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Croatia Euro Cup: Ivan Rakitic ends Croatia career

The Sevilla midfielder has supposed goodbye to the Croatia national team, the Croatian Football Federation (HNS) confirmed on Monday. I am persuaded that we still have a great side with a bright future ahead. I request my friends and teammates all the luck in the world for the future challenges, and in me, they will have the main fan.

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“Saying goodbye to the Croatian national team is the most difficult decision in my career, but I felt that this was the moment when I had to break and make that decision. I enjoyed every game I played for my homeland, and unforgettable moments from the World Cup will remain among my favorites,” Rakitić said, before adding.

I am induced that we still have a great side with a bright future ahead. I wish my friends and teammates all the game luck in the world for the upcoming challenges, and they will have the biggest fan in me.

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Rakitić, who earned 106 caps for Croatia and scored 15 goals during his career, talked about his decision with Zlatko Dalic, HNS president Davor Suker, and captain Luka Modric, and in the coming days, he will address the public with a statement.

Born in Switzerland to Croatian parents, Rakitić played for Switzerland at the youth level but decided to represent Croatia at the senior level. He made his debut for Croatia in 2007 and represented the country at UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012, the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016, and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he won a runners-up medal.

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Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England’s European Contest symbol

There is no Euro 2020 Championship in this summer, so 3 Lions faithful have been reminiscing about 1996. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

When England hosted the European Championship in 1996, a new mascot was born, following a line of iconic football tournament mascots. Italy had Pinocchio, Germany had Berni, and England made sure to create a symbol that would evoke the successes of previous teams and one that would be memorable itself.

Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England's European Contest symbol
Euro 2020 – Remembering Euro 96 mascot’s Name, stimulus and history of England’s European Contest symbol

So who was the mascot for Euro 96 and what was the motivation? Objective investigates.

Who was the mascot for Euro 96?

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

Drawing upon England’s relationship with Three Lions on their national group identification, Goaliath was a lion who wore an England shirt and was typically furnished with a ball under his arm. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

A play on the name of the scriptural character Goliath, who was a fearsome mammoth, Goaliath was the animation encapsulation of the competition has, England. The character of Goaliath was to a great extent enlivened by World Cup Willie – the mascot for the 1966 World Cup, which was likewise held in England.

Like Goaliath, Willie was a lion, yet he wore a pullover with an association banner decorated across it as opposed to a plain England shirt.

The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.
The mascot for Euro 96 was Goaliath.

European Championship mascots

There have been several mascots for the European Championship over the years and they have taken various forms. In the 1980s and 1990s, European Championship mascots tended to be animals, but the trend has shifted since the turn of the millennium towards more human forms.

You can see the full list of mascots from 1980 to 2020 below.

Tournament Mascot
Euro 80 – Italy Pinocchio
Euro 84 – France Peno
Euro 88 – West Germany Berni
Euro 92 – Sweden  Rabbit
Euro 96 – England Goaliath
Euro 2000 – Netherlands & Belgium Benelucky
Euro 2004 – Portugal Kinas
Euro 2008 – Austria & Switzerland Trix and Flix
Euro 2012 – Poland & Ukraine Slavek and Slavko
Euro 2016 – France Super Victor
Euro 2020 – Pan European Skillzy

The principal European Championship mascot was revealed in front of the 1980 competition in Italy. It was called Pinocchio and based on the classic fairy-tale character, with a long nose. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

France 1984 saw the first run through a creature character filled in as European Championship mascot with a cockerel called Peno summoning the national group identification of Les Bleus. West Germany followed in 1988, opting for a rabbit called Berni – a nod to the city of Berne, where Germany won their first World Cup.

In 1992, Sweden hosted the European Championship, and, instead of taking the opportunity to make their unique mascot, they persisted with a rabbit. The rabbit was a different color and named Rabbit.

Goaliath followed in Euro 96, with the lion topic proceeding in Euro 2000, which was held across Belgium and the Netherlands, with Benelucky. The Belgo-Dutch mascot was the part devil and part lion, incorporating both countries’ national team symbols.

Portugal hosted Euro 2004 and their mascot was Kinas – a boy in a Portugal kit named in honor of the national flag, the Bandeira das Quinas (flag of the five shields).

When Austria and Switzerland hosted Euro 2008, they went for red-and-white-clad twin mascots Trix and Flix. A comparable mascot style followed when Poland and Ukraine facilitated Euro 2012, with every mascot wearing the hair shade of their separate national banners.

France continued the human style of mascot in 2016, dispensing with the cockerels that had served them in 1984 and the World Cup in 1998 (Footix) in favour of Super Victor, a child hero footballer.

The mascot for Euro 2020 – which will presently occur in 202 is Skillzy, who is a free-form football animation character.

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Euro 2021 – Can the Czech Republic’s duo offer hope for a new future at the tournament

At the Euro 2004, the Czech Republic’s golden generation came within a hair’s breadth of only a second major tournament final since the country’s current iteration came into being in 1993. That team has not been matched since Czech premier league. Euro 2020 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

They came from behind to win against both Germany and the Netherlands, boasted Juventus star Pavel Nedved, Borussia Dortmund’s title-winning ‘little Mozart’ Tomas Rosicky and man-mountain Jan Koller. Indeed, Czechia’s footballing heritage has since deteriorated markedly.

They have not qualified for a World Cup since 2006 and have won only 3 of their last 10 games in the Euros since their 2004 heroics. But there are signs of a resurgence.

“Goal-bae” Matej Vydra

After almost being sold by Burnley in the final days of the January transfer window, Championship goal-bae Matej Vydra (to use football journalist James Horncastle’s parlance) has come alive, scoring twice in his last three league games including a gorgeous winner against Southampton and won February’s Premier League goal of the month.

Despite scoring prolifically in England’s second division, injuries, a lack of form and strong performances from forwards ahead of him have seen questions asked about Burnley’s £11 million men. Vydra is at the prime of his career and playing at a higher level than most of the Czech national team.

Although he has scored a paltry 5 goals in 26 international appearances, there are signs that Matej may now be ready to take on the mantle of scoring goals for a country that not so long ago produced Milan Baros. Euro 2020 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Vydra’s low scoring rate can also be attributed to issues in the Czech midfield, but these problems too may have a Premier League solution.

Hard-working Tomas Soucek

Tomas Soucek has gained a recent reputation as a reliable goalscorer from midfield in the Czech league, notching a formidable 30 goals over the past two seasons. Euro 2020 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

At 6″4, he positively has the rawness to contend in England’s top flight, yet in his three West Ham appearances he appears to have adjusted to a more profound job, operating on the right of Mark Noble in a compact midfield three in a recent game against Liverpool.

Nonetheless, Soucek shows promise. He was impressive against the European champions, working hard and putting in some strong tackles to disrupt the Liverpool midfield’s mesmeric intensity. Like Vydra, he has already played in 20 internationals.

With his move to the Premier League, he may be ready to make the step up to lead this Czech team forward. This is not to say that there aren’t other hugely talented Czech players who could make an impact.

Patrick Schick has been impressive for RB Leipzig on loan, scoring 7 in 15 league games, and former Udinese midfielder Jakub Jankto has long been seen as a promising player.

But Schick, no longer the teen sensation he was when he broke through at Sampdoria, has not demonstrated consistent goalscoring in the past three seasons. Jankto has played almost every game for Sampdoria this season but has struggled in a side which languishes in 17th place in Serie A at the time of writing.

Euro “2021”: England and Croatia

At the Euro 2020 (postponed to 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic), the Czech side will come up against England, Croatia, and a third-team which will come through the play-off process. In many ways, it is a group that mirrors their 2004 opponents: Germany, Netherlands, and Latvia. 

That year, the team, led by Baros, Rosicky, Koller, and Nedved, went behind but won, all three games. At the next Euros, the team’s slim chances of qualifying from their group will require a similar story: the ability to suffer through the tough patches in games and big performances from their best players.

If they play to their strengths, Vydra the poacher and Soucek the towering midfield powerhouse could be the players to lead this Czech team to rock some boats at Euro 2020.

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Remembering UEFA EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament before Euro 2021

Four Portugal players, three from Germany and two each speaking to France and Wales have made the authority UEFA EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The group (4-2-3-1): Rui Patricio (Portugal); Joshua Kimmich (Germany), Jerome Boateng (Germany), Pepe (Portugal), Raphael Guerreiro (Portugal); Toni Kroos (Germany), Joe Allen (Wales); Antoine Griezmann (France), Aaron Ramsey (Wales), Dimitri Payet (France); Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal).

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Rui Patricio is included into the UEFA Euro 2016 team

In the previous, a 23-man crew was chosen with Ronaldo (2004 and 2012) and Pepe (2008 and 2012) both recently picked twice. Ronaldo was additionally in the All-Time EURO 11 named before the competition. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The group was chosen by UEFA’s 13-in number board of specialized eyewitnesses, drove by UEFA boss specialized official Ioan Lupescu and including Sir Alex Ferguson, Alain Giresse, David Moyes, Packie Bonner, Mixu Paatelainen, Savo Milosević, Peter Rudbæk, Gareth Southgate, Thomas Schaaf, Jean-François Domergue, Gines Melendez, and Jean-Paul Brigger.

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Jerome Boateng is included into the UEFA Euro 2016 team

The specialized eyewitnesses have settled on the bases of their decisions on different rules, which had been laid out before the competition. The arrangement was chosen as the most-utilized of the finals.

Two specialized spectators were available at each game and their reports will add to the UEFA EURO 2016 specialized report, which will be discharged on UEFA.com in September.

UEFA coaching ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson said: “After quite a bit of deliberation, the observers chose a team that features the best performing players from the best performing teams at UEFA EURO 2016. We have chosen dominant central defenders; full-backs who can defend and attack; deep-lying midfielders who can control the game and dynamic, flexible and creative attackers, all of whom can create and score goals. We believe that the selected XI represents the best of the competition.”

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2000 Classics of Portugal vs England

England looked to have steadied themselves as Kevin Keegan’s side headed to UEFA EURO 2000, but their opening match against Portugal was an eye-opener. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Kevin Keegan’s England had scrambled to the finals in Belgium and the Netherlands with a play-off win against Scotland, but question marks remained over their aging stars (Alan Shearer had already announced he would retire from international football after the finals).

They could count on 25-year-olds David Beckham and Paul Scholes in midfield, but Humberto Coelho’s Portugal boasted A-grade talent too, with Luis Figo and Rui Costa (in Barcelona and Fiorentina respectively) in their prime. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Key players

• Luis Figo: A revelation in Spain following his 1995 move from Sporting CP to Barcelona, the attacking midfielder received the Ballon d’Or for 2000 – after completing a hugely emotive switch to Real Madrid, where he would win the 2001/02 UEFA Champions League.

• David Beckham: The Manchester United midfielder with the Spice Girl wife was a superstar in England, though fans in Portugal thought all he could do was cross a ball. That skill alone made him a key player in the Group A game in Eindhoven.

• Rui Costa: This match featured some of the greatest midfielders of the age, with Rui Costa – amid 12 years in Italy – perhaps delivering the most outstanding display of all. He was transferred from Fiorentina to AC Milan the following summer.

What happened

Beckham had one foot in the morning’s front pages within 18 minutes, his crosses setting up goals for Scholes and Steve McManaman, but the game soon slipped from England’s grasp. Figo got one back with an eye-catching strike from distance (albeit it took a significant deflection off England’s Tony Adams).

Portugal was phenomenal from then on; David Seaman pulled off a couple of great saves but could not stop Joao Pinto connecting with Costa’s cross to level before half-time.

The interval provided little relief. Pinto skimmed the bar soon after the restart, then Costa’s ball was dispatched by Nuno Gomes to make it 3-2 before the hour-mark. England fought on but was well beaten.

Nuno Gomes, Portugal forward: “After 20 minutes, I admit I was a little bit frightened because we were 2-0 down and there was still a long way to go. We weren’t playing badly, but it crossed my mind that we could be in for a heavy defeat.”

Costinha, Portugal midfielder: “I warmed up at half-time, warmed up for the entire second half and didn’t get on, but the spirit was so strong that I didn’t mind. We were so determined and we gave a great lesson in will, humility, and ambition.”

Luis Figo, Portugal midfielder: “We were 2-0 down so I said to myself: ‘We have to take risks.’ I got the ball from Rui Costa and decided to take advantage of the space to get closer to the area. I risked the shot, despite the distance, and it came off. That goal got us back into the game and sparked a result that made history for us.”

Elsewhere that night

Holders Germany looked less than dazzling in their Group A opener, Erich Ribbeck’s team falling behind after just five minutes in Liege as Viorel Moldovan netted for Romania. Mehmet Scholl made it 1-1, but with Gheorghe Hagi pulling the strings, Romania appeared the more likely winners and Moldovan passed up a great chance after the break.

“We took a blow but we will come back from it,” promised England boss Keegan.

They did by beating an out-of-sorts Germany 1-0 in their next game, only to then bow out with a 3-2 loss to Romania in their climactic group match. Portugal would be England’s downfall again at UEFA EURO 2004, ousting the Three Lions on penalties after a 2-2 quarter-final draw.

The Portuguese papers were in raptures over the England result, meanwhile: “Fantastic! Memorable! Amazing! Class and character! Quality and courage!” wrote Record the following morning.

The positive headlines kept coming as Portugal won all three of their Group A games, then beat Turkey in the quarter-finals before a golden-goal exit to eventual winners France in the semis.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Turkey-led for a total of six minutes at UEFA EURO 2008 but came within a whisker of the final after a succession of dramatic late comebacks – none greater than their quarter-final Lazarus act against Croatia. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Even the most desperate of soap opera writers would have balked at some of Turkey’s improbable plotlines in Austria and Switzerland. Time and again Fatih Terim’s side looked dead and buried only for them to emerge, alive and well, from the metaphorical (and occasionally meteorological) shower.

Their final group game against the Czech Republic was a case in point. Needing to win, Turkey trailed 2-0 with 15 minutes left. Arda Turan gave them a sniff and, as jaws dropped among the watching public, the Crescent Stars rose. Two goals from Nihat Kahveci sent them through.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Next up was a talented Croatia side who beat England in qualifying and whose own progress through a group containing Germany was serene: three games, three wins, no fuss. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Semih Sentuk For so long a second-string striker for Fenerbahçe, Semih found a mind-blowing type in 2007/08 to turn into the Turkish Super Lig’s top marksman with 17 objectives. His reward was a place at EURO 2008.

Rustu Reçber Instantly recognizable with his piratic hair and strips of eye black, Rustu was 35 at EURO 2008 and providing experienced back-up for Volkan Demirel, who duly picked up a two-game ban. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Ivan Klasnic Not many people are up and running within 15 months of undergoing two kidney transplants. Still, fewer are playing football. None, before the Bremen forward had capped their recovery with a goal at a EURO.

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Euro 2021 – Remembering EURO 2008 Classics of Croatia vs Turkey

Croatia was on top throughout, with Ivica Olic crashing a shot off the crossbar in regulation time, and when Klasnic headed in Luka Modric’s cross with a minute of extra time to play, Croatia looked to have booked a semi-final against Germany. However, for the third game running, Turkey sensationally hit back.

Semih drove in, with the aid of a deflection, from just inside the area to force the first shoot-out of EURO 2008. Turkey went on to win 3-1 on penalties after 35-year-old Rustu saved Mladen Petric’s kick following earlier misses from Modric and Ivan Rakitic.

Fatih Terim, Turkey coach: “After Croatia scored, I saw players lying on the pitch and I told Arda to get the ball out of the goal and start again. I wasn’t giving up. There is something special about this team.”

Slaven Bilic, Croatia coach: “This is the third match Turkey has won in this extreme manner … it is obvious that they have quality and the X factor which you need. The game had an incredible ending, the kind you can only find in football.”

Kazım Kazım, Turkey winger: “We have enough morale and psychological strength to overcome this situation. In my opinion, Turkey’s best weapon is a belief.”

Turkey took the lead against Germany in the last four though found themselves in the all-too-familiar position of trailing heading into the last five minutes. Semih equalized but this time they were beaten at their own game, Philipp Lahm scoring a 90th-minute winner. Spain proved too strong for the Germans in the final.

Croatia endured a period of finals disappointment but a ‘second golden generation’, featuring EURO 2008 veterans Modric and Rakitic, finished runners-up at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

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Euro 2021 – Zlatko Dalic says Young players need modest and international experience

Croatia director Zlatko Dalic focused on the significance of giving youthful players game time to improve the national group for Euro 2021. Croatian national group lead trainer Zlatko Dalic referred to instructing at the adolescent level and serious introduction for youthful players as two central points that contribute towards the development of national groups.

Dalic, who took Croatia to the 2018 World Cup final, was part of online interaction with Indian coaches, hosted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI), on Friday. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In the e-meet that included India‘s sports minister Kiren Rijiju, India national team head coach Igor Stimac and several Indian coaches, Dalic was asked about the importance of giving international exposure to young footballers.

“A lot of coaches prefer old (experienced) players and give them chances but from my side, I also know Igor (Stimac) insists that we have to give a lot of young players chances if we want to improve him,” Dalic began. 

On the off chance that you need to assemble a decent player, you need to give him a possibility. A youthful player without serious and global introduction won’t improve. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Our young players of 18 and 19 years who are going to large clubs in different nations are not getting game time there and that is the place their improvement stops. A young player has to play every week. The coach has to give him support and confidence to let him play.

He further stressed the importance of having good coaches at the youth level as well to help the grassroots level attempts bear fruit. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“You know that we have a lot of players who play at the biggest clubs, they are fantastic players, there are always a lot of good talents in our country and also a lot of good coaches who work with the young players. Somebody saw Modric, Rakitic, etc and improved them.”

India national team head coach Igor Stimac, who also attended the call, added that the Blue Tigers need a bigger selection pool for coaches. 

“We have good academy coaches in Croatia, it’s the most important basic thing in football to become successful one day and that’s what we are discussing with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) at the moment because we need a huge selection to start with,  in India. To do a proper selection, we need to import 5-10 great academy coaches.”

Croatia is a country that allows dual citizenship and the national team has hugely benefitted from it. When Dalic was asked how about the same, he replied,

“In our country, we see a lot of players who are not born in Croatia but have a Croatian nationality. For example, (Ivan) Rakitic is born in Switzerland but he had a lot to offer us. So it is very important for us because they improve our football and give us a lot of benefits.”

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Euro 2021 – Croatian player Dejan Lovren says Coronavirus lockdown is a mental combat

Remaining concentrated on the Premier League title race during the coronavirus pandemic lockdown has been a psychological fight regardless of every single individual exertion to keep up physical wellness, Liverpool safeguards Dejan Lovren has said. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“It hasn’t been simple as we have been secured up our homes for 46 days at this point,” the Croatia universal disclosed to Saturday’s online version of Sportske Novisti.

“The mental perspective is the hardest to overcome. I turn out all alone as much as could be expected under the circumstances, I kick the ball around a piece with my child on our yard, yet preparing with the group is entirely unexpected.”

The class, which has been suspended since March, stays in limbo and incapable to make any strides until any administration choice one week from now on potential changes to lockdown limitations. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Each of the 20 clubs held a telephone call on Friday in which they took a gander at plans for a resumption of preparing later in May followed by a potential come back to serious activity in June.

During the gathering, the clubs were educated that an inevitable resumption regarding matches would just observe them play just at nonpartisan settings endorsed from a wellbeing and security perspective.

Liverpool, who are nearly fixing their first-class title since 1990, are top of the table on 82 focuses from 29 games, 25 in front of second-put champions Manchester City who have a game close by. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Croatian player Lovren acknowledged it was difficult to get excited for Euro 2021 by the daily routine under the circumstances.

“I attempt to remain roused any way I can. I get up in the first part of the day and let myself know ‘I will get knackered in preparing today’ and at any rate, I’ve figured out how to lose some weight,” he said.

“Be that as it may, I’ve additionally lost some mass on my legs because there is not a viable replacement for an hour and a half group instructional course. You can’t do an indoor exercise on your legs for an hour and a half.”

The 30-year old Bosnian-brought into the world community back additionally communicated trust the season would continue in an auspicious way to not upset the schedule more than the coronavirus pandemic as of now has.

“I trust [UEFA President] Aleksander Ceferin and the various individuals from UEFA and FIFA will think of an answer with the goal that we don’t get into a circumstance of playing 15 games in 30 days,” he said.

“We need time off. This hasn’t generally been time off because the players should recuperate intellectually from the pandemic and the resultant isolate.”

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Euro 2021 – Remembering Euro 96 Masterpiece of Russia vs Czech Republic

In their first tournament following the break-up of Czechoslovakia, the Czech Republic had worked themselves into a great position, but would their nerve fail them against eliminated Russia? Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Czech Republic Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The best goals of EURO ’96

If a 2-0 loss in their opener against Germany did not augur well for the Czech Republic, playing in their first major championship since independence, their ensuing 2-1 win against Italy then left them needing to beat a point-less Russia side in their final game to get to the last eight.

Provided that Italy did not beat the Germans. Coach Dušan Uhrin made a point of not keeping his players updated with the Italy-Germany score. At Anfield, they were driving blind.

Key players

• Pavel Kuka: The bulk of the Czech squad were still home-based – a situation that would change after these finals – but forward Kuka had seen more of the world, having led the line in the Bundesliga for Kaiserslautern. He scored against Russia, but later admitted he had meant to cross the ball.

• Vladimir Smicer: It was set to be a summer of changes for the attacking midfielder: he had agreed on a move from Slavia Praha to Lens before the finals, and was due to marry his partner Pavlína Vízková on 28 June – two days before the EURO ’96 final.

Vladimir Beschastnykh: Russia had lost their first two matches but we’re determined to show what they could do; Werder Bremen forward Beschastnykh and fellow danger man Aleksandr Mostovoi started on the bench at Anfield, but both came on at half-time.

What happened

The Czechs looked to be steaming to victory after Jan Suchoparek and Kuka both found the target in the first 20 minutes. They hit the frame of the goal twice too, with eliminated Russia seemingly out for the count. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

However, a strong wind in Liverpool whipped Oleg Romantsev’s side up. Mostovoi and Omari Tetradze struck to level matters within ten minutes of the restart, and Italian fans had a reason for delight when Beschastnykh made it 3-2 with five minutes to go.

It was not over, though; substitute Šmicer registered his first international goal two minutes from the end, the resultant 3-3 draw – plus Italy’s 0-0 with Germany – taking Uhrin’s team through. Euro 2021 fans can book the Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Vladimír Šmicer, Czech Republic midfielder: “I just said to myself, ‘Hit the target.’ Before the match, [team-mate Jiří] Němec told me he had a dream that we were losing by one goal and I scored the equaliser. We will have to buy him a crystal ball and get him to do predictions before every game.”

Pavel Kuka, the Czech Republic forward: “It was an unforgettable goal that sealed our qualification. We did not know the result of Germany vs Italy, so we had to wait. When we heard about it, the great euphoria started! Those were moments you remember forever.”

Petr Kouba, Czech Republic goalkeeper: “We played Germany and Italy previously, yet the match against Russia was the hardest for us. Mostovoi and Beschastnykh did very well from the bench. When they scored for the third time, I was going bright red with shame. Thankfully, luck was on our side in the end.”

Elsewhere that night

Italy’s stalemate with Germany at Old Trafford spelled the end of their English adventure, while – in Group D – Portugal’s 3-0 win against Croatia meant that both sides moved on to the next phase. Denmark beat Turkey by the same scoreline in the other match but finished two points shy of Croatia.

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The Czechs went all the way to the final, but Šmicer did not postpone his wedding; he flew back home to get married and returned to England before the game against Germany. The couple now has a daughter named Natalie and a son called Jiri.

Unfortunately, they do not have a EURO winner’s medal – Germany denied the Czechs 2-1 in the decider, Oliver Bierhoff scoring the ‘golden goal’ extra-time winner at Wembley. Russia failed to qualify for the next EURO, and their EURO 2004 experience was disappointing too.

They lost their first two matches and were already out of contention when they beat eventual winners Greece 2-1 in a dead rubber. UEFA EURO 2008 was to be their best tournament since the Soviet era as they reached the semi-finals, eventually yielding 3-0 to soon-to-be champions Spain.

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Euro 2021 – Zlatko Dalic backs Igor Stimac to do ‘a great job’ with India

Croatia boss is looking forward to the Euro Cup and World Cup…Croatia head coach Zlatko Dalic has said that his national team players are simple people who only needed a confidence boost to perform the way they did at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In an interaction with Indian coaches hosted by the Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Friday, Dalic talked about how nobody believed in his side before the start of the competition two years ago.

At the point when you see different groups with stars like (Cristiano) Ronaldo, (Lionel) Messi and Neymar (Jr.), no one put stock in us. We played as a team and not as one player. When you saw (Luka) Modric receiving the trophy for the ‘best player’ in the (2018) World Cup, he was sad because Croatia lost (the final).

If you win a trophy for yourself, it’s okay, but he (Modric) was not happy because his team lost. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“Between me and the players, we stay together and never gave up. We do the best from our side. Most important also is the support of our people. Some people think it is more difficult with stars like (Luka) Modric, (Ivan) Rakitic, (Mario) Mandzukic, it is not true. They are simple people, they just need confidence. If you give them confidence, they will give everything from their side,” said the 53-year-old.

Meanwhile, on the selection of his squad, he added, When you play for the national team, you don’t need (extra) motivation. My main task was to build the team and to keep them together. We were a big family and that’s the reason for our success. I know that’s not easy.

“It’s not only my job but of Igor (Stimac) and Niko Kovac before me who made the selections and in the last 10 years, everyone has been working (hard). I was in the right place at the right time.”

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the Euro Cup 2020  to next year and with the 2022 World Cup in Qatar also not too far away, Dalic hopes to see India do well under Igor Stimac. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

“I hope we will do well in the next Euro Cup and World Cup in Qatar. I hope to see you also there. I am sure Igor will do a great job (with the Indian national team),” Dalic signed off. 

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