EURO 2016: all you need to know

Portugal atoned for their 2004 final defeat by sinking hosts France; UEFA.com remembers.

 Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal's UEFA Euro 2016 semi-final victory over Wales in Lyon.
Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates Portugal's UEFA Euro 2016 semi-final victory over Wales in Lyon. Getty Images

Who won EURO 2016?

Portugal beat France 1-0 after extra time in the EURO 2016 final at the Stade de France on 10 July 2016, substitute Éder scoring the only goal in the 109th minute as the hosts failed to make home advantage count. Les Bleus looked to be in the ascendant when Portuguese talisman Cristiano Ronaldo was substituted on 25 minutes due to injury, but the captain helped inspire his side to victory from behind the touchline. "[Before extra time, Cristiano Ronaldo] told me I would score the winning goal," Éder said. "He gave me strength and positive energy."

Who were the top scorers at EURO 2016?

Antoine Griezmann ended the finals as top scorer with six goals for France. The 25-year-old was not exactly jubilant when he received the Golden Boot after the final, telling UEFA.com the tournament had been "cruel and magnificent at the same time". The Atlético Madrid striker was also named as Player of the Tournament by UEFA's technical team.

Watch all of Griezmann’s goals at UEFA EURO 2016
Watch all of Griezmann’s goals at UEFA EURO 2016

Poland's Robert Lewandowski scored 13 goals in the qualifying competition, matching the record set by Northern Ireland's David Healy during qualification for EURO 2008. The Bayern München man kicked off with four goals in Gibraltar, but then had a few lower-profile outings before a treble against Georgia sparked a late flurry: he scored nine in Poland's final five Group D games.

Where was EURO 2016 held?

France staged EURO 2016, having previously hosted the 1960 and 1984 EUROs and the 1998 FIFA World Cup (winning the latter two competitions). The Stade de France in Saint-Denis was chosen as the final venue with other games taking place in Bordeaux (Stade de Bordeaux), Lens (Stade Bollaert-Delelis), Lille (Stade Pierre Mauroy), Lyon (Stade de Lyon), Marseille (Stade Vélodrome), Nice (Stade de Nice), Paris (Parc des Princes), Saint-Etienne (Stade Geoffroy Guichard) and Toulouse (Stadium de Toulouse).

Who managed the winning team at EURO 2016?

Fernando Santos oversaw the Portuguese triumph. The experienced coach had been in charge of all three of Portugal's biggest clubs (Benfica, Porto and Sporting CP), and took the Portugal job in 2014 following a four-year spell as Greece boss. Summing up his winning philosophy after this EURO final win, he said: "I've always told the players we've got great talent, but we need to fight more than our opponents, run more than them and be more focused than them."

Who was the winning captain at EURO 2016?

Highlights: Watch the top ten goals of UEFA EURO 2016
Highlights: Watch the top ten goals of UEFA EURO 2016

Appearing at his fourth EURO, Cristiano Ronaldo led Portugal by example – and encouraged them from behind the touchline after being taken off injured in the final. During the tournament he beat Luís Figo's Portugal caps record (128), matched Michel Platini's record of nine EURO finals goals, and made his 21st finals appearance in the decider – having broken Bastian Schweinsteiger's record of 18 earlier in the championship. Ronaldo said that his desire for success at EURO 2016 was rooted in Portugal's loss to Greece in the 2004 final: "This is something I have wanted for a long time now, ever since 2004."

What was the format for EURO 2016?

Running from 10 June to 10 July, EURO 2016 was the first 24-team EURO. The top two sides from all six four-team groups made it to the inaugural round of 16, along with the best four third-placed teams from the six groups. It was then a straight knockout competition until the final.

How many teams featured at EURO 2016?

For the first time, there were 24 teams at the final tournament; France qualified as hosts, while 53 UEFA member nations entered qualifying.

How did EURO 2016 qualifying work?

The 53 competing countries were split into nine groups (seven made up of six teams, one made up of five), with the top two in each group, plus the best third-placed side overall (Turkey), qualifying for the finals directly. The other eight third-placed teams entered two-legged play-offs, the aggregate winners in those ties (Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine) taking the final four places at EURO 2016.

Who was in the EURO 2016 Team of the Tournament?

Aaron Ramsey was one of two Welshmen to be in UEFA's Team of the Tournament
Aaron Ramsey was one of two Welshmen to be in UEFA's Team of the TournamentGetty Images

France's Antoine Griezmann was named Player of the Tournament, UEFA chief technical officer Ioan Lupescu explaining that the Atlético Madrid forward was "a threat in every game he played". UEFA's Team of the Tournament was:

GK: Rui Patrício (Portugal)
DF: Jérôme Boateng (Germany)
DF: Joshua Kimmich (Germany)
DF: Raphaël Guerreiro (Portugal)
DF: Pepe (Portugal)
MF: Antoine Griezmann (France)
MF: Dimitri Payet (France)
MF: Toni Kroos (Germany)
MF: Joe Allen (Wales)
MF: Aaron Ramsey (Wales)
FW: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)

Who scored the first goal at EURO 2016?

Olivier Giroud struck the opening goal of the finals for France, breaking the deadlock in a 2-1 win against Romania at the Stade de France on 10 June 2016. The Arsenal forward was one of six players to score three goals at the finals, and pipped team-mate Dimitri Payet to the bronze boot (behind Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo): both Frenchmen had scored three and supplied two assists, but Payet played 50 minutes more than Giroud.

Memories of UEFA EURO 2016
Memories of UEFA EURO 2016

Armenia's Henrikh Mkhitaryan had netted the first goal of the European Qualifiers, 50 minutes into his side’s 2-1 loss in Denmark on 7 September 2014. At the time, the midfielder was in his prime with Borussia Dortmund. His country's all-time top international scorer and the son of former Pyunik Yerevan ace Hamlet Mkhitaryan, he hit Manchester United's second in their 2-0 win against Ajax in the 2016/17 UEFA Europa League final.

Five top facts about EURO 2016?

• The final between Portugal and France at the Stade de France was the 15th EURO decider but the first to finish goalless after 90 minutes.

• At the age of 18 years and 328 days, Renato Sanches broke Cristiano Ronaldo's record (set in 2004) for youngest player to feature in a EURO final.

• Hungary No1 Gábor Király gave hope to fortysomethings in jogging bottoms everywhere: establishing a new record for the oldest player to contest a EURO finals game.

• Iceland, who picked up four points in qualifying for EURO 2012, became the first side from a nation of under one million (329,000 to be exact) to reach a major finals.

• Only 15 of the 51 matches at EURO 2016 were won by the team that enjoyed a greater share of possession. Quarter-finalists Iceland averaged 36%.

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