UEFA EURO 2016. The European continental football bonanza will start in France on June 10, 2016. The final will be played in July 10, 2016 – The second largest soccer events after the recent World Cup 2014 games.
Although the qualifying stages are still ongoing, there are a lot of exciting moments awaiting the fans.
Only France and defending champion Spain have gained automatic entries by virtue of being the hosts and being the defending champion, respectively. The other European heavyweights are poised to clinch the qualifying spot in the UEFA EURO 2016. Only the Netherlands, among the bigwigs, is struggling.
History of UEFA EURO
This is going to be the 15th edition of the continental soccer showpiece. This is the third time that France is hosting the Euro Championship. It is worth noting that France hosted the very first tournament back in 1960. The former Soviet Union won the inaugural championship.
The event returned to France in 1984, and the hosts duly won the championship under the leadership of Michel Platini. France won the cup again 16 year later in the heydays of Zinedine Zidane. When the country is hosting the tournament 16 years after their last title triumph, can they win again?
How to Watch UEFA EURO 2016
One never needs an excuse to visit France. Great cities, fabulous monuments, pristine villages, mouth-watering cuisine and picture post card tourist destinations – France is every one of these and a bit more.
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You can add top flight football to the list of French attractions in 2016. The game schedule has not been prepared and the draw has not been conducted. Still, it is safe to assume that from pre-quarter final onwards, almost all matches will be tightly contested and extremely exciting.
You can register for tickets in UEFA’s official website. You will get preference when ticket sales begin in June. Plenty of live streaming options are available. We will keep you updated with various options as the tournament begins. Make it a point visit this page regularly.
Twenty four teams participate in the tournament. They are divided into six groups, with each group comprising four teams. Each team will play against three other teams in the group. Top two teams in each group will automatically qualify for the pre-quarter final stage. Four of the best among third-placed teams will also qualify. From the pre-quarter final stage, it is a knock-out competition. The team that loses will bow out of the tournament.
Favourites to Win the UEFA EURO 2016?
A host of favourites, ranging from host France to World Cup winners Germany, vie for the coveted European football crown. Germany appears the best team not just in Europe, but in the whole planet. Here is a preview of some of the potential favourites to win the UEFA EURO 2016.
Germany – Your Pick?
If you saw Germany’s performance in the world cup in Brazil last year, you would not doubt even for a moment that they cannot win the tournament. The quality in their squad is such they can waltz into European glory. They retain the nucleus of the squad that won the world cup.
Bayern Munich is flying high in Champions League at the moment. Germany’s fortunes in the tournament are directly linked to Bayern’s progress. Thomas Muller, Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer and Bastian Schweinsteiger are all capable of producing game-changing moments that can bring a record fourth Euro Cup to Germany.
France – Why France Is The Emerging Hot Favourites?
France will be particularly eager to win the world cup. When the Euro Cup arrives, the young guns in the French squad will be at the ripe age for a full-blooded assault for the European crown.
Paul Pogba, Antoine Griezmann, Raphaël Varane, Alexandre Lacazette and Mamadou Sakho are all waiting for a glory moment in their career that will transform them from millionaire players to all-time heroes.
The Netherlands – If Robben and Van Persie still in form?
The Netherlands is struggling in the qualifying round. But trust them to find an escape route to be at France when the Euro Cup begins. The immediate challenge in front of them is to find a capable support cast to Arjen Robben.
Robin van Persie and Wesley Sneijder are no longer the same players they once were. The Dutch team has a strong defence.
If Memphis Depay or some of his teammates can rise to the occasion, the Netherlands could win their second European crown.
Spain – Same Old Spain?
Spain, like Germany, has won three Euro Cups. Two of those have come in the last two tournaments. They will be looking forward to an unprecedented hat-trick of European championships. The team is struggling to find suitable replacements for their ageing tiki taka maestros. If Isco, Pedro and Jesus Nawaz can bring up on a new Spanish spring, the hat-trick could become a reality.
Italy – Growing Stronger than ever? Best Chance?
Italy, like Spain, is another team struggling to come to terms with some high profile retirements. The team is a shadow of its former dominant self. The only thing that keeps the team in good stead is their strong defence.
The Italian defence is still as water tight as ever. The big question in front of them is this: who is going to score Italy’s goals?
England – Lots of Young Talents Can They Bring England Far?
England has always divided opinions. Either they are perennial underachievers or they are over-hyped also-rans.
England usually makes more news before the start of a tournament.
They usually make some fancy excuses after the tournament too.
But, with so many young lads emerging like Kane, Henderson, Sterling, Wilson, Barkley, Sturridge, Clyne, Luke Shaw, Townsend, John Stones, Fabian Delph, we have every reason to believe England could go as far as the Germany, didn’t you feel the same way too?
Belgium – The Dark Horse!!!
If you are looking for a dark horse, here is one: Belgium.
It is true that they are not producing a magnificent qualification campaign that was expected of them.
But they have some of the best talents like Thibaut Courtois, Eden Hazard, Adnan Januzaj, Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini, Christian Benteke, Kevin De Bruyne…
Still, there is enough quality in their ranks to make them a giant slayer in the UEFA EURO 2016.