Not Quite the News
It might not be on CNN or CP24 but it is making news around the world in fact everyone seems to know about it. The 2016 Euro Cup in France, had kicked off a few weeks ago and today June 23rd 2016 marks the first day of the round of 16. A new feature in the Euro cup, typically the Euro cup functions like group stages, top two teams make it to the quarter finals, then semifinals, then the finals. But this year has a new change rather than only top two teams, all third place teams make it into the round of 16. So rather than 8 teams there are 16 competing to make it into the quarter finals. This new idea is not favorable for all of those who are fans of the sport, but in my opinion it is a good change. With more teams there is a higher level of competition and more teams have a chance of winning. In both Euro 2008 and Euro 2012 Spain was crowned champions. Dominating the European stage, but that can change this year with more countries adding different styles of football/soccer this is a very open ended tournament. Of course like any other tournament there is always a couple of teams that are the favorites to win the European tournament. This year the main favorites are France (the host country), Germany (reigning world cup champions), England, Belgium and Spain. In my opinion the believe France has one of the best chances to win the tournament. Firstly France’s front line contains young and capable talents like Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), and new star Dimitri Payet (West Ham) those three players are dominate in their leagues. France’s midfield contains stars like Blaise Matuidi (Paris St. Germain) and star player and best young talent Paul Pogba (Juventus). Paired with a backline containing players like Patrice Evra (Juventus), Bacary Sagna (Manchester City) and their goalie Hugo LLoris (Tottenham Hotspur). I am partial to France they are the host country and the tragedies that had occurred in France made me want to give France a reason to celebrate. That being said I myself is of Italian descent therefore I am cheering on Italy. Like in most competitions Italy is a team that is looked on as “average” or “not too special” but in recent history mostly the world cup 2006, Euro 2008 and Euro 2012, Italy mostly manages to make it far in the tournament and sometimes win. Currently the team is a mix of old and young players with some of our best injured. So currently Italy is in a transiting stage with their team, regardless I would not underestimate any team in this tournament. So stayed tuned to the Euro cup and find a team to cheer for be a part of the fun. A shout out to underdogs Iceland who made it to the round of 16. Anything can happen, put on that jersey and enjoy.
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