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UEFA European Championship 2024 Preview
Our players were beginning to become absolute stars of football, and the Euros came up in 2024.
Surprisingly, there were no real misses in this tournament, and 13 of the 14 remaining contestants made it to the Euros. Lewie Roberts & Wales were the only one of us to miss out. Hard luck.
To Play At UEFA European Championship 2024
Belgium | Hercule Pretorius
Croatia | Dick Trickle
Denmark | Mikkel Bie & Phillip Budtz
France | Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc
Germany | Hans Down & Zander Yeks
Greece | Stam
Holland | Sybe van der Putten
Portugal | Nininho
Republic of Ireland | Harry Potter
Ukraine | Genie
Mikkel Bie & Phillip Budtz Of Denmark Would Face Nininho Of Portugal
For Denmark's Mikkel Bie & Phillip Budtz, they would face a challenging Group A. Nininho of Portugal were to be their greatest rivals of the group, while Switzerland and Hungary made up the rest of the group.
Germany Would Face Two Rivals In Holland & Austria In A Tough Group B
For Hans Down & Zander Yeks of Germany, one of the favourite nations, they would face rivals Holland & Sybe van der Putten. German-speaking rivals Austria, and Kosovo, also made up a tough group.
World Cup Champions France Would Face Greece, Ukraine & Sweden
For Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc of France, they would face Stam of Greece, Genie of Ukraine and Sweden. France were strong favourites, while the shootout for second place was not expected to be a straight forward one.
Belgium's Hercule Pretorius Would Face Croatia's Dick Trickle In Group D
For Hercule Pretorius & Belgium, first place was a must. Croatia were relying on Dick Trickle to fire them above Romania and Slovakia, and claim second place.
Ireland's Harry Potter Would Face Bitter Rivals England
What a group! For Harry Potter and Republic of Ireland, bitter rivals England awaited, while Spain and Poland were also in the group. The Irish were strongly considered to finish last.
└ This post was edited by Justice (2018-06-23 14:40, 3 weeks ago)
*NOTE* I may have accidentally skipped over one minor detail. Phillip Budtz completed a £57,000,000 to Manchester City in January 2024. That was the only transfer in January 2024.
Euro 2024 Group Stages
Yeah, I'm busy, hence the lack of updates. Sue me. Anyway, here's a roundup of what happened in the group stages, because detailing each group as in previous tournaments is too time consuming for me now (even though I prefer those updates).
Portugal & Denmark Qualified Alongside Switzerland From Group A
So yeah.... Both Portugal & Denmark qualified, along with the three related players. Mikkel Bie, Phillip Budtz & Nininho each played every minute of every game. Denmark scraped through, as Budtz struggled to find any kind of form. Bie did alright, while Nininho assisted in each game. Well done Nininho!
Both Germany & Holland Progressed Alongside Austria
So, good news for both the Germans & Dutch! Hans Down was instrumental as Germany defeated Holland and Kosovo, and drew against Austria, with Zander Yeks playing as a substitute just once. Sybe van der Putten's hat trick against Kosovo aided his side to qualification, and he also scored against Austria, but was disappointing against Germany.
Greece & Ukraine Dropped Out As France & Sweden Qualified
Han Cock scored twice for France as they strolled to a first place finish, and so did Alexandre Leblanc, who broke in to the France squad recently. For Genie of Ukraine and Stam of Greece, it was a disappointing tournament, as they both dropped out.
Belgium Topped The Group While Croatia Earned Last Place
For Hercule Pretorius and Belgium, it was a successful group stage. Hercule Pretorius scored twice as he played a key role for his side. Dick Trickle scored both of Croatia's only goals in the tournament, but his ability was not enough to save Croatia.
The Republic of Ireland Missed Out As They Finished Last
For Harry Potter, it was a disappointing tournament. He was forced off with injury in Ireland's first game against Poland, and missed the rest of the tournament. The Irish suffered a heartbreaking 4-5 defeat to England, and a defeat against Spain sealed their disappointing fate.
Last 16 Draw
France Will Play Holland In The Match Of The Round
What a draw! Our two Danish players will face Sweden in a Scandinavian derby, while Hans Down & Zander Yeks of Germany will face Switzerland. Belgium will face Poland, while Nininho & Portugal will play against Slovakia. The big game was expected to be France versus Holland, and Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc versus Sybe van der Putten. I, for one, cannot wait!
Euro 2024 Last 16
There were a few shocks in the group stage, and some very big fixtures to look forward to in the last sixteen. Let's see how our players fared.
Last 16 Results
Denmark, Germany & Holland All Crashed Out Of The Last 16
Denmark 2-2p Sweden | 29/06/2024
Zentralstadion (Leipzig, Germany) | Attendance: 44,345
Starting XI (4-4-2): Bie; Kristensen, Kjær, Christensen, Pedersen; Sisto (71'), Hvidt, Højbjerg (71'), Budtz ; Poulsen, Stæhr (71')
Subs Used: Eriksen (71'), Holse (71'), Delaney (71')
Starting XI (4-4-2): Johnsson; Wahlqvist, Dagerstål, Lindelöf, Augustinsson; Kulusevski, Hiljemark, Gustafson, Eriksson; Isak , Timossi Andersson
Subs Used: Guidetti (75'), Tibbling (75'), Fransson (75')
What a game! Phillip Budtz opened the scoring early on for Denmark with a tidy finish. However, Sweden were more than a match in this Scandinavian derby, as Alexander Isak equalised before half time. The game went to extra time, and Simon Tibbling looked to have scored the winner for Sweden. However, Denmark struck back through Carlo Holse, sending the game to a penalty shootout. Sweden won 4-3, as Rasmus Kristensen and Christian Eriksen missed for Denmark. Bye bye Bie & Budtz.
Germany 1-2 Switzerland | 29/06/2024
Volksparkstadion (Hamburg, Germany) | Attendance: 51,750
Starting XI (4-4-2): ter Stegen; Kimmich, Tah, Ginter, Henrichs; Havertz (59'), Down (57'), Goretzka, Brandt (59'); Werner , Yeks
Subs Used: Arnold (57'), Weigl (59'), Sané (59')
Starting XI (4-1-4-1): Bürki; Mbabu, Elvedi, Akanji, R. Rodríguez; Zakaria; Lotomba (79'), Janjicic (57'), Sow, F. Rodríguez ; Oberlin (45')
Subs Used: Fassnacht (45'), Wegmann (57'), Lopes (79')
The big boys are down! Timo Werner scored from close range to open the scoring for the Germans in the first half, and they were in cruise control for most of the game. But then, the Swiss struck back late. Christian Fassnacht came off the bench to equalise with two minutes to go, and then Fransisco Rodríguez scored a minute later to give Switzerland a surprise win.
Belgium 1-0 Poland | 30/06/2024
Waldstadion (Frankfurt, Germany) | Attendance: 48,000
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Meunier, Alderweireld, Poiret, Bolingoli; De Bruyne, Bastien; Bailey, Pereira, Pretorius; R. Lukaku
Subs Used: Origi (68'), Tielemans (76'), Musonda (76')
Starting XI (4-4-2): Szczesny; Gumny, Glik, Bielik (63'), Jaroszynski; Wszolek, Linetty, Murawski (68'), Juchasz; Stepinski (60'), Purzycki
Subs Used: Wrzesniak (60'), Salamon (63'), Dawidowicz (68')
Boring game, in truth. Big Rom scored early in the second half, before being taken off injured. Hercule Pretorius and Belgium marched on to the quarter finals.
Portugal 2-1 Slovakia | 30/06/2024
Stuttgart (Frankfurt, Germany) | Attendance: 54,812
Starting XI (4-3-3): Moreira; Pinto, Matos, Dias, Guerreiro; Neves (42'), Fernandes, Sanches (60'); B. Silva , A. Silva (45'), Nininho
Subs Used: Vezo (42'), Louro (45'), Gomes (60')
Starting XI (4-3-3): Ondrus; Tomic , Skriniar, Vavro, Mazan; Gregus (87'), Lobotka, Ivan (87'); Spalek (35'), Zrelak, Chrien
Subs Used: Tupta (35'), Ninaj (87'), Bugala (87')
Nininho was the star of Portugal in this game. Bernardo Silva opened the scoring in the second half, but Tomic's late equaliser looked to have sent the game to extra time. Nininho then stepped up to score a late winner, sending Portugal to the quarter finals.
France p1-1 Holland | 30/06/2024
Westfalenstadion (Dortmund, Germany) | Attendance: 65,851
Starting XI (4-4-2): Grellier; Tolisso, Varane, Upamecano, Hernández; Dembélé, Ndombele, Pogba (69'), Lemar (75'); Cock , Mbappé (51')
Subs Used: Martial (51'), Rabiot (69'), Griezmann (75')
Starting XI (4-4-2): Zoet; Tete, de Ligt, Hoedt (65'), van Drongelen; Promes, Ramselaar, Hendrix, Depay (71'); Zirkzee (56'), van der Putten
Subs Used: Janssen (56'), Hoedjes (65'), Kluivert (71')
It was the battle of two team mates. Manchester City strikers Han Cock & Sybe van der Putten faced off each other in the game of the round. Han Cock's moment of wonder came first, as he opened the scoring by firing in a powerful shot in to the roof of Holland's net. van der Putten struck back late in the game to send the match to extra time, and then on to a penalty shootout. However, Justin Kluivert missed from the spot as France won 5-4, sending VDP and Holland out.
Quarter Final Draw
France Play Spain In The Quarter Finals
None of our contestants will face each other in the quarter finals. Belgium will face Sweden, while Portugal will play Serbia. For France, they had the toughest match of the round, again, as they would play against Spain. Who would reach the semi finals, if any?
Euro 2024 Quarter Finals
We had quite a few of our players make it to the quarter finals of the Euros. Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc of France were to face Spain, Hercule Pretorius and Belgium were opposed by Sweden, and Portugal's Nininho was up against Serbia. Could any of these players make it to the semis? Let's find out!
Quarter Final Results
Belgium, France & Portugal All Marched Towards The Semi Finals
Sweden 0-2 Belgium | 05/07/2024
Neckarstadion (Stuttgart, Germany | Attendance: 54,812
Starting XI (4-4-2): Johnsson; Wahlqvist, Brorsson, Lindelöf, Augustinsson; Svanberg (59'), Hiljemark, Gustafson, Eriksson (40'); Isak (49'), Timossi Andersson
Subs Used: Petersson (40'), Guidetti (49'), Lundqvist (59')
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Meunier, Denayer, Alderweireld (49'), Bolingoli; De Bruyne, Tielemans; Bailey , Pereira (59'), Pretorius ; Origi (45')
Subs Used: Dimata (45'), Verstraete (49'), Musonda (59')
Easy game for Belgium, in truth. Sweden were no match, and a first half injury to Johan Eriksson made it mission impossible for them. While Alderweireld picked up an injury in the second half, a goal from Leon Bailey set Belgium on the way. Hercule Pretorius doubled Belgium's advantage in the last minute, sending his side to the semi finals.
France 2-0 Spain | 07/07/2024
Olympiastadion (Berlin, Germany | Attendance: 74,475
Starting XI (4-4-2): Grellier; Tolisso, Varane , Laporte, Lenglet; Dembélé, Ndombele (77'), Pogba (61'), Lemar; Cock (71'), Mbappé
Subs Used: Rabiot (61'), Leblanc (71'), Upamecano (77')
Starting XI (4-4-2): De Gea; Odriozola, Vallejo (71'), Meré, Grimaldo; Saúl (53'), Asensio (64'), Jiménez, Isco; Tabuenca, Morata
Subs Used: Williams (53'), Suso (64'), Israel (71')
France's physical prowess gave them a major advantage over a tired Spanish side. While neither Han Cock or Alexandre Leblanc performed overly well, the French strolled to victory. Varane scored the opener with a first time header, and Kylian Mbappé doubled France's advantage in the second half. France strolled to the semi finals.
Portugal e3-2 Serbia | 04/07/2024
Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany | Attendance: 69,344
Starting XI (4-3-3): Moreira; Dalot, Vezo, Dias, Guerreiro (61'); Neves, Fernandes (64'), Sanches ; B. Silva, A. Silva, Nininho (53')
Subs Used: Guedes (53'), Pereira (61'), Louro (64')
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Rajkovic; Maksimovic, Milinkovic-Savic, Jovanovic, Hrubik; Grujic, Ilic (55'); Zivkovic, Mihajlovic (53'), Hrubik; Vujadinovic (45')
Subs Used: A. Mitrovic (45'), S. Mitrovic (53'), Radoja (55')
What a game! Injuries to Nininho and Bernardo Silva upset Portugal's rhythm, and a goal from Serbia Aleksander Mitrovic looked to have won the game. However, Renato Sanches had other plans, with a 95th minute equaliser, sending the game to extra time. Goals from Louro and Guedes were enough for Portugal to reach the semi finals, despite conceding a goal from the other Mitrovic.
Semi Final Draw
France Would Play Portugal In The Semi Finals
Belgium got the easier of the ties, facing England in the semi finals. France would play Portugal in the other, with a place in the final on the line. Who would prevail? Who would reach the final? Find out soon.
Euro 2024 Semi Finals
We're down to just four teams now! Exciting times as Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc of France, Hercule Pretorius of Belgium and Nininho of Portugal all looked to forge away to the final. At least one of these four would make it to the final. Who will progress to Europe's international football showpiece event?
Semi Final Results
Belgium & France Both Progressed To The Final
Belgium p1-1 England | 11/07/2024
Allianz Arena (Munich, Germany) | Attendance: 69,344
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Courtois; Castagne (73'), Denayer, Poiret, Bolingoli; De Bruyne, Bastien; Bailey (68'), Musonda (62'), Pretorius; Dimata
Subs Used: Pereira (62'), Origi (68'), Meunier (73')
Starting XI (4-2-3-1): Pickford; Stones, Dier, White, Chilwell; Winks, Hughes (53'); Kane, Alli, Rashford (53'); Warrington (58')
Subs Used: Chalobah (53'), Sancho (53'), Sterling (58')
Football's coming home! Nope. It isn't. Not an England squad that breeds confidence, is it? John Stones, Harry Kane (at AMR?!?!), Dele Alli and Marcus Rashford were the key players, but they were always second best to a strong Belgium outfit. Hercule Pretorius played the full 120 minutes as Charly Musonda's opener was canceled out by Jadon Sancho late on, sending the game to extra time and on to a penalty shootout. Now, I know England just beat Colombia in a penalty shootout in real life, but let's pretend they still have their hoodoo. Ultimately it was their goal scorer, and temporary hero, Jadon Sancho who missed the decisive penalty, allowing Belgium & Hercule Pretorius to the final! (England's Coming Home)
France 3-1 Portugal | 10/07/2024
Westfalenstadion (Dortmund, Germany) | Attendance: 65,851
Starting XI (4-4-2): Grellier; Sidibé (75'), Varane, Upamecano, Digne; Coman, Tolisso (81'), Rabiot, Lemar (70'); Cock , Mbappé x2
Subs Used: Griezmann (70'), Pogba (75'), Georgen (81')
Starting XI (4-3-3): Moreira; Dalot (70'), Vezo, Dias, Guerreiro (63'); Fernandes, Geraldes, Sanches; Martins, André Silva (75'), Guedes
Subs Used: Pereira (63'), Pinto (70'), Louro (75')
Cock on a semi was always going to be too difficult to handle, and Portugal could not stop the free-firing French magic machine. His assist for Kylian Mbappé's opener was exquisite, and underlined his quality. Nininho missed out with injury, but Portugal were able to strike back. André Silva converted a penalty, which was the result of a rare Raphael Varane foul. However, even with Alexandre Leblanc not featuring, Han Cock was still able to penetrate the back of Portugal with pace and power, and delivered a happy ending to the French, firing his shots deep in to Portugal's net. Cock had played his role in giving birth to another major final for France.
Belgium Will Play France In The Final
Belgium versus France in the final, as predicted before the tournament began. The two heavyweights of international football would collide, with only one side able to become victor. Who would it be; Hercule Pretorius & Belgium, or Han Cock & Alexandre Leblanc of France?
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