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Euro 2016

Europe is straight-up amazing. All those languages, rivalries and history, all tightly-packed and intermingling. We’re well into it, so we’ve put together profiles of (nearly) every team at Euro 2016. Find out what they say, what they sing, who they hate, and all the other stories that make up the language of football across the continent.

Portugal

Putting all the meat on the barbecue, and bothering the owls.

Italy

A magnificent language of football, featuring parsons, little owls and a mistrust of tiki-taka.

France

Featuring fairplay, foreplay and the importance of precision.

Iceland

An ancient yet ever-developing language, and a buttery, crotch-obsessed vocabulary.

Germany

How football mirrors language in Germany, starting with solidity and ending all inventive.

Wales

How the Welsh language of football lives and grows, featuring scythes, bards and Sgorio.

Sweden

Butter passes, gender roles and the pitfalls of using English.

Austria

Inventing tiki-taka, shaming the Germans and confusing politicians.

Poland

A rich and varied language, featuring self-deprecation, dyed foxes and fish.

Croatia

Defining national identity, going for kebabs and what not to call Mario Mandžukić.

Hungary

On fur coats, butterflies and the power of internet

Ireland

Irish Gaelic, an excellent take on the English language, and the roots of the craic.

Slovakia

What they call the Czechs, where the biggest drinkers are, and what it means to “receive your boots”.

Russia

Filthy chants, soapy refs and other stories.

Albania

How the people of the eagle bring together languages and dialects from across the world.

Spain

A huge footballing nation, with a language to match.

Czech Republic

Featuring naming issues, short beaks and sleigh rides.

Turkey

A vibrant, in-your-face football language, featuring bees, donkeys and astronauts.

Ukraine

Getting by in Ukrainian, Russian and a mixed-grain version of the two.

Switzerland

How the Swiss manage a multilingual, multi-kulti dressing room.

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