History UsefulNotes / EuroFooty

14th Nov '17 4:46:42 AM Nick98
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In recent years, despite reaching the European Championship Final in 2012 (where they were {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed 4-0 by the all-conquering Spain), the Italian team is in something of a transition period, with the best players retiring and the new leaders not being good enough to make a team that can compete with the best.

Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (both from Milan) won respectively seven and three European Cups, [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin is the most dominating team inside the borders, with 33 titles and counting. Other famous teams are [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. In recent years, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 and 2017 Champions League finals.

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In recent years, despite reaching the European Championship Final in 2012 (where they were {{curbstomp|Battle}}ed 4-0 by the all-conquering Spain), the Italian team is in something of a transition period, with the best players retiring and the new leaders not being good enough to make a team that can compete with the best.

best. In fact, the team has failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup after a shocking 1-0 defeat against Sweden that they couldn't make up for.

Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (both from Milan) won respectively seven and three European Cups, [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin is the most dominating team inside the borders, with 33 titles and counting. Other famous teams are [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. In recent years, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. Bundesliga, and with Juventus outright dominating in the last few years and leaving the other teams in the dust. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 and 2017 Champions League finals.
finals - both lost respectively against Barcelona and Real Madrid, and also due to a more competitive 2017/18 Serie A season having Juventus battling against Napoli, Inter, Roma and Lazio for the home title.
10th Nov '17 7:05:10 AM DarkPhoenix94
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At a direct counterpoint to the national team's somewhat puzzling lack of success - and, more usually, [[EpicFail abject failure]] - the domestic league is considered by most to be the best ([[MoneyDearBoy and richest]]) league in the world (though Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga are challenging that crown). Following a fallow few years in Europe, 'best' is usually amended to 'most competitive', with up to ''six'' teams seriously vying for the title. It is frequently speculated that these two things are connected.

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At a direct counterpoint to the national team's somewhat puzzling lack of success - and, more usually, [[EpicFail abject failure]] - the domestic league is considered by most to be the best ([[MoneyDearBoy and richest]]) league in the world (though Spain's La Liga and Germany's Bundesliga are challenging that crown). Following a fallow few years in Europe, 'best' is usually amended to 'most competitive', with up to ''six'' teams seriously vying for the title. It is frequently speculated that these two things are connected. \n As of 2017-18, this fallow period seems to have passed: all five English teams top their groups, excepting only Chelsea, who sit in second in theirs, with notable results such as Spurs thumping Real Madrid (who hadn't lost in the group stage in 5 years) 3-1, and Liverpool matching a Champions League record by putting 7 past group ButtMonkey Maribor away from home - not bad considering that Maribor had a few months previously held Chelsea to a draw.



Nevertheless, England consistently produces excellent players, most notably the 'Golden Generation' of Owen, Rooney, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Terry, Ferdinand, Carragher, Ashley Cole and David Seaman that reigned from 1998 to 2010 (Gerrard captained England to 2014 and Rooney remains in the team, but the rest had retired by then), and are usually to be found in the top 10 teams in the world, having sufficient firepower to compete with the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Italy. The likes of attacking midfielder Dele Alli and striker Harry Kane (for a period, the highest scoring partnership in Europe), among others, have proved that the production line of England talent isn't stopping any time soon - a point punctuated by England's retention of the U-21 Toulon Tournament [[note]] An invitational international tournament. Unofficial though it may be, it is still prestigious.[[/note]] and winning the U-20 World Cup, the first time any men's England side has won a World Cup since 1966, in 2017. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Just don't ask the senior team to do it at a tournament]]. Because they can't. Or won't, no one's entirely sure which, or indeed why. [[WeAreStrugglingTogether However, most cite an inability by players from top teams to lay aside club rivalries and play as a team, meaning that what happens is that instead of a team, you have 11 highly talented individuals running around the pitch and doing their own thing.]]

Going into Euro 2016, the attitude was one of cautious optimism thanks to a crop of highly talented young players who defied English norms of [[WeAreStrugglingTogether not playing as a team]] and [[MilesGloriosus collapsing like wet paper after conceding a goal,]] executing a faultless qualifying campaign, conceding only three goals, to become the first team to qualify after the hosts France and beating both France and Germany, the current World Champions, in friendlies. In the former case, it was just after the Bataclan Attacks, so the focus was on [[DueToTheDead remembering the dead]] and the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that was the (somewhat uncharacteristic) English response. In the latter case, England came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Berlin and did so in style. Then Euro 2016 came around... and England made the knockout stage... and immediately crashed out to ''Iceland'', a team that had never before qualified to a major tournament. The British media went nuclear on England, immediately branding the loss the worst in the country's history;[[note]]even surpassing the infamous 10 defeat to the USA in England's first World Cup appearance in 1950[[/note]] and wildly unpopular manager Roy 'Woy' Hodgson [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking (berated for his unimaginative and outdated tactics, misuse of players, and striking resemblance to an owl)]] saved the FA the trouble of firing him by resigning. His first replacement, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, a streetwise manager with a reputation for old-fashioned football and surprisingly cutting edge use of sports technology, who had harboured ambitions to manage England all his life. He took charge of one game, then promptly did the very un-streetwise thing of getting caught by a newspaper sting casually explaining how to get around FA transfer rules. He was promptly fired and replaced with Gareth Southgate, an England mainstay as a player and as a manager, taking charge of the U-21's after a reasonably successful spell at then Premier League Middlesborough. Now, the attitude is one of world-weary cynicism and suspicion, with England bluntly being branded 'B-List' by the press after a 3-2 loss to a 10-man France team, with a big point being made about the disparate talent available to the respective managers (considering that this is possibly the most talented French team in decades, this is both true and unfair).

In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team]]. However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], style, willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness, incoherence, and apathy.

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Nevertheless, England consistently produces excellent players, most notably the 'Golden Generation' of Owen, Rooney, Beckham, Gerrard, Lampard, Scholes, Terry, Ferdinand, Carragher, Ashley Cole and David Seaman that reigned from 1998 to 2010 (Gerrard captained England to 2014 and Rooney remains in the team, but the rest had retired by then), and are usually to be found in the top 10 teams in the world, having sufficient firepower to compete with the likes of Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, France and Italy. The likes of attacking midfielder Dele Alli and striker Harry Kane (for a period, the highest scoring partnership in Europe), 'Hurricane' Kane, among others, have proved that the production line of England talent isn't stopping any time soon - a point punctuated by England's retention of the U-21 Toulon Tournament [[note]] An invitational international tournament. Unofficial though it may be, it is still prestigious.[[/note]] and winning first the U-20 World Cup, the first time any men's England side has won a World Cup since 1966, in 2017.2017, then the U-17 World Cup a few months later, and in style, with striker Rhian Brewster scoring hat-tricks in the quarter-final ''and'' semi-final, before adding another in the final, a 5-2 victory over a much fancied Spain. [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Just don't ask the senior team to do it at a tournament]]. Because they can't. Or won't, no won't. No one's entirely sure which, or indeed why. [[WeAreStrugglingTogether However, most most, including ex-players, cite an inability by players from top teams to lay aside club rivalries and play as a team, meaning that what happens is that instead of a team, you have 11 highly talented individuals running around the pitch and doing their own thing.]]

Going There are signs that this is changing, and going into Euro 2016, the attitude was one of cautious optimism thanks to a crop of highly talented young players who defied English norms of [[WeAreStrugglingTogether not playing as a team]] and [[MilesGloriosus collapsing like wet paper after conceding a goal,]] executing a faultless qualifying campaign, conceding only three goals, to become the first team to qualify after the hosts France and beating both France and Germany, the current World Champions, in friendlies. In the former case, it was just after the Bataclan Attacks, so the focus was on [[DueToTheDead remembering the dead]] and the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that was the (somewhat uncharacteristic) English response. In the latter case, England came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Berlin and did so in style. Then Euro 2016 came around... and England made the knockout stage... and immediately crashed out to ''Iceland'', a team that had never before qualified to a major tournament. The British media went nuclear on England, immediately branding the loss the worst in the country's history;[[note]]even surpassing the infamous 10 defeat to the USA in England's first World Cup appearance in 1950[[/note]] and wildly unpopular manager Roy 'Woy' Hodgson [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking (berated for his unimaginative and outdated tactics, misuse of players, and striking resemblance to an owl)]] saved the FA the trouble of firing him by resigning.

His first replacement, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, was a streetwise manager with a reputation for old-fashioned football and surprisingly cutting edge use of sports technology, who had harboured ambitions to manage England all his life. He took charge of one game, then promptly did the very un-streetwise thing of getting caught by a newspaper sting casually explaining how to get around FA transfer rules. He was promptly fired and replaced with Gareth Southgate, an England mainstay as a player and as a manager, taking charge of the U-21's after a reasonably successful spell at then Premier League Middlesborough. Now, the attitude is one of world-weary cynicism and suspicion, with England bluntly being branded 'B-List' by the press after a 3-2 loss to a 10-man France team, with a big point being made about the disparate talent available to the respective managers (considering that this is possibly the most talented French team in decades, this is both true and unfair). \n\n However, as previously noted, England's youth ranks do seem to bearing fruit so... we'll see.

In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team]]. However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], style, willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because of the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness, incoherence, and apathy.
19th Oct '17 3:36:54 PM KYCubbie
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* '''Iceland''': all blues with red accents on the shirt. As one of the smallest football nations, the team didn't really do much until they made their first major tournament appearance at Euro 2016 after upsetting the Netherlands. They proceeded to stun people by drawing against Portugal and Hungary before defeating Austria to advance to the knockout round where they upset England. Just to put this in perspective, England was composed of all top league players and a manager who was paid millions while Iceland had several semi-pro players and their manager is a part-time dentist. Even though they were defeated by hosts France right after, they earned the respect and love of football fans everywhere for their performance. And they followed that up by qualifying directly for the 2018 World Cup, becoming the smallest nation (by population) ever to reach the World Cup final tournament.[[note]]As of this writing (October 2017), Iceland has a bit over 330,000 people. For our British friends, that's slightly smaller than Leicester. Americans, think [[OtherCitiesInTexas Corpus Christi]] or the main urban area of Honolulu. For Canadians, a bit smaller than London, Ontario. Aussies? Smaller than Canberra. Kiwis? Smaller than Christchurch. Also comparable to the populations of UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} and Nice.[[/note]]

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* '''Iceland''': all blues with red accents on the shirt. As one of the smallest football nations, the team didn't really do much until they made their first major tournament appearance at Euro 2016 after upsetting the Netherlands. They proceeded to stun people by drawing against Portugal and Hungary before defeating Austria to advance to the knockout round where they upset England. Just to put this in perspective, England was composed of all top league players and a manager who was paid millions while Iceland had several semi-pro players and their manager is a part-time dentist. Even though they were defeated by hosts France right after, they earned the respect and love of football fans everywhere for their performance. And they followed that up by qualifying directly for the 2018 World Cup, becoming the smallest nation (by population) ever to reach the World Cup final tournament.[[note]]As of this writing (October 2017), Iceland has a bit over 330,000 people. For our British friends, that's slightly smaller than Leicester. Americans, think [[OtherCitiesInTexas [[UsefulNotes/OtherCitiesInTexas Corpus Christi]] Christi]], the city proper of UsefulNotes/StLouis, or the main urban area of Honolulu. For Canadians, a bit smaller than London, Ontario. Aussies? Smaller than Canberra. Kiwis? Smaller than Christchurch. Also comparable to the populations of UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} and Nice.[[/note]]
19th Oct '17 3:35:16 PM KYCubbie
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French club football has a wide range of strong teams, with a large number of clubs having historically won domestic honours - though Olympique Lyonnais, often known just as Lyon, monopolised the title from 2001/02 to 2007/08, with FC Girondins de Bordeaux breaking the streak in the following season. More recently, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) had a lesser monopoly on the title, winning four in a row (2012/132015/16), but the reigning champions are AS UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}. However, French clubs have rarely challenged seriously internationally, with Marseille's 1993 Champions League win the only occasion on which a French club has won the top European honour. Other well-known clubs include Saint-Étienne (the country's most successful team with 10 victories, and runners-up of the 1976 European Cup), Nancy-Lorraine and Monaco (which came closest to repeating Marseille's feat, losing the 2004 Champions League final to FC Porto). Also, there is Stade de Reims, who supplied many players for the French team of the 1950s and was twice runner-up of the European Cup, in 1956 and 1959, losing both to Real Madrid, and now is playing at the second national league.

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French club football has a wide range of strong teams, with a large number of clubs having historically won domestic honours - though Olympique Lyonnais, often known just as Lyon, monopolised the title from 2001/02 to 2007/08, with FC Girondins de Bordeaux breaking the streak in the following season. More recently, Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) had a lesser monopoly on the title, winning four in a row (2012/132015/16), but the reigning champions are AS UsefulNotes/{{Monaco}}. However, French clubs have rarely challenged seriously internationally, with Marseille's 1993 Champions League win the only occasion on which a French club has won the top European honour. Other well-known clubs include Saint-Étienne (the country's most successful team with 10 victories, and runners-up of the 1976 European Cup), Nancy-Lorraine and Monaco (which came closest to repeating Marseille's feat, losing the 2004 Champions League final to FC Porto). Also, there is Stade de Reims, who supplied many players for the French team of the 1950s and was twice runner-up of the European Cup, in 1956 and 1959, losing both to Real Madrid, and now is playing at in the second national league.



* '''Austria''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Was known as the ''Wunderteam'' (Wonder Team) in the 1930s, before Nazi annexation crippled the team from its foundations. Along with Switzerland, was one of the joint hosts of the 2008 European Championship. Main clubs: Rapid Wien (from Vienna, most nationally successful team, with 32 league trophies), Austria Wien (trailing behind their rivals Rapid, with 23 wins) and Red Bull Salzburg (winners of eight of the last 11 titles, with a current streak of four).

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* '''Austria''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Was known as the ''Wunderteam'' (Wonder Team) in the 1930s, before Nazi annexation crippled the team from its foundations. Along with Switzerland, was one of the joint hosts of the 2008 European Championship. Main clubs: Rapid Wien (from Vienna, most nationally successful team, with 32 league trophies), Austria Wien (trailing behind their rivals Rapid, with 23 wins) and [[TropeCoTropeOfTheWeek Red Bull Bull]] Salzburg (winners of eight of the last 11 titles, with a current streak of four).



* '''Iceland''': all blues with red accents on the shirt. As one of the smallest football nations, the team didn't really do much until they made their first major tournament appearance at Euro 2016 after upsetting the Netherlands. They proceeded to stun people by drawing against Portugal and Hungary before defeating Austria to advance to the knockout round where they upset England. Just to put this in perspective, England was composed of all top league players and a manager who was paid millions while Iceland had several semi-pro players and their manager is a part-time dentist. Even though they were defeated by hosts France right after, they earned the respect and love of football fans everywhere for their performance.

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* '''Iceland''': all blues with red accents on the shirt. As one of the smallest football nations, the team didn't really do much until they made their first major tournament appearance at Euro 2016 after upsetting the Netherlands. They proceeded to stun people by drawing against Portugal and Hungary before defeating Austria to advance to the knockout round where they upset England. Just to put this in perspective, England was composed of all top league players and a manager who was paid millions while Iceland had several semi-pro players and their manager is a part-time dentist. Even though they were defeated by hosts France right after, they earned the respect and love of football fans everywhere for their performance. And they followed that up by qualifying directly for the 2018 World Cup, becoming the smallest nation (by population) ever to reach the World Cup final tournament.[[note]]As of this writing (October 2017), Iceland has a bit over 330,000 people. For our British friends, that's slightly smaller than Leicester. Americans, think [[OtherCitiesInTexas Corpus Christi]] or the main urban area of Honolulu. For Canadians, a bit smaller than London, Ontario. Aussies? Smaller than Canberra. Kiwis? Smaller than Christchurch. Also comparable to the populations of UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}} and Nice.[[/note]]
9th Sep '17 8:58:04 AM Nick98
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* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last 14 seasons), Legia Warszawa (the most recent champions in 2017, with 12 titles overall) and Lech Poznań (the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.

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* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. A surprisingly capable nation, bringing to the world talents like Michal Zewlakow, Wlodzmierz Lubanski, and more recently, Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczycowski, and Arkadiusz Milik. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last 14 seasons), Legia Warszawa (the most recent champions in 2017, with 12 titles overall) and Lech Poznań (the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.
7th Aug '17 12:10:11 AM KYCubbie
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On the women's side, the Dutch came out of nowhere to win the Women's Euro 2017 at home; this marked the first time that Germany had failed to win that competition since 1993.



The German women's national team won the World Cup twice, in 2003 and 2007, and the European championship eight times (including the last six in a row). The country has also been highly successful at the women's club level, winning the Women's Champions League nine times (four times by Frankfurt, twice each by Turbine Potsdam and Wolfsburg, and once by Duisburg).

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The German women's national team won the World Cup twice, in 2003 and 2007, and the European championship eight times (including the last six in a row).every competition from 1995 through 2013). The country has also been highly successful at the women's club level, winning the Women's Champions League nine times (four times by Frankfurt, twice each by Turbine Potsdam and Wolfsburg, and once by Duisburg).



* '''Denmark''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Won the Euro '92 after replacing the war-torn Yugoslavia in the nick of time. Main clubs: FC Copenhagen (greatest champions of the modern Danish league, with 12 victories[[note]]the two clubs that merged to form the current FC Copenhagen had 22 titles between them[[/note]]) and Brøndby (which won 10 national championships, and in which Michael Laudrup & Peter Schmeichel first gained prominence).

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* '''Denmark''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Won the Euro '92 after replacing the war-torn Yugoslavia in the nick of time. Main clubs: FC Copenhagen (greatest champions of the modern Danish league, with 12 victories[[note]]the two clubs that merged to form the current FC Copenhagen had 22 titles between them[[/note]]) and Brøndby (which won 10 national championships, and in which Michael Laudrup & Peter Schmeichel first gained prominence). The women's national team notably ended Germany's 20-plus-year reign over the Women's Euro, taking them down in the 2017 quarterfinals before losing to the homestanding Netherlands in the final.
7th Aug '17 12:05:40 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''UEFA Women's Championship''': A quadrennial championship for national teams first held in 1984. So far it has been won eight times by (West) Germany, twice by Norway, and once each by the Netherlands and Sweden. The most recent championship in 2017 was won by the Netherlands, ending Germany's reign over the Women's Euro that had lasted since 1993.

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* The '''UEFA Women's Championship''': A quadrennial championship for national teams first held in 1984. So far it has been won eight times by (West) Germany, twice by Norway, and once each by the Netherlands and Sweden. The most recent championship in 2017 was won by the Netherlands, ending Germany's reign over the Women's Euro that had lasted since 1993.1995.
7th Aug '17 12:03:39 AM KYCubbie
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* The '''UEFA Women's Championship''': A quadrennial championship for national teams first held in 1984. So far it has been won eight times by (West) Germany, twice by Norway, and once by Sweden. Germany have won the last six titles.

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* The '''UEFA Women's Championship''': A quadrennial championship for national teams first held in 1984. So far it has been won eight times by (West) Germany, twice by Norway, and once each by the Netherlands and Sweden. Germany have The most recent championship in 2017 was won by the last six titles.Netherlands, ending Germany's reign over the Women's Euro that had lasted since 1993.
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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 11 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. Real are the current champions, and are set to play Juventus in the 2017 final.
* The '''UEFA Europa League''': a secondary competition for those European clubs not quite good enough for the Champions League and those who finished in third place in the group stages of the Champions League; it was formerly called the UEFA Cup. Sevilla have the most wins, with 5[[note]]All within the last decade, and three in the last three years.[[/note]], whilst Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool are behind them with 3 each. The current champions are Manchester United. As of 2015/16, the winner gets a Champions League place if they don't otherwise qualify.

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* The '''UsefulNotes/UEFAChampionsLeague''': a competition for the top European clubs; which is neither a league, nor is it (since 1997) for national champions only. The tournament runs from August to May. Real Madrid have 11 12 wins; AC Milan 7; FC Barcelona (aka "Barça"), Liverpool and Bayern Munich 5 each; and Ajax 4. Real are enter the current 201718 Champions League as two-time defending champions, and are set having become the first team to play Juventus successfully defend their title in the 2017 final.
Champions League era.
* The '''UEFA Europa League''': a secondary competition for those European clubs not quite good enough for the Champions League and those who finished in third place in the group stages of the Champions League; it was formerly called the UEFA Cup. Sevilla have the most wins, with 5[[note]]All within the last decade, and three in the last three years.consecutive years (20142016).[[/note]], whilst Juventus, Internazionale and Liverpool are behind them with 3 each. The current champions are Manchester United. As of 2015/16, the winner gets a Champions League place if they don't otherwise qualify.



Portuguese domestic football is dominated by three clubs: Benfica and Sporting, both from Lisbon, and FC Porto. Between them they have won the league 78 times out of 80: the other two wins were one-shot victories for Belenenses (Lisbon) and Boavista (Porto). Benfica and FC Porto have also won Europe's top club honour, the Champions League (formerly the European Cup), most recently Porto in 2003/04.

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Portuguese domestic football is dominated by three clubs: Benfica and Sporting, both from Lisbon, and FC Porto. Between them they have won the league 78 81 times out of 80: 83: the other two wins were one-shot victories for Belenenses (Lisbon) and Boavista (Porto). Benfica and FC Porto have also won Europe's top club honour, the Champions League (formerly the European Cup), most recently Porto in 2003/04.



The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the [[UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco Franco]] years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''eleven'' European Cup/Champions League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country; 1974, 2014, and 2016 European runner-up) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).

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The two giants of Spanish club football are Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, the rivalry between whom is intensified by politics and what can only be called a centuries old historical vendetta: Barcelona is capital of Catalonia, a proudly different region of Spain with its own language and customs, both of which were repressed during the [[UsefulNotes/FranciscoFranco Franco]] years. Consequently, the team became a centre of Catalan culture and a rallying point. Real ("Royal") Madrid, on the other hand, were Franco's "pet" team and ambassadors for the regime... Both teams have won many European honours, though Real Madrid have the edge with a record ''eleven'' ''twelve'' European Cup/Champions League wins, five of them in a row in the late 1950s. Other teams include Atlético de Madrid (third force of the country; 1974, 2014, and 2016 European runner-up) and Valencia CF (runner-up of the 2000 and 2001 Champions Leagues).



Going into Euro 2016, the attitude was one of cautious optimism thanks to a crop of highly talented young players who defied English norms of [[WeAreStrugglingTogether not playing as a team]] and [[MilesGloriosus collapsing like wet paper after conceding a goal,]] executing a faultless qualifying campaign, conceding only three goals, to become the first team to qualify after the hosts France and beating both France and Germany, the current World Champions, in friendlies. In the former case, it was just after the Bataclan Attacks, so the focus was on [[DueToTheDead remembering the dead]] and the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that was the (somewhat uncharacteristic) English response. In the latter case, England came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Berlin and did so in style. Then Euro 2016 came around... and England made the knockout stage... and immediately crashed out to ''Iceland'', a team that had never before qualified to a major tournament. The British media went nuclear on England, immediately branding the loss the worst in the country's history;[[note]]even surpassing the infamous 10 defeat to the USA in England's first World Cup appearance in 1950[[/note]] and wildly unpopular manager Roy 'Woy' Hodgson [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking (berated for his unimaginative and outdated tactics, misuse of players, and striking resemblance to an owl)]] saved the FA the trouble of firing him by resigning. His first replacement, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, a streetwise manager with a reputation for old-fashioned football and surprisingly cutting edge use of sports technology, who had harboured ambitions to manage England all his life. He took charge of one game, then promptly did the very un-streetwise thing of getting caught by a newspaper sting casually explaining how to get around FA transfer rules. He was promptly fired and replaced with Gareth Southgate, an England mainstay as a player and as a manager, taking charge of the U-21's after a reasonably successful spell at then Premier League Middlesborough. Now, the attitude is one of world-weary cynicism and suspicion, with England bluntly being branded 'B-List' by the press after a 3-2 loss to a 10 man France team, with a big point being made about the disparate talent available to the respective managers (considering that this is possibly the most talented French team in decades, this is both true and unfair).

In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the Bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team]]. However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], style, willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness, incoherence, and apathy.

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Going into Euro 2016, the attitude was one of cautious optimism thanks to a crop of highly talented young players who defied English norms of [[WeAreStrugglingTogether not playing as a team]] and [[MilesGloriosus collapsing like wet paper after conceding a goal,]] executing a faultless qualifying campaign, conceding only three goals, to become the first team to qualify after the hosts France and beating both France and Germany, the current World Champions, in friendlies. In the former case, it was just after the Bataclan Attacks, so the focus was on [[DueToTheDead remembering the dead]] and the CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming that was the (somewhat uncharacteristic) English response. In the latter case, England came back from 2-0 down to win 3-2 in Berlin and did so in style. Then Euro 2016 came around... and England made the knockout stage... and immediately crashed out to ''Iceland'', a team that had never before qualified to a major tournament. The British media went nuclear on England, immediately branding the loss the worst in the country's history;[[note]]even surpassing the infamous 10 defeat to the USA in England's first World Cup appearance in 1950[[/note]] and wildly unpopular manager Roy 'Woy' Hodgson [[ArsonMurderAndJayWalking (berated for his unimaginative and outdated tactics, misuse of players, and striking resemblance to an owl)]] saved the FA the trouble of firing him by resigning. His first replacement, Sam 'Big Sam' Allardyce, a streetwise manager with a reputation for old-fashioned football and surprisingly cutting edge use of sports technology, who had harboured ambitions to manage England all his life. He took charge of one game, then promptly did the very un-streetwise thing of getting caught by a newspaper sting casually explaining how to get around FA transfer rules. He was promptly fired and replaced with Gareth Southgate, an England mainstay as a player and as a manager, taking charge of the U-21's after a reasonably successful spell at then Premier League Middlesborough. Now, the attitude is one of world-weary cynicism and suspicion, with England bluntly being branded 'B-List' by the press after a 3-2 loss to a 10 man 10-man France team, with a big point being made about the disparate talent available to the respective managers (considering that this is possibly the most talented French team in decades, this is both true and unfair).

In the women's game, Arsenal (a separate club affiliated with the men's club) have one Women's Champions League title and the women's national team, known as [[DistaffCounterpart ''The Lionesses'']] beat Germany to win the Bronze bronze medal at the 2015 Women's World Cup, after missing out on a place in the final when one of the defenders was forced to intercept a dangerous cross and knocked it into her own net. If nothing else, this proved that they are very definitely [[ButtMonkey an England team]]. However, their [[{{Determinator}} determination]], style, willingness to play their hearts out and obvious desire to win won them a lot of fans, if only because the contrast with the chronically underachieving men's team, which has frequently and justly been accused of laziness, incoherence, and apathy.



Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (both from Milan) won respectively seven and three European Cups, [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin is the most dominating team inside the borders, with 32 titles and counting. Other famous teams are [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. In recent years, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 and 2017 Champions League finals.

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Italian sides have also been very strong in Europe, and there are several different teams that have won major honours at home and internationally: [[RedOni AC Milan]] and [[BlueOni Internazionale]] (both from Milan) won respectively seven and three European Cups, [[BoringInvincibleHero Juventus]] of Turin is the most dominating team inside the borders, with 32 33 titles and counting. Other famous teams are [[SiblingRivalry AS Roma and Lazio]] from the capital, [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut Fiorentina]] of Florence and [[AlwaysSecondBest Napoli]]. In recent years, the reputation of the Serie A for quality has taken a nose dive, being eclipsed by the resurgent Bundesliga. However, this may be changing, due to Juventus reaching the 2015 and 2017 Champions League finals.



* '''Austria''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Was known as the ''Wunderteam'' (Wonder Team) in the 1930s, before Nazi annexation crippled the team from its foundations. Along with Switzerland, was one of the joint hosts of the 2008 European Championship. Main clubs: Rapid Wien (from Vienna, most nationally successful team, with 32 league trophies), Austria Wien (trailing behind their rivals Rapid, with 23 wins) and Red Bull Salzburg (winners of seven of the last 10 titles, with a current streak of three).
* '''Belgium''' play in red shirt, black shorts and yellow socks and, despite never really challenging for honours, have usually produced a much better team than you might expect of a small nation deeply divided along linguistic grounds. In fact, in early 2016, the "Red Devils" briefly reached #1 in the FIFA World Rankings (they entered Euro 2016 at #2, but were thrashed 3-1 in the quarterfinals by tournament surprise package Wales). Co-hosted the 2000 European Championship with the Netherlands. Belgian club football is dominated by Anderlecht of Brussels and Club Brugge of Bruges, with Brugge being the current champions. Club Brugge did make it to the European Cup final in 1978, the furthest a Belgian team has gone in that competition.

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* '''Austria''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Was known as the ''Wunderteam'' (Wonder Team) in the 1930s, before Nazi annexation crippled the team from its foundations. Along with Switzerland, was one of the joint hosts of the 2008 European Championship. Main clubs: Rapid Wien (from Vienna, most nationally successful team, with 32 league trophies), Austria Wien (trailing behind their rivals Rapid, with 23 wins) and Red Bull Salzburg (winners of seven eight of the last 10 11 titles, with a current streak of three).
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* '''Belgium''' play in red shirt, black shorts and yellow socks and, despite never really challenging for honours, have usually produced a much better team than you might expect of a small nation deeply divided along linguistic grounds. In fact, in early 2016, the "Red Devils" briefly reached #1 in the FIFA World Rankings (they entered Euro 2016 at #2, but were thrashed 3-1 31 in the quarterfinals by tournament surprise package Wales). Co-hosted the 2000 European Championship with the Netherlands. Belgian club football is dominated by Anderlecht of Brussels and Club Brugge of Bruges, with Brugge Anderlecht being the current champions. Club Brugge did make it to the European Cup final in 1978, the furthest a Belgian team has gone in that competition.



* '''Croatia''': white-and-red checkered shirt, white shorts and blue socks. Arguably the most successful of the national teams created after the breakup of Yugoslavia, if the third place in 1998 is any indication. Main teams: Dinamo Zagreb (which holds 18 Croatian league wins, including an ongoing streak of 11) and Hajduk Split (which carried the tradition of one of the main teams in Yugoslavia over to Croatia).
* '''Czech Republic''': red shirt, white shorts and blue socks. Saw its better days while under the Czechoslovakia flag (by which they were runners-up in the 1934 and 1962 World Cups, and won the 1976 European Championship and the 1980 Olympic gold medal), but on their own right are not a bad team, as the second place in Euro '96 can attest. Main teams: Sparta Praha (most victorious in the country, with 12 leagues under their belts) and Slavia Praha, both from Prague, and Viktoria Plzeň (four of the last six titles).
* '''Denmark''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Won the Euro '92 after replacing the war-torn Yugoslavia in the nick of time. Main clubs: FC Copenhagen (greatest champions of the modern Danish league, with 11 victories[[note]]the two clubs that merged to form the current FC Copenhagen had 22 titles between them[[/note]]) and Brøndby (which won 10 national championships, and in which Michael Laudrup & Peter Schmeichel first gained prominence).
* '''Greece''': all-white uniform with blue highlights. Shocked the world by winning the 2004 European Championship over hosts and then-favorites Portugal. But still, they are on an average level at best. Main teams: Olympiacos (from Piraeus, the dominant team in Greek football, with 41 league trophies) and Panathinaikos (from Athens, which reached the 1971 European Cup final, losing it to Johan Cruyff's Ajax).

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* '''Croatia''': white-and-red checkered shirt, white shorts and blue socks. Arguably the most successful of the national teams created after the breakup of Yugoslavia, if the third place in 1998 is any indication. Main teams: Dinamo Zagreb (which holds (with 18 Croatian league wins, including an ongoing streak of 11) wins) and Hajduk Split (which carried the tradition of one of the main teams in Yugoslavia over to Croatia).
* '''Czech Republic''': red shirt, white shorts and blue socks. Saw its better days while under the Czechoslovakia flag (by which they were runners-up in the 1934 and 1962 World Cups, and won the 1976 European Championship and the 1980 Olympic gold medal), but on their own right are not a bad team, as the second place in Euro '96 can attest. Main teams: Sparta Praha (most victorious in the country, with 12 leagues under their belts) and current champions Slavia Praha, both from Prague, and Viktoria Plzeň (four of titles in the last six titles).
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* '''Denmark''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Won the Euro '92 after replacing the war-torn Yugoslavia in the nick of time. Main clubs: FC Copenhagen (greatest champions of the modern Danish league, with 11 12 victories[[note]]the two clubs that merged to form the current FC Copenhagen had 22 titles between them[[/note]]) and Brøndby (which won 10 national championships, and in which Michael Laudrup & Peter Schmeichel first gained prominence).
* '''Greece''': all-white uniform with blue highlights. Shocked the world by winning the 2004 European Championship over hosts and then-favorites Portugal. But still, they are on an average level at best. Main teams: Olympiacos (from Piraeus, the dominant team in Greek football, with 41 44 league trophies) and Panathinaikos (from Athens, which reached the 1971 European Cup final, losing it to Johan Cruyff's Ajax).



* '''Ireland''': green shirt and socks and white shorts. Perhaps the ''least'' football mad nation in Europe[[note]]with the possible exception of UsefulNotes/{{Lithuania}}, where UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} is the national obsession[[/note]], at least when it comes to local clubs, with attendance figures for League of Ireland matches being far below those for Gaelic Football and Hurling (though it must be said the British clubs have a lot of fans and when the national team is playing interest increases dramatically). While its clubs are not continental-level contenders, the national team has achieved some degree of success, qualifying for three World Cups and advancing from the first stage in all three. Fun fact, the team's fans were so well behaved at the Euro '16 tournament that the Mayor of Paris awarded them the the Grand Vermeil, Paris' most prestigious honor.
* '''Norway''': red shirt, white shorts and navy socks. Not so hot in men's football, but their women's national team became World Champions in 1995 and also won two European Championships. Its main club is Trondheim side Rosenborg, who won the league 23 times - 13 of them in a row (1992 to 2004).
* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last 13 seasons), Legia Warszawa (the most recent champions in 2016, with 11 titles overall) and Lech Poznań (the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.

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* '''Ireland''': green shirt and socks and white shorts. Perhaps the ''least'' football mad nation in Europe[[note]]with the possible exception of UsefulNotes/{{Lithuania}}, where UsefulNotes/{{basketball}} is the national obsession[[/note]], at least when it comes to local clubs, with attendance figures for League of Ireland matches being far below those for Gaelic Football and Hurling (though it must be said the British clubs have a lot of fans and when the national team is playing interest increases dramatically). While its clubs are not continental-level contenders, the national team has achieved some degree of success, qualifying for three World Cups and advancing from the first stage in all three. Fun fact, the team's fans were so well behaved at the Euro '16 tournament that the Mayor of Paris awarded them the the Grand Vermeil, Paris' most prestigious honor.
* '''Norway''': red shirt, white shorts and navy socks. Not so hot in men's football, but their women's national team became World Champions in 1995 and also won two European Championships. Its main club is Trondheim side Rosenborg, who won the league 23 24 times - 13 of them in a row (1992 to 2004).
* '''Poland''': white shirt and socks and red shorts. Gold medallist in 1972, and third place in the 1974 and 1982 World Cups. Main clubs: Wisla Krakow (with seven national titles in the last 13 14 seasons), Legia Warszawa (the most recent champions in 2016, 2017, with 11 12 titles overall) and Lech Poznań (the only Polish club in the top 100 of the UEFA rankings thanks to some impressive European performances). Co-hosted the European Championships in 2012 with Ukraine.



* '''Russia''': white shirt and shorts and blue socks. Like the Czechs, their prime in football was under the Soviet red flag, with which they won the first European Championship in 1960, plus two Olympic gold medals (1956 and 1988). Main clubs: Spartak Moscow (nine league titles), Dynamo Moscow (for which Lev Yashin, arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the game, played his entire career), Zenit St. Petersburg (who won the 2008 UEFA Cup after upsetting Bayern Munich in the semifinals), Rubin Kazan, and CSKA Moscow.

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* '''Russia''': white shirt and shorts and blue socks. Like the Czechs, their prime in football was under the Soviet red flag, with which they won the first European Championship in 1960, plus two Olympic gold medals (1956 and 1988). Main clubs: Spartak Moscow (nine (10 league titles), Dynamo Moscow (for which Lev Yashin, arguably the greatest goalkeeper in the game, played his entire career), Zenit St. Petersburg (who won the 2008 UEFA Cup after upsetting Bayern Munich in the semifinals), Rubin Kazan, and CSKA Moscow.



* '''Scotland''': navy shirt and socks and white shorts. Despite their tradition (played the first international match ever, a 0-0 draw with England in 1872), they are always unlucky in international competitions (they never went past stage one of each World Cup final they were in). Main clubs: Celtic (European Cup champions in 1967 and runners-up in 1970) and Rangers (53 league victories against 45 from their rivals), both from Glasgow - and with a very well-documented rivalry, on and off the pitch (Celtic's supporters are Catholic, and Rangers fans are Protestants, echoing religious-based struggles like the one in which the two Irelands are involved). With the Rangers' insolvency in 2011, followed by a rebranding that placed them in the fourth tier of the Scottish league (followed by two consecutive promotions and, as of 2015/16, a third back to the Scottish Premiership), Celtic became (temporarily at least) the sole dominant team of the Highlands.

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* '''Scotland''': navy shirt and socks and white shorts. Despite their tradition (played the first international match ever, a 0-0 draw with England in 1872), they are always unlucky in international competitions (they never went past stage one of each World Cup final they were in). Main clubs: Celtic (European Cup champions in 1967 and runners-up in 1970) and Rangers (53 (54 league victories against 45 48 from their rivals), both from Glasgow - and with a very well-documented rivalry, on and off the pitch (Celtic's supporters are Catholic, and Rangers fans are Protestants, echoing religious-based struggles like the one in which the two Irelands are involved). With the Rangers' insolvency in 2011, followed by a rebranding that placed them in the fourth tier of the Scottish league (followed by two consecutive promotions and, as of 2015/16, a third back to the Scottish Premiership), Celtic became (temporarily at least) the sole dominant team of the Highlands.



* '''Switzerland''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Hosted the 1954 World Cup and Euro 2008, the latter along with Austria. Have a tradition of playing defensive, earning them the World Cup record of time without conceding a goal (559 minutes between 2006 and 2010). Main clubs: FC Basel (current champions, and winners of 11 of the 14 titles since the current Super League was established in 200304), FC Zürich (the winner of the other three titles in the Super League era) and Grasshopper (also from Zürich, the most nationally successful team with 27 league victories).

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* '''Switzerland''': red shirt and socks and white shorts. Hosted the 1954 World Cup and Euro 2008, the latter along with Austria. Have a tradition of playing defensive, earning them the World Cup record of time without conceding a goal (559 minutes between 2006 and 2010). Main clubs: FC Basel (current champions, and winners (winners of 11 of the 14 titles since the current Super League was established in 200304), 200304, including the last eight), FC Zürich (the winner of the other three titles in the Super League era) and Grasshopper (also from Zürich, the most nationally successful team with 27 league victories).



* '''Wales''': red shirt with green stripes on the shoulder, red shorts and socks, sometimes known as 'the Dragons'. Historically something of a joke and the weakest of the so-called 'Home Nations', partly because the near religious reverence that the Welsh have historically held for rugby. Between the World Cup of 1958 (which they were knocked out of by a young fellow named Pelé) and Euro 2016, they failed to qualify for a single major tournament. Despite this, Wales has produced a number of great players; legendary Liverpool striker and all time top scorer Ian Rush, Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs. Ranked 117th in 2011, they have progressively risen improved, only stalling because of the tragic suicide of their young manager, Gary Speed. The emergence of fiercely talented players such as Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, combined with a strong team ethos has led to a meteoric rise up the rankings, breaking into the top 10 in July 2015 for the first time in their history thanks to going unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualifying, including a win over the highly rated and then World #2 team, Belgium. This proved a mere prelude to an astonishing run to the Euro 2016 semifinals, crushing Russia 3-0 in the group stage, beating Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and registering another win over Belgium (this time a 3-1 thrashing) along the way before they ran out of steam and a fortunate Portugal ended their dreams of glory. However, their efforts made them, with Iceland, briefly the sweethearts of a continent. While Wales has its own league, the two best teams, Swansea and Cardiff, play in the English leagues, Swansea establishing themselves in the Premier League as an upper mid-table side and winning the League Cup in 2013. Cardiff, by contrast, were promoted, then relegated the following year.

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* '''Wales''': red shirt with green stripes on the shoulder, red shorts and socks, sometimes known as 'the Dragons'. Historically something of a joke and the weakest of the so-called 'Home Nations', partly because the near religious reverence that the Welsh have historically held for rugby. Between the World Cup of 1958 (which they were knocked out of by a young fellow named Pelé) and Euro 2016, they failed to qualify for a single major tournament. Despite this, Wales has produced a number of great players; legendary Liverpool striker and all time top scorer Ian Rush, Everton goalkeeper Neville Southall and Manchester United winger Ryan Giggs. Ranked 117th in 2011, they have progressively risen improved, only stalling because of the tragic suicide of their young manager, Gary Speed. The emergence of fiercely talented players such as Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale and Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, combined with a strong team ethos has led to a meteoric rise up the rankings, breaking into the top 10 in July 2015 for the first time in their history thanks to going unbeaten in Euro 2016 qualifying, including a win over the highly rated and then World #2 team, Belgium. This proved a mere prelude to an astonishing run to the Euro 2016 semifinals, crushing Russia 3-0 30 in the group stage, beating Northern Ireland in the Round of 16 and registering another win over Belgium (this time a 3-1 31 thrashing) along the way before they ran out of steam and a fortunate Portugal ended their dreams of glory. However, their efforts made them, with Iceland, briefly the sweethearts of a continent. While Wales has its own league, the two best teams, Swansea and Cardiff, play in the English leagues, Swansea establishing themselves in the Premier League as an upper mid-table side and winning the League Cup in 2013. Cardiff, by contrast, were promoted, then relegated the following year.
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'''Germany''' play in white shirts (sometimes with highlights in the flag's black/red/gold colors) and socks and black shorts, and the current national team is regarded as the continuation of the old West German team which won three [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cups]] (in 1954, 1974 and 1990). In 2014 they won their fourth overall World Cup title and their first as a unified nation. If Italy is the most successful World Cup team in terms of victories, Germany beats them statistically by a longshot, thanks to their [[GermanicEfficiency consistency]]: out of their 18 appearances, they reached the final 8 times, and were semifinalists 6 other times. Germany have a reputation for being a tough team to beat, even when they're having an off-day, and are a particular bogey team for England. It is perhaps for this reason that it was an English footballer (specifically, Gary Lineker), who remarked that "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for ninety minutes and at the end, the Germans win." That said, the most recent match ended in a stunning comeback win for England in Berlin, having been 2-0 down before winning 3-2. Have a strong rivalry with the Dutch based [[strike:partly on WorldWarTwo history and partly]] on the German win over the Dutch in 1974. Their own bogey team is Italy, with Germany's only win in a competitive match against them having come on penalties in their most recent encounter in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.

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'''Germany''' play in white shirts (sometimes with highlights in the flag's black/red/gold colors) and socks and black shorts, and the current national team is regarded as the continuation of the old West German team which won three [[UsefulNotes/TheWorldCup World Cups]] (in 1954, 1974 and 1990). In 2014 they won their fourth overall World Cup title and their first as a unified nation. If Italy is the most successful World Cup team in terms of victories, Germany beats them statistically by a longshot, thanks to their [[GermanicEfficiency consistency]]: out of their 18 appearances, they reached the final 8 times, and were semifinalists 6 other times. Germany have a reputation for being a tough team to beat, even when they're having an off-day, and are a particular bogey team for England. It is perhaps for this reason that it was an English footballer (specifically, Gary Lineker), who remarked that "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for ninety minutes and at the end, the Germans win." That said, the most recent match ended in a stunning comeback win for England in Berlin, having been 2-0 down before winning 3-2. Have a strong rivalry with the Dutch based [[strike:partly on WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII history and partly]] on the German win over the Dutch in 1974. Their own bogey team is Italy, with Germany's only win in a competitive match against them having come on penalties in their most recent encounter in the Euro 2016 quarterfinals.
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