Tuesday 26 September 2017

How the fans - and the French - gave a glorious two-fingered salute to the terrorists in Euro 2016

Irish and French fans in Lyon before Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France. Photo: Mark Condren
Irish and French fans in Lyon before Ireland’s Euro 2016 clash with France. Photo: Mark Condren
Ian O'Doherty

Ian O'Doherty

So, as the dust settles from Euro 2016, there are several things we can take away from the events in France. On a footballing note, this was a rather odd tournament. There were no stand-out teams this year and whether that signals a general decline in the standard of European football or simply indicates that the gap between the powerhouses and the minnows has now narrowed remains to be seen.

We can look back at our performances with a reasonable degree of satisfaction and a fair amount of relief - the ghosts of Gdansk from four years ago have finally been exorcised.

We were all just happy to get out of the group this year, and it would have been a disaster if we hadn't.

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