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Footballing news and international open thread for Thursday, June 9, 2016.

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Strikes hit trains to France's national stadium | The Big Story
Strikes have thrown train services to France's national stadium into disarray before the European Championship opening game it hosts on Friday night.

Cristiano Ronaldo is highest-paid athlete Lionel Messi second - Forbes - ESPN FC
Real Madrid star Ronaldo tops the list having earned $88 million (£60.9m), with Barcelona talisman Messi in second with earnings of $81.4m (£56.3m).

France v Romania Match Preview - 2016-06-10 European Championship
The first match of Euro 2016 begins as Les Bleus take on Anghel Iordanescu's experienced side in the opener.

Uruguay's Luis Suarez won't face Venezuela and may miss Copa America Centenario - ESPN FC
Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez says Luis Suarez will not feature in the Copa America clash against Venezuela due to his ongoing hamstring problem.

How Ronald Koeman’s Southampton tenure unraveled quickly – ProSoccerTalk
Dutch manager changed his mind quickly about remaining at Saints.

Euro 2016: Belgium stacked, not considered a favorite; Why?
Belgium has the components for a run to the Euro 2016 final, but can Marc Wilmots guide them there?

Brazil new verve could win them more than the Copa America title - ESPN FC
Still reeling from the 7-1 loss to Germany in 2014, Brazil may have finally turned a corner by winning by the same scoreline, writes Tim Vickery.

England’s Rashford reflects on dramatic rise ahead of EURO 2016 – ProSoccerTalk
Manchester United's forward is living every teenagers dream.

Bailly just the start of Man Utd's much-needed defensive rebuild -
Eric Bailly became Jose Mourinho's first signing as Manchester United manager on Wednesday, but the defensive rebuild is only just beginning at Old Trafford

And today's Copa America matches:

Group B
Lincoln Financial Field | Philadelphia, PA
7:30pm ET | 4:30pm PT
TV: Fox Sports 1/Univision

Group B
Rose Bowl Stadium | Pasadena, CA
10:00pm ET | 7:00pm PT
TV: Fox Sports 1/Univision