2017 Under 21 UEFA  Championship 

Today sees the start of the under 21 European Championship. Hosted by Poland there are 12 teams in the competition that have been split into 3 groups of 4 teams. The top team and the best 2nd placed team will qualify for the Semi finals. The final takes place at the end of the month on Saturday the 30th in Krakow.

Group Stage Fixtures

Group A 

16/6: Sweden v England 5pm (GMT) Poland v Slovakia 7.45pm (GMT)

19/6: Slovakia v England 5pm, Poland v Sweden 7.45pm

22/6: Sweden v Slovakia 7.45pm, Poland v England 7.45pm

Group B

17/6:  Portugal v Serbia 5pm, Spain v Macedonia 7.45pm

20/6: Serbia v Macedonia 5pm, Spain v Portugal 7.45pm

23/6: Macedonia v Portugal 7.45pm, Serbia V Spain 7.45pm

Group C

18/6: Germany c Czech Rep 5pm, Denmark v Italy 7.45pm

21/6: Czech Rep v Italy 5pm, Denmark v Germany 7.45pm

24/6: Italy v Germany 7.45pm, Denmark v Czech Rep 7.45pm

The Semi finals will be played 27th of June with the final on 30th of June.

21 Years Ago Today – Gazza Stole The Show


Yes, it was 21 years today that England and Scotland clashed at Wembley in a group game during Euro 96. I honestly can’t believe it was that long ago. I’m sure like me you all now feel a tiny bit older knowing that.
England had drawn their opening game 1-1 with Switzerland, and Scotland had the same fate with a 0-0 draw against Holland. The Dutch had then beaten the Swiss 2-0 and so it was time for these two rivals to face off.

See Wikipedia for line up’s

 

2017/18 Premier League Fixtures Announced 

The moment football fans worldwide have been waiting for….The Premier fixtures have been announced.

Last season’s champions Chelsea face Burnley meanwhile newly promoted Newcastle entertain Tottenham, Brighton entertain Man City and  Huddersfield travel to Crystal Palace.

Opening weekend…

  • Arsenal v Leicester
  • Brighton v Manchester City
  • Chelsea v Burnley
  • Crystal Palace v Huddersfield
  • Everton v Stoke
  • Manchester United v West Ham
  • Newcastle v Tottenham
  • Southampton v Swansea
  • Watford v Liverpool
  • West Brom v Bournemouth

All fixtures can be found on the Premier League official site

Serbia V Wales Preview And Confirmed Line Ups

Tonight Serbia entertain Wales in a World Cup qualifying group D match. The Welsh are in need of  a victory to boost their chances of going to Russia next summer after being unable to show the form they showed at last year’s European Championships.

Team News 

Wales are without the suspended Gareth Bale. A huge loss for the Welsh. Also out are Hal Robson-Kanu, Ben Woodburn, James Collins, Andy King and Jonny Williams through injury.

Confirmed Line Ups
Serbia: Stojkovic, Rukavina, Nastasic, Ivanovic, Mitrovic, Tadic, Kolarov, Vukovic, Milivojevic, Kostic, Matic.

Wales : Hennessey, Gunter, Davies, Williams, Chester, Richards, Edwards, Allen, Ledley, Ramsey, Vokes 

Wales Online
Previous meetings haven’t favoured Wales and they have never won in Serbia. The last meeting earlier in this campaign finished 1-1 in Cardiff.  Bale gave Wales the lead, Mitrovic equalized late on for Serbia.

The game kicks off at 7.45pm and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports in the UK.

11th Of June 1969 – The Night Newcastle Tasted European Success

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On This Day 48 years ago Newcastle United beat Ujpesti Dozsa 3-2 in Hungary to clinch European glory. The toon lifted the Inter Cities Fairs Cup 6-2 on aggregate after a 3-0 victory a week earlier in the first leg at St James Park.

The Magpies line up that night:

McFaul, Craig, Clark, Gibb, Burton, Moncur, Scott, Arentoft, Robson, Davies

 Kaposzta, Solymosi, Bankuti, Nosko, E.Dunai, Fazekas, Gorocs, Bene, A.Dunai and Zambo

Trailing 2-0 at half time after Bene and Gorucs scores for Ujpesti Dozsa. Early 2nd half goals from Moncur, Arentoft brought the Magpies level before Foggon netted a late winner.


 

U20 World Cup Final – England v Venezuela Preview And Confirmed Line Ups

Today at 11am (BST) England take on Venezuela in Suwon, South Korea to determine the winner of the 2017 FIFA Under 20 World Cup. The game is live on BBC 2 in the UK

England have reached the Final due to topping group which included hosts South Korea, Argentina and Guinea with 7 points. From there they advanced to face Costa Rica, who they beat 2-1. They then faced a quarter final against Mexico which they won 1-0 before an excellent 3-1 semi final victory against Italy sent them to today’s final.

Venezuela took maximum points in the group stage against Germany, Mexico and Vanatu. During the knockout stages they have beaten  Japan (1-0 AET) USA (2-1 AET) and after 1-1 draw in the Semi finals against Uruguay they triumphed 4-3 on penalties.

Confirmed Line ups:

BBC Sport

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UPDATE: LINE UPS CONFIRMED             Scotland v England – Preview

Today at 5pm Scotland entertain England in a World Cup qualifier. England currently sit top of group F and will be hoping to take another step towards qualification for next year’s world cup in Russia. Scotland on the other hand currently lie 4th in the standings and are in need of morale boosting victory against the auld enemy.

Confirmed Starting Line ups – 

Scotland XI to play England: Gordon, Tierney, Berra, Mulgrew, Robertson, Brown, Morrison, Anya, Armstrong, Snodgrass, Griffiths #SCOENG

Scotland Subs: Hamilton, Marshall, R. Martin, Reynolds, Bannan, D. Fletcher, McArthur, Cairney, Fraser, Forrest, C. Martin, Naismith #SCOENG


England XI to play Scotland: Hart Walker Cahill Smalling Bertrand Dier Livermore Lallana Alli Rashford Kane #SCOENG

England Subs: Forster, Trippier, Lingard, Gibson, Stones, Jones, Defoe, Sterling, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Cresswell, Heaton, Butland #SCOENG

Courtesy of Sky Football 


Team News

Jamie Murphy, Kenny McLean and Mark Reynolds have all been added to the squad but Oliver Burke, Matt Philip’s and Jordan Rhodes all miss out this time. Celtic’s Callum McGregor has not been called up despite many thinking the midfielder would be. Also Grant Hanley misses out through injury.

GoalkeepersCraig Gordon (Celtic), Jack Hamilton (Hearts), David Marshall (Hull City), Allan McGregor (Hull City)

Defenders: Ikechi Anya (Derby County), Christophe Berra (Ipswich Town), Stephen Kingsley (Swansea City), Russell Martin (Norwich City), Charlie Mulgrew (Blackburn Rovers), Mark Reynolds (Aberdeen), Andrew Robertson (Hull City), Kieran Tierney (Celtic)

Midfielders: Stuart Armstrong (Celtic), Barry Bannan (Sheffield Wednesday), Scott Brown (Celtic), Tom Cairney (Fulham), Darren Fletcher (West Bromwich Albion), James Forrest (Celtic), Ryan Fraser (Bournemouth), James McArthur (Crystal Palace), John McGinn (Hibernian), Kenny McLean (Aberdeen), James Morrison (West Bromwich Albion), Robert Snodgrass (West Ham United)

Forwards: Steven Fletcher (Sheffield Wednesday), Leigh Griffiths (Celtic), Chris Martin (Derby County), Jamie Murphy (Brighton & Hove Albion), Steven Naismith (Norwich City)

– BBC SPORT

England travel to Glasgow without Jamie Vardy and Nathaniel Clyne who have pulled out through injury since the original squad was named. Ben Gibson might well get his international debut.

Goalkeepers: Jack Butland (Stoke City), Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Bertrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Aaron Cresswell (West Ham United), Ben Gibson (Middlesbrough), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Manchester City), Kieran Trippier (Tottenham Hotspur), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), Jesse Lingard (Manchester United), Jake Livermore (West Bromwich Albion), Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (Arsenal), Raheem Sterling (Manchester City)

Forwards: Jermain Defoe (Sunderland), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Marcus Rashford (Manchester United), Jamie Vardy (Leicester City)

– BBC SPORT

Today’s game will be the 114th between the two rival nations…

Check out previous memorable matches between Scotland and England

Confirmed line up’s will be announced here when available…..