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Fans gather for the start of Euro 2008

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Fans gather for the start of Euro 2008


The fans are ready, and so are the Swiss authorities, for the start of Euro 2008 tonight, after years of preparation. The Czech republic will play the co-hosts in Basel.

“The Czechs will win because we are the best,” shouted one excited fan. “No!” said a young Swiss supporter. “We are going to beat them two-nil.”

Even the unseasonal rain has not dampened spirits.

Geneva is also expecting a party tonight. Portugal will play Turkey there, no doubt cheered on by the city’s large Portuguese community. It’s been a rather wet wait on campgrounds specially set up for the occasion.

So sightseeing is off, but few in Switzerland are focussed on anything other than some imminent world class football.

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