You can recall that not too long ago, during the Euro 2016 tournament, a ragtag Italian team beat the almighty Spanish side by two goals to nil in the round of 16, thereby halting their drive towards the finals.

Unfortunately, the Italian team was also forced back when they were beaten by Germany on penalties.
Well, we would be watching these two teams go head to head once again on Thursday, with the both of them looking at the possibilities of picking up one automatic berth in readiness for the next World Cup.


Disgraced Three Lions manager Sam Allardyce is reportedly heading for Spain to relax after extensive proceedings with the England Football Association (FA).

The former Sunderland manager’s contract with the FA as the national team coach ended by “mutual consent.” He stopped being the coach due to a scandal exposed by the Telegraph.

JulenLopetegui’s reign in charge of Spain kicked off in sublime force

JulenLopetegui’s first competitive match as the head coach of the Spanish national side concluded with them snatching a dominating 8-0 triumph over Liechtenstein.

This match was played on September 5 at the Municipal Reino de Leon Stadium. It was the first 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification match for both Spain and Liechtenstein. Even though Spain was the clear favorites of coming out on top with the victory, it wasn’t really expected to see them winning by such a large margin.


In light of the recent move of Paul Pogba to Manchester United for a record shattering fee of £89 million from five-time Serie A champions Juventus, there’s been a lot of discussions regarding record transfers in history. We look at some of the biggest transfers in cost in history.

Barring inflation, Pogba’s move is the highest ever paid for a player. He left Old Trafford in 2012 following complains that he was not well utilized and underpaid. He moved to Juventus but returned to break the world record and become the highest paid player in the English Premier League, usurping Wayne Rooney.

Fernando Torres says that he is unconcerned about being not included in the preliminary Euro 2016

Spain and Atletico Madrid striker Fernando Torres says that he is unconcerned about being not included in the preliminary Euro 2016 squad announced by Vicente del Bosque.

Spain have made some surprise omissions for the upcoming tournament. Fernando Torres, Juan Mata, and Diego Costa will be the high-profile absentees from the tournament. All three omissions are surprising given that they have been in good form over the last few weeks.

Roberto di Matteo rumored to be Aston Villa manager

Roberto di Matteo is seen as the favourite next Aston Villa manager according to bookmakers.

The Italian has struggled to make an impact at any club since leaving Chelsea in 2012. Despite spending only a short period with the blues,Di Matteo won the Champions League before leaving the club a few months later. In his managerial career, the Italian has been in charge of teams like Schalke, West Brom, and MK Dons. He is currently out of work after having left German outfit Schalke in the summer of 2015. Di Matteo has reportedly been looking at a potential return to English football without a proper avenue still not opening yet.

Jose Antonio Camacho backs Vicente del Bosque for Spain Manager

FormerReal Madrid star Jose Antonio Camacho believes that Vicente del Bosque should continue as the Spain manager even after the Euro 2016.

The World Cup winning coach is expected to announce his decision to step down from the job after the European championships next month. The 65-year-old has so far not made it clear what his future holds. The recent disappointment of the World Cup 2014 seems to be playing a lot in his mind. Despite going into the World Cup 2014 as the reigning champions, Spain suffered an embarrassing group stage exit.


Sevilla’s Adil Rami is set to replace Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane in the French squad that will play in Euro 2016.

The hopes of the Real Madrid star player took a blow forcing Didier Deschamps to seek back-up assistance from the Sevilla centre-half. Rami has now been called up to the squad due to the thigh injury sustained by Varane. The announcement was made by the French Football Federation (FFF).

Real Madrid announced on Sunday Varane had suffered a grade two muscle tear in his left thigh, but no timeframe on his recovery was supplied by the club. The injury will reportedly keep him out of Saturday's Champions League final against rivals Atletico Madrid in Milan.


Fans of England and Wales will not be allowed to drink alcohol on the streets of Lens before and after their Euro 2016 game because of a 24-hour ban. The Group B tie takes place in the French city at 14:00 BST on Thursday, June 16.

The alcohol ban will run from 06:00 local time on Thursday until 06:00 on Friday, with French authorities searching cars travelling into Lens for alcohol.

Fans without tickets for the match or fan zone have been told not to travel and alcohol will only be allowed in the fan zone. British police have told ticketless supporters to go to Lille, or another city with a fan zone, to watch the game as every game in Lens will have the same alcohol restriction.