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.
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
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
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
Round of 16
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
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
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
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
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