Euro 2016 is over. Whatever you thought of the overall quality of the final, or how satisfied you were with who lifted the trophy, this tournament was full of memorable moments. From the clashes between English and Russian fans earlier in the tournament, to the improbable and heroic campaigns from Wales and Iceland, to Gareth Bale’s manbun, the European Championships held our attention and didn’t let go.
At the beginning of the tournament we put together some strong writing that had been published in the run-up to the first kickoff. We’ve been keeping our eyes open for more excellent words throughout the tournament. While we couldn’t include everything, we’ve compiled a selection of the best pieces in one convenient list.
— Laurent Dubois, on Euro 2016 as a reflection of sociopolitical divisions in Europe.
— Tom Walker, offering a first-hand account of the violence involving England fans.
— Dafydd Pritchard, penning the epigraph on Wales’ heroic run.
— Our own Taylor Rockwell, breaking down Luka Modric’s goal vs Turkey.
— Luke Dempsey, offering a new take on Waiting For Godot updated for England’s Euro 2016 campaign.
— Philippa Booth, on her travels through France during the tournament.
— Phil McNulty, conducting a postmortem of England’s campaign.
— Iceland manager Heimir Hallgrímsson, looking back on his side’s extraordinary campaign.
— Gregg Bakowski, on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s handball against France.
— Paul Wilson, breaking down Wales’ performance and speculating on where they go from here.
— Barney Ronay, on France’s failure to seal the deal.
— Sid Lowe, on Antoine Griezmann and his critical role for France.
— Raphael Honigstein, on Mario Gomez’ redemption for Germany.
— Sigridur Jonsdottir, on Iceland’s mens team finally catching up to the women.
— Matt Stanger, on Raheem Sterling.
— David Conn, on the state of English football post-Euro 2016.
— Our own Richard Whittall, spelling out all the predictable opinions on England’s exit.
— Lauren Cochrane, on the proliferation of bleached tips at Euro 2016.
— Matt Stanger, on Olivier Giroud.
— Dominic Fifield, on Jack Wilshere.
— Our own Taylor Rockwell, on Manuel Neuer’s performance in the penalty shootout against Italy.
— Ritika Bhasker, on who had the best hair heading into the final.
— Laurent Dubois, on Paul Pogba and the real strength in the French squad.
— Franklin Foer, on Portugal’s less-than-inspiring campaign.
— John Doyle, on Euro 2016 as the end of an era.