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History beckons for Antoine Griezmann

This is Antoine Griezmann's moment. Just 16 years ago he was a nine-year-old who yelled, jumped and cheered at his family home when David Trezeguet scored his golden goal during the Euro 2000 football championship final.

That was the last time France won the European Cup. Now it is Griezmann who has dazzled. He has done so with his club, Atletico Madrid, during the whole Spanish League season and carried on during the Euro Cup, scoring six goals, three more than his immediate competitors, French colleagues Arsenal's Olivier Giroud and West Ham's Dimitri Payet.


Cristiano Ronaldo: "Portugal will win"

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Portugal captain Cristiano Ronaldo said France will be favourites to win the Euro Cup this time, but he still believes his team can cause an upset on Sunday.

"France is a bit more the favourites than us, but I think Portugal will win," Ronaldo was quoted as saying by on Saturday.


Czech star announces international retirement

Arsenal's veteran goalkeeper and Czech Republic's record appearance holder Petr Cech on Friday announced his retirement from international football to focus on his club career.

The 34-year-old national captain holds a record 124 caps for his country and played all three games as Pavel Vbra's side exited Euro 2016 at the group stage with just one point.


Alexander Kokorin apologizes for Monaco Party

Three days after the news about Russian forward Alexander Kokorin's boisterous party at a Monaco luxury night club set sporting circles abuzz, the footballer apologised. news portal reported on Tuesday that Kokorin and another national team footballer Pavel Mamaev were partying at Twiga club and ordered some 500 bottles of Armand de Brignac champagne costing 500 euros ($553) each, with the total bill reaching 250,000 euros (around $276,000), according to TASS.


Joachim Low rues "bad luck" in semi-final defeat

Germany's football team head coach Joachim Low said that too many things went wrong for his side during the defeat to France in the European Championship semi-final here.

Antoine Griezmann was the hero for the hosts, as he on Thursday scored twice to secure a 2-0 victory over the reigning world champions and set up final clash against Portugal on Sunday.


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