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09/07/2016

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We've had 30 days, 50 matches, 107 goals, 195 yellow cards,

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and about 367,594 shots on goal by this man,

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who blatantly doesn't like to pass, does he?

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But now, there's on the one thing that matters, tomorrow's final

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Before we turn our attention to that though, there's a whole month's

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worth of tremendous tournament football to look back on.

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This proud Welshman looks back on his country's

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Conor McNamara is back from France, and reveals his team

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I've been keeping an eye out for the weird and wonderful as well.

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So here we are then, just one match away from crowning

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And it's going to be either Portugal or the hosts, France.

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But it could have been even more exciting.

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Wales so nearly became the first British team to reach a major

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And though Portugal might have crushed their dreams,

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the team spirit, passion and togetherness shown by the Welsh

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And they couldn't have done it without their travelling support.

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Here's our Wales fan to talk us through their story.

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It was an amazing tournament for the Red Dragons.

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Gareth Bale scored this amazing free kick.

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Our first victory in our first European Championships.

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Aaron Ramsey, surely one of the players of the tournament.

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The semifinal v Portugal was our first in a major tournament.

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We tried hard, we fought hard, but we salute you, Ronaldo.

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Leicester's fairy tale in winning the Premier League, and now Wales

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So Portugal's win against Wales left one more place in the final up

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for grabs, and it was a clash between the footballing

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It's a Griezmann corner, driven into Patrice Evra.

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That is harsh, and the referee's behind that as well,

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Getting paid to watch football and see the sights, I've said

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before and I'll say it again - as much as I love my job,

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surely our next guest had the best gig at the Euros.

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Plus, he's now back to tell us his stories -

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Now before we chat, Conor, let's remind ourselves of your best bits.

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Hi there, Match Of The Day Kickabout - I'm Conor McNamara.

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If there's one thing the French love even more than football, it's food.

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I saw a guy prepare a crepe, which trust me, it's so much better

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than the normal pancake you get back home.

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Now what trip to Paris with the complete without

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The Louvre is one of the most famous and respected museums in the world.

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It's not afraid to try something new, this place.

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I would say that Belgian's Radja Nainggolan is the Pompidou

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It was so, so brilliant to be in the country while the tournament

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I think there's so much people don't see on the television.

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Every time you go to an airport, it's full of fans wearing

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their team colours, going to different destinations.

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Every train you're on, people are singing their songs,

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You might have 15,000 Welsh fans in the stadium,

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if you left, there were 25,000 outside the stadium.

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And you weren't just looking at the football.

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You were also linking national landmarks in France

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to some of the star players of the tournament.

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It's such a huge tourist country anyway, France.

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People go to France in their hundreds of thousands

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But with the football on, they had a really nice mix

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When I got there, at the start of the tournament, they lit up

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the Eiffel Tower in the colours of the nation that

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And that gave me the idea, let's do a Kickabout-style,

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what kind of players could get compared to famous landmarks.

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I think for the Eiffel Tower we said Paul Pogba,

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because he's world-class, and he certainly stands out

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and is tall and dominant in the centre.

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Don't go anywhere, Conor, please, because you are going to be helping

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us choose a team of the tournament in a minute.

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Right after these bloopers, I think you're going to love them.

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Morata, upending one of the officials.

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That's sold short by Djorou, Griezmann, Gignac to his right,

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I don't think I've ever seen that before.

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What about that, Conor, it has had everything, this Euros.

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I haven't seen those things before, because when I'm in the stadium

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doing commentary, we don't see highlights afterwards.

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We go down and speak to the players and managers,

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so that was the first summer so that.

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And it's also featured some standout performances from players.

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They're hoping to make it into the Kickabout starting 11

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It's not about winning the trophy, it is like getting in this team,

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It's going to be hard, because we had to come up

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I think we need to discuss formation first, what should we go for?

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Overall, the dominant formation in this tournament has been 4-2-3-1.

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Very few teams have been playing with two strikers up front.

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In so many teams you've got these attacking midfielders who come

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forward when you need it, but they have got to

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get back into the job in defence as well.

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I'm happy to stick with that formation then.

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Between the sticks, can I put forward Michael McGovern

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Absolutely, I think there is no debate about this,

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the performance against Germany alone, he's playing

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the saves he made, he completely saved Northern Ireland.

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Moving on to right back, Lucas Piszcek of Poland has

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This is a Borussia Dortmund player he does this dual role, he never

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gets caught out at the back, but whenever Poland are attacking,

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you looks almost like a right winger.

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Another position now at centre back is Jerome Boateng.

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The first game that Germany played was against Ukraine,

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He made this block and a line that was incredible.

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He's so acrobatic, it ended up tackled in the net.

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He somehow got the ball away. He is so a Flitwick and fast, you has to

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be in the team. Second centre back, I think Italy

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have been very strong at the back, it could have been anyone of their

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three central defenders. The BBC - Brummie Barzalgi. A steady

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player who makes everyone relax around him. Alongside Boateng, I

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think that is the centre have bearing.

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A player I am very impressed and surprised by has been Neil Taylor

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for Wales. He is all about energy, box to box,

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who defended and attacked well. Got a golfer Wales which has made him a

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national hero. For me we have to put him in.

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Moving on to midfield, our first shout is for Aron Gunnarsson of

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Iceland, who typified that Iceland attack with the long throws that

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England couldn't handle. The moment he stood in the tunnel,

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imposing, a leather clad with the Iceland fans, Delaney to see any

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more? I'm going Ramsey in that this

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midfield, done what you think about but I think it's been even more

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influential than Gareth Bale? When they needed some common he came

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forward. Such a shame he missed the semi.

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Questionable hair though! Moving onto the flair players, on the right

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of attack, and one Griezmann. He has to be there, Griezmann are

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set to be the player of the tournament.

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Gareth Bale has had a brilliant tournament. They deserve to have

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three players in our team that is richer.

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Moving onto the left flank of our midfield three, who DC playing

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there? We had to go back to the hosts,

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Dimitri Payet it has been incredible, particularly with free

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kicks. Although Griezmann has become the staff of the French, Fayette is

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great as well. Moving up front, just one striker,

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but you only need one when you have this fella, Cristiano Ronaldo.

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If Portugal when the Euros, he joined the likes of Maradona and

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Pele being an international superstar.

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That completes our team, and what a team, 11 players of extreme quality.

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I think they would win the Euros! The tenements may be rounding up,

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but you can get your football fix any time on our website. ... There's

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so much there, you can even send us your skills by the video upload for

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a chance to make it onto the telly. And once the Euros finish, it is

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only just a month until the new Premier League season will stop so

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keep your eye out for a lot more cool Kickabout stuff online.

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As a commentator, you have a way with words.

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I hope so. You're speaking to a kindred spirit,

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because I'm also known for my wordsmith abilities. I been known to

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put things into rhyme from time to time. We have created a prior to sum

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up how great your 2016 has been. I hope you will join me in a

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dramatic reading. I would love to. Epic mesa, please!

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We kicked off in style with a rocket from Dimitri Payet at, and with a

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town like is, why not just try it. Huge pressure on England...

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It wasn't quite Shakespeare, was it? If anything, it was better! This

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summer has been poetry in motion, hasn't it?

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I am sad it is coming to an end. It has been great to have you here,

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thanks were coming by. A pleasure. Quick prediction on the

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final? I'm going to go for France. Me too.

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Hope you enjoy it, guys. See you soon.

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