Euro 2016 final

Euro 2016: No way fans will miss final

A football title will lift the morale of these France supporters, especially after last November's terror attacks.
A football title will lift the morale of these France supporters, especially after last November's terror attacks.PHOTO: TIFFANY GOH FOR THE SUNDAY TIMES
Despite a shaky start to the campaign, Portugal fans are confident their national team will win the Euro 2016 final.
Despite a shaky start to the campaign, Portugal fans are confident their national team will win the Euro 2016 final.PHOTO COURTESY OF CRISTINA LOPES

Despite 3am start, supporters of Portugal and France will still cheer on their teams in S'pore

Never mind the 3am kick-off, the Monday hangover and the 11,000km that separate Singapore and the Stade de France, venue of the Euro 2016 final.

Both France and Portugal fans are intent on making it a night to remember by cheering on their national teams into the wee hours of tomorrow morning.

France are in their first football final since the 2006 World Cup, and a sizeable French contingent - tricolour and facepaint handy - will be cheering on Didier Deschamps' men at The Chamber Bar and Bistro at Robertson Walk.

Paris native Sebastien Hue, one of the estimated 18,000 French nationals living in Singapore, said: "It's been a long time since we reached a final, we have a good team and I'm certain we will win it."

Expect chants of "Allez Les Bleus" and boisterous renditions of France's national anthem La Marseillaise to ring out all night long, as hosts France seek victory against the wily Portuguese.

  • Where to watch it live

  • •The Chamber Bar and Bistro 11 Unity Street #01-16 Robertson Walk

    •The Braseiro 333 Joo Chiat Road

    •Muddy Murphy's 111 Somerset Road #01-02

    •The Bank Bar + Bistro One Shenton #01-01 1 Shenton Way

    •Community Clubs (CCs): Ayer Rajah, Bishan, Braddell Heights, Bukit Batok, Bukit Batok East, Buona Vista, Canberra, Changi Simei, Chong Pang, Choa Chu Kang, Ci Yuan, Clementi, Eunos, Fengshan, Gek Poh Ville, Hougang, Jurong Green, Jurong Spring, Kampong Glam, Nee Soon South, Pasir Ris Elias, Potong Pasir, Punggol 21, Sengkang, Serangoon, Tampines West, Toa Payoh Central, Ulu Pandan, Whampoa, Woodlands, Yew Tee, Yio Chu Kang, Yuhua, Zhenghua.

Noting the Paris terror attacks last November, which left 130 people dead and a nation shell-shocked, consultant Antoine Chevrier said: "It will be big for the country's morale, a win will really cheer up the people after all that has happened."

Antoine Griezmann, whose sister Maud survived the Bataclan siege, has led the French charge with six goals, but it is their team unity which fans believe will see them lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Product manager Clemence le Floch said: "They have real team spirit and a good coach who has won the World Cup and Euros (as a player) before. I have no doubt we will win."

Not to be outdone, a group of Portugal fans will congregate at Muddy Murphy's at Somerset as Cristiano Ronaldo and his team-mates aim to clinch their first-ever major football trophy. There are an estimated 300 Portuguese in Singapore.

Lisbon native and chef Helio Goncalves believes victory is within reach, saying: "To be honest, I didn't think we could reach the final after the first few games, but the team got better and now I am sure we can win the final.

"Renato Sanches has impressed the most. We have Ronaldo, who is the best, but importantly many players have pedigree - they play for the biggest clubs in Europe and it will help in the final."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on July 10, 2016, with the headline 'No way fans will miss final'. Print Edition | Subscribe