June 10th – July 10th 2016
The European Football Championship 2016 starts in June and this year the tournament is bigger than ever. A record 24 teams will compete this time round, an increase on the 16 team format used over the last 20 years.
This means we’ll see a huge 51 games over the course of a month, culminating in the final on Sunday 10th July, to be played at the Stade-de-France in Paris.
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We’ve got a preview of the tournament, with a look at the teams, groups and players who will be lighting up our screens this summer. And of course we’ll also have daily updates with all the latest bookie promotions, free bets and enhanced odds throughout the month.
Euro 2016 factfile
Our Euro 2016 preview starts with a look at all the key information about the tournament. France are the hosts this time round, and the games will be taking place up and down the country – from Lille and Lens in the North of the country, right down to Marseilles on the South coast. There are two venues in Paris, with both the Parc Des Prince and the Stade de France hosting matches. Paris will also host the final on July 10th.
Euro 2016 tournament format
For the first time ever, there are 24 teams competing. These are initially divided up into 6 groups of 4, with the group seeding supposedly ensuring that the stronger sides are more likely to qualify for the next round. It doesn’t always work out that way of course, with plenty of high profile casualties in previous competitions, but this year it is actually a bit easier than normal because a few of the third placed sides will also qualify for the round of 16. In fact, just 8 teams will go home after the group stage, so any bets on teams to get out the group should be fairly safe unless they have a total disaster!
Round of 16
The round of 16 will be 8 games taking place over 3 days from Saturday 25th June. The top two teams from each group will be through, along with the 4 best third placed sides.
There’s a break of a couple of days before the quarter finals begin. These start on Thursday 30th June and one is played over each of the next 4 nights, all with an 8pm kick off time posted.
Another short break from the action before the semi finals on Weds 6th / Thurs 7th July. All of course leading up to the main event:
Euro 2016 final
The final is due to be played at the Stade de France on Sunday 10th July, with a kick off time of 8pm. Note there is no 3rd place playoff to contest, so the final – the 51st game of the tournament) will be the finale to a month long festival of football.
Euro 2016 teams
The 24 teams taking part this summer have all had to qualify for the tournament (with the exception of hosts France). They come from the nine qualifying groups and 4 two-legged play offs that were the culmination of the 2 year qualifying campaign. They have been ranked according to UEFA coefficients and seeded for the group draw, which took place at the end of last year.
The full alphabetical team list is as follows:
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Northern Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Wales.
Euro 2016 group stage
For the group stage, the teams have been split up into 6 groups of 4:
France, Albania, Romania, Switzerland
England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia
Germany,Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland
Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia
Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden
Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary
Euro 2016 venues
A total of 10 venues are being used for the championships, meaning a total in excess of 2 million spectators will be able to cheer on the teams. The first game and the final both take place at the national stadium in Paris, the Stade de France. The full list of other venues and some details about them are below, they are in order from the North of France moving South:
Stade Pierre Mauroy – Lille. Capacity 50,000
Stade Bollaert-Delelis – Lens. Capacity 35,000
Stade de France – Paris. Capacity 80,000
Parc des Prince – Paris. Capacity 45,000
Stade de Lyon – Lyon. Capacity 59,000
Stade Geoffroy Guichard – St Etienne. Capacity 42,000
Stade de Bordeaux – Bordeaux. Capacity 42,000
Stade de Nice – Nice. Capacity 35,000
Stadium de Toulouse – Toulouse. Capacity 33,000
Stade Velodrome – Marseilles. Capacity 67,000
As the tournament approaches we’ll be adding match previews and of course enhanced odds, bookie specials and free bets. Check back for more.