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A year after Euro 2020 was postponed, soccer fans on the edge of their seats as Euro 2021 begins

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Another sign the world is getting closer to ‘normal’… Euro 2021 is here!  Soccer fans around the world are geared up for the biggest sporting event in the world since the pandemic hit.  Teams representing 24 nations are vying for the championship.  Here’s what the pro’s see going into the tournament.

The Euro Top Stats And Records

The moment we’ve all been waiting for is finally here. Euro 2021 is set to kick off in June 2021 and participating teams are already training for the big moment. Bettors looking to make a fortune off their favourite teams and players can ready themselves when the games finally begin. Euro 2021 betting sites are already in full fledge so fans can conveniently gamble on any of the 24 qualified teams and also monitor as Europe’s best teams clash for the cup.

But before the event begins in the next couple of weeks, let’s dive into the records set by top teams and players during the tournament. Keep reading this page to learn more!

The Euro Top Stats And Records

Spain and West Germany have dominated UEFA Euro on the national level. Both teams have won the Euro cup three times. Spain won the tournament in 1964, 2008, and in 2012. West Germany also won the tournament in 1972, 1980, and in 1996.

Listed below are some major Euro statistics recorded since the tournament started in 1960.

UEFA Euro Winner & Highest Scoring Teams Recorded Each Tournament.

Year

Host

Winner

Highest Scoring Team

1960

France

Soviet Union

Yugoslavia, 6 goals.

1964

Spain

Spain

Russia, Spain, Hungary 4 goals.

1968

Italy

Italy

Italy, 3 goals

1972

Belgium

West Germany

West Germany, 5 goals.

1976

Yugoslavia

Czechoslovakia

West Germany, 6 goals.

1980

Italy

West Germany

West Germany, 6 goals.

1984

France

France

France, 14 goals.

1988

West Germany

Netherlands

Netherlands, 8 goals.

1992

Sweden

Denmark

Germany, 7 goals.

1996

England

Germany

Germany, 10 goals.

2000

Belgium & Netherlands

France

Netherlands, France, 13goals.

2004

Portugal

Greece

Czech Republic, England,  10 goals.

2008

Austria & Switzerland

Spain

Spain, 12 goals.

2012

Poland & Ukraine

Spain

Spain, 12 goals.

2016

France

Portugal

France, 13 goals.

Final Tournament Appearances

21 Appearances: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
18 Appearances: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
17 Appearances: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
16 Appearances: Cesc Fàbregas (Spain)
16 Appearances: Andrés Iniesta (Spain)
16 Appearances: Lilian Thuram (France)
16 Appearances: Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
15 Appearances: João Moutinho (Portugal)
15 Appearances: Nani (Portugal)
15 Appearances: Pepe (Portugal)
15 Appearances: Sergio Ramos (Spain)
15 Appearances: David Silva (Spain)

Final Tournament Goals

9 goals: Michel Platini (France)
9 goals: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
7 goals: Alan Shearer (England)
6 goals: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
6 goals: Thierry Henry (France)
6 goals: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands)
6 goals: Nuno Gomes (Portugal)
6 goals: Antoine Griezmann (France)
6 goals: Wayne Rooney (England)
6 goals: Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands)

When it comes to individual player performance, Cristiano Ronaldo currently sets the pace forother players in the EURO competition. For years, he has been at the center of the competition leading his country to the finals and then the champion in 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo also tops the chart as the highest goal scorer in the tournament (including qualifying) At the moment, he has scored 40 goals for his country, Portugal.

While fans were expecting more of Ronaldo and classic performances from other stunning players like David Silva, Sergio Ramos, and Antoine Greizman in the Euro 2020 competition, all their hopes were dashed when the competition was postponed due to the corona pandemic.

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Can The New Look Flames Build on Last Season’s Success?

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The 2022-23 National Hockey League (NHL) season is right around the corner, with preseason fixtures taking place in the next couple of weeks and the new regular season getting underway on October 7, when the San Jose Sharks take on Nashville Predators in the NHL’s first-ever fixtures in Prague, Czech Republic.

After topping the Pacific Division by seven points over the Edmonton Oilers, Calgary Flames fans have high hopes for the coming campaign. Could this be the season the Flames navigate their way to the Stanley Cup for the first time since 2004?

Darryl Sutter guided the Flames to their eighth divisional championship last season. The Flames finished with 50 victories from 82 games and a +85 goal difference; only the Florida Panthers (+94) enjoyed a better goal difference in the entire league.

The Flames went on to defeat the Dallas Stars 4-3 in the first round of the playoffs but came unstuck against the Edmonton Oilers, losing 4-1 in the second round. Despite the disappointment of the playoffs and having a new look roster with several comings and goings, the best betting sites price the Flames as sixth favourites for Stanley Cup glory this season. Can they live up to that billing and build on last year’s relative success?

A Handful of Key Players Lost

Let us start with the outgoing players from last season’s roster. Johnny Gaudreau and Erik Gudbranson left for the Colombus Blue Jackets, while Calle Jarnkrok now turns out for the Toronto Maple Leafs. In addition, Matthew Tkachuk put pen to paper with the Florida Panthers. Gaudreau is the most significant loss from that quartet, mainly as the winger contributed an impressive 115 regular season points in addition to 14 more during the short playoffs run.

Everyone at the club wanted Gaudreau to stay as a Flame, and the club offered him a monetary package that would have seen him become one of the highest-paid players in the NHL, but the desire to move closer to his family proved too strong, and Gaudreau left for the Colombus Blue Jackets. Gaudreau signed a seven-year deal with $68.25 million.

Tkachuk is another significant blow to the Flames’ roster. He scored 42 goals and 104 points during the successful regular season last year. Tkachuk refused to sign a new long-term deal with the Flames and was traded to the Panthers with a conditional fourth-round in 2025
in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau, Cole Schwindt, and MacKenzie Weegar.

Major Signings Incoming

Losing the players mentioned above would hurt any roster in the NHL, but the backroom management staff worked hard behind the scenes to ensure the Flames are still a force to be reckoned with in 2022-23.

Bringing in Huberdau is a masterstroke. The 29-year-old left winger is a former third overall draft pick who has played more than 670 professional regular season games and is two goals shy of breaking through the 200 barrier. The 2022 NHL All-Star averages almost a point per game and was exceptional last year with 115 points on the board, thanks to 85 assists.

Former Maples Leafs and Avalanche center Nazem Kadri is another shrewd signing; Kadri was instrumental in the Avalanche’s Stanley Cup victory in 2022.

How Will The Flames Fare in 2022-23?

Everything points towards another exciting season for Flames fans. In Jacob Markstrom and Dan Vlader, the Flames have excellent goaltenders. Markstrom, in particular, is coming off the back of a career-best season. A solid defensive pairing of Noah Hanifin and Rasmus Andersson should see the Flames remain tough to beat; the Flames had the third-best goals against last year.

The probably starting forward line of Huberdeau, Elias Lindholm, and Tyler Toffoli will need to hit the ground running in this new-look Flames team. Still, even the second line of Dylan Dube, Kadri, and Andrew Mangiapane is enough to cause any NHL opponent plenty of problems.

The Flames should reach the playoffs relatively easily; it is anyone’s game from there. Flames fans have every right to be excited about the upcoming season.

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Wayne Gretzky’s Final Edmonton Oilers Jersey Sets a New Record: Most Ever Paid for a Hockey Jersey

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The sports memorabilia market is heating up at the moment, and the record-breaking amount paid for the last jersey iconic hockey hero Wayne Gretzky wore for the Edmonton Oilers is clear evidence of this.

Even if you don’t have huge sums available to snap up meaningful items once owned by your favorite players, it’s entertaining to see just how much wealthy fans are willing to hand over. Let’s discuss what makes this particular jersey so special, and what else people who are passionate about hockey can do to show their support.

A game-changing auction lot

When the hammer fell on the recent sale of Gretzky’s jersey, a jaw-dropping winning bid of $1.452 million had been made to secure this totemic piece of otherwise standard hockey gear.

This easily toppled the $1.2 million paid for another jersey, this time worn by Paul Henderson, to set a new high watermark for hockey-based auction lots.

This type of sale is always interesting, in the sense that it’s not just the historic value of the lot that’s at play, but also its investment potential. The buyer will no doubt hope that Gretzky’s legendary status will grow with time, along with the value of the jersey.

How to watch the Edmonton Oilers play at home

If you want to catch the amazing Edmonton Oilers in the flesh, you can find a ticket for their next game via the web, and plan your game day visit in advance as well.

There’s something unbeatable about attending a hockey game in person, and the atmosphere is simply not something you can recreate when watching coverage from your own home.

Why this jersey in particular?

There are quite a few genuine Gretzky-worn jerseys out there, so what makes this one so special, and so valuable?

Well, as mentioned, it comes from the last game he played prior to leaving the Oilers in favor of a move to the LA Kings. It also has the honor of being from a Stanley Cup playoff game which actually had to be replayed due to a power cut part way through the first attempt.

Gretzky’s stellar performance was crucial to his team’s victory, and the post-game celebrations included him having champagne poured liberally over his head, which led to stains that can be seen on the jersey that was sold.

Other auction highlights

Any association with Gretzky helps sports memorabilia to sell, and the jersey wasn’t the only item worn by him which went under the hammer.

A little over $204,000 was paid for gloves he briefly used for protection during the aforementioned playoff game, demonstrating that even seemingly anonymous objects can fetch a pretty penny if they’ve got the right pedigree.

Of course even the $1.452 million that the jersey commanded is not even close to being the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold, when you include items from every sport, and not just hockey.

The Guinness Book of World Records reports that the current frontrunner sold in May of 2022 for a sum of £7.142 million, equivalent to $8.823 million. In this case it was another game shirt, this time one worn by soccer stalwart Diego Maradona during the quarter finals of the World Cup all the way back in 1986.

The particular game in which the shirt got its outing was one between Argentina and England, in which Maradona’s notorious goal put his team on the track to eventually win the whole tournament.

This record will no doubt be broken eventually, although it’s hard to imagine ever being able to justify such an investment.

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