The 2016 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as UEFA Euro, was the 15th edition in the tournament’s history organized by UEFA. The UEFA Championship was held from June 10 to July 10 in France. Spain was the defending champions, having won the championship two times. Spain won the tournament in 2008 and another consecutive win in 2012. However, during the 2016 UEFA Championship, the defending champions were eliminated in the round of 16 by the Italians.
Portugal claimed the 2016 Championship, which was for the first time since the history of the tournament since 1960. The team won the championship after defeating host team France 1-0 during the first half of extra time in Stade de France.
This was the first time that 24 teams participated in the UEFA Championship, from the earlier 16 team format, which has been used since 1996. The new format featured a group stage consisting of 4 teams under six groups alongside a knockout stage that featured three rounds and the final.
A bidding process was held regarding who would host the 2016 UEFA Championship, were France was announced as the host on May 28, 2010, after beating Italy and Turkey for the spot. The Matches that were played were held in ten stadiums in ten cities: Lens, Bordeaux, Lille Métropole, Nice, Marseille, Décines-Charpieu, Paris, Saint-Étienne, Saint-Denis, and Toulouse. France has hosted the tournament before in 1960 (inaugural tournament) and 1984. The 2016 UEFA Championship held in France made it the third time there were hosting the tournament.
Portugal claiming the 2016 UEFA Championship victory, earned the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederation Cup, held in Russia.
How Portugal claimed victory
Portugal’s main hitman, Christiano Rolando, was injured by a severe tackle from Dimitri Payet at the 25th minute of play, which referee Mark Clattenburg did not judge has a foul. Rolando tried to continue playing but fell three times before finally substituted with Ricardo Quaresma. Elder scored the winning goal during the first half of extra time at exactly 109 minutes.
On July 8, 2016, the officiating team for the UEFA 2016 Championship was announced by the UEFA Referee Committee, which was led by referee Mark Clattenburg. Jake Collin and Simon Beck were chosen as assistant referees while Andre Marriner and Anthony Taylor were the additional assistants.
Adidas Fracas was the official match ball used during the knockout phase and final, provided by Adidas (A German sports equipment Company). It was launched on June 20 following an announcement during the tournament. It was the first time in the European Championship a match ball was not used exclusively for the finals. The main color used for the design featured white, alongside multiple shades of red and blue encrypted with lines creating “EURO 2016”. The design was somehow similar to the Adidas Beau, which was the match ball used in the group stage, except for the more disruptive black and red design when compared to the cleaner lines of Beau Jeu.