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2.1512/06/2016 at 4:53 pm #6661
Italy coach Antonio Conte said that he left Andrea Pirlo and Sebastian Giovinco out of his squad of 30 players leading up to Euro 2016 because they opted to play Major League Soccer.
Former AC Milan and Juventus midfielder Pirlo was a surprise omission, having been convinced by Conte to reassess his plan to retire after the 2014 World Cup.
Pirlo, 37, played a part in Italy qualifying for Euro 2016, but he has not featured since playing in the 1-0 win over Malta last September, and Conte admitted that the player’s decision to join New York City FC from Juventus last summer affected his national team chances.
“When you make a certain choice and go to play in certain leagues, you do so taking it into account that they could pay the consequences from a footballing viewpoint,” Conte said at a news conference on Tuesday, the day after naming 30 players he will eventually cut down to 23 by the end of the month.
“I called him and we’ve spoken about it. I needed to discuss it with him and we’ve had people out there for a week to take a look at him and Giovinco. We’ve made technical choices and nothing has been done just at random.”
Pirlo was left out, even though Claudio Marchisio and Marco Verratti have both been ruled out injured. Riccardo Montolivo and Thiago Motta are also doubts, although both have the next few days to prove their fitness to the Italy coach before he makes up his mind which 23 players to take with him to France.
He admitted on Tuesday he is close to knowing who will be joining him on a plane to Montpellier on June 8, but at the same time he did not want to name names.
“The important thing is we have a plan and we need to stick to this,” he said. “First we lost Verratti and Marchisio, now we’ve got Motta and Montolivo, but we’ve got to know how to overcome these circumstances.
“I’ve only got a few doubts. Today, I’ve got 24 or 25 in my mind. I already know how things are going to look. We’ll assess Motta and Montolivo and if they are not available these days, then this could have an influence.
“There are 30 of us and we need to skim this down further. We picked this number for a mixture of injuries and technical choices. I picked with my mind, thinking of who are the best players at this moment in time.
“I know very well that it’s hard to please everybody, but I chose according to my beliefs, based on these two years.”
While he would have preferred to have more players to choose from, Conte said he hopes things will take a turn for the better before it is too late.
“I ask my players to be dreamers,” he said. “You’ve always got to have something beautiful to dream about. We might not be very lucky right now, but let’s hope this turns in our favour during the tournament.”12/06/2016 at 4:54 pm #6662
Lots of underdog surprises at the EURO 2016 games
Croatia made a convincing start to their Euro 2016 campaign, despite only beating Turkey 1-0 at the Parc des Princes in Paris.
Luka Modric scored the decisive goal in the 41st minute when he volleyed a half cleared cross past Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Babacan from 25-yards out.
Croatia enjoyed the better chances before Modric’s goal with Ivan Rakitic coming close to converting a Dario Srna cross after two minutes, while Mario Mandzukic and Marcelo Brozovic also wasted good opportunities for Ante Cacic’s side.
There were some full-blooded challenges too with Modric on the receiving end of one and Croatia defender Vedran Corluka forced to leave the field to have his head bandaged following a clash with Cenk Tosun.
On 29 minutes Ozan Tufan’s header presented Turkey with a real chance to open the scoring but the midfielder’s effort was directed straight at Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic.
Then, with half time approaching, Modric struck to separate the sides before the break and make Turkey pay for the chances they had allowed Croatia.
Luka Modric FRANCISCO LEONG/AFP/Getty Images
In the 52nd minute a Dario Srna free kick from 20-yards out struck the top of the crossbar and two minutes later the Shakhtar Donetsk man was presented with a second chance to double Croatia’s lead when Babacan could only parry Ivan Perisic’s cross into his path, but he snatched at his shot and fired wide from close range.
At this point Croatia were in complete control of proceedings, and on the hour Mandzukic won a knockdown in the penalty area allowing Brozovic to control with his chest before shooting wildly over the bar.
Turkey coach Fatih Terim attempted to instigate a fightback by substituting his captain, midfielder Arda Turan, for striker Burak Yilmaz but soon after another Perisic cross from the left wing almost finished in a goal with Brozovic inches away from sliding home.
Borussia Dortmund new boy Emre Mor was also introduced to proceedings by Terim, in place of Tosun but Turkey were reduced to shots from long range, with Hakan Calhanoglu dragging an effort wide after finding space 30 yards out.
Croatia responded by rattling the crossbar courtesy of a Perisic header that had Babacan beaten before the goalkeeper was forced to tip another header from Brozovic over as the final 10 minutes approached.
Late on Croatia left-back Ivan Strinic dragged down Volkan Sen on the edge of the box giving Turkey a rare chance to have a clear sight of goal but Caner Erkin’s powerful effort was saved with ease by Subasic
ESPNFC12/06/2016 at 4:55 pm #6663
The former Super Eagles handler was committed to mother earth on Saturday evening according to Islamic rites
Former Nigeria head coach and Technical Director of the Nigeria Football Federation Amodu Shuaibu has been laid to rest at his residence at Okpella, Edo State.
The legendary tactician died in his sleep on having complained of chest pains on Friday night.
His remains was brought into his residence from the Stella Obasanjo Hospital, Benin in the afternoon and was commit interred few hours later.
Islamic cleric Ahmed Shehu described Amodu’s departure as a great loss to Okpella community, Edo state and Nigeria at large.
Secretary General of the NFF Mohammed Sanusi, chairman of the Edo State FA Frank Ilaboya, Robinson Okosun were joined by hundreds of sympathizers to bid the icon farewell.
Amodu is survived by an aged mother, wife and seven children.
The demise of the three-time Super Eagles coach who had a stint with BBC Lions, Elkanemi Warriors and Orlando Pirates comes three days after the death of Stephen Keshi who was his assistant at the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations staged in Mali.12/06/2016 at 4:55 pm #666412/06/2016 at 4:57 pm #6665
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The veteran former Nigeria coach has been left distraught by the close deaths of the two successful coaches who passed on with days of each other.
Former Super Eagles coach Chief Adegboye Onigbinde has lamented the untimely deaths of both Shaibu Amodu and Stephen Keshi, men who he claimed were supposed to be the leading lights of Nigerian football coaches in years to come.
Amodu’s was announced on Saturday morning, three days after Keshi passed on at the age of 54.
Onigbinde, who has been involved with the national team as a coach since 1982, said they late duo had all it takes to move Nigerian football forward but unfortunately won’t be around to give of their experience.
“The news of the sudden death of coach Amodu is a shocking one. One has not even recovered from the news of the sudden death of Stephen Keshi before the shattering news of Amodu’s death,” Onigbinde told Goal.
“It pains me that when I thought we were beginning to get it right in the Technical Department of the Nigeria Football Federation with Amodu in charge, that’s when death came knocking and took him away. It is sad and very painful
“At the time he had not been appointed, I was the one pushing him to go for it and head the NFF technical department because I knew he was capable.
“I told him to go ahead and let’s get something out of this before he agreed to do it. I told him then that he has the heart and the wherewithal to confront all obstacles in doing this job. He did not disappoint me until death took him away.
“This is what led to my level of frustration on his death. We are struggling to see who will take over from us when we finally leave the stage (coaching) but the people that are supposed to take over from us are the ones going one by one.
“This is very sad and I am very emotional about this. May the soul of the departed rest in perfect peace,” Onigbinde said.
Amodu was buried in his hometown in Okpella on Saturday according to Islamic rites.12/06/2016 at 4:58 pm #6667
All Euro 2016 betting winners, go to this link12/06/2016 at 4:59 pm #6668
The Nigeria forward faces an uncertain future once again as his loan spell in East London comes to an end
Victor Moses left West Ham United and returned to Chelsea on Tuesday after coming to the end of his loan spell with the Hammers.
His departure appeared inevitable, with the Nigerian forward not expected to have been retained by Slaven Bilic’s side.
While it’s not impossible that the East Londoners could return for Moses during the summer—perhaps on another temporary basis—the Super Eagles star must surely now begin considering his future elsewhere, having struggled to prove beyond doubt that he belongs at a club challenging for the European places.12/06/2016 at 5:00 pm #6669
Moses may well take inspiration from two other Chelsea rejects—Juan Cuadrado and Mohamed Salah—both of whom found success by swapping the Premier League for Italy, where their direct play, dribbling ability and speed made them stand out within a division that has a reputation for being more staid than the EPL.
Neither have been given a genuine opportunity to shine at Stamford Bridge, and Cuadrado ends the year with an Italian title at Juventus, while Salah ultimately secured his move away from west London—joining AS Roma—after proving himself with Fiorentina and then the Giallorossi.
It’s poignant that only hours before Stephen Keshi passed away, one of his greatest success stories found himself unwanted again and pausing mournfully at another crossroads in his career.
Moses paid a polite tribute to his departed coach on social media and will likely have recalled their mutual triumph together.12/06/2016 at 5:01 pm #6670
The Azzurri were runners-up in this tournament four years ago, but our tipster thinks that Antonio Conte’s men will struggle to contain Marc Wilmots’ free-scoring side in Lyon
Italy arrive at Euro 2016 hungry for success after suffering defeat in the final of the competition four years ago. The memory of that 4-0 loss to Spain in Kiev is still painful for the Azzurri and Antonio Conte’s men will be determined to go one better in this summer’s showpiece.
Monday’s Group E opener against World Cup 2014 quarter-finalists Belgium is certain to test Italy’s credentials, for Marc Wilmots’ men are themselves considered in many quarters to be genuine contenders to be crowned as the continent’s champions in France and this clash is certainly one of the more eye-catching meetings in the first round of fixtures.
Indeed, Belgium can be backed at 6/4 (2.50) with Betway to get their campaign off to a perfect start with victory here, while the odds compilers go 21/10 (3.10) that it is Conte’s charges who pick up all three points from this clash. Italy have drawn more games at the European Championships – 15 – than any other nation and, therefore, the 21/10 (3.10) quote for this match to end in stalemate is certainly not without appeal.
Both Andrea Pirlo and Mario Balotelli – key protagonists in Italy’s run to the final four years ago – have been omitted from Conte’s 23-man-squad this time around, while injury has robbed the Azzurri of midfield duo Marco Verratti and Claudio Marchisio.
Consequently, Italy have placed an emphasis on functionality rather than flair and the individual star quality that has so often proven pivotal for the Azzurri appears to be in short supply this time around.
The same cannot be said of Belgium, with Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku all likely to line up for Marc Wilmots’ men in Lyon. Instead, their weakness lies at the back; Vincent Kompany, Nicolas Lombaerts, Bjorn Engels and Dedryk Boyata are absent through injury, leaving the Belgians depleted in their defensive resources.
Attack, therefore, could prove to be Belgium’s best form of defence this summer and there is value to be had in backing goals galore when Wilmots’ charges take to the field.
The last five encounters between these two nations has produced 18 goals and, with that in mind, the 7/5 (2.40) quote from Betway for more than two goals to be scored represents decent value for punters, while the same firm go 21/20 (2.05) that there are goals at both ends – a selection that would have landed in eight of Belgium’s last nine fixtures.
Belgium proved too hot to handle for Italy when the two teams locked horns in a friendly fixture back in November, with Wilmots’ side running out as 3-1 winners on that occasion and they can be trusted to repeat that feat.
Punters, therefore, are advised to back Belgium to open their Euro 2016 campaign with a win at Betway’s generous 6/4 (2.50) quote ahead of Monday’s crucial clash.
Belgium to beat Italy at 6/4 (2.50) for a 2pt stake with Betway12/06/2016 at 10:21 pm #6674
Germany beat Ukraine by 2 goals to 0, however ESPN didn’t think they did well enough read what the wrote below.
LILLE, France — Three quick thoughts from Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine in their Group C contest in Lille on Sunday.
1. Germany comfortable in win but fail to set a tone
Germany win to set themselves on the path to potentially adding Euro 2016 to their 2014 World Cup title, but they still haven’t set quite the right pace.
This mostly comfortable victory over Ukraine — courtesy of goals from Shkodran Mustafi and substitute Bastian Schweinsteiger — was an odd match in that regard. There were spells when Germany threatened to return to their 2014 best, but also longer spells in which we saw the kind of problems that threaten to deny them doing that historic double of two successive international trophies.
It is perhaps the biggest question with this team, and one reminiscent of the one that faced Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich, for whom so many of this side have played in. They can be so good when they are fully switched on, but have an odd tendency to switch off in almost every game and give their opponents a chance. They gave Ukraine more than a few chances here. Many say this is just a consequence of requiring the proper competitive focus of really significant tournament games, but it was the kind of thing that cost them in Euro 2012, when they were arguably at their peak and even better than 2014.
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This match had so many examples. Germany were supreme for the first 20 minutes and really moved the ball about slickly. It led to the foul on Thomas Muller and a typically brilliant delivery from Toni Kroos that Mustafi met with such emphatic power. Once they got that, though, a complacency that has been seen right through qualifying set in, and they were the inferior side until half-time.
Of course, their superior level of players meant they could just keep the ball after that. Once Ukraine were forced into the desperation of throwing men forward late on, then, a break left Schweinsteiger to finish and make it 2-0.
That sealed a solid win, and the type of start that most teams would crave. Germany are not most teams, though. They are the world champions. If they are able to perform at even 90 percent capacity, they will probably be the European champions, too.
The issue for the past two years, however, has been that they only rarely touch that level. This team are obviously very good and one of the favourites, but there’s always the lingering sense they have so much more in them.
2. Germany lack cohesion, intensity
Although a fully on-form Germany would easily win this tournament to do a double of 2014 World Cup and Euro 2016, they do have a double issue if they do not have that intensity. The lack of a top-level centre-forward remains painfully obvious, and their defence just does not look dependable. Those two problems are also inter-connected, even though they are at opposite ends of the pitch.
Mario Gotze has so many qualities, and they were often on show in this game with jinking runs and some lovely touches, but his lack of pace as a false nine means he can’t properly pin back defences in the way Germany did in 2014. Here, Ukraine were able to bypass Joachim Low’s front line much more easily, and that allowed them to put the German defence under more pressure.
There, as Mats Hummels sat on the bench due to his lack of match fitness, they were so often too loose. A lot of Ukrainian attacks were cleared with a rushed anxiety rather than the assurance they should have been, and it reflected how the defence looked somewhat ill-fitting. Individual players within it did OK, but there was no real cohesion to properly cut out Ukraine.
Germany vs Ukraine celeb Mustafi and Boateng
Shkodran Mustafi, centre, scored the opener en route to Germany’s 2-0 win over Ukraine on Sunday.
At the other end, ironically, the issue is almost too much polish. They could occasionally have done with more rough-and-ready running, rather than always trying the perfect lay-off or pass. It is perhaps the one thing they’ve lost in this evolution into a World Cup-winning team, other than the production of elite strikers. Germany are nowhere near as quick on the break as they were between 2010 and 2012, and even Schweinsteiger’s late goal was more a consequence of Ukraine committing too many men forward to salvage a point rather than Germany’s counter-attacking fully working.
The offset is that approach has given them more control, but by the end of the match they were almost too controlling. As they played out the final few minutes, it was as if they were trying to kill off a knockout match with passes, rather than just kill a game with goals. It was oddly sedate for a team who could do with more intensity.
Of course, if the team is fully firing and they get that intensity, they have far too much inherent ability for any of this to be an issue. It is the biggest issue with this team, though.
3. Ukraine more adventurous than anticipated
For a manager that has said “we are not adventurers” and that he doesn’t like “open play,” Ukraine manager Mykhailo Fomenko put out a team much braver than expected in this match, and it could yet mean their Euro 2016 adventure goes on longer than expected too. There was a protracted spell in this game — especially between Mustafi’s goal and half-time — when Ukraine were the better team and giving Germany more problems than the world champions did to them.
Although most of those problems came from set pieces — a Yevhen Khacheridi close-range header that Manuel Neuer diverted away, a Serhiy Shevchuk volley when a corner came to the edge of the box — there was some craft to them too. The most memorable moment of the game, Jerome Boateng’s goal-line clearance, came from creators Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevhen Konoplyanka finally linking up. Yarmolenko chipped in a beautiful ball, and Konoplyanka diverted it back across goal, to put Boateng in some trouble.
Ukraine might have offered more had they got these two to link up more often but you do need the ball to do that, something that will obviously happen more against Northern Ireland than against Germany, who just deprived them of it in the second half. On this evidence, they should have a little too much for Michael O’Neill’s team in what could be a crunch third-place game, even if it does look like the match of this group stage that is best bet for a 0-0.”
Espn.12/06/2016 at 11:15 pm #6675
Don’t get caught up with Soccer Odds
Sometimes people are too careless with soccer actions, some days, soccer handicappers bite more than they can chew, they see an attractive game to bet on and they push a lot of people into that game. When you want to bet on any soccer game, you got to make sure that you are sure of what you are betting against and remain consistent with it, simply because you will not win all, but you will win majority. Soccer game can change at any minute. You will see a team lead all the way till 90th minutes then turn out to lose at extra time or tie which will means you lose your money if you bet on them to win.
A good example is the game between England and Russia, England has all Barclay Premier league player on it’s side, they gave players that are world class and top of their league. However, they could not beat lowly Russia who has only 2 professional players. There were millions of dollars all on that game, all on England side and the bookmaker made a killing that day due to how much people lost on majority team that got the most money, the line stated at -115 and pushed up to – 150 before kick off. England end up tying the game.
12/06/2016 at 11:28 pm #6676
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A very attractive bet today, beat the handicapper with this soccer prediction
Looking for a pay day? It may be here already, tonight there is a juicy game and most handicapper are probably on it or they are blind to see the mix up in the soccer odds. Tonight there is a COPA America 2016 game that you can bet good money on and it will sure pay off if you stay true to it. The game between Brazil and Peru is a big Mixup, Brazil is way ahead of the game in out opinion and they can win by as much as 6 goals.
The odd maker has them on -152 to win by one goal on goals spread, that is a big winning chance. We will take a angry shot at this game. Since England disappointed majority, here is a chance to rebound and rebound in a big way. Brazil should deliver against Peru, that is our prediction .
Here are few stats that will make a difference in this game.
Assists: 112/06/2016 at 11:59 pm #6678
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