It was an immensely underwhelming campaign for England who bowed out of the European Championships following an embarrassing loss to Iceland in the round of 16. TheHardTackle analyses the performance and rates each player who participated in the tournament for the Three Lions.
With the first round of knock-out stages for the competition done, there are now eight teams that remain in the hunt for European glory including hosts France and heavyweights Germany and Italy. As we approach the quarterfinals, TheHardTackle analyses and attempts to field the best XI from the recently concluded round of 16.
The constant shouting, the touchline antics, and the manic gleam in his eyes when Graziano Pelle scored the injury-time winner for Italy against Spain would have brought back fond memories for the Chelsea FC fans. They are finally set to get a manager who could give a Jose Mourinho (in his prime) a run for his money.
Dietmar Hamann exclaimed Liverpool star Daniel Sturridge and Manchester United youngster Marcus Rashford were the only two players to have emerged with positives from the game. The Three Lions slumped to a heartbreaking exit from the European Championships after a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Iceland, a nation whose total population comes to around 3.3 Lakhs. The exit meant another disappointing campaign in a major tournament for England despite having one of the best and most well-rounded team in the whole event.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan are on the verge of joining Manchester United. The Hard Tackle analyses how they would fit into Jose Mourinho's setup.
Antonio Conte has captured the imagination of the Chelsea FC fans, as he lead his underrated Italy side past European heavyweight like Belgium and Spain in the Euro 2016 in France this month.
After another disappointing competition for the Three Lions head-coach Roy Hodgson decided it was time to part ways with the national squad.
Britain’s decision to leave Europe has sent shock waves around the world. While the economy stagnates and the pound falls, the move to ‘leave’ the EU could cause massive changes in the Premier League. Despite their multi-million wages and fancy cars, Premier League footballers are first and foremost employees of their respective clubs. Those who originate from outside Britain were previously allowed free movement into England’s top flight. With the decision to cede from the union, clubs will now have to attain work permits and constantly renew contracts to keep their top European stars. FA Chairman Greg Dyke told BBC Sport, “Clubs could suddenly find players are much more expensive because the pound is worth less.” The effect of this has already been noted in Manchester United’s pursuit for Henrikh Mkhitariyan, as Dortmund initial valuation has risen in terms of pounds, while remaining the same in Euros. Until the pound climbs back to a position of stability and security, net values of top Premiership clubs […]
The Italians managed to come out of the group stage with flying colours, despite the fact that they had to face some of the most difficult opposition in the competition. Head coach Antonio Conte has shown yet again how meticulous planning can triumph over individual brilliance.
The finalists of Euro 2012 go head to head in this year's European Championships much earlier than expected. Italy take on Spain in the round of 16 at the Stade de France on the 27th of June in what promises to be a mammoth tactical battle.