A rollercoaster evening was in store for Cristiano Ronaldo at the Stade De France. He was the main attraction, it was his time. After 23 minutes, Ronaldo was weeping like a child after having his European final was cruelly ended. However, two hours later it was tears of joy as Mark Clattenburg blew his whistle for the last time to send Portugal into delirium.
UEFA President Michel Platini will resign after failing to have his six year ban from football overturned by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Lille is well renowned for its friendliness and strong cultural and architectural links. Located in northern France, Lille has a large university population and is a city based on Flemish influences due to its close proximity to the Belgian border. The city bases itself on its 17th century architecture which can be seen across the city, especially in the city centre and Grand Place which homes the iconic war memorial in a square surrounded by its historic buildings. The city also boasts fantastic transport networks, particularly its railways which make the city somewhat of an international hub. The city is set to host six games throughout Euro 2016 which will include four group matches, followed by a Round of 16 fixture and one of the Quarter Finals.
Marseille is a city that lives and breathes football. The edgy, urban and vibrant city lies on the Mediterranean coast and boasts France’s main port making one of the busiest in the world with a buzzing nightlife and great food. The city was voted the 2013 European city of culture and will host six games at this summer’s Euro 2016 championship, including England’s opening game versus Russia, as well as one Quarter-Final and Semi-Final.
The French capital needs no introduction and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. The city is buzzing all year round so when the Euro 2016 tournament begins the city will become the central hub for all travelling fans, hosting five matches throughout the tournament at the Parc Des Princes Stadium. It is one of the most visited cities in the world with some of the best restaurants and attractions making it a must see city for any travelling fan this summer.
France striker Karim Benzema has been omitted from the French national team due to the ongoing investigation into his involvement in a sex tape scandal. The striker, who denies any wrongdoing, broke the news through his official Twitter account confirming that the French Football Federation will not select him for Euro 2016 this summer. Benzema posted: “Unfortunately for me and for all those who have supported me. I am not selected for our Euro in France.”