Euro 2016

Euro 2016

Why 2016 has been the year of the sporting underdog

2016 will forever be remembered as the year the world lost its mind.

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France's coach Didier Deschamps watched his side lose to Portugal in the final. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

French tears, Portuguese ectasy and lasting memories of Euro 2016

Portugal’s historic win against hosts France was a fitting end to Euro 2016 – a cagey tournament punctuated by moments of quality.

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Joe Hart: At fault for two goals conceded by England. Picture: AFP/Getty

Stars of Euro 2016: The hits and misses

Who were the stars of the tournament and which players returned home as villains?

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A stretcher comes on for the tearful Cristiano Ronaldo, who sustained a knee injury when he was tackled by Dimitri Payet. Picture: AFP/Getty

Alan Pattullo: Portugal soared in Ronaldo’s absence

Say what you like about 
football – and last night’s Euro 2016 final was the subject of 
little acclaim. But it is never predictable.

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France and Portugal played out a tense encounter in the final. Picture: Getty

Portugal 1 - 0 France (AET): How the players rated

Portugal won the European Championships after defeating France in the final.

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Eder celebrates after scoring the winning goal in extra-time. Picture: PA

Portugal 1 - 0 France (AET): Portugal win Euro 2016 final

A drab match to round off a largely drab tournament, not that too many in Portugal will care. This was their first ever major international tournament success and that they clinched it having won only a single game in normal time, having got through the group as a best third-place team, will probably be regarded as nothing more than confirmation of the excellence of Fernando Santos’s tactics.

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Wales, led by Gareth Bale, reached the semi finals before losing to Portugal. Picture: Getty.

Alan Pattullo: A bigger Euro 2016 was worth it

So Euro 2016 has come and nearly gone. At Stade de France tonight the first part of Michel Platini’s grand vision for a competition stretching to 51 games and involving 24 teams will be realised.

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France celebrate after beating Germany 2-0 in the Euro 2016 semi-final. Picture: Getty Images

Jonathan Wilson: Didier Deschamps’ Euro 2016 final dilemma

Tournaments always look different in retrospect to how they felt at the time. Perspective and context create patterns and narratives that perhaps never existed. France’s World Cup win in 1998, for instance, which at the time felt like a series of hard-fought and at times fortuitous wins, was given added gloss by their exceptional performances in winning Euro 2000. Didier Deschamps the player benefited from that process; it may be he will benefit from it as a coach as well.

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Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo will go head-to-head six weeks after they clashed in the Champions League final. Photograph: Getty Images

Euro 2016 final is ‘Griezmann v Ronaldo, Part 2’

Cristiano Ronaldo and Antoine Griezmann will meet for another title showdown when Portugal face France in the European Championship final tomorrow, just six weeks after they contested the Champions League final.

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France's Antoine Griezmann, second left, scores his side's second goal during the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany. Picture: Michael Sohn/AP

Germany 0-2 France: Antoine Griezmann fires hosts into final

Euro 2016 poster boy Antoine Griezmann enhanced his love affair with the French public as his two goals last night put the hosts into the final with a 2-0 win over Germany.

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Portugal won the match 2-0. Picture: Getty

Wales and Portugal away kit switch ‘to aid colour blindness’

The decision to have both Wales and Portugal play in their away kits during their Euro 2016 semi-final was to help viewers with colour blindness distinguish between the two sides, it has been claimed.

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Michel Platini comforts France defender Patrick Battiston following a vicious collision with German goalkeeper Harald Schumacher during the 1982 World Cup semi-final in Seville. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

France take on Germany seeking to exorcise ghosts of 1982

The last time France played a European Championship semi-final on home turf, as they do this evening against Germany, the venue was also Marseille.

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Ronaldo is jubilant after heading Portugal ahead in the 50th minute last night. Picture: Frank Augstein/AP

Portugal 2-0 Wales: Portuguese man of awe ends Welsh dreams

Wales’ fairytale run at Euro 2016 ended with Cristiano Ronaldo the architect of Portugal’s progress into the final.

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Wales captain Ashley Williams, centre, shares a joke with team-mates during training ahead of their European semi-final against Portugal. Picture:  Stu Forster/Getty Images

Portugal v Wales: Clash of the Real titans in Euro showdown

In a just, well-ordered universe, Cristiano Ronaldo would be red-carded for a childish kick out at an opponent in Lyon tonight, with the referee helped to reach this decision by Wales talisman Gareth Bale’s remonstrations.

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StrikerHal Robson-Kanu during training yesterday. Picture: Paul Ellis/ Getty Images

Chris Coleman: Pressure is on Portugal, not Wales

Wales boss Chris Coleman has challenged Portugal to live up to the favourites’ tag in their Euro 2016 semi-final.

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The joy on the face of Gareth Bales daughter Alba Violet as she runs to her dad after Fridays victory reflects the mood of a nation. Picture: Getty Images

Wales moving forward on a wave of passion

The Welsh have a word for it: Hwyl. It means passion, in the emotional or spiritual sense, in their Celtic language.

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Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon leaves the pitch in tears. Picture: AP

German shoot-out record goes on as ‘curse of Italians’ is lifted

Germany ended 54 years of misery against Italy at major tournaments by taking a familiar route to victory: The penalty shootout.

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Antoine Griezmann chips over Iceland goalkeeper Hannes Halldorsson to score Frances fourth goal in the Stade de France. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

France 5 - 2 Iceland: French style puts end to Iceland’s dream

Iceland’s fantastic adventure finally came to an end in the Stade de France last night as they were swept aside by a French side in full flow.

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Wales celebrate in front of their ecstatic fans. Picture: Getty Images

How Chris Coleman galvanised wondeful Wales

Nine years ago on Monday, Chris Coleman was appointed manager of Real Sociedad. It was not a happy experience. Although he picked up 31 points from 21 games before being dismissed the following January, his time in San Sebastian has come to be remembered for one incident that happened towards the end of the November. He missed a training session and, when asked about it, blamed a faulty washing-machine that had leaked all over his apartment. Which might have been understandable had the Spanish press not seen him dancing into the early hours at a student disco.

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Germany players celebrate their penalty shoot-out win over Italy in the Euro 2016 quarter-final.  Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Germany 1 - 1 Italy (6-5 on pens): Germans book semi place

Germany advanced to the semi-final of Euro 2016 after an enthralling penalty shoot-out success over Italy in Bordeaux.

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