Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov apologized to England players over racist chants

Bulgarian Coach Balakov has apologized to England players who were racially abused by home fans in Sofia on Monday night, accourding to some local reports claim he could resign by the end of this week.

Balakov, talking after the loss to England Euro 2020 qualifier match, rejected to accept that England players were exposed to abuse from Bulgarian fans. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

But he has been forced to back off and has now said sorry to the likes of Raheem Sterling, Tyrone Mings and Marcus Rashford who were all targeted.

Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov apologized to England players over racist chants
Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov apologized to England players over racist chants

Balakov said in a statement that, “My comments earlier to the match vs England – that Bulgaria did not have worry with racism – were based on the fact that the local championship has not seen such a matter on a large scale.”

He said, There might have been insulated cases, but it is absolutely not something that you see at the stadium. The majority of football fans do not contribute in such chants and I trust this also to have been the case in the match against England.

“I would like to declare one thing very clearly – since there have been reported cases of racial perception at the stadium in Sofia. I, as Bulgaria national team head coach, would like to offer my honest apologies to the English footballers and to anyone who felt insulted,” He added.

Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov apologized to England players over racist chants
Bulgaria manager Krasimir Balakov apologized to England players over racist chants

Balakov could left this Friday when the resignation of FA president Borislav Mihaylov will be accepted.

Mihaylov brought Balakov into the managerial place. For now, five Bulgarian football fans alleged of racially abusing England national players have been arrested.

“Work is still continuing to find others,” a statement from Bulgaria’s Ministry of the Interior said. 

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Euro 2020 – Italy maintain perfect record with an easy win in Liechtenstein

Italy, already qualified for Euro 2020, maintained their perfect record in Group J and clocked up a record-equalling ninth international win in a row with a 5-0 thumping of Liechtenstein on Tuesday.

Teemu Pukki scored twice as Finland beat Armenia 3-0 to strengthen their grip on second place and move closer to a first-ever appearance at either the Euro or World Cup finals while Bosnia & Herzegovina suffered a severe setback with a 2-1 defeat in Greece.

Italy has 24 points from eight games while Finland has 15, five ahead of Armenia and Bosnia. The top two teams qualify for Euro 2020. Fans are excited to get their Italy Euro Cup Tickets to see live performances of their favorite team and players.

Euro 2020 - Italy maintain perfect record with easy win in Liechtenstein
Euro 2020 – Italy maintain perfect record with easy win in Liechtenstein

Italy’s run, which includes a friendly win over the United States followed by their eight Euro qualifiers, is their longest since 1938-39 under Vittorio Pozzo.

“Am I interested in equalling Pozzo’s record? I would be interested in winning two World Cups and an Olympic Games like he did, but a European Championship would do just fine,” said Italy coach Roberto Mancini.

Mancini made 10 changes to the side which beat Greece on Saturday to clinch qualification and gave a debut to Giovanni Di Lorenzo.

Liechtenstein nearly stunned the visitors after 40 seconds when Dennis Salanovic forced Salvatore Sirigu to save with his legs but, from the resulting corner, the hosts broke down the other end of the field and Federico Bernardeschi put them ahead.

Italy struggled to build on the early breakthrough and Sirigu had to make another difficult save from Salanovic’s curling shot just after the hour before the floodgates finally opened.

Euro 2020 Qualifiers - Italy maintain perfect record with easy win in Liechtenstein
Euro 2020 Qualifiers – Italy maintain perfect record with easy win in Liechtenstein

Andrea Belotti headed in from a corner in the 70th minute and, seven minutes later, Alessio Romangnoli headed in his first Italy goal from Stephan El Shaarawy’s cross. El Shaarawy, with a breakaway goal, and Belotti, with another header, rounded off the win.

“The important thing is that all the lads are really involved,” said Mancini, who has rejuvenated the team during his 18 months in charge. “And the truth is that, on June 1, I will be forced to make some important choices and some kids will have to miss out.”

Fredrik Jensen gave Finland a halftime lead against Armenia before Pukki scored two nearly identical goals in the second half.

Joel Pohjanpalo threaded a fine pass into the path of Pukki who clipped his finish over Armenia goalkeeper Aram Airapetyan in the 61st minute and the Norwich City forward repeated the trick in the 88th minute, this time from a Rasmus Schueller pass.

Bosnia was condemned to a 2-1 defeat in Greece when Adnan Kovacevic turned an Ioannis Fetfatzidis cross into his own net two minutes from time. Greece had gone ahead through Evangelos Pavlidis on the half-hour with Amer Gojak equalizing for Bosnia five minutes later.

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England stand firm in face of disgusting racism as they defeat Bulgaria on the night of shame in Sofia

England left Bulgaria with 3 points, 6 goals, and surely 1 line finally drawn in the sand. This Euro 2020 qualifier has to be a watershed moment, a seminal moment when this abhorrent racist abuse as the Football Association immediately called it in their statement demanding a Uefa investigation has to stop.

England acted with utter dignity and professionalism throughout, with the game stopped twice in the first-half because of the abuse, and sent out a message to the world beyond the emphatic score-line of England 6 Racists 0. Football fans can book England Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

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Euro 2020 – England stand firm in face of disgusting racism as they defeat Bulgaria on the night of shame in Sofia

They could have walked off unilaterally and no-one would surely have disagreed if they did. They steadfastly followed the Uefa protocols, they reported what they heard and they made their point with their football and their impeccable behavior in Euro 2020.

Croatian referee Ivan Bebek did give England the option of leaving the pitch for 10 minutes after the second incident on 43 minutes. It was so close to half-time, Gareth Southgate said he would wait until then and speak to his players in the dressing room.

After what had happened in Montenegro when Sterling and Danny Rose were abused in Euro 2020, they must have been sorely tempted to take their own action. No-one could dispute that and the England manager was as dignified as ever even if, at times, he looked like he had had enough.

“I know whatever we do might be perceived as not being enough but we have made a major statement,” Southgate rightly said.

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Euro 2020 – Racist abuse dominates England’s 6-0 win over Bulgaria

But the players wanted to continue the England Euro Cup match. They wanted to finish it, win the game and not let the racists triumph in the England Euro Cup match and they did that emphatically. There were 6  goals. There could have been 10.

In the back of their minds, there will have been a desire to bounce back from the disappointing defeat against the Czech Republic in England Euro Cup match and their powers of concentration were remarkable. Now the pressure has to be relentless on the authorities to act and we are not talking about paltry fines or point deductions.

The Czech Republic has to play its next Euro 2020 qualifier matches against Kosovo and Bulgaria. Football fans can book Czech Republic Euro Cup Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

It was utterly appalling and the only measure is to throw Bulgaria, with their ridiculous denials, out of the competition of Euro 2020. This is, was and always will be completely unacceptable. There has to be no compromise. Tyrone Mings, on his England debut, was the first to report the racism in England Euro Cup match.

What a tainted evening of mixed emotions for the indomitable defender who was outstanding.It was also directed at Raheem Sterling and Marcus Rashford with monkey chants while some Bulgarian fans were clearly shown doing Nazi salutes with members of the FA’s backroom staff visibly upset in England Euro Cup match.

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Euro 2020 – Bulgarian captain Popov says Racism must be eliminated

The Bulgarians suffering a partial stadium closure because of a previous racist incident. They were warned before kick-off with a tannoy message and then with 2 more announcements during the first-half with matters even more confused by Bulgarian fans apparently fighting among themselves in England Euro Cup match.

A group of 50 black-shirted fans from Plovdiv the so-called lauta army forced to leave the stadium during the England Euro Cup match. The racists were embarrassed with this crushing result with the Bulgarian coach Krasmir Balakov asked questions about why his team played like football “dwarves”.

The Bulgarian nation suffered their biggest ever defeat in a qualifier with some devastating play by England during the England Euro Cup match.With Kosovo beating Montenegro England have to wait a little longer to qualify for Euro 2020. France’s draw with Russia in their group means if they do win their final 3 matches they will definitely be seeded next summer.

It is hard to write about the actual football but because the England players said they wanted to be recognized for this during the England Euro Cup match and the way they performed it does need to be documented. Bulgaria was taken apart. Rashford, one of five changes from Prague, opened the scoring as he collected the ball from Ross Barkley, another.

Rashford feinted to cross, cut back inside and struck a powerful right-foot cross-shot that caught out goalkeeper Plamen Iliev. The second goal was even more impressive. There was a patient build-up, wonderfully constructed with Sterling and Kane quickening the pace with an exchange of passes during the England Euro Cup match.

This exchange of passes ended with Sterling firing in a cross that Ross Barkley turned into the net at the far post in England Euro Cup match.

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Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end

The qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end, with places in the tournament next summer still to win. The PA News Agency examines the countries that have already reserved a place and describes the situation in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

England Euro Cup 2020

After a sudden defeat by the Czech Republic by beating Bulgaria 6-0, Gareth Southgate’s team is about to qualify. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the England Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end
Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end

England needs only one more point and qualifies in a draw against Montenegro on November 14 in Wembley, or if Kosovo bows against the Czech Republic the same day. They finish group A against Kosovo in Pristina on November 17th.

Republic of Ireland Euro Cup 2020

Despite losing to Switzerland, Mick McCarthy’s side remains in first place in Group D, tied for Denmark, although they played one more game.

With Switzerland also in the mix, Ireland must now take three points from the Danes in Dublin next month to qualify automatically.

Given their low position in the League of Nations, McCarthy’s men will be keen to seize this opportunity.

Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end
Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end

Scotland Euro Cup 2020

Steve Clarke’s men have no chance of being in the top two in Group I after losing five of their eight games. However, Scotland has the “second chance” way through the play-offs, which allowed them to win their League of Nations group.

The qualifying draws will take place on March 2020. Four places will be offered to the teams qualified for the semi-finals and the final, the ranking for the pairs being based on the performances of the League of Nations. As the winner of the highest-ranked League C group, Scotland will host a semi-final.

Wales Euro Cup 2020

The 1: 1 draw with Slovakia and Croatia left Ryan Giggs fourth in Group E, four points off second with one game less. The victories in their last two games, far from Azerbaijan and then Hungary, would allow Wales to take the lead and qualify for the seal unless Slovakia also wins its last two matches.

Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end
Qualification for Euro 2020 is coming to an end

Manager Michael O’Neill had a brave face after defeating the Netherlands 3-1 in Rotterdam, where Northern Ireland took the lead before suffering a late collapse. A place for the play-offs remains a possibility and they can gain confidence after Monday’s friendly victory over the Czech Republic in Prague.

The subsequent victories of the top two Netherlands and Germany left Northern Ireland three points behind third-place, requiring an unlikely maximum of next month’s home games against the Dutch and Frankfurt to qualify for Group C.

Other qualifiers

Three-times European champions, Spain and Ukraine have become the last countries to carve a place in the tournament. Spain football lovers can get Spain Euro Cup Tickets online.

Italy, Russia, Belgium, and Poland also obtained their places.

World champions such as France, Portugal, the Netherlands, Germany, and Croatia are among the countries that still have work to do.

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Six Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes targeted at England players

Six Bulgarian football fans have been arrested over the racial abuse of England players during their Euro 2020 qualifying match. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

Police captured supporters alleged of targeting Three Lions players during the match in Sofia on Monday night and are still hunting for more accused, authorities said.

England’s Euro 2020 qualifier match in Bulgaria was interrupted and play stopped twice. However, England won by 6-0, but the match was stopped twice during the first half as black players tolerated racist chanting from the home fans.

Six Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes targeted at England players
Six Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes targeted at England players

After the stadium proclamations were broadcast during the match asking the fans to stop abusing England players, Bulgarian supporters wearing masks caught up T-shirts saying ‘No Respect’ and made Nazi salutes.

A group of around 50 of the home crowd were ushered out of the Vassil Levski stadium and the second half was completed without any strikes, although some of the monkey tunes still being continuously repeated in sections of the ground.

UEFA’s three-step anti-racism protocol was prompted during the first half after just 28 minutes when debutant Tyrone Mings informed the match officials of the vilification coming from the crowd.

Six Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes targeted at England players
Six Bulgaria football fans are arrested over racist chants and Nazi salutes targeted at England players

A declaration was read out over the PA system call for supporters stop their behaviour. There was later another stoppage instants before half-time when Raheem Sterling  heard derisive and monkey chants.

However, England players, England manager Gareth Southgate and the backroom staff chose to complete the match.

Group of home fans were emitted from the crowd after Nazi salutes and monkey tunes. But now Bulgaria’s Ministry of Interior confirmed six fans had been detained and a further three were being alarmed.

Police chief commissioner Georgy Hadzhiev told that: “Six people have been detained and another three are being keenly sought.”

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Euro 2020 – Euro Cup Hospitality in Rome

Rome, with its ancient tradition for sport and a majestic backdrop of architectural wonder, will be a perfect setting for hosting the best of Euro 2020 football when the biggest Euro ever hits the Italian city. Football fans can book Euro Cup Hospitality Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Italian Football Federation (FIGC) president Gabriele Gravina said the taking of EURO 2020 to 12 host cities throughout the continent will be the unalloyed and best tournament possible to celebrate 60 years of the struggle.

“It is the right format for football: a football moves around, it rolls, it goes from place to place, engaging with many countries and many different cultures,” Gravina says.

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Euro 2020 – Stadio Olimpico of Rome has the Capacity of 68,000 people

I think it is the purest and the best setup of football we can have for the EURO 2020 competition. Italy has long-lasting links with football, we have a football culture and we are very fanatical about it. Italy is always keen to show the world its football, as well as its natural and traditional beauties.

“Bidding to host some of the EURO 2020 matches, especially on the competition’s 60th anniversary, was an excellent idea and I am sure it is going to be an unforgettable event.”

Fresh from compering a successful Euro Cup Under-21 Contest, Italy is now focused on causing even more excitement for a memorable festival for the senior men’s teams. Italy has to host 3 group games including the opening match and a quarter-final at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The iconic stadium has undergone several renovations since informally opening in 1953 and currently seats around 68,000. 

Roman History:
The Stadio Olimpico is no stranger to UEFA events, having staged four Euro Cup finals in 1977, 1984, 1996 and 2009. Its pedigree for big shows bounces back as far as 1960 when Rome presented the Olympics. For Gravina, the FIGC and the local establishing structure, however, it is a perfect opportunity for Rome.

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Euro Cup Hospitality – Gravina hope to proves to the best Euro Cup Hospitality of all time

An excellent opportunity to display Rome’s treasure trove of art and architectural splendor, from the Colosseum to the Vatican Museum, St Peter’s Basilica, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps and the Pantheon. Rome has the best above-mentioned places like these for Euro Cup Hospitality.

“We will have the chance to show our culture, to demonstrate our professionalism and our organizational abilities,” Gravina adds.

“Rome is the Eternal City, a place that signifies history. Everyone loves Rome and I am sure Rome will do its best to rise to the occasion.”

He hopes that people will remember the Euro Cup Hospitality of the people of Rome for life. This proves to be the best Euro Cup Hospitality of all time.

“We have the chance to display our hospitality most of all, which is so important in the world of football. Italy is a very welcoming country and we will prove it, with great love, care, and by extending the hand of friendship to every fan who will visit us during EURO 2020.”

With Francesco Totti on board as a local ambassador and Gianluca Vialli as volunteers ambassador, Rome has some legendary names lending their support to the event. With a volunteer program fully underway, as well as exciting plans for the fan zones and the UEFA festival, it is set to be an above-mentioned summer in Rome.

Gravina explains: “We are working with enthusiasm on organizing the event together with the government, the city and all the stakeholders involved. Rome will shine, with its spectacular fan zone within a unique area in the world, with the Olympic Stadium renovated for the occasion and with the passion of the Italian fans. After the events promoted in the city for the 500 days and one year to go events, we have scheduled the European Qualifier between Italy and Greece in Rome on 12 October, which will be another stage towards the inaugural EURO 2020 match”.

Club cooperation in Euro Cup Hospitality:
On the pitch, the national team is focused on securing qualification and their right to play in Rome at EURO Cup 2020. Both Rome clubs, Lazio and AS Roma, have offered their full support to make the tournament a success and a historical Euro Cup Hospitality for the fans and visitors and players.

“From the beginning, our two clubs from the Italian capital have made themselves available to the fullest extent,” Gravina says.

“And we want to thank them for that, we really appreciate everything they do for us. The Italian team is a religion. Our blue shirt is an icon which is in the mind, in the eyes and in the heart of many Italians.”

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Euro Cup Hospitality – There will be an unmissable celebration in Rome, with some of the very best Euro Cup football show

The fact there will be an unmissable celebration in Rome, with some of the very best Euro Cup football on show, is explicit. Yet what kind of gift does Gravina hope EURO 2020 will leave behind in Rome and Italian football and especially for the Euro Cup Hospitality?

“We believe it will have an impact in three areas,” the president explains.

First of all, greedily, we hope it will be a fantastic experience for everyone, we are collaborating with UEFA for Euro 2020 and Euro Cup Hospitality and we believe our participation will prove to be excellent. This is a useful event for us especially for Euro Cup Hospitality and for all of our partners who are closely elaborate.

“Furthermore, we want to capitalize on this experience in the future and to prove that Italy is able to deal with hosting such a high-profile event. We’ll involve everybody. We believe that this event is not only a UEFA event, an FIGC event or just for the city of Rome. It’s an event that everybody in the football world loves. It’s an event for the fans. It’s an event for everybody who loves our world.”

Rome and Euro Cup Hospitality:
The Italian capital is a recurrent hotspot for visitors seeking out history and culture and Hospitality not to mention stylish football pedigree. Visitors are hoping for the best Euro Cup Hospitality also. The Eternal City enjoys a status as the birthplace of western civilization and boasts countless must-see attractions.

Attractions of Rome for Euro Cup Hospitality includes Colosseum to St Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. No less iconic is the Stadium Olimpico, originally opened in 1937 and the site for the 3rd Euro Cup final in 1968.

In this match, Italy defeated Yugoslavia by 2-0. West Germany won the competition decider in 1980, before returning to a city that lives and inhales football to seal the World Cup in 1990.

After enjoying the Euro Cup Hospitality in Rome especially the Euro Cup Hospitality for the quarter-final match people are waiting for the Euro Cup Final and its hospitality. Football fans can book Euro Cup Final Tickets on our website on exclusively discounted prices.

Euro Cup Hospitality for the matches in Stadio Olimpico with Capacity of 68,000 people are:

12 June: Group A match
17 June: Group A match
21 June: Group A match
4 July: Quarter-final

For the above-mentioned matches are the people are waiting to enjoy the memorable Euro Cup Hospitality inRome.

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Harry Kane called for tougher punishments and have banned from playing in Sofia – Euro 2020 qualifiers

England’s black players were subjected to racial abuse from some Bulgaria fans during the match between England and Bulgaria Euro 2020 qualifier. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase England Euro Cup Tickets online to the witness live performance of Euro Cup 2020.

UEFA are under deep pressure to harshly punish the Bulgarian FA following the racist flare-ups that marred England’s win in Sofia.

England manager Gareth Southgate and Captain Harry Kane have called on European football’s governing body to give out the strongest possible authorizations to the Bulgarians after they were charged over Monday night’s shameful scenes.

Harry Kane called for tougher punishments and have banned from playing in Sofia – Euro 2020 qualifiers
Harry Kane called for tougher punishments and have banned from playing in Sofia – Euro 2020 qualifiers

Gareth Southgate has also been spoken in wanting stronger UEFA punishments. Having sentenced the abuse directly after the match, the FA were tight-lipped on UEFA’s decision to custody them as well as the Bulgarians.

But Southgate called on UEFA to deal out heavier authorizations for instances of prejudgment. UEFA were definitely on attentive and the fourth official and the referee and linesmen were on alert, he said. ‘So I think it’s as big an action as there has been.

“The miserable reality is that we were not able to stop incidents happening, so now the investigation has to make sure we can take that next step, because it’s remarkable to have such an attention on a game and still see all that happen,” He added.

Harry Kane called for tougher punishments and have banned from playing in Sofia – Euro 2020 qualifiers
Harry Kane called for tougher punishments and have banned from playing in Sofia – Euro 2020 qualifiers

Kane suggested Bulgaria should be banned from playing in Sofia, adding: “Maybe that’s a step forward.”

The range of what look like to be a premeditated attack on England players was laid bare on Tuesday, that spotters saw at least 20 stadium staff and stewards working at the match eliminate their official bibs before joining in the racial abuse of England’s black players.

Hardcore fans asking to work as security during matches is not rare in Eastern Europe. The Bulgarian FA and establishments took some accountability for Monday’s dreadful scenes on Tuesday after Mihaylov had resigned.

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Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020

A stuttering Spain qualified for Euro 2020 as a stoppage-time strike by substitute Rodrigo canceled out Marcus Berg’s opener for Sweden in a 1-1 draw in Group F on Tuesday. Fans have bought their Spain Euro Cup Tickets and hoping for their favorite players to perform well in the tournament.

Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifiers
Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifiers

This result allowed Spain to dominate the standings with 20 points and ensure a place among the top two, the Swedes second at 15 points and Romania at one point in third place.

However, after a draw against Norway and Sweden in their last two games on their trip to Scandinavia. The Spaniards will have a lot of work to do if they want to be among the favorites of the tournament next year.

With the captain, Sergio Ramos suspended after his yellow card in his last match against Norway. Spain got off to a good start, scoring the ball from side to side and looking for openings behind the Swedish defense.

Thiago Alcantara could have given the advantage to the visitors from the start, but after going around the goalkeeper, he controlled the ball badly and he managed a goal kick.

Midfielder Rodri was scathed a short time later. The Spaniards were quick to breakthrough. But with the keeper Robin in Olsen in superb form, the Swedes adjusted and started to evolve.

Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifier
Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifier

Back Mikael Lustig scored his first shot on goal in the 27th minute. Striker Robin Quaison then made a brilliant head for Spanish goalkeeper David De Gea. With a light rain falling throughout the game, the players struggled to stand on the surface of the Friends Arena.

Striker Berg gave Sweden the lead early in the second half after saving his head, as did Emil Forsberg’s shot, but Berg nodded closely on the second attempt to give the advantage his team.

De Gea left the wounded brawl at the hour of play and, despite dominant possession, Spain found it almost impossible to create the kind of chances she had had in the early exchanges.

The crowd of more than 49,000 people in the stands was whispering while they did not know the wet weather with the final whistle approaching, but Rodrigo silenced them by throwing a ball into a corner and bringing it back to the floor.

“I am very happy, the players were very good and we met a very strong rival. It was tough for us, but we corrected what needed to be corrected,” Spain coach Robert Moreno.

Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifier
Spain draws with Sweden to qualify for Euro 2020 qualifier

“It’s great that have achieved this, there’s a lot less pressure and now in three weeks, we play Malta. We must focus on playing well in the remaining matches,” he added.

Swedish coach Janne Andersson said he was satisfied with his players, even though they conceded a late goal.

Elsewhere in the group, the Faroe Islands earned their first win of the campaign with a 1-0 home win against Malta, while Romania drew 1-1 at home against Norway.

The battle to join Spain at Euro 2020 could be decided when Sweden will visit Romania on November 15th. Norway, fourth in the group with 11 points, still retains a distant chance to win the tournament.

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Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Group H hosted the most interesting match of this UEFA Euro 2020 qualifying round, France facing Turkey at the Stade de France. Both sides are blocked at the top of the group, with nothing to separate them.

Turkey’s victory against Les Bleus earlier in the campaign prompted the World Cup holders to take their revenge. Sports enthusiasts from around the world can purchase the Turkey Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its stunning performances.

The atmosphere was vibrant and the scene was ready, however, Turkey held out for a 1-1 draw, seeing them avoid defeat and remain in contention for first place.

In this tactical analysis, we examine the tactics deployed by Didier Deschamps, who should have won the match to France. We also provide an analysis of the tactical changes made by the visitors who frustrated the boys in blue.

Line-ups

The home team opted for a 4-2-3-1 system, using Blaise Matuidi and Corentin Tolisso as a double pivot at the base of the midfield. No Paul Pogba, Hugo Lloris or Kylian Mbappé meant that Deschamps had to reshuffle his team.

Moussa Sissoko was in the widest position on the right and was drifting to open the cross-referral to the late Benjamin Pavard who, as usual, was venturing as he pleased. On the other hand, Lucas Hernandez started as a left-back and made promising connections with Kingsley Coman, who bit his right-back with a clever move into half-spaces that we’ll see later.

Wissam Ben Yedder was chosen as a lone striker and struggled to make a difference in the match. Turkey started the match in a 4-5-1 / 4-1-4-1 defensive form. Okay Yokuslu started in the role of a tenant, seeking to reduce the space available for his direct opponent – Antoine Griezmann.

Tactical analysis of  France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Senol Gunes, who had his team win eight of the previous nine matches, set up a rigid system in which Mahmut Tekdemir and Ozan Tufan, in the middle of the field, patrolled the space in a deeper block, limiting space to allow to France to play. Burak Yılmaz was deployed as the only attacker. Hakan Calhanoglu started on the bench.

The hosts started on the front foot, dominating the ball (66%) and playing with a fast tempo in their attempts to break through the Turkish defensive unit. Possession started from behind while France was looking for short passes through all phases of the pitch.

Turkey sat down and did not start putting pressure on the ball until they came into their match half; their PPDA was 21.53, which gave France time to build its attacks so methodical. We see above that during the rotation of the balls, the French backs were allowed to advance to support the attacks.

The double-pivot fell deeper to receive the ball from his central defenders, then immediately tried to play wide, trying to get around the Turkish block. Coman and Sissoko moved away from their respective wings to enter the half-spaces.

This has opened the way for passers-by so that the double pivot can play the ball away and progress attacks height. This has also caused a major disruption of the Turkish form that we analyze below.

Tactical analysis of  France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Griezmann remained central for most, seeking to connect to Ben Yedder, who, we find, became isolated as a result of reduced space in central areas. Griezmann derived from “zone 14” when attacks developed in the lateral spaces.

This created surcharges on the wings and offered France opportunities to penetrate. Unfortunately for Les Bleus, the last pass or the last shot lacked the usual quality, leaving Turkey safe.

The visitors came with a game plan that would frustrate their opponents. Their first priority was to create a defensive unit organized with a flat back to four, supported by three central midfielders well positioned.

Above we can see how close the Turkish midfielder has become, protecting the most dangerous areas of the center. Although their initial form is solid, as the French develop their attacks, moving the ball horizontally to disrupt the shape of Turkey, their system eventually collapses.

 Gaps began to appear when players were pulled from their rigid position in areas where space could be exploited. Ofan (7) and Kenan Karaman (18) were trained in areas making the profile of their team vulnerable by isolating the right back. We analyze this in more detail below.

Tactical analysis of  France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Turkey was trying to recover the ball in the deepest areas of the field, leading the French team forward. On the recovery, they sought to make the transition quickly, catching France on the break by exploiting the space left behind their defense.

In the first half, the absence of Turkey’s second striker meant that this tactic was actually useless, as there was no support for Yılmaz, easily controlled by the two central defenders of France.

In the first half, the visitors did not fire any of their counterattacks. However, once Calhanoglu entered the fray, Turkey showed a greater threat, as it could create an offensive on Yılmaz with enough players to support serious attacks.

The left of France

As we mentioned, Turkey is not in possession of the press. In fact, they sacrificed possession for defensive stability. To try to disrupt the accumulation of the host, they systematically put themselves in groups when the rotations of France entered their half. France fans can get France Euro Cup Tickets online to enjoy its fabulous performances.

Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

This effectively prevented France from rapidly developing attacks on the ground. However, once the rotations of the bullets were fast enough, they began to reveal the weaknesses of the tactics, especially on the right side of the Turkish defense – the left of France.

The ball enters the half of Turkey, only when the players start to press. In this case, three players press the ball, forcing the player to turn upside down and start the attack from scratch.

Note that the deeper circles of Turkey do not support the top three, as one would expect in a full-fledged press. Instead, they remain in their deepest form, allowing France to keep the ball but containing the attacks with a certain level of comfort when the ball is moved backward.

This tactic finally revealed its weaknesses when the French technical players began to identify the spaces left vacant by the semi-press. Then France developing its attacks from both ends on Turkey.

  Hernandez left, progresses in the channel knowing that he has a defensive cover if the possession is returned. The Turkish press is activated when the ball is approaching the centerline, which opens up a large space behind the median line.

Tactical analysis of  France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

Throughout the match, Coman made four progressive heats and was hit five times in the opposing area. Time and again, Coman identified this space and moved without any mark. Turkish midfielders have ventured too far to try to roll back France.

Instead, they allowed large areas to appear in their intermediate zone. Notice how the right-winger of Turkey is isolated, helpless, in this situation 2v1. He is currently marking Hernandez and blocking his way into the back half, but can’t leave his post and step inside to pressure Coman.

Coman attempted nine dribblings in the match with a 56% success rate. This meant that the Bayern winger had many opportunities on the left side where he had plenty of time and space to penetrate the Turkish defensive structure. In 18 attacks and 38% created from the left because of Turkey’s defensive weaknesses.

Opponents were clearly stuck in their minds when it came to operating from an unknown low block. By setting up an uncoordinated press, their leading players being more aggressive and not moving harmoniously with the defense unit behind them, Turkey has created problems.

Faced with a quality opposition like France, you would expect tactical inadequacies to be properly punished. However, the world champions faltered when it mattered and failed to take good chances that they created.

Tactical analysis of  France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers
Tactical analysis of France vs Turkey Euro 2020 Qualifiers

The far-right did not offer the same opportunities for locals but was handicapped by the inclusion of Sissoko as a great man. Her skills in physical prowess and powerful running were incongruous on the wing and France would certainly have benefited if she had used a natural winger on this side.

One can only speculate, but the inclusion of Thomas Lemar or Nanitamo Ikoné from the beginning may have influenced the final result of Les Bleus, who held the tactical advantage.

Half Time

At the break, Gunes realized flaws in his team’s form and tweaked the system into a 4-4-2 flat. He also used the talisman Calhanoglu to try to give his team a second-half attack threat.

After the break, the visitors adapted to a 4-4-2 system as they tried not only to fill in the obvious gaps occurring in open spaces, as mentioned above. But also to give more support to Yılmaz, who cut an isolated figure in the first half.

In both cases, the changes worked. Turkey absorbed almost everything with 0.51 xG in the second half, which included the late equalization of a skillful freekick faced by Kaan Ayhan’s head. Afterward, visitors retreated to their original form and sought to stay on course. Visitors can get Euro Cup Tickets online to watch live Euro Cup 2020 matches.

The 4-4-2 system with Ayhan on the right-back allowed Turkey to prevent attacks from developing on the French left. As the ball entered the Turkish half, Ayhan left the flat line of defense and pushed high on Coman as he received the ball.

This helped Karaman in front of him who was not isolated in the same 2v1 situation as that which occurred earlier in the game. Instead, he was able to stay wide and mark the defender’s defeat as Turkey filled the gaps. Also, note that the midfielder is also moving to create a defensive overhead in a 3v2 situation.

Despite the tactical chess game that ensued throughout the match, two things were decided that decided the outcome. One Giroud who was again forgotten in the starting lineup and the second five minutes later equalized, resulting in an entertaining 1-1 draw in the nation’s capital.

Conclusion                                    

Turkey will be delighted to avoid defeat in a match where it clearly finished second. On reflection, their negative tactics caused them problems, but they showed great spirit and determination to impose a late equalizer.

Their excellent performances have earned them a number of points, as they will look to continue their quest for first place in Group H to continue its journey towards Euro Cup Final. Football lovers from around the world can get Euro Cup Final Tickets online.

France will be disappointed by one point in this match. They played a good passing game with quick and smooth exchanges but failed to put the ball in the net. Notable absentees will undoubtedly strengthen the team on their return.

However, with the game calling a second natural winger and a target, you can’t help but think that Deschamps missed a turn with some of his selections of departure.

This oversight prevented the world champions from taking control of their qualifying group. With only two games to play, the French must now be faultless if they want to avoid qualifying dramas.

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England and Bulgaria accused by UEFA following their European Qualifier

Bulgarian Football Union handed 4 charges, including 1 for ‘racist behaviour’, while FA receives 2 charges in Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers. UEFA has opened disciplinary accounts against Bulgaria due to the racist chanting in Sofia on Monday Euro Cup 2020 qualifiers while England has also been smash with 2 charges.

England ran out 6-0 winners in the Euro Cup 2020 Qualifier but the game was spoiled by the flood of racist abuse directed at their players with the game twice stopped during the first half. The community who love their favorite team can book England Euro Cup Tickets.

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Euro 2020 – England and Bulgaria accused by UEFA

Bulgarian Football Federation has been accused following home supporters on racist behaviour, which includes chants and Nazi signals, throwing of objects into the stadium and on the other spectators, producing interruption during the national anthem as well as replays on a huge screen during the game.

The English Football Federation has also been accused of the trouble of a national anthem by the visiting supporters during the Euro Cup 2020 Qualifier, as well as an insufficient number of travel agents.

According to a UEFA report, the case will be dealt with by the prevailing body’s control, ethics and penalizing body, with the date of the meeting yet to be confirmed.

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Euro 2020 Qualifier – English Football Federation has been accused of the trouble of a national anthem by the visiting supporters

UEFA ready to “wage battle on racists”

In a declaration issued on Tuesday, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted governments increase the “war on the racists” to help football authorities remove it from stadiums, and blamed a “rise of nationalism” for inspiring abuse.

“Believe me, UEFA is committed to doing everything it can to eliminate this disease from football,” Ceferin said.

We cannot afford to be content with this. We must always strive to strengthen our resolve. More openly, the football family everyone from officers to players, coaches, and fans needs to work with governments and NGOs to wage war on the racists and to relegate their hateful views to the fringes of society.

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Euro 2020 – There were times, not long ago, when the curse of racism was a detached memory.

There were times, not long ago, when the football family thought that the curse of racism was a detached memory.

“The rise of nationalism across the continent has fuelled some unacceptable behaviour and some have taken it upon themselves to think that a football crowd is a right place to give voice to their appalling views.”

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Downing Street office called on UEFA to execute tough fines on Bulgaria. Ceferin sees removing racism as part of a wider effort.

“Football associations themselves cannot solve this problem,” Ceferin said.

“As a governing body, I know we are not going to win any popularity contests, but some of the views expressed about UEFA’s approach to fighting racism have been a long way off the mark.”

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