Get ready for UEFA Euro 2016 this summer, which is going to take place at a variety of venues throughout France this year from June 10th – July 10th.
This annual event has reached prominent importance this year with no less than 24 teams vying for the Henri Delaunay cup, which marks the prestigious winning team award.
UEFA, the Union of European Football Association and the sponsor of this competition aims to bring together some of the top players throughout Europe for a spectacular display of skill and fitness. UEFA is committed to promoting social responsibility, sustainability, and fairness throughout the football game – building on the success of this in the last Euro competitions; this year’s will take this philosophy further.
France wins the bid for a record 3rd time to host the competition.
France, which won the bid to host the competition this year, will be setting the matches throughout the country with some prime locations like Marseilles, Paris, and Lyon hosting key matches. It is a record 3rd time for their hosting of the event – with a total of 51 games to take place over the month period in 10 different stadiums.
Group matches to take place across France
UEFA Euro 2016 will kick off with a Group A match where France competes against Romania. France has beaten them twice before but most matches between these two teams have ended in a draw. In Group A, Romania playing Switzerland will take place on the second match day while France will play Albania. In Group B, Russia is set to play Slovakia, while England plays against Wales the following day. In Group C, Ukraine takes on Northern Ireland, while Germany plays Poland on 16th June. From Group D, the Czech Republic takes on Croatia while Spain plays Turkey. In Group E, Italy plays Sweden while Belgium takes on Ireland. In Group F, Iceland plays Hungary while Portugal takes on Austria.
The Group stage of the competition culminates within Group A: Switzerland plays France and Romania plays Albania. In Group B, Slovakia takes on England while Russia plays Wales. In Group C Northern Ireland plays Germany while Ukraine plays Poland. In Group D, Croatia plays Spain while the Czech Republic takes on Turkey. In Group F, Iceland takes on Austria while Hungary plays Portugal. In Group E Sweden plays Belgium while Italy takes on Ireland.
The group matches will take place across France with Lille, Saint-Denis, Paris, and Bordeaux as just some of the host towns.
Tickets are available on the UEFA cup website – make sure you check regularly to see what becomes available. It is also possible to enjoy VIP hospitality at the matches if you are willing to pay.
This year’s slogan for UEFA Euro 2016 is “Le Rendezvous”, marking it the sociable nature of this prominent sporting event.
For those wishing to enjoy the action from afar but also get involved with placing some well-considered bets, following the teams closely over the next months will prove invaluable.