The biggest lesson which doesn’t just apply to the Euros but the Premier League and football in general is to 1. Never underestimate your opponent and 2. Hard work and tactical discipline will always shine regardless of how good the players are.
Wales, Italy and Iceland are the 3 teams that stand out. I understand that some nations put more pressure on their teams than others but those 3 nations have some of the proudest people to perform for and I don’t think those Welsh or Italian supporters would have been satisfied to do what was ‘expected’ and make it to the knockout stages and go home. They would have understood but they would not have been okay with it.
The Euros hasn’t had the expected stand out players previous competitions have had, the so called star players have heavily under performed and even with Wales in the semi finals Gareth Bale has not set the stage alight with his performances thus far. Same goes for Cristiano Ronaldo , Sergio Ramos, David Alaba, Wayne Rooney and Robert Lewandowski to name a few.
This could be the beginning of a huge shift in football, of course the brilliance of the likes or Ronaldo, Hazard and Bale can win GAMES but to win a COMPETITION, you’ll need football fundamentals, tactics, team work, coaching and fun.
Whoever wins Euro 2016 will certainly deserve it but the emergence of the underdogs will be what this years Euros will be remembered for.