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The English Premier League stands at the forefront of footballing excellence, attracting talents from every corner of the globe. Among its ranks, African players who have carved out a distinguished legacy, dazzling fans with their skill and unwavering determination. From the gritty battles of the midfield to the sublime artistry of scoring goals, these players have left an indelible mark on the English game. 

1. Mohammed Salah (Egypt)

Salah possesses blistering pace and remarkable dribbling skills that make him a nightmare for defenders to contain. His ability to accelerate past opponents with ease and maneuver through tight spaces with precision sets him apart as one of the most dynamic attackers in the game. As one of Africa’s most prolific forwards, Salah has left an indelible mark on the league with his remarkable talent and will continue to amaze as his career progresses.

One of Salah’s greatest strengths is his versatility as an attacker. Equally adept at playing as a winger or a central striker, he possesses the tactical intelligence and adaptability to thrive in different roles and formations. His capacity to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates, as well as his ability to deliver decisive passes and crosses, adds an additional dimension to his game.

Accolades & Achievements

Salah’s individual prowess and influence on the game are demonstrated by his long list of achievements. Since joining Liverpool in 2017, he has amassed numerous accolades, including winning the Premier League Golden Boot twice (in the 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 seasons), Puskas award, Liverpool Player of the season, Playmaker of the season, Fans’ Player of the Year, and many many more. Additionally, he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year multiple times and has won the Premier League Player of the Month award on several occasions.

Salah’s contributions to Liverpool’s success have been monumental, including playing a pivotal role in the team’s Premier League title triumph in the 2019-2020 season, ending their 30-year wait for domestic glory. Moreover, Salah played an integral part in Liverpool’s UEFA Champions League triumph in 2019, where he helped the team secure its sixth European Cup.

2. Didier Drogba (Ivory Coast)

Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast Striker Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba’s tenure in the English Premier League remains iconic, marked by a myriad of strengths that propelled him to legendary status. His greatest assets on the pitch included a blend of physicality, technical prowess, and an aggression to succeed.

Standing at 6’2″, Drogba possessed exceptional strength, which he utilized to dominate defenders both in the air and on the ground. His ability to hold up the ball and bring teammates into play was unparalleled, making him a focal point of Chelsea’s attacking strategy under manager Jose Mourinho.

Accolades & Achievements

Drogba’s personal accomplishments in the Premier League are a testament to his individual brilliance and impact on the game and earned himself the nickname “The King of Wembley” for his penchant for scoring in important matches at the iconic stadium.. He won the Premier League Golden Boot twice (in the 2006-2007 and 2009-2010 seasons) and was named the African Footballer of the Year twice (in 2006 and 2009). Additionally, he earned numerous individual accolades for his performances with Chelsea, including being named in the PFA Team of the Year and the FIFA World XI.

During his time at Chelsea, he won four Premier League titles (in 2005, 2006, 2010, and 2015), four FA Cups, three League Cups, and, most notably, the UEFA Champions League in 2012. His heroic performance in the Champions League final, where he scored the equalizing goal and the decisive penalty in the shootout, will forever be etched in football folklore as one of the greatest moments in Chelsea’s history.

3. Yaya Touré (Ivory Coast)

Former Manchester City Midfielder Yaya Toure

Yaya Touré’s presence in the English Premier League epitomized dominance, versatility, and sheer brilliance. A towering figure both on and off the pitch, Touré showcased an array of strengths that solidified his status as one of the league’s greatest midfielders.

At 6’2″ with a commanding physique, Touré possessed an imposing physical presence that allowed him to dominate midfield battles. His strength, coupled with exceptional ball control and dribbling skills, made him a formidable force in both attacking and defensive phases of the game.

One of Touré’s greatest strengths was his versatility. Equally adept at playing as a defensive midfielder or an attacking midfielder, he seamlessly transitioned between roles based on the team’s needs. His intelligence and tactical awareness enabled him to thrive in various midfield positions, providing defensive stability while also contributing significantly to the team’s attacking play.

Accolades & Achievements

Touré’s personal accomplishments in the Premier League showcase just how great he was. He was instrumental in Manchester City’s rise to prominence, playing a pivotal role in their Premier League title victories in the 2011-2012 , 2013-2014 and 2017-2018  seasons. Toure was also part of the team that won the Champions League in 08-09. Additionally, he was named the African Footballer of the Year on four occasions (in 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014), highlighting his dominance both domestically and continentally. Alongside his league titles, he also lifted the FA Cup and the League Cup multiple times with Manchester City, establishing the club as a dominant force in English football. 

4. Jay-Jay Okocha (Nigeria)

Standing at 5’9″ with a low center of gravity, Okocha possessed exceptional agility and dribbling ability, making him a nightmare for defenders to contain. His close control and ball manipulation were unparalleled, allowing him to navigate through tight spaces and evade challenges with ease. Moreover, his vision and creativity in the final third made him a constant threat in the attacking third, capable of unlocking defenses with a single moment of brilliance.

One of Okocha’s greatest strengths was his audacious flair and willingness to take risks on the pitch. Whether it was executing intricate dribbling moves, attempting long-range shots, or delivering pinpoint passes, Okocha’s confidence and inventiveness set him apart as a true entertainer. His ability to produce moments of magic from seemingly impossible situations endeared him to fans and earned him widespread acclaim as one of the most skillful players of his generation.

Accolades & Achievements

Okocha’s personal accomplishments in the Premier League are a testament to his individual brilliance and impact on the game. During his time at Bolton Wanderers, he earned numerous plaudits for his performances, including being named in the Fifa World Cup Team and winning the BBC Goal of the Season award for his memorable solo goal against West Ham United in 2003.

Despite playing for a mid-table club like Bolton, Okocha’s leadership and influence were instrumental in guiding the team to relative success, including consecutive top-half finishes in the league and memorable cup runs in domestic competitions.

5. Sadio Mané (Senegal)

Sadio Mane Playing for Liverpool

Sadio Mané’s journey in the English Premier League embodied speed, skill, and a relentless drive to succeed. As one of Africa’s most electrifying forwards, Mané possesses a unique blend of strengths that have made him a standout performer in one of the world’s most competitive leagues.

Mané’s greatest strength lies in his ability to terrorize defenders with his blistering speed and intelligent movement off the ball. Whether sprinting down the wings or making darting runs into the box, his acceleration and quick bursts of pace make him a constant threat to opposition defenses. Moreover, his close control and dribbling ability allow him to navigate through tight spaces with ease, creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Accolades & Achievements

Mané’s personal accomplishments in the Premier League are a testament to his individual brilliance and impact on the game. Since joining Liverpool in 2016, he has earned numerous accolades, including winning the Premier League Golden Boot in the 2018-2019 season, African Football Player of the Year, Liverpool Players’ Player of the Season, Liverpool Fans’ Player of the Season, and many more . Additionally, he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year 4 years in a row and has won the Premier League Player of the Month award multiple times.

However, it is Mané’s team accomplishments that truly solidify his legacy in the Premier League. His contributions to Liverpool’s success have been monumental, including playing a pivotal role in the team’s Premier League title triumph in the 2019-2020 season, ending their 30-year wait for domestic glory similar to Salah.

6. Michael Essien (Ghana)

Standing at 5’11” with a muscular physique, Essien possessed exceptional strength and physicality, which he used to dominate midfield battles and assert his presence on the pitch. His ability to break up opposition attacks, win back possession, and distribute the ball with accuracy and precision made him crucial in both defense and attack. Moreover, his tireless work rate and relentless energy allowed him to cover every blade of grass, providing defensive stability while also contributing to his team’s attacking play.

One of Essien’s greatest strengths was his versatility as a midfielder. Equally adept at playing as a defensive midfielder or a box-to-box midfielder, he possessed the tactical intelligence and adaptability to thrive in different roles and formations. His capacity to contribute defensively, drive forward with purpose, and score crucial goals made him an invaluable asset to any team he played for.

Accolades & Achievements

During his time at Chelsea, Essien earned numerous accolades for his performances, including being named in the PFA Team of the Year and winning the Chelsea Player of the Year award in the 2006-2007 season. Additionally, he was named the BBC African Footballer of the Year in 2006 and 2009, further solidifying his status as one of Africa’s greatest midfielders.

Essien’s contributions to Chelsea’s success were monumental, including winning two Premier League titles (in 2005 and 2006) and numerous domestic and European trophies like the FA Cup (in 2006–07, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12) and the Community Shield in 2009. Moreover, his leadership and influence in midfield played a crucial role in guiding Chelsea to multiple FA Cup triumphs and a historic UEFA Champions League victory in 2012.

7. Riyad Mahrez (Algeria)

Riyad Mahrez Playing for Manchester City

As one of Africa’s most talented wingers, Mahrez possesses a unique set of strengths that have made him a standout performer in one of the world’s toughest leagues.

At 5’10” with a slender frame, Mahrez possesses exceptional dribbling ability and close control, allowing him to glide past defenders with ease. His quick feet and trickery make him a nightmare for opposing full-backs, while his ability to cut inside onto his favored left foot and unleash powerful shots or provide incisive passes adds an extra dimension to his game. Moreover, his intelligence and understanding of space allow him to exploit gaps in the opposition’s defense, creating scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.

Equally comfortable playing on either wing or in a central role behind the striker, he possesses the tactical awareness and adaptability to thrive in various positions and formations. His capacity to create chances, score goals, and provide assists from different areas of the pitch makes him a potent attacking threat.

Accolades & Achievements

Since joining Leicester City in 2014, he has earned numerous accolades, including winning the PFA Players’ Player of the Year award and the Premier League Player of the Season award in the 2015-2016 season. Additionally, he has been named in the PFA Team of the Year and has won the Premier League Player of the Month award multiple times.

Mahrez played a pivotal role in guiding Leicester City to the top of the table against all odds when they won in 2015-16. Moreover, his performances for Manchester City have helped the club secure 4 Premier League titles(in 2019, 21, 22, and 23)  and 1 Champions League in 2023.

8. Nwankwo Kanu (Nigeria)

One of Kanu’s greatest strengths was his composure under pressure. Regardless of the situation, he remained calm and composed, often producing moments of brilliance when his team needed it most. His ability to hold up play and bring teammates into the game was invaluable, allowing his team to maintain possession and create scoring opportunities.

Towering at at an impressive 6’6″ with a slender frame, Kanu possessed remarkable agility and ball control, making him a nightmare for defenders to handle. His technical ability and dribbling skills were second to none, similar in style to Thierry Henry, but not as competent. His vision and creativity in the final third made him a constant threat in front of goal, capable of scoring from any angle or distance.

Accolades & Achievements

Kanu won two Premier League titles with Arsenal (in 2001-2002 and 2003-2004), along with two FA Cup titles and a UEFA Champions League runners-up medal. With his former club Ajax, he won the Champions League in 1994-1995 and were runners-up the next year. Additionally, he earned numerous individual accolades for his performances, including being named the African Footballer of the Year twice (in 1996 and 1999) and Man on the Match in the FA Cup final in 2008.

9. Emmanuel Adebayor(Togo)

Adebayor left a significant mark on the Premier League during his tenure with various clubs. Known for his towering physique and clinical finishing, Adebayor possessed a unique style of play that made him a formidable force in English football.

Standing at 6 feet 3 inches tall, Adebayor’s imposing presence made him a handful for defenders to handle in aerial duels and physical battles. His athleticism and agility allowed him to make runs behind the defensive line, often catching opponents off guard. Adept at holding up play and bringing teammates into the game, Adebayor showcased versatility in his attacking approach, capable of both scoring goals and providing assists.

Accolades & Achievements

Adebayor’s journey in the Premier League began with Arsenal in 2006, where he quickly established himself as a potent goal-scoring threat. His breakout season came in 2007-2008, where he netted an impressive 30 goals across all competitions. Adebayor’s personal accomplishments during his time at Arsenal included being named African Player of the Year in 2008 and earning a place in the PFA Team of the Year for the 2007-2008 season.

In 2009, Adebayor made a controversial move to Manchester City, becoming one of the first major signings under the club’s new ownership. Despite facing criticism for his departure from Arsenal, Adebayor continued to showcase his goal-scoring prowess with City, notching crucial goals during his time there. His tenure with City saw him win the FA Cup in the 2010-2011 season, marking a significant team accomplishment.

Following his stint at City, Adebayor went on to represent Tottenham Hotspur, where he further solidified his reputation as a reliable goal scorer. His contributions to Spurs included memorable goals in North London derbies against Arsenal, endearing him to the Tottenham faithful.

10. Kolo Toure (Ivory Coast)

As a stalwart in the heart of defense, Touré showcased an array of strengths that solidified his status as a true defensive titan on the pitch. Standing at 6’0″ with a powerful physique, Touré possessed exceptional athleticism and physicality, which he used to dominate aerial duels and thwart opposition attacks. His reading of the game and anticipation skills allowed him to intercept passes and make crucial tackles with precision and timing. Moreover, his composure under pressure and ability to play out from the back made him a calming presence in defense.

One of Touré’s greatest strengths was his versatility as a defender. Equally adept at playing as a center-back or a full-back, he possessed the tactical intelligence and adaptability to thrive in different defensive roles and formations. His capacity to marshal the backline, organize defensive structures, and provide leadership on the pitch made him an invaluable asset to any team he played for.

Accolades & Achievements

Touré’s personal accomplishments in the Premier League are a testament to his individual brilliance and impact on the game. During his time at Arsenal and Manchester City, he earned numerous accolades for his performances, including winning the Premier League title twice (in 2003-2004 and 2011-2012 seasons). Additionally, he was named in the PFA Team of the Year and won the BBC African Footballer of the Year award in 2016.

His contributions to Arsenal’s “Invincibles” team in the 2003-2004 season, where the club went unbeaten throughout the entire league campaign, were monumental. Moreover, his leadership and influence at Manchester City helped the club secure a Premier League title and a domestic cup.

Past and Present for African Football

The Premier League has been graced by an array of exceptionally talented African players who have left an indelible mark on the English football landscape. From trailblazers who shattered barriers to iconic figures who dazzled crowds with their skill and flair, these top 10 African players have enriched the league with their contributions.

Each player mentioned in this article has carved out their own unique legacy, showcasing the diversity and depth of talent that Africa has to offer. From Didier Drogba’s dominant presence in attack to Yaya Touré’s commanding presence in midfield, these players have exemplified excellence on the pitch, earning accolades, and etching their names into Premier League history.

Beyond their individual achievements, these players have also been instrumental in their teams’ successes, whether it be leading their clubs to league titles, domestic cups, or unforgettable European nights. Their impact extends far beyond the confines of the pitch, serving as inspirations to aspiring footballers across the continent and around the world.

The Future of African Football in the EPL

As the Premier League continues to evolve, the legacy of these African footballing legends will endure, serving as a testament to their talent, resilience, and enduring impact on one of the most prestigious leagues in the world. They have not only entertained fans with their breathtaking skills but have also helped shape the global perception of African football, cementing their place as true icons of the game.

While it is hard to predict who will become a legend in the future, we can still see the African talent coming through. Players like Pape Mate Sarr, Nicolas Jackson,  Mohammed Kudus, and Issa Kabore all look like emerging talents in their respective positions. These players have amazing talent and are only in the infancy stage in their careers, showcasing their massive potential.

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Euro 2024 Action: Germany vs. Hungary, Croatia vs. Albania, and Scotland vs. Switzerland Review

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Scotland vs. Switzerland

Qualification hero Scott McTominay’s deflected shot nearly brought the house down at Cologne Stadium 13 minutes into the game. 

However, a bewildering blind back pass from Anthony Ralston handed Xherdan Shaqiri the chance to sweep a sublime first-time shot high beyond Angus Gunn. 

Kieran Tierney pulled up clutching his hamstring as Dan Ndoye wasted a golden opportunity when through on goal, ruling Tierney out of the Hungary game on Sunday. 

Despite being already depleted in defense, the Scots heroically rallied in the closing stages, with Grant Hanley hitting the post with a header from an Andy Robertson free-kick. 

The Swiss missed several late chances, but Scotland managed to secure a point, moving them to third in Group A. A victory against Hungary would likely see them advance past the group stage for the first time in their history.

Germany vs. Hungary

Hungary manager Marco Rossi emphasized the importance of avoiding mistakes on the eve of the match, but his side faltered just 22 minutes in.

Defender Willi Orbán tried to shoulder-barge Gündogan in his own area but ended up falling to the ground. The German captain capitalized, pulling the ball back to Musiala, who smashed it in off defender Attila Fiola while some Hungarian players paused, appealing for a foul.

VAR quickly confirmed the goal.

Hungary responded well, with German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer making a crucial save, diving to the top corner to parry away a Dominik Szoboszlai free-kick shortly after.

They thought they had equalized just before half-time when Sallai headed in from a rebound, but it was ruled out for offside. Hungary had another chance to level after the break when Barnabás Varga headed over the bar.

Germany continued to apply pressure, with Musiala being a constant threat to the Hungarian defense. He was also instrumental in the build-up when Gündogan doubled their lead in the 67th minute, sweeping in a low cross from Maximilian Mittelstädt.

“We are getting better but as we improve we have to overcome some problems, that is what this game showed today, especially in the first half. But that’s the tournament — you have to survive such situations. We survived and then hit back,” said Gündogan, 33.

Germany managed to maintain possession and run down the clock, securing their place in the next round ahead of their final group game against Switzerland on Sunday.

Hungary still has a chance to progress if they beat Scotland and other results go in their favor.

“We made some mistakes, but mistakes happen in football. Teams like Germany and other world-class teams play better than us, we know that. I’d say Germany is possibly the biggest favorite to win the Euro,” Rossi commented.

Croatia vs. Albania

Qazim Laci’s 11th-minute header gave Albania an early lead, mirroring their quick start against Italy when they scored after just 23 seconds.

This time, they took a bit longer, withstanding early pressure before Jasir Asani whipped in a cross from the right. Laci’s glancing header slipped under goalkeeper Dominik Livakovic, who could have done better but redeemed himself with two crucial saves later in the first half, denying Kristjan Asllani and stopping Rey Manaj’s diving header, preventing Albania from doubling their lead.

Albania’s gritty determination and rapid counterattacks belied their lowly ranking, some 56 places below 10th-placed Croatia.

Croatia made a double change at the break, intensifying their pressure on the Albanian goal. Thomas Strakosha made key saves from Luka Sucic and Mateo Kovacic to maintain the lead until the 74th minute when Kramaric, on his 33rd birthday, scored from close range. He shot through the legs of Elseid Hysaj, wrongfooting Strakosha.

An own goal followed as Ante Budimir’s shot, set up by Mario Pasalic’s pullback from the byline, was blocked by Berat Djimsiti, only for the rebound to hit Gjasula and go into his own net.

However, Albania was not to be outdone, and Gjasula sidefooted into the net with five minutes of additional time already played, leading to a dramatic conclusion to the contest.

“This is why everyone loves football. In the last seconds, sometimes you score a goal to win, sometimes you concede,” said Kramaric.

Albania finishes their group schedule against Spain in Dusseldorf on Monday, and Gjasula expressed hope.

“We know that the game with Spain is very difficult, but in football, everything is possible. If we play like today, anything can happen,” he told reporters.

Croatia will meet Italy in Leipzig at the same time, with the odds against them.

“The first half was very bad, but the second was much better, which is encouraging for the match with Italy,” added Croatia coach Zlatko Dalic. “We are still in the game. We shall prepare and do everything in our power to go on.”

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Euro 2024 Begins with Germany’s Thrashing of Scotland, Injuries Plague Poland vs Netherlands, Modric Leads Croatia Against Spain

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Germany vs Scotland

Hosts Germany thrashed 10-man Scotland 5-1 on Friday, making a triumphant start to their Euro 2024 campaign with the largest opening-game margin of victory in the tournament’s history.

Scotland, who lost Porteous to a studs-up challenge on Gündogan, must quickly regroup if they are to advance past the group stage for the first time in a major tournament.

Germany, who had suffered opening-match defeats at the 2018 and 2022 World Cups and the previous Euros in 2021, dominated possession from the start, with Scotland defending high.

That ambitious strategy proved fatal for the visitors, who left too many open spaces at the back. It didn’t take long for the hosts to capitalize. Toni Kroos delivered a flawless 30-meter cross to Joshua Kimmich, who perfectly timed his pass to Florian Wirtz. Wirtz then drilled home the goal in the 10th minute, becoming the youngest scorer for Germany at any European Championship at the age of 21.

With Scotland still reeling, Germany scored again nine minutes later. Gündogan threaded another pass through the Scottish defense, finding Havertz on the left, who then set up Musiala in the box to fire it in.

Germany’s strong start was further reinforced by Porteous’ reckless challenge, which resulted in a penalty that Havertz easily converted.

After the break, Germany continued to dominate, adding a fourth through substitute Füllkrug’s shot in the 69th minute, leaving Scotland coach Steve Clarke, the first to lead the team to back-to-back Euros, looking on helplessly.

Post Match Thoughts

“First half, we just got it all wrong really, didn’t show up, weren’t aggressive enough, and we let good players get on the ball,” Scotland captain Andy Robertson said. “Second half, we’re down to 10 men and I thought the lads dug in really well. We have to bounce back quickly because there was lots wrong here and it’s a quick turnaround now.”

“We played with a lot of intensity and found the right spaces, took some risks, and that’s why we scored. We played an outstanding first half and were up 3-0,” Germany captain Ílkay Gündogan said. “That’s how we wanted to start. I had a good feeling before the game and I was proved right.”

“The start is what we wanted but still the goal we conceded showed that all teams have quality, and if you don’t pay attention you will be punished.”

Scotland, who did not manage a single effort on or off target, pulled a goal back in the 87th minute when Rüdiger headed the ball into his own net, but substitute Emre Can then curled home a shot in stoppage time for Germany’s fifth goal.

The Scots will next play the Swiss on Wednesday.

Julian Nagelsmann’s Germany will next face Hungary on Wednesday before taking on Switzerland in their final Group A match.

Poland vs Netherlands 

Star Striker Lewandowski Out

Poland will be without their star striker Robert Lewandowski for the opening game of the European Championship against the Netherlands on Sunday due to injury.

Team doctor Jacek Jaroszewski confirmed that the Barcelona player sustained a torn biceps femoris muscle during a warm-up match against Turkey in Warsaw on Monday, which Poland won 2-1. Lewandowski, the Poland captain, was substituted in the 32nd minute of the game after injuring his right leg.

“We are doing everything we can so that Robert can play in the second match against Austria,” Jaroszewski stated.

In Group D, Poland will face Austria on June 21, followed by a match against France four days later.

This injury is a significant setback for Poland, as Lewandowski is the nation’s all-time leading scorer with 82 goals in 150 appearances. Additionally, Arkadiusz Milik, who was set to partner with Lewandowski at the Euros, damaged his left knee during a friendly against Ukraine on Friday. Milik returned to Juventus and underwent successful knee surgery on Monday.

Dutch Injuries

The Netherlands will be without playmaker Frenkie de Jong, who is sidelined with an ankle injury. Additionally, Europa League winners Marten de Roon and Teun Koopmeiners, along with defender Sven Botman, are also on the injury list.

“Despite the setbacks, we still have a strong squad,” said Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman. “We’ve had some bad luck with numerous injuries over the past year, particularly to players who are highly valuable to the national team.”

Spain vs Croatia

Aging Modric

Luka Modric is looking forward to potentially his last major tournament with Croatia. At 38, the Real Madrid midfielder is set to lead his nation in their opening group game against Spain in Berlin on Saturday, nearly two decades after debuting in a major tournament at the 2006 World Cup.

“After so many years, here I am still, and I’m happy to be here,” said Modric, who has won the Champions League six times with Real Madrid.

Spain, aiming for a record fourth European Championship following their wins in 1964, 2008, and 2012, are confident about their chances. “I am convinced we will have a chance to fight for the title,” said Spain’s boss Luis de la Fuente. “However, there can only be one winner and there are many good national teams who can win this trophy.”

Discussing the upcoming match with Croatia, de la Fuente expressed his admiration for the Croatian players. “I truly admire the mentality of Croatian footballers because they’re an example of national pride, of a feeling of unity, of being proud of the national team. It makes me proud when we feel the same thing in our country. The first goal must always be to compete and be in a position to win.”

Yamal to Become Youngest Euro Player Ever?

Spain’s squad for the European Championship in Germany features 16-year-old Barcelona midfielder Lamine Yamal. If he takes the field, Yamal will become the youngest player ever to participate in a European Championship.

Born in Spain to Moroccan and Equatorial Guinean parents, Yamal revealed last week that he would still be doing his school homework during Euro 2024. He has already made his mark by scoring in the qualifiers and establishing himself at Barcelona.

Yamal hadn’t even been born when Croatia’s captain Luka Modric made his debut at the 2006 World Cup in Germany.

“He’s a young boy, with incredible talent that only the chosen ones have,” said Spain’s coach Luis de la Fuente when asked about Yamal.

Poland’s Kacper Kozlowski holds the record as the youngest player at the Euros, having been 17 years and 246 days old when he featured in a 1-1 group stage draw against Spain in Seville in June 2021.

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Euro 2024: Who’s Taking the Trophy Home? Let’s Bet

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Detailed analysis of teams most likely to perform well in the tournament

Excitement? Check. 

Top teams ready? Absolutely. 

UEFA Euro 2024 is just around the corner. And it’s not just the fans getting ready. Bettors are all in, hunting for that golden insight.

From the BBC to UEFA’s own vault, we’ve got the scoop. Who’s shining this year in Germany? Let’s dive in. 

This is gonna be good.

France: The Champs

Meet France. History? They’ve got it. Talent? Overflowing. Kylian Mbappé’s a beast, scoring left and right. France is on fire, unbeaten in qualifiers. Youth plus experience? They’ve nailed the formula.

Germany: The Hosts

Pressure’s on Germany, but they’re cool. History? Rich. Talent? Deep. They’re mixing the old with the new, aiming high. Hosting gives them that tiny edge. It’s game time.

England: Hunt Mode

England is rewriting their story. No more “almosts.” They’re here, and they’re hungry. Talent? It’s everywhere. Jude Bellingham’s dreaming of double glory. Their eyes are on the prize.

Portugal: The Dark Horses

Portugal smashed Sweden 5–2. Bruno Fernandes? Killer in front of goal. Ronaldo’s out, but the new kids are alright. They’re sneaky, unpredictable. Watch out.

Betting 101

Eye on the prize. Watch the teams, catch the friendlies. Who’s fit, who’s not? Deep squads win games. Don’t sleep on the young guns. They’re game-changers.

It’s all about knowing the game. France, Germany, England, Portugal. They’re the ones to watch. But remember, football’s full of surprises.

Football’s the ultimate thrill. Betting on Euro 2024? It’s a rollercoaster. Bet smart. Have fun. And may the odds be ever in your favor.

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