We’re one week into the European Championships, and have had a chance to see each of the team’s perform in their opening games. We asked our friends, followers, fans and staff to have their say on the Championships so far!
Which team or player has been a surprise package this tournament?
The collective fan base have spoken, with Iceland’s heroic performance against Portugal earning them the plaudits. Whether they can escape the group remains to be seen, but on Tuesday night’s showing, a lot of people seem to have reason for optimism!
Many have also suggested Italy as a surprise package. While they may not have the star names of many a tournament in recent history, they perform well in tournaments, and their solid defence is something which may set them apart the longer the tournament goes on. A stellar defensive display against Belgium on Monday night proved many of the doubters wrong, and Italy may be a dark horse for the punters!
Which team or player has shockingly under-performed?
“Belgium, for a team with such a strong set of individuals, haven’t seemed to worked it out as a team yet” Former staff coach, Jordan Record, via Facebook
“Ronaldo under-performed” Kick London Staff coach, Alastair Park
“Kane was the biggest disappointment” – Kick London Quality Manager, Hans Sims
How do you feel England (or any of the other home nations) have done in their openers?
“England need to step up, Vardy needs to be given a chance against an aging Ashley Williams” – Kick London Staff coach, Robbie Smart
“I was quite (vocally) disappointed with England. Russia were awful, and we were only marginally better. We need to be more ruthless, and Roy’s negative substitutions put us under pressure, when a positive substitution could have stretched the game and seen us home. A win against Wales is now vital” – Kick London Staff coach, Andy Dutton
“Andy Dutton’s pessimism is England’s biggest issue, we will never win anything without the true support behind us!” – Kick London Staff coach, Robbie Smart
“Forza Italia!” – Kick London Staff coach, Andy Dutton
What was your pick of the goals from the first round of fixtures?
According to our fans and friends, Modric’s spectacular yet controlled volley seems to be the popular favourite. We can’t help but feel that the keeper should be doing far better with it though! Payet’s last gasp winner against Romania is also a popular favourite!
How will England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland get on in the following rounds?
“England and Wales to go through, and both Ireland’s to be knocked out in the group stages” – Former Kick London coach, Jordan Record, via Facebook
“England will be knocked out in the group stage, quote me on it!” Kick London Staff coach, Jack Taylor
“Unless England get Sturridge on the field, we are out!” – Kick London Quality manager, Hans Sims
“Beat Wales and just like in Euro 96 when we started with a draw and then beat a home nation to build momentum” – Kick London CEO, Joe Lowther
How would you adapt the England team for the upcoming games against Wales and Slovakia?
“Vardy in for Sterling” – @jamesacraig via Twitter
“Bring Sturridge in for Kane, and whatever Roy does, he should not bring on Milner!” Former Kick London Coach, Jordan Record, via Facebook.
“I’d bring Henderson in, to allow Alli and Rooney to venture forwards more” – Kick London Sessional Coach, Josh Chaproniere
Who is going to win Euro 2016?!
“France on home soil, Italy as dark horses, plus no-one is talking about Spain who are full of winners!” – Kick London CEO, Joe Lowther
“I’m going to be brave and stick my neck on the line for my in-laws nation, Italy! Every success needs a stable base, and that defence looks unshakable!” Kick London Staff coach, Andy Dutton
“Italy or Germany will win the tournament” – Kick London Sessional Coach, Zuko Akwuba
Tell us your crazy, off-beat prediction for the upcoming games!
“Hungary will make the quarter finals” – Former Kick London coach, Andrew Dowey, @Dowzario via Twitter
“I’m backing the Republic of Ireland to take three points off Belgium on Saturday” – Jacob Booth, via Facebook
“Croatia will cause an upset” – Kick London CEO, Joe Lowther
“Belgium will fail to make it out of the group. All four home nations will make it into the round of 16. Harry Kane will assist a goal from a corner. Portugal will go out in the group stage and Ronaldo will cry!” – Kick London Staff coach, Andy Dutton