Side issues affecting the build-up to Euro 2016 will hopefully take a back seat once matches begin. In Marseille, a brawl broke out between England fans and locals. In the meantime, garbage has been piling up due to strikes in France
The "Islamic State" group has claimed responsibility for the stabbing that killed two people at Marseille's main train station. Anti-terror police are investigating after a suspect was shot dead.
Spain became the eleventh team to qualify for Russia 2018 after their convincing 3-0 win over Albania and Italy's disappointing home draw against Macedonia. Elsewhere, Euro 2016 surprise package Iceland are looking good.
Over 80,000 people attended a concert under the Eiffel Tower, as France opened a massive fan zone ahead of the European Championship. With crowds pouring to Paris, organizers worry about strikes and security.
They may have stumbled slightly towards the end, but the unbeaten German national team have enjoyed one of their best-ever years. Joachim Löw's task now is to attempt to achieve the impossible: perfection.
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