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June 2004
England v France on the Big Screen
England v France in Chamberlain Square
Watching England v France on the Big Screen
England took on France in their opening game of Euro2004. As crowds congregated around Birmingham, a big audience gathered in Chamberlain Square to watch the game on the BBC Big Screen.

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All matches on BBC1 will be shown on the BBC Big Screen in Chamberlain Square, as well as every England match.

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People flocked to Birmingham to watch England's most important match for two years - in bars around the city centre and on giant screens.

The BBC Big Screen in Chamberlain Square saw a family atmosphere as crowds gathered on the natural ampitheatre of the steps to see the match.

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Take a look at pictures of England fans watching the big match.

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As the match progressed and the tension grew, more people filled the square until it was standing room only.


The celebrations after Frank Lampard's goal were quickly replaced with tension, as France dominated the second half looking for an equaliser.

Nails were bitten and brows furrowed as England held out, looking like they might clinch a memorable victory.


Delight in the square soon turned to disbelief as Beckham missed England's penalty and Zinedine Zidane scored two injury time goals to give France victory.

The crowd filed away from the square in a numb silence, with none of the trouble seen elsewhere in the city.

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