Euro 2016

Croat accused of rioting at UEFA 2016 game goes on trial

The trial of Ivan Vucenovic, 21, accused of causing rioting during a European soccer championship match between Croatia and the Czech Republic in Saint Etienne, France last June, began at the Sibenik Municipal Court on Thursday.

Euro 2016 tournament in France generated $1.29 bn, study says

The Euro 2016 football tournament hosted by France over the summer had an economic impact of 1.22 billion euros (1.29 billion dollars), a study released Tuesday said.

Portugal defy the critics with Euro title - even without Ronaldo

Portugal defied the critics to win Euro 2016 with a defensive game plan and just one victory in 90 minutes from their seven games. And they clinched the title even without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo who was stretchered off injured in the first half.

Portugal claim Euro 2016 over hosts France despite Ronaldo injury

Portugal overcame an injury to superstar Cristiano Ronaldo to capture their first major football title when they beat hosts France 1-0 on Sunday on an extra-time winner from substitute Eder.

Tearful Ronaldo forced off injured in Euro final first half

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo was forced off with a knee injury midway through the first half of the Euro 2016 final against France on Sunday.

Ibrahimovic, Cech quit but other stars leave future open after Euro

For Sweden striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Czech goalkeeper Petr Cech Euro 2016 was their last international showing. But many others such as Spain goalkeeper Iker Casillas and Germany captain Bastian Schweinsteiger are yet to decide on their future.

Biggest Euros lack class but has drama, upsets - and fans make up

The biggest ever European Championship saw plenty of tight games, but that was less the result of high-class play and more to do with a safety-first approach not only adopted by limited newcomers.

Ronaldo seeks more greatness with first Portugal title at last

For his Portugal coach Fernando Santos, Cristiano Ronaldo is "the best player in the world. That's it."

Pepe returns to training, Ronaldo expects "very complicated" final

Defender Pepe returned to Portugal training on Friday after recovering from a thigh muscle problem in a boost for the team ahead of the Euro 2016 final against hosts France.

Schweinsteiger future unclear after Euro loss

The gas appears to have finally run of Bastian Schweinsteiger's tank at the Euro 2016 semi-final loss and now the Germany captain may have to make a difficult decision on his future.

Deschamps relishing moment as pride restored to France

France stunned World Cup winners Germany in the Euro 2016 semi-finals Thursday and are now wanting to go all the way against Portugal in Sunday's final.

Loew left rueing ill-fortune as Germany fall short in Euro semi

Germany coach Joachim Loew insisted the better team lost when France downed the World Cup winners to reach the Euro 2016 final with a shock victory.

Griezmann at the double as hosts France stun Germany in Euros

A double from Antoine Griezmann and an intense first-half rearguard action saw hosts France stun World Cup champions Germany 2-0 in Marseille Thursday to set up a Euro 2016 final against Portugal.

Portugal beat Wales 2-0 into Euro final; Ronaldo equals scoring mark

Cristiano Ronaldo equalled the all-time tournament scoring record and set up the other goal as Portugal beat Wales 2-0 on Wednesday for a place in the final of Euro 2016.

Schweinsteiger returns for Germany's semi-final clash with France

Captain Bastian Schweinsteiger is fit and will start Germany's Euro 2016 semi-final with France on Thursday, coach Joachim Loew has confirmed.

Deschamps settled on plan ahead of biggest Euro challenge yet

France coach Didier Deschamps unsurprisingly refused to reveal his tactical plan ahead of Thursday's Euro 2016 semi-final with Germany but said he has decided on what system will be used in the game.

Possession still key to Euro success, but flexibility also crucial

Coaches have shown a willingness to adapt at this tournament and teams have prospered because of it.

Late manager Gary Speed laid foundations for Wales' Euro 2016 success

The foundations of Wales' astonishing run into the Euro 2016 semis were laid by the late manager Gary Speed who would be proud of the team.

Ungrateful guests - Germany's impressive record v tournament hosts

Germany meet hosts France in the semi-finals of Euro 2016 on Thursday and look to extend their record as uncomfortable guests. Since the 1966 World Cup final, which they lost to England playing at home, they have been on an unbeaten run of nine wins against tournament hosts.

Iceland national team gets huge reception after first-ever Euro

Icelandic football fans received the island's national side like conquering heroes, as the team returned home Monday night after being eliminated in the quarterfinals of their first-ever European championships.

Bale: Wales dreaming of Euro title but first comes Portugal semi

Wales are dreaming of winning Euro 2016 but first comes a difficult semi-final task against Portugal, star forward Gareth Bale said on Monday.

French interior minister: More than 1,000 detentions during Euro 2016

French police have made more than 1,000 arrests or detentions since the start of the European football championship, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a interview with local media published Monday.

Rampant France end Iceland's miracle run 5-2 in Euro quarters

Rampant hosts France brutally ended Iceland's fairytale run at Euro 2016 with a crushing 5-2 victory on Sunday for a semi-final date with world champions Germany.

Controlled detonation at Stade de France ahead of Euro quarter-final

French security forces on Sunday conducted a controlled detonation on a car near the Stade de France stadium, where France were due to play Iceland in a Euro 2016 quarter-final later in the day.

Germany-Italy settled by the oddest of shoot-outs

Not only the players were put on the spot in Germany's penalty shoot-out victory over Italy at Euro 2016.

Wide boys Kimmich and Hector step up for Germany on big stage

Full-backs Joshua Kimmich and Jonas Hector prove unlikely heroes for Germany at the end of a match decided in spot-kick drama.

Germany end Italy hoodoo to reach Euro 2016 semi-finals

At long last Germany defeated Italy in the finals of a major tournament as a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory carried the World Cup winners into the semi-finals of Euro 2016 after a 1-1 draw on Saturday.

France won't underestimate Iceland, who like their chance as well

Hosts France need an all-out effort and not just their reputation to beat confident surprise team Iceland in Sunday's Euro 2016 quarter-finals, captain Hugo Lloris warned.

Croatia condemns stoning of Rakitic's holiday home

Croatian tourism minister Anton Kliman on Saturday both condemned and played down the stoning attack on the holiday home of national football star Ivan Rakitic, the daily Jutarnji List reported.

FIFA chief Infantino sticks to 40-team World Cup plan

FIFA president Gianni Infantino has again underlined his support for an expanded 40-team World Cup despite criticism of the extended 24-team Euro 2016 format.

Fabulous Wales stay grounded: no title dreams as Portugal next

Wales are hailed for their awe-inspiring 3-1 win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, but they are staying grounded and only looking at their next opponents Portugal - far from dreaming of the title

Wales stun Belgium 3-1 for historic place in Euro semis

Wales were on fire on Friday as they stunned favoured Belgium 3-1 in the Euro 2016 quarter-finals for their best ever showing at a major football event.

Italy coach Conte hails Germany as best in world before Euro clash

Italy coach Antonio Conte heaped the pressure on Germany ahead of Saturday's Euro 2016 quarter-final in Bordeaux, calling Joachim Loew's side "the most complete side in the world."

Wales fans fear missing Euro game due to long Eurotunnel delays

Fans travelling from Wales by car to their team's Euro 2016 quarter-final against Belgium in Lille later on Friday fear missing the game because of long delays at the Eurotunnel.

UEFA charge Portugal after Euro pitch invasion

UEFA have opened a disciplinary case against the Portuguese football federation after a fan invaded the pitch and spectators let off fireworks in their Euro 2016 quarter-final match against Poland on Thursday.

Iceland's new president shuns VIP box to watch game with fans

Iceland's newly elected president Gudni Thorlacius Johannesson prefers to watch his country's national team with the fans rather than from the rarefied confines of the VIP area.

No wins, no problem - gritty Portugal reach last four at Euro 2016

Portugal have reached the last four of the European Championships without a single win in regulation - is that a sign of potential champions or is their luck due to run out?

Football fever in Iceland ahead of key match against hosts France

Iceland basks in football success with fans hoping for new upset in France.

Portugal stay cool from the spot to eliminate Poland in shoot-out

Portugal reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016 Thursday as they secured a dramatic 5-3 spot-kick win over Poland following a 1-1 draw in Marseille.

Lewandowski shoots himself into the record books

Poland's Robert Lewandowski netted after only 100 seconds of Thursday's Euro 2016 quarter-final with Portugal

Vertonghen injury blow for Belgium but Hazard back for Wales match

Belgium's defensive woes grew in the form of a tournament-ending ankle injury for Jan Vertonghen on the eve of Friday's Euro 2016 quarter-final against a determined Wales team.

Loew hopes spy in the camp can provide edge over Italy

Germany have never beaten Italy at a major tournament but an Italy-based spy could hand coach Joachim Loew an advantage ahead of Saturday's clash.

Poland forward Milik looking forward to facing Ronaldo at Euros

Poland forward Arkadiusz Milik has revealed Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo has been an inspiration to him in his development

High-flying Iceland the next test of courage for hosts France

Euro 2016 hosts France continue their buildup for a quarter-final date with high-flying Iceland who will have nothing to lose. France are by contrast condemned to win but face defensive problems.

Ireland fans awarded medal for sportsmanship by Paris mayor

Republic of Ireland fans have been recognized for their sportsmanship at Euro 2016 by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, who has announced she will award them the Grand Vermeil, or Medal of the City of Paris.

Euro referees get team tactics drills

The standard of refereeing at Euro 2016 has so far been high. One reason is probably that for the first time match officials have been schooled in the tactics of the participating teams.

Wales brush family dilemmas aside for Belgium date in Euro quarters

Wales' quarter-final berth at Euro 2016 appears to have even caught some of their players by surprise. But they are ready to shelve family plans as they take on mighty Belgium for a place in the semis.

What next for England following Euros embarrassment?

There are plenty of unknowns surrounding England after their humiliating exit from Euro 2016.

Ten charged with fan violence at Saint-Etienne during EURO 2016

According to unofficial sources, the Croatian police have so far arrested and charged ten people in several Croatian towns linked to hooliganism at Saint-Etienne stadium in France during a match between the Czech Republic and Croatia on June 17.

"Never wake me up!" - Iceland celebrate new Euro triumph

Iceland’s national football team took what is likely their biggest scalp ever after eliminating England at the Euro 2016 football championship, setting up a quarter final tie against host nation France.

Lewandowski and Ronaldo continue to dominate Poland-Portugal clash

Poland meet Portugal for a place in the Euro 2016 semi-finals on Thursday with traditional stars Robert Lewandowski and Cristiano Ronaldo looking out of sorts.

Surprise package Iceland eliminate dismal England

Iceland's romantic Euro 2016 saga continued Monday with a surprise 2-1 comeback defeat of dismal England, in an eventful round of 16 clash.

Italy end Spain's football reign for good, 2-0 in last 16 at Euro

Inspired Italy ended Spain's reign of world football for good on Monday when they ousted the two-time reigning champions 2-0 in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Hooligans responsible for fan violence at Saint-Etienne arrested in Split and Sibenik

Police in Split and Sibenik arrested five football fans linked to hooliganism at Saint-Etienne stadium in France during the match between the Czech Republic and Croatia on 17 June.

Hazard the dance master as Belgium crush Hungary 4-0

Belgium cruised into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 Sunday with an impressive 4-0 destruction of Hungary on goals from Toby Alderweireld, Michy Batshuayi, Eden Hazard and Yannick Carrasco.

Germany dominate Slovakia to reach Euro quarter-finals

World champions Germany eased into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Slovakia in Lille on Sunday.

Griezmann double ensures France survive scare to reach Euro quarters

A second half double from Antoine Griezmann allowed France to survive a huge scare against 10-man Ireland and fight back to reach the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 thanks to a 2-1 win in Lyon Sunday.

England go into Euros ko stage with poor win and penalty record

England will be hoping to improve their poor record in the knock-out stages of major tournaments when they play Iceland in Nice on Monday - and if necessary banish their penalty shoot-out demons.

Pepe talks up Portugal's beautiful game after Croatia win

Portugal defender Pepe has surprised everyone at Euro 2016 with his description of his nation's 1-0 win over Croatia.

Wales celebrate Euro quarter-final berth and will hope for more

It wasn't pretty but a 1-0 over Northern Ireland lifted Wales into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals. Now they prepare for Hungary or Belgium - after a day off to spend and enjoy with their families

Poland showing they are not a one-man team at Euro 2016

The scoring problems of Robert Lewandowski have not derailed the Polish charge at Euro 2016 and the striker is being backed to find the net again soon.

Croatia turns on coach Cacic after loss to Portugal

Croatia crashed out of the Euro with a 1-0 overtime loss to Portugal Saturday, shocking the nations out of high expectations and triggering an outrage avalanche against coach Ante Cacic.

Portugal edge luckless Croatia with late Quaresma goal

Portugal battled their way into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 Saturday with a late 1-0 defeat of Croatia, on an extra-time goal from supersub Ricardo Quaresma.

Portugal edge Croatia with late Quaresma goal

Portugal battled their way into the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 Saturday with a late 1-0 defeat of Croatia, on an extra-time goal from supersub Ricardo Quaresma.

Northern Ireland exit Euro 2016 with pride

Will Grigg did not get the opportunity to be on fire on the pitch, but the collective defensive effort will be remember from Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 - just as their fantastic fans with the popular "Will Grigg's on fire" song that was heard a last time at the tournament

Wales need own goal to reach Euro quarters over Northern Ireland

Gareth Bale's Wales stumbled into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday, beating fighting Northern Ireland 1-0 from an own goal by Gareth McAuley.

Poland edge Switzerland on penalties to reach Euro 2016 quarters

Poland reached the quarter-finals of Euro 2016 with a 5-4 penalty shoot-out win over Switzerland in St Etienne Saturday, after their opponents rescued a 1-1 draw with a wonder-goal by Xherdan Shaqiri.

Fun starts now but Deschamps won't underestimate Ireland

France coach Didier Deschamps promised more excitement as Euro 2016 reached the knockout stage, and said there was no chance of underestimating Ireland.

Spain approach Italy clash with doubts after defeat against Croatia

Wednesday's shock 2-1 defeat against Croatia has not only sent holders Spain into the difficult half of the Euro 2016 bracket, but it has also punctured the confidence of Vicente del Bosque and his players

Rooney targeting Euro 2016 victory rather than mere progress

After a series of failures at major tournaments, England are once again eyeing the path to success at Euro 2016. Iceland stand in their way in the last 16.

All eyes remain on Ronaldo as Portugal meet Croatia

Cristiano Ronaldo is being backed by his Portugal team-mates to fire them into the Euro 2016 quarter-finals on Saturday but opponents Croatia are confident they can see off his threat.

Wales must keep emotions in check in another "Battle of Britain"

Wales must control their emotions if they want to prevail in their second "Battle of Britain" match at Euro 2016, a last 16 game against Northern Ireland, manager Chris Coleman said on Friday.

Switzerland not writing off shot-shy Lewandowski ahead of last 16

Poland's Robert Lewandowski has not found the net yet at Euro 2016 but Switzerland are aware he remains a major threat when the teams meet in the last 16 of the competition on Saturday.

Wales, Northern Ireland readying for another "Battle of Britain"

Britain voted on the Brexit while its football teams from Wales and Northern Ireland are doing everything to stay in the Euros when they meet in the last 16.

Last 16 kicks off with Ronaldo wary of Croatian threat

Croatia won their group but still draw a tough opponent in Portugal. The Swiss meet Poland and Wales play Northern Ireland as last-16 begins.

Kalinic bullish on Croatia chances with Portugal up next

Croatia have eased into the Euro 2016 knock-out stages and after defeating champions Spain in the group phase, forward Nikola Kalinic believes they could go all the way.

Euro 2016 group stage produces late goals galore

Euro 2016's goals-per-game ratio is lower than previous editions of the competition, but the knockout stage has plenty to live up to after the group phase in France kept everyone interested right to the last kick.

"Thanks for coming, Austria" - Iceland celebrate Euro fairytale

Tiny Iceland added a new chapter to its football saga after securing a berth among the final 16 at the Euro 2016 football championship, a victory that saw fans erupt in joy.

Late defeat against Belgium puts Sweden out of Euros

Sweden crashed out of Euro 2016 with a 1-0 defeat Wednesday against solid Belgium in Nice, on a handsome late goal from Radja Nainggolan.

Iceland continue their Euro 2016 miracle, England next

Dismissed by the mighty Cristiano Ronaldo as "small minded" and defensive, tiny Iceland were not intimidated and have now qualified ahead of Ronaldo's Portugal for the last 16, where a dream date with England awaits them.

Brady header puts Ireland through with 1-0 win over Italy

Robbie Brady sent Ireland fans into ecstasy with an 84th minute header which clinched a 1-0 win over Group E winners Italy and sealed their progression to the last 16 of Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

Euro favourites face the hard road in imbalanced knock-out bracket

Germany, Italy, Spain, France and England have won all major titles of the teams present at Euro 2016. Now they find themselves in the same half of the knock-out bracket which creates plenty of headaches for these heavyweights as the other half appears easier on paper.

Ireland secure final Euro 2016 berth in last 16; Turkey out

Ireland stole the final last 16 berth at Euro 2016 for third-place finishers from Turkey on Wednesday, joining Slovakia, Portugal and Northern Ireland.

Euro 2016 knock-out stage match schedule

Match schedule for Euro 2016 knock-out stages.

Albania bow out from Euro, but set to receive heroes' homecoming

The Albanian national team may have bowed out of the 2016 Euro, but is still receiving a massive heroes' welcome at home from a nation thankful for its first-ever major tournament and first-ever win.

Magnificent Ronaldo saves Portugal's Euro 2016 with Hungary draw

Cristiano Ronaldo delivered two goals and an assist to secure the 3-3 draw Portugal needed against already qualified Hungary to ensure progress to the Euro 2016 knock-out stage on Wednesday.

Ronaldo declines to take questions at press conference

Cristiano Ronaldo declines to take questions from the media at his man of the match press conference following Portugal's Euro 2016 draw with Hungary.

Iceland into last 16 date with England after beating Austria 2-1

Arnor Ingvi Traustason scored on the last play of the match as tiny Iceland beat Austria 2-1 and earned themselves a last 16 date with England at Euro 2016 on Wednesday.

Albania bow out after Group F finale

Albania bowed out of Euro 2016 on Wednesday as they are now no longer able to finish among the four best third-placed sides to progress to the last 16.

Confident Croatians: Spain win no upset

Croatia's Euro 2016 win over holders Spain was no upset, forward Nikola Kalinic said on Wednesday as he stressed his team's class.

Czechs face identity crisis after Euro exit

The days of the Czech Republic team having familiar faces from the top European leagues could be about to come to an end after their sorry exit from Euro 2016 on Tuesday.

Spanish media worried about Italy clash after defeat to Croatia

Football fans and media in Spain have suddenly gone from optimistic expectation to pessimistic defeatism, following Tuesday's sobering late 2-1 defeat against Croatia at Euro 2016

Turkey stay alive by eliminating Czechs, flares thrown on pitch

Turkey kept alive their outside hopes of reaching the last 16 at Euro 2016 and eliminated the Czech Republic thanks to a 2-0 win on Tuesday, but flares thrown on to the pitch by their fans could yet have ramifications.

Croatia celebrates conquest of Spain as "one of greatest wins"

Croatian online media hailed the triumph over Spain on Tuesday as “one of greatest wins” in its football history.

List of teams qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2016

The following is a list of 12 sides who have so far qualified for the last 16 of Euro 2016 as of June 21.

Croatia snatch top spot with late defeat of Spain

Croatia dramatically snatched top spot in Euro 2016 Group D away from Spain Tuesday with a last-gasp 2-1 defeat of the holders in Bordeaux.

Gomez lifts Germany 1-0 past N.Ireland, both into last 16

Mario Gomez grabbed the winner as world champions Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 at Euro 2016 as group winners.

Turkey stay alive by eliminating Czechs, N.Ireland through

Turkey kept alive their outside hopes of reaching the last 16 at Euro 2016 and eliminated the Czech Republic thanks to a 2-0 win on Tuesday, but flares thrown on to the pitch by their fans could yet have ramifications.

Poland edge Ukraine 1-0, finish second in Group C

Poland reached the knock-out stages of the European Championship for the first time after clinching second place in Group C Tuesday thanks to Jakub Blaszczykowski's goal in a 1-0 defeat of bottom team Ukraine.

Gomez lifts Germany 1-0 past Northern Ireland, into Euros last 16

Mario Gomez grabbed the winner as world champions Germany beat Northern Ireland 1-0 on Tuesday to reach the last 16 at Euro 2016.