Saturday 21 October 2017

'I think the Irish are just waking from the party last night' – Belgian fans storm Bordeaux

Cathal McMahon

Cathal McMahon

The streets of Bordeaux were flooded in a sea of red this morning as Belgian fans took over the French city.

Many Irish fans were slow to start today and by midday you could be mistaken for believeing that there was only one team playing in Euro 2016.

Margau Cannerts (19) told Independent.ie laid down the gauntlet to the Green army: “No, no, no they' can't compare with the Belgium fans.”

Her pal Eline Plender added: “We are the best.”

Margau Cannuerts and Eline Plender outside the Fanzone in Bordeaux
Margau Cannuerts and Eline Plender outside the Fanzone in Bordeaux

Another Belgian fan added: “I think the Irish are just waking from the party last night.”

Pockets of Irish began to emerge and after noon they started arriving into the pubs and bars surrounding the huge fanzone on Place de Quinconces in central Bordeaux.

Niall Mulcahy from Limerick city and Paul McNamara from Clonlara, Co Clare arrived in on an early morning train from Bilbao.

The pair said: “We think we are the only ones awake. But later the party will really get started.”

Between 30,000 and 50,000 Irish fans are in the city ahead of the group game which kicks off at 3pm (CET) (2pm Irish time).

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