UEFA Euro 2016 in France Short Guide

The European Football championship known as UEFA Euro 2016 or just Euro 2016 is taking place from June 10 to July 10 in 10 different cities in France. Chosen in 2010 as the host country, beating Italy and Turkey, some of the French cities have built new stadia while others have been updated. This year there are 24 teams competing, up from the previous 16.

It’s the third time France hosts the tournament. They were chosen when the tournament was inaugurated in 1960 and also in the 1984 finals. The French won in 1984 and 2000. Whoever wins this year will compete in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

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UEFA Euro 2016 French Cities

Euro guide 2016
Courtesy of EUFA

The 10 French Participating Cities

Bordeaux, Stade de Bordeaux

Lens, Stade Boellaert Delelis

Lille, Stade Pierre Mauroy

Lyon, Stade de Lyon

Marseille, Stade Velodrome

Nice, Stade de Nice

Paris, Parc des Princes

Saint-Denis: Stade de France

Saint-Etienne, Stade Geoffroy Guichard

Toulouse, Stade de Toulouse

​A Few Facts about UEFA 2016, England and Ireland

Each team has its own home base. The English team is based at Chantilly just outside Paris at L’Auberge du Jeu de Paume. Chantilly is very near Paris and will suit the team; it has a great English shop where you can get items like Marmite (love it or hate it) and other British staples. 

The Republic of Ireland team is based in Versailles, again just a hop, skip and a jump away from Paris. They are in the fabulous Trianon Palace Versailles. But whether this means that the two will be competing in the final remains to be seen!

See the next page for details on the 6 groups of 4 teams and when and where they play.

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EUFA Euro 2016: The Teams and when and where they play in France

Place Bellecour in Lyon
© Philippe Bastie/Lyon Tourism and Conventions

The Teams

The rounds are done in 6 groups of 4 teams all of which play each other. If there’s a top team in a group with less successful teams, it seems a foregone conclusion (Germany are the current champions for instance). But some of the countries, like England, are playing young teams which adds excitement, and speculation.

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

​Dates and Who Plays Who in the Qualifying Rounds and Where

Friday June 10

  • Saint-Denis: France vs. Romania (noon)

Saturday June 11

  • Lens: Albania vs Switzerland 
  • Bordeaux: Wales vs. Slovakia 
  • Marseille: England vs. Russia

Sunday June 12

  • Paris: Turkey vs. Croatia 
  • Nice: Poland vs. Northern Ireland 
  • Lille:  Germany vs. Ukraine 

Monday June 13

  • Toulouse: Spain vs. Czech Republic 
  • Saint-Denis: Republic of Ireland vs. Sweden 
  • Lyon: Belgium vs. Italy 

Tuesday June 14

  • Bordeaux:  Austria vs. Hungary 
  • Saint-Etienne: Portugal vs. Iceland 

Wednesday June 15

  • Lille: Russia vs. Slovakia 
  • Paris: Romania vs. Switzerland 
  • Marseille: France vs. Albania 

Thursday June 16

  • Lens: England vs. Wales 
  • Lyon: Ukraine vs. Northern Ireland 
  • Saint-Denis: Germany vs. Poland 

Friday June 17

  • Toulouse: Italy vs. Sweden
  • Saint-Etienne: Czech Republic vs. Croatia 
  • Nice: Spain vs. Turkey 

Saturday June 18

  • Bordeaux: Belgium vs. Republic of Ireland 
  • Marseille: Iceland vs. Hungary 
  • Paris: Portugal  vs. Austria 

Sunday June 19

  • Lyon: Romania vs. Albania 
  • Lille: Switzerland vs. France 

Monday June 20

  • Toulouse: Russia vs. Wales 
  • Saint-Etienne: Slovakia vs. England 

Tuesday June 21

  • Marseille: Ukraine vs. Poland 
  • Paris: Northern Ireland vs. Germany 
  • Lens: Czech Republic vs. Turkey 
  • Bordeaux: Croatia vs. Spain 

Wednesday June 22

  • Saint-Denis: Iceland vs. Austria 
  • Lyon: Hungary vs. Portugal 

Lille: Italy vs. Republic of Ireland 

  • Nice: Sweden vs. Belgium 

Down to the last 16

Now begins the real excitement as the runners up inthe 4 groups compete in earnest. Matchesare at 6am, 9am, noon and 6pm

Saturday June 25 at Saint-Etienne, Paris (Parc des Princes) and Lens

Sunday June 26 at Lyon, Lille and Toulouse

Monday June 27 at Saint-Denis and Nice

Quarter Finals

Thursday June 30 at Marseille

Friday July 1 at Lille

Saturday July 2 at Bordeaux

Sunday July 3 at Saint-Denis

Semi Finals

Wednesday July 6 at Lyon

Thursday July 7 at Marseille

The Grand Final

Saturday July 10 at Saint-Denis

In the UK or Ireland and want more information?

  • Check out this great supporters’ guide to the UK and Ireland teams which gives you details on all the group stage matches in France. If you're not sure where each stadium is, look at this guide which shows you the way. It also gives interesting places to visit along the journey there. 

Can't get tickets for the stadium games?

  • Don't worry; use the guide for some of the great places to watch your team games in each of the host cities.  
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