It’s EURO 2016 time, and we like to be as helpful as possible here at Net World Sports so we have picked our 5 most exciting players that you should keep your eye on during Europe’s biggest International tournament.
Romania – Fri 10th 8pm – Stade de France
Albania – Wed15th 8pm – Stade Velodrome
Switzerland – Sun 19th 8pm – Stade Pierre Mauroy
First out the hat is France’s golden boy, the Juventus midfielder is the most wanted player in world football. In fairness it’s easy to see why – at just 23 years-old he was named in the 2015 UEFA Team of the Year and the 2015 FIFA World XI after helping his club lift the Serie A and Coppa Italia titles.
Heavy interest from both Manchester clubs has been reported as well as links to Barcelona.
If the host country are to go far in EURO 2016 it’ll be largely down to this man, his pace, power, skill, and athleticism in midfield can be matched by very few in the game. Finishing top of the assist list in Serie A this year may be something that French manager Didier Deschamps will look to cash in on, just check out this cross for Giroud in a warm-up match against Cameroon.
Stunning cross by Pogba for Giroud’s goal last night. He is some player pic.twitter.com/lJtQ9OsKRF
— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) May 31, 2016
So make sure you’re tuning into France’s games to catch this midfield maestro bossing games, and watch out for his hair, he has been known to be a little bit experimental shall we say.
Slovakia – Sat 11th 5pm – Matmut Atlantique
England – Thur 16th 2pm – Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis
Russia – Mon 20th 8pm – Stadium Municipal
With Wales making their first appearance in a major tournament since 1958 we had to include the superstar that helped get them there. The Welshman helped himself to 6 goals in the qualifying campaign that saw Wales beat Belgium and finish 2nd in their group. After picking the biggest European club trophy with Real Madrid at the end of May, he has said that he and his Welsh ‘brothers’ will give it their best to win Europe’s biggest international trophy.
We all know that Bale can smash in a free-kick from almost anywhere in the opponents half, but what could be another key aspect of his game utilised is his power in the air. Wales play with 5 at the back and rely on Bale and others for a good counter attack. But at any set-piece the Champions League winner is a threat, whether he’s taking or on the end of the free kick.
Republic of Ireland – Mon 13th 5pm – Stade de France
Italy – Fri 17th 2pm – Stadium Municipal
Belgium – Wed 22nd 8pm – Allianz Riviera
That’s right it’s the big man himself, a Hero in his homeland and in most other parts of the world as well. He’s played for some of the best clubs in the world and spearheaded the Swedish attack for 15 years, how he would love to bow out on a high.
Zlatan walks around like he’s god’s gift to football and are we going to argue? No, not when he’s attempting overhead kicks from 30yards – and scoring, as he did against England in 2012.
Russia – Sat 11th 8pm – Stade Vélodrome
Wales – Thurs 16th 2pm – Stade Felix Bollaert-Delelis
Slovakia – Mon 20th 8pm – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
The youngster tipped as the next Gazza is our English choice, after a stunning first season in the Premier League with Tottenham, in which he was named Young Player of the Year, along with some stunning goals – he looks like the future of English football.
Many were watching Alli as he unexpectedly broke in Spurs’ first team this season but it wasn’t until he did this that people started looking at him seriously.
He proved it was no fluke when making his first start for England as he beat French captain Hugo Lloris from range. Another stunning effort to send English fans into frenzy.
Ukraine – Sun 12th 8pm – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Poland – Thurs 16th 8pm – Stade de France
N. Ireland – Tue 21st 5pm – Parc des Princes
Having being handed the baton by Miroslav Klose as Germany’s big hitter, he has grabbed it with both hands and ran. Only Podolski has scored more goals for Germany in the current squad than the Bayern Munich man. He’s most bookies favourite to walk away with the golden boot – and it’s easy to see why, at 26 he’s only 6 goals away from becoming the World Cups all time goal scorer.
He’s the type of player that doesn’t really have pace to burn, or a big body frame that he can use to shake off defenders instead he has something you can’t teach – instinct.
He knows when and where to stand in the box, and when he gets the ball there’s usually only one place it’s ending up. A poacher of the highest level you could say, an old school style player still thriving in a game that has become so reliant on pace and power.
His style of play has even earned him his own title position on the pitch – The Raumdeuter, brilliantly described here: ‘While not appearing to excel at any particular part of the game, his forethought and decisiveness elevate his ability manifestly.’ He makes the beautiful game look so easy and that is worth a lot more than a player that’s quick off the line. Top scorer at the Euros? Yes, our guess 5 goals.
Be sure to keep an eye on these five players as they look to make an impact, and head over to our Twitter page for all the latest Euros news and views.
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