EURO 2016

  • Real Madrid's midfielder Luka Modric suffers injury blow November 18, 2014

    Madrid: Real Madrid midfielder Luka Modric is set to miss the rest of the year with a thigh injury, the La Liga leaders said in a statement on Monday. Modric went off injured in the first half of Croatia's Euro 2016 qualifier in Italy on Sunday and team doctor Boris Nemec's...
  • Wayne Rooney joins Jimmy Greaves on 44 goals with penalty against Slovenia November 16, 2014

    Wayne Rooney celebrated becoming the youngest player to win 100 caps for England with a second-half penalty that sparked his side's revival in a 3-1 win over Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier at Wembley on Saturday. The goal was Rooney's 44th for his country and drew him level with Jimmy...
  • Spain fully committed despite Ramos comments, says coach November 15, 2014

    Spain coach Vicente del Bosque has no doubts about the commitment of Diego Costa and other members of his squad following the suggestion from Sergio Ramos that they are not giving their all. The holders' slow start to qualifying for Euro 2016 has led to tensions in the camp ahead of...
  • Injured keeper David de Gea to miss Spain Euro qualifier November 15, 2014

    Spain goalkeeper David de Gea will miss their Euro 2016 qualifier with Belarus on Saturday after injuring a finger in training, said national team doctor Oscar Celada. "Tomorrow he will definitely not be ready to play," Celada told Marca on Friday referring to the Manchester United stopper. De Gea, who was injured...
  • Wayne Rooney is an England 'great', says Roy Hodgson November 15, 2014

    Wayne Rooney deserves to be thought of as an England great, national team manager Roy Hodgson said on Friday. The Manchester United striker is set to win his 100th cap against Slovenia in a Euro 2016 qualifier on Saturday, adding his name to an elite group of eight other players who...
  • Cristiano Ronaldo claims Euro goals record, Germany toil November 15, 2014

    Berlin: Cristiano Ronaldo became the European Championships' all-time top scorer by giving Portugal a 1-0 victory over Armenia, while Germany could only beat Gibraltar 4-0 as their World Cup victory hangover continued on Friday. Portugal captain Ronaldo broke the deadlock in the 72nd minute to take his tally across Euro finals...
  • Euro qualifier: Romania name uncapped teenager George Puscas in squad October 26, 2014

    Romania named two uncapped players, including teenager George Puscas, in their squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Northern Ireland and the friendly against Denmark next month, the country's football federation (FRF) said. The 18-year-old striker impressed for Inter Milan's youth team, scoring 14 goals in six matches this season though...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Big guns Netherlands, Italy and Belgium all struggle October 14, 2014

    Rome: The Netherlands fell to another surprising loss and fellow continental powers Italy and Belgium also struggled in European Championship qualifying on Monday, while Croatia showed off its goal-scoring credentials. Meanwhile, Wales stayed atop Group B with a 2-1 win over Cyprus and are on course to qualify for their first...
  • Euro 2016: England cruising but little to get excited about October 13, 2014

    London: Nine points from three games in a mediocre Euro 2016 qualifying group means fans can begin to dust off their French phrase books as surely not even England can make a drama out of this one. The expanded format for the next finals has removed any sense of tension from...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Ibra-less Sweden huff and puff in downing Liechtenstein October 13, 2014

    Without captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic for a second straight game, Sweden struggled to convert their chances but still beat Liechtenstein 2-0 in their Group G Euro 2016 qualifier at the Friends Arena on Sunday. With striker Ibrahimovic confined to the bench due to a persistent heel injury, the Swedes spent most of...
  • Euro Qualifiers: Spain rebound with 4-0 win at Luxembourg October 13, 2014

    Diego Costa scored his first goal for Spain in seven appearances to help the defending European champion ease to a 4-0 win at Luxembourg and rebound from their first qualifying loss in eight years on Sunday. The placid victory put Spain back on track to qualifying for the 2016 European championship...
  • Poland stun world champions Germany in Euro qualifier October 12, 2014

    Warsaw: Poland struck twice on the break to stun wasteful World Cup winners Germany 2-0 on Saturday, earning their first ever victory over their illustrious neighbours and taking control of Euro 2016 qualifying Group D. Arkadiusz Milik put them ahead with a well-timed header in the 51st minute and Sebastian Mila...
  • Pressure mounts on Spain's Casillas after latest blunder October 10, 2014

    Once lauded as a goalkeeper who could do no wrong, Spain captain Iker Casillas's tarnished reputation suffered another blow when his error helped Slovakia claim a shock 2-1 win in Euro 2016 qualifying on Thursday. Holders Spain had been looking to continue a rebuilding process after their failure at the World...
  • Euro 2016 Qualifying: No late call-ups for injury-hit Germany October 9, 2014

    Germany have enough strength in depth and coach Joachim Loew will not call up reinforcements for their Euro 2016 qualifier in Poland on Saturday despite a growing injury list, assistant coach Thomas Schneider said. Midfielder Mesut Ozil, ruled out on Wednesday for three months with a knee ligament tear, was the...
  • Koke aims to follow in Xavi's footsteps for new-look Spain October 9, 2014

    Barcelona: Atletico Madrid midfielder Koke is part of a fresh generation of Spain players aiming to make an impact in Euro 2016 qualifying and says he would be happy if he achieves half the success of retired great Xavi. It is a new-look Spain that is bidding to win their third...
  • Costa has to prove himself for Spain, says coach Del Bosque October 8, 2014

    Chelsea striker Diego Costa may be prolific at club level, but Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque feels it is time he proves himself on the international stage as he leads the champions' attack during Euro 2016 qualifying. Having convinced Costa to turn his back on Brazil, the country of his birth,...
  • Mesut Ozil undergoes scan, doubtful for Euro 2016 qualifiers October 8, 2014

    Germany midfielder Mesut Ozil travelled to Munich on Wednesday to undergo a scan on his left knee, leaving his participation in their euro 2016 qualifier against Poland in Warsaw on Saturday in doubt. Ozil, who played the full 90 minutes in Arsenal's 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Sunday, could be the...
  • Sturridge won't be fit for England, says Rodgers October 1, 2014

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge won't be fit to play in England's Euro 2016 qualifiers against San Marino and Estonia next week, according to his club manager Brendan Rodgers. He has not played since August due to a groin problem suffered in an England training session, which prompted an angry Rodgers to...
  • England can't afford slow start, says Wayne Rooney September 6, 2014

    Wayne Rooney admits England can't afford a slow start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign against Switzerland on Monday. Roy Hodgson's team head to Basel desperately in need of a strong performance and result to erase the bitter taste of their miserable World Cup campaign. The road to the Euros in France...
  • Germany coach Joachim Loew to lead team to Euro 2016 July 23, 2014

    Germany World Cupwinning coach Joachim Loew remains committed to leading the side through to the European Championship in 2016, the 54yearold said on Wednesday. Loew was contracted to the German football federation (DFB) until July 2016, but said he had needed to take some time following his side's 10 World Cup...
  • Goalline technology to be used at Euro 2016, says Sepp Blatter June 28, 2014

    Rio de Janerio: UEFA president Michel Platini will introduce goalline technology at the 2016 European Championship in France, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said on Friday. Platini, the former France midfielder and national coach, has been a staunch opponent of the system in his seven years as UEFA chief. The system is being...
  • Prandelli warns Italy against complacency in Euro 2016 qualifiers February 24, 2014

    Rome: Italian head coach warned that his side's opponents in the Euro 2016 qualifiers are not as easy to handle as many consider. The Azzurri have been drawn in group H which also includes Croatia, Bulgaria, Norway, Azerbaijan and Malta, reports Xinhua. Prandelli insisted that while Italy were fortunate to have avoided...
  • Champions Spain have comfortable draw for Euro 2016 February 23, 2014

    Nice, France: Two-time defending European champion Spain face a seemingly comfortable road to defend their title at Euro 2016 after being drawn in Group C along with Luxembourg, Macedonia, Belarus, Slovakia and Ukraine on Sunday. The Netherlands were drawn in a tougher-looking Group A and faces the Czech Republic, Turkey, Kazakhstan,...
  • Platini admits Euro 2016 qualifiers will be less interesting March 28, 2013

    Sofia: UEFA president Michel Platini has acknowledged that the Euro 2016 qualifying competition will be "less interesting" with nearly half the teams involved set to progress to the 24team finals in France. Platini said that the format would continue to involve sixteam groups, however up to three teams per group could...
  • France favored in 3nation race to host Euro 2016 May 15, 2010

    Geneva: France appears favored to host football's European Championship in 2016 after UEFA published evaluations of the three bidding nations. UEFA praised France on Friday for creating a "very good longterm legacy" plan in its bid dossier, which detailed plans for spending euro1.7 billion ($2.1 billion) on stadiums. France is competing with...
  • Euro 2016: Platini cynical on ItalyFrance tieup March 28, 2009

    New Delhi: UEFA President Michel Platini talked about the possibility of Italy and France cohosting Euro 2016 and the distribution of funds in the Champions League. French football legend and current UEFA chairman Michel Platini gave an interview to Sky Sports in which he talked about the distribution of funds to...