Euro 2016 has been the sporting highlight of the summer so far, here’s our take on the action, the key stories so far (ok we’re slightly biased towards the UK teams) and details of an amazing event created by Hyundai:
We all believed in England to perform this time round, but it ended in the typical anticlimactic fashion we’ve become accustomed to. All seemed positive as we progressed through to the knockout stage, despite finishing 2nd in the group to Wales. But then our hopes were cruelly cut short by tournament underdogs, Iceland, who exceeded all expectations and showed a huge amount of heart and character. The bitter defeat proved to be the undoing of Roy Hodgson, as he announced his decision to step down as England Manager immediately after the Iceland game.
Our nations hope now resided with the on form Welsh team!
Wales comfortably advanced through the quarter finals, where they put on an emphatic performance to beat Belgium 3-1. With this win they made their mark on footballing history with a first place in the semi-finals for over 50 years. The stage was set. Wales Vs Portugal. Bale Vs Ronaldo. Two iconic Real Madrid superstars. Unfortunately, Wales’ chances of reaching the final were dashed, due to a moment of magic, and a mighty leap and header from Ronaldo. A second quick goal handed Portugal a 2-0 lead which they maintained with solid defensive tactics.
Wales return home having done their nation proud, but the tournament continues!
So as the Welsh team pack their bags for a hero’s reception back home, two tournament favourites France and Germany battled it out for the second coveted place in the Final. A controversial penalty minutes before half time gave France an ad-vantage going into the second half. Sadly for the German fans, once the second goal went in Germany never really looked like scoring. A well-deserved 2-0 win put hosts France into the final against Portugal, perhaps not the final you’d have predicted but it’ll be a great final none-the-less.
The Final not to be missed!
Even though it might be over for 22 of the nations who competed, Europe remains on the edge of it seat for the highly anticipated final between Portugal and France on Sunday 10th July. Football fans around the world will come together to watch the big game, but France is without a doubt the place to be, having had a few years the French will most likely want to put behind them, France is showing great spirit as they all come together behind their team, showing what football is really all about!
The Hyundai FanDome
For those football fans not lucky enough to make it to France, you may be watching the final at a friend’s house or even better down your local pub. But if you want the ultimate football viewing experience, Hyundai have created a whole new way to watch the beautiful game.
Throughout the tournament Hyundai have hosted the live action on their stunning 360° immersive screens in their Hyundai FanDome, a pop-up venue near the pearly gates of King’s Cross in London. Fans gather in a crowd to watch the action with the game projected on all walls and the ceiling of the dome. The atmosphere is electric… Football Heaven…
“Hyundai’s support of the UEFA Euros championship has been long-standing, continuing as a top tier sponsor until 2017. The Hyundai FanDome is a continuation of our commitment to putting real fans first, giving fans the opportunity to experience the game like never before.”
Tickets are free and run on the basis of first come first serve. Why not soak up the atmosphere with fellow football fanatics over an array of European-themed food and local craft beers on sale.
Experience the Hyundai FanDome!
If you missed out this time, keep an eye for future Hyundai events on social media, Hyundai are one of the best multinational companies around for putting on amazing events such as this.