Sweden’s 1-0 loss to Belguim in their final Euro 2016 group-stage match marked the end of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s international career. So to commemorate the occasion, Volvo has somehow already released a tender farewell video starring one of their nation’s greatest ever footballers and his family.
Wales have surpassed even their own expectations at Euro 2016 by reaching the quarterfinals. This has caused considerable problems for several members of the squad — like defender Neil Taylor, who will be forced to miss a Beyonce concert he planned to attend in Cardiff on Thursday.
If Lionel Messi thought the best way to avoid further abuse from the country of his birth in perhaps the most painful moment of his professional career was to immediately retire from international football, he was right.
— S. (@lmaosimon) June 27, 2016
Spain dismantled Italy in the Euro 2012 final, winning 4-0 to claim their third consecutive major trophy. Two years later at the 2014 World Cup, both nations made shocking exits in the group stage with one win and two losses each. At this point, Spain decided to stay the course with the firmly entrenched and historically successful Vicente Del Bosque, but Italy made a change, replacing Cesare Prandelli with Antonio Conte. And two years after that, Italy have now beaten Spain 2-0 in the Euro 2016 round of 16. And this reversal of fortunes is largely down to the men in the technical area.
Steve McLaren with the best TV moment of the year.
— Football Vines (@FootballVines) June 27, 2016
Despite claims that England’s loss to Iceland is “one of the greatest shocks in the history of soccer,” anyone who has watched Iceland over the last couple years or England over the last 50 should have been able to predict the result of their Euro 2016 knockout-stage meeting.
Iceland beat England 2-1 in the Euro 2016 round of 16 in a match that is being hailed as one of the most shocking defeats in the history of English football. But is it really? Here are all of the perfectly reasonable explanations for this result:
After a grueling 120 minutes, the last 78 of which were played 10v10, Chile and Argentina went to penalties in a Copa America final for the second straight year. Sergio Romero gave Argentina a huge boost by saving Arturo Vidal’s shot to start things off, but then the unthinkable happened: Leo Messi missed the goal entirely. Argentina went on to lose the shootout. Again.
Ireland’s Euro 2016 knockout stage opener against host nation France got off to a karmic start as they were awarded a penalty in the opening minutes that Robbie Brady converted to give them an early 1-0 lead. This gave the BBC studio team of Gary Lineker, Alan Shearer, and Rio Ferdinand a chance to rib their colleague — Thierry Henry, the man whose infamous handball for France helped keep Ireland out of the 2010 World Cup.
— Copa90 (@Copa90) June 25, 2016
Switzerland’s Xherdan Shaqiri scored a brilliant overhead kick before his side lost to Poland on penalties. It invited a warranted amounted of praise, but it also inspired some jokes.
The Czech Republic didn’t make it out of the group stage at Euro 2016, so Petr Cech decided to occupy his time by acting as a ball boy at Wimbledon because why not? Cech helped out friend and countryman Radek Stepanek as he practiced ahead of his opening round match against Nick Kyrgios and given the Arsenal goalkeeper’s profession, you can be sure he didn’t let a single ball get by him.