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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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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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Three years into its existence, the Canadian Elite Basketball League includes more teams than the CFL

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Accomplishments of the CEBL

It was three years ago when the CEBL first opened its doors as a six-team enterprise. Upon its first year, the league felt they could add a seventh club, in Ottawa. Then came Covid-19. It could have destroyed the new endeavour, had it not been for the commissioner and former CFL receiver Mike Morreale. In the summer of 2020, Morreale organized a two-week contest in St. Catharines, Ont., to allow CEBL to crown a champion. Thanks to the resulting boost from that championship run, in 2021, the CEBL again had a complete and steady schedule.

In 2022 the CEBL has added the Montreal Alliance, the Scarborough Shooting Stars and the Newfoundland Growlers. Just like that

The league continues to expand.  After the addition of clubs in Toronto, Montreal, and St. John’s, the CEBL locations are now spread from Langley, B.C. to the east of the country. So now it can truly be called a national league. In fact, there are now 10 teams, making the CEBL the largest professional sports league in Canada.  That’s more Canadian based teams than the NHL (7), the NBA (1), and MLB (1) combined!  It also makes the league larger than the CFL. 

The Scarborough (Toronto) Shooting Stars included a rap celebrity. J. Cole (Jermaine Cole) signed a contract with Scarborough, along with former local NBA star Jamaal Magloire as an executive. With J. Cole, there’s a trick component to signing a 37-year-old with insignificant experience consisting of three rounds last year in Rwanda. It is also uncertain how available he is going to be, as the artist has tour dates starting with June 10 — only five games into the season. But his acquisition has already attracted a lot of media attention. You can learn more about players and teams in different kinds of sports, and place bets on them online at https://bookmaker-ratings.net.za/bonuses/ , follow the link to learn about bonuses.  

CEBL lost its Michael Jordan. Three years in a row Xavier Moon earned the CEBL Player of the Year prize. The American guard (Now with the LA Clippers) also directed Edmonton to the title in both of the last two seasons and accepted Finals MVP honours. He’s one of the CEBL players who leaped to the NBA during the last season as it grappled with COVID-affiliated problems. Another one is Lindell Wigginton, the Canadian Player of 2021, who has joined the Milwaukee Bucks upon exiting Hamilton. While losing such stars is sad, at the end of the day it might have a positive effect on the CEBL  as it proves to players and fans the league can serve as a gateway to the NBA. 

A new Moon might be rising. Since the departure of their celebrity, Edmonton may rely more on the forward Jordan Baker, winner of the 2020 Canadian Player of the Year award, who got 14.9 points and 9.4 rebounds on average last season. Kadre Gray is another powerful Canadian, previously a Laurentian U Sports star who averaged 15.3 points last year and 4.6 assists for Ottawa and is now part of the Fraser Valley Bandits. Guelph’s Cat Barber can take over the title, an American guard who averaged 17.6 points last season before getting a short break with the Atlanta Hawks. 

The Elam Ending is still a thing. For years basketball geeks have been telling the NBA to embrace this inspiring way of ending matches. It removes the irritating custom of the losing team purposely fouling when the game is coming to an end. The NBA successfully tried it in 2020 at its All-Star Game, but they have not had the courage to try it in significant games. The CEBL has been doing it since 2020.

 

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