Euro 2016: England win all their group who are crowned champions? - Football Manager sims Euro 2016

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England's Theo Walcott facing Euro 2016 disappointment amid Dele Alli form for Tottenham
England's Theo Walcott facing Euro 2016 disappointment amid Dele Alli form for Tottenham

France will win their third European Championship, according to a simulation of the tournament using Football Manager 2016.

Lyon star Alexandre Lacazette is particularly impressive for Les Bleus as he scores four goals during the tournament including the deciding one in the final against Italy. Paul Pogba and Antoine Griezmann are two other notable performers for the host nation as they maintain their record of winning every tournament that they’ve hosted.

Italy have an unlikely route to the final after finishing second in their group to Belgium before facing Portugal, England and Spain in the knockout rounds. A good team effort throughout the tournament makes them one of the hardest sides to break down but, ultimately, the run of consecutive tough matches cost them in the final.

Germany and Spain are losing semi-finalists but are the two of the highest scoring sides at Euro 2016. Thomas Müller wins the Golden Boot award while Spain’s most consistent performer, Koke, is rewarded with a place in the Team of the Tournament.

Elsewhere, England once again experience heartbreak in the quarter-finals of a major tournament as they lose out to Italy in the last eight. There are signs of encouragement though as they comfortably win all three matches in their group and easily dispatch of Romania in the last 16.

Alexandre Lacazette played a starring role for France
Alexandre Lacazette played a starring role for France

Wales produce one of the best performances in the group stage to qualify for the knockout stages of the competition but lose a tightly contested last sixteen game to Austria by a single goal. The other Home Nations are both unlucky to miss out on a place in the last sixteen with both Northern Ireland and Ireland scoring in every group match.

England: In Focus

  • Group Results (goalscorers in brackets):

England 2-0 Russia (Rooney, Lallana)

England 2-1 Wales (Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Bale)

England 1-0 Slovakia (Kane)

  • In the last 16, England see off Romania with a 2-0 win thanks to goals from Sterling and Kane

  • England’s tournament ends in the quarter-finals after they come up against a determined Italian side who triumph 2-1. Barkley’s opening goal is cancelled out by Graziano Pelle before Montolivo hits the winner

  • Harry Kane is England’s top scorer at the tournament, scoring twice

  • Raheem Sterling and Joe Hart are England’s two stand-out players as they earn average match ratings of 7.29 and 7.27 respectively

Wales: In Focus

  • Group Results (goalscorers in brackets):

Wales 3-0 Slovakia (Bale, Allen, Ramsey)

Russia 0-0 Wales

England 2-1 Wales (Henderson, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Bale)

  • Wales are drawn against Austria in the first knockout round but can’t find a way through against a team that had only conceded twice in the group stages. Marc Janko scores a winner late on to end the Welsh dream.

  • Gareth Bale is Wales’ top scorer with two goals

  • Bale and Aaron Ramsey put in the best performances for Wales as they earn average match ratings of 7.19 and 7.12 respectively

Northern Ireland: In Focus

  • Group Results (goalscorers in brackets):

  • Poland 2-1 Northern Ireland (Lewandowski, Wasilewski; Evans)

Northern Ireland 2-2 Ukraine (Lafferty, Brunt; Yarmolenko (2))

Germany 2-1 Northern Ireland (Reus, Özil; Dallas)

  • Chris Brunt is Northern Ireland’s best player at the tournament, averaging a rating of 7.03 per match

Republic of Ireland: In Focus

  • Group Results (goalscorers in brackets):

Republic of Ireland 1-1 Sweden (Long; Ibrahimovic)

Belgium 3-1 Republic of Ireland (Hazard, De Bruyne, Nainggolan; Brady)

Republic of Ireland 1-2 Italy (Walters; Florenzi, Pelle)

  • Seamus Coleman is Ireland’s best player with an average match rating of 7.42

Full Tournament Results

Group Stage

Group A

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) France

3

3

0

0

7

2

5

9

2

(Q) Switzerland

3

1

1

1

2

2

0

4

3

(q) Romania

3

1

1

1

1

2

-1

4

4

Albania

3

0

0

3

1

5

-4

0

Group B

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) England

3

3

0

0

5

1

4

9

2

(Q) Wales

3

1

1

1

4

2

2

4

3

(q) Russia

3

1

1

1

2

3

-1

4

4

Slovakia

3

0

0

3

1

6

-5

0

Group C

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) Germany

3

2

1

0

6

3

3

7

2

(Q) Poland

3

2

1

0

5

3

2

7

3

Northern Ireland

3

0

1

2

4

6

-2

1

4

Ukraine

3

0

1

2

2

5

-3

1

Group D

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) Spain

3

2

1

0

8

3

5

7

2

(Q) Croatia

3

2

0

1

5

6

-1

6

3

(q) Turkey

3

1

0

2

1

3

-2

3

4

Czech Republic

3

0

1

2

4

6

-2

1

Group E

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) Belgium

3

3

0

0

7

1

6

9

2

(Q) Italy

3

1

1

1

3

4

-1

4

3

Sweden

3

0

2

1

2

4

-2

2

4

Ireland

3

0

1

2

3

6

-3

1

 Group F

Pos.

Team

P

W

D

L

F

A

GD

Pts.

1

(Q) Portugal

3

3

0

0

8

2

6

9

2

(Q) Austria

3

2

0

1

7

2

5

6

3

(q) Iceland

3

1

0

2

3

6

-3

3

4

Hungary

3

0

0

3

0

8

-8

0

Knockout Rounds (goalscorers in brackets)

Last 16

Switzerland 1-2 Poland (Drmic; Lewandowski (2))

Spain 3-0 Russia (Cazorla, Iniesta, Pique)

England 2-0 Romania (Sterling, Kane)

Portugal 1-2 Italy AET (Ronaldo; De Rossi, El Shaarawy)

Germany 4-1 Iceland (Müller (2), Götze, Draxler; Sigporsson)

Belgium 2-2 Croatia – Belgium win 3-2 on penalties (De Bruyne, Lukaku; Rakitic, Mandzukic)

France 3-2 Turkey (Lacazette, Griezmann, Giroud; Yilmaz, Turan)

Wales 0-1 Austria (Janko)

Wayne Rooney's England suffer quarter-final heartbreak against Italy
Wayne Rooney's England suffer quarter-final heartbreak against Italy

Quarter-Finals

Poland 1-3 Spain (Milik; Koke, Mata, Morata)

England 1-2 Italy (Barkley; Pelle, Montolivo)

Germany 3-2 Belgium (Kroos, Müller, Reus; Lukaku, Hazard)

France 2-0 Austria (Pogba, Cabaye)

Semi-Finals

Spain 0-1 Italy (Candreva)

Germany 1-2 France AET (Reus; Griezmann, Lacazette)

Final

France 2-0 Italy (Varane, Lacazette)

Thomas Muller of Germany won the Golden Boot
Thomas Muller of Germany won the Golden Boot

Awards

Golden Boot

1st Thomas Müller (5 goals)

2nd Robert Lewandowski (4 goals)

3rd Alexandre Lacazette (4 goals)

Team of the Tournament

GK – Manuel Neuer (Germany)

DR – Lukasz Piszczek (Poland)

DC – Raphaël Varane (France)

DC – Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)

DL – Patrice Evra (France)

AMR – Thomas Müller (Germany)

MC – Paul Pogba (France)

MC – Koke (Spain)

AML – Antoine Griezmann (France)

ST – Robert Lewandowski (Poland)

ST – Alexandre Lacazette (France)

Player of the Tournament

Alexandre Lacazette (France)