Top Fives: Veterans to catch the eye at Euro 2016
Although Euro 2016 is bound to include a whole host of young emerging stars certainly worthy of our collective attention this summer, the highly anticipated competition will also likely provide us with all the relevant heroes of yesteryear still just about clinging on to their international playing-days right in the here and now.
So then – in light of this year’s upcoming summer tournament and all subsequent hype and sensation that usually comes part and parcel of such a well-established spectacle – here are five classic veterans who could potentially do the business one last time for their nation at Euro 2016…
When it comes to delivering the ball with effortless composure all across the pitch, displaying a fantastic range of vision in and amongst the final third, as well as simply looking like something close to a dandy Italian renaissance painter whenever he seemingly steps out onto the field – Andrea Pirlo is someone who rarely disappoints on the big occasions.
Despite somewhat prematurely announcing his international retirement shortly after Italy’s group-stage exit at the 2014 World Cup two summers ago, the former Juventus midfielder could possibly be in the frame for a shock return to the Azzurri first team set-up at Euro 2016.
A shrewd bet could therefore place the Italians as likely winners at this summer’s upcoming competition if all goes well for Antonio Conte’s determined outfit and his nation’s notoriously passionate fan-base.
Although his may indeed fail to represent the most captivating and exciting name on this entire list, Shay Given would nonetheless offer his nation a solid pair of hands to count upon at the back should Martin O’Neill eventually see fit to include the former Newcastle, Manchester City and Aston Villa keeper at Euro 2016.
Whilst Given himself has faced a succession of testing injury complaints in recent years – and clearly isn’t getting any younger with his 40th birthday little over a month away – this is one man who has all the necessary experience in abundance for the Irish to call upon should they so desire this summer.
The 39-year-old has already come out of international retirement once of course, so perhaps the Republic of Ireland are yet to see the back of their beloved shot-stopper on the international scene after all.
Again, despite failing to arrive with the most illustrious of reputations upon the international scene, Christophe Jallet is yet another aging star who could potentially make a real difference at Euro 2016 this summer, if the French eventually see fit to offer the 32-year-old one last hurrah among their national team set-up that is…
He has seemingly excelled throughout his later playing-days truth be told, and looks keen on continuing his fine form with France at Euro 2016 despite the heightened sense of competition for places among Didier Deschamps’ squad.
Even if the French ultimately fail to include Christophe Jallet at the upcoming competition however, relevant betting tips could nonetheless paint France out to be the eventual winners of the tournament itself, due to their incredibly well equipped squad at this particular stage in the proceedings.
Although Bastian Schweinsteiger initially arrived at Manchester United this season as one of the most sought after names in the whole of world football, the 2015/16 campaign has ultimately proven somewhat of a forgettable affair for the 2014 German World Cup winner thus far.
The former Bayern Munich star is nonetheless expected to be captaining his nation at this summer’s hotly anticipated competition however, which may come as somewhat of a surprise considering the midfielder’s distinctly aging status in the modern era.
If the German box-to-box man is able to cast his recent injury and suspension related problems to one side this summer though, maybe it wouldn’t be unwise to bet against Joachim Low’s impressive outfit this time around after all.
Let’s face it – no big name international football tournament would seemingly ever feel complete without a certain Zlatan Ibrahimovic solidly among the action – regardless of Sweden’s all-round chances of impressing at Euro 2016 this summer.
The former Malmo, Ajax, Juventus, Inter Milan, Barcelona, AC Milan – and current PSG favourite – will likely view the upcoming competition as one last showcase for his undoubtedly exciting exploits upon the international scene.
We all know the level of achievement this man is truly capable of, and if the rest of his Swedish teammates can successfully get their act together at Euro 2020 this summer, then perhaps Zlatan Ibrahimovic could very well represent the top goal-scorer of the entire tournament with all things fairly taken into account.
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