Everyone is a new version of someone else. Ryan Giggs was the new George Best when he made his Manchester United debut in 1991 and he played on the opposite flank to the previous season's new George Best, Lee Sharpe. Ever since 1994, any Romanian child who can do more than five keepie-ups has been dubbed the new Gheorghe Hagi. But as globalisation accelerates and the world becomes ever more inter-linked, the need for local or national icons has slackened off. Now everyone wants to be the new Lionel...
With the Euro 2016 round-of-16 stage done and dusted, the bracket is down to eight teams. Miguel Delaney takes a look at how they rank among the 24-team field.
1. GERMANY (+2): Germany finally sparked to life with a full-blooded display and made the most of their brilliant talent as they thrashed Slovakia 3-0. If they keep that up, no one will be able to take them down.
2. ITALY (+2): Italy put in the performance of the tournament so far, as they tactically outclassed Spain...
The Euro 2016 group stage is complete and the bracket is set to start the knockout rounds. Who are the favourites to win it all at the Stade de France on July 10? We asked Miguel Delaney to rank the 24-team field.
1. SPAIN: The team that produced the best performance of the tournament so far also showed the worst complacency in losing to Croatia. The defeat has given them an arduous path to the final, and will force them to show champions' quality. Regardless, they are probably still the...
The group stages of Euro 2016 are complete and for eight teams, the dream is over. Ukraine were the first to go while Republic of Ireland's dramatic winner against Italy meant heartbreak for Turkey.
Elsewhere, the curtain came down on Zlatan Ibrahimovic's Sweden career with a disappointing exit, while Russia endured a nightmare tournament.
Our ESPN FC bloggers give their quick take on how they fared and if you click on each country, you'll get an in-depth look back at their exploits in France.
Ukraine were the first team to be eliminated from Euro 2016. Here's an assessment of their woeful campaign in France, and where the national team goes from here.
At a glance
Andriy Yarmolenko's description of the 2-0 defeat vs. Northern Ireland --"shameful" -- perfectly sums up Ukraine's Euro 2016 campaign as a whole
It is not an easy task to recall any positives in Ukraine's vastly disappointing and embarrassing Euro 2016 campaign, let alone pick the highlights.
All the good memories...