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Euro 2024 Analysis: Critiques and Insights on England, Netherlands, and More




1. “The English have a caricatured positional game”

“Gareth Southgate could go back to a back four, unlike the Switzerland game. But whether they are back three or back four, it will not change their caricatured positional play. I have the impression that Southgate wants at all costs to make them play in a certain way without it really corresponding to the qualities of the players. It is not normal to have so many good players at their disposal but poor individual performances since the start of the Euros. The abundance of assets can sometimes be detrimental. Yes, he is still looking for ways to play Kane, Bellingham, Foden and Saka together, but I am not convinced at all by this very sterile, stereotypical and formatted game. There is nothing sharp or vertical, except via Saka and his percussion on the right side. England’s matches only become interesting when they are behind in the score and forced to play more hastily and instinctively. On the other hand, they are well placed in pressing and in the defensive organization. The guidelines are interesting.”

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2. “Bellingham eats up Foden’s space”

“I don’t see a real solution to properly pair Jude Bellingham and Phil Foden, who are at their best when they play in the same position. So high up in the game, they are not compatible. At Real Madrid, Carlo Ancelotti gave Bellingham all the space he needed in the middle of two semi-wide wingers. This allows him to have a lot of space and to be able to infiltrate. On the other hand, it doesn’t work to have combination play with him in the pockets. He is too often with his back to the game. Phil Foden can do it and he does it very well at Manchester City, but Bellingham eats up a bit of the space in which he could express himself. We also notice that there are very few exchanges between the two. So should we choose one or the other? If Southgate does that, all of England will fall on him. Even if it is complicated in the game, Bellingham has managed to be decisive at several moments, while Foden brings speed and solutions between the lines.”

Jude Bellingham. ©AFP or licensors

3. “Thanks to Dumfries, the system can change quickly”

“The Netherlands have a team that attacks better than they defend. Even though Ronald Koeman has not yet found the perfect solution on the right side of his attack after testing Bergwijn, Frimpong or Malen, they have the particularity of being able to attack with four, with right-back Dumfries who brings verticality and runs without the ball, as well as Gakpo who brings a lot of impact on the left. Thanks to Dumfries’ position, the system can quickly go from three to four attackers.”

4. “Weghorst must remain plan B”

“Even though he disappointed, I think Ronald Koeman should continue with Memphis Depay as a starter. Because if he starts Wout Weghorst straight away, he loses his plan B to try to surprise the opponent with a real target in the box. In any case, we have seen since the start of the Euro that his coming into play has worked well. On the other hand, it is true that Depay is better when he plays just behind another striker and not as a real number nine. That is also why Koeman played Weghorst and Depay together for 40 minutes, right from half-time. READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

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5. “Reijnders is a copy-coller of Guardiola”

Tijjani Reijnders. ©Copyright 2024 The Associated Press. All rights reserved

“He is perhaps one of the biggest assets of the Oranje: Tijjani Reijnders. When I watch him play, I really feel like I’m watching a carbon copy of Guardiola. Whether it’s in attitude, posture or intelligence, he is the organiser of this team. The other two big assets are Bart Verbruggen, who has been very good since the start of the tournament and who has made some really important saves; and Cody Gakpo, who really does the job offensively. In the defensive hinge, De Vrij and Van Dijk have not been bad, but Van Dijk’s performances are still insufficient. He is good in the box defence, but he has more difficulties when he has to run after an opponent who is running away from them, as Foden can do.”

2024-07-10 07:11:00
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Colpani arrived in Florence, medical visits underway – Football




Andrea Colpani arrived in Florence a little after 9:00 p.m. and is currently undergoing medical checks at the Fanfani Clinical Research Institute. Later, the player should sign a contract with Fiorentina – the club had reached a definitive agreement with Monza earlier today – a four-year deal worth around €1.2 million per season.

Tomorrow he could join coach Palladino, who had him in the last two years at Monza, and his new teammates in the retreat in England.


2024-07-25 19:49:28
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Algerian Athletes Gear Up for Challenges in Paris 2024 Olympics Draws




That’s it, the last scenery of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games has just been installed with the results of the draws of several events. Several Algerian athletes now know their opponent, and the paths to follow in this Olympic dream.

Indeed, this afternoon, the draws for the Judo, Badminton and Table Tennis events revealed their secrets. Draws that were lenient for some, very harsh for others and to be forgotten for the rest.

24th in the world rankings in the -63 kg category, the Algerian judoka, Amina Belkadi will face the Venezuelan, A. Barrios, 31st in the world rankings.

If the native of Tlemcen, quadruple reigning African champion, manages to beat her opponent in these 16th finals, scheduled for July 30, she will meet in the 8th round the winner between the Slovenian, Andreja Leški (7th in the world ranking) and the Georgian Eter Askilashvili (49th in the world rankings). Belkadi’s path should pass, if she reaches the quarter-finals, through the Canadian, Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard, second in the world rankings in the -63 kg category.

Full table of the draw for the Judo events (women) in the -63 kg category

For his part, the Algerian judoka, The Mehdi Liliinherited the judoka from the United Arab Emirates, Magomedomar Magomedomarovfor this first round of the +100kg category events which will take place on August 2. The 28-year-old Algerian will face, if he passes this first round, the living legend of French judo, Teddy Riner. A name that makes you want to redouble your efforts to meet him.

Full table of the draw for the Judo events (men) in the +100 kg category READ FULL STORY HERE>>>CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE READING>>>

Paris 2024 Olympics: Table tennis and badminton, the Algerians’ opponents

The ambition of the Algerian table tennis player, Lynda Loughraibito reach an advanced round during these Olympics will have to go through a big name in ping-pong.

At the end of the draw, Loughraibi was handed the Chinese, Chen Meng, second in the world rankings. A match that promises to be complicated, but which will leave an unforgettable memory and help our athlete gain experience.

For his part, the Algerian table tennis player, Mehdi Belou will have to deal with Croatian, Tomislav Pucarto pass this first round which will take place on Saturday July 27 for our two ping-pong players.

In the same vein, the first historic participation of the Algerian mixed doubles in the Olympic Games, Koceila and Tanina Mammeriwill face a Thai mixed doubles July 27The Mammeri siblings will face a South Korean mixed doubles team the following day, on the 28th, and a mixed doubles team the day after that, on July 29.

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2024-07-25 19:03:01
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LIVE – France-Colombia: Les Bleues make the break thanks to Dali





Carabali’s scissors! (2-0, 30′)

On a corner pushed back by the Blues, Carabali tries a scissor kick, but the ball goes far from the French goal.


Karchaoui collapses! (2-0, 27′)

The Frenchwoman is thrown behind the Colombian defense and collapses! She asks for a penalty while she seems to have been jostled… The referee says nothing!


The Blues have control of the match! (2-0, 25′)

The French have possession and clearly dominate this first half.


The post for Colombia (2-0, 20′)

Ramirez heads a good cross from the right! The ball hits the post! The Blues had a close call!


Dali gives the Blues a 2-goal lead! (2-0, 18′)

The Colombian goalkeeper pushes back a cross from the French team in the middle, the ball comes back to Dali who controls it and shoots it with his right! The ball hits the crossbar and goes into the goal! Magnificent! France leads two goals to zero!


Ramirez’s strike! (1-0, 16′)

Ramirez finds himself in a good shooting position and fires a right shot! Great save from Peyraud-Magnin!


The Blues are putting on a lot of pressure! (1-0, 15′)

Hervé Renard’s players remain very high on the field and put in a lot of intensity. The French dominate!


The ball for 2-0 for Katoto! (1-0, 12′)

Les Bleues stay high up the pitch and Dali wins a corner. Katoto is alone at the far post and puts in a header! Tapia makes an extraordinary save!


Foul by Wendy Renard! (1-0, 9′)

The captain of the French team commits an act of unsportsmanlike behaviour to prevent a counter attack by the Colombians. The referee whistles for a foul.


Katoto opens the score!!! (1-0, 6′)

Marie-Antoinette Katoto strikes in the sixth minute of play! The Colombians communicate poorly and the ball comes back to the French striker who controls it and finishes in a tight angle! France leads 1-0!


Mbock it’s too long! (0-0, 2′)

The Blues’ central defender tries to find Diani in depth but it takes too long.


Let’s go !

The Games are now starting for Hervé Renard’s French women’s team. Facing Colombia, Les Bleues must start their competition well.


The players enter the field!

The 22 actresses enter the pitch at the Groupama Stadium in Lyon. Time for the anthems!


The French are ready!


Colombia’s XI!

The composition of the Colombian selection : Tapia, Arias, Carabali, Arias, Vanegas, Montoya (C), Santos, Restrepo, Caicedo, Ramirez, Usme.


The composition of the Blues!

The composition of the French women’s team : Peyraud-Magnin, Lakrar, Mbock, Renard (C), Karchaoui, Toletti, Geyoro, Dali, Diani, Cascarino, Katoto.


De Almeida replaced by Périsset

Eve Périsset will replace the injured Elisa De Almeida in the group of 18 players for the first match of the Bleues in the Olympic football tournament against Colombia.


A match that will be played in Lyon

The Groupama Stadium in Lyon will host the first meeting of the Bleues.


Relive the day of the Bleues in video


Hi all !

Welcome to this live commentary of the first match of the French women’s football team in these Paris 2024 Olympic Games. The French women face Colombia. Kick-off at 9 p.m.

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