Maior campeonato entre seleções depois da Copa do Mundo, a Eurocopa, cuja 15ª edição acontecerá de 10 de junho a 10 de julho, na França, com 24 equipes, colocará em lados opostos as duas escolas mais bem-sucedidas do futebol mundial nos últimos anos: a espanhola - campeã do mundo em 2010 e atual bicampeã europeia em 2008/2012 - e a alemã - campeã do mundo em 2014.
The Champions League semifinal round begins Tuesday in England as Manchester City plays in its first ever semifinal matchup. The task is not an easy one as Spanish giants Real Madrid invade the Etihad Stadium.
One team that will once again be under the spotlight at this summer’s Euro tournament will be England.
The English always go into tournaments with high hopes but always seem to underachieve. They were knocked out of Euro 2012 and 2004 in the quarterfinals and didn’t even qualify for Euro 2008. In the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, they didn’t escape the group stage.
Despite missing star striker Jamie Vardy, Leicester City thumped Swansea 4-0 to extend its lead over Tottenham to eight points. Now it is up to Spurs to keep up the pace when they host struggling West Brom at White Hart Lane Monday.
Earlier this month, Premier League giants Chelsea named former Juventus and current Italy (for now) manager Antonio Conte as the club’s coach for the 2016-17 season. It has been a season of turmoil at Stamford Bridge as Jose Mourinho was sacked on December 17 after the Blues lost nine of 16 games to begin the season.
Dutchman Guus Hiddink replaced “The Special One” at the club and has guided Chelsea to much better results, but the Blues still sit 10th in the table with 44 points and just five matches remaining.
Manchester City will look to continue to put pressure on Arsenal for the third spot in the Premier League table with a win over visiting Stoke Saturday. The Citizens dropped points in their visit to Newcastle midweek and will look for a stronger performance against the struggling Potters.
Aston Villa’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester United was the final nail in the coffin in what turned out to be a disastrous campaign for the Birmingham club. For the first time in 28 seasons, and the first time since the Premier League as we know it was formed in 1992-93, the Villains will ply their trade in the second tier of English football.
But what of the the other two spots for relegation?
Liverpool has played well enough to get its name into the European conversation but a meeting with Everton in the always-heated Merseyside Derby should prove to a tough fixture to extend its winning streak to three games Wednesday.
Despite spending money on players as if it were a top-10 club, Newcastle United finds itself in a fierce relegation battle as the season winds down. Things don’t get any easier for them as they host Manchester City at
Don’t hand Leicester City the Premier League title just yet. Tottenham Hotspur can make up some ground on the Foxes with a win at Stoke Monday afternoon after the league leaders salvaged a draw against West Ham Sunday.
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