A too early preview of UEFA World Cup 2018 qualifying

While the expansion of the European Championships from 16 to 24 teams may have given us a bit of a letdown at Euro 2016 it did give us one very big positive. While some may have said that the new format diluted the competition, the expanded format showed us that Europe is more than just 14-15 really […]

The 32 Flags staff gives our best and worst of Euro 2016

Euro 2016 has come and gone with Portugal somehow leaving France as champions. There was a lot of good and a lot of bad that went down over the past month in France. Here is our staff’s recaps of all the highs and lows this tournament had to offer.   Phillip Bupp (Managing Editor)  MVP: Antoine […]

European title victory alters perception of Cristiano Ronaldo

Before Euro 2016 got underway, there were already many adjectives that suited Cristiano Ronaldo. Some positive, like talented, transcendent or best in the world. Others, less so — diva, diver or selfish. Following Portugal’s stunning 1-0 win over France in the final, it might be time to update those lists. Before that historic day, however, […]

How does France’s future look after Euro 2016

When the dust finally settled at the Parc des Princes in Paris Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal were holding the European Championship trophy while the hosts were left holding their heads. At the end of the day France, a team with much talent and flair, was just the latest victim to Portugal’s sweltering defense and very […]

How does winning Euro 2016 shape Portugal’s future

Portugal has finally broken through in the international stage and have won their first-ever hardware in Portuguese football history. The Portuguese can finally put the heartbreak of losing to Greece in the 2004 Euro finals away and rejoice that they can call themselves European Champions. The future of Portugal going forward from here looks bright, […]

Cristiano Ronaldo forced to leave Euro 2016 Final with knee injury

Love him or hate him the one thing you don’t want to see is a star player forced to leave a major final with an injury. Especially when that injury comes early in the game and can have a major effect on the rest of the game. That’s exactly what happened to Cristiano Ronaldo. The […]

Portugal and France to meet in Euro 2016 final

“The summer of soccer” hits another high note Sunday when Portugal and France meet in the Euro 2016 final at the Stade de France (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Man in the middle: English referee Mark Clattenburg will draw the referee assignment on Sunday, just a few weeks after working the Champions League final between Atletico […]

France head to EURO 2016 final after knocking off Germany in the semifinal

The French must love hosting international tournaments. A 2-0 victory over Germany in today’s semifinal gives Les Bleus a chance to win their third major championship on home soil. They head to Paris to take on Portugal on Sunday. Didier Deschamps elected to keep the same lineup that successfully dispatched Iceland in the quarterfinal, and […]

England need to eliminate their “English Centric” attitude

It’s no secret that English football is trapped in a vicious cycle that isn’t doing the country any good right now. They dominate qualification to major tournaments, get over-hyped by the media, then crash out of the tournament in embarrassing fashion and leave the manager with all the blame. This cycle isn’t helping everyone, especially […]

Portugal defeat Wales to advance to Euro 2016 final

You’ll never believe this but Portugal actually won a game in 90 minutes! Cristiano Ronaldo and Nani scored three minutes apart early in the second half to give Portugal a 2-0 win over Wales in the Euro 2016 semifinals in Lille. Just like every other game Portugal has played in this tournament the quality of […]

Wales stuns Belgium, 3-1, to reach Euro 2016 semifinal

In a tournament that has served up its share of drama and intrigue, Wales provided another dose of both on Friday. The Welsh ran past a favored Belgian side, 3-1, to reach the semifinal of the European Championship in its first appearance in the tournament. “Don’t be afraid to have dreams,” Wales manager Chris Coleman […]

Portugal survives penalty shootout to advance to Euro 2016 Semifinals

It’s not as glamorous as taking a casual stroll down the Champs Elysses but Portugal is in the Euro 2016 Semifinals after going perfect in a penalty shootout against Poland. This game was rather strange. The first half of the first half was non stop entertainment. The action started less than two minutes in as […]

Watch: Renato Sanches scores sensational equalizer

Robert Lewandowski did his job. The Polish captain got his team on the board with an early goal. Now it was time for Portugal’s star to answer. We waited and waited and waited until finally, Portugal played a great one-two getting the ball on the left foot of their star player at the top of […]