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Euro 2020 takes shape as Netherlands, Germany and Croatia qualify

Paris (AFP) – The Netherlands, Germany and World Cup finalists Croatia became the last big hitters to qualify for Euro 2020 on Saturday as the trio booked their places at next summer’s finals. Austria also made it through to the multi-host tournament, which kicks off on June 12, with 16 teams now ensured of a spot at the 24-team event and only four places remaining from the main qualifying route. They join other big names such like Spain, Italy, England and Belgium, who will all fancy their…

Jack’s the lad to bring style back to Hibs

In the 19th century, Frenchman Alphonse de Lamartine detailed the value of the past. “History teaches everything, including the future,” he opined, and as new Hibernian manager Jack Ross heads in to start work tomorrow, players who under-performed for the previous managerial team only need to look into the recent past to gain some insight as to what the new regime has in store for them. While the past cannot be considered infallible in the realms of predictive science, previous jobs show that

Tottenham Handed Boost In Pursuit Of This Defender: Why Pochettino Must Make A Move

According to Daily Mail, West Bromwich Albion might be forced to offload Nathan Ferguson in January to avoid losing him for a cut-price in the summer. It is believed that Ferguson could depart for as low as £300k after the end of the season. As a result, Tottenham Hotspur are already keeping close tabs on the defender’s current situation through the Lilywhites could face stiff competition from Crystal Palace. Ferguson’s breakout at West Brom Ferguson was promoted to the West

Gareth Southgate backs Raheem Sterling to make most of Euro 2020 opportunity

Gareth Southgate has backed Raheem Sterling to prove he is one of the very best on the planet at next summer’s Euros. The Three Lions winger was axed for Thursday’s 7-0 romp over Montenegro following his canteen scuffle with Liverpool rival Joe Gomez early last week. But Sterling, with eight goals in six qualifiers, will be back in the starting line-up this evening in the nation’s final Group A clash away to Kosovo. And with England’s passage to the European Championships secured, Southgate believes the Manchester City

Kosovo the first stop as Gareth Southgate’s England hit home straight | Football

There was plenty on Gareth Southgate’s mind as he departed Wembley on that tumultuous night in June 1996, after his missed penalty condemned England to defeat in the European Championship semi-final against Germany, but a little-known detail has stayed with him. “The most heartbreaking thing for me was for people like Stuart Pearce, he retired on the bus home,” Southgate says. The England manager, who is preparing for Sunday’s Euro 2020 qualifying tie against Kosovo in Pristina, with his team already assured of their…

Germany, Holland, Croatia and Austria increase qualified teams to 16

Euro 2020 Four places to be decided on final daySpain, England, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Poland, France, Turkey, Belgium, Russia, Italy, Sweden, Finland, Germany, the Netherlands, Croatia and Austria have all qualified for Euro 2020, which leaves just four places left to fight for in the normal qualification process. Another four spots will be determined though the Nations League playoffs in March. So here is what is to be decided in each group. England's 7-0 win over Montenegro and the Czech Republic's 2-1 defeat of…

Arsenal news: Unai Emery given one month to save his job as pressure builds | Football | Sport

Arsenal boss Unai Emery has just one month to save his job as pressure is mounting from the board.According to the Daily Mirror, Emery’s fate may be decided by the upcoming Premier League games against struggling Southampton, Norwich, Brighton and West Ham.The Spaniard is also expected to deliver against a powerful Manchester City side at the Emirates on December 15 (4.30pm) and needs to seal qualification to the next round of the Europa League.The ex-Sevilla boss was given a vote of confidence by head of football Raul…

Liverpool Could Raid Turmoil Hit Napoli For Italian Attacker: Would This Speedster Be A Good Fit?

According to a recent report by The Daily Mail, Italian Serie A outfit Napoli are currently undergoing an internal crisis, wherein the players have begun to clash with the back-room management team. Although the club hierarchy have attempted to resolve the issue over the last couple of days, the Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis has threatened to ‘sell the whole squad’ if things don’t go back to normal in the coming days.  While this could be gutting news to Napoli fans and

Wolves transfer news: Nuno Espirito Santo approves January deal for Aurelio Buta | Football | Sport

Wolves are closing in on a loan deal to bring Royal Antwerp's Aurelio Buta to Molineux in January, the Sunday Mirror report. Nuno Espirito Santo has told the board to go out and get the 22-year-old right-back to bolster his ranks for the second half of the campaign.Buta has thrived in a wing-back role in the Belgian Pro League and therefore is deemed capable of providing cover and further competition for Matt Doherty.The club’s squad has been pushed to the limits by the constraints of Europa League football this season…

Netherlands Player Ratings in draw against Northern Ireland

Netherlands sealed their Euro 2020 spot with a poor 0-0 draw in Belfast against Northern Ireland. Michael Bell rates Oranje’s players for their performances during the draw. Jasper Cillessen 5/10: Looked very shaky at the start and almost gifted Northern Ireland a goal in the opening minutes. Calmed down after that and barely had anything to do. Joel Veltman 5/10: Was very unlucky to give away the penalty and get a yellow card for a handball he could do nothing to prevent. Doesn’t offer enough going forward…

Second time at Celtic is even better for Neil Lennon

It might seem strange to the outsider that the Celtic experience now being lapped up by Neil Lennon was one that he seemed to close a door on when ties were cut in the summer of 2014 following four years in charge of the club. The Irishman maintains that this parting was necessary. Equally, though, he doesn’t want to go through such a break-up ever again. It was Frank Sinatra who crooned that love is lovelier second time around. And he was the comeback king. Lennon would say the same about the

Chelsea join Man Utd and Liverpool in race for teenage star Joe Gelhardt

Chelsea have joined the queue of elite English clubs chasing Wigan starlet Joe Gelhardt. The England youngster, 17, has made seven league appearances for the Championship strugglers this term – all from the bench. And striker Gelhardt’s emergence is attracting attention from the all of the Premier League’s big boys – with Frank Lampard’s Blues the latest top-flight outfit to express their interest. Manchester United and City, Liverpool , Everton and Tottenham have also been monitoring the rapid development of the

Extratime.ie – EURO 2020 Qualifier Report: Northern Ireland 0

David Wilson reports from Windsor Park In what is set to be Michael O’Neill’s final home game, Northern Ireland played out a spiriting 0 - 0 draw with the Netherlands in front of 18,404 at Windsor Park. The first half began with some controlled Dutch possession football. However, after only four minutes Jasper Cillessen took too much time, being closed down inside his own 6-yard box by Corry Evans. Evans was very unlucky not to see his effort find the

I Could Play At Anfield More Often Admits Liverpool Linked Midfielder

  Follow @insidefutbolSander Berge, who has been linked with a move to Liverpool, has admitted after playing at Anfield it is something he would like to experience more often. The Norway international midfielder has impressed with his performances for Belgian side Genk and recently visited Anfield to take on the Reds in a Champions League group stage fixture.    Genk gave a good account of themselves against the European champions and only narrowly lost the clash 2-1 at Anfield.Berge hugely enjoyed playing at the…

Turkish International Would Be An Ideal Defensive Option For Man City: Perfect Partner For Laporte?

According to a recent report by Sky Sports, Premier League champions Manchester City are said to be considering the purchase of Leicester City defensive-pairing Caglar Soyunçu and Jonny Evans, in an attempt to ease the defensive worries in the side. Of the two, the Turkish international Soyunçu has been raising eyebrows all over European football in recent weeks, and Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola seems to have noticed this as well. Why Do Manchester City Urgently Need

Northern Ireland in Euro 2020 play-offs after draw with Netherlands | Football

Events elsewhere on Friday meant Northern Ireland had the comfort of a play-off position for Euro 2020 before this joust with the Netherlands got under way. Still, there was the motivation of affording Michael O’Neill a performance for the ages in what may well mark the Stoke manager’s last appearance in charge of Northern Ireland at Windsor Park. O’Neill’s players did not deliver that but this showing was the epitome of spirit and determination, as has been so prevalent in recent times. The Netherlands left Belfast…
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