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Wales Manager Chris Coleman to be offered the freedom of Swansea

Chris Coleman, manager of Wales football squad, is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea.

Coleman and his team returned from France to a hero’s welcome after taking Wales to their first semi-final ever.

Chris Coleman is to be offered the freedom of his home city, Swansea. Credit: PA

Freedom of the City is the highest honour the people of Swansea can confer on one of its own.

And after the amazing, incredible exploits of the last month in France, I think I can safely say everyone in Swansea believes it’s richly-deserved.

In interviews Chris has been saying he hopes the France adventure has fully established Wales on the footballing map.

We can say it’s not just Wales but Swansea too.

To reach the European Championship semi-final is fantastic in itself. But the team has been outstanding ambassadors for Wales on and off the field, and the leadership Chris has shown truly demonstrates that being #TogetherStronger is a story of shared experience and shared character we can all be part of.

– David Hopkins, Lord Mayor of Swansea
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Chris Coleman was born in Swansea in 1970.

He went to St Joseph’s RC Primary School and to Bishop Vaughan RC Comprehensive.

He played for Swansea City 160 times and for Wales 32 times.

After leaving Swansea in 1991, he went on to play for Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham, and later had spells as manager at Fulham, Coventry and Spanish side Real Sociedad.

He was appointed Wales manager in the tragic and difficult aftermath of the death of his good friend Gary Speed in 2012.

From there he built a team that qualified for its first major championships in 58 years.

Ronaldo front-runner for UEFA’s best player award - Bale fifth favourite at 16/1

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are shortlisted for UEFA’s best player in Europe award. Credit: PA

On the back of the shortlist being announced for UEFA’s best player in Europe, William Hill makes Cristiano Ronaldo the 1/4 favourite to bag the award.

He is quite some way ahed of Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 is the second favourite and third favourite Antoine Griezmann at 7/1.

Gareth Bale is fifth favourite, with odds 16/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo has helped both his club and his country to glory this season and for this reason, he is the clear favourite to win the best player in Europe accolade.

– Joe Crilly,William Hill spokesman

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Rhyl fanzone remains open for Euro 2016 final

The fanzone will open from 1pm Credit: PA

A fanzone in North Wales will remain open for today's Euro 2016 and Wimbledon final.

The Denbighshire fanzone opens at 1pm for the Wimbledon final and will remain open until the Euro 2016 final between France and Portugal at 8pm.

During the Portugal v Wales semi-final, more than 7,500 people turned up at Rhyl's Events Arena to watch the game.

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The heroes' welcome and concert for Wales Euro 2016 stars

The Wales team on a parade through Cardiff Credit: ITV

An historic homecoming for the Wales team saw thousands of supporters line the streets of Cardiff for a parade followed by a huge concert.

The Manic Street Preachers performed to Chris Coleman's squad and thirty thousand fans

Here's a review of the highlights from our Correspondent Carl Edwards

Wales fans: the best in the world?

The stars of this tournament haven't just been those on the pitch. They've also been the fans who've been with the squad every step of the way - both in France and here at home.

Their support has without question given the players a massive boost. Lorna Prichard reports now on the fans who've really lived the slogan 'Together Stronger'.

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Welsh team mimic Icelandic battle cry outside stadium

The Welsh football team has completed their open top bus tour and arrived at Cardiff City Stadium, ahead of a celebratory concert to welcome them home after being knocked out of the Euros.

Once the players reached the stadium, led by Gareth Bale, they mimicked the now-infamous 'battle cry' that Iceland's football players became renowned for during the championship.

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Gareth Bale: No prouder honour than playing for Wales

Gareth Bale has talked about how thrilled he is that the Wales football team made it to the semi-final of the European Championship - the furthest the team has ever reached in a major tournament.

"When you look back on it after, you really see what we've achieved as a nation, and you see what it means to all these fans out here," he said.

"There's no prouder honour than putting on a red t-shirt for Wales."

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Manic's Nicky Wire: People will remember this forever

Nicky Wire from the Manic Street Preachers has spoken about his joy at Wales reaching the semi-final of the European Championship.

"It just becomes part of the collective memory of the nation, and that's really important," he said. "Everyone who has been around for this will remember that forever."

Speaking about the band's song, Together Stronger (C'mon Wales) he added: "It's about the players and the fans. It's to say thank you."

The song, which became the team's official anthem at the Euros, will be performed for around 33,000 people Cardiff City Stadium on Friday evening.

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