The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10th June to 10th July 2016.
The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men’s football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10th June to 10th July 2016. For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16 team format used since 1996.
Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. France was chosen as the host nation after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals. The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, SaintDenis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team has won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.
The winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia. The Teams The qualifying group stages for Euro 2016 are over, with the 24 sides now confirmed to feature in the June tournament. There have already been plenty of shocks with the likes of Wales and Northern Ireland sealing long awaited appearances at major finals, while Holland endured a torrid campaign to not even gain a play-off berth and be dumped out prematurely.
The Tournament: The final 24 teams have been placed in 5 groups kicking off in Paris with hosts France vs Romania 10th June 20:00 GMT. Following the 36 group matches the 16 qualifying teams will go through to the knockout stages beginning Sat. 25th June with the final to be played in the Stade de France in Paris Sunday 10th July. Tournament favourites according to many pundits are Germany at 3/1 ahead of hosts France (7/2) with Spain and Belgium the other two teams currently listed with single-figure odds at 13/2 and 9/1 respectively. However Spain are rated as favourites by many.