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      Like father, like son: the children of greats lighting up Euro 2024

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 29 June - 17:18 · 1 minute

    Once again, Thuram, Chiesa and Hagi are shining on the big stage – and making everyone feel ancient in the process

    Schmeichel, Thuram, Blind, Chiesa, Hagi and Conceição head into the last 16. This is not nostalgia, an old goals tape discovered among the videos in the junk room; this is now. As the knockout round of Euro 2024 gets under way, Kasper, Marcus, Daley, Federico, Ianis and Francisco, sons of Peter, Lilian, Danny, Enrico, Gheorghe and Sergio, go in search of the chance to make their countries proud and their parents prouder. And to make everyone else feel very, very old, in the name of the father.

    This is not the first time there have been footballers’ sons at the Euros – a goal from Federico Chiesa at Euro 2020 , 25 years and 12 days after his dad, Enrico, scored at Anfield during Euro 96, made the Chiesas the first family to have two goalscoring generations in the competition – and some of these kids are not so young any more, a third generation on the way. Some are better than their dads were; some never will be. Daley Blind has 107 caps, 65 more than his father, Danny; “something we can both be proud of,” he says. Kasper Schmeichel is 37 and on 104 caps, closing in on his dad.

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      Spot of bother? How Euro 2024’s last 16 measure up in penalty shootouts

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 29 June - 08:29

    Is anyone’s record worse than England’s? Can any team better Germany’s habit of success? We look at the numbers

    The last European Championship that did not feature penalty shootout heartbreak/ecstasy was 1988, which had eight teams and only three knockout games. So it’s almost certain that at least one country will exit Euro 2024 on pens in the coming weeks. But of the sides in the last 16, which have the most reason for fear – or confidence – based on their past shootout record? And is there really a nation with a worse record than England? Answer: yes. Sort of.

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      Georgia v Portugal: Euro 2024 – live

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 26 June - 17:30

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of Georgia v Portugal in Gelsenkirchen. Happily, after the endless permutations of Group E, this one is pretty simple. Portugal are already through as group winners. Georgia – lovely, life-affirming Georgia – will join them if they win tonight. Anything less and they’ll be going home. But even if that happens, they won’t be forgotten.

    In theory it will help Georgia if Portugal do a Spain and rest their first XI, though their depth is such that it might not make much difference. The Portuguese players waiting for a chance include Diogo Jota, Goncalo Ramos, Joao Felix, Pedro Neto and Joao Neves. We’ll have all the team news shortly.

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      Portugal stand in way of fearless Georgia’s pursuit of the unthinkable

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 26 June - 07:00

    Euro 2024’s lowest-ranked team have already made history – now Sagnol and Kvaratskhelia are dreaming of the last 16

    “But, I mean, it’s Portugal,” came the typically frank and measured reply from the Georgia manager, Willy Sagnol. Minutes earlier, such was the giddiness surrounding the nation’s first point at a major tournament on Saturday, he had been given a standing ovation as he entered the press conference room in Hamburg from journalists who follow the team. The same went for Giorgi Mamardashvili, after his staggering goalkeeping display.

    Conversation, however, soon flipped to the game in Gelsenkirchen on Wednesday night and it was a case of carefully dousing the flames of unfiltered excitement. The obvious thing to say at this juncture is Georgia won’t stop dreaming.

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      Too famous to play football? Ronaldo has outgrown the sport that made him | Barney Ronay

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 23 June - 19:16

    The sport has not come to terms with his celebrity status. After the pitch invasion drama, Uefa must deal with it

    There was something disconcerting about the man being grabbed and jostled and hauled away by security guards on the concrete causeway below the executive boxes half an hour after full-time at BVB Stadion Dortmund on Saturday night.

    For one thing the man seemed unusually well groomed, brilliantly ear-ringed, dressed in full shiny Portugal tracksuit. He was also beaming relentlessly, shouting things such as “Big Love” and “Say Hi to Georgina”, doing the heart gesture with this hands even as three men in hi-vis jackets grabbed him by the elbows.

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      ‘A wonderful example’ – Pepe takes Euros by storm at the age of 41

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 23 June - 14:44 · 1 minute

    Most people came for Cristiano Ronaldo but it was the defender who was applauded by all after Portugal’s win over Turkey

    Turkey crossed the ball into the box, Pepe headed it clear and there was a cheer from the Portuguese fans. So Turkey crossed the ball into the box again, Pepe headed it clear again and there was another cheer, a little louder this time. So Turkey crossed the ball into the box for a third time, Pepe headed clear a third time and there was an even bigger cheer. This time it came with laughter, a touch of pantomime about it, like they were fools for even trying. Did you really think you were going to beat this guy?! Kepler Laveran de Lima Ferreira? Have you learned nothing these last 79 minutes? These past 22 years?

    They weren’t great crosses, it is true. It is also true that Pepe wasn’t pleased with the first of the three headers, conceding a corner from which he then towered over them all, forehead twice thudding on leather, each header firmer and funnier than the last. But it came as a nice, almost cartoonish cameo of a colossus, this character who shouldn’t be playing this well. Who probably shouldn’t be playing at all any more. Not at his age. “If you’re a neutral fan watching the game and you see Pepe playing, you would never believe that he is 41 years old,” Roberto Martínez said.

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      Young pitch invader at Euro 2024 got away with a warning, claims father

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Sunday, 23 June - 11:16

    • Child took photo with Ronaldo during Portugal game
    • ‘Uefa turned a blind eye’, father tells Bild in Germany

    A young boy who pulled off a risky plan to invade the pitch during Portugal’s match against Turkey and snap a picture with Cristiano Ronaldo got off with a warning, his father told German media.

    Portugal’s 3-1 victory over Turkey in their Euro 2024, Group F game in Dortmund was disrupted by five spectators , including 10-year-old Berat, making it on to the turf.

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      Portugal voice concerns after five pitch invaders get to Cristiano Ronaldo

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 22 June - 19:08

    • Fans get on to pitch during and after Portugal 3-0 Turkey
    • Steward crashes into Gonçalo Ramos after man runs on

    Portugal’s manager, Roberto Martínez, voiced security concerns after his team’s victory over Turkey was marred by five spectators invading the pitch and making their way to Cristiano Ronaldo in search of selfies.

    A sixth man failed in an attempt to get to the five-time Ballon d’Or winner but caused a steward to slip and crash into the Portugal striker Gonçalo Ramos, knocking the Paris Saint-Germain player to the turf.

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      Portugal into last 16 as Silva and Fernandes sink Turkey

      news.movim.eu / TheGuardian · Saturday, 22 June - 18:19

    On a clammy, boisterous afternoon in Dortmund Portugal ensured they will now top Group F with a disarmingly low pulse rate 3-0 defeat of an outmatched Turkey. This was a statement victory for Portugal, not because of what they did, but because of what they didn’t have to. At times it felt a bit like watching a team of grown-ups strolling past the local primary school eleven. The biggest obstacle Roberto Martínez’s team experienced here was an excessive number of spectators (five of them) running on to take stolen selfies with Cristiano Ronaldo.

    If Portugal were able to play in battery saver mode it is tribute to the coherence of the-set up here, a 4-3-3 with strength in every position and a beautifully fluid sense of control in the centre. Many English pundits seem to be convinced England’s hand of talent is the envy of the world. Portugal have a stronger team man for man, a more natural balance, a Portuguese way of playing that everyone comes in understanding.

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