In the lead in their group, France were back on the road for more Euro 2012 qualifiers, and it was Euro Media France’s XXL1 truck that made the journey to cover the Blues in action against Albania and Romania.
In Tirana, Jean-Charles Vankerkoven was in charge of sending TF1’s exclusive signal for Keneo.
Fifteen cameras covered what turned out to be a great night of football, with Laurent Blanc’s team notching up a win over the Albanians, and 6.2 million fans (or a 29% overall audience share) watching on TF1.
As an historical footnote, the stadium in Tirana was hosting its last match before being demolished; by contrast, four days later, France’s visit to Romania marked the inauguration of Bucharest’s new Stadionul Naţional.
EMF took up its place in this brand-new stadium, with capacity for 55,200 spectators (and potential room for expansion to 63,000).
The National Stadium’s construction was modelled on that of Frankfurt (where Euro Media broadcast the international signal for the 2006 World Cup).
On board the XXL1, François Lanaud was in charge of the international signal for the Romania v France game, and M6’s exclusive signal for Sportfive. Nineteen cameras were used.
The match ended goalless, but featured the commentating duo of Thierry Roland and Jean-Michel Larqué, who hadn’t covered a France match together for seven years.
The match drew 6.2 million viewers, or an audience share of 24.2% out of the whole viewing public. M6 was the channel most watched by the male viewing audience, with a share of 36.8%. France remains at the top of group D, with 17 points, far ahead of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who had the game of the night when they beat Belarus 1-0 at home.