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      De la Fuente plays down Spain’s status as favourites against England in final

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 20:24

    • Spain have been standout team during tournament
    • De la Fuente: ‘If we are not focused, we won’t win’

    Luis de la Fuente said “favourites are for the bookmakers” as the Spanish manager attempted to play down growing expectations of his side before the European Championship final.

    Spain have been the standout team of Euro 2024 so far, beating Croatia, Italy, Germany and France in dazzling style on the road to their match-up against England in Berlin. But the head coach was at pains to point out that the final will be one between “equals” and warned that their winning streak could break “at any time”.

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      Tactical breakdown: where the Euro 2024 final will be won and lost

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 19:00

    Spain have been the outstanding team but if England can shut down the supply, Southgate’s men can make history

    Spain have been by far the most fluent side at the Euros, by far the best side at the Euros, and much of the reason for that has been their two youthful wingers, Lamine Yamal and Nico Williams. They give Spain a verticality that they have at times lacked since their golden age came to an end at the 2014 World Cup and, beyond that, Lamine Yamal appears to be blessed with that extra quality that elevates the true greats.

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      Chris Riddell on how things are looking up for Britannia, on and off the pitch – cartoon

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 17:00


    With Keir Starmer in No 10, all that’s needed now is an England football win in Berlin

    You can order your own copy of this cartoon

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      England and Spain have reversed roles since the ransacking of Seville

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 16:00

    Southgate’s counterattacking side enjoyed a Nations League win in 2018 but have become more possession based

    Little quiz for you, before the Euro 2024 final. Team A have completed the most passes of any side in the tournament, as well as the most short passes and the most touches in midfield, and can boast three of the four players with the most touches in total. Their tournament possession is 58%.

    Team B, meanwhile, sit joint-top on the list for goals and shots created on the counterattack. They have won 57% of their aerial duels, completed the most crosses, and have the third-highest rate of cross completion in the tournament (a fraction below Euro 2024 cross completion rate champions Scotland, you’ll never sing that, etc). Now: which team are England and which team are Spain?

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      Like Lamine Yamal, I was thrust into spotlight at young age – and it is no bad thing | Karen Carney

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 15:00 · 1 minute

    Being thrust into the spotlight as a teen can be freeing and fun. Spain’s young star is proof of this

    A lot is being made of Lamine Yamal being a prodigious 16-year-old at the Euros but by the time the final against England kicks off on Sunday, he will be an old hand after celebrating his 17th birthday on Saturday. He has already come of age by mixing playground football with decision-making beyond his years. Like Lamine Yamal, I made my first-team debut while still at school – I was 14 when I was fast-tracked by Birmingham City. Some might see it as a daunting prospect to be brought into an adult environment while most people of the same age are worrying about exams but, and I know it sounds weird, I believe it is the best time to move up to elite football.

    I played in a European Championship when I was 17, scoring an injury-time winner against Finland in front of a huge crowd, and it was pure excitement to be part of the national team at such a young age. Becoming an international footballer as a teenager means you have been on an upward trajectory your whole life, so it is important to keep doing what has helped you succeed and not change because circumstances have.

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      Lineker and Shearer v Keane and Wright: does BBC or ITV have the stronger Euro 2024 final lineup?

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 14:00

    The two big channels prepare to slug it out for viewers for the climax of the tournament

    Forget La Roja versus Three Lions. Tonight’s battle between the big two terrestrial channels, which will simulcast the action, looks set to be an equally tasty clash.

    Last Wednesday, a peak of 21.6million viewers watched England’s nervy semi-final win over the Netherlands on ITV1. Ratings will rise even higher for the showpiece final, but this time fans must decide whose coverage to watch. ITV hoped to gain an early edge by scheduling its build-up to begin at 6.30pm, ahead of the 8pm kick-off. Initially BBC1 wasn’t slated to start until 7pm until the Beeb made a last-minute change to replicate its rival – the broadcasting equivalent of a late Jude Bellingham equaliser. Here’s how the TV teams will line up…

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      It’s Hampton v Earps: race to be England No 1 at Euro 2025 is on

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 13:23

    The two goalkeepers have been rotated before but Wiegman selecting the 23-year-old Chelsea player for the game against Republic of Ireland felt significant

    For a split second on Friday night, given the ferocity of the cheer coming from one corner of the stand behind the substitutes, you could have been forgiven for wondering if England had surreptitiously scored another goal in the Euro 2025 qualifier against the Republic of Ireland . Not quite. The din was merely in response to Mary Earps jogging down the touchline to warm up. The England fans’ love for the BBC sports personality of the year award winner is stratospheric.

    And much later on Friday night, a quiet, touching moment offered a prime example of why Earps has such popularity. Long after full-time, the Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper was up in the stands, spending time making somebody’s week. She was speaking to a girl who was accompanied by a first-aider and who – according to friends and on-lookers – had been suffering from anxiety and panic attacks. Earps had helped calm her down and put the biggest of smiles on her face with a simple act of kindness.

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      ‘I think we’re peaking’: England fans in high spirits before Euro 2024 final

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 13:00

    Supporters share bullish predictions, quiet optimism and sympathy for Southgate before showdown with Spain

    From delirium to despondency , the England fan experience has been a varied one at Euro 2024. The team is responsible for some of the competition’s most memorable moments, including several last-minute winners, as well as a few less enthralling bloopers .

    Complaints aside, there is a lot for fans to celebrate: this is England’s second consecutive Euros final, after their 2021 defeat against Italy at Wembley, and the team’s first major tournament final overseas.

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      Gareth Southgate’s authenticity helps England’s mental preparation

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · 13:00

    Managing the psychological side of the game is natural for leader with flexibility, accountability and appropriateness

    Football is a game of opinions despite, or perhaps because of, there being so much that is unknown. Why does a manager pick a player or take them off? Why does a team spring forward in one half but retreat in another? Why does someone who misplaced a simple pass just moments before, find the top corner in the next?

    During England’s run to the final the debate over Gareth Southgate and his performance as manager has not stopped for a second. Most opinions, understandably, have been formed by what the eye can see. But what distant observers can never truly know or understand is what Southgate has done best, and that is managing the psychological side of the game.

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