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French Football had some good news on Friday as France was awarded the 2016 European Championships in a vote by UEFA.  Now fans of French football have something to look forward to on the horizon, something that Les Blues and it’s fans have not had in a long time. The organizers were hoping for just such a result to lift French spirits above the seemingly constant dark mood surrounding the game in France.

“We will do our best so a sporting spirit prevails, so that French people see something else than the crisis’ gloom, it is important,” sports junior minister Rama Yade told Reuters.

Cynicism and controversy seem to be regular associates of the French Football Federation over the last few years. Controversial squad selections, scandals, underachievement and, of course the infamous hand ball, have permeated the sports pages in France, while at the same time French team Lyon advanced further in the Champions League than any French team in a generation.

France has hosted the World Cup in 1998 and previously hosted the European Championships in 1984 and won both of those tournaments. Most of the stadiums that were used in the 1998 World Cup will be used and renovated for the 2016 tournament, with only four new stadiums to be constructed.

The French Football Federation, who beat out Turkey and Italy for the rights to host the tournament, are counting on an economic jolt from the tournament and have committed to that investment for building and renovating existing stadiums.

“There will also be economical repercussions because to build four stadiums, renovate eight, you need the building trade, the businesses.”

The 2012 European Championships are to be held in Poland and Ukraine.

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