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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 14:08:15 -0400
The Latest: Fans clash near stadium in Marseille

An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in the second Group A match of the European Championship on Saturday. Despite dominating most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Albania captain Lorik Cana was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to come to Switzerland's rescue in the closing minutes, with his fine save preventing an equalizer from the unmarked Shkelzen Gashi - his former teammate from Switzerland's Under-21 tea

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:53:54 -0400
Soccer-European Championship group B results and standings

For the first time in European Championship history, two brothers played for opposing sides when Switzerland beat Albania 1-0 on Saturday in their opening Group A match. Granit Xhaka helped the Swiss to victory over an Albania side that included his older brother Taulant, in their first international encounter on different teams. ''It was a very special moment for our family having two sons playing on opposite sides,'' said Granit, who was recently signed by Arsenal after captaining Borussia Monchengladbach to fourth place in the Bundesliga last seaso

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 13:07:50 -0400
Soccer-Leave me alone, prolific Giroud tells mudslingers

France striker Olivier Giroud hopes that he has silenced the ''mudslingers'' who jeered him and questioned whether he's good enough for international football. With coach Didier Deschamps leaving out Karim Benzema from his Euro 2016 squad - the Real Madrid striker is under investigation for his part in a blackmail scam - all eyes were on Giroud. On Friday, he scored France's opening goal against Romania as Les Bleus overcame a jittery performance to win 2-

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:38:29 -0400
England fans riot at Old Port in Marseille

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 12:29:00 -0400
Croatia captain Srna says Euro 2016 team among nation - best

An early goal by defender Fabian Schaer earned Switzerland a 1-0 win over 10-man Albania in the second Group A match of the European Championship on Saturday. Despite dominating most of the game, Switzerland failed to increase its lead after Albania captain Lorik Cana was sent off in the 37th minute following a second yellow card at Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Goalkeeper Yann Sommer had to come to Switzerland's rescue in the closing minutes, with his fine save preventing an equalizer from the unmarked Shkelzen Gashi - his former teammate from Switzerland's Under-21 tea

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 11:26:54 -0400
The Latest: Wales goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey out of match

PARIS (Reuters) - English soccer fans hurling empty beer bottles and chairs clashed with French riot police in Marseille on Saturday, ahead of England's opening match of the Euro 2016 championships against Russia. Television images showed one English supporter lying hurt on the ground as dozens of police blocked access to some streets in the city's Vieux Port (Old City) area. (Reporting by Reuters TV; Writing by Richard Loug

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 08:36:26 -0400
Zlatan on record trail as Euro 2016 gets his full attention

The brotherly duel between Albania's Taulant Xhaka and Switzerland's Granit Xhaka is on. Both midfielders will start in the second match of the European Championship at Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. Taulant Xhaka recovered in time from a leg injury to feature in Albania's first ever appearance at a major tournamen

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:59:47 -0400
Soccer-Japanese championship first stage results and standings

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the record trail as he readies to compete in his fourth and most likely last, European Championship in the country where he's enjoyed so much success for his club Paris Saint-Germain. Sweden's 34-year-old talisman will lead out his team Monday against Ireland at Stade de France on the outskirts of Paris after four title-winning seasons for PSG. ''It will be really special to lead my country as captain in such a big competition, especially since it's being held in France where I've played my club football,'' Ibrahimovic said in an interview published on UEFA's websit

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 07:26:56 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Marseille's historic Old Port was busy but calm on Saturday morning, a day after police repeatedly fired tear gas at rowdy, drunken soccer fans. Remnants of broken beer bottles remained on the cobbled streets of the port and terraces were packed with fans ahead of Saturday night's European Championship match between England and Russia at the Stade Velodrome. The peaceful scenes of fans mingling with tourists as relaxed police looked on was a stark contrast to the clashes of Friday night, when police fired tear gas to disperse fans and break up fights, a repeat of Thursday night clashes at the por

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:56:27 -0400
Soccer-Chinese championship results and standings

Belgium's ''golden generation'' of players will be looking to live up to the hype when they take on an aging Italian side in their opening Group E match at the European Championship on Monday. Second-ranked Belgium has been tipped by many to win Euro 2016 despite a fairly lackluster display at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. The team is laden with stars from goalkeeper to striker, many of whom ply their trade at top clubs in the English Premier Leagu

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 05:25:17 -0400
Soccer-Rojas helps NZ into Confederations Cup after shootout

After a hectic final week of preparations that has raised concerns about the team's readiness, Spain will start defending its European Championship title on Monday. The two-time defending champions take on the Czech Republic in their Group D opener looking to rebound from an embarrassing loss to 137th-ranked Georgia in their final warm-up game, and from an off-the-field controversy involving goalkeeper David de Gea. De Gea's name appeared in court papers as part of a police investigation into a prostitution ring allegedly involving a Spanish pornographic filmmake

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 02:00:07 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Saturday, June 11

France has identified Saturday's match between England and Russia in Marseille as one of the Euro 2016 soccer games most likely to lead to violence involving fans, and is determined to avoid more trouble after scuffles on Thursday and Friday. "This is one of the five risky matches of the tournament ... British and Russians with the heat, that can be explosive," Sports Minister Patrick Kanner told i-Television on Saturday. French police stepped in to break up small groups of English and Russian fans who squared up and hurled taunts at one another in Marseille, southern France, on Frida

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Sat, 11 Jun 2016 00:21:17 -0400
Soccer-Messi grabs three as Argentina ease into quarter-finals

(Reuters) - Lionel Messi came off the bench to score a hat-trick in just 18 minutes on Friday as Argentina hammered Panama 5-0 and eased into the quarter-finals of the Copa America. Argentina were 1-0 up at half-time thanks to a Nicolas Otamendi goal after just six minutes. Panama lost Anibal Godoy to a red card after half an hour but the Central Americans held on until Messi, who missed Argentina's opening win against Chile with a sore back, replaced Augusto Fernandez after 61 minute

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:04:20 -0400
Ukraine speed to test new-look Germany defense

By Brian Homewood NICE, France (Reuters) - Poland face a test of patience and their nerves when they open their Euro 2016 campaign against a Northern Ireland side who want to make themselves "horrible" to play against. Spearheaded by the attacking duo of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik, Poland were the highest-scoring team in the qualifying competition with 33 goals, 13 of them coming from Bayern Munich's Lewandowski. Coach Adam Nawalka has turned them from a counter-attacking side into one that keeps possession and build attacks carefull

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 22:00:01 -0400
Soccer-Poland face test of patience against "horrible" N.Ireland

Croatia will seek to erase the bitter memories of their Euro 2008 failure against Turkey, described by key players as their most painful defeat ever, when they meet in this year's Group D opener in Paris on Sunday. The Croatians had one foot in the last four eight years ago, after taking a 1-0 lead in the final minute of extra time in an epic quarter-final clash in Vienna, only to concede with the last kick of the game before they lost in a penalty shootout. Croatia have not reached the knockout stages of a major tournament since and defender Vedran Corluka, a survivor from the 2008 side, said navigating a tough group was more important than getting reveng

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:34:22 -0400
France coach Deschamps wants a lot more from Pogba

France made a perfect start to the European Championship on Friday, with its national team beating Romania and its security forces ensuring that everyone stayed safe at the Stade de France. Seven months after the stadium was a target of the attacks that claimed 130 lives across Paris, the host nation opened the 24-team tournament with a late 2-1 victory over Romania. Security forces in Marseille did not have such an easy tim

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 19:03:53 -0400
Soccer-Romania coach warns of tough task to rouse dejected players

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- It's not a case of whether France's defense will get found out later on in the European Championship against better sides. The difference is that better sides will ruthlessly punish France's nervous, creaking back four the way Romania could not in a 2-1 defeat in their Euro 2016 opener on Friday night. While Dimitri Payet's wonderful late goal will rightly grab the headlines, the night could have turned out badly - because France should have fallen behind in the fourth minute, after a calamitous mix up by a fledgling center half pairing featuring the ultra-nervous Adil Rami alongside Laurent Koscielny led to a corne

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:57:39 -0400
Soccer-France maestro Payet gets payback with stunning winner

Tear gas drifted through the air and broken bottles crunched under foot as French police struggled to control rowdy, drunken soccer fans causing havoc in the southern port city of Marseille on the opening day of the European Championship on Friday. As France and Romania were getting the tournament underway in Paris, a second night of violence and hooliganism raged in Marseille's Old Port district as police repeatedly clashed with fans from France, Russia and England flared deep into the night. England and Russia were meeting in a Euro 2016 game at the city's Stade Velodrome on Saturda

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:32:58 -0400
Payet lifts France over Romania 2-1 in Euro 2016 opener

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Hosts France enjoyed an uplifting start to Euro 2016 as Dimitri Payet's superb last-gasp strike bailed out Les Bleus in a 2-1 victory over a stubborn Romania side at the Stade de France on a peaceful night in the capital on Friday. Starting the month-long tournament amid strikes to protest against a labor law and terror fears seven months after Islamic attacks on Paris killed 130, the national team lightened the mood thanks to Payet's 20-metre drive into the top corner. Didier Deschamps' team seemed to be heading for a gloomy draw but a moment of magic from talismanic West Ham United player Payet left the home fans celebrating a memorable win on a serene Paris evening to get the finals off to a fine star

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 18:03:24 -0400
France - poor defense already an open secret at Euro 2016

French President Francois Hollande has praised the country's transport and security services for their handling of the opening match. Speaking before France's 2-1 win over Romania at Stade de France on Friday, Hollande said everything is being done to ''make a success'' of the European Championship. Dimitri Payet, who scored France's late winner against Romania, said ''there was a lot of stress, a lot of pressure'' on the team as it started its quest for a third European Championship titl

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:54:57 -0400
The Latest: France - Payet voices relief after late victory

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Ultimately, the game of football or even the result, 2-1 for France against Romania, didn't matter as much as the simple fact that people came for it in their tens of thousands. From across France and beyond, packed tight into a stadium that suicide bombers recently targeted. Coming together, eight months on from that night of horror, in a red, white and blue human tide of passion for the opening match of the European Championship felt cathartic after all the trauma, like a new beginnin

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 17:11:22 -0400
Soccer-France fans in party mode after Euro 2016 win

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- An inspired Dimitri Payet scored one goal and set up another Friday to help France beat Romania 2-1 and give the European Championship a start the host nation badly wanted. Payet capped an outstanding display by curling in an 89th-minute shot with his left foot to restore France's earlier lead. Riding its luck from wasteful Romanian finishing, France took the lead in the 58th when Olivier Giroud headed in Payet's cross from the righ

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 16:11:19 -0400
Ledley ready to play for Wales after leg break

PARIS (AP) -- The Latest from soccer's European Championship (all times local

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:51:18 -0400
The Latest: France and Romania 0-0 at halftime at Euro 2016

Following the example set by Paul the Octopus, Watson the sea-lion hopes his nose for winners will bring him international stardom - and a few extra fish - as he predicts the outcome of France's games in the Euro soccer championship. Weighing in at a sprightly 350 kg (771.62 lb), the middle-aged mammal, residing in a zoo in the eastern French town of Amneville, accurately forecast France's passage to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, calling each game right until the French were knocked out 1-0 by Germany. Zoo keeper Pablo Joury hopes Watson will be a worthy successor to the German octopus, who accurately predicted Germany's 2010 World Cup run and became a celebrity before dying a few months late

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:47:40 -0400
Chinese, U.S. investors buy 80 percent of French soccer club Nice

Following the example set by Paul the Octopus, Watson the sea-lion hopes his nose for winners will bring him international stardom - and a few extra fish - as he predicts the outcome of France's games in the Euro soccer championship. Weighing in at a sprightly 350 kg (771.62 lb), the middle-aged mammal, residing in a zoo in the eastern French town of Amneville, accurately forecast France's passage to the quarter-finals of the 2014 World Cup, calling each game right until the French were knocked out 1-0 by Germany. Zoo keeper Pablo Joury hopes Watson will be a worthy successor to the German octopus, who accurately predicted Germany's 2010 World Cup run and became a celebrity before dying a few months late

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:47:40 -0400
Chinese, U.S. investors buy 80 percent of French soccer club Nice

Joe Ledley is ready to play for Wales in its opening Euro 2016 match against Slovakia on Saturday, capping a remarkable recovery after the midfielder broke his leg just over a month ago. Wales coach Chris Coleman paid tribute on Friday to Ledley's strength of character to come back from the injury he picked up while playing for Crystal Palace against Stoke on May 7. Saturday's match will be Wales' first in a major tournament since 1958, and Coleman wants his side to show that it will not just be making up the numbers at Euro 201

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:43:14 -0400
French riot police disperse English and Russian soccer fans in Marseille

A group of Chinese and American investors have brought an 80 percent stake in French Ligue 1 soccer club OGC Nice, the club said on Friday without disclosing the fee. The club said the two principal investors are Alex Zheng, president of hotel-owner Plateno Group, and Chien Lee, founder and chief executive of NewCity Capita

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:39:41 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - French police stepped in to break up small groups of English and Russian soccer fans who squared up and hurled taunts at one another in Marseille on Friday, ahead of the opening match of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. Reuters TV footage showed one bare-chested supporter in the back of a police van and a handcuffed English supporter being frogmarched by two officers along the edge of Marseille's old harbor. "Officers separated groups of English and Russian supporters," one police source said, adding that at least two arrests had been mad

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 15:08:09 -0400
Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

By Mitch Phillips MARSEILLE, France (Reuters) - England's exciting youngsters need to shake off the shackles of history and play without fear if they are to end 50 years without a major trophy at Euro 2016, coach Roy Hodgson and the squad's elder statesman Wayne Rooney said on Friday. England take on Russia on Saturday having not reached a global or European final since their 1966 World Cup triumph and it is 20 years since they even made a semi-final, also on home soil, in the 1996 Euros. Generations of England players have talked about how the pressure to break that drought has often been suffocatin

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:56:05 -0400
Soccer-Euro-Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

Spain full back Hector Bellerin is relishing the thought of facing Arsenal team mate Tomas Rosicky when the 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners take on Group D rivals Czech Republic on Monday. Midfielder Rosicky will captain the Czechs while Bellerin, who made his international debut two weeks ago, could start again in Toulouse. "Rosicky has helped me a lot in my career and has been important for m

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:56:05 -0400
Soccer-Euro-Club mates Bellerin, Rosicky set for Toulouse clash

Spain full back Hector Bellerin is relishing the thought of facing Arsenal team mate Tomas Rosicky when the 2008 and 2012 European Championship winners take on Group D rivals Czech Republic on Monday. Midfielder Rosicky will captain the Czechs while Bellerin, who made his international debut two weeks ago, could start again in Toulouse. "Rosicky has helped me a lot in my career and has been important for m

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:55:22 -0400
Ledley ready to play for Wales after leg break

By Julien Pretot PARIS (Reuters) - Dimitri Payet will start on the left side of the attack when hosts France launch Euro 2016 against Group A rivals Romania on Friday. Payet, who scored a spectacular free kick in a 3-2 win over Cameroon in their penultimate warm-up game, will play in a three up front alongside Olivier Giroud and Antoine Griezmann. The trio will be supported by N'Golo Kante, Paul Pogba and Blaise Matuidi in midfield. Adil Rami and Laurent Koscielny line up in central defense with Patrice Evra and Bacary Sagna out wide. .

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:53:10 -0400
Payet starts for France in Euro opener v Romania

Wayne Rooney is regularly the subject of debate approaching a major international tournament with England, whether it's concerning his disciplinary issues, fitness problems or his form. At this year's European Championship, the conversation is whether the England captain deserves his place in the team at all. All that pedigree may count for nothing if he has a disappointing performance against Russia in England's opening Group B game on Saturda

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:24:23 -0400
De Gea vehemently denies allegations

SAINT-MARTIN-DE-RE, France (AP) -- Spain goalkeeper David De Gea on Friday denied wrongdoing after allegations he was embroiled in a police investigation into a pornographic filmmaker. In a hastily called press conference at Spain's European Championship team base in western France, De Gea said he was surprised by the allegations and called them a lie. ''I was the first to be caught by surprise by this news,'' De Gea sai

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 14:03:57 -0400
Soccer-England must play without fear say Hodgson and Rooney

French police fired tear gas to break up clashes between England soccer fans and local people in the Mediterranean city of Marseille on Thursday night on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer tournamen

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:51:04 -0400
The Latest: Lineups for France vs. Romania at Euro 2016

SAINT-DENIS, France (AP) -- Outside the Stade de France, there was anticipation - and defiance - from supporters as the venue prepared to stage the European Championship opener on Friday amid intense security. France was kicking off the month-long soccer festivities with a game against Romania seven months after the national stadium was targeted by suicide bombers as the team played Germany. Security agent Samuel Leclercq is part of the 90,000-strong force of police, soldiers and private guards assembled to protect the biggest sporting event in France since the 1998 World Cu

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 13:44:42 -0400
US, Chinese investors buy 80 percent of French team Nice

Police fired tear gas at rowdy fans at Marseille's Old Port for the second straight day on Friday. The outburst of violence came despite a heavy police presence a day before England is to play Russia at the European Championship in the Mediterranean port city's Stade Velodrome. When the tear gas cleared, hundreds of England fans remained in the area, singing and waving English flags as riot police stood nearby, watching closel

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 11:34:48 -0400
Soccer-Northern Ireland not just making up the numbers - McAuley

Albania, under Italian coach Giovanni de Biasi, has become a tough team to score against. Star midfielder Paul Pogba appears to be carrying the hopes of a nation in the build up to host France's European Championship opener against Romania at Stade de Franc

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 10:20:10 -0400
Reuters Sports Schedule at 1420 GMT on Friday, June 10

BERLIN (AP) -- Nelly the psychic Elephant has predicted that Germany will win its opening match at the European Championshi

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:44:00 -0400
There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

By Michel Rose and Simon Carraud PARIS (Reuters) - Shaken by Islamist attacks and beset by strikes, France is hoping the "feel good factor" of a successful Euro 2016 soccer tournament will fire up a tentative economic recovery, although the direct impact will be short lived. France's economy has shown signs of renewed vigor in the last 18 months after three years of near stagnation, growing 1.3 percent in 2015 and confounding expectations in the first quarter with a 0.6 percent growth spurt. As he watches the opening France-Romania match at the Stade de France stadium on Friday, President Francois Hollande, a keen soccer fan, will also certainly be hoping a winning French team will give his dismal popularity ratings a desperately needed filli

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:24:17 -0400
Soccer-There is more to Portugal than Ronaldo, says keeper Lopes

(Reuters) - Portugal goalkeeper Anthony Lopes says there is a lot more to their side than "best player in the world" Cristiano Ronaldo. Lopes, who plays for Olympique Lyonnais, is glad to be able to count on Ronaldo as a team mate, but says any talk of Portugal being a one-man outfit is misplaced. "We have the best player in the world and in France there is a lot of talk of Ronaldo, but we are 23 players and all of us have quality," he said on the Portugal soccer federation's websit

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 08:03:43 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

Twenty years after Croatia and Turkey played each other in their European Championship debuts, the two teams will add another chapter in their intimately shared history on Sunday at Parc des Princes. The Croats beat Turkey 1-0 in England at Euro '96 as both teams played at the continental tournament for the first time. Then, at Euro 2008, both had their most successful tournaments when Turkey beat Croatia in a shootout to reach the semifinal

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:44:24 -0400
French police teargas brawling England fans ahead of Euro 2016

Decades since Poland or Northern Ireland made a mark at an international football competition, both teams will be looking to get their European Championship campaigns off to a strong start on Sunday when they play each other in Group C. Northern Ireland, playing in its first European Championship, has the longest unbeaten run of any team in the competition, while Poland has Robert Lewandowski, one of the most feared strikers at the tournament. Northern Ireland's 12-game unbeaten run and first place in its qualifying group were eye-catching but those achievements were helped by a comparatively easy group in which ultimately Romania and Hungary proved to be the biggest threat

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:39:53 -0400
Soccer-Suarez tantrum lays bare Uruguay - Copa frustration

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - French police fired tear gas to break up clashes between England soccer fans and local people in the Mediterranean city of Marseille on Thursday night on the eve of the Euro 2016 soccer tournament. A police official said about 100 England fans and 50 residents were involved in the fracas in the streets around the Vieux Port (Old Port) area. Up to 70,000 England fans and 20,000 Russians are expected to arrive throughout the day and on Saturday ahead of the match between the two countrie

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 07:03:05 -0400
Soccer-Guardiola will not have it easy in England, says Pedro

Former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro has taken the helm at Chinese second-tier club Tianjin Quanjian, marking his return to what is emerging as the world's richest football market. Cannavaro was scheduled to make his first appearance at an open practice on Friday after arriving in the northern port city of Tianjin on Thursday. The former defender previously spent a year as coach of Guangzhou Evergrande in the top flight Chinese Super League, followed by a brief stint with Saudi Arabia's Al-Nass

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 06:32:18 -0400
Nothing less than Euro 2016 victory will do for Germany

Euro 2016 organizer Jacques Lambert says strikes in France have already damaged the event, and are especially hurting working class fans who depend on public transport. ''The party has already been a bit spoiled.'' He told France Inter radio. ''The image given is not the one we wanted.'' Lambert played down violence in Marseille overnight, involving England fan

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 03:24:55 -0400
Soccer-Euros are perfect holiday substitute for Wales Ramsey

(Reuters) - Representing Wales at the European Championship is a welcome change from being on "holiday" during a major international tournament, Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has said. Wales will be making a first appearance at a major finals since the 1958 World Cup when Chris Coleman's side kick off their Euro 2016 Group B campaign against Slovakia on Saturday. Ramsey is keen for Wales to stamp their authority early on in the tournament with a positive result in their Bordeaux opene

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Fri, 10 Jun 2016 02:14:52 -0400
Police use tear gas to break up fights in France

PARIS/MARSEILLE (Reuters) - Police intervened to halt skirmishes involving British soccer fans and locals in the port city of Marseille overnight, just hours before the Euro 2016 championship opens in France. A police official said that two British fans were injured and four police officers slightly hurt in a string of incidents in the southern French city, one of several locations that will be hosting the month-long tournament. Paris, in contrast, hosted a massive music concert near the Eiffel Tower where tens of thousands of revelers danced late into the night, with no immediate reports of major troubl

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