Didier Deschamps

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Scorer of both goals against Germany in the semi-final, Antoine Griezmann (number seven), celebrates with his France team-mates in Marseilles. Photograph: Getty.

Euro 2016 Final: France v Portugal, Stade de France, Sunday, 8.0pm (RTÉ 2, TV3, BBC, UTV) If the draw for this tournament suggested that the organi(...)

This may not have been the greatest tournament but it has been pretty good to be around nevertheless. A portion of that has been down to the success(...)

 France striker Antoine Griezmann scores his second goal in the Euro 2016 semi-final against Germany at   Stade Velodrome  in Marseille. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Germany 0 France 2 Marchons, Marchons, les citoyens. France won their way through to Sunday’s Euro 2016 final against Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal wi(...)

France’s Patrice Evra was also involved in the World Cup in South Africa in 2010. Photograph: Getty Images

One gargantuan challenge away from the Euro 2016 final on home soil, there are four members of France’s squad who know better than most what a success(...)

Antoine Griezmann celebrates after he scored the fourth goal for France during the Euro 2016 quarter-final against Iceland. Photo: Getty Images

Tonight’s second semi-final promises to be a classic clash between two historic rivals, one of them reigning World Champions and the other the tou(...)

France’s Olivier Giroud scores the fifth goal against Iceland in their Euro 2016 quarter-final clash. Photo: Charles Platiau /Reuters

France 5 Iceland 2 The dreams of Icelanders and neutrals everywhere finally died in a somewhat brutal fashion in this quarter-final with the hosts (...)

Robbie Brady celebrates after scoring a very early penalty for Ireland at the Stade de Lyon. Photograph: Reuters/Robert Pratta

From 3.02pm local time until 4.17pm, Ireland led France 1-0 at the Stade de Lyon. From 4.20pm until the end of the game just before 5pm, they were 2-1(...)

France coach Didier Deschamps “Ireland were quite deep so we wanted to get Griezmann closer to Giroud and get some speed with Coman out wide and use the width better. But above all to get presence up front because the four attacking players with Dimitri, Antoine, Kinglsey and Giroud created presence up front and we created a lot of chances.” Photo: Getty Images

Imagine. 50,000 French fans in the stadium and most of the 66 million citizens arond the country presuming that their team must beat Ireland because .(...)

Republic of Ireland goalscorer Robbie Brady is consoled by John O’Shea after the 1-2 defeat to France on Sunday. Photograph: Getty.

Revenge may be best served cold but from the off there was little cool about the overwhelming smell of burning martyr among the RTÉ football panel. (...)

 Robbie Brady celebrates with Republic of Ireland team-mate Stephen Ward  after scoring from the penalty spot in the    European Championship Round Of 16 match at  Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon. Photograph: Donall Farmer/Inpho

France 2 Republic of Ireland 1 There may a great deal more to come from this team when the task of qualifying for the next World Cup begins in the au(...)

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