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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.