Portugal as a whole was given an enormous lift as the national team lifted the European Championship trophy for the first time. In a tournament of many surprises, Portugal went unbeaten and eventually secured the win by beating France in front of a partisan home crowd in a thrilling final.
A wonderful strike by former Swansea City striker Éder, ten minutes from the end of extra-time, made history as Portugal lifted their first major championship trophy. And all this without their talisman Cristiano Ronaldo who left the fray after just twenty-five minutes with a knee injury.
To lift the trophy, Portugal had to overcome the weight of history.
They had lost on each of the three occasions they had met France in competitive matches, and the last ten against their nemesis if you include friendlies.
In addition on the five occasions Portugal have faced the host country at World Cup or EURO Championship finals, in 1966 (England), 1984 (France), 2002 (South Korea), 2006 (Germany) and 2008 (Switzerland), they lost all five matches.
But France 2016 was to be different, and Portugal will spend, at the least, the next four years as champions of Europe.