The wait is over and it’s finally time for UEFA Euro 2016. A time for celebrating, supporting, getting together, laughing and probably even crying. But embrace those emotions because these fantastic games only come round once every four years.
There’s something really marvellous about the UEFA Euro. And that’s the part that brings people together; from different countries, cultures and languages for the kindred love of one sport. So the 2016 French slogan ‘Le Rendez-Vous’ is very fitting.
The most interesting thing about the UEFA world is that it rarely stays the same and we love finding out about the latest changes and trends – even if we sometimes disagree. So what must we know about this year’s games?
It’s the first time that 24 teams are participating
Since The Euro 1996 there have been 16 teams participating in the football tournament. This will be the first year that we are going to see a whopping 24 teams playing which will be divided into 6 groups. Even more opportunities to have a refreshing beverage in front of the football – thumbs up to that!
Cheapest Euro Tickets at €25
It’s safe to say that €25 is a pretty reasonable price for the biggest European event in 2016! These inexpensive ticket prices are available for 43 of the 51 matches that will be played this summer. The most expensive ticket is said to cost €895 and we are sure that someone will be happy enough to pay for their bum to sit on that premium seat.
France is holding the event for a record third time
After the first edition of the Euro in 1960 and another in 1984, France will yet again hold the tournament on their soil. It’s the first country to host the games three times so it’s smashing records however let’s see if they do the same with their football team.
The 10 host cities and stadiums
The final list of the 10 venues was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee in January 2013. The venues and stadiums are:
- Saint – Denis – Stade de France
- Marseille – Stade Vélodrome
- Lyon – Stade des Lumières
- Lille – Stade Pierre-Mauroy
- Paris – Parc des Princes
- Bordeaux – Stade Bordeaux – Atlantique
- Saint-Étienne – Stade Geoffroy-Guichard
- Nice – Allianz Riviera
- Lens – Stade Félix-Bollaert
- Toulouse – Stadium Municipal
David Guetta’s Euro 2016 song
As The UEFA Euro is based in France it’s only fitting that a famous French DJ like David Guetta has released the official Euro 2016 song.
The top 5 countries
Ranking works in a points system and currently the top five countries are:
UEFA uses a coefficient system to decide which teams gain automatic entry to the group stage and which teams must go through qualifying.
So there’s a lot of new and exciting things happening this UEFA Euro 2016 but the real question is who are you backing on winning?