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Captain Didier Deschamps holds aloft the trophy, flanked by Zinedine Zidane (left) and Marcel Desailly. Graham Cahdwick/Allsport
Well-balanced France joins elite teams of all time
France's national striker search can now be called off. At Rotterdam's De Kuip Stadium on Sunday, a goal in second-half stoppage time by Sylvain Wiltord and one in the 103rd minute by David Trézéguet -- substitute strikers both -- helped lift Les Bleus past Italy 2-1 for the European Championship and into a hallowed place in soccer history. By becoming the first World Cup holder ever to win the European crown, France earned a spot among the best teams of all time
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||France defeats Italy for European Championship|
The Italians were seconds away from a hard-earned triumph in a thrilling final in Rotterdam.
||French champions given Champagne welcome|
One of the biggest cheers came as Christian Karembeu's supermodel wife appeared on the balcony.
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