AddThis SmartLayers

Soccer success celebrated as daily’s tournament coverage comes to an end

A picture special marking a remarkable sporting performance rounded off regional daily’s coverage of the Euro 2016 football tournament.

The South Wales Argus ran the supplement marking the Welsh team’s run to the Championships’ semi-finals in today’s edition.

Bearing the headline ‘Diolch’, Welsh for ‘thanks’, the pull-out features some of the best images of Wales from the tournament.

The supplement, pictured below, follows on from the Newport-based newspaper’s special edition on Saturday after a parade was held in honour of the squad through the streets of Cardiff.

SWA Diolch

The Argus ran a front page wraparound, below, showing the celebrations of a feat made all the more remarkable by the fact Wales had failed to qualify for a major tournament since 1958.

The paper’s football reporter, Andrew Penman, was stationed in France for the duration of Wales’ stay thanks to sponsorship from the University of South Wales secured by editor Kevin Ward.

The Argus also helped organise fanzones in Newport for the quarter-final and semi-final matches after Ward lobbied local civic and business leaders, with more than 5,000 people packed in for the semi-final defeat to eventual champions Portugal.

SWA Cardiff

Said Kevin: “Euro 2016 has been a remarkable tournament for Wales, with the team coming so close to reaching the final.

“We’ve been with the team every step of the way with live online blogs for every match and our reporter in France embedded with the squad for the entirety of the tournament producing some great coverage online and in print.

“The fanzones were a roaring success and I hope they will become regular events in Newport whenever Wales’ sporting teams are in major tournaments.

“We wanted to make sure we marked the team’s homecoming and achievements properly and the special editions today and last Saturday did just that.”