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.


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.


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.


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.


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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Last Updated on March 13, 2019

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on the small tasks.

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

2. Take a break from your work desk.

Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.


3. Upgrade yourself

Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a friend.

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.


6. Paint a vision to work towards.

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

7. Read a book (or blog).

The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

8. Have a quick nap.

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.


9. Remember why you are doing this.

Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

10. Find some competition.

Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

11. Go exercise.

Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.


Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

12. Take a good break.

Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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