Euro 2016 in France is entering its final stages.
With just the semi-finals and final to play out many teams and fans are already back home.
The England squad returned home last week to a whisper.
Thrashed by Iceland they came home in disgrace. It was not only rain that kept fans at home. The team slipped back into England almost unnoticed.
What a very different story for Iceland though.
Representing a country with a population of around 330,000 the squad included a dentist, was made up of players from amateur teams and was far from the overpaid prima donna style of European football.
They bowed out of the competition this week losing to France 5-2 but they fought to the end scoring when they already had a mountain to climb.
They left France with their heads held high and reputations intact.
Little wonder the people of Iceland gave their boys a heroes welcome after they touched down in Iceland; a Viking welcome home.
Expect to see Iceland back in other football contests and who knows next time they could go all the way.
Op-ed: Friday for a second night running some English football fans in France have clashed with opposing fans meaning that important security services are having to waste time and money to control footie idiots who should know better.
Think that is too harsh? Well think again.
France has been determined to host EURO 2016 and is doing so against the odds.
With wounds from recent terror attacks in France still raw they could have simply said move along but they did not.
Last week parts of France including Paris experienced significant rainfalls which lead to flooding but the authorities vowed that EURO2016 would go ahead.
Yes there is money to be made from such international football events but the cost of security and policing will be huge.
Friday's opening match is host nation France up against Romania.
But Thursday night drunken English football hooligans became embroiled in angry violence in the port of Marseille. Four French police officers sustained "light injuries" in the violence
Friday they are 'at it again' and police wearing full riot gear have used tear gas as they try to restore order.
Friday night ahead of England's first match Saturday those same fans are roaming the streets, boozing to excess and getting into brawls.
It will not be all English fans and football supporters from other countries may be in the mix but at time of writing Welsh and Irish fans are not involved.
England's first match is against Russia and will be played Saturday in Marseille.
I wonder how many across the English Channel are hoping England is out of EURO2016 and fast as they want the so-called football fans gone?
It is high time they were taught a tough lesson.
Arrest those involved in hooligan activity and lock them up until EURO2016 has ended.
Then make them serve a year-long jail term in France before they are deported back to Blighty.
Once back in the UK ban them from football matches for say five years and issue a high fine which will go toward the cost of policing in France and more.
Then let's see which of these so-called fans of the so-called beautiful game are up for more.
The hooligans will hopefully just be a minority of people causing problems; rent-a-mob or maybe rent-a-gob making waves and spoiling the event for all.
And while security and police are busy sorting out childish brawls, spats and arguments real terror threats, thieves and other rogues may have a field day.
If you are in France for EURO2016 remember you may be the only person from your country that a French man or woman has ever met.
Don't condemn the rest us to wear the drunken yob label.
Good luck to France and Romania Friday and to the real football fans have a great competition.
The rest of you the world is watching.
There has been more trouble ahead of Saturday's England versus Russia game with some in both camps being blamed.
Saturday the Telegraph reports "England fan fighting for his life after and dozens more injured as English fans and Russian thugs clash ahead of Euro 2016 Group B match in Marseille."
Marseille resembled a war zone on Saturday night after Russian and English football hooligans clashed in running battles that left one supporter fighting for his life.
The above however will not explain away all three days of violence!
Thanks for the FA Cup win Louis Van Gaal YOU'RE FIRED.
Football is a harsh reality for managers and coming up with the goods is vital.
Perhaps we should treat our political representatives like football managers apart from in the pay department?
Manchester United may have won the Football Association Cup Saturday but that win was not enough to save Van Gaal. His demise was expected - Gary Lineker tweeted "Crikey! Manchester United has sacked Louis Van Gaal. Who saw that coming? Next thing you know they will have appointed Jose Mourhino."
Man U is a falling star among football teams in the UK; its best players are 'of an age' and although there are new and upcoming football stars the team has a way to go in its quest for a return to the heady days of manager Fergie.
But it was not plain sailing for Sir Alex Ferguson from day one though many pundits choose to ignore that fact.
When Fergie retired he was always going to be a hard act to follow.
First up was David Moyes, a Fergie preferred candidate, but he did not last long. He was followed by Louis Van Gaal who has been the Man U boss for two years.
Jose Mourhino is expected to step into Van Gaal's shoes but can he get the team back in the Champion's League?
Man U fans are used to success and they and the Club want a team that wins all.
Those of us old enough remember the heady, glory days of teams like Leeds United and Newcastle but every dog has its day.
Has Manchester United reached its crossroads?
Van Gaal's contract at Man U still had time to run. His sacking means a deal has been done or else he could sue the club.
The Man U club is due to make a statement shortly and Mourhino is expected to be at the club within days.
I wonder what odds I can get on when Mourhino will fall from grace?
How long will it be before Manchester United is searching for a new post Mourhino boss?
A football team is never one man or woman either on the pitch or behind the scenes. The clue is in that word TEAM.
The decision for the timing of the election of the next president will be up to the executive committee and will take place any time from December until March."
But many are speculating as to why Blatter has finally quit and what other skeletons may be in the FIFA cupboard.
The full transcript of Sepp Blatter’s statement follows:
I have been reflecting deeply about my presidency and about the 40 years in which my life has been inextricably bound to Fifa and the great sport of football. I cherish Fifa more than anything and I want to do only what is best for Fifa and for football. I felt compelled to stand for re-election, as I believed that this was the best thing for the organisation. That election is over but Fifa’s challenges are not. Fifa needs a profound overhaul.
German referee Deniz Aytekin resumed play 35 minutes after the flare hit Akinfeev but trouble was never far away.
At half-time the game was 0-0 but trouble flared. Play was delayed for a further 18 minutes and when the second-half got underway tempers frayed. When a 66 minute penalty was saved all hell broke loose.
Both teams were under pressure to score goals and win as they share a position, with 5 points, in their Euro 2016 Group G.
England had a good night beating Lithuania 4-0 and other results included Spain versus Ukraine with Spain winning 1-0.
Brawling scenes on the pitch in Podgorica are under investigation. The regulatory body will need to take tough action to prevent further incidents. UEFA is awaiting reports before beginning disciplinary proceedures reports BBC News.
Some of the footballers involved in the fracas play for English teams; Manchester City striker Stevan Jovetic plays for Montenegro.
Disciplinary action then may impact on English teams.