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The Barracas’ War: When Argentina and Brazil fought war on the Christmas Day

Football unites people in Brazil and Argentina and also, football divides the supporters of these two teams worldwide at the same time. For many years the contest between Argentina and Brazil has not been limited to just football, but it has become more than just a mere game.  

Colombia beat Peru to win the third place

The Colombia journey in the Copa America 2021 has not been that bad in the end. After fighting and neck and neck against the favourites Argentina in the semifinals, they would leave Brazil with their heads high after a poor start. In the third place play-off against Peru, they came out as the winners and completed a tournament with a lot of positives to take.

Euro 2020 Final: Facts, background and stats

The final of Euro 2020 at Wembley brings together Italy, seeking to add to their sole European title after 53 years, and England, who are aiming to be crowned European champions for the first time.

Finally, England break the jinx

The whole nation waited for 55 years – more than five decades to watch their team feature in the finals of a major footballing event, but what they received, in the end, was nothing but heartbreaks during the knockout rounds and whenever they featured in the semifinals, the outcome always left the nation stunned. But this time around, Gareth Southgate’s English boys have broken the jinx of 55 years. They would meet Italy in the finals.

Brazil will meet Argentina in the final

Colombia had almost pulled the rabbit out of the hat but the night belonged to Argentina whose goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez dished out a heroic show and deny the neighbours. Brazil will meet Argentina in the final at Copa America.

Italy hold their nerves and reach the final

As they say, when the final is knocking at the door, the Italians don’t usually miss it but always hold their nerves and find a way to feature in the final. In the knockout rounds of the mega-events, the Azzurri are a different kettle of fish – new crowd favourites may emerge but in the end, the torchbearers of the great predecessors always show their true colours when it matters the most.  

Brazil are in the final of Copa America

Peru were the opponent of Brazil in the final of the Copa America 2019 edition and they met again in the semifinal this year. In a pretty entertaining final Brazil beat Peru to lift the Copa America title for the ninth time but this time around, it was quite a scratchy affair, where Brazil won narrowly.

Who is Marcos Paulo?

Atletico Madrid are set to announce their first signing of the summer after Marcos Paulo landed at Barajas airport in Madrid on Saturday – it’s a pity that the Brazilian clubs fail to keep their own players, but at the same time, it opens the opportunity for the youngsters to push their limits and improve and ear more in the European club competitions.

Colombia edge past Uruguay

While Uruguay picked up the momentum as the matches in the group stages progressed, Colombia were really struggling and at one point their qualification for the next round was at stake, but they managed to salvage respect and secure a place in the last eight where they stunned Uruguay and claimed a place in the semifinals.

Argentina gun down Ecuador

Ecuador drew against Brazil and earned a bit of confidence for the quarterfinal clash against the heavyweights of world football – Argentina, but like the England-Ukraine encounter, it was one-way traffic and Ecuador were gunned down by Argentina.

England thrash Ukraine

It was one-way traffic and as soon as Harry Kane struck, it seemed that the fate of the match was decided. Ukraine were thrashed and England advanced to the semifinals in style.

The remarkable journey of Denmark continues

Judging by the recent form the clash against the Czech Republic was Denmark’s game to lose. Baku is one of the most impressive stadiums used in this showpiece event and the passionate Danish fans present at the stadium enjoyed the match till the end as dazzling Denmark advanced to the semifinals of Euro 2020 since 1992.

10-men Brazil beat Chile in a tight match

The quarterfinal match against Chile was tight and when Gabriel Jesus was shown a red card, it became challenging for the Selecao to pull off this match, still, they maintained their authority, but the numerical advantage always bothered and in the end, Brazil survive the Chilean scare.

Peru advance to the semifinals

Peru and Paraguay were involved in a highly entertaining match where the Peruvians continued to ride on their luck in this continental event and booked a place in the semifinals.

Impressive Italy dash Belgium dreams

Belgium are the number 1 team in the world according to the FIFA Ranking and one cannot doubt their abilities. In each and every position they possess great players. This Belgium unit is considered as the Golden Generation after that era of Enzo Scifo and was expected to win the title, but as usual, they ended up being the underachievers. It was Italy who stormed through to the semifinals in style.

Spain survive the scare of brave Switzerland

The Swiss had been outstanding against France and struck five out of five, but at Saint Petersburg, they lost their composure and executed poor penalties. Clearly, they were nervous and it cost them the spot in the semifinals.

Toni Kroos: The German heartbeat at the centre of the park

His contributions to Germany have been immense and at the age of 31 years, e was expected to deliver more and contribute to the development of next-generation of German players. But Toni Kroos decided to retire from international football.

Jadon Sancho returns home

Despite, the English fans crying out loud for the inclusion of Sancho in the starting XI in the ongoing Euro, Southgate seems to stick to his plan, which has paid off till now and surely, how Ole utilizes the best of Sancho would be a subject of interest. Surely, Ole would not be able to deny the productivity of Sancho at all. He should start first hand in that redshirt.

The legendary Joachim Low

Since he took charge in 2008, Low has consistently looked to the future, both tactically and in terms of the personnel he called up. Thanks to his forward-thinking – Germany enjoyed a great decade of success, even though there had been heartbreaks, but when one just looks at the number of successes Germany achieved under Low, those become irrelevant. 

Ukraine strike late, stun Sweden

Sweden does not boast a very impressive record against Ukraine. Apart from the international friendly played in 2011, Sweden have not been able to beat them. The last time they met in Euros was way back in 2012 at Kyiv, where Andriy Shevchenko led Ukraine to a great victory. This time around, Sheva is the coach of this team and again, he would lead his boys to register a thrilling win.

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