Newsy Shorts for 2024’s Euro and Copa America

Colombia's James Rodriguez
Colombia's James Rodriguez

Newsy Shorts Copa America 2024

Newsy Short Flash—Argentina’s coach, Lionel Scaloni will be suspended one match (the meaningless one against Peru, now that his team has qualified for the next round) because of Argentina’s “lateness returning to the field for the second half of both of their group games,” CONMEBOL stated. Yahoo Sports reported that Copa America rules state that “players must return to the field promptly after halftime.” So where was the escalating penalty for Argentina? You know the penalty for the first infraction and then again, a bigger one for the second, right? There was none, because, well, they are Lionel Messi’s team (and Qatar’s and FIFA’s).

Brazil National Team Coach, Dorival Junior, asked about not using starlet Endrick in their opening match draw to Costa Rica until the 70th minute, said, “He is a young man who needs to be brought along slowly.” Exactly what the young man, heading to Real Madrid at summer’s end, is doing in a Brazilian uniform at the tourney was not immediately divulged. Similarly, why Hulk—who had 15 goals and 12 assists in the current Brazilian league championship—was not chosen for the national squad, was not a topic Dorival was ready to discuss. 

Colombia’s James Rodriguez is playing like a man ten years younger—with a spring in his gait, great passing and shooting, and the type of on-pitch leadership few other Copa players at any team have matched. Today, Colombia played the same team Brazil did earlier, Costa Rica, only the former South Americans figured out how to win their match handily while the latter ended their match 0-0.

Newsy Shorts Euro 2024

Portugal’s embarrassing loss to Georgia in their last, albeit meaningless, Group F match was a warning bell the Iberians better heed as they will meet no easier opponent from here on in. Spain has a chance to show their neighbors how to handle the likes of Georgia—or will the latter team prove they were worthy of their historic win? Will Georges Mikautadze, the current top scorer at Euro 2024 with three goals, add to his tally against Spain?

Germany needed 90+2 minutes to draw even with Switzerland in their last game and the goal came from substitute Niclas Fullkrug. Not the type of performance that inspires flights of fancy in the knockout stages of the Euro.

Italy, the title holders, needed 90+8 minutes to draw even with Croatia and progress to a meet with the Swiss. It now looks like one of the most even-handed matches on paper in Euro 2024. England, a pre-tournament favorite, has only won one game in the group stage and sits at a plus-one goal differential. Belgium, who only managed two goals in three games plays France next with an opportunity to bury all of the ghosts of tourneys past with a win over Les Bleus.

What are the odds that Slovakia, Slovenia, and Romania would make it to the knockout stage when their neighbors, Croatia, the semifinalists in World Cup 2022 and finalists in World Cup 2018, are already home?

In a competition that moves on with the likes of Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos—he of the German Kroos Control—and Kylian Mbappe, the best-player-in-the-world-in-waiting, Kevin de Bruyne, the most gifted of Belgians and winner of a British treble, and English starlet, Jude Bellingham, winner of La Liga and the Champions League, who will rise to the occasion and lead their team to some unforgettable memories.

Stay tuned, this is a summer of soccer potential on two continents—anything is possible over the next few weeks.

Shutterstock photo ID—199658486, by AGIF.

TAGS—Lionel Scaloni, Dorvial Junior, Toni Kroos, Jude Bellingham, Kylian Mbappe, Kevin de Bruyne, James Rodriguez,

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