"Considering that Portugal’s victory in the football championship was a unique moment of celebration for all Portuguese, I grant the city workers the afternoon of 11 July off so they can pay homage to our national team in the city of Lisbon", the mayor of Lisbon, Fernando Medina (Socialist), said in a communiqué.

Portugal won the football championship on Sunday for the first time ever by beating host country France 1-0, in overtime with a goal by Éder, at 109 minutes, in ‘Stade de France’.

The Portuguese team became the second one in history to beat the home team in the final, 12 years after being on the wrong side of the match in Lisbon when they lost 1-0 to Greece in the Euro2004.