Connect with us

News

EURO 2020 FINAL: Is It Going Home, Or Is It Going To Rome ?

Published

on

EURO 2020 FINAL: Is It Going Home, Or Is It Going To Rome ?

Babajide Adewunmi-EverBlazin

 

The last one month in Europe has been full of actions as eleven nations witnessed a premium football festival to celebrate the diamond jubilee of Europe’s football showpiece, Sportivation.com.ng reports.

And so far, there’s been conflicting reactions from different quarters in Europe as to how EUROS 2020 has panned out for a couple of juggernauts in European football.

READ MORE: PSG Consider Move For Paul Pogba

The prepotency of narratives that erupted is that UEFA’s diplomacy to make the The Three Lions emerge winners of the competition isn’t stealth enough, due to the scrappy arrangements made by the football body to have Wembley host more matches than any other stadium in Europe.

And indeed, the dodgy penalty awarded to England in the semifinals against Denmark gave some validations to those popular opinions.

READ MORE: Messi, Neymar Battle For First Copa America Trophy

But amidst all this reactions and counter reactions, the last hurdle of the competition will still serve off on Sunday evening at the Wembley Stadium, London, in England.

However, the destination of the EUROS trophy remains unclear as both sides in the final fancies their chances of landing the trophy after 90 minutes or a probable enthralling 120 minutes given that the Azurris and The Three Lions have been the best sides in the tourney thus far, and their semifinal matches was decided after 120 minutes.

The Great Intents

England’s journey to the final of a major international competition is as a result of athleticism and resilience in the last four to years, and it has culminated into a steep progress with Gareth Southgate at the helms.

The Three Lions shortly after the disappointing 2-1 loss to Iceland at the quarterfinals of the EUROS in France in 2016, rebuilt from scratch, and appointed her former player and U-21 manager, Gareth Southgate.

And ever since, the team have captured the imagination of a success starved teeming fans of English Football.

READ MORE: Revealed: Why Wilder, Fury fight was postponed

Five years into Southgate’s spell, England have played in the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup and will play in her first final of a major football competition in 55 years. Really, there’s never been a better feeling than this in the English camp since 1966.

Also, England’s unbeaten run datesback to 2020 when they lost to the Red Devils of Belgium in the UEFA Nations League.

And hitherto, The Three Lions have lost in the semifinals of five major tournaments (EURO ’68 and ’96, the 1990 and 2018 World Cups and the 2019 UEFA Nations League).

But seeing off Germany, Ukraine and Denmark (after 120 minutes) on Wednesday night to book a date in the final against the Azurris, they have the chance to put behind them an agonizing 55 years.

Ostensibly, The Three Lions have gotten a very high mountain to surmount, a fact that has been acknowledged by Gareth Southgate himself.

READ MORE: Popular Nollywood Actor, Kenneth Okonkwo Endorses Gulf United Nigeria Scholarship Showcase

“We’ve got to enjoy the fact we’re in the final but there’s one more massive hurdle to conquer. Italy are a very good side, I’ve thought that the last couple of years. They are in outstanding form and have defensive warriors who have been through everything. It’s a great game to look forward to.” Southgate said.

Meanwhile, The Italians on the other hand, have surpassed whatever expectations many had for them because they weren’t seen as serious contenders by most people untill the knockout stages of this year’s EUROS.

It will be recalled that Roberto Mancini’s side was not given much respect especially by some English pundits, who claimed that the Italians fizzle out when they face a more technical and clinical side.

But here we are, Italy have knocked out Austria, Belgium and Spain, posing a 6 matches unbeaten run in EUROS 2020 and 33 overall.

READ MORE: PSG Confirm Sergio Ramos Signing

Therefore, if it’s by the pedigree of the teams both Italy and England have ousted in the competition prior to Sunday’s final, the Italians obviously, will be the favorite team to emerge champions of Europe. Sadly, it’ll not happen like that.

This is a final that would be down to the greatest of intents from both sides.

Italy’s probable dynamism so far is how they’ve approached each match they’ve played in this competition with little or no pressure. Even when they were on the brink of elimination during the shootouts against Spain, there were grins on the faces of everyone.

READ MORE: READ MORE: FASCO CUP 2021: Lion Heart Pip Silver Stars Wesco FC Held Hambick

And there’s no better spirit or feeling to approach a young and talented Gareth Southgate’s tutored English side than this.

Same cannot be said for The Three Lions because at some point in their EUROS 2020 campaign, there was panic and glimpses of disappointment.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recent Posts

latest

News16 hours ago

Coleman Wires and Cables Joins Bigi Abeokuta 10KM Race

Organizers of the Abeokuta 10KM Race, Nilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML) have confirmed Coleman Wires and Cables as the latest...

News2 days ago

Bar. Edeh Hails Falcons Display Against Mali, Applauds Organisers For ‘Extraordinary Job.

President of Ratels Sports Development Foundation (RSDF), Barrister Paul Edeh on wednesday praised the organisers of Aisha Buhari Tournament for...

News2 days ago

The TEN Commandments! Akhiwu Eugene Rolls Out To Develop Edo Chess Association

In a season when reputable individuals who can come to the fore and put to place their skills, experience and...

NPFL3 days ago

Enyimba Appoint Finidi George As New Coach

Enyimba Football Club has appointed Finidi George as its new head coach. The former Ajax and Real Betis winger, who...

News3 days ago

Line Up Live Up: Award Winning Journalist Aderonke Bello selected for Sports-Based Life Skills Programme

The Federal Government of Nigeria has selected Award Winning Journalist, Sports for Development Enthusiast and Gender Advocate, AderonkeOgunleye-Bello as Representative...

News3 days ago

Stakeholders and players praise Monimichelle over Mobolaji Johnson Arena

Stakeholders have commended the Mobolaji Johnson Arena, formerly Onikan Stadium billed to host the Aisha Buhari Cup. Nigeria and Mali...

News3 days ago

36 Lion Set To Open Training Tour With Fierce Battle With AS Cotonou

36 Lion late Tuesday trained at the Stade René Pleven d’Akpakpa ahead of the their opening game against AS Cotonou....

News3 days ago

Rite Foods, Ogun State Government Reiterate Commitment For Abeokuta 10KM Race

Organizers of the Abeokuta 10km Race, Nilayo Sports Management Limited (NSML) have confirmed that the 2021 edition of the event...