So Euro 2016 has come to an end and Portugal have won their first International tournament in their history. The final itself reflect the rest of the tournament, it wasn’t a great game to watch but it was a fantastic story, Portugal winning the tournament by beating France in their home tournament having not played brilliantly and having lost their own tournament back in 2004 to a Greece team that were not pretty to watch either.
They even won the final having lost Cristiano Ronaldo early in the game, it showed that this Portugal team could cope without the services of Ronaldo. It was a fantastic story for Portugal and the tournament having a winner who no one had expected. This tournament has been a tournament of the unexpected with the likes of Wales getting to the Semi Finals, Iceland getting to the Quarter Finals and the likes of Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland and Hungary proving that even teams that do not have a world class player at their disposal can get far in major tournaments.
This has been a tournament about the teams, fans and France itself. The teams that proved that teamwork and team spirit are worth more than big name players, the fans who brought atmosphere and entertainment to many of the games, and France who proved that they put on a great tournament with no problems of terrorism which everyone had been worried about before the tournament. This are the reasons that Euro 2016 will be remembered and should live long in the memory of not just football fans but people who never had an interest in football till they seen everything that was going on at Euro 2016.