Euro 2016

Euro 2016
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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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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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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