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5 Most Exciting Moments Of Euro 2016

5 Most Exciting Moments Of Euro 2016

Euro 2016 was exceptional. There were so many pleasant surprises. There were moments of excitement created by late goals and unexpected wins. History was made as new teams made their mark. Several of the players that were favorites before the tournament failed to impress, but there were so many players that left good impressions. Let’s discuss some of the highlights.

Wales gives an impressive performance

It is believed that exhibition and results are the keys to success for any football team, but Wales showed the world that cooperation and harmony can take you far as well.

“Together, more grounded” is the slogan of the Wales FA. The performance of Wales against Belgium was nothing short of outstanding. The leadership of Gareth Bale and the impact he has on this team is worth commending. As for the outstanding quality of his play, there is absolutely no doubt.

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Wales supervisor Chris Coleman did everything right in the competition. His side looked fit to beat any other team. His game plan and substitutions seemed to be perfect. All of his strategies had very positive effects on the whole game and really helped in the goal scoring of Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Vokes.

The success of Wales in the Euro 2016 is exactly the boost they needed for the World Cup qualifying. They have become more confident and their success boosted their morale overall.

Italy vs Germany

Italy went up against Germany without their star midfielder Daniele de Rossi. This was expected to be a nail-biting contest and it did not disappoint. Anticipation rose as the titans of football came face to face.

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The loss of de Rossi was not good for Italy, but they went into the game with confidence. Italy has never been defeated by Germany in a competitive match before, so the confidence was understandable. But Germany negated any claims of pressure and went headlong into the game.

The dazzling Icelandic team

One team that has definitely left a very strong mark is the Icelandic football team. They headed to Paris with the approval of their physician. Their long toss master Aron Gunnarsson was the key to their win against England.

Paul Pogba: the Poster Boy

Paul Pogba went into the competition with a lot of pressure on him. His execution and demeanor were criticized by the French media. He was even dropped by France’s team for their second match against Albania. This was a very surprising move by Deschamps. Despite not playing in the starting lineup, the talented midfielder came in at half time. He created a beautiful long-run to get France another goal.

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He was still under the spotlight following the game and there was a lot of discussion going on regarding accusations that he pointed hostile signals at a columnist at Stade Velodrome. He claimed that he was celebrating but things escalated and there was a lot of debate among the fans and the French media about his demeanor.

Belgium: the golden generation

A talented youthful group is an indicator of bright future. Results can be seen as the youth gains experience. But it is important for players to know that there are few chances to grab glory for their country and win big competitions. Belgium is one of the top teams according to the FIFA ranking, and their defeat to Wales came as a great upset. Eden Hazzard has now set his sights on the upcoming 2018 World Cup. He said that they were disillusioned by the results but this is not the end for them and they will keep up the good work.

Conclusion

The Euro 2016 managed to surprise football lovers on every level. It showcased the bright and diverse future of European football. England’s defeat by Iceland, Wales’ venture into the semifinals, and Portugal beating the hosts France in the final without Cristiano Ronaldo are some of the surprises that the football fans were entertained with.

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Featured photo credit: Julian Carvajal via flickr.com

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Last Updated on December 13, 2018

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

12 Practical Tips To Stay Fit For Christmas

Christmas is approaching fast, and lots of people not only tend to ruin their usual diets, but they also gain a few extra pounds. Based on studies, the majority of people tend to gain additional weight during the holiday season that starts at the Thanksgiving Day and ends with the New Year celebrations. Excessive eating is claimed to be the main cause for the additional weight gain, but it is also due to lack of physical activity and exercise.

A lot of individuals out there tend to set aside their fitness routines during the holidays since they believe that they do not have enough time to perform their workouts. And because they feel guilty after the holiday season, most of the gyms and fitness centers are packed with fresh members. Always bear in mind that you can still enjoy the holidays and stay fit at the same time. If you want to stay fit during the holiday season, especially during Christmas and the New Year’s Eve, here are some useful tips that might help you:

1. Eat Before Heading Out

First, it is best that you eat something before heading out to visits, trips or family dinners. By doing so, you will no longer be tempted to eat a lot or overindulge yourself since you have already eaten. Skipping on meals is not a good idea either, because you will only be forced to eat more later.

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2. Select The Treats

Make sure to select the treats that you eat in a wise manner. You should choose something that you can only enjoy during the holiday season and not something that is readily available all the time.

3. Avoid Skipping Meals

Don’t skip meals, especially breakfast! Even though it can be tempting to skip on certain meals, believing that it will make up for the treats you consumed in the previous day, don’t do it because it will only lead to counterproductive results.

4. Drink With Moderation

It is best to regulate your drinking since alcohol, coke or other juices will only add more calories to the ones you already eaten!

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5. Be Active

You should still perform your fitness routine whenever possible and if you can’t do that, simply walk more, park your car some distance away from the store or just use the stairs!

6. Get Out Of The House

Make the holidays a family affair and plan outdoor activities where everyone is involved. Even a snowball fight in the backyard will burn a lot of calories and will keep the children entertained.

7. Don’t Skip Your Strength Workouts

Always remember to perform your strength training in order to maintain that muscle mass you worked hard to get. You might be tempted to use lightweights and just do some cardio, but you can burn just as many calories by lifting weights. And with all of those extra stakes you had on the holiday meals, you might even gain some extra muscle. And this is much better than gaining some extra fat.

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8. Set Realistic Goals

You should set realistic exercise objectives. Aim for at least half an hour per day and you will be very happy when you will achieve that. If you plan one hour or more and not achieve it, you will only end up disappointed.

9. Enjoy Yourself

Also make sure to set realistic diet plans! Trying to restrain yourself totally from some foods will only make you eat more. Feel free to enjoy the treats that you really love, but in small portions.

10. Drink A Lot Of Water

This can satiate your appetite as well as keep you hydrated at all times. And it will also prevent a possible hangover if you overdo it with alcohol.

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11. Eat Less And More Often

Distribute your meals evenly throughout the day, and do not eat everything at once.  Instead of having 2 enormous meals, have 5 small ones.  Eat your dinner earlier and have a nice walk before going to bed.

12. Prioritize Your Workouts

Try to do them early in the morning while everyone else is still sleeping. This way you will also avoid remarks like “Oh, come on! It’s Christmas…”

So there you go! Twelve simple tips that will help you avoid gaining weight during the winter holidays, but will also allow you to enjoy yourself and have a great time with your loved ones.

Happy Holidays everyone!

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