Northampton Town
Derby County
12:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Queens Park Rangers
Sheffield Wednesday
12:00 PM UTC
Game Details

Low's new Germany comes at a price


Ronaldo and Portugal's glory, Iceland and Wales heroes while England flop

ESPN FC had bloggers covering each country at Euro 2016. It was glory for Portugal, who overcame Cristiano Ronaldo's injury to stun France in the final.

Elsewhere, England endured a miserable tournament, limping through the group stages before an abject 2-1 defeat to Iceland in the round of 16 cost Roy Hodgson his job.

Iceland were one of the stories of the competition, though, reaching the quarterfinals before bowing out to the hosts. Similarly, Wales also captured the imagination following their stunning run to the semifinals.

Plenty of teams will look back on their campaign with regret, however. Spain, winners in 2008 and 2012, well well-beaten by Italy, who then made a right mess of their penalty shootout against Germany. Belgium were shocked by Wales when many had tipped Marc Wilmots' men for glory while the likes of Russia, Ukraine, Austria and Sweden bowed out too early for their liking.

With the tournament over, here's each bloggers' final say on the tournament in France.

Click on each country for an in-depth view on their Euro 2016 campaign.


PORTUGAL: Euro 2016 was a historical triumph brilliantly orchestrated by coach Fernando Santos, in which the unity and spirit of the whole squad brought the ultimate reward.  -- Tom Kundert


FRANCE:  Although supporters were immensely disappointed by losing the final to Portugal, Euro 2016 was a success for France, who will head into the 2018 World Cup confident they can win it. -- Jonathan Johnson

France could not deliver the trophy on home soil.


GERMANY: Disappointment is the prevailing emotion despite a decent campaign that ended with defeat to hosts France, but the World Cup winners can still hold their heads high despite their semifinal exit. -- Stephan Uersfeld

WALES:  Wales exceeded the expectations and dreams of their supporters and did so not through luck but belief and an unbeatable togetherness that extended beyond the players to an entire nation. -- Glen Wilson

Wales reception in Cardiff
Wales enjoyed a stunning run to the last four.


ICELAND: The fairytale ended in the last four. France were too strong for Iceland in the quarterfinals, but the team's performance in this tournament will long be remembered. -- Vidir Sigurdsson

ITALY: This may have been the worst Italy squad in years but they showed unity and tactical intelligence, allowing them to exceed expectations and win the heart of their many critics back home. -- Mina Rzouki

BELGIUM: Euro 2016's most expensively assembled squad still needs a semblance of a tactical plan if trophies are the aim. -- John Chapman

POLAND: The flight home to Warsaw was tinged with disappointment following a quarterfinal shootout defeat to eventual winners Portugal, but Adam Nwalka's men achieved their targets. -- Ryan Hubbard

Iceland were many peoples' favourite story of Euro 2016.

Round of 16

CROATIA: Croatia played the most exciting football of the group stage only to get knocked out to Portugal in perhaps the most tedious game in Euros history. -- Alex Holiga

ENGLAND: Until the Iceland game, the word to sum up England's Euro 2016 campaign was "frustrating." After it, "embarrassing" was more accurate. They looked disjointed throughout and while there were moments of hope in the group games, they were dashed in the knockouts in the most abject fashion. -- Nick Miller

HUNGARY: Fans were disappointed to exit in the round of 16 but to even think they had a chance shows how far this team has come. -- Tomasz Mortimer

NORTHERN IRELAND Michael O'Neill's players and the country's boisterous supporters were ousted by a cruel own goal and Gareth Bale's impact but were a superb example of how spirit, preparation and diligence can impact major tournaments. -- Julian Taylor

REPUBLIC OF IRELAND: A fantastic and ultimately heart-breaking roller-coaster with the prevailing mood after each game going: one and done; useless and hopeless; unbeatable and heroic; unlucky, plucky and proud. -- Ewan MacKenna

SLOVAKIA: Slovakia fulfilled their pre-tournament goal: to advance from a tough group. Anything else would have been a bonus -- you cannot beat Germany, the world champions, in every match (and Slovakia did so in May). -- Lukas Vrablik

SPAIN: Spain failed to defend their title as Vicente del Bosque did not find the right mix between old guard and new blood. -- Ed Alvarez

SWITZERLAND: Switzerland did pretty much what was expected of them. Xherdan Shaqiri's stunning overhead kick against Poland will give them some fond memories. -- Brian Homewood

England went home in shame following a dismal defeat to Iceland.

Group stage

TURKEY: A cruel way to be eliminated as Ireland scored late to pip them to a third-best place but, upon reflection, fans will accept Fatih Terim's side didn't do enough to qualify. The moral of the story is to not rely on others. -- Eren Sarigul

SWEDEN: Erik Hamren's men were only going to go as far as Zlatan Ibrahimovic could take them and in the end, their talisman just wasn't at the top of his game. -- Mattias Karen

AUSTRIA: Marcel Koller's side couldn't meet high expectations and there's a lot of work to be done in order to build a team to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. -- Marco Stein

ALBANIA: The team were eliminated with their heads held high, having recorded a victory in their first appearance at an international competition -- and nearly qualifying for the knockout phase.  -- Maher Mezahi

CZECH REPUBLIC: The organisation Pavel Vrba imparted was talked up before the tournament began, but in the end it was undone by the manager's over-reliance on old legs and old names. -- Kirsten Schlewitz

RUSSIA: An absolutely disastrous performance just two years before hosting the World Cup proves that Russia need to build the team from scratch. -- Michael Yokhin

ROMANIA: Romania's final game with Albania was one of the worst defeats in the country's Euro history. -- Emanuel Rosu

UKRAINE: Andriy Yarmolenko perfectly summed up Ukraine's performance at Euro 2016 by calling it shameful. -- Alex Sereda

Follow @ESPNFC on Twitter to keep up with the latest football updates.


Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.