And so after Dimitri Payet ensured hosts France opened their Euro 2016 campaign with a rather spectacular bang, the action resumes on Saturday.
It's a triple-header, that starts with Albania taking on Switzerland (2 p.m. BST, 9 a.m. ET). It's a game that history and geopolitics has rendered particularly interesting: as I detailed over on the SB Nation mothership, the Swiss national team is partly comprised of players of Albanian descent, who sought refuge from the Yugoslav Wars that started in the early 1990s. There is no better example than of the Xhaka brothers; both who were born in Switzerland, but who will line up on different sides later today.
However, for most viewers in Britain, at least, that game is nothing more than a warmup act. That's because it's followed up by Wales' first major tournament fixture since 1958, with Chris Coleman's side going up against Slovakia (5 p.m. BST, 12 p.m. ET). Confidence was high in the Welsh camp heading into the tournament, but a heavy defeat to Sweden in a preparation match may have rather dented the Welsh confidence.
However, that of England should still be sky high. Roy Hodgson's side haven't lost a competitive fixture since they were dumped out of the World Cup by Uruguay two years ago, and they've managed to assemble a genuinely exciting young team. They go up against a Russia side that is still finding its feet after Fabio Capello's reign of terror, and the Three Lions have every reason to believe they'll fare well in this one.
Are there any United players in action?
Yes, three. Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling and Marcus Rashford (England).
What about potential transfer targets?
Basel's teenage wunderkind Breel Embolo (Switzerland) has been strongly linked with a move to United over the last couple of days. Of course, one-time United target Gareth Bale (Wales) is also one to keep an eye on, though he's unlikely to be moving from the Bernabéu any time soon.
How can I catch the action?
For those in the UK, the first couple of games will be on the BBC, with the England match bagged by ITV. For those in the States, you can veg out in front of ESPN all day. All of these options come with their respective online services. For all other locations check out this handy page from Live Soccer TV.