UEFA Euro 2016 in France Short Guide

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    UEFA Euro 2016 French Cities

    Euro guide 2016
    Courtesy of EUFA

    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.

    Official website of UEFA 2016 

    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. 

    Read guest reviews, compare prices and book for L'Auberge du Jeu de Paume on TripAdvisor

    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!

    Read guest reviews, compare prices and book for the Trianon Palace Versailles on TripAdvisor.

    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.  

    Check out the Guide here

    Official website of UEFA 2016