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Euro 2016

Andriy Yarmolenko won't fill Ousmane Dembele's boots at Borussia Dortmund

Andriy Yarmolenko's €25 million to Borussia Dortmund set a new record transfer fee for a sale by Dynamo Kiev, beating the €23m the club collected for Andriy Shevchenko when he moved to AC Milan in 1999.

That is flattering in the extreme, of course, though Yarmolenko only managed to equal the overall Ukrainian transfers record. It belongs to none other than Dmytro Chygrynskiy, bought by Barcelona from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2009.

Chygrynskiy is now rightfully considered one of Pep Guardiola's...

 By Sam Borden

How 'fake news' put the transfer of a Ukrainian football player in limbo

Roman Zozulya Real Betis
Formerly of Real Betis, Roman Zozulya is suddenly without a club following unproven links to a neo-Nazi group in Ukraine.

MADRID -- This is a story about a Nazi symbol that isn't a Nazi symbol. A transfer that isn't really a transfer. A soccer player that, for the moment, isn't actually a soccer player.

It starts in Ukraine, with fear and blood and war. It comes to Spain, with anger and frustration and resentment. It involves politics. It might involve Russia. It involves a clandestine car ride through a back alley and a bizarrely un-clandestine meeting in a shopping mall food court.

It is...


Antoine Griezmann, Iceland and Wales among the stars of Euro 2016

Congratulations to Portugal, winners of Euro 2016.

ESPN FC had country bloggers covering their team throughout the tournament in France and each have rated their side out of 10, chosen their favourite memory, star man, team of the tournament and predict what's next for their side.


Favourite memory: Hal Robson-Kanu scoring Wales' crucial second against Belgium in their 3-1 win in the quarterfinals. The unattached striker fooled three defenders before clipping a shot...


Ronaldo and Portugal's glory, Iceland and Wales heroes while England flop

ESPN FC had bloggers covering each country at Euro 2016. It was glory for Portugal, who overcame Cristiano Ronaldo's injury to stun France in the final.

Elsewhere, England endured a miserable tournament, limping through the group stages before an abject 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the round of 16 cost Roy Hodgson his job.

Iceland were one of the stories of the competition, though, reaching the quarterfinals before bowing out to the hosts. Similarly, Wales also captured the imagination following their...

The Lionel Messi-lites of Euro 2016 are ready to entertain you

Everyone is a new version of someone else. Ryan Giggs was the new George Best when he made his Manchester United debut in 1991 and he played on the opposite flank to the previous season's new George Best, Lee Sharpe. Ever since 1994, any Romanian child who can do more than five keepie-ups has been dubbed the new Gheorghe Hagi. But as globalisation accelerates and the world becomes ever more inter-linked, the need for local or national icons has slackened off. Now everyone wants to be the new Lionel...

Germany top Euro 2016 Power Rankings; Italy second, France third

With the Euro 2016 round-of-16 stage done and dusted, the bracket is down to eight teams. Miguel Delaney takes a look at how they rank among the 24-team field.

1. GERMANY (+2)Germany finally sparked to life with a full-blooded display and made the most of their brilliant talent as they thrashed Slovakia 3-0. If they keep that up, no one will be able to take them down.

2. ITALY (+2): Italy put in the performance of the tournament so far, as they tactically outclassed Spain...