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Open Thread: June 12, 2021

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Our Saturday issue of the Daily Merengue!

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The Madridistas involved in the European Championships.

Eight Real Madrid players will be representing their national teams at the European Championships. Benzema and Varane, with France; Kroos, with Germany; Modrić with Croatia; Hazard and Courtois, with Belgium; Alaba, with Austria; and Bale with Wales will play in the competition, which runs from 11 June to 11 July.

Meanwhile Italy put on a magnificent display in the tournament opener to beat Turkey 3-0. Immobile and Insigne were both on the scoresheet while there was an own goal too courtesy of Merih Demiral. This is the first time in European Championship history that the Italians have scored three goals. Today’s action features Belgium taking on Russia, Wales against Switzerland and Denmark against Finland.

Kylian Mbappe will make a decision on his future after the Euros.

“I don’t necessarily need to go fast. I have to make the right decision, which is difficult, and give myself every chance to make up my mind,” Mbappe told France Football when asked about his immediate future. “I am in a place where I like myself, where I feel good. But is this the best place for me? I don’t have the answer yet.

“I know that a project with or without me is not quite the same for the club. “But PSG understand my feelings. Probably also because they knows that I will not sneak. Being a great player also proves itself outside the field where you have to know how to do things cleanly and with class.”

Mbappe has certainly selected an unusual time to make a dramatic admission about his future as France are about to begin their Euro 2020 campaign.

Ceferin sends out warning: Justice is slow, but it always comes.

UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has warned the three clubs who have decided against pulling out of the European Super League project that justice will be done. “I will just say that justice is sometimes slow, but it always comes,” Ceferin told RAI Sport. The UEFA president went on to criticize the three clubs for their behaviour.

“Sometimes I get the feeling these three clubs are like children who miss school for a while,” Ceferin added. “They don’t get invited to birthday parties and then they try to get into the party with the police.”

He went on to state that he was not surprised after Michel Platini voiced his support for the Super League project in an interview with Il Giornale. “Nothing surprises me in football,” Ceferin said. “His comment does not deserve my comment.”