Domenech upbeat despite facing axe

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Marriage may be in the offing for Raymond Domenech, but his divorce from France´s national team should be finalised in the coming weeks after their abject showing at Euro 2008.

One would have thought the 56-year-old would be in the depths of despair after seeing Les Bleus defeated 2-0 by Italy to finish bottom of Group C. But he turned up to his press conference on Tuesday night smiling, as if he was relieved that a mass of pressure had been lifted from his shoulders. Moments earlier, he had proposed to his girlfriend Estelle Denis live on national television.

"Okay, this is why I am positive," said the husband-to-be. "I loved this match, I saw they were trying and weren´t giving up. At some points, I loved them."

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