Euro 2016 - A fantastic combination of travel in a marvellous country and a daily football match between top European squads. Can you imagine a better experience for any football fan? This is not an opportunity you can't afford to miss because something similar might not reoccur until 2026. Have a good look at the various combinations of games and the reasons to be there and enjoy a travel, cultural and football experience of a lifetime. In addition you can find in this page a variety of Euro 2016 tickets to all 51 games.
The European Championship, previously called the European Nations Cup, has been played every four years since 1960, allowing a two-year gap between World Cup years. The 14 European Championship tournaments have been won by nine different national teams: Germany and Spain each have won three titles, France has two titles, and Soviet Union, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Denmark and Greece have won one title each. To date, Spain are the only side in history to have won consecutive titles, doing so in both 2008 and 2012. It is the 2nd most watched football tournament in the world after the World Cup. Euro 2012 final was watched by a global audience of around 300 million.
The Euro 2016 tournament which will take place in France (June 10th until July 10) will be probably the last big football tournament which will take place in just one country where the distances between the various cities is reasonable and can be undertaken by a short flight or by car/train. The next two World Cups will take place in Russia, involving huge distances and Qatar with its highly problematic weather while the next Euro tournaments will be hosted by several countries. That makes the World Cup 2026 the next possible "travel friendly" tournament for football fans.
With 24 teams contesting Euro 2016, an increase of eight over the previous tournament, there is a consequent increase in the number of matches being from 31 to 51. With twenty extra matches there are numerous opportunities for the traveling fan to watch several great games of football within just a few days.
Let’s have a look at some outstanding matches coming up that should tempt every self-respecting football follower to be checking his passport ready to be in France next summer. 16th June at Lens will see a pairing who have been meeting for over 150 years but never in a tournament like this: England v Wales will be as hotly contested as any with virtually all the Welsh players being regulars in Premier League sides. England will be favorites but an upset is always on the cards.
On the same day Germany take on Poland and although the world champions will be expecting to dominate, the Poles have a brilliant striker in the shape of Robert Lewandowski who made his name against German opposition and should be more than capable of scoring goals against their national side.
Every tournament seems to have a “Group of Death” where every team could be fancied to move forward. For Euro 2016 this is undoubtedly Group E containing Belgium, Italy, the Republic of Ireland and Sweden. Belgium might even be considered favorites going into their match against Italy on 13th June considering all the attacking players in their team.
Another momentous encounter can be expected when Croatia meet Spain on 21st June. Croatia will not be overawed by Spain’s passing and may even take the game to the reigning European champions, especially with their central pairing of Luka Modric and Ivan Rakitic.
Finally a mention of an unusual occurrence: on 11th June Albania play their first game in any major tournament when they take on Switzerland. Many Albanians migrated to Switzerland during the Kosovo War and as many as six of the latest Albania squad currently play in the Swiss league. Notably Gladbach’s Granit Xhaka will come up against his brother Taulant in this match.
The experiences of staff and customer alike from the past three Euro finals suggest that anyone attending Euro 2016 in France will be in line for an life enhancing encounter with top class football and so much more. There are so many reasons that should convince you not to miss out on Euro 2016:
Following the opening day when the only match will be the France-Romania encounter, the group stage will feature thirteen consecutive days with between two and four matches each day. The knockout phase will give the fans three days of the round of 16, four of the quarter finals and two semi-final days. Every day of this tournament is destined for breath-taking football and great fun as well.
See France at its best
With the matches spread over ten stadiums in nine different cities throughout France, you will have a once-in-a-lifetime chance to sample the country’s culture, enjoy the food and wine, meet the people and be present at some great football as well.
The host cities will spare no effort to leave a lasting impression on the tourists who will be coming to watch football. This will begin with ensuring a clean and tidy city with excellent public transportation and English speaking volunteers on hand who will be glad to help any visitor. But the main reason to come will be the festive atmosphere in every corner. Small bands will enliven the city with music. Football fans will come together, showing their colors and displaying their enthusiasm and will not hesitate to raise a glass of beer with football followers from other countries. The funfest area will be full of fans celebrating and watching the other games on large outdoor screens.
In events like this you don't have to stay in a centrally located hotel. You can take a much more affordable room in the suburbs or in nearby villages (France has many of them) and just come to the city center to celebrate.
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