The 2016 UEFA European Championship, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA Euro, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by UEFA. The big game begins tomorrow ( June 10, 2016) in France.
Contested every four years, the UEFA European Championship has been showcasing the continent's top talent since its inception as the UEFA European Nations Cup in 1960.
For the first time this year, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996.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.
19 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 in May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris,Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.
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