Euro 2016 champions Portugal return home to hero’s welcome

Euro 2016 champions Portugal return home to hero’s welcome

Thousands of fans greeted Euro 2016 champions Portugal as they landed in Lisbon on Monday, chanting the name of goal hero Eder, whose extra-time screamer sealed the 1-0 victory over France. After travelling in a plane named after the late striker Eusebio, coach Fernando Santos and captain Cristiano Ronaldo were greeted by rapturous applause from […]

Team France win back fans by reaching Euro 2016 final

Team France win back fans by reaching Euro 2016 final

France has rediscovered its love for the national football team after years of scandal and disappointment, as well as a new sports hero in sure-fire striker Antoine Griezmann. Griezmann scored twice on Thursday, leading France to a 2-0 victory against Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-final, and setting off football fever that has not been […]

Football: Germany win on penalties to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals

Football: Germany win on penalties to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals

Germany moved into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on Saturday but their un-German-like inefficiency in a penalty shootout with Italy almost cost them dear before Jonas Hector kept his head. Germany missed three penalties before triumphing 6-5 in a rollercoaster 18-penalty shootout as Hector slotted home his kick under the diving Gianluigi Buffon and raced […]

Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro 2016 semis

Portugal beat Poland in shootout to reach Euro 2016 semis

Portugal substitute Ricardo Quaresma, keeper Rui Patricio and 18-year-old midfield sensation Renato Sanches were the heroes as Portugal beat Poland 5-3 on penalties after a 1-1 draw to reach the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday. Patricio dived full length to block Jakub Blaszczykowski’s penalty, Poland’s fourth, allowing substitute Quaresma, whose goal late in extra-time beat […]

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Ireland beat Italy 1-0 to set up France showdown at Euro 2016

Robbie Brady struck with just five minutes remaining as the Republic of Ireland claimed a dramatic 1-0 win over Italy in Lille on Wednesday to reach the knockout phase of Euro 2016. Brady’s goal arrived just when it looked as if Ireland were heading out due to a combination of Italy goalkeeper Salvatore Sirigu and […]

Croatia storm into Euro last 16 with 2-1 victory over Spain

Croatia storm into Euro last 16 with 2-1 victory over Spain

Croatia pipped Spain to first place in Group D at Euro 2016 after Ivan Perisic struck a late winner in a 2-1 victory on Tuesday. Croatia goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved a second-half penalty from Sergio Ramos after Nikola Kalinic had cancelled out Alvaro Morata’s early opener on the stroke of half-time. Turkey must wait to […]

England advance to last 16 of Euro 2016 after 0-0 draw with Slovakia

England advance to last 16 of Euro 2016 after 0-0 draw with Slovakia

England drew 0-0 with Slovakia on Monday to finish second in Euro 2016 Group B and qualify for the knockout phase behind Wales who beat Russia 3-0 in their final match. Wales top the group with six points ahead of England on five, one ahead of Slovakia who should also reach the last 16 as […]

Ronaldo misses penalty, Austria keep Portugal winless at Euro 2016

Ronaldo misses penalty, Austria keep Portugal winless at Euro 2016

  PARIS: Cristiano Ronaldo missed a late penalty as Portugal stumbled to a 0-0 draw with Austria, while Belgium swept to a 3-0 win over Ireland on a day of contrasts at the European Championship on Saturday. There were mixed fortunes too for Iceland, which looked set to cause another shock by following up its […]

Vladimir Putin MOCKS England fans attacked by mob of Russian ultras at Euro 2016

Vladimir Putin MOCKS England fans attacked by mob of Russian ultras at Euro 2016

The streets of Marseille were engulfed in disorder before last Saturday’s 1-1 draw and it continued inside the stadium but Putin appears to have made light of the violence. The streets of Marseille were engulfed in disorder before last Saturday’s 1-1 draw and it continued inside the stadium – but Putin appears to have made […]

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Spain beat Turkey 3-0 to qualify for Euro 2016 last 16

Striker Alvaro Morata scored twice to lead Spain to an emphatic 3-0 win over Turkey on Friday that sent the holders into the second round of the European Championship. Morata opened the scoring in a one-sided Group D match after 34 minutes, climbing to head home Nolito’s cross from the left. Three minutes later Turkey […]

Italy through to last 16 after beating Sweden at Euro 2016

Italy through to last 16 after beating Sweden at Euro 2016

Italy moved into the knockout stages of Euro 2016 after Eder scored two minutes from fulltime to secure a 1-0 win over Sweden in Toulouse on Friday. Eder ended a great run by firing home to move Italy clear at the top of Group E on six points after two matches following their 2-0 victory […]

Northern Ireland earn historic 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016

Northern Ireland earn historic 2-0 win over Ukraine at Euro 2016

Northern Ireland shocked Ukraine 2-0 in Euro 2016 Group C on Thursday thanks to goals from Gareth McAuley and Niall McGinn to keep alive their hopes of reaching the knockout phase at Euro 2016. A flying header from veteran West Bromwich Albion defender McAuley and McGinn’s injury-time strike at a hailstone-battered Stade de Lyon gave […]

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

France battle past Albania to reach last 16 at Euro 2016

Late goals from Antoine Griezmann and Dimitri Payet saw France qualify for the last 16 of Euro 2016 after overcoming stiff resistance from tournament debutants Albania in Marseille. Follow the game as it happened on our liveblog.

Italy stun Belgium 2-0 in Euro 2016 ‘Group of Death’ clash

Italy stun Belgium 2-0 in Euro 2016 ‘Group of Death’ clash

Goals in either half from Emanuele Giaccherini and Graziano Pelle ensured Italy hit the ground running at Euro 2016 as the Azzurri confined highly-fancied Belgium to a 2-0 defeat on Monday. Marc Wilmot’s Belgium, the highest ranked side coming into the European championship finals, dominated for long spells of the Group E clash at the […]

As Roy Hodgson prepares for Euro 2016 opener against Russia, England expects more than Euro 96 nostalgia

As Roy Hodgson prepares for Euro 2016 opener against Russia, England expects more than Euro 96 nostalgia

Since the World Cup in 2006, Germany have won 18 matches at international tournaments. Spain the same. Holland have won 14, Portugal seven, Italy a disappointing five. How many have England won in that time? Three. Single goal winning margins over Slovenia in 2010, and Sweden and Ukraine in 2012 is the sum of it. […]

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

France beat Romania 2-1 in nail-biting Euro 2016 opener

 Dimitri Payet’s stunning 25 metre strike a minute from time got hosts France off to a winning start at Euro 2016 on Friday as they beat Romania 2-1. Payet was France’s standout performer all night. His cross also created the opener for Olivier Giroud before Bogdan Stancu’s penalty looked to have handed Romania a point. […]

Can France recapture spirit of ‘98 to lift a nation at Euro 2016?

Can France recapture spirit of ‘98 to lift a nation at Euro 2016?

On Sunday, less than a week before kicking off in the curtain raiser for Euro 2016, the France squad was paid a visit by none other than François Hollande, the country’s president. He had stopped by to give them a quick pep talk. It’s possible that the rallying call from the famously uncharismatic Hollande, with […]

In pictures: Young talent to watch for at Euro 2016

In pictures: Young talent to watch for at Euro 2016

The Euro 2016 championships begin in France on Friday, and while all eyes will be on the big names, a number of extremely talented youngsters such as Kingsley Coman and Dele Alli will also be in the spotlight. FRANCE 24 looks at the young players who show the greatest promise of their generation, from Englishman […]

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

Hollande says labour reform strikes must not disrupt Euro 2016

President Francois Hollande said on Sunday it would be incomprehensible if transport strikes were to disrupt the Euro 2016 soccer tournament that opens in France on Friday, raising pressure on the militant CGT union to call off the action. Hollande spoke in a radio interview as an opinion poll showed a majority of French people […]

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

France warm up for Euro 2016 with 3-0 win over Scotland

Olivier Giroud silenced his doubters by scoring twice as France eased past Scotland 3-0 on Saturday in their final warm-up match ahead of next week’s Euro 2016 opener against Romania at the Stade de France. The Arsenal striker cleverly flicked home a Bacary Sagna cross to fire France into an eighth-minute lead in Metz, and […]

French coach Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro 2016 snub, says Benzema

French coach Deschamps ‘bowed to racists’ over Euro 2016 snub, says Benzema

France’s top scorer Karim Benzema on Wednesday accused coach Didier Deschamps of bowing to pressure from a “racist” political party by not selecting him for the Euro 2016 squad. The Real Madrid striker, who is being investigated over an alleged sex-tape blackmail case, questioned whether Deschamps left him out because of his Algerian descent. The […]