Mamadou Sakho was Liverpool's starting centerback. Then he tested positive for a banned substance. Or so we thought.
France might be firm favourites for the final, but Portugal will be their usual dogged selves. The spotlight will fall on individuals, but the collective will ultimately triumph.
While Germany have significant tinkering to do ahead of the semis, France look to have found their momentum. The French have a woeful record against Die Mannschaft, however.
For most of their history, the Republic of Ireland have been more renowned for their fans than their football. When they play France on Sunday afternoon, it’s time for that to change.
History tells us that France will either perform exceedingly well or laughably awful at a major tournament. So which will it be at Euro 2016?
Real Madrid's Karim Benzema says that the national team boss Didier Deschamps "bowed to the pressure of a racist part of France" by not selecting him for Euro 2016.