Euro 2016: France beefs up security ahead of final match

Euro 2016: France beefs up security ahead of final match

Euro 2016: France beefs up security ahead of final match

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

Sanchez reiterated that he had considered France favourites along with world champions Germany and Spain from the outset, but said that didn't mean they would win.

"And they need to guard against the finest European footballer this century has known".

"They have all seemed minor characters in the Ronaldo soap opera, such is the fixation on and fascination with the captain and record scorer". It may be an evening of patience for France as the underdogs are likely to be content to soak up pressure and use Ronaldo as their main attacking outlet, but throughout this tournament they have been adept at finding a way to win and it would be a sizeable shock should they fail to do so.

The game starts at 11pm in the UAE, on BeIn Sports Max.

Pedro Pinto, a 49-year-old Portugal fan who lives in France said, "This is my dream final - the country of my birth against the country where I have made my home".

The French paper, in keeping with the comradeship that has been one of the endearing features of the past month, reserves four pages specifically for readers from Portugal - a nod to their final opponents and the fact more than one million people of Portuguese ancestory live in France.

Juventus midfielder Pogba has, of course, primarily been in the news this summer with reference to where he might be playing his football next season.

"I do believe, however, that it (a final win) would have a positive influence on the morale of the French population by making them not only happy but also proud of their team and what it stands for", he said.

The benchmark for TV viewers Uefa hopes to set for the final, having reported a total television audience of 299m for the 2012 final.

The final at the Stade de France will be Portugal's 35th European Championship game, the most any team has played in the tournament without ever lifting the cup.

For the first Greece game and the 2-0 group win over Russia, Ronaldo remained an impact sub.

More than 130 broadcast partners have paid UEFA 1.05 billion euros ($1.16 billion) for rights to screen Euro 2016.

A nation still scarred by last year's terror attacks will seek sporting salvation from its football heroes and a chance to party again in the streets of Paris, where security has been intense during the tournament. "Wanting something badly is big motivation", he wrote in The Times of India. "The whole country is going to support them, but... we're going to be hard to beat".

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