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Premier League Roundtable: Answering biggest early-season questions

Now that we’ve reached the (unofficial) quarter mark of the 2023-24 Premier League season, theScore’s soccer editors examine some of the biggest questions and storylines that have emerged thus far in England’s top flight.

Can Tottenham actually win the league?

Anthony Lopopolo: A penny for Harry Kane’s thoughts. After all, this Tottenham Hotspur lifer left for greener pastures precisely because he couldn’t win anything in north London. It’s funny to see his former side leading the Premier League while current club Bayern Munich trail Xabi Alonso’s surprise package Bayer Leverkusen in the Bundesliga. It helps that Tottenham have no European obligations, or else manager Ange Postecoglou would have the impossible task of rotating his otherwise thin squad. All of that is to say that Spurs really do have a chance because they’ve found scoring elsewhere.

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Daniel Rouse: No – but it’ll still be a great season. Crystal Palace’s Roy Hodgson getting Will Hughes to man-mark Yves Bissouma last Friday indicated managers are already devising effective ways to slow the juggernaut. Spurs could also be punished for a lack of depth. Son Heung-Min must stay fit while there’s little goal threat from shot-shy Dejan Kulusevski and scattergun-shooter Richarlison, and there isn’t much attacking talent elsewhere in the squad. Micky van de Ven and Cristian Romero have forged a great defensive partnership, but can Eric Dier or Ashley Phillips step up when one is absent?

Gianluca Nesci: Why not? Granted, nobody else in the Premier League is beating their Expected Goal Difference (xGD) by more than Tottenham, who, according to the analytics, are vastly overperforming at both ends of the pitch. They’ve compiled a goal difference of +13 on the back of a modest +5.2 xGD. That’s probably unsustainable, especially when you take the physical demands of Postecoglou’s high-octane pressing system into account. At some point, the opposition will convert chances against Spurs instead of spurning them. The numbers suggest Tottenham can’t keep this going, but the vibes right now say otherwise. The latter winning out is more fun.

Should Manchester United fire Ten Hag?

Lopopolo: The question should be, what are they waiting for? Erik ten Hag has had a year and a half, and hundreds of millions of pounds to spend, to retool the squad, and the result has been calamitous. Put aside the League Cup for a second. Ten Hag has blown the majority of his budget on former players who’ve looked out of their depth in the Premier League and big names who can’t stay healthy or out of the referee’s pocket. “Some of the players he’s spent £60-70 million on I wouldn’t have had at Huddersfield,” longtime manager Neil Warnock said on talkSPORT. The only question is regarding who’d replace him. Antonio Conte is more of the same. Graham Potter was crushed under the weight of expectations at Chelsea. Maybe Zinedine Zidane can bring the joy back to Old Trafford.

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Rouse: Not yet. The Manchester derby was deeply concerning. Sofyan Amrabat isn’t a Champions League-grade No. 6, and his replacement at Old Trafford, Mason Mount, was anonymous once again. Antony, the winger bought for €100 million at Ten Hag’s insistence, was only worth a late cameo off the bench and should’ve been sent off. But United’s ownership situation and the future of its executive staff need to be resolved first. Making changes amid the current uncertainty increases the likelihood of another serious misstep – or series of missteps – by this once-proud club.

Nesci: Probably. Ten Hag earned plenty of plaudits during his first campaign by getting Manchester United into the Champions League and ending the Red Devils’ trophy drought via the League Cup. But things are unraveling at an alarming rate. More concerning than the tumult around the club or even the horrible results – which are the worst they’ve been through 10 league matches since 1986 – is that there is no discernible style about this team, something Ten Hag was supposed to implement upon his arrival. Injuries haven’t been kind, but too often his lineup choices have been baffling, and his plan unclear. What’s the Dutchman building toward? On this evidence, it’s not worth finding out.

Are Chelsea improving under Pochettino?

Lopopolo: It’s hard to tell. Advanced statistics tell us Chelsea are creating enough chances to score more than they have managed and that they should ultimately sit higher in the standings. You can sympathize with Mauricio Pochettino because he can’t kick the ball into the net himself. So Chelsea are doing something right. They’re getting into scoring positions, and usually, over the course of the season, the law of averages plays out and goals start going in. That said, scoring was a problem last season and never resolved itself. Maybe Chelsea just have a bunch of below-average strikers and decision-makers.


Rouse: Gradually. Pochettino prides himself on being a coach more than a manager, someone who can improve players on and off the pitch and create a strong team dynamic. So, given the mess he inherited at Chelsea, it was always going to take time. The individual improvements from players like Raheem Sterling and Conor Gallagher – the latter of whom has worn the captain’s armband after being made available for transfer last summer – along with the promise of Enzo Fernandez, Cole Palmer, and others should give supporters hope that things are steadily getting better.

Nesci: Not really? The failings of the short-lived Graham Potter era remain in place; Frank Lampard’s temporary second stint at the helm was so uninspiring that we’re not even going to acknowledge it here. But no, seriously, it was a waste of everyone’s time. Under Pochettino, the Blues still struggle to turn territorial dominance into goals and continue to throw points away too often. Perhaps Christopher Nkunku’s return will solve that issue and Chelsea will surge up the table to a position that more accurately reflects the obscene amount of money spent to assemble this squad. For Pochettino’s sake, it must. Otherwise he could quickly end up as the latest in a long line of managers to be chewed up and spit out at Stamford Bridge.

Which summer signing has been most impressive?

Lopopolo: Guglielmo Vicario is the bargain of the summer transfer window. In Vicario, who cost a reported €20 million to sign from Empoli, Tottenham have a ready-made replacement for longtime goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. His new teammates love him already. “We are just very comfortable that he’s going to make unbelievable saves,” club captain Son Heung-min said after their 2-1 win over Crystal Palace. He could even challenge the previously unshakeable Gianluigi Donnarumma on the Italian national team. Crucially, Vicario is assured with the ball at his feet, making him a perfect fit for Spurs’ proactive approach and a serious threat to Donnarumma’s status as Italy’s No. 1.

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Rouse: James Maddison. It’s increasingly rare to see a player handed a free role in the modern game, but Postecoglou’s decision to almost completely liberate Maddison is inspired. The Englishman drops deep to collect the ball off Tottenham’s defenders, drifts into wide areas, and – most joyfully of all – picks up the ball in the middle and pushes inch-perfect passes ahead of Son. Maddison had eight goal involvements (three goals and five assists) over the opening 10 Premier League matches of the season, making his £40-million transfer from Leicester City look outrageously cheap.

Nesci: Dominik Szoboszlai. Few players in Europe, let alone the Premier League, have acclimated to new surroundings as seamlessly as the Hungarian, who’s endeared himself to the Anfield faithful with his all-action displays at the heart of Jurgen Klopp’s midfield. A dynamic box-to-box presence, the 23-year-old, together with fellow summer arrival Alexis Mac Allister, has transformed a once lethargic midfield into one of the league’s most invigorating units. He’s the only outfield player to play every single minute for the Reds in the league thus far and leads the team in progressive passes. Liverpool famously missed out on multiple midfield targets in the summer, but they hit the jackpot with Szoboszlai.

Which summer signing has been least impressive?

Lopopolo: Nicolas Jackson. What a waste of €37 million. Chelsea have to stop overpaying for the flavor of the month. Jackson would’ve never even been on Chelsea’s radar if he hadn’t gone on a month-long hot streak toward the end of last season. It didn’t seem to matter to co-owner Todd Boehly that the majority of the 12 goals Jackson scored for Villarreal came against bottom feeders. He may care now. Everyone is seeing Jackson for what he is: a streaky player who’s unable to handle the workload. Fortunately, Christopher Nkunku’s return from injury will limit the Senegalese’s minutes going forward.

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Rouse: Tom Davies. The departures of Iliman Diaye and Sander Berge, and then signing players like Davies, greatly weakened last season’s promotion-winning squad. The Sheffield United midfielder has made just three substitute appearances in the Premier League since his free transfer – and that’s probably enough. Davies has been on a steady, miserable decline since he scored in Everton’s win over Manchester City in 2017 and appears content to live off that one-hit wonder for the rest of his career. He’s not someone you want on your side in a relegation battle.

Nesci: Kai Havertz. The price tag may not matter in the grand scheme of things with clubs that boast seemingly unlimited Premier League riches, but it absolutely does matter in a case like this, where return on investment is being taken into consideration. Arsenal spent £65 million for a player who, while undoubtedly talented, looked like an awkward fit in Mikel Arteta’s scheme at the time of the signing. Nothing that’s happened since has provided evidence to the contrary. Havertz hasn’t found his best position with his new team, and with just one goal in 10 league appearances thus far, he’s not going to displace Eddie Nketiah as the first choice off the bench behind Gabriel Jesus.

Biggest surprise – positive or negative – so far?

Lopopolo: One of the best teams the Championship has ever seen has turned to mush in the Premier League. What happened to Vincent Kompany’s slick-moving, quick-pressing Burnley side? The loss of Nathan Tella can’t explain Burnley’s regression alone. Perhaps the Clarets simply had more time and space to play high-tempo, risk-free football in the second tier. Teams like Norwich City had issues replicating their football immediately after promotion, and their lack of a suitable Plan B resulted in relegation. If Kompany can’t find a way to score goals without shipping them at the back, Burnley will suffer the same fate.

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Rouse: “That’s wrong that, Daz.” The referees’ governing body releasing the audio for Luis Diaz’s wrongly disallowed goal against Tottenham Hotspur was an unexpected but entirely welcome gift. The recording had a level of awkwardness usually reserved for television’s finest mockumentaries and a string of meme-worthy quotes such as, “Well done, boys. Good process.” Darren England – or “Daz,” if you’ve been lucky enough to share a stale VAR booth with him – will never live this down.

Nesci: Aston Villa. Last season’s turnaround after hiring Unai Emery – which ultimately got them into the Europa Conference League – was wildly impressive. Now Villa are backing it up. They averaged 1.96 points per game under Emery in 2022-23 and have collected 22 points through 10 matches this campaign, which, for now, has them sniffing a top-four spot. And that’s despite coming out of the gate with lopsided losses to Newcastle and Liverpool, and losing both Emi Buendia and Tyrone Mings to serious knee injuries. Few would have expected Ollie Watkins to find the Midas touch in front of goal, or for Emery’s side to turn Villa Park into the fortress it’s become, but both have been welcome surprises in 2023-24.

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Breaking down thrilling EPL title race with 10 games left

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One of the most intoxicating title races in Premier League history is, mercifully, ready to resume.

The quirks of the calendar – an FA Cup weekend succeeded by an agonizing international window – means the titanic tussle between Arsenal, Liverpool, and Manchester City will have been on hiatus for a full three weeks before it gets back underway on Sunday.

But there are no more impending interruptions. With 10 matches remaining for each title contender, we’re barreling toward a resolution to the type of three-way battle that’s exceedingly rare in England’s top flight. There’s never been a season in the Premier League era where three teams went into the final day with a chance to hoist the trophy. This could be it. The last time it happened was the 1971-72 campaign, when Derby County won an incredible four-team fight, narrowly beating Leeds United and, ominously, Liverpool and Man City to the crown. We’re overdue for that kind of drama.

That three sides have converged this way at all is, frankly, remarkable.

These are the three best teams in the country by an enormous margin. They’re the only ones with an expected goal difference per game of plus-1.0 or greater this season. The next best mark, surprisingly, belongs to Mauricio Pochettino’s erratic Chelsea team at plus-0.36. So, yeah, it’s not close.

The three of them are also on a tear and show no signs of slowing down. Arsenal have won all eight of their league games in 2024, scoring 33 goals in the process; Liverpool have collected 22 of a possible 27 points in that time; reigning champions Manchester City have racked up 23 of 27 points. They’ve combined for just one loss since the calendar flipped – Liverpool’s 3-1 defeat against Arsenal in early February.

The only sides that look capable of halting their progress are each other, which makes this weekend’s clash between Manchester City and Arsenal at the Etihad all the more significant.

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Each contender has a compelling reason for believing it’s “their” year.


Mikel Arteta’s men look far more assured and mature than last season when they set the pace for nearly the entire campaign, only to crumble down the stretch and relinquish their once sizeable advantage to Manchester City. Do-it-all superstar Declan Rice has been a transformative figure in midfield, while Kai Havertz, after an inauspicious start, is becoming an increasingly vital and consistent scoring threat. At least from the outside, there appears to be more self-belief within the Arsenal camp. Having learned from their experience in 2022-23, Arsenal won’t cede top spot so easily this time. It’ll need to be ripped from them.

Some may be inclined to dismiss their recent run because of their opponents. Yes, the Gunners have played some weak teams – Sheffield United! Burnley! Nottingham Forest! – but, for the most part, they aren’t just beating them; they’re blowing them away with a ruthlessness usually associated with title winners. For those still unconvinced, Sunday’s visit to the Etihad, where they were tossed aside like a rag doll in last season’s 4-1 loss, will be the ultimate litmus test to see if this team is ready to end the club’s 20-year title drought.


Jurgen Klopp’s persistent squad, already with the League Cup in tow, aims to send off their departing bench boss in style. Liverpool have been the most entertaining team of the trio this season. They create more chances than Arsenal and City and concede more opportunities. Darwin Nunez, the ultimate agent of chaos on a football pitch, is the perfect fit for a team with a habit of scoring late goals and delivering dramatic moments. Their title charge is built on more than just vibes, though.

Liverpool overwhelmed none other than City in their last league game before the international break but came away from the pulsating affair at Anfield with a 1-1 draw. City, usually self-confident and domineering in possession, simply held on against what Pep Guardiola dubbed a “tsunami” of pressure. There was obviously some added incentive at play, but Liverpool are built to go full speed regardless of the opposition. It’s in their nature under Klopp.

Manchester City

Despite not being at its vintage best this term, Guardiola’s accomplished crew remains the favorite in the eyes of many who, for good reason, simply refuse to pick against them. We’ve been conditioned to feel like City will inevitably be the last team standing because, well, they usually are. Five titles in the previous six seasons will have that effect on the collective psyche. However, Erling Haaland isn’t replicating his ferocious scoring pace from last season, and Kevin De Bruyne has been limited to six league starts. Also, outside of some electrifying Jeremy Doku performances, the summer signings haven’t exactly set the world alight. And yet, here they are, just one point off the top, showing the quiet confidence and tranquility that can only be obtained through winning experiences.

With Phil Foden leading the way and authoring arguably the best season of anyone in the league, City could become the first team in English history to win four consecutive top-flight titles.

Strength of schedule

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On paper, Arsenal have the most difficult fixture list.

Their remaining opponents average 41.8 points this season, roughly corresponding to ninth place in the table. Put another way, it would be the equivalent of playing Wolves (41 points) or Brighton (42) each week. It doesn’t help that many of Arsenal’s toughest matches are away from home. Coincidentally, they have upcoming trips to Brighton and Wolves, along with north London rivals Tottenham and Manchester United, following this weekend’s potentially decisive tilt at the Etihad. It’s tough.

Manchester City’s task is slightly more forgiving, as their remaining opponents average 40.7 points or 10th place.

Liverpool appear to have the most favorable schedule of the trophy chasers, with their opponents averaging 38.4 points, a tally representing the haul of a team in the bottom half of the table. While that’s better than the alternative, it’s not quite so simple for the Reds. On the back of a potentially draining Europa League quarterfinal second leg against Atalanta in mid-April – more on that soon – Klopp’s men have three away games in seven days against Fulham, Everton, and West Ham. In addition to battling their local nemesis, who could still be scrapping for survival at that point, Liverpool will also face a rambunctious Goodison crowd that would love nothing more than to play a critical role in stopping their hated rivals from winning another league crown.

Aston Villa and Spurs, meanwhile, stand out as common foes for all three title hopefuls. Sitting fourth and fifth, respectively, and engaged in their own fight to secure a Champions League place, they could play the role of kingmakers this spring.

European commitments

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Balancing the mental and physical demands of domestic play with continental competition is a huge piece of this puzzle for all three teams. Midweek success can further galvanize a group, but taxing failures can cripple a team’s momentum at home.

Much like the domestic schedule, Liverpool seem to have an edge here. Arsenal and Manchester City will face European behemoths Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in a pair of mouthwatering Champions League quarterfinal ties beginning next month. However, Liverpool have a comparatively charitable Europa League encounter with Atalanta.

If they both advance, Arsenal and City will meet in the Champions League semifinals, an outcome that will surely be celebrated wildly on Merseyside.

How those games intermingle with the league schedule also matters. Liverpool play Crystal Palace and Fulham following their two matchups with the Italian outfit. After locking horns with Bayern, Arsenal have to contend with Aston Villa and Wolves. Manchester City, still active on three fronts as they seek a second consecutive treble, host lowly Luton after the first leg of their Real Madrid rematch and take on Chelsea in the FA Cup semifinals following the second leg.

Injury concerns

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Liverpool have been plagued by injuries all season. Mohamed Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Darwin Nunez, Diogo Jota, and Andy Robertson, among others, have missed varying amounts of time, though the bulk of that group is getting back to full fitness. Alisson Becker remains sidelined and might not return until mid-April. Defensive stalwart Virgil van Dijk is the only Liverpool player to garner over 2,000 league minutes this season, indicating how disruptive injuries have been for Klopp’s team. And yet, they persevere.

Five Manchester City players have cleared the 2,000-minute mark thus far, and a couple more are on the cusp. But the club was without De Bruyne for the entire first half of the season, while trips to the treatment room ravaged Jack Grealish’s year. City also got hit the hardest by the recent international break, with John Stones and Kyle Walker hurt on England duty and racing against time to recover for Sunday’s match versus Arsenal. Swiss defender Manuel Akanji is in the same boat, and Ederson’s return date from a thigh injury remains uncertain. Never shy about tweaking his lineup, Guardiola could be forced to tinker yet again.

Arsenal have been largely unscathed, with six players eclipsing 2,000 league minutes. William Saliba, whose absence last season played an outsize role in Arsenal’s capitulation, has been on the pitch for every second of league play in 2023-24. Gabriel Jesus has battled ailments all year, and Jurrien Timber suffered an ACL injury just 49 minutes into his Premier League debut in the season opener. But the Gunners will be hoping their relative good fortune on the injury front extends right through May, especially as it relates to Bukayo Saka, who pulled out of the England squad to nurse a minor muscular issue.


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First, a disclaimer: Luck will play a pivotal role in determining which team is crowned on May 19. Injuries will continue to be a factor. There will almost certainly be contentious refereeing and VAR decisions that favor and oppose the title challengers. There will also be finishing variance, with players missing seemingly easy chances and converting more difficult opportunities.

Impossible to predict? No matter. We’re not going to let that stop us.

Considering their advantageous schedule, at home and in Europe, along with their improving squad health at just the right time and the inescapable feeling that this is a team of destiny determined to send their beloved manager out on a high, we’re going with Liverpool, who’ll collect 88 points to pip their rivals and again interrupt Manchester City’s run of domestic dominance.

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Euro 2024 playoffs: Miraculous Ukraine comeback, big result for Wales

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Wales, Greece, and Poland registered statement wins Thursday, joining three other teams in next Tuesday’s playoff finals for the three remaining places at Euro 2024.

Ukraine staged an incredible late comeback against Bosnia and Herzegovina in its semifinal to keep its Euro dream alive.

The highest-placed team in FIFA’s rankings that’s no longer in contention to reach the tournament in Germany is 60th-placed Finland.

Here’s how the playoff semifinals across Path A, B, and C played out.

Path A

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Poland 5-1 Estonia

Estonia barely stood a chance. Down to 10 men as early as the 27th minute, the northern Europeans could only muster a consolation goal in a 5-1 loss to Poland. The Polish achieved the rout without Robert Lewandowski getting on the scoresheet and remain unbeaten in 21 Euro qualifiers at home, a magnificent run dating back to September 2006. Poland is trying to make up for a poor qualifying campaign in which it finished third in Group E, four points behind the Czech Republic and Albania. The country hasn’t missed the Euros since 2004.

Wales 4-1 Finland

The Red Wall might descend on Germany this summer. Wales’ raucous supporters have legitimate hopes of traveling to another major tournament after the Dragons scorched Finland without the retired Gareth Bale and with Aaron Ramsey, 33, on the bench after more injury problems. Teemu Pukki gave the visiting team some hope just before halftime following well-taken finishes from David Brooks and Neco Williams. But Wales needed just 73 seconds of the second period to restore its two-goal cushion via Brennan Johnson’s tap-in. Daniel James took advantage of a defensive error before rounding the goalkeeper in the 86th minute to give the host a resounding victory.

Playoff final: Wales vs. Poland, Tuesday 3:45 p.m. ET

Path B

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Israel 1-4 Iceland

Iceland’s Albert Gudmundsson stole the show with an emphatic hat-trick against Israel on Thursday. His stunning free-kick into the top right corner canceled out Eran Zahavi’s opening goal for Israel, and he created a nice cushion for his country with a pair of markers in the final 10 minutes. Just before that, Zahavi blew an incredible opportunity to equalize the match at 2-2, missing a penalty awarded for handball against Iceland’s Gudmundur Thorarinsson. A red card to Israel’s Haim Revivo didn’t help the trailing side. Iceland is now a game away from making only its second-ever appearance at the Euros following its quarterfinal run in 2016.

Bosnia and Herzegovina 1-2 Ukraine

Ukraine scored twice with just minutes remaining in regulation to snatch what seemed to be a sure victory from Bosnia and Herzegovina on Thursday. Bosnia controlled play for most of the match and took the lead in the 56th minute when Mykola Matviyenko turned in Amar Dedic’s shot into his own net. But a colossal defensive lapse cost the Bosnians a chance to make it a record four countries from the former Yugoslavia at Euro 2024. Roman Yaremchuk came off the bench to equalize in the 85th minute and teed up Artem Dovbyk’s sensational winning header three minutes later to turn the playoff semifinal on its head. Ukraine now faces Iceland with a third consecutive Euro appearance at stake.

Playoff final: Ukraine vs. Iceland, Tuesday 3:45 p.m. ET

Path C


Georgia 2-0 Luxembourg

Two clever finishes from Budu Zivzivadze in Tbilisi assured Georgia of a place in Path C’s final – and all without the help of suspended talisman Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. But it wasn’t that simple for the host. Luxembourg thought it equalized during the second half, only for the goal to be eventually snatched away due to Maxime Chanot’s apparent foul 45 seconds earlier. Luxembourg’s Chanot was controversially sent off for denying a clear goal-scoring opportunity, and Zivzivadze effectively ended the match six minutes later with his second strike. Kvaratskhelia is available for the final.

Greece 5-0 Kazakhstan

Anastasios Bakasetas lashed home a penalty, Dimitrios Pelkas headed into the net’s roof, Fotis Ioannidis tapped in from close range, and Dimitrios Kourbelis added another header. And that was all before halftime. Kazakhstan’s impressive 2022-23 Nations League campaign and notable Euro 2024 qualifying wins over Denmark, Northern Ireland (twice), and Finland suddenly seemed ages ago, as Greece recorded its biggest halftime lead since October 1978 (5-0 against Finland). Aleksandr Marochkin’s embarrassing own goal in the 85th minute made Kazakhstan’s day even worse.

Playoff final: Georgia vs. Greece, Tuesday 1:00 p.m. ET

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Look: Nike unveils beautiful kit selection for Euro 2024, Copa America

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Nike released a stunning batch of threads ahead of Euro 2024 and Copa America on Monday.

Days after Adidas launched its lineup for the summer’s top two tournaments, Nike followed suit with an array of colorful designs.

The U.S. manufacturer also announced redesigns for Canada and Poland, even though they’ve yet to qualify for their respective tournaments. The Canucks face Trinidad and Tobago in a one-off Copa America qualifier on Saturday, while Poland must navigate a four-team playoff to reach Euro 2024.

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Euro 2024



The square-shaped design that gives Croatia its unique look gets a slight upgrade. The home shirt features larger squares than ever before.


Croatia’s away shirt plays on the national flag, with the traditional checkered pattern now on a slant.



Influenced by England’s 1966 training gear, the home shirt has a classic feel with a rich blue collar and gorgeous trim along the cuffs.


England embraces a deep purple hue for its away selection. The crest stands out with a contrasting off-white tint that makes the three lions pop.



France’s home shirt may have the biggest crest of all of Nike’s offerings. The oversized rooster defines this shirt as much as the royal blue that’s made France’s kits a crowd-pleaser.


The pinstripes mirror the colors of France’s national flag and span the width of the shirt in a simple, yet elegant design.



Nike could’ve offered anything orange here, and it would’ve been perfect. But the Netherlands has something bolder and better to wear. The zig-zag pattern adds edge.


The orange collar and cuffs pop alongside the three shades of blue Nike has chosen to create the abstract design on this work of art.



Poland dedicates premium real estate on the country’s home shirt to its imposing crest.


Poland’s away shirt is a daring choice. The graphic treatment adds texture, giving it a rugged feel while separating from the red tones of years past.



With possibly the best home shirt in Nike’s collection, Portugal leans heavily into its traditional red-and-green motif with a polo collar and thick cuffs. The logo sits prominently as well. A smash hit.


Here’s another winner. Portugal’s away strip has a stunning textile imprint that gives off a cool summer vibe.



This is a menacing look. Turkey will look like a whirring red army with these imposing shirts.


The classic red band returns to Turkey’s away uniform. Like the others, it features an oversized crest in the middle of the shirt.

Copa America



Nike goes big with Brazil’s crest and adds an intricate design to the same yellow hue the Selecao have used for decades.


Brazil’s secondary strip feels like the beach. A horizontal wavy pattern covering the entire shirt mimics the country’s picturesque coastline.



The only blemish in Nike’s lineup. Why is there a circle around the swoosh? And why are the shoulders so much darker than the body? None of it makes sense.


The 13 pinstripes are supposed to represent the 10 provinces and three territories that make up Canada. Unfortunately, the rest of the shirt looks incomplete.

United States


The United States men’s national team gets a classic home shirt with patriotic detailing along the color and sleeves.


The gradient works perfectly with the red shorts the U.S. will wear at the Copa America.

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