UEFA Euro 2016 preview

In less than one month, from 10 June to 10 July 2016 will take place the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship in France.

Spain are two-time defending champions and they will try to defend their title again.

The tournament will take place in 10 venues in 10 different host cities:

Nr City Stadium Capacity
1 Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique 42.115
2 Lens Stade Bollaert-Delelis 38.233
3 Lille Stade Pierre-Mauroy 50.186
4 Lyon Parc Olympique Lyonnais 59.286
5 Marseille Stade Vélodrome 67.394
6 Nice Allianz Riviera 35.624
7 Paris Parc des Princes 48.712
8 Saint-Denis Stade de France 81.338
9 Saint-Étienne Stade Geoffroy-Guichard 41.965
10 Toulouse Stadium Municipal 33.150

The host cities on map - Le Rendez-Vous in France:

France - Euro 2016

Qualified teams

24 teams have qualified for this edition of the European Championship. Thirteen of the sixteen teams that participated at the Euro 2012 qualified again for the 2016 final tournament.

England is the only team that had a perfect qualifying campaign (10 wins in 10 matches).
For world champions Germany and the defending European champions Spain this is the 12th straight European Championship.

Romania, Turkey, Austria and Switzerland all returned after missing out in 2012. For Belgium this will the first tournament since co-hosting Euro 2000, and Hungary will participate for the first time in 44 years, having last appeared at Euro 1972.

For Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales this will be their first ever participation.

On the other hand, surprisingly the 2004 champions Greece finished bottom in their qualification group, while two other previous Euro champions, 1988 winners Netherlands and 1992 victors Denmark, both missed out on the finals.

The groups

The 24 teams are divided in 6 groups, each group containing 4 teams. The draw took place in Paris back in december.

See also the Euro 2016 schedule

Group A
Albania
France
Romania
Switzerland
Group B
England
Russia
Slovakia
Wales
Group C
Germany
Northern Ireland
Poland
Ukraine
Group D
Croatia
Czech Republic
Spain
Turkey
Group E
Belgium
Italy
Ireland
Sweden
Group F
Austria
Hungary
Iceland
Portugal

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