Manchester City midfielder has confounded predictions that he would never make it and vindicated his Villarreal mentorsThis article is part of the Guardian’s Euro 2020 Experts’ Network, a cooperation between some of the best media organisations from the 24 countries who qualified. theguardian.com is running previews from two countries each day in the run-up to the tournament kicking off on 11 June.Many great footballers are lost to the game before they are out of their teens. Their road to ruin seems always the same: full of potential, they rise through a club’s youth system and into the first team squad, where they experience something that happens to all people when they are truly thrown in at the deep end: they make a mistake. Then they make another, followed by a few more, and instead of experiencing compassion they find that at the crucial moment their coaches, the people who should be there to protect them, abandon them. It starts with an error and becomes a trauma. Related: Euro 2020 team guides part 19: Spain Continue reading…
Denmark's star player Christian Eriksen collapsed and had to be revived on the field by medics during the Euro 2020 match with Finland on Saturday.
Austria midfielder Christoph Baumgartner took off from the middle of the field, picked up some pace and dove head first onto the grass. Baumgartner and teammate Stefan Posch both took a turn sliding along the field after a deluge of rain during what was supposed to be a practice session in Bucharest on Saturday — a day before Austria is to play North Macedonia at Euro 2020. Baumgartner, with his arms spread wide like Superman, managed to travel about 30 feet (10 meters) before coming to a very wet stop.
Twelve members of Venezuela's national football team, including five players, tested positive for COVID-19 before the team's Sunday opener against Brazil in Brasilia, AP reports.Why it matters: The South American Football Confederation has not said whether the opening match at Mané Garrincha Stadium will proceed as scheduled or if it will be delayed.Get market news worthy of your time with Axios Markets. Subscribe for free.What they're saying: The secretary of state for Brasilia said in a statem
Twelve members of the Venezuelan delegation at the Copa America have tested positive for COVID-19, health officials said on Saturday, a day before they meet hosts Brazil in the tournament opener. "The 12 members of the delegation include players and members of the backroom staff," said a statement from the Health Secretariat in Brasilia, where Sunday's game will take place. The South American Football Confederation (CONMEBOL) made the diagnosis on Friday night and informed local health authorities.