6 Facts about Sweden vs. Ireland – EURO 2016

by Cornelia

With the UEFA Euro 2016 started – you can expect some great matches from the best teams in all of Europe. For the first time, they have expanded from 16 to 24 teams. With Wales, Slovakia, Albania, Iceland and the Republic of Ireland making their debut.

We wanted to fill you in with a little information on the teams and what you can plan for tonight’s event. Tonight is the first game Sweden is playing in the tournament and it is with the Republic of Ireland. If you are hosting an event for tonight’s game you can’t forget the must haves for any football match: snacks and beer. If you want to do it the Swedish way every Swede loves chips and dip, salted pretzels and veggies with dip. These all pair very well with an ice cold pint of Guinness and why not bring together great tastes from these two opponent worlds?

Here we provided some information on both teams going into tonight’s match:

Sweden

 

  • If Zlatan scores, he will be the first player to have done this at four different European Championships.
  • Has the 2nd oldest team in the tournament and are relying on players like Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Kim Källström.
  • Zlatan has failed to score in three previous games against the Republic of Ireland.

 

The Republic of Ireland

 

  • Having the oldest squad in the tournament is going to be an uphill battle.
  • They have lost their last four games at European Championship finals – the longest streak of any side at Euro 2016.
  • They have failed to score in three of the last four games at Europeans Championship finals.

 

Ireland has a rough history when it comes to Finals. Here’s a quick recap of what happened during the UEFA second round of UEFA_Euro_2016_Logo_1qualifications for the 2010 World Cup: They lost a crucial game against the French that disqualified them from the World Cup. This loss was controversial because of a blatant handball that was detected after the game. What is interesting is that it was a Swedish referee who failed to spot Henry’s handball during the match. The Republic of Ireland plans to let the past stay in the past and move forward with their plans to take the group.

 

We obviously don’t want to pick sides, but as you may know, Simpliday was designed in Sweden so we do have a favorite in tonight’s match. Go Sweden! Skål Ireland!