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      Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]

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      Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Jun 10, 2016 08:50:48 am
      * All dates and times in UK time (BST)

      10th June
      France v Romania Group A: kick-off 8pm live on ITV

      11th June
      Albania v Switzerland Group A: kick-off 2pm BBC1

      15th June
      Romania v Switzerland Group A: 5pm ITV
      France v Albania Group A: 8pm ITV

      19th June
      Romania v Albania Group A: kick-off 8pm BBC4
      Switzerland v France Group A: 8pm BBC1

      France: Odds 3-1

      Didier Deschamps led Les Bleus to glory at the 1998 World Cup and will be hoping he can win another major trophy as manager. However the French camp is rarely free of dark clouds, and the Karim Benzema blackmail affair, which has led to the striker's exile, and claims of racism in Deschamps's selection policy could unsettle the squad.

      On the other hand, the personnel Deschamps has at his disposal is impressive. "The hosts have arguably the best and most dynamic midfield in Europe with players such as Paul Pogba, Blaise Matuidi, Dimitri Payet and N'Golo Kante," says The Guardian.

      Switzerland: Odds 66-1

      The Swiss have several stars, but failed to trouble England in qualifying. "This is a talented generation of players, with the likes of Granit Xhaka and Xherdan Shaqiri likely to be around for a good few tournaments yet, and a wealth of impressive youngsters coming through also bodes well," says Eurosport. "But they have lacked cutting edge in past appearances at major tournaments."

      Romania: Odds 200-1

      Anghel Iordanescu's side is short on stars but is well-drilled and hard-working. They will be no pushovers. "Romania's organised and extremely stingy defence is the envy of all other managers at the tournament – they conceded only twice in ten qualifiers," says the Guardian.

      Albania: Odds 500-1

      The rank tournament outsiders. "Not only have Albania never qualified for a major international competition... they also have only made it to two minor ones," notes ESPN, which adds that the players were presented with Albania's highest civilian award just for qualifying. However, they should not be completely written off as they beat Portugal in qualifying.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #1: Jun 10, 2016 10:52:00 am
      I actually think France will win it.

      Their spine consists of, Lloris, Koscielny, Kante, Pogba, Matuidi and Griezmann (if he plays as the 9). Then you throw in Coman, Payet and Martial and they also have a couple of strong full backs.

      I also think Payet will be player of the tournament!!
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      Reply #2: Jun 10, 2016 07:50:43 pm
      These opening ceremonies...not sure about the Can Can and Edith Piaf being EDM'd.

      Ohh sh*t - it's David Guetta doing that thing of his, putting his pen drive in a computer and then putting his hands up in the air, rocking his head as his computer plays his playlist.
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      Reply #3: Jun 10, 2016 07:56:31 pm
      These opening ceremonies...not sure about the Can Can and Edith Piaf being EDM'd.

      Ohh sh*t - it's David Guetta doing that thing of his, putting his pen drive in a computer and then putting his hands up in the air, rocking his head as his computer plays his playlist.

      Some girl fell over during the Guetta dancing.  Maybe the pitch is a bit lumpy!

      There were saying they needed to try get a balance in the opening ceremony. France is still in state of emergency so nothing too over the top, but do want to have some fun.  And not too long.

      Giroud up front with Payet and Greismann.   Kante in the middle, interesting to see how he gets on..
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #4: Jun 10, 2016 08:18:16 pm
      France have some quality players.

      Pogba is a class act.
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      Reply #5: Jun 10, 2016 08:30:35 pm
      First time I've watched Pogba properly and agree he does look a class act. A Viera / Yaya type player but boy does he look fast and fit and quick feet. Fergie what a mistake.
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      Reply #6: Jun 10, 2016 08:35:17 pm
      Romania probably had the best of the first 10 mins, should've scored.
      France coming into it more though last 10 mins, hit post, but decent from Romania to keep them out.
      Game settling down a bit...
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #7: Jun 10, 2016 08:50:51 pm
      The French attack is completely blunted by having that lump up front in between two quality players, reminds me of one of our players!
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #8: Jun 10, 2016 08:50:59 pm
      France's midfield is sickening. Kante, Pogba and Matuidi.
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      Reply #9: Jun 10, 2016 08:51:19 pm
      The French attack is completely blunted by having that lump up front in between two quality players, reminds me of one of our players!

      Omg, yes, I was thinking the same thing, he looks the odd one out.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #10: Jun 10, 2016 08:55:16 pm
      Romania rock solid defensively. France had two solid chances though.

      https://twitter.com/WhoScored/status/741358347773980673
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      Reply #11: Jun 10, 2016 09:04:11 pm
      Romania rock solid defensively. France had two solid chances though.

      https://twitter.com/WhoScored/status/741358347773980673

      Always a bit worried that France would become undone by nerves like Portugal against ultra defensive Greece 12 years ago.
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      Reply #12: Jun 10, 2016 09:17:33 pm
      Lol Giroud.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #13: Jun 10, 2016 09:18:03 pm
      The French attack is completely blunted by having that lump up front in between two quality players, reminds me of one of our players!
      Some big lump ;D, keeper's fault
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #14: Jun 10, 2016 09:18:11 pm
      What's that you lot were saying about Giroud?
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #15: Jun 10, 2016 09:18:46 pm
      The French attack is completely blunted by having that lump up front in between two quality players, reminds me of one of our players!

      I got a tenner at 25/1 on a giroud Golden Boot with France to win it.

      Almost had a fiver on Payet to get the most assists and kinda wishing I had a punt on that one as well
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      Reply #16: Jun 10, 2016 09:21:33 pm
      I got a tenner at 25/1 on a giroud Golden Boot with France to win it.

      Almost had a fiver on Payet to get the most assists and kinda wishing I had a punt on that one as well

      Good bet that.

      Giroud is a goal scorer.

      I'm one of the few on here who seem to rate him.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #17: Jun 10, 2016 09:21:34 pm
      Wander if we'll get to hear Bilic swear some more after the game! Did anyone else notice he said "f**k me" during his half-time analysis??? I had to rewind it three times to check I'd heard right
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #18: Jun 10, 2016 09:23:17 pm
      Good bet that.

      Giroud is a goal scorer.

      I'm one of the few on here who seem to rate him.

      I quite like him too mate, he just lacks that bit of consistency (goes missing for 4-5 game spells at Arsenal) but his goals record is decent and he leads the line well
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #19: Jun 10, 2016 09:24:00 pm
      Surely that wasn't a penno?
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #20: Jun 10, 2016 09:24:16 pm
      Penalty for Romania 1-1.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #21: Jun 10, 2016 09:24:24 pm
      Replay confirms it was a pen all day! Evra as well haha
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      Reply #22: Jun 10, 2016 09:25:06 pm

      It was ya know and what a cracker too !!
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #23: Jun 10, 2016 09:32:25 pm
      Payet is a lovely footballer.
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      Re: Group A - Euro 2016 [France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland]
      Reply #24: Jun 10, 2016 09:45:42 pm
      That pitch at the Stade de France doesn't look perfect. Looks like it's cutting up a bit.

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