Euro 2016 team preview: Hosts France seek success on home soil
Group A: France | Romania | Albania | Switzerland
The wait is over, and France, who have had two years to fine-tune a formula for their home tournament, will be expected to make a concerted assault on the trophy. On paper, the path to the semifinals does not look too trying, so falling short of that round would be a major disappointment.
How they qualified: Host nation
France qualified automatically but, for the first time, were placed as a "ghost" team in one of the groups. This meant they played home and away friendlies against all the sides in Group I. Two wins against Portugal were notable, but a draw and defeat versus Albania blotted the copybook.
How they'll proceed:
Getting to the last four should be a given, even considering that star striker Karim Benzema may not be available. France will come close to emulating their titles of 1984 and 2000 but will fall just short.
(4-3-3); GK: Hugo Lloris; DF: Bacary Sagna, Eliaquim Mangala, Laurent Koscielny, Patrice Evra; MF: Moussa Sissoko, Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi; FW: Antoine Griezmann, Olivier Giroud, Anthony Martial.
Key player: Anthony Martial
There are echoes of 1998, when 20-year-old Thierry Henry impressed as France clinched a stunning home triumph. Martial, who featured prominently in recent friendlies, has the element of surprise that could decide big games.
Manager: Didier Deschamps
The 47-year-old replaced Laurent Blanc after Euro 2012. Chances of success look good after a respectable World Cup showing that ended in the last eight, and France look comfortable playing in the 4-3-3 system he favours.
June 10 vs. Romania (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade de France, Paris)
-- LIVE on ESPN2
June 15 vs. Albania (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Velodrome, Marseille)
-- LIVE on ESPN
June 19 vs. Switzerland (3 p.m. ET/7 p.m. GMT; Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille)
-- LIVE on ESPN
Games are also LIVE on ESPN Deportes, ESPN FC, WatchESPN and the ESPN app.