Spain’s U21 Team Show Exceptional Balance in 3-1 Win over Portugal

The UEFA Under-21 European Championship is always full of young talent, and at no time was this more apparent than when Spain and Portugal met in the group stage recently. On Spain’s side of the ball, there were the likes of Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, Real Madrid’s Marco Asensio and Atletico Madrid’s Saul Niguez. Portugal, meanwhile, […]

Euro 2016: A Look at Eder’s Unlikely yet Career-Defining Performance in the Final

To put it simply, Eder was an unlikely matchwinner. The striker’s international record spoke to that as Portugal went into the Euro 2016 final against France, given that he had only scored three goals, all of which came in non-competitive fixtures, over 28 appearances. That’s probably why so little was expected of him when he […]

Portugal Press their Way to Success against Serbia

Going into the final game of their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, Portugal had already secured top spot in Group I. As a consequence, coach Fernando Santos viewed the clash, against Serbia, as little more than a chance to test the depth of his squad. He swapped out seven members of the side who featured in […]

Portugal’s Bernardo Silva Aiming to Go One Better than Luis Figo and Rui Costa

As their train departed for Prague, Bernardo Silva and his Portugal U21 teammates must’ve been looking forward to the match that would follow. After demolishing an experienced German side in the semi-finals, by a scoreline of five goals to nil, they now go on to contest the U21 European Championships final, against their Swedish counterparts. […]