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The 2016 UEFA European Championship

The 2016 UEFA European Championship

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organized by UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Spain are two-time defending champions.

For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996.[3] Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. Nineteen teams – the top two from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third-placed team – joined France, who qualified automatically as hosts; a series of two-legged play-off ties between the remaining third-placed teams in November 2015 decided the last four spots at the final tournament.

France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.[4][5] The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team have won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.

The winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia.

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Bid process
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 bids
Four bids came before the deadline at 9 March 2009. France, Italy and Turkey put in single bids while Norway and Sweden put in a joint bid.[6] Norway and Sweden eventually withdrew their bid in December 2009.[7]

The host was selected on 28 May 2010.[8]

Voting results[9]
Country Round
1st (points) 2nd (votes)
France France 43 7
Turkey Turkey 38 6
Italy Italy 23
Total 104 13
Round 1: Each of the thirteen members of the UEFA Executive Committee ranked the 3 bids first, second, and third. First place ranking received 5 points, second place 2 points, and third place 1 point. Executive members from the countries bidding were not allowed to vote.
Round 2: The same thirteen-member committee voted for either of the two finalists.
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying
The qualifying draw took place at the Palais des Congres Acropolis in Nice, on 23 February 2014,[2] with the first matches being played in September 2014.

A total of 53 teams competed for 23 places in the final tournament to join France, who have automatically qualified as hosts. Gibraltar competed in a European Championship qualifying for the first time since their affiliation to UEFA in 2013. The seeding pots were formed on the basis of the UEFA national team coefficients, with the Euro 2012 champions Spain and hosts France automatically top seeded.

The 53 national sides were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. The group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team (with the results against the sixth-placed team discarded) qualify directly to the final tournament. The remaining eight third-placed teams will contest two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers.[10][11][12]

In March 2012, Gianni Infantino, the UEFA General Secretary at the time, stated that UEFA would review the qualification competition to ensure that it was not "boring".[13] In September 2011, during UEFA's first ever full strategy meeting, Michel Platini proposed a qualification format involving two group stages, but the proposal was not accepted by the member associations.[14] In May 2013, Platini confirmed a similar qualifying format would be again discussed during the September 2013 UEFA executive committee meeting in Dubrovnik.[15]

Qualified teams

  Team qualified for finals
  Team failed to qualify
Thirteen of the sixteen teams (including hosts France) that qualified for Euro 2012 qualified again for the 2016 final tournament. Among them were England, who became only the sixth team to record a flawless qualifying campaign (10 wins in 10 matches),[16] defending European champions Spain, and world champions Germany, who qualified for their 12th straight European Championship finals.[17]

Romania, Turkey, Austria and Switzerland all returned after missing out in 2012, with the Austrians qualifying for just their second final Euro tournament, after having co-hosted Euro 2008.[18] Returning to the final tournament after long absences were Belgium for the first time since co-hosting Euro 2000, and Hungary for the first time in 44 years, having last appeared at Euro 1972, and 30 years since appearing in a major tournament, their previous one being the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Five teams secured their first-ever qualification to a UEFA European Championship final tournament: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales.[18] Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales had each previously competed in the FIFA World Cup, while Albania and Iceland had never participated in a major tournament in their history.[18] Similarly, both Austria and Ukraine completed successful qualification campaigns for the first time, having only previously qualified as hosts (of 2008 and 2012 respectively).

Scotland were the only team from the British Isles not to qualify for the finals,[19] and 2004 champions Greece finished bottom in their group. Two other previous Euro champions, 1988 winners Netherlands and 1992 victors Denmark, both missed out on the finals, the Netherlands for the first time since Euro 1984 (also held in France), and missing out on their first major tournament since the 2002 FIFA World Cup as well as their failure to qualify being only 16 months after the team finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup [20] and Denmark for the first time since Euro 2008, after losing in the play-off rounds to Sweden.

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Albania Group I runner-up 11 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Austria Group G winner 8 September 2015 1 (2008)
 Belgium Group B winner 10 October 2015 4 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000)
 Croatia Group H runner-up 13 October 2015 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Czech Republic[B] Group A winner 6 September 2015 5 (1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 England Group E winner 5 September 2015 8 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 France Host 28 May 2010 8 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Germany Group D winner 11 October 2015 11 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Hungary Play-off winner 15 November 2015 2 (1964, 1972)
 Iceland Group A runner-up 6 September 2015 0 (debut)
 Italy Group H winner 10 October 2015 8 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Northern Ireland Group F winner 8 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Poland Group D runner-up 11 October 2015 2 (2008, 2012)
 Portugal Group I winner 8 October 2015 6 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Republic of Ireland Play-off winner 16 November 2015 2 (1988, 2012)
 Romania Group F runner-up 11 October 2015 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2008)
 Russia[C] Group G runner-up 12 October 2015 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Slovakia Group C runner-up 12 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Spain Group C winner 9 October 2015 9 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Sweden Play-off winner 17 November 2015 5 (1992, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  Switzerland Group E runner-up 9 October 2015 3 (1996, 2004, 2008)
 Turkey Best third-placed team 13 October 2015 3 (1996, 2000, 2008)
 Ukraine Play-off winner 17 November 2015 1 (2012)
 Wales Group B runner-up 10 October 2015 0 (debut)
Jump up ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
Jump up ^ From 1960 to 1992, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
Jump up ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Final draw
The draw for the finals took place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris on 12 December 2015, 18:00 CET.[1][2][21][22] The 24 qualified teams were drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts France being automatically placed in position A1. The remaining teams were seeded into four pots of five (Pot 1) or six teams (Pots 2, 3 and 4). As the title holders, Spain were seeded in Pot 1, while the other 22 teams were seeded according to the UEFA National team coefficients updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs), which were released by UEFA on 14 October 2015.[23][24][25][26]

Pot 1[a]
Team Coeff Rank
 Spain[b] 37,962 2
 Germany 40,236 1
 England 35,963 3
 Portugal 35,138 4
 Belgium 34,442 5
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Italy 34,345 6
 Russia 31,345 9
  Switzerland 31,254 10
 Austria 30,932 11
 Croatia 30,642 12
 Ukraine 30,313 14
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Czech Republic 29,403 15
 Sweden 29,028 16
 Poland 28,306 17
 Romania 28,038 18
 Slovakia 27,171 19
 Hungary 27,142 20
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27,033 22
 Republic of Ireland 26,902 23
 Iceland 25,388 27
 Wales 24,531 28
 Albania 23,216 31
 Northern Ireland 22,961 33
Jump up ^ Hosts France (coefficient 33,599; rank 8th) were automatically assigned to position A1.
Jump up ^ Defending champions Spain (coefficient 37,962; rank 2nd) were automatically assigned to Pot 1.
Initially, twelve stadiums were presented for the French bid, chosen on 28 May 2010. These venues were to be whittled down to nine by the end of May 2011, but it was suggested in June 2011 that eleven venues might be used.[27] The French Football Federation had to choose which nine stadiums would actually be used.

The choice for the first seven was undisputed – France's national stadium, the Stade de France, four newly constructed stadiums in Lille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux, and those of the biggest cities, Paris and Marseille. The last two remaining places, after Strasbourg opted out for financial reasons following relegation,[28] were chosen to be Lens and Nancy in the first round of voting, instead of Saint-Étienne and Toulouse, chosen as reserve stadiums.

In June 2011, the number of host venues was increased to eleven because of the new tournament format featuring 24 teams, instead of the previous 16.[29][30] The decision meant that the reserve cities of Toulouse and St-Étienne joined the list of hosts. However, in December 2011, Nancy announced its withdrawal from the tournament, after the stadium's renovation fell through,[31] so ten host cities will now be used.

Also, the Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes and the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier (venues which were used for the 1998 World Cup) were not chosen. The final list of ten venues was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 25 January 2013.[32]

Saint-Denis[i][ii] Marseille[iii][i][iv][v] Lyon[iii][i][v][ii] Lille
Stade de France Stade Vélodrome Parc Olympique Lyonnais Stade Pierre-Mauroy
48°55′28″N 2°21′36″E 43°16′11″N 5°23′45″E 45°45′56″N 4°58′52″E 50°36′43″N 3°07′50″E
Capacity: 81,338 Capacity: 67,394
(upgraded) Capacity: 59,286
(new stadium) Capacity: 50,186
(new stadium)
Finale Coupe de France 2010-2011 (Lille LOSC vs Paris SG PSG).jpg IMAG2704.jpg
Stade des Lumières - 24 janvier 2016.jpg
Grand Stade Lille Métropole LOSC first match.JPG
UEFA Euro 2016 is located in France Saint-DenisSaint-Denis ParisParis LensLens LyonLyon BordeauxBordeaux LilleLille Saint-ÉtienneSaint-Étienne ToulouseToulouse MarseilleMarseille NiceNice
UEFA Euro 2016 (France)
Parc des Princes Matmut Atlantique
48°50′29″N 2°15′11″E 44°53′50″N 0°33′43″W
Capacity: 48,712
(upgraded) Capacity: 42,115
(new stadium)
Parc des Princes - PSG vs Nice.jpg Bordeaux Larnaca Nouveau Stade 4.jpg
Saint-Étienne[i][v][ii] Nice Lens[i][v] Toulouse[iii][i]
45°27′39″N 4°23′24″E 43°42′25″N 7°11′40″E 50°25′58.26″N 2°48′53.47″E 43°34′59″N 1°26′3″E
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Allianz Riviera Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium Municipal
Capacity: 41,965
(upgraded) Capacity: 35,624
(new stadium) Capacity: 38,223
(upgraded) Capacity: 33,150
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard - Saint-Etienne (10-11-2013).jpg Allianzcoupdenvoi.jpg Stade Bollaert Delelis.JPG Stadium de Toulouse.jpg
Note: Capacity figures are those for matches at UEFA Euro 2016 and are not necessarily the total capacity that the stadium is capable of holding.

^ Jump up to: a b c d e f g h Host city at the 1998 World Cup
^ Jump up to: a b c Host city at the 2003 Confederations Cup
^ Jump up to: a b c d e Host city at the 1938 World Cup
^ Jump up to: a b Host city at the 1960 European Nations' Cup
^ Jump up to: a b c d e Host city at Euro 1984
Team base camps
UEFA Euro 2016 is located in France Perros-GuirecAlbania
Perros-Guirec MallemortAustria
Mallemort Bordeaux/Le Pian-MédocBordeaux/Le Pian-Médoc
Belgium Deauville/Cœur Côte FleurieCroatia
Deauville/Cœur Côte Fleurie ToursCzech Republic
Tours ChantillyEngland
Chantilly UEFA Euro 2016 Évian-les-BainsGermany
Évian-les-Bains TourrettesHungary
Tourrettes Annecy/Annecy-le-VieuxAnnecy/Annecy-le-Vieux
Iceland Grammont/MontpellierItaly
Montpellier Saint-Georges-de-ReneinsNorthern Ireland
Saint-Georges-de-Reneins La Baule-EscoublacLa Baule-Escoublac
Poland UEFA Euro 2016 UEFA Euro 2016 Orry-la-VilleOrry-la-Ville
Romania UEFA Euro 2016 VichyVichy
Slovakia Saint-Martin-de-RéSaint-Martin-de-Ré
Spain Saint-Nazaire/PornichetSaint-Nazaire/Pornichet
Sweden Montpellier/JuvignacMontpellier/
Switzerland Saint-Cyr-sur-MerSaint-Cyr-sur-Mer
Turkey Aix-en-ProvenceAix-en-Provence
Ukraine DinardWales
UEFA Euro 2016 team base camps (France)
UEFA Euro 2016 is located in Île-de-France (region) Croissy-sur-SeineRussia
Croissy-sur-Seine Clairefontaine-en-YvelinesClairefontaine-en-Yvelines
France MarcoussisMarcoussis
Portugal VersaillesVersailles
Republic of Ireland
UEFA Euro 2016 team base camps (Île-de-France)
Each team has a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches. The teams will train and reside in these locations throughout the tournament, travelling to games staged away from their bases. From an initial list of 66 bases, the 24 participating teams had to confirm their selection with UEFA by 31 January 2016.[33]

The selected team base camps were announced on 2 March 2016:[34]

Team Base camp
 Albania Perros-Guirec
 Austria Mallemort
 Belgium Bordeaux/Le Pian-Médoc
 Croatia Deauville/Cœur Côte Fleurie
 Czech Republic Tours
 England Chantilly
 France Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines
 Germany Évian-les-Bains
 Hungary Tourrettes
 Iceland Annecy/Annecy-le-Vieux
 Italy Grammont/Montpellier
 Northern Ireland Saint-Georges-de-Reneins
 Poland La Baule-Escoublac
 Portugal Marcoussis
 Republic of Ireland Versailles
 Romania Orry-la-Ville
 Russia Croissy-sur-Seine
 Slovakia Vichy
 Spain Saint-Martin-de-Ré
 Sweden Saint-Nazaire/Pornichet
  Switzerland Montpellier/Juvignac
 Turkey Saint-Cyr-sur-Mer
 Ukraine Aix-en-Provence
 Wales Dinard
Finals format
To accommodate the expansion from a 16 team finals tournament to 24 teams, the format will be changed from that used in 2012 with the addition of two extra groups in the group stage, and an extra round in the knockout stages. The six groups (A to F) would still contain four teams each, with the top two from each group still going through to the knockout stage. In the new format however, the four best third-ranked sides would also progress, leaving 16 teams going into the new round of 16 knockout stage, ahead of the usual quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, and only 8 teams going out at the group stage.[13] The format is exactly the one which was applied to the 1986, 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, with the exception of the absence of a third-place play-off.

This format generates a total of 51 games, compared with 31 games for the previous 16-team tournament, to be played over a period of 31 days. UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino previously described the format as "not ideal" due to the need for third-ranked teams in the group stage advancing, leading to a difficulty in preventing situations where teams might be able to know in advance what results they need to progress out of the group, lending to a lack of suspense for fans, or even the prospect of mutually beneficial collusion between teams.[13]

Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 squads
Each national team had to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers, at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament.[35] If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.[12]

Match officials
On 15 December 2015, UEFA named eighteen referees for Euro 2016.[36] The full referee teams were announced on 1 March 2016.[37]

Hungarian referee Viktor Kassai was chosen to officiate the opener between France and Romania.[38]

Country Referee Assistant referees Additional assistant referees Matches assigned[38]
England England Martin Atkinson Michael Mullarkey
Stephen Child
Gary Beswick (standby) Michael Oliver
Craig Pawson Germany–Ukraine (Group C)
Germany Germany Felix Brych Mark Borsch
Stefan Lupp
Marco Achmüller (standby) Bastian Dankert
Marco Fritz
Turkey Turkey Cüneyt Çakır Bahattin Duran
Tarık Ongun
Mustafa Emre Eyisoy (standby) Hüseyin Göçek
Barış Şimşek
England England Mark Clattenburg Simon Beck
Jake Collin
Stuart Burt (standby) Anthony Taylor
Andre Marriner Belgium–Italy (Group E)
Scotland Scotland Willie Collum Republic of Ireland Damien MacGraith
Francis Connor
Douglas Ross (standby) Bobby Madden
John Beaton
Sweden Sweden Jonas Eriksson Mathias Klasenius
Daniel Wärnmark
Mehmet Culum (standby) Stefan Johannesson
Markus Strömbergsson Turkey–Croatia (Group D)
Romania Romania Ovidiu Hațegan Octavian Şovre
Sebastian Gheorghe
Radu Ghinguleac (standby) Alexandru Tudor
Sebastian Colţescu Poland–Northern Ireland (Group C)
Russia Russia Sergei Karasev Anton Averyanov
Tikhon Kalugin
Nikolai Golubev[A] Sergey Lapochkin
Sergey Ivanov
Hungary Hungary Viktor Kassai György Ring
Vencel Tóth
István Albert (standby) Tamás Bognár
Ádám Farkas France–Romania (Group A)
Czech Republic Czech Republic Pavel Královec Slovakia Roman Slyško
Martin Wilczek
Tomas Mokrusch (standby) Peter Ardeleanu
Michal Patak
Netherlands Netherlands Björn Kuipers Sander van Roekel
Erwin Zeinstra
Mario Diks (standby) Pol van Boekel
Richard Liesveld
Poland Poland Szymon Marciniak Paweł Sokolnicki
Tomasz Listkiewicz
Radosław Siejka (standby) Paweł Raczkowski
Tomasz Musiał
Spain–Czech Republic (Group D)

Serbia Serbia Milorad Mažić Milovan Ristić
Dalibor Đurđević
Nemanja Petrović (standby) Danilo Grujić
Nenad Đokić Republic of Ireland–Sweden (Group E)
Norway Norway Svein Oddvar Moen Kim Thomas Haglund
Frank Andås
Sven Erik Midthjell (standby) Ken Henry Johnsen
Svein-Erik Edvartsen Wales–Slovakia (Group B)
Italy Italy Nicola Rizzoli Elenito Di Liberatore
Mauro Tonolini
Gianluca Cariolato (standby) Daniele Orsato[40]
Antonio Damato England–Russia (Group B)
Slovenia Slovenia Damir Skomina Jure Praprotnik
Robert Vukan
Bojan Ul (standby) Matej Jug
Slavko Vinčić
France France Clément Turpin Frédéric Cano
Nicolas Danos
Cyril Gringore (standby) Benoît Bastien
Fredy Fautrel
Spain Spain Carlos Velasco Carballo Roberto Alonso Fernández
Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez
Raúl Cabañero Martínez (standby) Jesús Gil Manzano
Carlos del Cerro Grande Albania–Switzerland (Group A)
Jump up ^ Anton Averyanov was replaced by Nikolai Golubev after failing a fitness test.[39]
Two match officials, who serve only as fourth officials, and two reserve assistant referees were also named:[37]

Country Fourth official
Belarus Belarus Aleksei Kulbakov
Greece Greece Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Country Reserve assistant referee
Belarus Belarus Vitali Maliutsin
Greece Greece Damianos Efthymiadis
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 broadcasting rights
The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles in Paris.[2]

Group stage

Result of teams participating in UEFA Euro 2016
  Group stage
UEFA announced the schedule of the tournament on 25 April 2014,[41][42] and it was confirmed on 12 December 2015 after the final draw.[43] All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Group winners, runners-up, and best four third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16.

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria will be applied:[44]

Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
Superior goal difference in all group matches;
Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
If only two teams have the same number of points, and they are tied according to criteria 1–6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out. (This criterion is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points.)
Fair play conduct (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.
The four best third-placed teams are determined according to the following criteria:[44]

Higher number of points obtained;
Superior goal difference;
Higher number of goals scored;
Fair play conduct;
Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.
Group A
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group A
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Romania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Albania 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4  Switzerland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
10 June 2016
France Match 1 Romania
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Viktor Kassai (Hungary)
11 June 2016
Albania Match 2  Switzerland
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
Referee: Carlos Velasco Carballo (Spain)
15 June 2016
Romania Match 14  Switzerland
Parc des Princes, Paris
15 June 2016
France Match 15 Albania
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
19 June 2016
Romania Match 25 Albania
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
19 June 2016
Switzerland   Match 26 France
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Group B
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group B
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 England 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Russia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Wales 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4 Slovakia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 June 2016. Source: UEFA
11 June 2016
Wales Match 3 Slovakia
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Referee: Svein Oddvar Moen (Norway)
11 June 2016
England Match 4 Russia
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Referee: Nicola Rizzoli (Italy)
15 June 2016
Russia Match 13 Slovakia
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
16 June 2016
England Match 16 Wales
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
20 June 2016
Russia Match 27 Wales
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
20 June 2016
Slovakia Match 28 England
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
Group C
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group C
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Germany 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Ukraine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Poland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4 Northern Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
12 June 2016
Poland Match 6 Northern Ireland
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Referee: Ovidiu Hațegan (Romania)
12 June 2016
Germany Match 7 Ukraine
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Referee: Martin Atkinson (England)
16 June 2016
Ukraine Match 17 Northern Ireland
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
16 June 2016
Germany Match 18 Poland
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
21 June 2016
Ukraine Match 29 Poland
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
21 June 2016
Northern Ireland Match 30 Germany
Parc des Princes, Paris
Group D
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group D
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Spain 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Czech Republic 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Turkey 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4 Croatia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
12 June 2016
Turkey Match 5 Croatia
Parc des Princes, Paris
Referee: Jonas Eriksson (Sweden)
13 June 2016
Spain Match 8 Czech Republic
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
Referee: Szymon Marciniak (Poland)
17 June 2016
Czech Republic Match 20 Croatia
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
17 June 2016
Spain Match 21 Turkey
Allianz Riviera, Nice
21 June 2016
Czech Republic Match 31 Turkey
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
21 June 2016
Croatia Match 32 Spain
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
Group E
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group E
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Belgium 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Italy 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Republic of Ireland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4 Sweden 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 June 2016. Source: UEFA
13 June 2016
Republic of Ireland Match 9 Sweden
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
Referee: Milorad Mažić (Serbia)
13 June 2016
Belgium Match 10 Italy
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
Referee: Mark Clattenburg (England)
17 June 2016
Italy Match 19 Sweden
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
18 June 2016
Belgium Match 22 Republic of Ireland
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
22 June 2016
Italy Match 35 Republic of Ireland
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
22 June 2016
Sweden Match 36 Belgium
Allianz Riviera, Nice
Group F
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Group F
Pos Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Portugal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 Iceland 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 Austria 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout phase
4 Hungary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2016. Source: UEFA
14 June 2016
Austria Match 11 Hungary
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
14 June 2016
Portugal Match 12 Iceland
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
18 June 2016
Iceland Match 23 Hungary
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
18 June 2016
Portugal Match 24 Austria
Parc des Princes, Paris
22 June 2016
Iceland Match 33 Austria
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
22 June 2016
Hungary Match 34 Portugal
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
Ranking of third-placed teams
Pos Grp Team v t e Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout phase
2 B Third place group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Knockout phase
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 knockout phase
In the knockout stage, extra time and a penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[12] All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Knockout phase structure
In the round of 16, UEFA have arranged the match-ups to take place as follows:[44]

Match 1: Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group C
Match 2: Winner Group D v 3rd Place Group B/E/F
Match 3: Winner Group B v 3rd Place Group A/C/D
Match 4: Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
Match 5: Winner Group C v 3rd Place Group A/B/F
Match 6: Winner Group E v Runner-up Group D
Match 7: Winner Group A v 3rd Place Group C/D/E
Match 8: Runner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F
The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualify for the round of 16:[44]

  Combinations which are still possible
  Combinations which are no longer possible
Best ranked groups Winner Group A v Winner Group B v Winner Group C v Winner Group D v
A B C D 3C 3D 3A 3B
A B C E 3C 3A 3B 3E
A B C F 3C 3A 3B 3F
A B D E 3D 3A 3B 3E
A B D F 3D 3A 3B 3F
A B E F 3E 3A 3B 3F
A C D E 3C 3D 3A 3E
A C D F 3C 3D 3A 3F
A C E F 3C 3A 3F 3E
A D E F 3D 3A 3F 3E
B C D E 3C 3D 3B 3E
B C D F 3C 3D 3B 3F
B C E F 3E 3C 3B 3F
B D E F 3E 3D 3B 3F
C D E F 3C 3D 3F 3E
The quarter-final match-ups are:[44]

Quarter-final 1: Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
Quarter-final 2: Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4
Quarter-final 3: Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 6
Quarter-final 4: Winner Match 7 v Winner Match 8
The semi-final match-ups are:[44]

Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-final 1 v Winner Quarter-final 2
Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-final 3 v Winner Quarter-final 4
The final match-up is:

Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2.
As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there is no third-place match.


Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final


25 June – Saint-Étienne

Runner-up Group A

30 June – Marseille

Runner-up Group C

Winner Match 37

25 June – Lens

Winner Match 39

Winner Group D

6 July – Lyon

3rd Group B / E / F

Winner Match 45

25 June – Paris

Winner Match 46

Winner Group B

1 July – Lille

3rd Group A / C / D

Winner Match 38

26 June – Toulouse

Winner Match 42

Winner Group F

10 July – Saint-Denis

Runner-up Group E

Winner Match 49

26 June – Lille

Winner Match 50

Winner Group C

2 July – Bordeaux

3rd Group A / B / F

Winner Match 41

27 June – Saint-Denis

Winner Match 43

Winner Group E

7 July – Marseille

Runner-up Group D

Winner Match 47

26 June – Lyon

Winner Match 48

Winner Group A

3 July – Saint-Denis

3rd Group C / D / E

Winner Match 40

27 June – Nice

Winner Match 44

Runner-up Group B

Runner-up Group F

Round of 16
25 June 2016
Runner-up Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, Saint-Étienne
25 June 2016
Winner Group B Match 38 3rd Group A / C / D
Parc des Princes, Paris
25 June 2016
Winner Group D Match 39 3rd Group B / E / F
Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens
26 June 2016
Winner Group A Match 40 3rd Group C / D / E
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
26 June 2016
Winner Group C Match 41 3rd Group A / B / F
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
26 June 2016
Winner Group F Match 42 Runner-up Group E
Stadium Municipal, Toulouse
27 June 2016
Winner Group E Match 43 Runner-up Group D
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
27 June 2016
Runner-up Group B Match 44 Runner-up Group F
Allianz Riviera, Nice
30 June 2016
Winner Match 37 Match 45 Winner Match 39
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
1 July 2016
Winner Match 38 Match 46 Winner Match 42
Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
2 July 2016
Winner Match 41 Match 47 Winner Match 43
Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux, Bordeaux
3 July 2016
Winner Match 40 Match 48 Winner Match 44
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
6 July 2016
Winner Match 45 Match 49 Winner Match 46
Parc Olympique Lyonnais, Lyon
7 July 2016
Winner Match 47 Match 50 Winner Match 48
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Main article: UEFA Euro 2016 Final
10 July 2016
Winner Match 49 Match 51 Winner Match 50
Stade de France, Saint-Denis
A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[12]

Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international matches)
The following suspensions will be served during the tournament:[45]

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Duje Čop Croatia Red card vs Bulgaria in qualifying (10 October 2015) Group D match day 1 v Turkey
Marek Suchý Czech Republic Red card vs Netherlands in qualifying (13 October 2015) Group D match day 1 v Spain
Following the attacks on Paris on 13 November 2015, including one in which the intended target was a game at the Stade de France, controversies about the safety of players and tourists during the upcoming tournament arose. Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation explained that the concern for security had increased following the attacks. He claimed "there was already a concern for the Euros, now it's obviously a lot higher. We will continue to do everything we can, so that security is assured despite all the risks that this entails. I know that everyone is vigilant. Obviously this means that we will now be even more vigilant. But it's a permanent concern for the federation and the [French] state."[46]

The day before the tournament, fighting broke out between local youths and drunken England fans in Marseille; police dispersed the local youths with with tear gas. One England fan and one local were arrested. [47]

Logo and slogan
The official logo was unveiled on 26 June 2013, during a ceremony at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris.[48] Conceived by Portuguese agency Brandia Central, which also created the visual identity for the previous European Championship, the design is based on the theme "Celebrating the art of football". The logo depicts the Henri Delaunay trophy with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag, surrounded by a mixture of shapes and lines representing different artistic movements and football elements.[49]

On 17 October 2013, UEFA announced the official slogan of the tournament: Le Rendez-Vous. Asked about its meaning, Jacques Lambert, chairman of the Euro 2016 organising committee, told that the slogan "is much more than a reminder of dates (...) and venues". He further explained that "UEFA is sending out an invitation to football fans throughout the world and to lovers of major events, an invitation to meet up and share the emotions of an elite-level tournament."[50]

Video game
The UEFA Euro 2016 video game will be released by Konami as a free DLC on "Pro Evolution Soccer 2016".[51][52]

Official songs
The competition's official opening song is "This One's For You" by David Guetta featuring Zara Larsson, and the official closing song is "Free Your Mind" by Maya Lavelle.[53][54][55] It was reported that David Guetta sought one million fans to add their voices to the official anthem via a website.[56]

The official mascot of the tournament, Super Victor, was unveiled on 18 November 2014.[57] He is a child superhero in the kit of the France national football team, with a red cape at the back, to echo the colours of the Flag of France. The cape, boots and ball are claimed to be the child's superpowers. The mascot first appeared during the match between France and Sweden at the Stade Vélodrome, Marseille on 18 November 2014. The name of the mascot was revealed on 30 November 2014 after receiving about 50,000 votes from the public on the official UEFA website, beating the other nominated names of "Driblou" and "Goalix".[58] It is based on the idea of victory and references the boy's super powers that he gained when he found the magic cape, boots and ball.[59]

The name of the mascot is the same as the name of a sex toy. UEFA said that this coincidence was not their responsibility because the name was selected by fan voting.


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