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Newspapers in Education: Euro 2016 in France, week six

This page has been specially designed and written for those thousands of pupils from across Northern Ireland who are doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project themed on Euro 2016

Today we wrap up our Euro 2016 project with a look at host cities Toulouse and Lens.

Toulouse lies on the banks of the River Garonne and is the fourth largest metropolitan area in France.

One of Toulouse’s big claims to fame is that it is the centre of the European aerospace industry, boasting the continent’s largest space centre.

The Toulouse-Lasbordes aerodrome is a centre for new technology and science enterprises, while a park dedicated to space exploration is nearby.

Toulouse is nicknamed La Ville Rose (the Pink City) as so many terracotta bricks are used in its buildings. It is also renowned for its large university population.

Well worth a visit, Toulouse has a fascinating history and plenty of sights to see such as the medieval old town.

The most famous building in the city is the Capitole, which houses an opera house and orchestra.

The natural history museum, which is surrounded by scenic parks, is another interesting place to visit, as is Carmes market, which is a wonderful place to enjoy good food.

Name: Stadium de Toulouse

Capacity: 33,000

Lens is in northern France and located 28 km away from another Euro 2016 venue, Lille.

The people who live in Lens are called Lensois, and years ago many of the locals used to work in the coal mining industry. Unfortunately, though, the last colliery was closed in 1990.

In 2012, the Louvre-Lens museum, which was designed by Japanese architects, was opened on mining wasteland at a cost of approximately €150m.

It is France’s latest cultural treasure and helped bring the region UNESCO World Heritage status.

Another point of interest is Lens railway station, which was constructed in 1926, while the Place Jean-Jaurès in the heart of the town has excellent shopping areas.

The football stadium in Lens is called Stade Bollaert-Delelis, and was opened in 1932. It is an English-style ground and the atmosphere at games can be electric. England and Wales play each other in a group game at the stadium.

Stadium Name: Stade Bollaert-Delelis

Capacity: 35,000

Player profiles

Name: Cristiano Ronaldo

Born: February 5, 1985

Age: 31

Height: 1.85 metres

Position: Forward

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo is one of the best players in the world and is leading Portugal’s challenge in this summer’s European Championships.

The Portugal captain and Real Madrid superstar is world-famous for his silky skills, being dangerous from set-pieces and his excellent finishing at both at club and international level.

Ronaldo started his career at Sporting Lisbon and was described as one of Europe’s brightest young talents. This led to him to be signed by Manchester United in 2003 when he was just 18 after he impressed against them in a pre-season friendly.

He quickly established himself as a popular player at United, helping them to three Premier League titles, an FA Cup and a Champions League success during his time there.

In 2009, Ronaldo moved from Old Trafford to current side Real Madrid for a then world record transfer fee of £80m. At Madrid his game has reached new levels. He has been the main man as Real have won two Champions League titles and a Spanish league title.

Ronaldo made his international debut in 2003 against Kazakhstan and has been captain for eight years.

He has won well over 100 caps, achieving his century in Porto during a 1-1 draw with Northern Ireland in 2012.

Name: Robert Lewandowski

Born: August 21, 1988

Age: 27

Height: 1.84 metres

Position: Striker

Club: Bayern Munich

Country: Poland

Robert Lewandowski is the captain of Poland and is one of the best strikers in Europe.

The Bayern Munich man is known for being deadly in front of goal and was the inspiration for his country during Euro 2016 qualifying, equalling Northern Ireland legend David Healy’s record for the most goals in one campaign by scoring 13 times.

He first made a name for himself while playing for German side Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga. He was an important member of their title-winning squads in 2011 and 2012.

Lewandowski moved to Bayern Munich from Dortmund in 2014 and was the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season. In his time at Bayern, he has also won two league titles and a German Cup.

The 27-year old made his international debut in 2008.

The Euro 2016 finals are his first major tournament as skipper of Poland.

He did not score against Northern Ireland in the opening Group C game in France, but he will be aiming to hit the target in forthcoming matches. 

Pupil profile

Name: Carter Boyd

School: St Malachy’s P.S. Bangor

Age: 10

Class: P6

Which sport/s do you take part in: I take part in football. I normally play goalkeeper with the school football team.

Who is your favourite sportsperson and why: My favourite sportsperson is Wayne Rooney. I like him because he is an excellent player and he is also the captain of Man United.

Which sporting team/s do you support: The team I support is Man United. I have supported them all my life.

Which country do you think will win the Euros 2016: I think the team that will win the Euros is France because they have some really good players and they are also the host nation. I also got France in the class sweepstake, so I might even get a prize or two if they win!

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