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How the Euro 2016 draw works

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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Ballon d'Or: How the world's top footballers voted in their ballots

A revealing look at who voted for whom in this year's FIFA Ballon d'Or, which was won by Lionel Messi.

Who did the world's top footballers vote to win the Ballon d'Or? FIFA has revealed the answers.

The captains of FIFA's national teams, their managers and a media member from each country all had a vote.

While many chose eventual winner Lionel Messi, there were some curious choices.

Notable notes on the votes:

- Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger, Austria's Christian Fuchs and Poland's Robert Lewandowski all voted Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer first.

- Luis Suarez, notably left off...

David Alaba wins Austrian Player of the Year for record fifth time in a row

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ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels Carlo Ancelotti would excel at Bayern Munich if Pep Guardiola were to leave this summer.
David Alaba's curling strike on the stroke of half-time all but sealed the three points for Bayern.
David Alaba has become an influential figure at Bayern Munich.

David Alaba has been named Austrian Player of the Year for the fifth time in a row, with the Bayern Munich star winning the poll ahead Dynamo Kiev's Aleksandar Dragovic and Stoke City attacker Marko Arnautovic.

Alaba, 23, now tops the all-time roll of honour, and with his five consecutive personal accolades has picked up one more trophy than former Austria international Ivica Vastic, 46.

"That's a huge honour," Alaba was quoted as saying by Kurier. The Bayern defender was named the best player of...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Portugal's Fernando Santos: 'I don't believe in easy groups' after Euro draw

ESPN FC's Craig Burley feels Austria may pose a threat to Portugal in Group F.

Portugal coach Fernando Santos does not agree that his side landed in an easy group for Euro 2016 after they were drawn against Austria, Iceland and Hungary.

Austria qualified for the first time after reaching the 2008 Euros as co-hosts, while Iceland will make their debut and Hungary return for the first time since 1972.

Santos acknowledged that Portugal's opponents would be "very motivated" against the Group F favourites, but said there was no such thing as an easy group at this stage.

"I don't...

Euro 2016, Group F: Ronaldo's Portugal and Austria favourites

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The draw has been made for the group stage of the 2016 UEFA European Championship

Group A | Group B | Group C | Group D | Group E | Group F

Predicted finish:

1. Portugal 2. Austria 3. Iceland 4. Hungary

Portugal (SPI odds to win group: 46.7 percent)

Portugal are arguably the weakest of the top seeds, but they'll be reasonably pleased with this group. They are desperate to make amends for a stunningly inept World Cup display in Brazil. Coach Paulo Bento was allowed to stay on that summer,...