Can Ronaldo, Portugal end France bogey?

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The France vs Portugal Euro 2016 final will be played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis

He will now be hoping he can cause France problems, but Deschamps admits his side need to silence him if they want to win and punters can back them to do so using a free bet. "We have had a wonderful campaign and want to finish in the best possible fashion", Lloris said.

To do so, Portugal will have to be the first team to win in France in a major tournament since the 1960 European Nations Cup.

France's Antoine Griezmann stretches during a training session at the stadium in Clairefontaine, France, Saturday, July 9, 2016.

Security forces have three key venues to protect: The Stade de France stadium hosting the final - outside of which three suicide bombers blew themselves up past year, the 92,000-capacity fan zone in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and the Champs-Elysees boulevard, which will likely be swamped with fans after the match.

There were fears that he would miss the final, which would severely dent Portugal's hopes of upsetting the hosts at the Stade de France.

To focus on the Ronaldo-Griezmann duel is, of course, to do injustice to the other array of talents that will be on display on Sunday, such as France's Paul Pogba and Dimitri Payet, and Portugal's teenage prodigy Renato Sanches.

While they stuttered out of the group stages, finishing third having drawn all three matches, Portugal - led by the enigmatic Cristiano Ronaldo - have slowly improved.

"I'm used to playing against excellent players every weekend so no, I'm not afraid", he said.

France are seeking a third straight trophy on home ground, after Euro 1984 and the 1998 World Cup.

"I always said there were three favourites - the title holders [Spain], the word champions [Germany] and France because they are playing at home".

The forward played in his country's Euro 2004 loss to Greece, and while he says Portugal are yet to achieve anything, he feels that he along with his teammates and fans, deserve to win the final on Sunday.

Fonte stepped on the worldwide stage when Fernando Santos became Portugal coach in 2014.

The 41-year-old also officiated in the Champions League final, won by Real Madrid over city rivals Atletico in May.
He becomes the second man to take charge of both major European occasions in the same year after Pedro Proenca of Portugal in 2012, UEFA said in a statement.

Santos himself covered the 2004 final as a pundit for a Portuguese radio station, something he was quick to remind one reporter when asked about his memories of that night.

"We have come through a crisis in French football", the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper told a press conference.

"We have grown. We are into the final - anyone can win".

"We had to go back to basics and try to get public on our side again. I am sure that if we had reached the final we would have won it". The team failed to win a match in 90 minutes of regulation play until the semi-final. "And I will be going home very happy".

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