The Hard Tackle brings you our pick of the five best tackles made in 2016, featuring the likes of Gerard Pique, Hector Bellerin, Kurt Zouma and more

Xherdan Shaqiri scored a belter for Switzerland in their Round of 16 game against Poland. The goal sent the game to extra-time, but the Swiss side eventually fell short in penalties. With a one-goal lead, Poland looked to have been going away with the game before Switzerland attacker Xherdan Shaqiri spoiled the party for them. The Stoke City player stepped up to the occasion and scored a scorching bicycle kick from the edge of the 18-yard-area. This is one goal you could watch over and over again: The footballing world on Twitter reacted to what was probably the best goal of the Euro 2016 so far: That bike from Shaqiri😱😱 — Cameron™ (@C_SAW_MORTON) June 25, 2016 I’m glad shaqiri has been watching me in training 😉 — Peter Crouch (@petercrouch) June 25, 2016 Fair play to Shaqiri too. Asked in MOTM pc to describe ‘best goal of career’, said; “you don’t know me so well. I always score nice goals” — […]

With the UEFA EURO 2016 kicking off on Friday, here’s a look at the teams from Group C featuring World Champions Germany, in-form Northern Ireland, big game performers Ukraine and tournament dark horses Poland. Highlights  – World champions Germany are the favourites to top the group followed by Poland who have been very impressive in the qualifying campaign. Having said that, Ukraine and Northern Ireland are more than capable of springing a surprise. Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil, Liverpool midfielder Emre Can and Bayern Munich duo Robert Lewandowski and Manuel Neuer are some of the prominent faces that will feature in this group. Germany It has now become a tradition for Germany to breeze through the qualification stages, lose a couple of friendlies before a tournament and reach the semi-finals. This time around, Die Mannschaft endured a turbulent qualifying campaign and lost more than a couple of friendlies suggesting that the road won’t be too easy for them. Nevertheless, they are being considered as one of […]