Soccer America Daily
Thursday, June 10, 2021
  • European Championship: 24 countries, 11 cities and a lingering pandemic

    The Covid-19 pandemic inevitably looms over the European Championship, kicking off a year late on Friday across the continent in partly patronized stadiums. Read the whole story

  • The battle for the 2021 Ballon d'Or

    Given the international attention on the Euros, the 2021 Ballon d'Or winner should be one of the stars of European summer. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Roberto Mancini

    "We will get the fans on board by having fun.”

    -- Italy national team coach Roberto Mancini, appearing on an Italian television variety show, the stage for his unveiling of the Azzurri squad for the European Championship. Mancini and his coaches played a game of paddleball with frying pans. Three players performed as backup vocalists for a rapper. (New York Times)

  • TV Schedule: European Championship

    Saturday offers the first triple-header. Read the whole story

  • What They're Saying: Ronald de Boer

    "Johan Cruyff would turn over in his grave. But he would also do that [if he saw the] games of Barcelona under Ronald Koeman."

    -- Ronald de Boer on the 5-3-2 formation used by his twin brother, Dutch national team coach Frank de Boer, for its friendly against Scotland, which ended in a 2-2 tie. Cruyff played for the Netherlands and played for and coached Barcelona, now coached by Koeman, Frank de Boer's predecessor as Dutch national team coach. Cruyff favored a more attacking 4-3-3 formation. (De Telegraaf in Dutch)

  • MLS: Seven players at the Euros

    That's one more player than previously represented the league in the entire history of the tournament. Read the whole story

  • Stadiums: European Championship

    1. Amsterdam. Johan Cruyff Arena (12,000)
    2. Baku. Olympic Stadium (31,000)
    3. Bucharest. Arena Nationala (13,000)
    4. Budapest. Puskas Arena (61,000)
    5. Copenhagen. Parken Stadium (11,250/0)
    6. Glasgow. Hampden Park (12,000)
    7. London. Wembley Stadium (*22,500)
    8. Munich. Allianz Arena (14,500)
    9. Rome. Stadio Olimpico (16,000)
    10. St. Petersburg. Krestovsky Stadium (30,500)
    11. Seville. La Cartuja (20,000)
    *Capacity for semifinals and final at Wembley Stadium are yet to be confirmed.
    Note: In parentheses are the capacity levels in place for the tournament.

  • Rosters: The 624 players at the Euros

    Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and compressed European season, rosters have been expanded to 26 players. Read the whole story

  • The Euros: What we're reading (and listening to)

    1. How Euro 2020 was saved By Tariq Panja (New York Times)
    2. Every European Championship-winning team, ranked By Benjie Goodhart (GQ)
    3. The acclaim and blame that come with Robert Lewandowski's name By Brian Straus (