In brief: Leaving Casillas out was 'painful'

Leaving Casillas out was 'painful'

Vicente del Bosque has said that leaving goalkeeper Iker Casillas on the bench for Spain's opener against the Czech Republic on Monday was the most "painful" decision he has ever made during his tenure as Spain coach.

Del Bosque waited until the last minute before announcing that David de Gea would start the Group D game instead of the national team captain, who had been Spain's first-choice 'keeper since 2002.


Hand in glove with mind games

Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is not only a supersave expert, but he is also does a great line in celebratory screaming and looks like a matinee idol.

With Euro 2016 his last international tournament, he has decided to go with mismatched neon gloves in goal.

That sounds like something designed to brighten up his grey kit, but it is probably some mind game designed to put off approaching strikers.


Hair-raising experience to dye for

The Colombian Carlos Valderrama had great blond afro play in the 90s, and Marouane Fellaini - owner of the best afro in the English Premier League - has clearly been catching up on his clips on YouTube.

Fellaini's blond afro was a bright spot in Belgium's performance against Italy.


Fashion is never his Low point

He might not have the best personal hygiene, but Germany manager Joachim Low's look is always slick. Low watchers will have observed that it changes - like his team's strip - for each tournament.

The 2014 World Cup-winning navy-blue shirt and grey trousers have been replaced with a grey marl T-shirt and black slacks.


England to protect its Euro stocks

If England drop out of Euro 2016 it could wipe £6 billion (S$11.5 billion) from the value of the London stock market, a finance expert warned.

"A loss in a major football competition can have a profoundly negative effect on investor mood," said Alex Edmans of the London Business School of the study on the link between 1,100 football matches and stock returns in 39 countries.


A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2016, with the headline 'In brief:'. Print Edition | Subscribe