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It was 10 years ago on this very day that Australia and Japan clashed in Kaiserslautern, Germany in the pool stages of the 2006 World Cup Finals.
The semi-finals have finally arrived for Euro 2016 and the team that punters did not predict to make it this far is Wales. The Welsh have been incredible in this tournament, producing the country’s greatest ever run in a major soccer tournament. Led by Real Madrid star Gareth Bale, Wales will take on the might of his club teammate Cristiano Ronaldo early on Thursday morning (AEST) in what shapes as an epic.
The feature match this weekend in the Euros sees two giants of the soccer world go head-to-head in the form of Germany and Italy in a do or die quarter final encounter. Both sides have enjoyed a relatively smooth ride into the finals but it was The Azzurri who shocked defending champions Spain in the round of 16 with a brave 2-0 victory.
With Euro 2016 fast approaching, England’s warm-up ‘friendly’ against Australia will evoke painful memories for the Poms, but sheer joy for Socceroos supporters. It was 13 years ago in east London that Harry Kewell and his Aussie team members registered an incredible 3-1 win over England at Upton Park, and while both teams are vastly different this time around Aussie fans will be hoping for a similar result.
The 2016 A-League grand final features two teams yet to raise the trophy in glory. Adelaide United and the Western Sydney Wanderers will grace the famous Adelaide Oval on Sunday to contest the decider in front of a sell-out crowd.