Laurent Blanc was known as "Le President" for his elegance and assurance under pressure as a player but they proved to be not enough in the tortuous post of France coach a role he decided he had had enough of on Saturday after just two years.
Swarming with foreign soccer fans, Kiev prepared today to host the European championship final between holders Spain and Italy and bring an end to the biggest sports event in Eastern Europe since the 1980 Moscow Olympics.
With a contract until the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, coach Joachim Loew has said Germany has a bright future despite their Euro 2012 semi-final exit at the hands of Italy.
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