By Vera Martirosyan
TOULOUSE. – After a small break, we continue our on-location coverage of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) Euro 2016 which France is hosting.
The players and fans had two days of rest, but now, the knockout stage is in full swing.
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The first day of the Round of 16, however, proved that the UEFA’s decision to increase the number of competing nations was not quite reasonable, to say the least. This certainly is of matter of opinion, but one recalls yet again that football is the game for the strongest, and not a testing ground for weak teams.
Thank God, however, Sunday, the second day in the playoffs, was more satisfying in this respect.
The third match of the day was my last one in Toulouse, and also the last Euro 2016 game for this French town.
Belgium and Hungary were to “clash’ to determine who will face Wales in the quarterfinals, and Belgium crushed their opponents 4-0.
After the match, the Belgian fans were ecstatic, whereas the Hungarians are already leaving France.
The most active supporters at Euro 2016 are those of the countries that are either participating for the first time or very rarely appear in this tournament.
Everyone’s attention will now be focused on Monday’s “battle” between England and Iceland. And as everyone already jokes around, exactly half of the population of Iceland is currently in France.
Fan violence and negative football-related developments, however, are gradually replaced by real football.
And now, we will be heading back to Paris. No matter how interesting it is in other towns in France, football life is really in full swing in its capital city.
Incidentally, French football legend Zinedine Zidane was finally “found.” He was not at the Euro 2016 opening. Subsequently, it was found out that he was in India. But finally, he posted a photograph on his Instagram account noting that he is in Paris.
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