You’re going to need a Euro 2024 wall chart, aren’t you?
You can start tentatively planning your nation’s run to the final – and for that, we can assist you with a fully-printable, A4 sheet to pin up on your wall and follow throughout the tournament.
FourFourTwo‘s Euro 2024 wall chart will see you through the whole month: we have the full schedule, with every fixture.
While you watch the World Cup, you can fill in every result as it comes in.
It’s not just a JPG version that we have for you – there’s a PDF file for you for you to download. Be sure to bookmark this page now, too, as we’ll have a newer version when the three playoff teams are confirmed in March.
FourFourTwo World Cup 2022 wall chart: Download at home version
Here it is. All you have to do is click this link or the picture above to get the downloadable wall chart. It’s completely free to download.
Be sure to check the details on the knockout rounds. Teams from different groups will advance to different knockout matches and it’s not as straightforward as it may first appear. Of course, you can enter the teams in any which way you like – it’s your chart, after all – but there is a specific route that every nation has to glory.
Hadrian’s Wall has perhaps the most single-minded personality of all the National Trails, tracing as it does the 84 miles from Bowness-on-Solway to Wallsend, which represented the north-west frontier of the Roman empire for nearly 300 years. It was built by the Roman army (the soldiers dug the ditches, quarried the stones and laid them) on the orders of the emperor Hadrian after his visit to Britain in AD 122.
The Hadrian’s Wall path celebrates its 20th birthday this year. I’ve now walked all 17 National Trails, including the Coast to Coast path and King Charles II England coast path (officially opening in 2024 and 2025 respectively). I’m not sure why it took me so long to get round to walking the Hadrian’s Wall trail; perhaps it was a perception that it was too busy or that there was too much road walking. All my concerns proved unfounded.
I undertook the walk in the same style as my 6,800-mile walk around the coast of Britain, The Perimeter: carrying 15kg of camera and camping gear, primarily wild camping (pitching late, leaving early and staying out of sight) with a few nights in a hostel or B&B to clean and charge up.
Throughout the route, there’s such a wealth of archaeological remains that it’s impossible to ignore the Roman influence, even away from the central section where the wall is most impressive and intact.
The trail starts in the expansive landscape by the Solway Firth near Anthorn Radio Station, a matrix of antennae and cables that crisscross the sky like a line drawing, used to communicate with submerged submarines and to transmit the UK’s time reference signal. It seems this landscape is destined to be marked by structures of control.
At Bowness-on-Solway, the system of ditches and wall met coastal forts that stretched along the Cumbrian coast and prevented the wall from being outflanked by sea. Although the Ordnance Survey map evocatively states “Hadrian’s Wall (Course of)” and “Vallum (Course of)”, I found it hard to make out anything on the ground. At this point, the Scottish border is only a few miles away; it’s historically an ambiguous and lawless land – home of the Reivers, the band of raiders who marauded along the frontier from the 13th to 17th centuries, conceivably set in motion by the Romans. As a result, many farmhouses here are fortified – more castle than home.
After leaving the expanse of sea and sky, the path follows the River Eden to Carlisle past the imposing Norman keep. The first castle was built in around 1100 on the site of a wooden Roman fort built 1,000 years earlier. As a border stronghold between two kingdoms, the castle has been besieged 10 times – more than any other place in Britain. This shows in its ruthless, architecture with a definite “Come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough” vibe where barely a stone has been placed for any purpose but to kill or defend.
As the trail starts climbing on to higher ground, 23 miles along at Old Wall, the earthworks of the wall are very clear, and there’s a panoramic view back to Blencathra and Skiddaw on the Lake District fells. I’d become so fixated on the wall, I was momentarily surprised and delighted to be reminded of somewhere else. Despite the ditch being evident, there’s still no visible wall as the stones were “borrowed” to build Lanercost Priory and other nearby buildings over the following centuries. A few hours later, with views across to the northern extent of the Pennines, I pitch my tent. Hiding behind the trunk of a wind-blown tree, I imagine myself avoiding reivers and legionaries that once roamed these lands.
Approaching Birdoswald, the foundations of the wall become thrillingly intact. A soon-to-be familiar pattern also becomes evident here: the remains of a milecastle with two turrets in between. Fourteen large forts like the one at Birdoswald were also distributed along the length of the wall, all with their granaries, hospitals, barracks, headquarters and commandants’ houses. The wall was as much a linear city as barrier.
Walking past Gilsland, where the trail leaves Cumbria and enters Northumberland, the wall is now more than a metre tall with perfectly cut facing stones as it emerges on the north-facing scarp of the Whin Sill. These are the images of the imagination, where a sinuous wall winds through a rugged moorland landscape. It feels inconceivable that these stones could have survived up here for 1,900 years. It’s hard enough to walk the route, so the gruelling nature of the construction project really becomes clear.
The wall was built from east to west, but I’d decided to go west to east so the prevailing wind was behind me and to enjoy the urban pleasures of Newcastle as a reward for completion. Nature laughed in my face, literally, as a cold gale-force wind blew from the east during my entire traverse.
The undulating terrain between Castle Nick and Sycamore Gap is one of the most popular and picturesque sections. Here stood the much-photographed – and recently criminally felled tree – at Sycamore Gap that featured in the 1991 blockbuster film Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, and was crowned England’s Tree of the Year by the Woodland Trust in 2016. I patted the trunk as I walked by, not knowing that, a few months later, on 28 September 2023, the tree would be felled in an act of vandalism.
For me, the Sycamore was a reconnection with my memories as I’d walked past it 29 years previously as this section of Hadrian’s Wall Path is also on the Pennine Way, which I was following as part of a three-month walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats. I smiled on seeing the tree fuller – a measure of my own life and delighted at how familiar the place felt despite having only been here once before. For the second time, I wondered how such a mighty tree could thrive in a windswept location.
The image of the 200-year-old tree beside the nearly 2,000-year-old wall is one of those resilient memory treasures that makes long-distance walking so rewarding. Despite hearing that the tree was cut down, in my mind, it still stands as solid and improbable as it ever was. For me, the timeless poetic power of Sycamore Gap is how the tree acted as a yardstick of time: two or three times greater than human life, yet 10 times younger than Hadrian’s Wall and a mere blink of the eye compared with the 295 million-year-old geology of the Whin Sill on which both stand. I hope a sapling can grow from the felled stump, but regardless, its image, replicated by countless photographers, will endure.
Perhaps the most dramatic section is on either side of Housesteads Fort, where the wall clings closely to the jagged edge of the escarpment. Housesteads is the best preserved of the prominent forts, with a communal latrine so well engineered that it still drains when it rains today, and water tanks sealed with lead that still survive. Archaeologists found a shrine depicting three hooded spirits (Genii Cucullati) associated with fertility and prosperity. Still, they look to me more like three people waiting at a freezing and windy bus stop in Carlisle.
Another iconic National Trail, the Pennine Way, crosses Hadrian’s Wall on its way north to Kielder Forest, the Cheviot hills and the Scottish border. I last came this way as part of an 81-day winter walk from Land’s End to John o’Groats 24 years ago, when I slept in a bivvy bag for the entire route (and no, it wasn’t comfortable).
The Roman soldiers dug a ditch on the north side of the wall, often through solid rock. The stone was broken up with iron tools, and wooden wedges wetted to expand and split the faultlines. At “limestone corner”, the most northern part of the wall, a massive dolerite boulder, still in the ditch, bears the marks of slots cut along the lines of quartz in an unsuccessful attempt to break it up. I imagine many Roman curses were uttered over this rock. Near here, on my fourth night on the trail, I had a mildly desperate kip in the ditch itself as the gale-force wind precluded pitching the tent anywhere more exposed.
Day five starts behind schedule as there was so much to see around Housesteads yesterday, so a long 20-mile-day toward Newcastle lies ahead. A typical Roman loaded march distance. I pack the tent as a misty rain hangs in the air, the ditch disappearing into the fog ahead of me.
From Chesters Fort, the path crosses the River North Tyne from where the trail mostly runs parallel to minor roads in the adjacent fields with just the ditch and occasional traces of wall for company. After a long day of gentle downhill progress under incessant driving rain, the sky clears, and I arrive at the Tyne in darkness, finding an out-of-the-way wood to hide my tent by torchlight.
The following day on the approach to Newcastle along the Tyne, I pass the latticed timer of Dunston Staiths, one of the largest wooden structures in Europe, where coal was once taken by rail from the Durham coalfields and loaded on to ships, for transport around the world. Still soaked to the skin from yesterday’s downpour, I dry my clothes on a park bench in the sun. I have a bed to look forward to in Newcastle – and a clear view of the Tyne Bridge and the New Castle.
From Newcastle, there are just a few kilometres to Wallsend. I’m leaving the official route (which favours the picturesque Tyne riverside walk) to trace the wall’s original line through the city from Ouseburn. I’m rewarded with a fragment of the wall off Shields Road in Byker, discovered by archaeologists during excavations for the East End swimming pool in 2000 and now overlooked by a beauty salon.
A few minutes later, the wall ends at Wallsend, where Segedunum Fort provides plenty of interest for the curious, including a reconstructed section where you can appreciate the impact of its 4.5-metre height. Today the actual end of the wall is a crudely truncated section by the Swan Hunter shipyard, where its path is lost among a scattering of crisp packets. In Roman times a pier extended into the Tyne, culminating in a temple. For me, it was time to catch the Metro home and take the load off my back.
Walking the wall really reinforces the scale, seriousness, modularity and ruthless efficiency of how the Roman empire was enforced and administered. Of all the National Trails, Hadrian’s Wall follows an idea as much as a path; the thousands of hands that formed the wall remind us that while empires wax and wane, they leave persistent traces in our landscape and culture.
Heather Mahmood-Corley, a real estate agent, was seeing decent demand for houses in the Phoenix area just a few weeks ago, with interested shoppers and multiple offers. But as mortgage rates pick up again, she is already watching would-be home buyers retrench.
“You’ve got a lot of people on edge,” said Ms. Mahmood-Corley, a Redfin agent who has been selling houses for more than eight years, including more than five in the area.
It’s an early sign of the economic fallout from a sharp rise in interest rates that has taken place in markets since the middle of the summer, when many home buyers and Wall Street traders thought that borrowing costs, which had risen rapidly, might be at or near their peak.
Rates on longer-term government Treasury bonds have been climbing sharply, partly because investors are coming around to the belief that the Federal Reserve may keep its policy rate higher for longer. That adjustment is playing out in sophisticated financial markets, but the fallout could also spread throughout the economy.
Higher interest rates make it more expensive to finance a car purchase, expand a business or borrow for a home. They have already prompted pain in the heavily indebted technology industry, and have sent jitters through commercial real estate markets.
The increasing pressure is partly a sign that Fed policy is working: Officials have been lifting borrowing costs since March 2022 precisely because they want to slow the economy and curb inflation by discouraging borrowing and spending. Their policy adjustments sometimes take a while to push up borrowing costs for consumers and businesses — but are now clearly passing through.
Yet there is a threat that as rates ratchet higher across key parts of financial markets, they could accidentally wallop the economy instead of cooling it gently. So far, growth has been resilient to much higher borrowing costs: Consumers have continued to spend, the housing market has slowed without tanking, and businesses have kept investing. The risk is that rates will reach a tipping point where either a big chunk of that activity grinds to a halt or something breaks in financial markets.
“At this point, the amount of increase in Treasury yields and the tightening itself is not enough to derail the economic expansion,” said Daleep Singh, chief global economist at PGIM Fixed Income. But he noted that higher bond yields — especially if they last — always bring a risk of financial instability.
“You never know exactly what the threshold is at which you trigger these financial stability episodes,” he said.
While the Fed has been raising the short-term interest rate it controls for some time, longer-dated interest rates — the sort that underpin borrowing costs paid by consumers and companies — have been slower to react. But at the start of August, the yield on the 10-year Treasury bond began a relentless march higher to levels last seen in 2007.
The recent move is most likely the culmination of a number of factors: Growth has been surprisingly resilient, which has led investors to mark up their expectations for how long the Fed will keep rates high. Some strategists say the move reflects growing concerns about the sustainability of the national debt.
“It’s everything under the sun, but also no single factor,” said Gennadiy Goldberg, head of interest rate strategy at TD Securities. “But it’s higher for longer that has everyone nervous.”
Whatever the causes, the jump is likely to have consequences.
Higher rates have already spurred some financial turmoil this year. Silicon Valley Bank and several other regional lenders imploded after they failed to protect their balance sheets against higher borrowing costs, causing customers to pull their money.
Policymakers have continued to watch banks for signs of stress, especially tied to the commercial real estate market. Many regional lenders have exposure to offices, hotels and other commercial borrowers, and as rates rise, so do the costs to finance and maintain the properties and, in turn, how much they must earn to turn a profit. Higher rates make such properties less valuable.
“It does add to concerns around commercial real estate as the 10-year Treasury yield rises,” said Jill Cetina, an associate managing director at Moody’s Investors Service.
Even if the move up in rates does not cause a bank or market blowup, it could cool demand. Higher rates could make it more expensive for everyone — home buyers, businesses, cities — to borrow money for purchases and expansions. Many companies have yet to refinance debt taken out when interest rates were much lower, meaning the impact of these higher interest rates is yet to fully be felt.
“That 10-year Treasury, it’s a global borrowing benchmark,” said Greg McBride, chief financial analyst for Bankrate.com. “It’s relevant to U.S. homeowners, to be sure, but it’s also relevant to corporations, municipalities and other governments that look to borrow in the capital markets.”
For the Fed, the shift in long-term rates could suggest that its policy setting is closer to — or even potentially at — a level high enough to ensure that the economy will slow further.
Officials have raised rates to a range of 5 to 5.25 percent, and have signaled that they could approve one more quarter-point increase this year. But markets see less than a one-in-three chance that they will follow through with that final adjustment.
Mary Daly, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, said markets were doing some of the Fed’s work for it: On Thursday, she said the recent move in longer-term rates was equivalent to “about” one additional interest rate increase from the Fed.
Yet there are questions about whether the pop in rates will last. Some analysts suggest there could be more room to rise, because investors have yet to fully embrace the Fed’s own forecasts for how long they think rates will remain elevated. Others are less sure.
“I think we’re near the end of this tantrum,” Mr. Singh said, noting that the jump in Treasury yields will worsen the growth outlook, causing the Fed itself to shift away from higher rates.
“One of the reasons that I think this move has overshot is that it’s self-limiting,” he said.
Plenty of people in the real economy are hoping that borrowing costs stabilize soon. That includes in the housing market, where mortgage rates are newly flirting with an 8 percent level, up from less than 3 percent in 2021.
In Arizona, Ms. Mahmood-Corley is seeing some buyers push for two-year agreements that make their early mortgage payments more manageable — betting that after that, rates will be lower and they can refinance. Others are lingering on the sidelines, hoping that borrowing costs will ease.
“People take forever now to make a decision,” she said. “They’re holding back.”
Six months after Evan Gershkovich was arrested by Russian security services, accused of espionage and sent to a notoriously harsh Moscow prison, his family is steeling for an indeterminable wait.
From their home city of Philadelphia, his parents and sister wait for updates from Mr. Gershkovich’s employer, The Wall Street Journal, whose lawyers are fighting his case in a Moscow court. They wait for news from the group of high-level White House officials working to negotiate his release. They wait for their deliveries of Mr. Gershkovich’s handwritten letters from prison.
And they wait for their son and brother to come home.
The imprisonment of Mr. Gershkovich, an American citizen detained by Russia on March 29 while he was on a reporting trip in the city of Yekaterinburg, has underscored the near-collapse of the relationship between Washington and Moscow. Mr. Gershkovich faces up to 20 years in prison on espionage charges that he, the U.S. government and The Wall Street Journal have vehemently denied. The United States has said he is wrongfully detained.
A prisoner exchange, such as the one that secured the release of the American basketball star Brittney Griner late last year, will not be considered until after a verdict is reached in Mr. Gershkovich’s case, Russian officials have said. In the meantime, a court has twice extended his pretrial detention, which will last at least through Nov. 30.
“We are in complete darkness, as far as the future,” Mikhail Gershkovich, the journalist’s father, said in an interview this week alongside his wife, Ella Milman, and daughter, Danielle Gershkovich. “The feeling of helplessness is quite horrific.”
But Mr. Gershkovich’s letters have shown that he is keeping his spirits up, his parents said, so they try to do the same.
He writes to them in Russian, as required by the prison officials who screen his communications, cracking jokes and sharing observations about the literature he is reading.
“It’s a lot of fun, believe it or not,” Ms. Milman said. Her son’s sense of humor, she said, is funnier to her now that his grasp of the Russian language is sharper than even that of his parents, who fled the Soviet Union separately in 1979 and raised their children to be Americans with a deep appreciation of their Russian heritage.
The family has remained rigorously focused on a singular goal: keeping up the pressure to bring Mr. Gershkovich home.
They visited the United Nations earlier this month to call for world leaders’ support, after a summer in which they traveled to meet Mr. Gershkovich’s colleagues in The Wall Street Journal’s New York newsroom, spoke on a panel at the National Press Club in Washington and sat for a television interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News.
In between public appearances, the family is navigating daily life at home in Philadelphia. Ms. Milman, typically a private person, has returned to work, where she said she is reluctant to discuss her personal life.
Ms. Gershkovich, who last saw her younger brother at her wedding in October 2022, has been fighting guilt over participating in any activity, like attending a concert, while Mr. Gershkovich is held in Moscow’s Lefortovo prison, which is infamous for its isolating conditions.
But her brother wants to hear about everyday life, Ms. Gershkovich said, so the family remains active, and hopeful.
Mr. Gershkovich’s father has been optimistic in his own way. He still shares his phone’s location with his son. “So just in case he gets his SIM card back,” Mikhail Gershkovich said, “he can find where I am.”
BBNaija All Stars house got heated this afternoon after Pere charged at Doyin and punched the wall as they engaged in a heated argument.
Pere and Doyin have been at loggerheads over claims that he told her and Ceec that Cross, his friend and buddy likes Kim and is getting close to her when Cross knows he (Pere) also likes her. Doyin also claimed that Pere said Cross had told him that he likes former BBNaija housemate, Nengi, so he was wondering why Cross is going after Kim.
Pere denied saying this to them and this got Doyin angry as she expected him to own up to what he supposedly said.
They had a clash this afternoon over the same issue as Doyin continued to call Pere a fake man and a liar to his face. In the heat of the argument, Pere walked up to Doyin and asked her to never refer to him as “fake.” Doyin, however, dared Pere to do his worst, and in anger, he punched the wall.
Ceec later confirmed Doyin’s claim but asked her to move on from it as she’s been going on about the matter since last night, after Biggie’s parrot spilled the conversation.
Two workers have been detained in northern China after local authorities said they plowed through a section of the country’s Great Wall with an excavator, leaving a gaping hole.
The pair, a 38-year-old man and 55-year-old-woman, caused “irreversible damage” when they used the construction equipment to widen an existing gap and create a shortcut that was large enough to drive the excavator through it, the Youyu County Public Security Bureau said in a news release last week.
The security bureau said it was first notified of the hole in a section of wall, about 215 miles east of Beijing, on the afternoon of Aug. 24. Law enforcement officers rushed to the scene to find that a piece of the wall, believed to have been constructed by the Ming dynasty between the 14th and 17th centuries, had been severely “damaged by large-scale mechanical excavation,” the bureau said.
The man, named in the release as Zheng, and the woman, named as Whang, are from the autonomous region of Inner Mongolia in the country’s north and were taken in for investigation, the bureau added. They have been charged with destroying a cultural relic, The China Daily, a state-owned media outlet, reported.
The Great Wall, which served as a fortress protecting the territory from invasions under successive Chinese empires, spans more than 13,000 miles. The most well-preserved section is around 5,499 miles long. In 1987, the entire wall was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site.
But challenges to preserving the wall have mounted. As of 2015, figures from the Chinese government suggested that as much as 30 percent of the original structure may have disappeared. Other parts of the wall are in poor condition because of human activity, including local residents stealing bricks to build their houses, authorities say.
China has also battled vandalism from tourists. In 2017, photographs of carvings on the wall in Chinese, English and Korean brought attention to its condition, according to local media. In 2021, two people were banned from the site after they trespassed on to an undeveloped section of the ancient structure. And earlier this year, another man was detained for several days after he carved a name into the wall, local media said.
Cincinnati Reds rookie Elly De La Cruz is amazing, and we’re big fans of his around The Big Lead’s offices. He’s fun, he’s exciting, he can do everything on a baseball field and he’ll be a star for years to come. But while he started his career on absolute fire, over the past month his numbers have plummeted. It appears De La Cruz has finally hit the rookie wall.
After facing the Atlanta Braves on June 23, De La Cruz was hitting .361 with a .418 on-base percentage, while slugging .656. His OPS was an eye-popping 1.074. He has struggled mightily since, and the Reds are 11-11 in that time.
In the 22 games since June 24, De La Cruz is hitting .226, with a .255 on-base percentage, while slugging .301, and has posted an OPS of .556. In 93 at-bats during that stretch he has 21 hits, four doubles, one home run, six RBI and 32 strikeouts. He does have 10 stolen bases since then, making him a real threat when he does reach base. But he actually has a negative WPA (win probability added) in that time at -0.76. His wRC+ has dropped to 99 for the season –100 is league average. That means he’s officially a below average MLB hitter right now. In fact, since June 25, his wRC+ has been a woeful 38.
That’s the bad news. Here’s where I temper it. De La Cruz is a phenomenal talent and this kind of thing happens to almost every rookie. The league figures guys out, finds the holes in their swings and attacks their flaws. Now it’s on him to counter it by making adjustments. There’s almost zero chance he doesn’t respond and stabilize things.
The issue here isn’t De La Cruz’s long-term prognosis, it’s what his struggles might mean for the Reds. They’re slumping right along with their rookie phenom. They’ve fallen out of first place in the NL Central and now trail the Milwaukee Brewers by 2.5 games. They’re also one back of the final Wild Card spot. So as it stands today, they would miss the playoffs.
If De La Cruz can turn things around quickly, so can the Reds. If he can’t? They might have to wait until next year.
The Baltimore Orioles are putting together quite a nice little season. Yesterday they took down the Toronto Blue Jays, 4-2, and moved to 43-25. The vibes are immaculate and even the most committed businesspeople are carving out time to see what Adley Rutschman will do next on a Thursday afternoon.
Look no further than these deals-oriented dudes walking around the concourse while also buying low and selling high.
It must be an incredible feeling to cook up such a bit with your buddy, find the perfect attire and then see it all pay off by getting on regional television. It’s the simple joys in life.
These two are either on the phone with Michael Jordan pitching him on Nike or working with Good Morning Football producers to make sure the next Wall Streeters segment really pops. Probably didn’t even complain about paying $11 for canned domestic beers because that’s just the free market at work, baby.
We haven’t seen such cinema at Camden Yards since Bunk and McNaulty realized Perlozzo could be pretty quick to yank a pitcher.
A ripe banana artwork called Comedian by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan was placed for exhibition at Seoul`s Leeum Museum of Art, but a hungry South Korean student couldn’t keep his hands or rather his mouth away from the fruit.
The “famous” artwork—a banana affixed to a wall with duct tape was eaten last week by Noh Huyn-so from Seoul National University, who removed the banana, ate it and then taped the peel to the wall of the Museum.
According to local media reports, the incident, which lasted more than a minute, was recorded by Noh’s friend. The video posted online purportedly shows Noh taking the banana off the wall as shouts of “excuse me” can be heard. He does not respond and starts eating as the room goes quiet.
After he was caught red-handed by security at the museum, the student told them that he was starving as he missed his breakfast.
The museum later placed a new banana at the same spot, reported local media. The banana is reportedly replaced every two or three days.
. The museum said it will not press any charges against the student.
Speaking to local media later, the student said that Cattelan’s work signifies rebellion against a certain authority.
“There could be another rebellion against the rebellion,” the Seoul National University student told KBS.
“Damaging an artwork could also be seen as an artwork, I thought that would be interesting… Isn’t it taped there to be eaten?”
This is not the first time that the bananas used for Cattelan’s art have been eaten by a visitor.
In 2019, performance artist David Datuna pulled the banana from the wall after the artwork was sold for $120,000 (£91,000) at Art Basel in Miami.
The banana was swiftly replaced and no further action was taken.
Watch the video below…
Museo de Seúl. Un estudiante destroza la obra de arte, de incalculable valor (2,79€/Kg +/-), llamada “Comediante” del artista italiano Maurizio Cattelan. (Que consistía en un plátano pegado a una pared) pic.twitter.com/tJWtlO7r9R