E
Age 27 (16.12.88)
• Mario GOMEZ
Caps: 46
Fiorentina (Ita)
Goals: 4
Age 30 (10.07.85)
• Shkodran Caps: 62
MUSTAFI Goals: 26
Valencia (Spa) While his Nationalmannschaft central-defensive strength, athleticism, intelligence and outstanding
• Mario GOTZE
Age 24 (17.04.92) Bayern Munich
partner Mats Hummels stutters and stumbles for distribution, which is particularly valuable when
Caps: 10 Age 23 (03.06.92) Borussia Dortmund, the Bayern Munich rock spraying around his trademark laser-guided long
Goals: 0 Caps: 50 continues to go from strength to strength. diagonal balls.
• Antonio Goals: 17 After starting out in the international arena as Those in the know see him as potential
RUDIGER • Thomas MULLER an emergency full-back, the 27-year-old Berliner German captain and he clearly does relish a
Roma (Ita) Bayern Munich only became an automatic back-line choice leadership role. He was frank and hard-hitting in
Age 23 (03.03.93) Age 26 (03.09.89) during the knockout stage of the last World Cup his appraisal of certain results in qualification,
Caps: 9 Caps: 70
Goals: 0 Goals: 31
– and in the opinion of many, he was man of the believing that only first-place will suffice in France.
match in the Final victory over Argentina. “We have the ability in the squad to do what
• Sebastian RUDY • Marco REUS
Hoffenheim Borussia Dortmund He has made amazing strides over the last few Spain did a few years ago: build a winning dynasty,”
Age 26 (28.02.90) Age 27 (31.05.89) years, with no more lapses in concentration and he says. “But to get to that point we have to stay
Caps: 10 Caps: 29 inexplicable off days – just the relentless pursuit hungry. Otherwise, it won’t happen.”
Goals: 0 Goals: 9 of excellence. Now the complete package, he has Nick Bidwell

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HUNGARY

KEY INFO from unlikely sources: debutant Laszlo Kleinheisler Stieber and Adam Szalai (Germany) playing outside
GROUP F SCHEDULE and Tamas Priskin, in his first game for 14 months. of Eastern Europe.
June 14 v Austria (Bordeaux)
June 18 v Iceland (Marseilles) Hungary Kiraly milestone
June 22 v Portugal (Lyon) Most of the squad play in the domestic league, with At the age of 40, keeper Gabor Kiraly – who is
only Balazs Dzsudzsak (Turkey), reserve keeper famous for his grey tracksuit bottoms – will become
BETTING Adam Bogdan (Liverpool), and Kleinheisler, Zoltan the oldest player to appear at the finals if he plays
250/1 to win Euro 2016 during Hungary’s campaign.
1/2 to be eliminated at group stage
THE COACH
OVERVIEW Bernd STORCK
Hungary have qualified for their first major German, a former national coach
tournament since the 1986 World Cup, beating of Kazakhstan. Stepped up from
Norway in the play-offs with a gutsy, well-organised technical director role last year.
performance.
TACTICS
Change of coaches Storck could stick with play-off heroes Kleinheisler
Hungary changed coaches three times during the and Priskin in his defence-minded 4-5-1
course of the qualifying campaign. Attila Pinter was formation, but Stieber and Szalai are alternatives if
sacked in September 2015 after defeat at home to they can get more action with their clubs. Veteran
Northern Ireland. He was replaced by Pal Dardai, Zoltan Gera still pulls the strings in midfield.
coach of Hertha Berlin’s youth team, who made
steady progress, drawing away to local rivals

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Romania. But when Dardai was made Hertha’s
first-team coach, the Bundesliga club would not let
him continue with Hungary, so technical director
Bernd Storck stepped in and oversaw qualification.
• Zoltan GERA European league, having spent
Play-off triumph The veteran midfielder is one a number of seasons in
Norway were technically superior in the play-offs of the few Hungary players to England with Fulham and
but Hungary defended heroically and scored goals have experience of a major West Bromwich Albion.

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1964 Third place 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1968 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1972 Fourth place 1992 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1976 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Nemeth
• Kadar
• Gera
• Lang
• Kleinheisler
•Kiraly • Priskin
• Guzmics
• Nagy • Dzsudzsak
• Fiola

GOALKEEPERS • Akos ELEK


• Adam BOGDAN Diosgyor
Liverpool (Eng) Age 27 (21.07.88)
Age 28 (27.09.87) Caps: 38
Caps: 20 Goals: 1
Goals: 0 • Zoltan GERA
• Denes DIBUSZ Ferencvaros
Ferencvaros Age 37 (22.04.79)
Age 25 (16.11.90) Caps: 87
Goals: 24
Caps: 4
Goals: 0 • Laszlo
• Gabor KIRALY KLEINHEISLER
Werder Bremen (Ger)
Age 40 (01.04.76)
Age 22 (08.04.94)
Szombathelyi Haladas
Caps: 3
Caps: 101
Goals: 1
Goals: 0
• Adam NAGY
Ferencvaros
DEFENDERS
Age 20 (17.06.95)
• Attila FIOLA Caps: 6
Puskas Akademia Goals: 0
Age 26 (17.02.90)
• Adam PINTER
Caps: 13
Ferencvaros
Goals: 0
Age 27 (12.06.88)
• Richard GUZMICS Caps: 19
Wisla Krakow (Pol) Goals: 0
Age 28 (16.04.87) • Zoltan STIEBER
Caps: 13 Hamburg (Ger)
Goals: 1 Age 27 (16.10.88)
• Roland JUHASZ Caps:11
Videoton Goals: 2
Age 32 (01.07.83)
FORWARDS
Caps: 90
Goals: 6 • Daniel BODE
Ferencvaros
• Tamas KADAR Age 29 (24.10.86)
Lech Poznan (Pol) Caps: 11
Age 26 (14.03.90) Goals: 4
Caps: 28 • Gergo
Goals: 0
LOVRENCSICS
• Adam LANG Lech Poznan (Pol)
Videoton Age 27 (01.09.88)
Age 23 (17.01.93) Caps: 11
Caps: 9 Goals: 1

Z S D Z S U D Z SA K
LA
Goals: 0 • Krisztian NEMETH

P RO F I L E : BA
• LEANDRO Al Gharafa (Qat)
Ferencvaros Age 27 (05.01.89)
Age 34 (19.03.82) Caps: 24
Caps: 16 Goals: 3
Goals: 0 • Nemanja NIKOLIC About to spearhead Hungary’s first international gossip columns, he has matured of late into a
Legia Warsaw (Pol)
• Vilmos VANCZAK tournament for three decades, the team’s skipper highly effective leader, both a proud keeper of
Age 28 (31.12.87)
Sion (Swi) and wide man will have an awful lot riding on his the team’s tradition – see his floods of tears on
Caps: 17
Age 32 (20.06.83) Goals: 3 shoulders this summer. qualification – and steadying influence on the
Caps: 79 By common consent the team’s only genuine younger members of the squad.
Goals: 4 • Tamas PRISKIN
Slovan Bratislava (Slk) top-notch player, the 29-year-old’s wonderfully Somewhat out of sight and out of mind since
Age 29 (27.09.86) expressive play and ability on the break is the quitting PSV in 2011 for a spot of intrepid
MIDFIELDERS
Caps: 55 heart and soul of the side’s creative operation. backpacking – four Russian league campaigns
• Balazs Goals: 17
His goal against Romania in the qualifiers with Anzhi and Dynamo Moscow, then a move to
DZSUDZSAK • Adam SZALAI
Bursaspor (Tur) showed he can match the best for dead-ball Bursaspor in Turkey – Euro 2016 could not have
Hoffenheim (Ger)
Age 29 (23.12.86) potency. But his quick feet and vivid imagination come at a better time. A strong tournament and
Age 28 (09.12.87)
Caps: 76 Caps: 30 are not his only means of influence. he will be infinitely more marketable.
Goals: 18 Goals: 8 After a spell of celebrity overload, fast cars and Nick Bidwell

EURO 2016 97
ICELAND

KEY INFO Spead around Europe career on loan in Greece and Germany after it
GROUP F SCHEDULE Few of the senior side play their club football in the stalled in Spain at Real Sociedad. Cardiff City’s Aron
June 14 v Portugal (Saint-Etienne) domestic league; instead they are spread across Gunnarsson plays in the English second tier, as does
June 18 v Hungary (Marseilles) Europe. Hannes Halldorsson is with NEC in Holland, Johann Berg Gudmundsson, who is at Charlton
June 22 v Austria (Saint-Denis) Kolbeinn Sigthorsson moved to France and joined Athletic, and veteran Eidur Gudjonsson, now aged
Nantes, while Albert Finnbogason is reviving his 37, plays in China.
BETTING
80/1 to win Euro 2016 THE COACHES
6/5 to be eliminated at group stage Lars LAGERBACK (far left)
& Heimir HALLGRIMSSON
OVERVIEW Swede Lagerback coached
Iceland became the smallest nation ever to qualify Sweden and Nigeria at World
for the finals of the European Championship when Cup finals and will hand over to his co-coach
they drew with Kazakhstan in September. It followed Hallgrimsson after the finals.
home-and-away wins over Holland, as well as
victories over Turkey and Czech Republic. TACTICS
There is no inferiority complex with Iceland, who
No fluke play a well-structured 4-4-2, underpinned by
Iceland’s Euro qualification was no fluke. They came an attack-minded philosophy. Midfielder Gylfi
close to qualifying for the 2014 World Cup but lost Sigurdsson can play further forward, while the
to Croatia in a play-off in November 2013. veteran Gudjonsson, the country’s all-time top
scorer, often comes off the bench.
All-year round football
Iceland has a population of just 360,000 – the

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same size as Coventry – and only 21,508 registered
players. But a programme of investment in facilities
means football can now be played all year round.

Under-21 success • Gylfi SIGURDSSON well as being a goal threat and


Iceland have enjoyed success at under-21 level, The midfielder is his country’s set-piece specialist, he also
with many of the side that reached the 2011 Euro most high-profile player and works hard on the defensive
Under-21 finals progressing to the senior side. was top scorer in qualifying. As side of the game.

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1960 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not enter 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1972 Did not enter 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Skulason • B Bjarnason
• Bodvarsson
• R Sigurdsson
• G Sigurdsson
• Halldorsson
• Gunnarsson
• Arnason
• Sigthorsson
• Saevarsson • Gudmundsson

GOALKEEPERS • Theodor Elmar


• Gunnleifur BJARNASON
GUNNLEIFSSON AGF (Den)
Breidablik Age 29 (04.03.87)
Age 40 (14.07.75) Caps: 25
Caps: 26 Goals: 0
Goals: 0
• Eidur Smari
• Hannes Thor GUDJOHNSEN
HALLDORSSON Molde (Nor)
NEC (Hol)
Age 37 (15.09.78)
Age 32 (27.04.84)
Caps: 32 Caps: 84
Goals: 0 Goals: 25
• Ogmundur • Johann Berg
KRISTINSSON GUDMUNDSSON
Hammarby (Swe) Charlton Athletic (Eng)
Age 26 (19.06.89) Age 25 (27.10.90)
Caps: 10 Caps: 45
Goals: 0 Goals: 5
DEFENDERS • Aron Einar
• Kari ARNASON GUNNARSSON
Malmo (Swe) Cardiff City (Eng)
Age 33 (13.10.82) Age 27 (22.04.89)
Caps: 47 Caps: 57
Goals: 2 Goals: 2
• Haukur Heidar • Emil
HAUKSSON HALLFREDSSON
AIK (Swe) Udinese (Ita)
Age 24 (01.09.91) Age 31 (29.06.84)
Caps: 6
Caps: 52
Goals: 0
Goals: 1
• Hjortur
HERMANNSSON • Gylfi SIGURDSSON
PSV (Hol) Swansea City (Eng)
Age 21 (08.02.95) Age 26 (08.09.89)
Caps: 2 Caps: 37
Goals: 0 Goals: 12
• Horour Bjorgvin • Arnor Ingvi
MAGNUSSON TRAUSTASON
Juventus (Ita) Norrkoping (Swe)
Age 23 (11.02.93) Age 23 (30.04.93)
Caps: 3 Caps: 6
Goals: 0 Goals: 3
• Solvi OTTESEN
Wuhan Zall (Chi) FORWARDS
Age 32 (18.02.84) • Jon Dadi
Caps: 28
Goals: 0
BODVARSSON
I G T H O RSSO N
• Birkir Mar
Kaiserslautern (Ger)

LBE I N N S
PROFILE: KO
Age 24 (25.05.92)
SAEVARSSON Caps: 20
Hammarby (Swe) Goals: 1
Age 31 (11.11.84)
Caps: 56
• Alfred
Goals: 0 FINNBOGASON
Real Sociedad (Spa) If national coaches Lars Lagerback and Heimir and finesse, he is mobile, strong in the air and a
• Ragnar SIGURDSSON
Krasnodar (Rus) Age 27 (01.02.89) Hallgrimsson were to be granted three wishes for proven marksman at this level. He is also the ideal
Age 29 (19.06.86) Caps: 32 the finals, it’s likely that one of the requests would focal point of the team’s finely structured 4-4-2.
Caps: 54 Goals: 7
be a fitness guarantee for their main striker. Sigthorsson typifies the pronounced work ethic
Goals: 1 • Vidar Orn
• Ari Freyr SKULASON Although an ever-present on the road to and energy of the team. Never pausing for breath,
KJARTANSSON
OB (Den) Malmo (Swe) France, the 26-year-old’s lengthy spell with Ajax, he will fight for every ball, show for every pass and
Age 29 (14.05.87) Age 26 (11.03.90) from 2011 to 2015, was littered with injuries, and make run after run for 90 minutes and beyond.
Caps: 37 Caps: 9
Goals: 0
on moving to French side Nantes he almost The Reykjavik-born front man has a history of
Goals: 1 immediately went to accident and emergency being courted by the big boys, with Real Madrid
MIDFIELDERS • Kolbeinn after a car crash, which fortunately only required and Arsenal among his admirers. He even had the
• Birkir BJARNASON SIGTHORSSON minimal treatment. chance to join the latter, only to be deterred by
Basle (Swi) Nantes (Fra)
Age 28 (27.05.88) Age 26 (14.03.90) In their quest to keep the surprises coming in the bitter experience of his brother, Andri, whose
Caps: 46 Caps: 38 2016, Iceland will undoubtedly need Sigthorsson career at Bayern Munich was cut short by injury.
Goals: 6 Goals: 19 at the peak of his powers. A good mix of force Nick Bidwell

EURO 2016 99
ITALY

KEY INFO and says a lot about the paucity of Italian talent. defensive trio of Gianluigi Buffon, Leonardo Bonucci
GROUP E SCHEDULE Andrea Pirlo, 36 and now playing in MLS, is still a and Giorgio Chiellini remain crucial. An injury in
June 13 Belgium (Lyon) contender, as is Toronto forward Sebastian Giovinco. March to midfielder Claudio Marchisio was a big
June 17 v Sweden (Toulouse) blow to Conte.
June 22 v Rep Ireland (Lille) Juventus are the key
Coach Antonio Conte has endured poor relations THE COACH
BETTING with former employers Juventus, but the club’s Antonio CONTE
16/1 to win Euro 2016 Former Juventus midfielder and
4/1 to be eliminated at group stage title-winning coach who will take
charge of Chelsea after the finals.
OVERVIEW
Italy qualified comfortably but are a hard-working TACTICS
squad rather than a star-studded team these days. Italy play an aggressive pressing game, but they can
fade after an hour. Graziano Pelle and Eder have
Easy does it been the preferred big man/little man partnership
Italy won seven games and drew three in qualifying, of late, with Antonio Candreva and Alessandro
but did not set the world alight. One-nil home wins Florenzi on the flanks. Conte can switch to 3-5-2
over Malta and Bulgaria, and a victory in Azerbaijan, with an extra centre-back.
took them over the finishing line.

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Unbeaten in 50 games
Victory over Norway in their final game extended
the Azzurri’s unbeaten run in qualifying to 50
games, going back to 2006. But since then they
have lost friendlies to Belgium and Germany. • Gianluigi BUFFON senior international debut at
Goalkeeper, captain and the age of 19 and says he
Debate over oriundi national record cap-holder wants to emulate Dino Zoff
Caps during qualifying for Franco Vazquez and Eder (with 156 and counting), the and play at the World Cup
reignited the debate about foreign-born “oriundi” Juventus stopper made his aged 40, in 2018.

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1960 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Fourth 1996 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Winners 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Runners-up 2008 Quarter-finals
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Semi-finals 2004 Group stage 2012 Runners-up

THE SQUAD
• De Sciglio

• Chiellini • El Shaarawy
• Pelle
• Bonucci • Verratti
• Buffon
• Eder
• Barzagli • Candreva

• Darmian

GOALKEEPERS • Antonio
• Gianluigi BUFFON CANDREVA
Juventus Lazio
Age 38 (28.01.78) Age 29 (28.02.87)
Caps: 156
Caps: 36
Goals: 0
Goals: 3
• Federico
MARCHETTI • Alessandro
Lazio FLORENZI
Age 33 (07.02.83) Roma
Caps: 1 Age 25 (11.03.91)
Goals: 0 Caps: 15
• Salvatore SIRIGU Goals: 2
Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
Age 29 (12.01.87) • Emanuele
Caps: 15 GIACCHERINI
Goals: 0 Sunderland (Eng)
Age 31 (05.05.85)
DEFENDERS
Caps: 23
• Francesco ACERBI Goals: 3
Sassuolo
Age 28 (10.02.88) • Thiago MOTTA
Caps: 2 Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
Goals: 0 Age 33 (28.08.82)
• Luca ANTONELLI Caps: 25
Milan Goals: 1
Age 29 (11.02.87)
Caps: 12 • Marco PAROLO
Goals: 0 Lazio
Age 31 (25.01.85)
• Andrea BARZAGLI Caps: 18
Juventus
Age 35 (08.05.81) Goals: 0
Caps: 54 • Marco VERRATTI
Goals: 0 Paris Saint-Germain (Fra)
• Leonardo Age 23 (05.11.92)
BONUCCI Caps: 15
Juventus Goals: 1
Age 29 (01.05.87)
Caps: 55
Goals: 3 FORWARDS

• Giorgio CHIELLINI • EDER


Juventus Sampdoria
Age 31 (14.08.84) Age 29 (15.11.86)
Caps: 82 Caps: 9
Goals: 6 Goals: 2
• Matteo DARMIAN • Stephan
Manchester United (Eng)
Age 26 (02.12.89) EL SHAARAWY

NZI
Caps: 21 Milan
Goals: 1 Age 23 (27.10.92)

D R O F LO R E
• Mattia DE SCIGLIO
Milan
Caps: 18
Goals: 3
O F I L E : A L E S SA N
Age 23 (20.10.92)
Caps: 22
Goals: 0
• Lorenzo INSIGNE
Napoli
PR
Age 24 (04.06.91)
MIDFIELDERS Caps: 8 After scoring Roma’s second goal in a 2-0 get a chance to put that right in France. The point
• Federico Goals: 2
home win against Cagliari in 2014, Florenzi took is that, both for Roma coach Rudi Garcia and Italy
BERNARDESCHI • Graziano PELLE everyone by surprise when he jumped over the boss Antonio Conte, Florenzi is the joker in the
Fiorentina Southampton (Eng)
Age 22 (16.02.94) stadium’s plastic fencing and ran up into the pack, seemingly equally at ease at right-back, on
Age 30 (15.07.85)
Caps: 2 Caps: 11 grandstand to find his granny. the right side of midfield or even as a right-winger.
Goals: 0 He knew exactly where she was sitting and gave His pace, versatility and knack for scoring
Goals: 4
• Giacomo her a big hug, much to the delight of 50,000 fans spectacular goals all suggest that not only will he
• Simone ZAZA
BONAVENTURA in the Olimpico. To some extent, the incident says be in the Italy squad, but that he could also attract
Milan Juventus
Age 26 (22.08.89) Age 24 (25.06.91) much about the clean-living boy from next door, the attention of other clubs. Rumours suggest that
Caps: 2 Caps: 9 who is much attached to his family and to his club. Barcelona are ready to spend !40m on him.
Goals: 0 Goals: 1 Perhaps little known to fans outside Italy, he will Paddy Agnew

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N IRELAND

KEY INFO Gibson, who were both born in Northern Ireland, to lower divisions and Scotland, including Kilmarnock
GROUP C SCHEDULE represent the Republic. striker Josh Magennis, a former goalkeeper, who
June 12 v Poland (Nice) scored a crucial goal against Greece.
June 16 v Ukraine (Lyon) Lower league talents
June 21 v Germany (Paris) Only a handful of the squad earn their living in Washington debut
the Premier League: Lafferty at Norwich City and O’Neill recently gave a debut to Queens Park
BETTING Steven Davis at Southampton, plus Jonny Evans, Rangers striker Conor Washington, a former
250/1 to win Euro 2016 Chris Brunt and Gareth McAuley at West Bromwich postman who had never been to Northern Ireland
1/5 to be eliminated at group stage Albion. The rest are scattered around England’s before his international debut in March.

OVERVIEW THE COACH


The green-and-whites qualified for their first Euros, Michael O’NEILL
and their first tournament finals since the 1986 The ex-international midfielder took
World Cup, with a squad drawn from a limited pool Shamrock Rovers into the Europa
of players – but one that has been galvanised by League group stage on a tiny budget.
manager Michael O’Neill.
TACTICS
Lafferty’s goals were crucial Lafferty plays in front of a solid midfield policed by
Northern Ireland’s campaign got off to a flying start the likes of Chris Baird, Davis and Oliver Norwood,
with a win in Hungary, thanks to a goal from Kyle while the more attack-minded players like Jamie
Lafferty. Another Lafferty goal secured victory over Ward attempt to support him.
Greece in Athens on their next trip overseas. A 3-0
win against Greece, at the rebuilt Windsor Park in

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Belfast, secured qualification.

Small squad
O’Neill deserves huge credit for making the most of
limited resources. He has less than 40 professional • Steven DAVIS the entire campaign – the
players to work with and the situation has been The skipper scored twice in the defeat by Romania. O’Neill
made worse by a change in regulations that has win that sealed qualification regards him as the team’s
allowed players such as James McClean and Darron and only missed one game in most important player.

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EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Cathcart • Dallas
• Baird
• McAuley
• McGovern • Davis • K Lafferty

• J Evans
• Norwood
• McLaughlin • Ward

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Roy CARROLL • Chris BAIRD
Notts County (Eng) Derby County (Eng)
Age 38 (30.09.77) Age 34 (25.02.82)
Caps: 43 Caps: 76
Goals: 0 Goals: 0
• Alan • Stuart DALLAS
MANNUS Leeds United (Eng)
St Johnstone (Sco) Age 25 (19.04.91)
Age 34 (19.05.82) Caps: 12
Caps: 7 Goals: 1
Goals: 0
• Steven DAVIS
Michael Southampton (Eng)
McGOVERN Age 31 (01.01.85)
Hamilton Academical (Sco) Caps: 81
Age 31 (12.07.84) Goals: 8
Caps: 10
• Corry EVANS
Goals: 0
Blackburn Rovers (Eng)
Age 25 (17.07.90)
DEFENDERS
Caps: 32
• Craig Goals: 1
CATHCART • Shane FERGUSON
Watford (Eng) Millwall (Eng)
Age 27 (06.02.89)
Age 24 (12.07.91)
Caps: 26
Caps: 24
Goals: 2
Goals: 1
• Jonny EVANS
West Bromwich Albion (Eng)
• Niall McGINN
Aberdeen (Sco)
Age 28 (03.01.88)
Caps: 47 Age 28 (20.07.87)
Goals: 1 Caps: 40
Goals: 2
• Lee HODSON
MK Dons (Eng) • Oliver NORWOOD
Age 24 (02.10.91) Reading (Eng)
Caps: 15 Age 25 (12.04.91)
Goals: 0 Caps: 32
Goals: 0
• Aaron
HUGHES FORWARDS
Melbourne City (Aus)
Age 36 (08.11.79) • Liam BOYCE
Caps: 98 Ross County (Sco)
Goals: 1 Age 25 (08.04.91)
Caps: 7
• Daniel Goals: 0
LAFFERTY

RT Y
• Kyle LAFFERTY
Burnley (Eng)
Age 27 (18.05.89) Norwich City (Eng)

KY L E L A F F E
P RO F I L E :
Caps: 13 Age 28 (16.09.87)
Goals: 0 Caps: 49
Goals: 16
• Gareth
McAULEY • Josh MAGENNIS
Kilmarnock (Sco)
West Bromwich Albion (Eng) From doghouse to penthouse, Kyle Lafferty was opening qualifier in Hungary. He is now more
Age 36 (05.12.79) Age 26 (15.05.90)
Caps: 18 Northern Ireland’s top scorer in qualifying with professional in his attitude, revelling in his new
Caps: 60
Goals: 1 seven goals and is now reaping a rich reward for main-man responsibilities and providing much
Goals: 7
• Jamie WARD finally cleaning up his act. of the impetus for the side’s qualifying triumph.
• Conor
Nottingham Forest (Eng) On the receiving end of virulent criticism after “Michael made me wake up,” says the former
McLAUGHLIN
Fleetwood Town (Eng) Age 30 (12.05.86) seeing red for a reckless, late challenge on Joao Burnley, Rangers and Palermo forward. “He sat
Age 24 (28.07.91) Caps: 20 Pereira in a World Cup 2014 qualifying loss to me down and talked to me like an adult. The
Caps: 16 Goals: 2 Portugal, the Norwich City striker seemed to things he said hurt, but when I went away and
Goals: 0 • Conor have burned his bridges with the IFA. thought about it, I knew he was right.”
• Paddy McNAIR WASHINGTON However, following a home-truths session A lack of playing time in the Premier League
Manchester United (Eng) QPR (Eng)
with manager Michael O’Neill, he has worked this term saw him join Championship side
Age 21 (27.04.95) Age 24 (16.05.92)
Caps: 7 Caps: 2 to change his wild ways and has been on an Birmingham City on loan in March.
Goals: 0 Goals: 1 irresistible roll since netting the winner in the Nick Bidwell

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POLAND

KEY INFO Bust-up Top keepers


GROUP C SCHEDULE The campaign was marred by a fall-out between The country’s great goalkeeping tradition continues,
June 12 v Northern Ireland (Nice) Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski, who with four strong options for the finals: Lukasz
June 16 v Germany (Saint-Denis) are former Borussia Dortmund team-mates. Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny, Artur Boruc and
June 21 v Ukraine (Marseille) Blaszczykowski lost the captaincy when he was Przemyslaw Tyton.
injured and was then left out of the squad, although
BETTING he is likely to be recalled for France. THE COACH
50/1 to win Euro 2016 Adam NAWALKA
9/2 to finish bottom of group Former national team midfielder
and coach of Wisla Krakow, GKS
OVERVIEW Katowice and Gornik Zabrze. Took
Inspired by top scorer Robert Lewandowski, Poland over the national team in 2013.
came through a tough qualifying group to reach
their third successive finals. TACTICS
Poland have a strong spine, running from
Euro record centre-back Kamil Glik through defensive midfielder
Having failed to reach any finals before 2008, they Grzegorz Krychowiak and on to second striker
were co-hosts in 2012 but failed to get beyond the Arkadiusz Milik and main man Lewandowski. The
group stage. captain Lewandowski likes to drop deep and links
well with Milik. Blaszczykowski could be recalled
Second best despite his rift with Lewandowski.
They finished second behind Germany in their
qualifying group. The key results were beating

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Germany 2-0 in Warsaw, a late draw against
Scotland in Glasgow and a 2-1 victory over
the Republic of Ireland in Warsaw which
sealed qualification.
• Robert LEWANDOWSKI he scored five goals in nine
Lewandowski means goals Centre-forward and captain minutes for Bayern and he
Qualification was fired by Robert Lewandowski, who who has been in prolific also finished as top scorer
was top scorer in qualifying with a record-equalling form for Bayern Munich in the Euro qualifiers with
13 goals. and Poland. Last autumn, 13 goals.

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1964 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1968 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1972 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1976 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD • Grosicki


• Rybus

• Pazdan • Zielinski
• Milik • Lewandowski
• Fabianski
• Krychowiak
• Glik
• Blaszczykowski
• Piszczek

GOALKEEPERS Age 30 (14.12.85)


• Artur BORUC Caps: 77
Bournemouth (Eng) Goals: 16
Age 36 (20.02.80) • Kamil GROSICKI
Caps: 62 Rennes (Fra)
Goals: 0 Age 28 (08.06.88)
• Lukasz FABIANSKI Caps: 37
Swansea City (Eng) Goals: 8
Age 31 (18.04.85) • Tomasz
Caps: 29 JODLOWIEC
Goals: 0 Legia Warsaw
• Wojciech Age 30 (08.09.85)
SZCZESNY Caps: 42
Arsenal (Eng) Goals: 1
Age 26 (18.04.90) • Grzegorz
Caps: 25
KRYCHOWIAK
Goals: 0
Sevilla (Spa)
Age 26 (29.01.90)
DEFENDERS
Caps: 33
• Kamil GLIK Goals: 2
Torino (Ita)
Age 28 (03.02.88)
• Karol LINETTY
Caps: 39 Lech Poznan
Goals: 3 Age 21 (02.02.95)
Caps: 9
• Artur Goals: 1
JEDRZEJCZYK • Krzysztof
Krasnodar (Rus)
Age 28 (04.11.87) MACZYNSKI
Caps: 17 Wisla Krakow
Goals: 2 Age 29 (23.05.87)
Caps: 14
• Michal PAZDAN Goals: 1
Legia Warsaw
Age 28 (21.09.87) • Bartosz
Caps: 16 KAPUSTKA
Goals: 0 Cracovia
• Lukasz PISZCZEK Age 19 (23.12.96)
Borussia Dortmund (Ger) Caps: 5
Age 31 (03.06.85) Goals: 2
Caps: 45 • Filip STARZYNSKI
Goals: 2 Lokeren (Blg)
• Maciej RYBUS Age 25 (27.05.91)
Terek Grozny (Rus) Caps: 2
Age 26 (19.08.89) Goals: 1
Caps: 41 • Pawel WSZOLEK
Goals: 2 Sampdoria (Ita)
• Bartosz SALAMON Age 24 (30.04.92)
Cagliari (Ita) Caps: 8
Age 25 (01.05.91)
Caps: 7
Goals: 2

Z K RYC H OW IAK
ZEGOR
• Piotr ZIELINSKI

P RO F I L E : G R
Goals: 0 Udinese (Ita)
• Lukasz SZUKALA Age 21 (20.05.95)
Osmanlispor (Tur) Caps: 13
Age 32 (26.05.84) Goals: 3
Caps: 17
Goals: 1 FORWARDS The European Championship in France will combative and unstinting individual. A fearsome
Jakub • Robert be a return to source for Poland’s outstanding tackler, a master of the interception and strong
WAWRZYNIAK LEWANDOWSKI defensive midfielder. in the air, he does a fine job screening the back
Lechia Gdansk Bayern Munich (Ger) A former junior and reserve-team player at four and also will push forward from time to time.
Age 32 (07.07.83) Age 27 (21.08.88) Bordeaux, and for five seasons a professional He scored twice in qualification, against Georgia
Caps: 48 Caps: 75 with Nantes and Reims, Krychowiak was very and the Republic of Ireland.
Goals: 1 Goals: 34
much “made in France” and is someone whose He was a key member of Sevilla’s 2015 Europa
• Arkadiusz MILIK knowledge of the Gallic scene could prove League-winning side and has a deal to keep
MIDFIELDERS
Ajax (Hol)
• Jakub Age 22 (28.02.94)
extremely useful this summer. him at the Sanchez Pizjuan stadium until 2019,
BLASZCZYKOWSKI Caps: 24 Winning his first full cap in a friendly versus although there has been interest from other clubs.
Borussia Dortmund (Ger) Goals: 10 Serbia in December 2008, he is a selfless, Nick Bidwell

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PORTUGAL

KEY INFO sweeping through Portuguese supporters and the Sporting anchor-man William Carvalho has proved
GROUP F SCHEDULE domestic press, fuelled above all by the emergence over a sustained period that he is the real deal.
June 14 v Iceland (Saint-Etienne) of a group of players who are drawing comparisons Porto’s Danilo, Braga’s Rafa Silva, Valencia’s
June 18 v Austria (Paris) with the golden generation of Luis Figo, Paulo Andre Gomes and Sporting’s Joao Mario are other
June 22 v Hungary (Lyon) Sousa and Rui Costa that lifted the World Youth midfielders who are dazzling at the highest level as
Cup in 1989 and 1991. regulars for their club sides.
BETTING
20/1 to win Euro 2016 Dazzling youngsters THE COACH
12/1 to be eliminated at group stage In addition to Monaco winger Bernardo Silva, Fernando SANTOS
Replaced Paulo Bento in September
OVERVIEW 2014, having spent the previous four
After a poor World Cup and an opening Euro years as coach of Greece.
qualifying loss to Albania, the team reached France
2016 at a canter, with a number of exciting new TACTICS
players introduced. Santos has experimented with a number of different
formations and introduced several new players, and
Early setback he has even tried an imitation of Spain’s striker-less
After a disappointing campaign in Brazil, the formation, using Bernardo Silva as the false nine.
surprise home defeat by Albania prompted However, he now seems to be moving back to the
the sacking of coach Paulo Bento. traditional 4-3-3, with Cristiano Ronaldo as the
central striker.
Stroll under Santos
Under new boss Fernando Santos they reeled off

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a record seven consecutive competitive victories.
They also claimed the notable friendly scalps of
Argentina and Italy, neither of whom they had
managed to beat in the previous 40 years.
• Cristiano RONALDO on the pitch. This could be his
Comparisons with Figo and co Real Madrid’s all-time record best chance of international
The performances may not have been as impressive goalscorer is now 31 and his success after going close in
as the results, but a sense of optimism is noticeably country’s undisputed leader 2004 and 2012.

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EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Quarter-finals
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Semi-finals 2000 Semi-finals 2008 Quarter-finals
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Runners-up 2012 Semi-finals

THE SQUAD
• Eliseu

• Pepe • Danilo • Rafa Silva

• Patricio • Ronaldo
• Moutinho
• R Carvalho
• B Silva
• Joao Mario
• Vieirinha

GOALKEEPERS Sporting
• EDUARDO Age 24 (07.04.92)
Dinamo Zagreb (Cro) Caps: 17
Age 33 (19.09.82) Goals: 0
Caps: 34 • DANILO
Goals: 0 Porto
• Anthony LOPES Age 24 (09.09.91)
Lyon (Fra) Caps: 9
Age 25 (01.10.90) Goals: 0
Caps: 3 • Andre GOMES
Goals: 0 Valencia (Spa)
• Rui PATRICIO Age 22 (30.07.93)
Sporting Caps: 5
Age 28 (15.02.88) Goals: 0
Caps: 43 • JOAO MARIO
Goals: 0 Sporting
Age 23 (19.01.93)
DEFENDERS Caps: 8
• Bruno ALVES Goals: 0
Fenerbahce (Tur) • Joao MOUTINHO
Age 34 (27.11.81) Monaco (Fra)
Caps: 84 Age 29 (08.09.86)
Goals: 10 Caps: 81
• Ricardo Goals: 4
CARVALHO • RAFA SILVA
Monaco (Fra) Braga
Age 38 (18.05.78) Age 23 (17.05.93)
Caps: 83 Caps: 6
Goals: 5 Goals: 0
• Fabio COENTRAO • Adrien SILVA
Real Madrid (Spa) Sporting
Age 28 (11.03.88) Age 27 (15.03.89)
Caps: 51 Caps: 7
Goals: 5 Goals: 0
• ELISEU • Bernardo SILVA
Benfica Monaco (Fra)
Age 32 (01.10.83) Age 21 (10.08.94)
Caps: 14 Caps: 6
Goals: 1 Goals: 0
• Jose FONTE
Southampton (Eng) FORWARDS
Age 32 (22.12.83) • EDER
Caps: 9 Swansea City (Eng)
Goals: 0

LVA
Age 28 (22.12.87)
• PEPE Caps: 23

R N A R D O S I
P RO F I L E : B E
Real Madrid Goals: 1
Age 33 (26.02.83) • NANI
Caps: 70 Fenerbahce (Tur)
Goals: 3 Age 29 (17.11.86)
• Cedric SOARES Caps: 94
Southampton (Eng) Goals: 17 Portugal’s hugely underwhelming World Cup losses of form and viable alternatives.
Age 24 (31.08.91) • Ricardo showing in Brazil, and their disastrous home Portugal’s midfield boasts an embarrassment
Caps: 9 QUARESMA defeat by Albania in September 2014, was proof of riches and Monaco’s talented Bernardo Silva is
Goals: 0 Besiktas (Tur) that an injection of new blood and fresh ideas the figurehead of a group who promise an exciting
• VIEIRINHA Age 32 (26.09.83)
was imperative. future for the national team.
Wolfsburg (Ger) Caps: 47
Age 30 (24.01.86) Goals: 4 New coach Fernando Santos promised that Oozing class, he is very good technically,
Caps: 19 “every player eligible, at home or abroad, will have intelligent in possession and provides a goal
• Cristiano
Goals: 1 a chance of being called up”. And he was true to threat. Outstanding as Portugal finished runners-
RONALDO
Real Madrid (Spa) his word, naming 51 of them in little over a year up in last year’s Euro Under-21s, and by the end
MIDFIELDERS and handing out 15 full debuts – in stark contrast of the Euro 2016 qualifiers it surprised nobody
Age 31 (05.02.85)
• William Caps: 125 to predecessor Paulo Bento, who had stuck by that he was starting for the senior side.
CARVALHO Goals: 56 the same names in his four-year tenure, despite Tom Kundert

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REP IRELAND

KEY INFO but defeat to Poland in their final game pushed industrious forward Jon Walters epitomises the
GROUP E SCHEDULE them into the play-offs. side’s battling qualities.
June 13 v Sweden (Paris)
June 18 v Belgium (Bordeaux) O’Neill the motivator England-based
June 22 v Italy (Lille) Martin O’Neill’s biggest strength as coach is his All the squad is based in England, with the
ability as a motivator, with the volatile Roy Keane exception of Robbie Keane. Few are with top teams,
BETTING working alongside him as assistant coach. The while several are in the Championship.
100/1 to win Euro 2016
8/15 to be eliminated at group stage THE COACH
Martin O’NEILL
OVERVIEW The former Leicester City, Celtic and
The traditional qualities of hard work and team spirit Aston Villa boss took over in 2013.
have taken the Republic to their second successive Assisted by Roy Keane.
Euro finals after an absence of 20 years.
TACTICS
Play-off triumph O’Neill has some hard decisions to make on
The Republic qualified for France after beating whether to stick with the play-off heroes or go back
Bosnia-Herzegovina in the play-offs. On paper, the to veterans Shay Given, John O’Shea and Keane.
opposition had plenty of stars (Edin Dzeko, Miralem Robbie Brady can play in defence or midfield, while
Pjanic), but Irish spirit and organisation proved Wes Hoolahan can play anywhere across midfield.
decisive: a classic case of being greater than the
sum of their parts.

Stalled after bright start


They enjoyed a bright start to the qualifying
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campaign, with a win in Georgia, a 7-0 thrashing
of Gibraltar and a 1-1 draw with world champions • Robbie KEANE calendar year since 1998, and
Germany. But a home draw with Scotland stalled The Republic’s record scorer with Shay Given is the only
the campaign in a tough group where Germany and cap-holder has extended survivor of the 2002 World
and Poland came out on top. Victory in Dublin over his career in the USA. He has Cup squad. Has also captained
Germany boosted hopes of automatic qualification scored for his country in every his country a record 71 times.

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EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Group stage 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD
• Brady
• Clark
• McCarthy
• Keogh
• Hoolahan • Long
• Randolph
• O’Shea
• Whelan
• Coleman • Walters

GOALKEEPERS Age 24 (31.01.92)


• David FORDE Caps: 18
Millwall (Eng) Goals: 0
Age 36 (20.12.79) • Wes HOOLAHAN
Caps: 23 Norwich City (Eng)
Goals: 0 Age 34 (20.05.82)
• Shay GIVEN Caps: 29
Stoke City (Eng) Goals: 2
Age 40 (20.04.76)
• James McCARTHY
Caps: 133
Everton (Eng)
Goals: 0
Age 25 (12.11.90)
• Darren Caps: 35
RANDOLPH Goals: 0
West Ham United (Eng)
Age 29 (12.05.87) • James McCLEAN
Caps: 8 West Bromwich Albion (Eng)
Goals: 0 Age 27 (22.04.89)
Caps: 36
DEFENDERS Goals: 5
• Robbie BRADY • Aiden McGEADY
Norwich City (Eng) Everton (Eng)
Age 24 (14.01.92) Age 30 (04.04.86)
Caps: 23 Caps: 81
Goals: 4 Goals: 5
• Ciaran CLARK • David MEYLER
Aston Villa (Eng) Hull City (Eng)
Age 26 (26.09.89) Age 27 (29.05.89)
Caps: 18 Caps: 14
Goals: 2
Goals: 0
• Cyrus CHRISTIE
• Eunan O’KANE
Derby County (Eng)
Bournemouth (Eng)
Age 23 (30.09.92)
Caps: 4 Age 25 (10.07.90)
Goals: 1 Caps: 2
Goals : 0
• Seamus COLEMAN
Everton (Eng) • Glenn WHELAN
Age 27 (11.10.88) Stoke City (Eng)
Caps: 33 Age 32 (13.01.84)
Goals: 0 Caps: 70
• Shane DUFFY Goals: 2
Blackburn Rovers (Eng)
Age 24 (01.01.92) FORWARDS
Caps: 2 • Robbie KEANE

O NG
Goals: 0 LA Galaxy (USA)
• Richard KEOGH Age 35 (08.07.80)

L E : S H A N E L
P RO F I
Derby County (Eng) Caps: 143
Age 29 (11.08.86) Goals: 67
Caps: 11
• Shane LONG
Goals: 1
Southampton (Eng)
• John O’SHEA For a player who only started three of the play-off success.
Age 29 (22.01.87)
Sunderland (Eng) Caps: 61
Republic’s games on the road to the finals – and Over the course of his seven seasons in
Age 35 (30.04.81) who very rarely completes a full 90 minutes of Premier League with Reading, West Brom, Hull
Goals: 15
Caps: 110 competitive football for his country – Long City and now Southampton, the all-action and
Goals: 3 • Daryl MURPHY
Ipswich Town (Eng)
remains a remarkably important figure in coach aerially dominant striker from Tipperary has
• Stephen WARD Martin O’Neill’s plans. received more than his share of unfavourable
Burnley (Eng) Age 33 (15.03.83)
Caps: 20 Indeed, without his outstanding work as a reviews, most of them accusing him of a poor
Age 30 (20.08.85)
Caps: 32 Goals: 0 goalscoring substitute – witness his late equaliser first-touch and wastefulness in front of goal.
Goals: 2 • Jon WALTERS in the 1-1 home draw against Poland and the Yet does he truly deserve all this negativity?
Stoke City (Eng) sensational winner against Germany in Dublin Sixty-one caps for the Republic, £25.5m
MIDFIELDERS Age 32 (20.09.83) last October – the Irish simply would not have of combined transfer fees and millions of
• Jeff HENDRICK Caps: 38 qualified, those four points being crucial to the recommendations in the Emerald Isle suggest not.
Derby County (Eng) Goals: 10 side’s third-place finish in Group D and eventual Nick Bidwell

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ROMANIA

KEY INFO volumes about their quality. Past inspiration


GROUP A SCHEDULE Romania enjoyed success at the 1994 World Cup,
June 10 v France (Saint-Denis) Ageing squad reaching the quarter-finals. But the generation led
June 15 v Switzerland (Paris) Many key players are ageing: Razvan Rat is 35, by Gheorghe Hagi has yet to be emulated by the
June 19 v Albania (Lyon) playmaker Lucian Sanmartean is 36 and holding current squad, who mostly play their club football
midfielder Ovidiu Hoban is 33. Even 37-year-old in the Romanian league.
BETTING Adrian Mutu was mentioned for a possible
150/1 to win Euro 2016 international return. THE COACH
5/4 to be eliminated at group stage Anghel IORDANESCU
Veteran who came out of retirement
OVERVIEW to take charge of his country for a
A defensive-minded Romania will compete in third time in October 2014.
their first finals since 2008 after qualifying from
an unexceptional group, ahead of rivals Hungary TACTICS
but behind Northern Ireland. Defensive strength is the key for Iordanescu, whose
current side is a far cry from the exciting, attacking
Top defence style of the Hagi-inspired team of the mid 1990s
They had the best defensive record in qualifying, that he also coached. Chiriches is the central
conceding just two goals, but were also miserly at defensive lynchpin but he has struggled to get
the other end, scoring only 11 times. They endured games at Napoli.
a national-record goal drought of 428 minutes
which included a run of four straight draws in the

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second half of the campaign.

Keeper competition
There is competition for the goalkeeping slot
between Ciprian Tatarusanu and Costel Pantilimon, • Vlad CHIRICHES cornerstone of Romania’s
but, elsewhere, coach Anghel Iordanescu has to Central defensive organiser defence. He began his career
choose mostly from domestic-based players. That who struggled to establish at Benfica but returned home
Vlad Chiriches is the team’s star man speaks himself at Spurs but is the after a serious injury.

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EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Group stage 2000 Quarter-finals 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Rat • Stancu

• Grigore • Pintilii

• Tatarusanu • Stanciu
• Andone
• Chiriches • Hoban

• Sapunaru • Torje

GOALKEEPERS • Ovidiu HOBAN


• Silviu LUNG Hapoel Be’er Sheva (Isr)
Astra Age 33 (27.12.82)
Age 27 (04.06.89) Caps: 18
Caps: 3 Goals: 1
Goals: 0 • Alexandru MAXIM
• Costel Stuttgart (Ger)
PANTILIMON Age 25 (08.07.90)
Watford (Eng) Caps: 27
Age 29 (01.02.87) Goals: 3
Caps: 21 • Mihai PINTILII
Goals: 0 Steaua
• Ciprian Age 31 (09.11.84)
Caps: 29
TATARUSANU
Goals: 1
Fiorentina (Ita)
Age 30 (09.02.86) • Adrian POPA
Caps: 35 Steaua
Goals: 0 Age 27 (24.07.88)
Caps: 11
DEFENDERS Goals: 0
• Vlad CHIRICHES • Adrian ROPOTAN
Napoli (Ita) Pandurii
Age 26 (14.11.89) Age 30 (08.05.86)
Caps: 39 Caps: 6
Goals: 0 Goals: 0
• Steliano FILIP • Lucian
Dinamo Bucharest SANMARTEAN
Age 22 (15.05.94) Al Ittihad (Sau)
Caps: 3 Age 36 (13.03.80)
Goals: 0 Caps: 18
• Valerica GAMAN Goals: 0
Astra • Nicolae STANCIU
Age 27 (25.02.89) Steaua
Caps: 13 Age 23 (07.05.93)
Goals: 1 Caps: 2
• Dragos GRIGORE Goals: 1
Al Sailiya (Qat) • Bogdan STANCU
Age 29 (07.09.86) Genclerbirligi (Tur)
Caps: 18 Age 28 (28.06.87)
Goals: 0 Caps: 39
• Cosmin MOTI Goals: 9
Ludogorets (Bul) • Gabriel TORJE
Age 31 (03.12.84) Osmanlispor (Tur)

SA N U
Caps: 7 Age 26 (22.11.89)
Goals: 0 Caps: 48
R I A N TATA R U
P RO F I L E : C I P
• Razvan RAT Goals: 10
Rayo Vallecano (Spa)
Age 35 (26.05.81) FORWARDS
Caps: 108 • Denis ALIBEC
Goals: 2 Astra
• Cristian SAPUNARU Age 25 (05.01.91) In distinct contrast to the flamboyant national tremendous reflexes – a legacy, no doubt, of his
Pandurii Caps: 1 side of the 1990s, today’s team place much schoolboy days as a handball goalkeeper.
Age 32 (05.04.84) Goals: 0 more emphasis on defensive rigour. And at the Another of his specialities is a flair for dodging
Caps: 11 • Florin ANDONE heart of their “give no inch” disposition is the penalty bullets. At former club Steaua, he
Goals: 0 Cordoba (Spa) towering keeper who kept no fewer than seven notably came out on top in a Europa League
Age 23 (11.04.93)
MIDFIELDERS clean sheets in the qualifying campaign. shoot-out against Ajax in the 2012-13 season.
Caps: 5
Goals: 1 Currently earning rave reviews in Serie A with Born in Bucharest, he spent six seasons with
• Alexandru
Fiorentina, the 29-year-old’s strongest suit is his Steaua before a 2014 move to Italy. He has been
CHIPCIU • Claudiu KESERU
Steaua Ludogorets (Bul) shot-stopping ability and a knack for vital saves a full international for the last five years, making
Age 27 (18.05.89) Age 29 (02.12.86) at vital moments. Despite standing 6ft 6in, he his senior Romania debut back in November
Caps: 20 Caps: 10 has no trouble in getting down to low shots, is 2010 in a friendly versus Italy.
Goals: 3 Goals: 4 acrobatic, brave and agile, and boasts Nick Bidwell

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RUSSIA

KEY INFO preparations for the 2018 World Cup on home soil. Best in 2008
GROUP B SCHEDULE Calls to naturalise foreign-born players – such as Although the USSR won the tournament once, in
June 11 v England (Marseilles) Lokomotiv Moscow keeper Guilherme, CSKA 1960, and were runners-up three times, Russia
June 16 v Slovakia (Lille) defender Mario Fernandes and ex-Spartak striker achieved its best European Championship result in
June 20 v Wales (Toulouse) Welliton – have grown. Guilherme, born in Brazil, 2008, when they reached the semi-finals under
made his debut against Lithuania in March and Guus Hiddink.
BETTING became the first player born outside of Russia to
66/1 to win Euro 2016 play for the national side. THE COACH
11/4 to be eliminated at group stage Leonid SLUTSKY
Coach of CSKA since 2009, he took
OVERVIEW over from Fabio Capello last autumn
The 2018 World Cup hosts almost missed out on while carrying on as a club boss.
Euro 2016, but their campaign was revived after
Leonid Slutsky replaced the highly paid Fabio TACTICS
Capello midway through the qualifiers. Since taking over from Capello, Slutsky has brought
6ft 5in centre-forward Artem Dzyuba back into the
Capello sacked side, which leaves the team open to accusation of
Russia’s qualifying campaign was dominated by one-dimensional play. An ageing central defence is
debate over the tenure of Capello. The Italian was a concern.
one of the world’s highest-paid coaches but he
was sacked in July 2015 after Russia won just two

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of their first six qualifiers.

Turnaround under Slutsky


Under Slutsky, Russia enjoyed a remarkable
turnaround, winning their last four games to • Alan DZAGOEV hailed as Russia’s best player
pip Sweden to second place in the group. The CSKA central midfielder at Euro 2012, but since then
has been a key player, at both he has moved from his role as
Foreign debate club and international level, for playmaker to a new position
Russia will travel to France with one eye on coach Slutsky. He was widely as a holding midfielder.

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1960 Winners (as USSR) 1988 Runners-up
(as USSR) 1972 Runners-up (as USSR) 2000 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Runners-up (as USSR) 1992 Group stage 2004 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP (as USSR) 1976-84 Did not (as CIS) 2008 Semi-finals
HISTORY 1968 Fourth qualify (as USSR) 1996 Group stage 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD
• Kokorin
• Zhirkov
• Dzagoev
• Ignashevich
• Akinfeev • Shirokov • Dzyuba

• V Beretzutski
• Denisov
• Smolnikov • Shatov

GOALKEEPERS Age 32 (17.05.84)


• Igor AKINFEEV Caps: 52
CSKA Moscow Goals: 0
Age 30 (08.04.86) • Alan DZAGOEV
Caps: 86 CSKA Moscow
Goals: 0 Age 25 (17.06.90)
• GUILHERME Caps: 49
Lokomotiv Moscow Goals: 9
Age 30 (12.12.85) • Oleg IVANOV
Caps: 1 Terek Grozny
Goals: 0 Age 29 (04.08.86)
• Yuri LODYGIN Caps: 3
Zenit Goals: 0
Age 26 (26.05.90) • Pavel MAMAEV
Caps: 10 Krasnodar
Goals: 0 Age 27 (17.09.88)
DEFENDERS Caps: 10
• Alexei Goals: 0
BEREZUTSKI • Alexander
CSKA Moscow SAMEDOV
Age 33 (20.06.82) Lokomotiv Moscow
Caps: 57 Age 31 (19.07.84)
Goals: 0 Caps: 28
• Vasili BEREZUTSKI Goals: 3
CSKA Moscow • Oleg SHATOV
Age 33 (20.06.82) Zenit
Caps: 93 Age 25 (29.07.90)
Goals: 4 Caps: 21
• Sergei Goals: 2
IGNASHEVICH • Roman SHIROKOV
CSKA Moscow CSKA Moscow
Age 36 (14.07.79) Age 34 (06.07.81)
Caps: 115 Caps: 53
Goals: 8 Goals: 13
• Dmitri KOMBAROV • Dmitri TARASOV
Spartak Moscow Lokomotiv Moscow
Age 29 (22.01.87) Age 29 (18.03.87)
Caps: 38 Caps: 3
Goals: 2 Goals: 1
• Oleg KUZMIN FORWARDS
Rubin Kazan • Artem DZYUBA
Age 35 (09.05.81) Zenit
Caps: 5 Age 27 (22.08.88)

E K S A N D R KOKORIN
P RO F I L E : A L
Goals: 1 Caps: 16
• Igor SMOLNIKOV Goals: 8
Zenit • Aleksandr
Age 27 (08.08.88) KERZHAKOV
Caps: 12 Zenit
Goals: 0 Age 33 (27.11.82) The prospect of his Russian side going head-to- centre-forward, new coach Leonid Slutsky has
• Dmitri TORBINSKI Caps: 91 head with England in Group B must be making moved him to the right side of midfield to
Krasnodar Goals: 30 the mouth water of the Dynamo Moscow accommodate giant striker Artem Dzyuba.
Age 32 (28.04.84) • Aleksandr attacking-third poster boy, who has often been He arguably is the most polarising figure in the
Caps: 28 KOKORIN linked with a move to the Premier League and Russian game, with one half of the football nation
Goals: 2 Zenit now has the perfect platform to sell his wares regarding him as a once-in-a-generation genius
• Yuri ZHIRKOV Age 25 (19.03.91) to an Anglo audience and the other lambasting for him for his
Zenit Caps: 37 Comfortable as a striker, winger or playmaker, inconsistency and failure to build on the immense
Age 32 (20.08.83) Goals: 11 the 25-year-old scored three goals in the promise he displayed early in his career.
Caps: 68 • Fedor SMOLOV qualifiers, and should he bring his composed He has struggled with injury for much of this
Goals: 2 Krasnodar
MIDFIELDERS
finishing, creativity and bold-as-brass attitude to season and clearly has a lot of match sharpness
Age 26 (09.02.90)
• Igor DENISOV Caps: 12
the Gallic party, the Russians will be in business. to make up.
Dynamo Moscow Goals: 5 While Fabio Capello deployed Kokorin as a Nick Bidwell

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SLOVAKIA

KEY INFO including those in Italy (Marek Hamsik and Juraj South Africa shock
GROUP B SCHEDULE Kucka), England (Martin Skrtel) and Russia (Jan Slovakia’s first major tournament was the 2010
June 11 v Wales (Bordeaux) Durica). Vladimir Weiss, who was once with World Cup in South Africa, where they surprised
June 15 v Russia (Lille) Manchester City, now plays his club football many by defeating defending world champions
June 20 v England (Saint-Etienne) in Qatar with Al Gharafa. Italy before losing to Holland in the last 16.

BETTING THE COACH


150/1 to win Euro 2016 Jan KOZAK
4/6 to be eliminated at group stage Has been in charge since 2013,
having previously taken Kosice into
OVERVIEW the Champions League.
Slovakia are preparing for their first Euro finals after
wins over Spain and Ukraine in the qualifiers. TACTICS
Hamsik, Weiss and Robert Mak provide the biggest
Key victories goal threat, behind a lone striker, Michal Duris or
Slovakia qualified for their first European Adam Nemec. Kozak could even play a false nine,
Championship after finishing second behind as he did with Hamsik in the win over Spain. Former
Spain in their group. The most eye-catching result Chelsea trainee Miroslav Stoch is a wildcard option
was the home win against Spain, but the opening from the bench.
victory over Ukraine in Kiev would prove just as
important in the end.

Kozak the innovator


Jan Kozak has assembled a tight-knit squad of
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hard-working players and the coach is not afraid
of innovation, occasionally deploying youngsters • Marek HAMSIK developed into one of Serie A’s
or switching tactics. Left his homeland at the age best attacking midfielders.
of 17 and moved to Italy after Well-known for his distinctive
Spread across Europe just six games for Slovan mohican, he is captain of both
Slovakia’s key players are spread around Europe, Bratislava. He has since Napoli and his country.

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1960-1992
EUROPEAN As Czechoslovakia 2004 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1996 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 2000 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Hubocan • Weiss
• Kucka
• Durica
• Hamsik • Nemec
• Kozacik
• Skrtel • Pecovsky
• Pekarik • Mak

GOALKEEPERS Age 28 (27.07.87)


• Martin DUBRAVKA Caps: 85
Esbjerg (Den) Goals: 17
Age 27 (05.01.89) • Patrik
Caps: 1 HROSOVSKY
Goals: 0 Viktoria Plzen (CzR)
• Matus KOZACIK Age 24 (22.04.92)
Viktoria Plzen (CzR) Caps: 9
Age 32 (27.12.83) Goals: 0
Caps: 15
• Juraj KUCKA
Goals: 0
Milan (Ita)
• Jan MUCHA Age 29 (26.02.87)
Slovan Bratislava Caps: 45
Age 33 (05.12.82) Goals: 4
Caps: 45
Goals: 0 • Robert MAK
PAOK (Gre)
DEFENDERS Age 25 (08.03.91)
Caps: 26
• Jan DURICA
Goals: 7
Lokomotiv Moscow (Rus)
Age 34 (10.12.81) • Viktor PECOVSKY
Caps: 77 Zilina
Goals: 4 Age 33 (24.05.83)
• Norbert Caps: 30
Goals: 1
GYOMBER
Catania (Ita) • Erik SABO
Age 23 (03.07.92) PAOK (Gre)
Caps: 12 Age 24 (22.11.91)
Goals: 0 Caps: 8
• Tomas HUBOCAN Goals: 0
Dynamo Moscow (Rus) • Stanislav SESTAK
Age 30 (17.09.85) Ferencvaros (Hun)
Caps: 44 Age 33 (16.12.82)
Goals: 0 Caps: 63
• Peter PEKARIK Goals: 13
Hertha Berlin (Ger) • Miroslav STOCH
Age 29 (30.10.86) Fenerbahce (Tur)
Caps: 65 Age 26 (19.10.89)
Goals: 2
Caps: 52
• Kornel SALATA Goals: 6
Slovan Bratislava
• Vladimir WEISS
Age 31 (24.01.85)
Al Gharafa (Qat)
Caps: 36
Age 26 (30.11.89)
Goals: 2
• Martin SKRTEL
Caps: 50
Goals: 4
J U RA J K U C KA
P RO F I L E :
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 31 (15.12.84)
FORWARDS
Caps: 79
Goals: 5 • Michal DURIS
Viktoria Plzen (CzR)
• Dusan SVENTO
Age 28 (01.06.88) If one player embodies the over-achieving scoresheet on the road to France 2016, notably
Cologne (Ger)
Caps: 23
Age 30 (01.08.85) Slovak team it is the Milan midfield dynamo, smashing home a free-kick in the shock 2-1
Caps: 36 Goals: 3
whose single-mindedness, resilience and total victory over European champions Spain in
Goals: 1 • Adam NEMEC commitment to the cause are the adhesive which October 2014 in what was the Iberian’s first
• Lukas TESAK Willem II (Hol)
Age 30 (02.09.85)
holds the unit together. In every sense, Kucka is defeat in tournament qualification for 37 games.
Kairat (Kaz)
Caps: 20 Slovakia’s talisman and emotional leader. Kucka started two of Slovakia’s matches at the
Age 31 (08.03.85)
Caps: 3 Goals: 4 In spite of mainly being deployed by Kozak in 2010 World Cup finals in South Africa and the
Goals: 0 • Robert VITTEK a holding role to do much of the defensive dirty 29-year-old’s life story has been a chronicle of
Slovan Bratislava work of playmaker Marek Hamsik, the former success against the odds, always able to win over
MIDFIELDERS Age 34 (01.04.82) Sparta Prague and Genoa warrior also loves to those who doubted him and twice fighting back
• Marek HAMSIK Caps: 82 support the attack whenever possible. from serious knee injuries.
Napoli (Ita) Goals: 23 Much to his delight, Kucka was twice on the Nick Bidwell

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SPAIN

KEY INFO suggested their World Cup hangover might last Pique was booed in qualifying by Real Madrid fans.
GROUP D SCHEDULE longer than expected, but they then won nine of
June 13 v Czech Rep (Toulouse) the 10 qualifiers to finish top of their group. Attacking options
June 17 v Turkey (Nice) In attack, Del Bosque has been boosted by the
June 21 v Croatia (Bordeaux) Spoilt for choice emergence of Alcacer, Alvaro Morata and 35-year-
Del Bosque will have difficulty finding space for all old Aritz Aduriz. They have pushed Diego Costa
BETTING of his midfield stars in his final squad, with the likes down the pecking order.
11/2 to win Euro 2016 of Isco and Juan Mata likely to miss out. He is less
10/1 to be eliminated at group stage well endowed in defence, however, where Gerard THE COACH
Vicente DEL BOSQUE
OVERVIEW Veteran who oversaw victories at the
After their disastrous World Cup campaign in Brazil, 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012. Will
coach Vicente Del Bosque introduced some new stand down after these finals.
faces to the squad, but many of the old guard
remain as they bid to win a record third successive TACTICS
Euro title. Del Bosque continues to enjoy an embarrassment
of midfield riches, with Cesc Fabregas, Silva, Iniesta,
World Cup reboot Mata, Isco, Pedro, Koke and fit-again Thiago all in
Spain’s first-round exit at the 2014 World Cup contention for places. He appears reluctant to ditch
offered Del Bosque the chance to rebuild. Some Casillas despite a strong case for rival keeper David
new blood was introduced – Paco Alcacer, Thiago De Gea.
Alcantara, Marc Bartra, Dani Carvajal – but lots of
familiar faces remain: Iker Casillas, Andres Iniesta,

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David Silva and Sergio Ramos. However, Spain no
longer have the “X factor” as Xabi Alonso and Xavi
both retired after Brazil.

Hiccup in Slovakia • Andres INIESTA won the 2010 World Cup Final
The Euro 2012 winners suffered a hiccup in Following Xavi’s retirement, he and admired by everybody in
qualifying for Euro 2016, losing away to Slovakia is the man who makes Spain Spanish football – even Real
– their first qualifying defeat in eight years. That tick. Scorer of the goal that Madrid supporters.

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1960 Withdrew 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Winners 1980 Group stage 1996 Quarter-finals
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Runners-up 2000 Quarter-finals 2008 Winners
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Group stage 2004 Group stage 2012 Winners

THE SQUAD
• Alba
• Iniesta

• Pique • Fabregas
• Busquets • Morata
• De Gea
• Ramos • Thiago

• Juanfran
• Silva

GOALKEEPERS Age 29 (04.05.87)


• Iker CASILLAS Caps: 103
Porto (Por) Goals: 14
Age 35 (20.05.81) • Andres INIESTA
Caps: 166 Barcelona
Goals: 0 Age 32 (11.05.84)
• David DE GEA Caps: 107
Manchester United (Eng) Goals: 13
Age 25 (07.11.90)
• KOKE
Caps: 8
Atletico Madrid
Goals: 0
Age 24 (08.01.92)
• Sergio RICO Caps: 22
Sevilla Goals: 0
Age 22 (01.09.93)
Caps: 0 • Sergi ROBERTO
Goals: 0 Barcelona
Age 24 (07.02.92)
DEFENDERS Caps: 1
• Jordi ALBA Goals: 0
Barcelona • Mikel SAN JOSE
Age 27 (21.03.89) Athletic Bilbao
Caps: 42 Age 27 (30.05.89)
Goals: 6 Caps: 5
• Cesar Goals: 0
AZPILICUETA • THIAGO Alcantara
Chelsea (Eng) Bayern Munich (Ger)
Age 26 (28.08.89) Age 25 (11.04.91)
Caps: 14 Caps: 6
Goals: 0
Goals: 0
• Marc BARTRA
Barcelona FORWARDS
Age 25 (15.01.91)
Caps: 9 • Aritz ADURIZ
Goals: 0 Athletic Bilbao
Age 35 (11.02.81)
• JUANFRAN
Caps: 3
Atletico Madrid
Goals: 1
Age 31 (09.01.85)
Caps: 17 • Paco ALCACER
Goals: 0 Valencia
• Gerard PIQUE Age 22 (30.08.93)
Barcelona Caps: 13
Age 29 (02.02.87) Goals: 6
Caps: 76 • Diego COSTA
Goals: 4 Chelsea (Eng)

ACO A LC AC ER
P RO F I L E : P
• Sergio RAMOS Age 27 (27.10.88)
Real Madrid Caps: 10
Age 31 (30.03.86) Goals: 1
Caps: 131
• Alvaro MORATA
Goals: 10
Juventus (Ita)
With Diego Costa still struggling to find his of 2011 and 2012.
MIDFIELDERS Age 23 (23.10.92)
Caps: 8
bearings in the international arena, and Juventus Of all the front-running options open to coach
• Sergio BUSQUETS Goals: 1 striker Alvaro Morata frequently on the Italian Vicente Del Bosque, the 22-year-old seems the
Barcelona club’s substitute bench, it looks increasingly as most capable of filling the void left by David Villa’s
Age 27 (16.07.88) • PEDRO
Chelsea (Eng)
though the task of leading Spain’s front line in international retirement in 2014. Like the latter, his
Caps: 83
Goals: 2 Age 28 (28.07.87) France will fall to the Valencia man. great strength is his all-round game: the good
Caps: 56 Present and correct in eight of his country’s work in the channels and when coming deep; the
• Santi CAZORLA
Arsenal (Eng) Goals: 16 10 qualifiers, and top scorer in their group with ability to create space for runners; the need to be
Age 31 (13.12.84) • David SILVA five goals, his mobility, technique and quicksilver involved; the sharpness in the box.
Caps: 78 Manchester City (Eng) qualities makes him the perfect fit for Spain’s Hailing from the town of Torrent, which is close
Goals: 14 Age 30 (08.01.86) possession-based, short-passing game. And if to Valencia, he will be aiming to rain Euro goals
• Cesc FABREGAS Caps: 96 anyone symbolises the new generation of Iberian this summer.
Chelsea (Eng) Goals: 23 talent, it is the former Euro Under-19 champion Nick Bidwell

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SWEDEN

KEY INFO Under-21 promise on Ibrahimovic. Since Euro 2012, they have played
GROUP E SCHEDULE Erik Hamren’s side have struggled in defence 21 competitive matches with him in the side and he
June 13 v Rep Ireland (Saint-Denis) since the retirement of Olof Mellberg, but there was involved – assisting or scoring – in 74 per cent
June 17 v Italy (Toulouse) are positive signs, notably the under-21 side that of all their goals. In the eight matches without him,
June 22 v Belgium (Nice) won last summer’s European Championship. they won just once.

BETTING Zlatan-dependent THE COACH


100/1 to win Euro 2016 Sweden are often accused of being too dependent Erik HAMREN
Evens to be eliminated at group stage A league title-winner in Denmark
and Norway, the dapper 58-year-old
OVERVIEW will stand down after the finals.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic holds the key to success
in France after the PSG forward inspired his TACTICS
countrymen to victory over neighbours Denmark A tightly organised outfit relies on the brilliance of
in the play-offs. Ibrahimovic, playing behind or off a main striker,
Marcus Berg or the improving John Guidetti, to
Zlatan the play-off hero unlock defences. In central defence, European
Sweden are heading to France after a play-off under-21 champion Alexander Milosevic is pressing
victory in which Ibrahimovic proved to be the for selection.
difference, scoring an acrobatic volley from a
corner and a brilliant free-kick.

Lucky qualifiers
In truth, Sweden were fortunate to have the safety
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net of the play-offs after coming third in what was a
relatively easy qualifying group. They dropped points • Zlatan IBRAHIMOVIC single-minded and egocentric,
with draws against Austria, Russia and Montenegro, One of Europe’s leading Sweden’s record-goalscorer
while defeats to Russia and Austria last September players, the Paris Saint- has hinted that he’s keen on
left them playing catch-up for the automatic places Germain forward has a move to the Premier League
for France. undoubted star quality. Brash, next season.

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1960 Did not enter 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Semi-finals
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Group stage 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Quarter-finals 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD
• Olsson • Forsberg
• Ibrahimovic
• Granqvist • Kallstrom

• Isaksson • Lewicki
• Berg
• Milosevic
• Lustig • Durmaz

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Johannes HOPF • Jimmy DURMAZ
Genclerbirligi (Tur) Olympiakos (Gre)
Age 28 (16.06.87) Age 27 (22.03.89)
Caps: 0 Caps: 30
Goals: 0 Goals: 2
• Andreas • Albin EKDAL
ISAKSSON Hamburg (Ger)
Kasimpasa (Tur) Age 26 (28.07.89)
Age 34 (03.10.81) Caps: 21
Caps: 128 Goals: 0
Goals: 0 • Emil FORSBERG
• Robin OLSEN RB Leipzig (Ger)
PAOK (Gre) Age 24 (23.10.91)
Caps: 15
Age 26 (08.01.90)
Goals: 1
Caps: 3
Goals: 0
• Oscar HILJEMARK
Palermo (Ita)
Age 23 (28.06.92)
DEFENDERS
Caps: 9
• Ludwig Goals: 1
AUGUSTINSSON
• Kim KALLSTROM
Copenhagen (Den)
Grasshoppers (Swi)
Age 22 (21.04.94) Age 33 (24.08.82)
Caps: 3 Caps: 127
Goals: 0 Goals: 16
• Andreas • Seb LARSSON
GRANQVIST Sunderland (Eng)
Krasnodar (Rus) Age 31 (06.06.85)
Age 31 (16.04.85) Caps: 82
Caps: 50 Goals: 6
Goals: 2 • Oscar LEWICKI
• Erik JOHANSSON Malmo
Copenhagen (Den) Age 23 (14.07.92)
Age 27 (30.12.88) Caps: 9
Caps: 8 Goals: 0
Goals: 0 • Pontus
• Victor LINDELOF WERNBLOOM
Benfica (Por) CSKA Moscow (Rus)
Age 21 (17.07.94) Age 29 (25.06.86)
Caps: 2 Caps: 50
Goals: 0 Goals: 2
• Mikael LUSTIG
FORWARDS
Celtic (Sco)
Age 29 (13.12.86)
• Marcus BERG
Panathinaikos (Gre)
R E AS I S A K S SON
D
P RO F I L E : A N
Caps: 50
Age 29 (17.08.86)
Goals: 2
Caps: 37
• Alexander Goals: 10
MILOSEVIC
• John GUIDETTI
Besiktas (Tur)
Celta Vigo (Spa)
Age 24 (30.01.92) As far as Swedish national goalkeepers are and two World Cups, but up until now he has
Age 24 (15.04.92)
Caps: 5
Caps: 7 concerned, the preferred setting is clearly enjoyed relatively little big-tournament success,
Goals: 0 Goals: 0 for extended play. only once making it to the last-eight – the penalty
• Martin OLSSON • Zlatan Ronnie Hellstrom reigned between shoot-out defeat by Holland in the quarter-finals
Norwich City (Eng) IBRAHIMOVIC the posts for a decade and Thomas Ravelli for of Euro 2004.
Age 28 (17.05.88) Paris Saint-Germain (Fra) 16 long years. Meanwhile, the current wearer of Composed, commanding, steady and adept
Caps: 34 Age 34 (03.10.81) the jersey Isaksson – who is third in his country’s at using every inch of his 6ft 6in frame, he also
Goals: 5 Caps: 112
• Emil most-capped list – has been around since 2002 brings considerable continental club experience
Goals: 62
SALOMONSSON • Erkan ZENGIN and, at the age of 34, is arguably only just to bear, having played in the top flights of Italy
Gothenburg Trabzonspor (Tur) reaching his peak. (Juventus), Sweden (Trelleborg and Djurgarden),
Age 27 (28.04.89) Age 30 (05.08.85) Voted Sweden’s goalkeeper of the year on France (Rennes), England (Manchester City) and
Caps: 6 Caps: 19 no fewer than 10 occasions, he has already now Turkey (Kasimpasa).
Goals: 1 Goals: 3 appeared in three European Championships Nick Bidwell

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SWITZERLAND

KEY INFO Other key players, such as Drmic, Admir Mehmedi, Doubts about Inler
GROUP A SCHEDULE Ricardo Rodriguez and Fabian Schar, are all well Captain and key midfielder Gokhan Inler is a major
June 11 v Albania (Lens) established in the German Bundesliga. doubt for the finals after failing to make an impact
June 15 v Romania (Paris) at Leicester City this season. If selected, he will be
June 19 v France (Lille) Bigging up expected to make the starting line-up but Petkovic
The Swiss have qualified for their fourth Euro is said to have doubts over his match sharpness.
BETTING finals and Petkovic has tried to end his players’
50/1 to win Euro 2016 inferiority complex by declaring: “We are no THE COACH
3/1 to be eliminated at group stage longer little Switzerland.” Vladimir PETKOVIC
The multilingual former Lazio coach
OVERVIEW was the surprise appointment to
Vladimir Petkovic’s inexperienced side recovered replace Ottmar Hitzfeld in 2014.
from a poor start in qualifying to reach their fourth
Euro finals.
TACTICS
Second to England Petkovic likes a flexible formation allowing for a
The Swiss qualified for the Euro 2016 finals after central striker and two wide men, or two strikers
finishing second in their group, behind England. with a playmaker behind. Raiding full-backs
They made it despite a disappointing beginning, in Stephan Lichtsteiner and Rodriguez are important
which they lost at home to England and away to weapons, while Breel Embolo is an option from the
Slovenia. The turning point of the campaign came
when they fought back from 2-0 down in the return

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game against the Slovenians, winning 3-2 thanks to
late goals from substitutes Josip Drmic and
Valentin Stocker.

Under-17 legacy • Xherdan SHAQIRI the former Basle man has


The Swiss will have one of the youngest squads The star of his nation’s golden re-booted his career at
in France. Members of the 2009 world under-17 generation, he can play on Stoke City after tough times
title-winning side, such as Haris Seferovic and Granit either flank, behind the striker, at Bayern Munich and
Xhaka, have made the step-up to the senior side. or as a playmaker. This season Internazionale.

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1960 Did not qualify 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Group stage
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Group stage 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Rodriguez

• Djourou • Behrami • Mehmedi

• Sommer • Seferovic
• Inler
• Schar
• Shaqiri
• Xhaka
• Lichtsteiner

GOALKEEPERS • Blerim DZEMAILI


• Roman BURKI Genoa (Ita)
Borussia Dortmund (Ger) Age 30 (12.04.86)
Age 25 (14.11.90) Caps: 46
Caps: 4 Goals: 5
Goals: 0 • Gokhan INLER
• Marvin HITZ Leicester City (Eng)
Augsburg (Ger) Age 31 (27.06.84)
Age 28 (18.09.87) Caps: 89
Caps: 2 Goals: 7
Goals: 0 • Pajtim KASAMI
• Yann SOMMER Olympiakos (Gre)
Borussia Age 24 (02.06.92)
Monchengladbach (Ger) Caps: 12
Age 27 (17.12.88) Goals: 2
Caps: 17 • Renato STEFFEN
Goals: 0 Basle
Age 24 (03.11.91)
DEFENDERS Caps: 4
• Johan DJOUROU Goals: 0
Hamburg (Ger) • Silvan WIDMER
Age 29 (18.01.87) Udinese (Ita)
Caps: 59 Age 23 (05.03.93)
Goals: 2 Caps: 6
• Timm KLOSE Goals: 0
Norwich City (Eng) • Granit XHAKA
Age 28 (09.05.88) Borussia
Caps: 14 Monchengladbach (Ger)
Goals: 0 Age 23 (27.09.92)
• Michael LANG Caps: 41
Basle Goals: 6
Age 25 (08.02.91) • Luca ZUFFI
Caps: 15 Basle
Goals: 2 Age 25 (27.03.90)
• Stephan Caps: 4
LICHTSTEINER Goals: 0
Juventus (Ita)
Age 32 (16.01.84) FORWARDS
Caps: 80 • Josip DRMIC
Goals: 5 Borussia
• Forest Monchengladbach (Ger)
MOUBANDJE 8.8.92.

MER
Caps: 25

M
Toulouse (Fra)
Age 25 (21.6.90) Goals: 8

: YA N N S O
P RO F I L E
Caps: 10 • Breel EMBOLO
Goals: 0 Basle
• Ricardo Age 19 (14.02.97)
RODRIGUEZ Caps: 9
Wolfsburg (Ger) Goals: 1
The author of a popular blog for foodies – waxing modern-day keeper,” says Swiss goalkeeping
Age 23 (25.08.92) • Admir MEHMEDI
Caps: 35 Bayer Leverkusen (Ger) lyrical about his favourite recipes, markets and coach Patrick Foletti. “He has natural talent and
Goals: 0 Age 25 (16.03.91) restaurants – Switzerland’s keeper will deserve outstanding co-ordination.
Fabian SCHAR Caps: 40 the footballing equivalent of a Michelin star if he “I believe he could have played at the highest
Hoffenheim (Ger) Goals: 3 can help his side serve up tasty morsels in France. level in midfield, too.”
Age 24 (20.12.91) • Haris SEFEROVIC Handed the job of national number one An advocate of the Manuel Neuer sweeper-
Caps: 19 Eintracht Frankfurt (Ger) when Diego Benaglio went into “club only” mode keeper school, Sommer plays with the same
Goals: 5 Age 24 (22.02.92) after the World Cup, the 27-year-old Borussia sense of adventure. “I like to come out from the
Caps: 29
MIDFIELDERS Goals: 7
Monchengladbach stopper has proved a most back and play,” he says. “During my early days at
impressive successor. Though not the tallest, he Basle, when I was third choice, I used to put away
• Valon BEHRAMI • Xherdan SHAQIRI
Napoli (Ita) Stoke City (Eng) is commanding and composed, snappy in his the gloves and play right-back or right-wing. I
Age 31 (19.04.85) Age 24 (10.10.91) reflexes, lightning-quick off his line and skilful learnt all about using my feet and as a goalkeeper
Caps: 64 Caps: 51 with the ball at his feet. I’ve profited. It’s given me another perspective.”
Goals: 2 Goals: 17 “Yann is a 100 per cent portrait of the Nick Bidwell

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TURKEY

KEY INFO Star turns international football for Turkey. He may sneak into
GROUP D SCHEDULE The vast majority of Terim’s squad earn their living the final 23-man squad.
June 12 v Croatia (Paris) playing for clubs in Turkey’s domestic league. The
June 17 v Spain (Nice) outstanding exceptions to this are Arda Turan, Doubts over Yilmaz
June 21 v Czech Rep (Lens) the Barcelona midfielder, and Bayer Leverkusen Burak Yilmaz has excelled in the lone striker role
midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu. Turkey also have for Terim. But a transfer to China has not worked
BETTING high hopes for Mainz midfielder Yunus Malli, who out for him and there are fears he will not be on
66/1 to win Euro 2016 was born in Germany and played for Germany’s top of his game in France.
11/10 to be eliminated at group stage Under-21s but recently opted to play senior
THE COACH
OVERVIEW Fatih TERIM
Fatih Terim’s side travel to France this summer on a “The Emperor” is Turkish football’s
high after their dramatic last-minute qualification for most successful boss, winning the
the finals. UEFA Cup in 2000 with Galatasaray.

Last-minute drama TACTICS


Turkey squeezed through to Euro 2016 as the best Despite his lack of match action, Burak Yilmaz will
third-placed team after finishing behind Czech almost certainly still feature in the lone striker role
Republic and Iceland in their qualifying group. They for a coach who will look to key midfielders Arda
appeared to have little chance of qualification, but Turan, Hakan Calhanoglu, Oguzhan Ozyakup and
in their last two games they won away against the Selcuk Inan for attacking inspiration. Calhanoglu is
Czechs and beat Iceland with a last-minute goal the man to watch from free-kicks.
– a free-kick by Selcuk Inan – to clinch their place
in the finals.

Terim in charge again


Terim is in charge of the national side for a third
STAR MAN
time. In his first spell, Turkey qualified for their first
major finals, Euro 96, and in his second, he guided • ARDA TURAN playmaker, and was only 21
them to the semi-finals of Euro 2008, where they Turkey’s most high-profile when he starred in the run to
lost to Germany. player is the captain and the semi-finals of Euro 2008.

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1960 Did not qualify 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Group stage
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Quarter-finals 2008 Semi-finals
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Hakan • Caner
Balta Erkin
• Mehmet
Topal • Selcuk
• Burak
• Volkan Inan • Arda
Yilmaz
Babacan • Serdar Turan
Aziz • Hakan
Calhanoglu
• Gokhan • Oguzhan
Gonul Ozyakup

GOALKEEPERS Barcelona (Spa)


• ONUR KIVRAK Age 29 (30.01.87)
Trabzonspor Caps: 89
Age 28 (01.01.88) Goals: 18
Caps: 12 • Hakan
Goals: 0 CALHANOGLU
• VOLKAN BABACAN Bayer Leverkusen (Ger)
Istanbul BB Age 22 (08.02.94)
Age 27 (11.08.88) Caps: 17
Caps: 14 Goals: 5
Goals: 0 • CANER ERKIN
• VOLKAN DEMIREL Fenerbahce
Fenerbahce Age 27 (04.10.88)
Age 34 (27.10.81) Caps: 44
Caps: 62 Goals: 2
Goals: 0 • OGUZHAN
OZYAKUP
DEFENDERS Besiktas
• ERSAN GULUM Age 23 (23.09.92)
Hebei China Fortune Caps: 17
(Chn) Goals: 1
Age 29 (17.05.87) • OZAN TUFAN
Caps: 7 Fenerbahce
Goals: 0 Age 21 (23.03.95)
• GOKHAN GONUL Caps: 21
Fenerbahce Goals: 1
Age 31 (04.01.85) • SELCUK INAN
Caps: 55 Galatasaray
Goals: 1 Age 31 (10.02.85)
• HAKAN BALTA Caps: 50
Galatasaray Goals: 8
Age 33 (23.03.83) • VOLKAN SEN
Caps: 45 Fenerbahce
Goals: 2 Age 28 (07.07.87)
• MEHMET TOPAL Caps: 13
Fenerbahce Goals: 0
Age 30 (03.03.86)
Caps: 56 FORWARDS
Goals: 0 • BURAK YILMAZ
• SEMIH KAYA Beijing Guoang (Chn)
Galatasaray Age 30 (15.07.85)
Age 25 (24.02.91) Caps: 42
Caps: 23 Goals: 19
Goals: 0 • CENK TOSUN
• SENER Besiktas
OZBAYRAKLI Age 25 (07.06.91)

OGLU
Fenerbahce Caps: 7
Age 26 (23.01.90) Goals: 3

KA N C A L H A N
P RO F I L E : H A
Caps: 8 • Mevlut ERDINC
Goals: 0 Hanover (Ger)
SERDAR AZIZ Age 29 (25.02.87)
Bursaspor Caps: 37
Age 25 (23.10.90) Goals: 8 Although mercurial and, at times, not as already has an impressive collection of strikes to
Caps: 9 • OLCAY SAHAN disciplined on the field as he should be, the his name and the subsequent YouTube tributes.
Goals: 1 Besiktas German-born Turk midfielder is nonetheless a No wonder Bayer Leverkusen coach Roger
Age 29 (26.05.87)
MIDFIELDERS wonderful prospect. He can be an intoxicating Schmidt calls him “Golden Foot”.
Caps: 22
• ALPER POTUK Goals: 2 mixture of subtle ball skills, vivid imagination and An international since October 2013, he offers
Fenerbahce long-distance shooting accuracy from open play a multitude of options to Turkey boss Fatih Terim,
• UMUT BULUT
Age 25 (08.04.91) Galatasaray or dead-ball situations. who could use him either as a pure playmaker, on
Caps: 14 Age 33 (14.03.83) Inspired free-kick work can make all the either flank, leader of the line or second striker.
Goals: 0 Caps: 36 difference – and in Calhanoglu, Turkey have a Variety very much is the spice of his life.
• ARDA TURAN Goals: 10 Cristiano Ronaldo-like master of the art. He Nick Bidwell

EURO 2016 123


UKRAINE

KEY INFO Slovakia, in their qualifying group. They suffered Bad blood
GROUP C SCHEDULE an early setback in qualifying, losing at home to Yarmolenko of Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar
June 12 v Germany (Lille) Slovakia in their opening game. Donetsk’s Taras Stepanenko were sent off for
June 16 v Northern Ireland (Lyon) fighting in a domestic league game in May.
June 21 v Poland (Marseilles) Lack of stars Yarmolenko kicked Stepanenko, who later said:
The current side lacks that star quality, although “I’d like the whole country to know my friendship
BETTING Konoplyanka has made the switch to Spain and with Yarmolenko has ended.”
100/1 to win Euro 2016 Yarmolenko could follow suit.
7/4 to be eliminated at group stage THE COACH
Mykhailo FOMENKO
OVERVIEW The 67-year-old veteran has been
Ukraine put their domestic political troubles behind in charge since 2012 following the
them to beat Slovenia in the play-offs, with wingers resignation of Oleh Blokhin.
Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka
leading the way. TACTICS
Fomenko has plenty of experience in the spine of
Second time lucky? the team, while their biggest attacking threat comes
Ukraine have qualified for only their second major from the flanks in the form of wingers Yarmolenko
finals. Their previous tournament qualification was and Konoplyanka. Roman Zozulya is an alternative
for the 2006 World Cup, when Andriy Shevchenko to Yevhen Seleznyov in the lone striker role.
inspired the team to the quarter-finals.

STAR MAN
Co-hosts in 2012
They were co-hosts with Poland in 2012 but losses
to England and France resulted in elimination at the
group stage.
• Andriy YARMOLENKO western Europe. A skilful
Play-off victors Winger who has been the star dribbler who was Ukraine’s
Ukraine qualified for France via a play-off against for Dynamo Kiev and has long top scorer in qualifying with
Slovenia after finishing third, behind Spain and been linked with a move to six goals.

124 EURO 2016


1960-1992
EUROPEAN Part of USSR/CIS 2004 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1996 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 2000 Did not qualify 2012 Group stage

THE SQUAD
• Konoplyanka
• Shevchuk
• Rakitskiy
• Stepanenko • Seleznyov
• Pyatov • Garmash
• Rotan
• Khacheridi

• Fedetskiy • Yarmolenko

GOALKEEPERS Age 26 (29.09.89)


• Denys BOYKO Caps: 51
Besiktas (Tur) Goals: 11
Age 28 (29.01.88) • Viktor
Caps: 4 KOVALENKO
Goals: 0 Shakhtar Donetsk
• Andriy PYATOV Age 20 (14.02.96)
Shakhtar Donetsk Caps: 2
Age 31 (28.06.84) Goals: 0
Caps: 62 • Ruslan ROTAN
Goals: 0 Dnipro
• Mykyta Age 34 (29.10.81)
SHEVCHENKO Caps: 86
Shakhtar Donetsk Goals: 7
Age 23 (26.01.93) • Serhiy RYBALKA
Caps: 0 Dynamo Kiev
Goals: 0 Age 26 (01.04.90)
Caps: 7
DEFENDERS Goals: 0
• Artem FEDETSKIY • Taras
Dnipro
STEPANENKO
Age 31 (26.04.85) Shakhtar Donetsk
Caps: 46 Age 26 (08.08.89)
Goals: 2 Caps: 27
• Yevhen Goals: 2
KHACHERIDI • Serhiy
Dynamo Kiev
SYDORCHUK
Age 28 (28.07.87)
Dynamo Kiev
Caps: 40
Age 24 (02.05.91)
Goals: 3
Caps: 10
• Olexandr KUCHER Goals: 2
Shakhtar Donetsk
Age 33 (22.10.82)
• Anatoliy
Caps: 49 TYMOSHCHUK
Kairat (Kaz)
Goals: 2
Age 37 (30.03.79)
• Andriy
Caps: 142
PYLYAVSKYI
Rubin Kazan (Rus) Goals: 4
Age 28 (04.12.88) • Andriy
Caps: 1 YARMOLENKO
Goals: 0 Dynamo Kiev
• Yaroslav Age 26 (23.10.89)
RAKITSKIY Caps: 57
Shakhtar Donetsk Goals: 23
Age 26 (03.08.89)
Caps: 38 FORWARDS
• Pylyp
E N S E L E Z N YOV
VH
Goals: 4

P RO F I L E : Y E
• Vyacheslav BUDKIVSKIY
SHEVCHUK Zorya Luhansk
Shakhtar Donetsk Age 24 (10.03.92)
Age 37 (13.05.79) Caps: 6
Caps: 52 Goals: 0
Goals: 0 • Artem KRAVETS The indestructible Dnipro striker is the unsung penalty-box loiterer to mobile front runner, and
Dynamo Kiev hero of Ukraine’s attack. While five-star wingers is much more likely to come deep and join the
MIDFIELDERS Age 27 (03.06.89) Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka link-up party.
• Denys GARMASH Caps: 13
provide the flair, zip and star quality, Seleznyov A UEFA Cup winner with Shakhtar in 2009
Dynamo Kiev Goals: 4
• Yevhen does an excellent job as the workhorse through and a Europa League runner-up with Dnipro last
Age 26 (19.04.90)
Caps: 26 SELEZNYOV the middle, the perfect counterpoint to the velvety season, he is in the form of his life at the moment.
Goals: 2 Kuban Krasnodar (Rus) skills out wide. Rattling in the goals for both club and country, he
• Oleh GUSEV Age 30 (20.07.85) Renowned for his physical presence, relentless was on the score sheet in the first-leg victory over
Dynamo Kiev Caps: 48 work-rate and never-say-die spirit, the 30-year- Slovenia in the Euro 2016 play-offs and will be
Age 33 (25.04.83) Goals: 11
old, who graduated from the Shakhtar Donetsk looking to get among the goals again in France.
Caps: 98 • Roman ZOZULYA
Goals: 13 Dnipro academy, is not only a competitive beast, but After spending all of the 2012 European
• Yevhen Age 26 (17.11.89) in the last season or two he has improved Championship on the bench, no one in the
KONOPLYANKA Caps: 24 considerably as a footballer. Ukraine camp will be hungrier.
Sevilla (Spa) Goals: 3 He has transformed himself from pure Nick Bidwell

EURO 2016 125


WALES

KEY INFO senior debuts by John Toshack. The Real Madrid Euro debutants
GROUP B SCHEDULE forward was top scorer in qualifying with seven Despite calling upon the likes of Ian Rush, Ryan
June 11 v Slovakia (Bordeaux) goals, including a late winner against Andorra in Giggs and Mark Hughes, Wales have never
June 16 v England (Lens) the opening match of the campaign and the only previously qualified for the European Championship.
June 20 v Russia (Toulouse) goal of a 1-0 home win over Belgium. The closest they came was in 2003 when they lost
a play-off to Russia.
BETTING
66/1 to win Euro 2016 TACTICS
5/4 to be eliminated at group stage A three-man defence has given Coleman the
chance to pack midfield with willing runners and
OVERVIEW wing-backs. That has provided the base to allow
Four years on from the death of their manager Bale the freedom to roam behind a big target man,
Gary Speed, and inspired by Real Madrid superstar usually Hal Robson-Kanu. Aaron Ramsey is a
Gareth Bale, the Welsh have qualified for their first valuable source of goals from midfield.
major tournament since they made the World Cup
in 1958. THE COACH
Chris COLEMAN
Success out of tragedy Former Fulham boss and national
Four years ago, Chris Coleman became Wales team defender (32 caps) who was
manager in tragic circumstances following Speed’s appointed in 2011.
death and he has succeeded in fostering a club
mentality among the players. “We are like brothers

STAR MAN
on the pitch,” said star man Bale as fans in Cardiff
celebrated a win in the final qualifying match
against Andorra.

Together from youth level • Gareth BALE genuine superstar, he was


Bale heads a group of players who played together The world’s most expensive Wales’ top scorer in qualifying
at youth and under-21 level and were given their player, at £85m, and a with seven goals.

126 EURO 2016


1960 Did not qualify 1976 Did not qualify 1992 Did not qualify
EUROPEAN 1964 Did not qualify 1980 Did not qualify 1996 Did not qualify
CHAMPIONSHIP 1968 Did not qualify 1984 Did not qualify 2000 Did not qualify 2008 Did not qualify
HISTORY 1972 Did not qualify 1988 Did not qualify 2004 Did not qualify 2012 Did not qualify

THE SQUAD
• Taylor
• Bale
• Davies
• King
• Hennessey
• Robson-Kanu
• A Williams

• Allen
• Chester • Ramsey
• Gunter

GOALKEEPERS MIDFIELDERS
• Owain FON • Joe ALLEN
WILLIAMS Liverpool (Eng)
Inverness Caledonian Age 26 (14.03.90)
Thistle (Sco) Caps: 25
Age 29 (17.03.87) Goals: 0
Caps: 1 • David COTTERILL
Goals: 0 Birmingham City (Eng)
• Wayne Age 28 (04.12.87)
Caps: 23
HENNESSEY
Goals: 2
Crystal Palace (Eng)
Age 29 (24.01.87) • Emyr HUWS
Caps: 56 Wigan Athletic (Eng)
Goals: 0 Age 22 (30.09.93)
Caps: 5
• Danny WARD
Goals: 1
Liverpool (Eng)
Age 22 (22.06.93) Andy KING
Caps: 1 Leicester City (Eng)
Goals: 0 Age 27 (29.10.88)
Caps: 32
DEFENDERS Goals: 2
• James CHESTER • Joe LEDLEY
West Bromwich Albion Crystal Palace (Eng)
(Eng) Age 29 (23.01.87)
Age 27 (23.01.89) Caps: 61
Caps: 10 Goals: 4
Goals: 0 • Aaron RAMSEY
Arsenal (Eng)
• James COLLINS
Age 25 (26.12.90)
West Ham United (Eng)
Caps: 38
Age 32 (23.08.83)
Goals: 10
Caps: 46
Goals: 3 • George WILLIAMS
Fulham (Eng)
• Ben DAVIES
Age 20 (07.09.95)
Tottenham Hotspur (Eng)
Caps: 7
Age 23 (24.04.93)
Goals: 0
Caps: 19
Goals: 0 • Jonny WILLIAMS
Crystal Palace (Eng)
• Chris GUNTER Age 22 (09.10.93)
Reading (Eng) Caps: 11
Age 26 (21.07.89) Goals: 0
Caps: 66

MS
Goals: 0

A
FORWARDS
• Adam MATTHEWS • Gareth BALE
H L E Y W I L L I
PROFILE: AS
Sunderland (Eng) Real Madrid (Spa)
Age 24 (13.01.92) Age 26 (16.07.89)
Caps: 13 Caps: 54
Goals: 0 Goals: 19
• Jazz RICHARDS • Simon CHURCH
Fulham (Eng) MK Dons (Eng) Gareth Bale, Wales’ lone international superstar, play. But he does both.”
Age 25 (12.04.91) Age 27 (10.12.88) will be the centre of attention in France, but his Williams joined Swansea City from Stockport
Caps: 9 Caps: 35 side are far more than a one-man band. County eight years ago and has played in
Goals: 0 Goals: 3 Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has scored all four English league divisions, as well as for
• Neil TAYLOR • Hal ROBSON-KANU some spectacular goals in the Champions League, non-league Hednesford Town, after being
Swansea City (Eng) Reading (Eng) while captain and central defender Ashley released by West Bromwich Albion at 16.
Age 27 (07.02.89) Age 27 (21.05.89)
Caps: 27
Williams has arguably been just as crucial to “He could play for any club in the Premier
Caps: 30
Goals: 0 Goals: 2 recent Welsh success. League,” Coleman says. “Certain players get
• Ashley WILLIAMS “Ash has been magnificent,” says manager Chris overlooked. I see some teams signing centre-
• Sam VOKES
Swansea City (Eng) Burnley (Eng) Coleman of the man who marshalled a defence backs for a lot of money and I think ‘how has
Age 31 (23.08.84) Age 26 (21.10.89) that kept seven clean sheets in qualifying. that happened?’”
Caps: 58 Caps: 39 “To be a good captain you do not have to use It will be hard to overlook Williams this summer.
Goals: 1 Goals: 6 your voice all the time, you can lead through your John Holmesdale

EURO 2016 127


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EURO 2016
SCHEDULE JUN 10
A
France v Romania
(Saint-Denis, 8pm)
JUN 11
B
Wales v Slovakia
(Bordeaux, 5pm)
JUN 12
C
Poland v N Ireland
(Nice, 5pm)
All times GMT

JUN 11 Albania v Switzerland JUN 11 England v Russia JUN 12 Germany v Ukraine


(Lens, 2pm) (Marseille, 8pm) (Lille, 8pm)
JUN 15 Romania v Switzerland JUN 15 Russia v Slovakia JUN 16 Ukraine v N Ireland
(Paris, 5pm) (Lille, 2pm) (Lyon, 5pm)
JUN 15 France v Albania JUN 16 England v Wales JUN 16 Germany v Poland
(Marseille, 8pm) (Lens, 2pm) (Saint-Denis, 8pm)
JUN 19 Switzerland v France JUN 20 Slovakia v England JUN 21 N Ireland v Germany
(Lille, 8pm) (Saint-Etienne, 8pm) (Paris, 5pm)
JUN 19 Romania v Albania JUN 20 Russia v Wales JUN 21 Ukraine v Poland
(Lyon, 8pm) (Toulouse, 8pm) (Marseille, 5pm)

GROUP D E F
STAGE
JUN 12 Turkey v Croatia JUN 13 Rep Ireland v Sweden JUN 14 Austria v Hungary
(Paris, 2pm) (Saint-Denis, 5pm) (Bordeaux, 5pm)
JUN 13 Spain v Czech Rep JUN 13 Belgium v Italy JUN14 Portugal v Iceland
(Toulouse, 2pm) (Lyon, 8pm) (Saint-Etienne, 8pm)
JUN 17 Czech Rep v Croatia JUN 17 Italy v Sweden JUN 18 Iceland v Hungary
(Saint-Etienne, 5pm) (Toulouse, 2pm) (Marseille, 5pm)
JUN 17 Spain v Turkey JUN 18 Belgium v Rep Ireland JUN 18 Portugal v Austria
(Nice, 8pm) (Bordeaux, 2pm) (Paris, 8pm)
JUN 21 Croatia v Spain JUN 22 Sweden v Belgium JUN 22 Iceland v Austria
(Bordeaux, 8pm) (Nice, 8pm) (Saint-Denis, 5pm)
JUN 21 Czech Rep v Turkey JUN 22 Italy v Rep Ireland JUN 22 Hungary v Portugal
(Lens, 8pm) (Lille, 8pm) (Lyon, 5pm)

1 2 3 4
JUN 25 JUN 25 JUN 25 JUN 26
Runner-up Group A Winner Group B Winner Group D Winner Group A
v Runner-up Group C v 3rd Group A / C / D v 3rd Group B / E / F v 3rd Group C / D / E
(Saint-Etienne, 2pm) (Paris, 5pm) (Lens, 8pm) (Lyon, 2pm)

ROUND 5 6 7 8
OF 16
JUN 26 JUN 26 JUN 27 JUN 27
Winner Group C Winner Group F Winner Group E Runner-up Group B
v 3rd Group A / B / F v Runner-up Group E v Runner-up Group D v Runner-up Group F
(Lille, 5pm) (Toulouse, 8pm) (Saint-Denis, 5pm) (Nice, 8pm)

9 10
JUN 30 Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 3 JUL 1 Winner Match 2 v Winner Match 6
(Marseille, 8pm) (Lille, 8pm)

QUARTER- 11 12
FINALS
JUL 2 Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 7 JUL 3 Winner Match 4 v Winner Match 8
(Bordeaux, 8pm) (Saint-Denis, 8pm)

13 14
SEMI- JUL 6 Winner Match 9 v Winner Match 10 JUL 7 Winner Match 11 v Winner Match 12
(Lyon, 8pm) (Marseille, 8pm)
FINALS

FINAL Jul 10 (Saint-Denis, 8pm)

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