Euro 2016

Mark Clattenburg follows Sergio Ramos’ lead on body art

(Mick Mahon Tattoo/Facebook) Mark Clattenburg was the referee for both the 2016 Champions League final and the Euro 2016 final — an impressive combination of honors that few people would ever talk about since, you know, he’s a referee. But the never attention shy Clattenburg came up with a way to make this a topic of conversation …

Setting the poets free: Discussing Portugal after Euro 2016

(@selecaoportugal) By Gabriel BumpLisbon is a poet’s city. Legend claims Odysseus founded this riverside metropolis on his way home from Troy. In the city center, in Chiado, near the narrow partying streets of Bairro Alto, there’s a plaza named after 16th-Century poet Luís de Camões. I work for a literary program that brings American writers …

Ricardo Quaresma has feather hair now

Paul Pogba has been the king of hair artistry amongst footballers for some time now, but ahead of the Euro 2016 final, Portugal’s Ricardo Quaresma has made a play for the throne. Quaresma showed off a new ‘do that consists of a blond feather shaved into his otherwise bald head during Portugal’s training session the …

Paul Pogba makes being stuck in a hotel for a month seem fun

https://www.youtube.com/embed/9mE3fonGRn4 Before France’s 2–0 win over Germany in the Euro 2016 semifinals, Paul Pogba gave the France Football Federation’s YouTube channel a look at what he does on tournament off days. After being cooped up in the team hotel for about a month straight already, you’d think there would be a lot of boredom and …

France make Mesut Özil regret his pre-match banter

One of the most notable aspects of this expanded edition of the Euros is the imbalance of the knockout stage. Part of that has been down to the new structure of the tournament with 24 teams and four of six third-place finishers in the group stage advancing, and part has been big teams starting slow …