The roar of the fans, the gold, red and black flags making a rare appearance and even more beers drunk than usual....it is time for Europe's Fussball (soccer/football) teams to battle it out in the Europameister!
2016 UEFA European Championship
Known in English as Euro 2016 and the EM in German, the 15th tournament pits 24 European national teams against each other. This contest will take place in France in month-long epic battle from June 10th to July 10th, 2016. Though Germany came out on top in the last World Cup, Spain is the defending champion here. The winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.
This is the first time a field of 24 teams is at play (expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996). There will be six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. In total, there will be 51 games. The final will be held in Saint-Denis on July 10th.
June 12th (Sunday) at 9:00 in Lille: Deutschland – Ukraine
June 16th (Thursday) at 9:00 in Paris: Deutschland – Polen
June 21st (Tuesday) at 6:00 in Paris: Nordirland – Deutschland
Where to Watch Europameister in Germany
The short answer is: everywhere. Even non-football fans gather to watch their home teams compete as a matter of national pride. The longer answer below:
It will be hard to find a bar not playing Europameister games, especially when Germany is playing. Check out our listings of best bars around the country below, or simply wander into your closest watering hole. You might not even need to go inside. The warmer weather draws viewings onto the street with sidewalk seating.
If you don't want to root for the home team, look for expat bars. Irish pubs are some of the easiest to come-by, but there are many foreign bars and restaurants that will show their country's games.
A popular alternative to the stifling kneipe (pub) is to take the party all the way outdoors in a traditional German biergarten. Well-accustomed to catering to televised sporting events, arrive early to find a good place in front of the screen and beware that daytime games mean the viewing part might be impaired. Sunshine is to the detriment of giant screens. If you are serious about seeing all the action, this might not be the right venue for you. But if you want to enjoy the ambiance, there is nowhere better.
Similar to Eurovision, the World Cup is an event best watched with masses of people. Public viewings are a popular - if rowdy - option. While some sites offer seating, other locations are standing room only.
The Fan Mile in Berlin (Fanmeile) in Berlin is one of the largest in the country. Located on iconic Straße des 17. Juni between the Brandenburg Gate and Siegessäule, multiple screens are placed down a mile-long stretch of roadway.
Note that the street and sections of the Tiergarten are fenced so you must go through secured entry points. Though capacity is listed in the hundreds of thousands, it frequently hits the mark during popular games so arrive early to ensure entry. Glass bottles are not allowed, but drinks and snacks are sold within the fenced area. There is no seating, so be prepared to stand throughout, carried by the energy of the crowd.
Of course, this is not the only place there will be showings in Berlin. Complete list of Europameister open viewings in Berlin.
If not in Berlin, have no fear that you will miss out on the excitement. Almost every German city, town or tiny Dorf (village) will be erecting screens. An example of the showings: