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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 – 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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Euro 2021 – Croatia’s Borna Barisic’s brilliant form in Rangers has muzzled the doubters

Borna Barisic’s barnstorming Rangers form has silenced the doubters who mocked the mentor’s ambitious Croatia prediction. The left-back has been one of the best players in Steven Gerrard’s squad this season. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The boss who kick-started Rangers defender Borna Barisic’s career has revealed people would laugh at his early predictions of greatness for the star. Barisic was in superb form at Ibrox this season before the lockdown and has been linked with moves to some of Europe’s biggest clubs including AC Milan.

He’s also now established himself as Croatia’s first-choice left-back and would have played in their Euro 2021 games at Hampden this summer if it hadn’t been postponed for a year. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

And former Osijek manager Zoran Zekic – who helped turn him into a full international after signing him from Dinamo Zagreb four years ago and is now in charge of Sheriff Tiraspol – insists he always knew Barisic was destined for the top.

He stated I worked with Borna for a couple of years and I can reveal to you that he has where he is today through a great deal of difficult work and character.

It’s been a long excursion to get where he is and you need to recall that he made a stride down to sign for Osijek when he did, however, it’s been the best move he ever made. Euro 2021 fans can book Croatia Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

In Croatia, we used to state we didn’t have a solitary OK left-back in the nation, yet I told individuals that in Borna, we have the best left-back this nation has had since Robert Jarni.

“They chuckled at me at that point, however not any longer.”

Take a gander at him now – he is with a gigantic club at Rangers and there are clubs across Europe taking a gander at him. He’s working under a top previous player and director in Steven Gerrard.

“And he’s done all that through hard work. He’s earned his status.”

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Euro 2021 – Marcus Rashford talks about charity aid, work during lockdown and England milestones

Marcus Rashford took some time out during his COVID-19 lockdown this week to look back at some of the key moments of his England career so far. Euro 2021 fans can book England Vs Croatia Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

The Manchester United and Three Lions striker has been more than productive during his time at home, recently helping to raise over £20m in financial and food donations for food waste and hunger charity FareShare to ensure children across the UK don’t go hungry while away from school.

He launched an appeal through his own social media channels in March for food companies to distribute their surplus supplies via the charity, as well as urging his followers to make donations following a significant personal donation to kick start to the campaign.

And this appeal has supported FareShare in raising £20m in financial and food donations, with the 22-year-old Mancunian partnering with them just before the lockdown began. Euro 2021 fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

I’m associated with FareShare, which is an association that empowers youngsters who aren’t getting free school suppers to get dinners consistently, and since we began that off, it’s had a great effect.

“We’ve raised over £20m and reached 1,280,000 kids so it’s had a positive impact.”

Rashford also revealed he’s been working hard on both body and mind during the lockdown to make sure he’s ready for a return to action, whenever that might be.

“I’m good,” he revealed.

“I’ve been keeping myself ticking over in the gym, reading some books, and keeping my mind activated.”

During his lookback, Rashford also fondly recalled the first time he played for Gareth Southgate, in his first and only appearance for England U21s.

It was back in September 2016, when Rashford was named in Southgate’s squad for a U21 EURO Qualifier with Norway in Colchester.

And he made it an appearance to remember with a hat-trick during a 6-1 win in what turned out to be Southgate, and Rashford’s, final game with the Young Lions.

“It was a bizarre situation, but I threw myself into it and tried to do as well as I could,” he recalled.

We didn’t have the foggiest idea about that at the time [it would be their last U21 game], however, Gareth was an extraordinary mentor and we partook in those ten days together. Things simply happened how they occurred and before we knew it.

He was director of the senior group and from that point truly, I think we’ve all developed and created a lot more.That is a credit to Gareth and his staff since we have a youthful group and to play in a portion of the games we’ve played in is tremendous truly.

“We’ve got to try and take the next step now and see if we can do something really special.”

Watch the full video with Marcus in the media player above, when he recalls moments such as his first call-up, first goal, and much more.

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