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Dimitri Payet celebrates a goal for France at Euro2016.

Euro 2016: Dimitri Payet

Euro 2016: Dimitri Payet

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Payet gives the hosts some French flair

Dimitri Payet in action for France.

West Ham's Dimitri Payet has, undoubtedly, been one of the stars of Euro 2016, so far. The hosts opened the tournament against Romania with a 2-1 win. France took the lead when Payet crossed for Arsenal's Olivier Giroud to score, but it looked like the French party was going to fall flat when Romania equalised, but nobody was going to prevent Payet from taking the glory. In the final minute, he got the winner with a fantastic shot from the edge of the box. In their second game, France beat Albania 2-0. It was harsh on the Albanians, who defended very well, but France got two goals in injury time, with Payet scoring with the last kick of the match. Payet was rested for the final group match, a 0-0 draw against Switzerland, but when he was introduced as a second-half substitute he nearly got the winner with a fantastic volley that hit the crossbar. Payet has taken his amazing Premier League form to the Euros, but can he take France all the way to the title?

"​The emotion came out with that goal (against Romania). If someone had told me before that it would have gone like this, I would not have believed them."  Dimitri Payet.

What were Payet's best moments in 2015/16?

An emotional Dimitri Payet following his winning goal against Romania.

Payet was in great form throughout the 2015/16 Premier League season. He scored 9 times and created more chances than any other Premier League player.  Here are some of the key moments:

  • 26th June: Dimitri Payet signs for West Ham from Marseille in France. The fee was £10.7 million
  • 9th of August: Payet makes his debut for West Ham in a 2-0 win away to Arsenal.
  • 15th of August:  Payet scores his first goal for West Ham on his Premier League home debut.
  • October: His first 10 matches for West Ham sees his new team beat Chelsea, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal.
  • February: He signs a new 5-year contract at West Ham.
  • March: Named Player of the Year at the London Football Awards.
  • May: Shortlisted for the Premier League Player of the Season Award, named in the Premier League Team of the Season and wins West Ham's Player of the Season Award.
  • June: Man of the Match in two of France's first three matches at Euro 2016.

What do we know about Dimitri Payet?

Payet had a sensational first season in the Premier League with West Ham.

Dmitri Payet was born on 29 March 1987 in Saint-Pierre on the island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean. Despite being nearly 10,000 kilometres from Paris and a 12-hour flight away, Reunion is an official region of France and is also part of the European Union and Euro. Payet's first football club, as a youth, was  AS Saint-Pierre on Reunion, but when he was only 12 he moved to France to play in Le Havre's youth team. It wasn't a successful time and after four years he returned to Reunion.  After a year back at home, Payet was given a second opportunity to play in France, with Nantes, and he took the opportunity with both hands. Over the following 10 years, Payet made 368 appearances in Ligue One for Nantes, Saint-Etienne, Lille and Marseille. In June 2015, Payet joined West Ham and in his first season in England, the midfielder scored 9 Premier League goals and helped the Hammers to seventh place n the Premier League as they booked a place in next season's Europa League.

"Eric Cantona, David Ginola and Thierry Henry are inspirations. I’m just starting, but who’s to say, one day I might be at their level."  Dmitri Payet

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We think Dimitri Payet has been the best player in the group stages at Euro 2016. 

Do you agree? Which other players have done well? Which players have been disappointing?

Which match has been the most exciting at Euro 2016? 

Have there been any surprising results? What are your predictions for the rest of the tournament?

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aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
23/06/2016
ME
3527
points

If you ask me, the most exciting match was Croatia-Spain.


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aragorn1986
23/06/2016 16:26
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

If you ask me, the most exciting match was Croatia-Spain.

Poli_drvar137
31/07/2016
RS
1
points

If you ask me, that match was the most boring match!


Poli_drvar137
31/07/2016 13:12
Serbia
Arsenal
1

If you ask me, that match was the most boring match!

aragorn1986's picture
aragorn1986
23/06/2016
ME
3527
points

Payet, Bale, Iniesta, Modric have done well so far. I expect Harry Kane to show us some magic.


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aragorn1986
23/06/2016 16:31
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

Payet, Bale, Iniesta, Modric have done well so far. I expect Harry Kane to show us some magic.

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aragorn1986
23/06/2016
ME
3527
points

You can always count on surprises but I was really surprised when Albania beat Romania. Croatia also gained 3p.in a big match. Not so many people believed in their power. I think they can continue with good performances even against Portugal.


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aragorn1986
23/06/2016 16:35
Montenegro
Arsenal
3527

You can always count on surprises but I was really surprised when Albania beat Romania. Croatia also gained 3p.in a big match. Not so many people believed in their power. I think they can continue with good performances even against Portugal.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Disappointed player has been Ronaldo


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 01:26
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Disappointed player has been Ronaldo

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Pogba has played very well too


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 01:26
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Pogba has played very well too

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

I agree that payet has been the best player in the group stages of the Euro 2016.


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 05:11
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

I agree that payet has been the best player in the group stages of the Euro 2016.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

My biggest surprise was with the Croatia - Spain match


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 05:12
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

My biggest surprise was with the Croatia - Spain match

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Most exciting match at the Euro 2016 is France vrs Switzerland


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 06:12
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Most exciting match at the Euro 2016 is France vrs Switzerland

Rich's picture
Rich
24/06/2016
ES
-4956
points

Really?? It finished 0-0!!


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Rich
24/06/2016 09:23
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Really?? It finished 0-0!!

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Switzerland 2-1 Poland


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 06:13
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Switzerland 2-1 Poland

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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Wales 2-0 northern Ireland


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 06:13
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Wales 2-0 northern Ireland

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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Croatia 3-1 Portugal


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 06:14
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Croatia 3-1 Portugal

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
24/06/2016
GH
3903
points

France 3-1 republic of Ireland


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kwesimanifest
24/06/2016 06:15
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

France 3-1 republic of Ireland

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016
UA
2676
points

Payet was immensely great in the group matches.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016 14:10
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

Payet was immensely great in the group matches.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016
UA
2676
points

The most exciting match was, undoubtedly, Hungary v. Portugal.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016 14:12
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

The most exciting match was, undoubtedly, Hungary v. Portugal.

Rich's picture
Rich
25/06/2016
ES
-4956
points

Great use of the word 'undoubtedly'!


Rich's picture
Rich
25/06/2016 19:52
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Great use of the word 'undoubtedly'!

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016
UA
2676
points

The most surprises have been seen from Iceland, Hungary and Northern Ireland in a positive sense, and Russia, Ukraine and Czekh Republic in a negative one.


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Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016 14:14
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

The most surprises have been seen from Iceland, Hungary and Northern Ireland in a positive sense, and Russia, Ukraine and Czekh Republic in a negative one.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016
UA
2676
points

I may predict that the Trophy will get into the hands of Germany's, Italy's or Spain's captains.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
24/06/2016 14:17
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

I may predict that the Trophy will get into the hands of Germany's, Italy's or Spain's captains.

elghoul's picture
elghoul
24/06/2016
DZ
1534
points

I totally agree Payet is the best player so far. Walker as a right defender, Silva with Spain, Muller and Modric have done well during this group phase.
Zlatan was the most disappointing.
England in his third match against Northern Ireland was exciting although there was no goal. The best match was between Croatia and Portugal.
Island has been the more surprising team at this stage.
Spain will be out in the next knock-out stage. I'll not be surprised with this four teams in semi-finals : France, Croatia, Italy, Germany. England would be a joker.


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elghoul
24/06/2016 16:39
Algeria
Arsenal
1534

I totally agree Payet is the best player so far. Walker as a right defender, Silva with Spain, Muller and Modric have done well during this group phase.
Zlatan was the most disappointing.
England in his third match against Northern Ireland was exciting although there was no goal. The best match was between Croatia and Portugal.
Island has been the more surprising team at this stage.
Spain will be out in the next knock-out stage. I'll not be surprised with this four teams in semi-finals : France, Croatia, Italy, Germany. England would be a joker.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Yes Rich I think there was some fantastic football on display that day even thou it ended in a goalless draw


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016 05:06
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Yes Rich I think there was some fantastic football on display that day even thou it ended in a goalless draw

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016
GH
3903
points

West ham United might not be able to keep payet during the January transfer window that's if he is not signed on by another team this summer unless he decides to commit to the team. The offers will soon be blurring out.


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kwesimanifest
25/06/2016 06:20
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

West ham United might not be able to keep payet during the January transfer window that's if he is not signed on by another team this summer unless he decides to commit to the team. The offers will soon be blurring out.

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016
UA
2676
points

Switzerland 1-2 Poland


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016 09:05
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

Switzerland 1-2 Poland

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016
UA
2676
points

Wales 2-1 Northern Ireland


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016 09:06
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

Wales 2-1 Northern Ireland

Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016
UA
2676
points

Croatia 1-1 Portugal and in the penalties Portugal will win.


Alex_from_Ukraine's picture
Alex_from_Ukraine
25/06/2016 09:07
Ukraine
Liverpool
2676

Croatia 1-1 Portugal and in the penalties Portugal will win.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Congratulations to Wales for being the 1st team to make it to the last 8


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016 19:54
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Congratulations to Wales for being the 1st team to make it to the last 8

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Poland are through to the last 8 on penalties


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
25/06/2016 19:56
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Poland are through to the last 8 on penalties

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Chile have beaten Argentina in the Copa America for the 2nd time in a row


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/06/2016 09:24
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Chile have beaten Argentina in the Copa America for the 2nd time in a row

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/06/2016
GH
3903
points

It's unfortunate for Messi to have lost 4 finals


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
27/06/2016 09:28
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

It's unfortunate for Messi to have lost 4 finals

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/06/2016
GH
3903
points

Iceland have frozen England from the Euro 2016


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
28/06/2016 06:16
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Iceland have frozen England from the Euro 2016

admin's picture
admin
28/06/2016
GB
169
points

Ha ha - very good.


admin's picture
admin
28/06/2016 09:34
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Ha ha - very good.

Rema's picture
Rema
28/06/2016
RS
538
points

I couldn't agree more mates, Dimitri has been the best and I hope that he will be the best at the end B)
I wish to him to accomplish that dream :)


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Rema
28/06/2016 07:29
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I couldn't agree more mates, Dimitri has been the best and I hope that he will be the best at the end B)
I wish to him to accomplish that dream :)

Rema's picture
Rema
28/06/2016
RS
538
points

I didn't believe that is possible to happen, but it's football.
Iceland players played very brave last night and beat England.
Harry Kane played awful and I didn't expect that he can play on that low level.
I don't know why Roy Hodgson didn't call one of them: Cresswell, Antonio, Carroll or our captain Noble?


Rema's picture
Rema
28/06/2016 07:43
Serbia
West Ham United
538

I didn't believe that is possible to happen, but it's football.
Iceland players played very brave last night and beat England.
Harry Kane played awful and I didn't expect that he can play on that low level.
I don't know why Roy Hodgson didn't call one of them: Cresswell, Antonio, Carroll or our captain Noble?

admin's picture
admin
28/06/2016
GB
169
points

Hi Rema

I haven't seen you for a while. I hope you are well.

England's performance last night was really poor. It was quite depressing to see so many talented footballers playing so badly. Rooney in particular - I think it must have been the pressure of the captaincy. The only player that looked like he might have made a difference was the young Marcus Rashford, such a shame that he was brought on only minutes before the end. 

Hopefully, the new manager will have the courage to see past the players and their salaries and try to build a team.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team


admin's picture
admin
28/06/2016 09:26
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Hi Rema

I haven't seen you for a while. I hope you are well.

England's performance last night was really poor. It was quite depressing to see so many talented footballers playing so badly. Rooney in particular - I think it must have been the pressure of the captaincy. The only player that looked like he might have made a difference was the young Marcus Rashford, such a shame that he was brought on only minutes before the end. 

Hopefully, the new manager will have the courage to see past the players and their salaries and try to build a team.

Thanks

Jack - The Premier Skills English Team

Rema's picture
Rema
30/06/2016
RS
538
points

@Jack

Long time no see. Yes, I'm well, thanks for your care. I hope that you're well, too.

I agree with you, Rashford was only bright dot in that game for England.
But, as you said it wasn't enough because he played a short period of time, just a few minutes.
For me biggest mistery was calling Wilshire in national squad?
No doubt, he is good player but long time he didn't play even for Arsenal...


Rema's picture
Rema
30/06/2016 10:13
Serbia
West Ham United
538

@Jack

Long time no see. Yes, I'm well, thanks for your care. I hope that you're well, too.

I agree with you, Rashford was only bright dot in that game for England.
But, as you said it wasn't enough because he played a short period of time, just a few minutes.
For me biggest mistery was calling Wilshire in national squad?
No doubt, he is good player but long time he didn't play even for Arsenal...

admin's picture
admin
30/06/2016
GB
169
points

Hi Rema

Yes, well ... it's all in the past now. Whoever takes over will have to make some radical changes (I hope).


admin's picture
admin
30/06/2016 13:23
United Kingdom
Arsenal
169

Hi Rema

Yes, well ... it's all in the past now. Whoever takes over will have to make some radical changes (I hope).

Rema's picture
Rema
01/07/2016
RS
538
points

Yes Jack, it's a past now and we can't change it.


Rema's picture
Rema
01/07/2016 23:50
Serbia
West Ham United
538

Yes Jack, it's a past now and we can't change it.

oliker
28/06/2016
FR
1
points

I totally agree Payet has been the best player in the group stages at the Euro.
Bonucci from Italy has done very well also. Zlatan and Ronaldo have been disappointing.
Hungary-Portugal was an exciting match.
Island is a good surprise. Italy, Belgium, Germany or France are my favourites.


oliker
28/06/2016 11:26
France
Arsenal
1

I totally agree Payet has been the best player in the group stages at the Euro.
Bonucci from Italy has done very well also. Zlatan and Ronaldo have been disappointing.
Hungary-Portugal was an exciting match.
Island is a good surprise. Italy, Belgium, Germany or France are my favourites.

Jane Lost
03/07/2016
RU
90
points

Completely agree Payet has been the best player in the group stages,regardless France doing not really well on Euro.As for me,Bale was incredible,as well as the other Wales' players(the most surprising and amazing team on the tournament,imo).
Griezmann's been also a useful player of the France squad.


Jane Lost
03/07/2016 18:06
Russia
Arsenal
90

Completely agree Payet has been the best player in the group stages,regardless France doing not really well on Euro.As for me,Bale was incredible,as well as the other Wales' players(the most surprising and amazing team on the tournament,imo).
Griezmann's been also a useful player of the France squad.

Jane Lost
03/07/2016
RU
90
points

The biggest disappointments of the tournament are Kane,Ibrahimovic,probably Ronaldo(in spite of his goals in Hungary-Portugal,Portugal hasn't won a single match in the group and finished 3rd)


Jane Lost
03/07/2016 18:12
Russia
Arsenal
90

The biggest disappointments of the tournament are Kane,Ibrahimovic,probably Ronaldo(in spite of his goals in Hungary-Portugal,Portugal hasn't won a single match in the group and finished 3rd)

Jane Lost
03/07/2016
RU
90
points

My favourite match at this Euro is Wales-Belgium,quarter-final.Wales amazingly has crashed out Belgium and is a team that has surprised many.In fact my favourites always lose(it's kinda a curse,ya),and Belgium was supposed to predictably win,but this Euro is so unpredictable,so you never know.


Jane Lost
03/07/2016 18:19
Russia
Arsenal
90

My favourite match at this Euro is Wales-Belgium,quarter-final.Wales amazingly has crashed out Belgium and is a team that has surprised many.In fact my favourites always lose(it's kinda a curse,ya),and Belgium was supposed to predictably win,but this Euro is so unpredictable,so you never know.

Jane Lost
03/07/2016
RU
90
points

I think Germany wins eventually!!And the final is Germany-Wales(I hope for Portugal failing semi-finals))


Jane Lost
03/07/2016 18:21
Russia
Arsenal
90

I think Germany wins eventually!!And the final is Germany-Wales(I hope for Portugal failing semi-finals))

Jane Lost
03/07/2016
RU
90
points

I didn't expect England to drop out so early,but it's so typical for the team,on the other hand...but,anyway,be beaten up by a team with the population over 300.000,just such a little island is awful.Harry Kane has spent a good season at Tottenham,but played horribly at Euro,to be honest...


Jane Lost
03/07/2016 18:28
Russia
Arsenal
90

I didn't expect England to drop out so early,but it's so typical for the team,on the other hand...but,anyway,be beaten up by a team with the population over 300.000,just such a little island is awful.Harry Kane has spent a good season at Tottenham,but played horribly at Euro,to be honest...

Rich's picture
Rich
04/07/2016
ES
-4956
points

Hi Jane

Thanks for your comments and welcome to Premier Skills English!

Yes, England were very disappointing. It's a pity that Iceland couldn't go all the way to the final because it was an amazing story. I hope you enjoy the website.

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team


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Rich
04/07/2016 07:58
Spain
Liverpool
-4956

Hi Jane

Thanks for your comments and welcome to Premier Skills English!

Yes, England were very disappointing. It's a pity that Iceland couldn't go all the way to the final because it was an amazing story. I hope you enjoy the website.

Best wishes

Rich - The Premier Skills English Team

Jane Lost
05/07/2016
RU
90
points

By the way,Iceland looked very worthy.As I remember,they are the only team scored in EVERY match.I'm looking forward to see them on World Cup 2018.


Jane Lost
05/07/2016 13:51
Russia
Arsenal
90

By the way,Iceland looked very worthy.As I remember,they are the only team scored in EVERY match.I'm looking forward to see them on World Cup 2018.

kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/07/2016
GH
3903
points

Unfortunately payet couldn't perform at his peak in the final and had to be replaced


kwesimanifest's picture
kwesimanifest
11/07/2016 05:33
Ghana
Manchester United
3903

Unfortunately payet couldn't perform at his peak in the final and had to be replaced

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3553
points

I agree with you, he played very well and led france to the round 16.


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assemjuve
23/07/2016 21:23
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

I agree with you, he played very well and led france to the round 16.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3553
points

I think it was the match between Portugal and Iceland.


assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/07/2016 21:23
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

I think it was the match between Portugal and Iceland.

assemjuve's picture
assemjuve
23/07/2016
PS
3553
points

I think Iceland winning England was a big surprise.What a disappointing result for England.I think that Italy will win the Euro.


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assemjuve
23/07/2016 21:25
Palestinian Territory
Liverpool
3553

I think Iceland winning England was a big surprise.What a disappointing result for England.I think that Italy will win the Euro.

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