With 24 games played out of the 51 scheduled, we’re already nearly half way through Euro 2016! Match day 2 hasn’t had as many off-field antics as match day 1 did, which is good news, but it has had a few more exciting games with a shed load of late drama.
Even though there have been two nil nils in MD 2, even they have been pretty entertaining! Despite this the number of influential substitutions and late goals has been remarkable.
It’s been a fascinating start to Euro 2016. We’ve had the good (great goals, fantastic atmospheres), the bad (red cards, Germany’s coaching staff dress attire) and the ugly (horrendous fighting, Joachim Löw’s scratch and sniff manoeuvre) – and we are only five days into the tournament!
With Portugal and Iceland (go on the Icemen!) rounding off proceedings last night, we have now seen all the teams show us what they’ve got to offer in the 2016 edition of the European Championships. It hasn’t been too exciting on the pitch with a lot of teams playing it fairly safe and keeping it tight to avoid any catastrophic starts, but we haven’t seen any goalless draws which is always good news.
A major tournament only happens once every two years so early afternoon beers, hours of watching TV and general excited-ness are absolutely justified!
The tournament kicked off in Paris last night as France took on the heavily underestimated Romania. The Romanians gave the French a minor scare as the game looked like it was heading for a 1-1 draw but then up stepped West Ham United midfield Dimitri Payet to spank one right in the top corner from 20-25 yards. A peach of strike with his so-called ‘weaker’ left foot.
The second game has just finished with Switzerland hanging on to a 1-0 win against 10-men Albania, who like Romania, have been much better than I expected. Albania had a glorious chance to level it up with 3 minutes left but Gashi fluffed his lines as the Swiss number one made a fantastic save. Despite that, I don’t expect Albania to make to turn too many heads during this tournament, in fact there is more chance in being tax audited according to the latest odds from Betfair.
The odds have been metamorphosed into a nice infographic below which has been powered up by Myprotein. The infographic shows the latest betting percentages against some odd comparisons.
It doesn’t seem like five minutes since the season finished, but Real Betis are already a club on the move. With Gus Poyet at the helm and new Sporting Director Miguel Torrecilla hitting the ground running, things are moving quickly again at the club.
Signings and potentials
First signing of the season was Riza Durmisi. He’s a very promising 22 year old Danish full back who likes to get forward. He’s already played 10 times for the national team including the other day against Bosnia where it’s reported he had a very good game, helping to set up two goals. Last season the left-footer was making a good name for himself and attracting attention all over Europe, including from Everton. In 2015 he won Brondy Player of the Year which inclined Betis to activate his €2m release clause and sign a 5 year deal.