Euros 2016 Analysis

Athletes did us proud but Olympic Games dominated by controversy

The O’Donovan brothers became the nation’s darlings, but we’ll remember the Rio Games for all the wrong reasons, writes Catherine Shanahan

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John Delaney: Martin O’Neill is here to stay

FAI chief executive John Delaney is satisfied Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane are committed to seeing Ireland through the upcoming World Cup qualifying campaign.

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Portugal's win brings ‘an explosion of heroics and happiness’

Portugal’s triumphant soccer team returned home last night on a plane named after the country’s late legend Eusebio and will continue their celebrations after the dramatic win over hosts France in the Euro 2016 final.

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Antoine Griezmann named top player in Euros as Portugal dominate team of the tournament

France forward Antoine Griezmann was named player of the tournament after leading the Euro 2016 hosts to Sunday’s final where they lost to Portugal in extra-time. 

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FAI renews target to clear debt by 2020

On the back of a bumper 2015, the FAI are planning to maintain financial stability throughout the upcoming World Cup campaign in order to meet their debt-free objective by 2020.

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The ultimate day of the underdog as Portugal shock France

Not a final for the ages and not even a result for the age that we live in.

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Portugal’s men o’war rule Europe

France 0, Portugal 1 (AET): Portugal have had to face being called a one-man team for a long as Cristiano Ronaldo has kicked a football but on the night when they lost their talisman to injury, they provided one of the greatest backs-to-the-wall victories the European Championships have ever seen, as substitute Eder ended France’s dream in Paris last night.

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Martin O’Neill urges ‘consummate pro’ John O’Shea to hang on

Ireland boss Martin O’Neill has warned that the Euro 2016 feelgood factor can easily disintegrate unless his team negotiate a daunting start to their World Cup campaign.

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Celebrating the Euro wow factor

Chris Hatherall celebrates the Euro 2016 wow factor.

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Antoine Griezmann, Wales, and Antonio Conte star in a tournament where bigger proved better

Five things we learned in France.

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Liam Brady: John Giles is simply the best

Tomorrow night’s final will be a sad occasion for those of us out in Montrose as John Giles makes his last appearance on the RTÉ panel. Ours is a team which has been playing together for a long, long, time and I’m certainly sad that it’s breaking up now. I know Eamon feels the same way and I know that John does too.

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Cristiano Ronaldo gets chance to upstage rival Leo Messi

Leo Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo?

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France v Portugal: How sides compare

Simon Collings compares the two sides before they clash in Euro 2016 final.

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Goal-machine Griezmann helps France’s healing

This was the night when France began to heal before our very eyes, a night when La Marseillaise was sung louder than it has ever been sung, a night when Antoine Griezmann became a national hero — and when Les Bleus dramatically and deservedly reached the final of Euro 2016.

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What does it take to pull off the perfect header?

The best header of a ball in football history? The highest jumper? Better hang-time than an NBA basketball player?

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BallTalk TV: Can Ronaldo eclipse Messi and get his hands on an international trophy?

If Cristiano Ronaldo leads Portugal to victory in the final of Euro 2016, will his career have been more successful than rival Lionel Messi, asks Robert McNamara

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Night when players regained affection of French fans

For France, this was about more than trying to win a football match. This glorious sporting occasion in Marseilles represented a chance to restore the pride and faith of a nation.

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Ronaldo targets dream finale

Cristiano Ronaldo is determined to make his country’s dreams come true after helping Portugal to the Euro 2016 final.

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Joe Ledley to miss big bash as he ties knot in Ibiza

Joe Ledley will miss Wales’ homecoming party as he heads off to Ibiza to get married.

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Joe Allen: Epic journey could transform Welsh sport

Joe Allen has revealed how the Wales players sat in their dressing room after Euro 2016 elimination contemplating how they have changed the face of Welsh football.

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Heartbreak for Wales but future looks so bright

The numbers were always stacked against Wales in Lyon last night but Chris Coleman’s men still return home as heroes today, albeit ultimately heroic in failure after manfully battling to defeat by one of European football’s most successful ever teams.

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Didier Deschamps: Let’s make history

France boss Didier Deschamps has challenged his players to write another glorious chapter in the country’s footballing history ahead of tonight’s Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany.

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Bastian Schweinsteiger fit to lead Germany

Bastian Schweinsteiger will lead Germany onto the field for tonight’s Euro 2016 semi-final against France after being passed fit to play.

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Cristiano Ronaldo has last word in battle of the superstars

Portugal 2 Wales 0: It shouldn’t be all about Cristiano Ronaldo, it really shouldn’t, but from the moment people labelled this match as Ronaldo v Bale you knew there was no way on earth he was going to settle for second best — and that’s why Wales are finally out of Euro 2016 and Portugal can look forward to the final in Paris on Sunday.

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Clare schoolgirl was among mascots for Euro 2016 semi-final

A 10-year-old Clare schoolgirl was amongst the mascots for tonight's Euro 2016 semi-final between Wales and Portugal.

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Roy Keane predicts that Germany will knock-out Ireland’s conquerors

Roy Keane believes Germany will prevail against Ireland's conquerors France tonight to reach Sunday's Euro 2016 final.

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Too small, too frail Antoine Griezmann defies his doubters

Too small. Too frail. No future in French football. Antoine Griezmann defied plenty of sceptics by becoming the highest scorer at the European Championship.

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In-form Olivier Giroud keeps focus on the big picture

Olivier Giroud confounded the doubters as France reached the Euro 2016 semi-finals — but the striker is savouring the victory rather than his man-of-the-match display against Iceland.

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Joachim Low: France will be different proposition this time

Germany coach Joachim Low admits his side’s World Cup win over France two years ago will have no bearing on their Euro 2016 semi-final.

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Balltalk TV: Can Wales win Euro 2016?

Wales, who hadn't qualified for a major tournament since 1958, have been the surprise team of Euro 2016.

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