Good idea Claudius, there are many general stories that don't fit in the game threads.
I totally disagree, I love the 24 team format, the games have been very competitive and it's shown that that there is real depth in European teams.
I love the chess match tactics and nearly every group game is extremely important.
Why do you want to rush through this tournament- Do you have anything more important to do until August?
On another topic- I previously said that the refereeing was excellent in the tournament, but lo and behold I spoke too soon, we have Ronaldo being denied a good goal and that Turkish ref denying Ireland a stone wall penalty whilst penalising Shane Long for being elbowed in the head all day.