PDC World Matchplay 2017 - 1st Round - Darts Preview

PDC World Matchplay 2017 – 1st Round – Darts Preview – The PDC returns with the BetVictor World Matchplay at the Winter Gardens in Blackpool. The World Matchplay is one of the most highly coveted and prestigious trophies that is available on the PDC Circuit.


Michael van Gerwen returns after beating Dave Chisnall, 8-0, in the final of the Shanghai Masters to continue his rampant reign at the top of the PDC. Adrian Lewis also returns after an injury that has seen him out of PDC action for while.

The first-round draw is mouth-watering- nay, breath-taking for any darts fans with a Sky Sports subscription. The 32-man tournament will take place over 8 days with the final on 30th July 2017; so, stock up your fridge with plenty of beer.

Here are just some of the first-round fixtures that will take place from Saturday 22nd July (schedule of play still to be decided):

Michael van Gerwen vs Steven Bunting

Michael van Gerwen Photo Credit: skysports.com

The Dutch dartsman will climb off his darting throne to face Steven Bunting who will know he stands very little chance. The dominance of Michael van Gerwen in the darting world is almost inconceivable and yet he makes it look so simple every time the ‘Green Machine’ pops on our TV screens.  Bunting hasn’t been in the best of form during 2017 and has seen his gradual decline down the PDC Order of Merit continue its momentum. The current Matchplay Champion shouldn’t break a sweat.

Skybet Match Result – Michael van Gerwen to Win – 1/33

Simon Whitlock vs Kyle Anderson

Simon Whitlock Photo Credit: skysports.com

Facing each other for the first ever time at a televised event, it’s the battle of the Aussies in arguably the closest match of the first round. Having only joined forces last month at the World Cup of Darts, Anderson and Whitlock will know each other very well which makes the match ever more compelling. Whitlock is the higher ranked, however has struggled to get a rhythm as of late. Anderson is still yet to reach the shining lights we all know he is capable of but both will be massively up for this contest. Whitlock should just have the edge over his fellow countryman.

Skybet Match Result – Simon Whitlock to Win – 4/6

Phil Taylor vs Gerwyn Price

Phil Taylor Photo Credit: skysports.com

Phil Taylor is undoubtedly the king of the World Matchplay, having lifted the trophy 15 times; with Michael van Gerwen currently 13 Matchplay titles behind. Taylor will be wanting to succeed in this tournament as his announced retirement at the end of the calendar year is drawing ever closer. Gerwyn Price has been enjoying his darts a lot lately and will be able to provide a shock if Taylor isn’t at his best; would be a good bet for the longshotters. ‘The Power’ will have the crowd behind him and that should be enough to beat the Welshman.

Skybet Match Result – Phil Taylor to Win – 2/7

Honduras vs Costa Rica - Match Preview

Honduras vs Costa Rica – Match Preview – Two of the tournament’s dark horses match up as Honduras and Costa Rica begin their 2017 Gold Cup campaigns.

Both sides have history in the competition, Honduras securing the title in 2001 and Costa Rica’s success coming further back with 3 tournament wins in 1963, 1969 and 1983. They will be desperate to provide a stern challenge for regular tournament victors Mexico and the United States in this year’s edition.

Both teams are strong favourites to qualify from Group A, with the opposition coming from French Guiana and Canada (who play each other directly before this game) seeming unlikely to trouble.

Jorge Luiz Pinto’s men have a point to prove after a horrendous showing at the last Gold Cup (2015), suffering the humiliation of being eliminated at the group stage. Despite drawing with eventual 3rd place Panama, the Catrachos lost both remaining matches and finished bottom of their group.

The previous Gold Cup was also one to forget for Costa Rica, the Ticos failed to win a single match in the whole tournament, luckily scraping 3 draws against Canada, El Salvador and Jamaica to make it into the second round before being beaten by tournament winners Mexico. Oscar Ramirez will be hoping his side can justify their ‘best of the rest’ tag and challenge for this year’s crown.

Figueroa has 138 caps for his country Photo Credit: skysports.com

Experience can be key in these tournament exchanges and both teams have such an attribute. Honduras can rely on former Wigan Athletic and Hull City defender Maynor Figueroa with 138 caps and Houston Dynamo’s Boniek Garcia with 120 caps in that department. Costa Rica have their own wealth of international experience too, coming from the likes of Michael Umana in defence who recently won his centenary cap, and ex-Fulham playmaker Brian Ruiz who himself will win his 100th cap in this match.

Team News
The major story is that Costa Rica will be without Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas, a huge blow as players of such quality come scarcely at this level.

Full squads:

Goalkeepers (3): Ricardo Canales (CDS Vida), Donis Escober (Olimpia), Luis Lopez (Real España)

Defenders (8): Ever Alvarado (Olimpia), Brayan Beckeles (Necaxa / MEX), Felix Crisanto (Motagua), Henry Figueroa (Motagua), Maynor Figueroa (FC Dallas / USA), Marcelo Pereira (Motagua), Carlos Sanchez (Honduras Progreso), Allans Vargas (Real España)

Midfielders (8): Bryan Acosta (Real España), Jorge Claros (Real España), Carlos Discua (Motagua), Boniek Garcia (Houston Dynamo / USA), Ovido Lanza (Juticalpa FC), Alex Lopez (Olimpia), Alfredo Mejia (Xanthi FC / GRE), Sergio Peña (Real Sociedad)

Forwards (4): Alberth Elis (Houston Dynamo / USA), Anthony Lozano (Tenerife / SPA), Rony Martinez (Real Sociedad), Romell Quioto (Houston Dynamo / USA)


Costa Rica:
Goalkeepers (3): Dany Carvajal (Saprissa), Leonel Moreira (Herediano), Patrick Pemberton (Alajuelense)

Defenders (9): Johnny Acosta (Herediano), Francisco Calvo (Minnesota United FC / USA), Christian Gamboa (Celtic / SCO), Giancarlo Gonzalez (Palermo / ITA), Kenner Guiterrez (Alajuelense),Bryan Oviedo (Sunderland / ENG), Jose Salvatierra (Alajuelense), Michael Umaña (unattached), Juan Pablo Vargas (Herediano)

Midfielders (7): Randall Azofeifa (Herediano), Joel Campbell (Arsenal / ENG), David Guzman(Portland Timbers / USA), Bryan Ruiz (Sporting CP / POR), Ulises Segura (Saprissa), Yeltsin Tejeda (FC Lausanne-Sport / SUI), Rodney Wallace (New York City FC / USA)

Forwards (4): David Ramirez (Saprissa), Ariel Rodriguez (Bangkok Glass FC / THA), Marco Ureña (San Jose Earthquakes / USA), Johan Venegas (Minnesota United FC / USA)

Campbell can star at this years CONCACAF Gold Cup Photo Credit: skysports.com

Player to Watch
Joel Campbell often cuts a frustrated figure; deemed surplus to requirements at Arsenal without ever leaving permanently he has experienced a journeyman career for a man of just 25-years of age – playing in France (Lorient), Spain (Real Betis and Villareal), Greece (Olympiacos) and Portugal (Sporting CP). A strong showing at the World Cup 2014 – where Costa Rica surprised everyone by reaching the quarter-finals – displayed Campbell’s abilities as a forward with a rare blend of pace and power on the ball. In the Gold Cup players with Champions League experience are a commodity and should Campbell find that missing consistency in his game he is unquestionably a real dangerman not just to Honduras but to the entire tournament.


Portugal vs Mexico - Match Preview
Confederations Cup, Group A
Kazan Arena, Russia 4pm

Portugal vs Mexico – Match Preview – European Champions Portugal begin their Confederations Cup by facing 2015 CONCACAF Cup victors Mexico in what promises to be an enticing match-up in Kazan.

Portugal have not been in the greatest of form performance wise since claiming the European crown in France last summer; stumbling over the line against weaker sides such as Andorra, Cyprus, Faroe Island and Gibraltar whilst suffering defeat against Switzerland in their opening World Cup qualifier and in a friendly against Sweden.

Mexico, on the other hand have only tasted defeat once in their last 13 outings – in a friendly against Croatia – and with the CONCACAF Gold Cup to defend in July, Juan Carlos Osorio’s side will be hoping to garner some momentum from this tournament to storm the next. El Tri are always difficult to beat and are deserved dark horses in any competition.

The two sides have only twice previously faced each other, both resulting in a victory for The Selecao – most recently in 2014 where a last minute Bruno Alves goal won the friendly.

Cristiano Ronaldo has been in scintillating form this season Photo Credit: skysports.com

Players to Watch 
Cristiano Ronaldo is a born winner. The 32-year-old wants to emerge victorious in every single competition he plays in and the Confederations Cup will be no different. On an unprecedented high following the magnificent success in France 2016; Portugal’s talismatic captain will be eager to prove it was no stand-alone fluke. The global superstar has also just retained the European Cup for the first time in the Champions League era with Real Madrid, and it would take a brave man to back against the current World Player of the Year to continue that form onto the international stage once again – adding to his already wonderful record of 73 goals in 139 caps for Portugal.

Javier Hernandez holds the current top scorer record for Mexico Photo Credit: skysports.com

Javier Hernandez is an extremely popular figure in Britain after his stellar spell at Manchester United, although many feel he was underutilised for a man of his abilities before he was shipped off to Bayer Leverkusen. Since then the recently-turned 29-year-old has rebuilt his reputation by scoring 39 goals in just 76 games for the German side whilst also becoming his nation’s highest-ever goal-scorer with a massive 47 goals by netting against Croatia in May and surpassing Jared Borgetti’s record. Chicharito always has the potential to turn a half-chance into a goal and will be a constant danger to the usually resilient Portuguese defence.

Team News 
Fernando Santos is are blessed with a full-strength squad to choose from and are likely to line up with all the big hitters starting.

Rafael Marquez is the only injry concern for Mexico, a back-problem potentially keeping the experienced centre-back out of the side.


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Spain U21's vs Macedonia U21's - Match Preview
UEFA U21 European Championships, Group B, Gdynia Stadium, Poland 7.45pm

Spain U21’s vs Macedonia U21’s – Match Preview – Spain and Macedonia will kick off their Under 21’s European Championships on 17th June with their opening match in Group B. Spain haven’t held back in their team selection, flying plenty of Premier League and La Liga stars over to Poland for the tournament. Macedonia are not to be taken lightly however, having impressed in the qualifying stages and Spain will understand that they can’t walk over their opponents.

Spain’s star-studded squad will be the team to beat in this summer tournament, with the likes of Arsenal right-back, Hector Bellerin, and Real Madrid prodigy, Marco Asensio, amongst the action; just to name a few. A nation often to set the trends, Spain haven’t approached the tournament like countries such as England, and have brought players that many would assume are senior squad standard. On paper, Spain should start their campaign winning three points without a flinch.

Skybet Match Result – Spain to Win – 2/9

Marjen Radeski could cause the Spanish defence problems Photo Credit: UEFA.com

As aforementioned, Macedonia impressed during qualifying. They topped their group that consisted of France, Iceland, Ukraine, Scotland and Northern Ireland; losing just once the whole campaign. Macedonia have lost just once in sixteen matches and most recently beat Bulgaria and Montenegro in friendlies to give them a psychological boost heading into the tournament. Striker, Marjan Radeski, will be Macedonia’s biggest threat in attack. Radeski plays his club football for FK Metalurg Skopje in the Macedonian third division but do not be fooled as the striker will cause problems. Can he help Macedonia cause a massive upset?

Skybet Anytime Goalscorer – Marjan Radeski to score Anytime in 90 mins – 7/2

Real Madrid attacker Ascensio could be the star player of the tournament Photo Credit: skysports.com

Team News

Spain have no injuries or suspensions to alter their team selection.

They will look to their dazzling array of star players to go all the way in the tournament. These players consist of Hector Bellerin, Jorge Mere, Marco Asensio, Denis Suarez, JL Gaya, Sandro, Saul Niguez, Gerard Deulofeu, Inaki Williams and Borja Mayoral. It would take a brave man to bet against Spain U21 lifting the European Championship trophy.

Skybet Tournament Winner – Spain – 3/1

Macedonia U21s are without attacking player, Viktor Angelov, due to injury.

Being outclassed in personnel all over the field, Macedonia will hope to continue their magnificent form into the tournament and provide a big shock with an opening match win. Can they pull it off?

Skybet Match Result – Macedonia to Win – 14/1


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euro-2016Euro 2016 gets underway tonight when France (the hosts) take on Romania at 8pm GMT.

As I did for the World Cup 2 years ago I have put together a guide/bet for each one of the group games as well as a 10 pre-tournament bets that I fancy for this summers event.

I have looked over the stats and the head to head records of all the teams taking place and picked out my hottest bet for each of the games, as well as my final score prediction for each..

You can find all the bets here:


I will be updating the results of each game in the document every day so that we can all track the progress of these bets.

Want to put on something big for the tournament? Why not have a look at our 50,000,000/1 bet for the group stages!

Finally, please share your best bets for Euro 2016 in the comments section below.

Everyone loves a punt on a big tournament and we are no different.

Based on the predictions I have created for the group stages I have turned them into a monster 11-fold accumulator at odds of 51,523,736/1

Due to the limits on what bookies will pay out, a 50p bet on this will return £2million on Bet365.

The bet consists of 11 Win and Both Teams To Score picks, you can see the full bet here:


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Have you had a long shot bet on Euro 1016??? Share it in the comments section below!

Enjoy EURO 2016 everyone!

The Copa America 2016 gets underway in the early hours of Saturday morning for those of you here in the UK, when hosts USA face Colombia in the tournament opener..

copa america 2016 betting tipsThe Copa America is one of my favourite tournaments to watch with its end to end football and at times, lack of defensive quality…. Although in fairness the tournament plays host to some of the best attacking players in the world in Messi, Suarez & Aguero.

It is also a great tournament for us to have a bet on and I have looked into all the stats and picked out my top 5 bets for this years tournament.

1. Outright Winner: Argentina – Odds: 2.87

They are the tournament favourites and I think quite rightly so, they possess the best attacking options and have got much stronger defensively for this tournament. They enter the tournament on good form and  only have Chile as a threat in the group stage so should quality to the latter stages with ease. For me they are the most likely winners this year.

2. Outright Winner (Longshot): Ecuador – Odds: 34.00

The great thing about the Outright Winner market is that it allows you to pick an each-way bet, which means you can win 1/3 of the odds of your bet, if the team reaches the final…

My dark horse for the tournament this year are Ecuador. I think they have the players required to get through the group stage alongside Brazil and once there could be a match for any team in the latter stages… Whilst I think they might struggle if they get one of the big boys in the final, 1/3 odds on them reaching the final, I’ll take that!

3. Top Goalscorer: Almeida Gabriel Barbosa – Odds: 26.00

Whilst most people will likely be betting on the likes of Messi, Aguero or Suarez to be the top goalscorer at this years tournament, I have gone for a more outside shot.. Gabriel Barbosa is a 17 year old striker for Brazil, who plays club football at Santos… He is very highly rated and is tipped to be the next big thing from Brazil.

He scored his first goal for Brazil in his debut in a warmup game this week and I am expecting him to burst onto the scene at this tournament… Expecting him to hit a few against Haiti in the group stage.

4. Group Winners Acca: (Colombia, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina) – Odds: 9.81

It is always fun to try and pick the winners of each of the four groups at the tournament and I think the odds of 9.81 for these selections is very good. Colombia appear to only have strong competition from hosts USA to win group A and I fancy them to beat the hosts in the opening game and claim that group.

Brazil should have very little trouble in winning their group, with their only likely threat being Ecuador.

Uruguay appear to have the hardest job as they face tough competition from Mexico, but Uruguay should have more than enough defensive strength to win their group with Luiz Suarez doing his thing at the other end of the pitch.

Argentina are the tournament favourites and they have Chile to battle for top spot in the group… For me they are the strongest team so should handle the group stage well enough to top their group.

5. Opening Game: Colombia Win + BTTS – Odds: 6.00

Whilst USA are the hosts I think their odds are inflated for that very reason, Colombia have the players to take USA apart in the opening game but defensively they are not the strongest so can see this being a both teams to score game…

I will be back Colombia to Win and Both Teams To Score in the opening game!


These are my top 5 bets for the Copa America 2016…. Feel free to share your best bets in the comments section below….

When betting on the Euros it is always a good idea to have an understanding of all the squads so you can assess the strength in depth each team has and the quality of the players they have at their disposal during the tournament, you can also assess if they have the right players for the matches they may face during the tournament.

This page contains details on all the squads for Euro 2016 and will be updated every time there is a change to the squads up until the final squads are announced, 10 days before the tournament starts.


Euro 2016 Squad Rules

Each team submits a squad of 23 players, three of which must be goalkeepers. The squads must be submitted at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team’s first match, he can be replaced by another player


Albania Squad

(Provisional 30-man)

Goalkeepers: Etrit Berisha (Lazio), Alban Hoxha (Partizani), Orges Shehi (Skenderbeu).

Defenders: Lorik Cana (Nantes), Arlind Ajeti (Frosinone), Berat Gjimshiti (Atalanta), Mërgim Mavraj (Koln), Amir Rrahmani (Split), Elseid Hysaj (Napoli), Ansi Agolli (Qarabag), Frederic Veseli (Lugano), Naser Aliji (Basel).

Midfielders: Ledjan Memushaj (Pescara), Ergys Kace (PAOK), Andi Lila (Giannina), Migjen Basha (Como), Odise Roshi (Rijeka), Burim Kukeli (Zurich), Ermir Lenjani (Nantes), Herolind Shala (Slovan Liberec), Taulant Xhaka (Basel), Armir Abrashi (Freiburg).

Forwards: Bekim Balaj (Rijeka), Sokol Çikalleshi (Medipol Baksasehir), Armando Sadiku (Vaduz), Milot Rashica (Vitesse), Shkelzen Gashi (Colorado Rapids).


Austria Squad

(Provisional 24-man)

Goalkeepers: Robert Almer (Austria Vienna), Heinz Lindner (Eintracht Frankfurt), Ramazan Ozcan (Ingolstadt)

Defenders: Aleksandar Dragovic (Dinamo Kiev), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Gyorgy Garics (Darmstadt), Martin Hinteregger (Borussia Monchengladbach), Florian Klein (Stuttgart), Sebastian Prodl (Watford), Markus Suttner (Ingolstadt), Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur)

Midfielders: David Alaba (Bayern Munich), Marko Arnautovic (Stoke City), Julian Baumgartlinger (Mainz), Martin Harnik (Stuttgart), Stefan Ilsanker (Leipzig), Jakob Jantscher (Luzern), Zlatko Junuzovic (Werder Bremen), Marcel Sabitzer (Leipzig), Alessandro Schopf (Schalke), Valentino Lazaro (Salzburg)

Forwards: Lukas Hinterseer (Ingolstadt), Rubin Okotie (1860 Munich), Marc Janko (Basel).


Belgium Squad

(Provisional 24-man)

Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Jean-Francois Gillet (Mechelen), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool)

Defenders: Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Jason Denayer (Galatasaray), Bjorn Engels, Thomas Meunier (Club Bruges), Nicolas Lombaerts (Zenit), Jordan Lukaku (Oostende), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona)

Midfielders: Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Radja Nainggolan (Roma), Axel Witsel (Zenit St Petersburg), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham)

Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Marseille), Christian Benteke, Divock Origi (Liverpool), Yannick Carrasco (Atletico Madrid), Romelu Lukaku (Everton), Dries Mertens (Napoli)


Croatia Squad

(Provisional 27-man)

Goalkeepers: Danijel Subasic (Monaco), Lovre Kalinic (Hajduk Split), Ivan Vargic (Rijeka), Dominik Livakovic (Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Vedran Corluka (Lokomotiv Moscow), Darijo Srna (Shakhtar Donetsk), Domagoj Vida (Dynamo Kiev), Sime Vrsaljko (Sassuolo), Gordon Schildenfeld (Dinamo Zagreb), Ivan Strinic (Napoli), Tin Jedvaj (Bayer Leverkusen), Duje Caleta-Car (Red Bull Salzburg)

Midfielders: Luka Modric, Mateo Kovacic (Real Madrid), Ivan Rakitic (Barcelona), Marcelo Brozovic, Ivan Perisic (Inter Milan), Milan Badelj (Fiorentina), Alen Halilovic (Sporting Gijon), Domagoj Antolic, Marko Rog, Ante Coric (Dinamo Zagreb)

Forwards: Mario Mandzukic (Juventus), Nikola Kalinic (Fiorentina), Marko Pjaca, Duje Cop (Dinamo Zagreb), Andrej Kramaric (Leicester City)


Czech Republic Squad

(Provisional 25-man)

Goalkeepers: Petr Cech (Arsenal), Tomas Vaclik (Basel), Tomas Koubek (Slovan Liberec).

Defenders: Theodor Gebre Selassie (Werder Bremen), Roman Hubnik, David Limbersky (Viktoria Plzen), Pavel Kaderabek (Hoffenheim), Michal Kadlec (Fenerbahce), Daniel Pudil (Sheffield Wednesday), Marek Suchy (Basel), Tomas Sivok (Bursaspor).

Midfielders: Vladimir Darida (Hertha Berlin), Borek Dockal, Ladislav Krejci, Lukas Marecek, Josef Sural (Sparta Praha), Daniel Kolar (Viktoria Plzen), David Pavelka (Kasımpasa), Jaroslav Plasil (Bordeaux), Tomas Rosicky (Arsenal), Jiri Skalak (Brighton)

Forwards: David Lafata, Patrik Schick (Sparta Praha), Tomas Necid (Bursaspor), Milan Skoda (Slavia Praha).


England Squad

(Provisional 26-man)

Goalkeepers: Fraser Forster (Southampton), Joe Hart (Manchester City), Tom Heaton (Burnley)

Defenders: Ryan Betrand (Southampton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Liverpool), Danny Rose, Kyle Walker (Tottenham), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), John Stones (Everton)

Midfielders: Dele Alli, Eric Dier (Tottenham), Ross Barkley (Everton), Fabian Delph, Raheem Sterling (Manchester City), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester), Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Newcastle), Jack Wilshere (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham), Marcus Rashford, Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Jamie Vardy (Leicester)


France Squad

Goalkeepers: Benoit Costil (Rennes), Hugo Lloris (Tottenham), Steve Mandanda (Marseille)

Defenders: Lucas Digne (Roma), Patrice Evra (Juventus), Christophe Jallet (Lyon), Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal), Eliaquim Mangala, Bacary Sagna (Manchester City), Jeremy Mathieu (Barcelona), Adil Rami (Sevilla)

Midfielders: Yohan Cabaye (Crystal Palace), Lassana Diarra (Marseille), N’Golo Kante (Leicester), Blaise Matuidi (Paris Saint-Germain), Paul Pogba (Juventus), Moussa Sissoko (Newcastle)

Forwards: Kingsley Coman (Bayern Munich), Andre-Pierre Gignac (Tigres), Olivier Giroud (Arsenal), Antoine Griezmann (Atletico Madrid), Anthony Martial (Manchester United), Dimitri Payet (West Ham).


Germany Squad

(Provisional 27-man)

Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter-Stegen (Barcelona)

Defenders: Jerome Boateng (Bayern Munich), Emre Can (Liverpool), Jonas Hector (Koln), Benedikt Howedes (Schalke), Mats Hummels (Borussia Dortmund), Shkodran Mustafi (Valencia), Antonio Rudiger (Roma), Sebastian Rudy (Hoffenheim)

Midfielders: Sami Khedira (Juventus), Bastian Schweinsteiger (Manchester United), Mesut Ozil (Arsenal), Andre Schurrle, Julian Draxler (Wolfsburg), Marco Reus, Julian Weigl (Borussia Dortmund), Karim Bellarabi, Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen), Toni Kroos (Real Madrid), Mario Gotze, Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich), Leroy Sane (Schalke)

Forwards: Thomas Muller (Bayern Munich), Mario Gomez (Besiktas), Lukas Podolski (Galatasaray)


Hungary Squad

(Provisional 30-man)

Goalkeepers: Gabor Kiraly (Haladas), Denes Dibusz (Ferencvaros), Peter Gulacsi (Leipzig), Balazs Megyeri (Getafe)

Defenders: Attila Fiola, Gergo Kocsis (Puskas Akademia), Gergo Lovrencsics, Tamas Kadar (Lech Poznan), Barnabas Bese (MTK), Richard Guzmics (Wisla Krakow), Roland Juhasz, Adam Lang (Videoton), Adam Pinter (Ferencvaros), Zsolt Korcsmar (Vasas), Mihaly Korhut (Debrecen)

Midfielders: Akos Elek (Diosgyori), Zoltan Gera, Adam Nagy (Ferencvaros), Mate Vida (Vasas), Laszlo Kleinheisler (Werder Bremen), Roland Sallai (Puskas Akademia)

Forwards: Balazs Dzsudzsak (Bursaspor), Zoltan Stieber (Nurnberg), Adam Gyurcso (Pogon), Adam Szalai (Hannover), Krisztian Nemeth (al-Gharafa), Nemanja Nikolic (Legia Warsaw), Tamas Priskin (Slovan Bratislava), Daniel Bode (Ferencvaros), Laszlo Lencse (Ujpest)


Iceland Squad

Goalkeepers: Hannes Halldorsson (Bodo/Glimt), Ogmundur Kristinsson (Hammarby), Ingvar Jonsson (Sandefjord)

Defenders: Ari Skulason (OB), Hordur Magnusson (Cesena), Hjortur Hermannsson (PSV Eindhoven), Ragnar Sigurdsson (Krasnodar), Kari Arnason (Malmo), Sverrir Ingi Ingason (Lokeren), Birkir Sævarsson (Hammarby), Haukur Heidar Hauksson (AIK)

Midfielders: Emil Hallfredsson (Udinese), Gylfi Sigurdsson (Swansea), Aron Gunnarsson (Cardiff), Theodor Elmar Bjarnason (AGF), Arnor Ingvi Traustason (Norrkoping), Birkir Bjarnason (Basel), Johann Gudmundsson (Charlton), Eidur Gudjohnsen (Molde), Runar Mar Sigurjonsson (Sundsvall)

Forwards: Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (Nantes), Alfred Finnbogason (Augsburg), Jon Dadi Bodvarsson (Kaiserslautern)


Italy Squad

(Provisional 30-man)

Goalkeepers: Gianluigi Buffon (Juventus), Federico Marchetti (Lazio), Salvatore Sirigu (Paris).

Defenders: Davide Astori (Fiorentina), Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini, Daniele Rugani (Juventus), Matteo Darmian (Manchester United), Mattia De Sciglio (Milan), Angelo Ogbonna (West Ham), Davide Zappacosta (Torino)

Midfielders: Marco Benassi (Torino), Giacomo Bonaventura, Riccardo Montolivo (Milan), Federico Bernardeschi (Fiorentina), Antonio Candreva, Marco Parolo (Lazio), Daniele De Rossi, Alessandro Florenzi (Roma), Emanuele Giaccherini (Bologna), Jorge Luiz Jorginho (Napoli), Thiago Motta (Paris), Stefano Sturaro (Juventus)

Forwards: Éder (Inter), Stephan El Shaarawy (Roma), Ciro Immobile (Torino), Lorenzo Insigne (Napoli), Graziano Pellè (Southampton), Simone Zaza (Juventus)


Northern Ireland Squad

Squad not yet been announced


Poland Squad

(Provisional 28-man)

Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (Bournemouth), Łukasz Fabianski (Swansea City), Wojciech Szczesny (Roma), Przemysław Tyton (Stuttgart)

Defenders: Thiago Cionek (Palermo), Paweł Dawidowicz (Benfica), Kamil Glik (Torino), Artur Jedrzejczyk, Michał Pazdan (Legia Warsaw), Lukasz Piszczek (Borussia Dortmund), Maciej Rybus (Terek Grozny), Bartosz Salamon (Cagliari), Jakub Wawrzyniak (Lechia Gdansk)

Midfielders: Jakub Blaszczykowski (Fiorentina), Kamil Grosicki (Rennes), Tomasz Jodlowiec (Legia Warsaw), Bartosz Kapustka (Cracovia), Grzegorz Krychowiak (Sevilla), Karol Linetty (Lech Poznan), Krzysztof Mączynski (Wisła Krakow), Slawomir Peszko (Lechia Gdansk), Filip Starzynski (Zaglebie Lubin), Paweł Wszołek (Verona), Piotr Zielinski (Empoli)

Forwards: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich), Arkadiusz Milik (Ajax), Artur Sobiech (Hannover), Mariusz Stepinski (Ruch Chorzow).


Portugal Squad

Goalkeepers: Rui Patricio (Sporting), Anthony Lopes (Lyon), Eduardo (Dinamo Zagreb)

Defenders: Cedric Soares, Jose Fonte (Southampton), Vieirinha (Wolfsburg), Bruno Alves (Fenerbahce), Ricardo Carvalho (Monaco), Pepe (Real Madrid), Eliseu (Benfica), Raphael Guerreiro (Lorient)

Midfielders: Danilo Pereira (Porto), William Carvalho, Adrien Silva, Joao Mario (Sporting), Joao Moutinho (Monaco), Andre Gomes (Valencia), Renato Sanches (Benfica)

Forwards: Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid), Nani (Fenerbahce), Eder (Swansea City), Ricardo Quaresma (Besiktas), Rafa Silva (Braga)


Republic of Ireland Squad

(Provisional 35-man)

Goalkeepers: Shay Given (Stoke), Darren Randolph (West Ham), David Forde (Millwall), Keiren Westwood (Sheffield Wednesday)

Defenders: Seamus Coleman (Everton), Cyrus Christie, Richard Keogh (Derby), Paul McShane (Reading), Ciaran Clark (Aston Villa), John O’Shea (Sunderland), Alex Pearce (Bristol City), Shane Duffy (Blackburn), Marc Wilson (Stoke), Stephen Ward (Burnley)

Midfielders: Aiden McGeady, James McCarthy, Darron Gibson (Everton), James McClean (West Brom), Glenn Whelan, Jonathan Walters (Stoke), Jeff Hendrick (Derby), David Meyler (Hull), Stephen Quinn (Reading), Harry Arter (Bournemouth), Wes Hoolahan, Robbie Brady (Norwich), Eunan O’Kane (Bournemouth), Anthony Pilkington (Cardiff), Jonathan Hayes (Aberdeen), Callum O’Dowda (Oxford)

Forwards: Robbie Keane (LA Galaxy), Shane Long (Southampton), David McGoldrick, Daryl Murphy (Ipswich), Kevin Doyle (Colorado Rapids)


Romania Squad

(Provisional 28-man)

Goalkeepers: Ciprian Tatarusanu (Fiorentina), Costel Pantilimon (Watford), Silviu Lung (Astra Giurgiu).

Defenders: Cristian Sapunaru (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Alexandru Matel (Dinamo Zagreb), Vlad Chiriches (Napoli), Valerica Gaman (Astra Giurgiu), Cosmin Moti (Ludogorets), Dragos Grigore (Al-Sailiya), Razvan Rat (Rayo Vallecano), Steliano Filip (Dinamo Bucharest), Alin Tosca (Steaua Bucharest)

Midfielders: Mihai Pintilii, Adrian Popa, Alexandru Chipciu, Nicolae Stanciu (Steaua Bucharest), Ovidiu Hoban (Hapoel Beer Sheva), Adrian Ropotan (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Prepelita (Ludogorets), Gabriel Torje (Osmanlispor), Alexandru Maxim (Stuttgart), Lucian Sanmartean (al-Ittihad)

Forwards: Claudiu Keseru (Ludogorets), Bogdan Stancu (Genclerbirligi), Florin Andone (Cordoba), Denis Alibec (Astra Giurgiu), Ioan Hora (Pandurii Targu Jiu), Andrei Ivan (CSU Craiova)


Russia Squad

Goalkeepers: Igor Akinfeev (CSKA Moscow), Guilherme (Lokomotiv Moscow), Yuri Lodygin (Zenit St Petersburg).

Defenders: Alexei Berezutski, Vasili Berezutski, Sergei Ignashevich, Georgi Schennikov (CSKA Moscow), Dmitri Kombarov (Spartak Moscow), Roman Neustadter (Schalke 04), Roman Shishkin (Lokomotiv Moscow), Igor Smolnikov (Zenit)

Midfielders: Igor Denisov (Dynamo Moscow), Alan Dzagoev, Alexander Golovin, Roman Shirokov (CSKA Moscow), Denis Glushakov (Spartak Moscow), Oleg Ivanov (Terek Grozny), Pavel Mamaev (Krasnodar), Alexander Samedov (Lokomotiv Moscow), Oleg Shatov (Zenit St Petersburg)

Forwards: Artem Dzyuba, Alexander Kokorin (Zenit St Petersburg), Fedor Smolov (Krasnodar)


Slovakia Squad

Not yet announced.


Spain Squad

(Provisional 25-man)

Goalkeepers: Iker Casillas (Porto), David De Gea (Manchester United), Sergio Rico (Sevilla)

Defenders: Sergio Ramos, Dani Carvajal (Real Madrid), Gerard Pique, Jordi Alba, Marc Bartra (Barcelona), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Mikel San Jose (Athletic Bilbao), Juanfran (Atletico Madrid)

Midfielders: Bruno (Villarreal), Sergio Busquets, Andres Iniesta (Barcelona), Koke, Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Thiago (Bayern Munich), Isco (Real Madrid), David Silva (Man City), Pedro, Cesc Fabregas (Chelsea)

Forwards: Aritz Aduriz (Athletic Bilbao), Nolito (Celta Vigo), Alvaro Morata (Juventus), Lucas Vasquez (Real Madrid)


Sweden Squad

Goalkeepers: Andreas Isaksson (Kasimpasa), Robin Olsen (Copenhagen), Patrik Carlgren (AIK)

Defenders: Ludwig Augustinsson, Erik Johansson (Copenhagen), Pontus Jansson (Torino), Victor Lindelof (Benfica) Andreas Granqvist (Krasnodar), Mikael Lustig (Celtic), Martin Olsson (Norwich)

Midfielders: Jimmy Durmaz (Olympiakos), Albin Ekdal (Hamburg), Oscar Hiljemark (Palermo), Sebastian Larsson (Sunderland), Pontus Wernbloom (CSKA Moscow), Erkan Zengin (Trabzonspor), Oscar Lewicki (Malmo), Emil Forsberg (Leipzig), Kim Kallstrom (Grasshoppers)

Forwards: Marcus Berg (Panathinaikos), John Guidetti (Celta Vigo), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Paris), Emir Kujovic (Norrkoping)


Switzerland Squad

(Provisional 28-man)

Goalkeepers: Roman Bürki (Borussia Dortmund), Marwin Hitz (Augsburg), Yvon Mvogo (Young Boys), Yann Sommer (Borussia Mönchengladbach).

Defenders: Johan Djourou (Hamburg), Nico Elvedi (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Michael Lang (Basel), Stephan Lichtsteiner (Juventus), François Moubandje (Toulouse), Ricardo Rodríguez (Wolfsburg), Fabian Schär (Hoffenheim), Philippe Senderos (Grasshoppers), Steve Von Bergen (Young Boys), Silvan Widmer (Udinese).

Midfielders: Valon Behrami (Watford), Blerim Džemaili (Genoa), Gelson Fernandes (Rennes), Fabian Frei (Mainz), Renato Steffen, Luca Zuffi (Basel), Granit Xhaka (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Denis Zakaria (Young Boys)

Forwards: Eren Derdiyok (Kasımpaşa), Breel Embolo (Basel), Admir Mehmedi (Bayer Leverkusen), Haris Seferović (Eintracht Frankfurt), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Shani Tarashaj (Grasshoppers).


Turkey Squad

(Provisional 31-man)

Goalkeepers: Ali Sasal Vural (Eskisehirspor), Harun Tekin (Bursaspor), Onur Kıvrak (Trabzonspor), Volkan Babacan (İstanbul Basaksehir).

Defenders: Gokhan Gonul, Sener Ozbayraklı, Mehmet Topal, Caner Erkin (Fenerbahce), Ahmet Calık (Genclerbirligi), Caglar Soyuncu (Altınordu), Hakan Balta, Semih Kaya (Galatasaray), Serdar Aziz (Bursaspor), Ismail Koybası (Besiktas).

Midfielders: Emre Mor (Nordsjaelland), Gokhan Tore (Besiktas), Volkan Sen, Ozan Tufan, Alper Potuk (Fenerbahce), Yasin Oztekin, Selcuk İnan (Galatasaray), Hakan Calhanogu (Bayer Leverkusen), Mahmut Tekdemir (Istanbul Basaksehir), Nuri Sahin (Borussia Dortmund), Oguzhan Ozyakup, Olcay Sahan (Besiktas), Arda Turan (Barcelona)

Forwards: Burak Yılmaz (Beijing Guoan), Cenk Tosun (Besiktas), Mevlut Erdinc (Guingamp), Yunus Mallı (Mainz).


Ukraine Squad

(Provisional 28-man)

Goalkeepers: Andriy Pyatov (Shakhtar Donetsk), Denys Boyko (Besiktas), Mykyta Shevchenko (Zorya Lugansk)

Defenders: Vyacheslav Shevchuk, Yaroslav Rakitskyi, Oleksandr Kucher (Shakhtar Donetsk), Yevgen Khacheridi (Dynamo Kiev), Artem Fedetskyi (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Mykyta Kamenyuka (Zorya Lugansk), Bogdan Butko (Amkar Perm)

Midfielders: Anatoliy Tymoshchuk (Kairat), Taras Stepanenko, Viktor Kovalenko, Maksym Malyshev (Shakhtar Donetsk), Ruslan Rotan, Yevgen Shakhov (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Yevgen Konoplyanka (Sevilla), Oleg Gusyev, Sergiy Rybalka, Denys Garmash, Sergiy Sydorchuk, Andriy Yarmolenko (Dynamo Kiev), Oleksandr Karavayev, Ivan Petryak (Zorya Lugansk), Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ufa)

Forwards: Roman Zozulya (Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk), Artem Kravets (Stuttgart), Pylyp Budkivskyi (Zorya Lugansk)


Wales Squad

(Provisional 30-man)

Goalkeepers: Wayne Hennessey (Crystal Palace), Danny Ward (Liverpool), Owain Fon Williams (Inverness)

Defenders: Ben Davies (Tottenham), Neil Taylor, Ashley Williams (Swansea), Chris Gunter (Reading), James Chester (West Brom), Ashley Richards (Fulham), Paul Dummett (Newcastle), Adam Henley (Blackburn), Adam Matthews (Sunderland), James Collins (West Ham)

Midfielders: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal), Joe Ledley, Jonathan Williams (Crystal Palace), David Vaughan (Nottingham Forest), Joe Allen (Liverpool), David Cotterill (Birmingham), George Williams (Fulham), Andy King (Leicester), Emyr Huws (Wigan), Dave Edwards (Wolves)

Forwards: Hal Robson-Kanu (Reading), Sam Vokes (Burnley), Tom Bradshaw, Wes Burns (Walsall), Tom Lawrence (Leicester), Simon Church (Nottingham Forest), Gareth Bale (Real Madrid)

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