In a number of participants and spectators, football is world’s most popular among all other ball games. The Euros formally known as the UEFA European Championship determines the continental champion by organizing a football competition amidst the senior men’s national units of the members of the UEFA (Union of European Football Associations. After FIFA World Cup, Euros is the world’s second most watched football tournament. 24 teams are playing in Euros 2016 hosted by France.
At Euros 2016 rather than lowering, the small countries like Switzerland, Poland, Portugal, Croatia, Northern Ireland, Wales, Hungary, Iceland or Belgium are raising. They have set a modern and civilized example of the victory of small teams in the big stage. They have shown that although they are small teams when it comes to football they are 11 against 11 by making the historic run to the Euro quarterfinals.
Euros showed even Small Teams can win in Big Stage
Even though Wales team have handed England their first victory, they are the smallest nation by the population who have reached the semi-finals of a European Championship or a World Cup. Two of the small teams Wales and Portugal secured their place among four teams in the semi-finals of Euro 2016.Wales have already shown their potential by beating Russia by 3-0. They have the undoubted ability and they have put in so much effort to reach the semi-finals of Euro 2016. They made a historic 3-1 win over Belgium in the quarter-finals. They are now at semi-finals in this major tournament and they now decided to stand up and be counted. Wales have surpassed their previous best at Euro 1976 when they lost to Yugoslavia by 1-3 in the quarterfinals.The performance of smallest nation (Iceland) at Euro 2016 has set the best example to prove that even small teams can win games on the big stage.
The twitter followers (43,10,000) of football star Christiano Ronaldo is more than the population of Iceland (3,31,000), literally. Also, the number of professional footballers in Iceland is lesser than the number of volcanoes. Even though they are a limited team, they played brilliantly and made it to the last eight of the Euro 2016. In the game against England, after they established the lead in the first half, the tiny islanders toppled England by 2-1 at Euro 2016. They justified the victory as they worked incredibly hard and played brilliantly against England’s mighty EPL superstars; all the while they maintained a high defensive line practicing actual ball control.
Even though the Republic of Ireland didn’t make it to the quarter-finals, they were brilliant. Their unbelievable achievement is to get this far in the Euro 2016.
Even though Portugal have Ballon d’Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in their team, they are still the small team in comparison to Germany, France, England etc. Portugal team made it to semi-finals in Euro 2016 but this is not the first time they reached this far in Euros. This is the fifth time they are in semi-finals of Euros. In 2006,they lost the semifinals to France and in 2012 , they lost it to Spain. But this is the best chance for Portugal and Ronaldo to win the finals of Euro after they made its finals of Euro in 2004 but lost the championship to Greece.
The performance of these small teams in Euro 2016 has given football a fresh and new idiom. These teams now have shown the possibility to nurture and develop football and young players. These small teams have cast their spell at Euro 2016 with their grand deeds and small egos. The incredible performance of the small teams in Euros showed that even small teams can win games on the big stage.