It was a night when history trumped beauty in a European Final that didn’t come to life until late. In time, few will remember the torpid tenor that preceded the late-stage drama. This was a night to join in Portugal’s jubilation at finally breaking through after so many close calls while marveling at France’s missed chances. Let’s see how the world’s papers reacted to it all:
Portugal’s O Jogo captures how this team is now forever part of the nation’s fabric with “Eternal”
A Bola declares “We are the European Champions” and gives props to “The Pride of Portugal”
Before last night Portugal could rightly claim to be the best nation in the world to never have won a major trophy. No longer, Jornal de Notícias announces “It’s ours!”
April 25th is Portugal’s “Freedom Day,” commemorating the 1975 Carnation Revolution that swept the authoritarian dictatorship Estado Novo out of power. Público proclaims a new day for Portugal to canonize, the 10th of July, with this powerful back page.
Portugal’s Informação one-ups Spain’s Marca back page from Friday that hailed “Griezmannix el Galo” as it show’s France’s cartoon hero Asterix forced to hoist the Portuguese flag.
A decidedly more somber mood hangs over France today. 20 Minutes captures the sense that France should have played more aggressively with “Eternal Regret”
Libération, like the pictured Antoine Griezmann, can only hold its head and mutter that the result feels “Like the Blues”
France couldn’t overcome Portugal’s stout defense and its own bad luck. Add it all up, and it feels “overwhelming” as L’Equipe explains.
In England it was all about celebrating Andy Murray and Lewis Hamilton. The Daily Star was one of the few papers to apportion front or back page real estate to the Final with its tame and lame Éder reference ,“Glovely”
Mexico’s Cancha boisterously hails the team that “Took Paris.” Couldn’t Cancha have been cleverer still by referencing Casablanca’s famous line “We’ll always have Paris”?
Spain’s Marca slyly makes it all about Real Madrid with its headline “Portugal, it’s not a dream, it’s real!”
No translation needed as Italy’s Corriere dello Sport hails Euro 16’s surprise winners.
The appropriately named l’Humanité provides the day’s most poignant cover as it says “Portugal 1 – France 0 but thanks for the moment”