UEFA EURO 2016-Qualifying draw-Nice - Sunday 23 February 2014 12.00CET


Group A

Czech RepublicCzech Republic

Group B

Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina

Group C


Group D

Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland

Group E

San MarinoSan Marino

Group F

Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands

Group G


Group H


Group I



Pot 1

  • SpainSpain
  • GermanyGermany
  • NetherlandsNetherlands
  • ItalyItaly
  • EnglandEngland
  • PortugalPortugal
  • GreeceGreece
  • RussiaRussia
  • Bosnia and HerzegovinaBosnia and Herzegovina

Pot 2

  • UkraineUkraine
  • CroatiaCroatia
  • SwedenSweden
  • DenmarkDenmark
  • SwitzerlandSwitzerland
  • BelgiumBelgium
  • Czech RepublicCzech Republic
  • HungaryHungary
  • Republic of IrelandRepublic of Ireland

Pot 3

  • SerbiaSerbia
  • TurkeyTurkey
  • SloveniaSlovenia
  • IsraelIsrael
  • NorwayNorway
  • SlovakiaSlovakia
  • RomaniaRomania
  • AustriaAustria
  • PolandPoland

Pot 4

  • MontenegroMontenegro
  • ArmeniaArmenia
  • ScotlandScotland
  • FinlandFinland
  • LatviaLatvia
  • WalesWales
  • BulgariaBulgaria
  • EstoniaEstonia
  • BelarusBelarus

Pot 5

  • IcelandIceland
  • Northern IrelandNorthern Ireland
  • AlbaniaAlbania
  • LithuaniaLithuania
  • MoldovaMoldova
  • AzerbaijanAzerbaijan
  • GeorgiaGeorgia
  • CyprusCyprus

Pot 6

  • LuxembourgLuxembourg
  • KazakhstanKazakhstan
  • LiechtensteinLiechtenstein
  • Faroe IslandsFaroe Islands
  • MaltaMalta
  • AndorraAndorra
  • San MarinoSan Marino
  • GibraltarGibraltar


UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw resultsThat brings an end to our live coverage of today's UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw. Stay with UEFA.com for further group-by-group reaction, a report of the day from our team in Nice and a full fixture list. Little more than six months to go ...
Allen Bula (Gibraltar)Allen Bula, Gibraltar coach: "It's definitely been a long road [to get here]. Finally here, it looked a bit surreal, but now it's reality. I did get one of my wishes: I got Germany. For it actually to happen is fantastic for Gibraltar."
Heimir Hallgrímsson, Iceland coach: "I cannot say anybody is celebrating. These are very good football nations and we will have difficultly travelling to Kazakhstan and Turkey."
Fatih Terim, Turkey coach: "We have been drawn in one of the difficult groups. All the countries we have drawn have a cold climate."
Victor Pițurcă, Romania coach: "There is time until qualifying starts, so we will study our opponents. We should have reached the FIFA World Cup, so qualification for EURO 2016 is a must."
Marc Wilmots (Belgium)Marc Wilmots, Belgium coach: "The draw could have been much worse for us. I am not going to say it is a beautiful draw, because every match is difficult. But I will return home [to Belgium] feeling satisfied."
Roman Berezovsky, Armenia goalkeeper: "It's not an easy group, but the others could say the same. I am sure that every team will be fighting to finish as high as possible."
Safet Sušić, Bosnia and Herzegovina coach: "The draw has not been favourable. Our opponents are very strong, especially Belgium and Israel, but not for one moment should we underestimate Wales or Cyprus."
Mykhailo Fomenko, Ukraine coach: "I could not attend the draw because of illness but was following on TV. I think we should stay calm."
Josh Hershman (UEFA.com) in Nice: As the post-draw interviews start to wind down, lots of the delegates are enjoying a taste of France with dishes from the ten host cities on offer on the top floor of the Palais des Congrès Acroprolis. Just over 90 minutes to go until the fixture list is confirmed.
Joachim Löw (Germany)Joachim Löw, Germany coach: “The games in Ireland and Scotland are going to be especially tough in terms of atmosphere. We know a lot of the Polish players from the Bundesliga, while Gibraltar are an unknown to us.”
Boshko Djurovski, FYROM coach: "Spain are massive favourites in our group, there's no doubt about it, but playing against the Red Fury in Skopje will be a great spectacle for our supporters. Ukraine may have the best chance of second, but I wouldn't write us off."
Marcel Koller, Austria coach: "We have two very strong opponents in Russia and Sweden. I think Russia will be favourites and we all know what Sweden and Zlatan Ibrahimović are capable of, but that doesn’t mean that we will underestimate the other teams in our group."
Cesare Prandelli (Italy)Cesare Prandelli, Italy coach: "It's true that we avoided Belgium and Switzerland, but I don't think that Croatia are inferior to those two teams that everybody wanted to avoid in Pot 2. This is not as easy a group as many could think."
Liechtenstein coach Rene Pauritsch: "Above all, I'm pleased to have the chance to take on my home country of Austria, a match that – like the game against Sweden with superstar Zlatan Ibrahimović – will be easy to sell."
Louis van Gaal, Netherlands coach, who will step down this summer: "History has taught us that most of the time we have beaten these opponents. The Oranje should be able to qualify for the final tournament automatically."
Luc Holtz, Luxembourg coach: "The two games against the three-time European Champions [Germany] are obviously going to be very special for us. Life is never a picnic and the same applies to these draws."
Per-Mathias Høgmo, Norway coach: "The draw could have been better for us, [but] it could have been worse. Croatia are among the strongest sides from the second level. It's an exciting group, which I think will be quite tight."
Fabio Capello (Russia)Fabio Capello, Russia coach: "I consider this group a tough one. There are three very good sides in it together with us. I am speaking about Montenegro, Austria and Sweden."
Pavel Vrba, Czech Republic coach: "Some other groups may look relatively easier, but when I took charge of the national team I said that there is no aim other than to qualify."
Attila Pintér, Hungary coach: "We know Romania [from 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying] and the Finnish are a disciplined team who play for each other, as we will see when we meet in a friendly next month."
Vincente del Bosque (Spain)Vicente del Bosque, Spain coach: "It's not as easy a group as it might appear to some. We are facing emerging teams who are young and strong. The cold conditions could play a role in the group because many of the trips will be to teams from the east."
Igoris Pankratjevas, Lithuania coach: "I can‘t say I‘m unhappy with the draw, even if you still have to prove everything on the pitch. It will be interesting to meet some new opponents like England and Switzerland. It has also been a long time since we played Slovenia."
Pambos Christodoulou, Cyprus coach: "For a team like Cyprus, we are not really in a position to speak about an easy draw. We will try to play some attractive football and to make our games interesting for everyone. We need to give our best on the pitch."
Vladimir Petković, incoming Switzerland coach: "It’s an interesting group for the players, managers and fans and I think we stand a chance. We have a young team and won’t be afraid of anyone."
Martin O'Neill (Republic of Ireland)Martin O'Neill, Republic of Ireland manager: "It's a difficult group but exciting nevertheless. The matches against Scotland will be great occasions. Let's go positively into the group, and let's go for it. It looks like a group, Germany apart, where teams might take points off each other."
Niko Kovač, Croatia coach: "I am satisfied with the draw, but to be objective, I think Italy are the favourites in our group. However, the rest of the teams in this group are also serious contenders.
Eli Gutman, Israel coach: "We will be one of the main contenders in this group. I was very happy until Belgium came on the scene. It will be a very tight and equal contest, so we will have to be on top form."
13.54 The Week of Football concept will start for EURO Qualifiers, making it easier for fans to follow and enjoy national team football. This video shows how it works.
Roy Hodgson, England manager: "I’m very satisfied, in particular for the fans. We've had some quite tough trips to get to in recent years, but there's some good places to visit. The name Switzerland always brings a smile to my face because they were four fantastic years [I had in charge]."
Marek Sapara, Slovakia midfielder: "Spain are the big favourites, they're playing excellent football and I've never played against them for Slovakia. Ukraine reached the World Cup play-offs, and that tells you all you need to know. But it will all depend on us, if we are able to give ourselves the chance to advance."
Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager: "We've got to be pleased to be honest. You always look at the Pot 1 nations and, while Greece will be a very tough game, it's probably the team we'd have chosen."
Kostas Katsouranis, Greece captain: "It's a good draw for us but we have to prove that on the pitch as well. I believe we have what it takes to be among the final 24 teams. There are no powerhouses in our group, but there are dangerous rivals."
Didier DeschampsDidier Deschamps, France coach: "Now we know the ten games we have to play. It’s pretty good to play a team like Portugal, as they will be prestigious matches. There will be other good European teams in Serbia and Denmark, as well as long trips to Armenia and Albania."
Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager: Every tie there's something in it – Germany are one of the best teams in the world, so it is exciting. It should excite anybody; anybody who supports Scotland, it's a terrific, terrific draw."
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw resultsThe full UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw.
Chris Coleman, Wales manager: “I’m happy, positive. They’re all tough teams looking at the groups. It won’t be easy but everyone is confident. We’ve managed to get a point in Belgium [in FIFA World Cup qualifying] and were unlucky at home."
Ljubinko Drulović, Serbia caretaker coach: "I spent almost a decade in Portugal as a player, and now we have them in our group. Our group is very tough."
Mixu Paatelainen, Finland coach: "I am pleased with the draw result. However, there will not be a single easy match in this group and we have to be fully focused throughout qualification. If we play our best, we have a chance of qualifying."
Rowen Muscat, Malta midfielder: "Having experience of playing Italy and Bulgaria in our recent World Cup qualifiers could give us an advantage. Facing the might of Italy is always an experience to cherish."
Marians Pahars, Latvia coach: "Netherlands are the favourites in our group; they can win any competition they play in. We will do our best to make our fans happy by making it to the finals."
Denmark have won just three of their 13 games against Portugal, losing eight. They beat the Portuguese 2-1 in the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifiers in Copenhagen, but lost 3-1 in Porto.
Peter SchmeichelPeter Schmeichel, who won EURO '92 with Denmark, helped to conduct the draw.
Croatia finished above an Italy side fresh from finishing runners-up at the 1994 FIFA World Cup in their first major tournament qualifying campaign, advancing to EURO '96 where they were one of a record six teams making their finals debut.
Roy Hodgson (England)England manager Roy Hodgson took Switzerland to EURO '96, the first time the Swiss had reached the finals.
The Czech Republic have enjoyed memorable EURO finals matches against both the Netherlands and Turkey, coming back from 2-0 down to beat the Dutch at UEFA EURO 2004 but Turkey doing the same to them four years later.
Serbia's six meetings with Portugal have ended W2 D2 L2; they have scored 13 goals to their opponents' ten.
Austria's joint biggest EURO win came against Liechtenstein in April 95, a 7-0 home success.
Poland have never beaten Germany in 17 attempts, scoring only nine goals and conceding 31.
Bulgaria have beaten Italy just twice in 17 meetings overall, conceding 30 goals, although they are unbeaten against the other two teams currently in Group H, Azerbaijan and Malta.
Finland's heaviest ever qualifying defeat, an 8-1 away reverse, came against Greece in 1978.
Scotland played Germany in the group stage of EURO '92, losing 2-0 in Norrkoping.
Belarus and Luxembourg, who will play each other in Group C, also met in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2012.
Latvia and the Netherlands met at UEFA EURO 2004, the Dutch winning 3-0 in their group stage fixture in Braga.
Rinat DasaevFormer Soviet Union goalkeeper Rinat Dasaev draws the first team, the Netherlands.
Northern Ireland's joint biggest EURO qualifying win (5-0) came against the Faroe Islands – who they face in Group F – in 1991.
Georgia suffered their equal record EURO defeat against Germany, going down 4-1 in the EURO '96 preliminaries. They will meet them again in Group D.
Iceland meet the Netherlands in Group A; they have conceded 33 goals in their ten meetings with the Oranje, scoring only four.
Fabien BarthezFormer France goalkeeper Fabien Barthez, who won UEFA EURO 2000, arrives on stage with the Henri Delaunay Cup.
Greece and the Faroe Islands, pitted together in Group F, met in EURO '96 qualifying, Greece winning 5-0 at home and 5-1 away.
Gibraltar are drawn into Group D, where they will face three-time winners Germany.
Just a reminder ... for television rights reasons, England, Germany, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands must be in six-team sections. For political reasons Azerbaijan cannot meet Armenia, and Spain cannot play Gibraltar.
We are now done with Pot 1 ... on to Pot 6, which includes Gibraltar, preparing for their maiden qualifying campaign.
The Netherlands are the first team to be drawn, going straight into Group A. Host Ruud Gullit scored in the final the first and only time the Oranje won the UEFA European Championship, in 1988.
Palais des Congrès Acropolis, NiceThe Palais des Congrès Acropolis just prior to the draw, which is starting now.
Martin O'Neill (Republic of Ireland)Republic of Ireland manager Martin O'Neill looks on. His team will be drawn from Pot 2.
Thomas Ravelli, Rinat Dasaev, José Ángel Iribar and Pat Jennings are now on stage for the first part of the draw.
Draw hosts Ruud Gullit and Bixente Lizarazu are now talking to Fabien Barthez, one of 13 former international goalkeepers to be involved in the ceremony.
Vladimir Petković (Switzerland)Switzerland coach Vladimir Petković in the draw hall.
Gordon Strachan (Scotland)Scotland manager Gordon Strachan takes his seat at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis.
With the start of the draw now just moments away, refresh your page in order for our live stream to appear at the top. Live text commentary will continue underneath.
11.55 "Football will make even more progress," said Croatia coach Niko Kovač as he looked forward to UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying.
Did you know? Serbia have failed to make a EURO impact as an independent nation but have a rich tradition as part of Yugoslavia, winning the very first finals match in 1960, 5-4 against hosts France, before taking the Soviet Union to extra time in the inaugural final, where they lost 2-1.
Vicente del Bosque (Spain)Here is Spain coach Vicente del Bosque arriving at the Palais des Congrès Acropolis ahead of the draw.
Pavel Vrba, Czech Republic coach: "I have my wishes for the draw. The opponents from Pots 1 and 3 might be crucial for us, though in FIFA World Cup qualifying we lost important points to Armenia, who are in Pot 4, so we cannot underestimate any side."
11.43 Having won the 1992 UEFA European Championship with Denmark, Peter Schmeichel was well placed to answer fans' questions in the inaugural UEFA EURO Facebook Q&A on Saturday.
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying drawNow just 20 minutes to go until the start of the draw, which is streamed live right here.
Attila Pintér, Hungary coach: "I am not concerned with which teams we draw, or the group possibilities Naturally, I am happy with the step forward in terms of our status as second seeds, but it remains important that we focus exclusively on our own game."
Pierangelo Manzaroli (San Marino)Pierangelo Manzaroli, San Marino coach: "I have always been attracted by British football so I would be delighted to have England as the seeded team in our group. Or maybe Spain – why not? In order to improve you have to face the best."
11.31 We ask former coach Gérard Houllier and legendary player Marcel Desailly about the likely impact that hosting UEFA EURO 2016 will have on football in France.
Alex O’Henley (UEFA.com) in Glasgow: Scotland have reached the UEFA European Championship twice – in 1992 and 1996 – recording two wins in the process, a 3-0 success against the Commonwealth of Independent States in Sweden and a 1-0 victory against Switzerland at Villa Park in 1996.
Pedro Gonçalves (UEFA.com) in Lisbon: Portugal have not missed the finals of a major competition since 2000; they will be aiming for a sixth straight EURO qualification.
Josh Hershman (UEFA.com) in Nice: A call has gone out on the loudspeaker system to ask everyone to takes their seats in the draw hall. EURO winners Ruud Gullit and Bixente Lizarazu will be on stage to conduct proceedings. Less than 40 minutes to go ...
Roy Hodgson, England manager, speaking exclusively to UEFA.com in Nice: "Going back to the 70s, when you had the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia, there was nothing like 54 teams we have today. There was a much smaller pool. Now, the tournament’s much bigger and qualifying becomes more difficult because the teams who used to be happy just to play the so-called bigger nations and play at San Siro or at the Bernabeu – they come to beat you."
Fuad Krvavac (UEFA.com) in Sarajevo: National team coach Safet Sušić represented Yugoslavia at the 1984 UEFA European Championship – also staged in France – and was a long-time player for Paris Saint-Germain. He now lives in Paris, where he aims to return with his team in 2016.
Josh Hershman (UEFA.com) in Nice: The sun is shining in Nice with an hour to go until the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying round draw. The 13 European goalkeepeing greats are here, many of whom have had their photo taken in the Instagram booth behind the stage. Elsewhere, the media working areas are filling up with journalists and broadcasters set to report on today's outcome. A reminder, in case you needed one, that the ceremony kicks off at 12.00CET and the fixtures will be announced at 16.30CET.
"The ageing process is one thing I cannot stop," said UEFA European Championship record-holder Dino Zoff as we salute the oldest players to have appeared in qualifying. Click here to read UEFA.com's profile of qualifying's oldest players.
Magnus Persson, Estonia coach: “Of course, [the new regulations] give us a better chance of qualifying and it’s something we should dream of doing. It is important to manage expectations, however. Now is the time to work, not dream.”
Did you know? Bulgaria won their first six games of the EURO '96 qualifying campaign, a sequence that included a 3-2 home victory against Germany.
Allow us to walk you through each of today's six pots: Pot 1, Pot 2, Pot 3, Pot 4, Pot 5, Pot 6
Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)Sujay Dutt (UEFA.com) in Stockholm: Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimović is just one goal shy of becoming the all-time leading scorer for his country. Ibrahimović has struck 48 times in 96 matches for Sweden, leaving him one adrift of Sven Rydell.
Domenic Aquilina (UEFA.com) in Valletta: Malta will be hoping to fare better this time than in their last EURO qualifying campaign, when they picked up only one point from a 1-1 home draw against Georgia.
10.46 European Qualifying has been revamped for UEFA EURO 2016 – UEFA.com gives you the lowdown.
Paul Bryan (UEFA.com) in Madrid: Spanish sports daily AS mulls over the possible outcomes for Spain. The publication stresses that the rivals to avoid for Vicente del Bosque's side will be Belgium, "who have put together a young team that shone in the recent 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifiers." AS adds that "Switzerland, Croatia and Ibrahimović's Sweden would also represent uncomfortable rivals" for the three-time winners.
Paolo Menicucci (UEFA.com) in Milan: According to Italian newspaper la Repubblica, Belgium are the side Italy "should avoid at all costs" in the draw, describing the Red Devils as a team enjoying "exponential growth in recent years".
Aidyn Kozhakhmetov (UEFA.com) in Astana: Kazakhstan have been involved in only two UEFA European Championship qualifying campaigns, finishing sixth out of eight teams on the road to UEFA EURO 2008 and sixth out of six four years later.
1996: GermanyDid you know? Three-time winners and runners-up in 1976, 1992 and 2008, Germany have won 23 of their 43 finals matches – all are records, though Spain also have three European titles to their name. UEFA EURO 2012 was Germany's 11th successive final tournament – also a UEFA European Championship record.
Allen Bula, Gibraltar coach: “I’m constantly preparing and working to show Europe that we do deserve to be in UEFA and we have the quality to play in UEFA.”
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw ballSam Crompton (UEFA.com) in London: England are alone among Europe's FIFA World Cup-winning nations in failing to capture the Henri Delaunay Cup. Indeed, they are yet to reach a UEFA European Championship final, having come closest in 1996, when they hosted the event, only to be denied by Germany in a semi-final penalty shoot-out defeat at Wembley. They also reached the last four – as world champions – in 1968.
10.23 VIDEO: Robert Pirès looks back on some of his favourite moments as a player and supporter of France, including FIFA World Cup and UEFA EURO glory.
Aidan Fitzmaurice (UEFA.com) in Dublin. "O'Neill planning early kick-off for Euro monitoring mission" is the headline in today's Sunday Independent newspaper in Dublin. “The sooner we get to look at the opposition, the better,” O'Neill is quoted as saying.
Per-Mathias Høgmo, Norway coach: "It is no point speculating about opponents before the draw is made, but my opinion is that we stand a good chance of qualifying for the finals."
Aleksandar Radović (UEFA.com) in Podgorica: "Montenegrin daily newspaper Vijesti claims that this is the most important draw in the history of the national team. "This is the last chance for a generation which started the Montenegrin football story," it reads. "Mirko Vučinić, Marko Baša and Dejan Damjanović will say goodbye if Montenegro fail."
Fatih Terim (Turkey)Fatih Terim, Turkey coach, pictured in Nice with the Turkish Football Association (TFF) delegation: "Instead of a group of death, we would like to be drawn in a group where we are seen as favourites. Because of the atmosphere and our achievements at EURO 2008, the Turkish nation will not forget this tournament. We have to repeat it for Turkish people.”
Stoyan Georgiev (UEFA.com) in Sofia: Bulgaria have never faced reigning champions Spain in a world or EURO qualifier – will this be the first?
Michael O'Neill, Northern Ireland manager: "I'm looking forward to the draw. The EURO 2016 qualifying campaign will provide a better opportunity to reach the finals because there are more places at stake. That's a big incentive and motivation, but with the resources we have, we'll need our best players available over the ten games as often as possible to make a really positive impact."
Georgi Kondratiev, Belarus coach: "I would not like us to be drawn against the same sides as in the last qualification. Just for the sake of diversity, let us get someone else.."
Ivica Vastic (Austria)Johannes Sturm (UEFA.com) in Vienna: Austria boast the oldest goalscorer at a EURO finals. When Ivica Vastić converted a penalty on 12 June 2008 against Poland, he was 38 years and 257 days. It was the only goal which Austria have ever scored at a EURO final tournament.
Ruben Hayrapetyan, Football Federation of Armenia (HFF) president: “The team have one goal at this stage – to qualify for EURO 2016.”
Koldo Álvarez, Andorra coach: "I want a draw that is as attractive as possible for our players. Drawing a big team is a very good opportunity for us as a small country."
Fans can get involved on all social media platforms using #EURO2016. The UEFA EURO Facebook page has over 3 million fans with content being posted in English and French. There are two dedicated UEFA EURO 2016 Twitter accounts – @UEFAEURO and @UEFAEURO_FR – which will keep fans abreast of all the latest from Nice. UEFA.com has also recently launched an Instagram account which will have exclusive, behind the scenes photos from the Palais des Congrès Acropolis. If Google+ is your social media platform of choice then the UEFA.com page is the place to be for live updates.
Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)EURO winners Ruud Gullit and Bixente Lizarazu will join UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and 13 of Europe's goalkeeping greats on stage for the draw. "It's a great honour to present this," said Gullit. "It's funny if you think back to the fact that you were playing in a tournament like this, and all of a sudden you do this. That is something you never thought would happen."
9.48 For the first time, qualifying takes place under the new Week of Football concept, which is explained in our handy video guide.
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw ballsFirst things first – time for some admin. The 53 competing nations will be drawn eight groups of six and one of five, who will then contest home and away fixtures. The nine group winners, the nine group runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining third-placed teams will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the 24-nation finals.
We are back, with less than three hours to go until the draw ...
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw ballsThe DrawCentre will be closing for the evening but worry not, it will be up and running again bright and early on Sunday morning bringing you all the news from Nice as anticipation grows ahead of the 12.00CET draw. Be back then.
Romelu Lukaku (Belgium)With new faces set to announce themselves when the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers start in September, UEFA.com looks at the youngest players to appear in qualifying. Click here to get the lowdown on qualifying's young guns.
1960: Soviet UnionIgor Linnyk (UEFA.com) in Kyiv: Ukraine was a prolific resource for the Soviet Union team that won the inaugural UEFA European Championship in 1960 and finished runners-up three times. As an independent nation, they had to wait until 2012 for their first appearance, qualifying as co-hosts with Poland.
Philip Röber (UEFA.com) in Munich: Once a nation renowned for getting the rub of the green at draws, Germany have been involved in some of the toughest groups over recent years. However, as the most successful UEFA European Championship nation – Germany have collected 43 wins in 11 final tournaments – they will be the team to beat in their group.
2004: GreeceDid you know? Prior to lifting the trophy 2004 Greece had appeared in only one UEFA European Championship, in 1980.
Gilbert Agius (Malta) & Michael Mifsud (Malta)Domenic Aquilina (UEFA.com) in Valletta: Malta's last qualifying win dates back to 11 October 2006 when the locals beat none other than Hungary 2-1 at the National Stadium with two goals from André Schembri.
Sweden dejectionFormer winners Denmark and Czech Republic join a host of UEFA European Championship regulars, including Sweden, Belgium and Croatia, in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw Pot 2. Read UEFA.com's Pot 2 focus here.
Enzo Scifo (Belgium)Enzo Scifo, former Belgium midfielder: "The [Red] Devils might spring surprise in Brazil, but at EURO 2016 I would really consider us as contenders to win the tournament. By then we will have acquired more tournament experience."
Dorinel Munteanu (Romania)Did you know? Having often encountered tough draws when they have reached the finals, Romania's EURO success has been limited although, having qualified unbeaten, Emeric Ienei guided his team through a group containing Germany, Portugal and England to reach the last eight of UEFA EURO 2000.
Mario Balotelli (Italy)Paolo Menicucci UEFA.com) in Milan: On the eve of the draw, Italy coach Cesare Prandelli attended a party in the hospital for children in Florence where he answered questions from the kids. There were no questions regarding the upcoming draw but one about Italy striker Mario Balotelli. "Is he a good guy?" on child asked. "Living under pressure is not easy," the coach replied. "Sometimes he makes mistakes but he is a good and generous lad."
Rudi Wanner (UEFA.com) in Basel: Switzerland first qualified for a EURO finals in 1996 and have only taken part three times since then. Since 1960, when the UEFA European Championship first took place, Switzerland have however managed to qualify for six FIFA World Cups. While Switzerland never managed to survive the group stage at a EURO finals, they have already reached the round of 16 and quarter-finals at World Cups.
1984: FranceOne of only three nations to have won back-to-back tournaments, France's place among the elite of international football is unquestionable. UEFA.com revisits the rise to the top of the UEFA EURO 2016 hosts.
Paul-Daniel Zaharia (UEFA.com) in Bucharest: The website of sports TV station Sport.ro has been carrying the headline 'Je m'apelle CALIFICARE!' – a mixture between French and Romanian which translates literally as 'My name is qualification'.
Steffen Iversen (Norway)Eivind Aarre (UEFA.com) in Oslo: Norway are looking to reach only their second European finals. The Norwegians were knocked out in the group stage of UEFA EURO 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands, despite beating Spain 1-0 courtesy of a Steffen Iversen goal in the tournament opener.
Ivan Vella, Malta national team manager: We are looking for a crowd pulling, attractive nation but on the other hand we hope that the other teams mixed in our group will be within our range for picking up some points as well.
Bixente Lizarazu & Fabien Barthez (France)With a selection of UEFA European Championship-winning goalkeepers overseeing the 2016 qualifying draw, UEFA.com looks at the lucky 13 who have lifted the trophy. Click here to read the focus on the victorious No1s.
John Charles (Wales)Mark Pitman (UEFA.com) in Cardiff: Over half a century has passed since Wales last reached a major tournament, the 1958 FIFA World Cup in Sweden, in which a team including John Charles reached the quarter-finals.
Muamer Tankovic & Christian Kouakou (Sweden)Sujay Dutt (UEFA.com) in Stockholm: Fulham FC's Muamer Tankovic (left), who celebrates his 19th birthday on Saturday, was given an early present when coach Erik Hamrén gave him his first senior team call-up, for the 5 March friendly against Turkey.
Czechoslovakia 1976Did you know? Eight of the 11 Czechoslovakian players who started the 1976 UEFA European Championship final against West Germany – and triumphed on penalties after a 2-2 draw – hailed from Slovakia.
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Gordon Strachan (Scotland)Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager: It's excitement at the moment and when you get to the draw at the weekend that's exciting as well. We look forward to that. I don't bother [with potential scenarios]. I have always been like that as a manager; I don't bother about it until it comes. Are you going to worry about it, get yourself all worked up before it happens? No, I haven't given it a second thought.
Martin Paterson (Northern Ireland)Darren Fullerton (UEFA.com) in Belfast: Northern Ireland's away form in EURO qualifying must improve if Michael O'Neill's men are to harbour any hopes of reaching the 2016 finals in France. They have won just two of their last 19 away fixtures (losing 12 and drawing five) in the past four campaigns, dating back to the UEFA EURO 2000 preliminaries.
Did you know? With around 30,000 citizens, Gibraltar is the least populous of the UEFA member nations.
André Schembri (Malta) & William Kvist (Denmark)William Kvist, Denmark midfielder: With as many players developing rapidly as we have at the moment, it will only be natural if we are stronger than in our latest qualification campaign, where we had some challenges with injuries to [Nicklas] Bendtner and [Daniel] Agger.
Pambos Christodoulou (AEL Limassol)Pambos Christodoulou, Cyprus coach: The fact that there are additional qualifying slots is an extra incentive for all the teams. But we need to be careful that we don't start talking big and getting too ambitious because of these new changes to the format. There is a lot of work to be done before we can start talking about things like qualifying. Right now, our priority must remain to work hard.
Martin O'Neill & Roy Keane (Republic of Ireland)Aidan Fitzmaurice (UEFA.com) in Dublin: Republic of Ireland coach Martin O'Neill and his assistant Roy Keane will arrive in Nice in time for Sunday's draw after performing their scouting duties in England. O'Neill was in London to watch Irish internationals James McCarthy, Seamus Coleman and Aiden McGeady feature for Everton FC in their league defeat to Chelsea FC, while Keane was at a second-tier game involving Burnley FC and his former club Nottingham Forest FC.
Elvir Islamović (UEFA.com) in Zagreb: Croatian daily newspaper Jutarnji set about working out a best and worst-case scenario for the national side ahead of tomorrow's draw. A group containing Greece, Slovakia, Estonia, Lithuania and Gibraltar would be the most preferable option according to the publication, which is equally worried that Spain, Serbia, Wales, FYROM and Kazakhstan may come out of the hat. The newspaper also offered an "economical" option, favourable to fans in these financialy troubled times, with trips to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Bulgaria, FYROM and San Marino proving easier on the pocket for their loyal support.
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18.35 Having won the 1992 UEFA European Championship with Denmark, Peter Schmeichel was well placed to answer fans' questions in the inaugral UEFA EURO Facebook Q&A. Click the video to see the Manchester United FC legend answer your questions.
Dino Zoff (Italy)"The ageing process is one thing I cannot stop," said UEFA European Championship record-holder Dino Zoff as we salute the oldest players to have appeared in qualifying. Click here to read UEFA.com's profile of qualifying's oldest players.
UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw ballsThe 53 competing nations will be drawn eight groups of six and one of five, who will then contest home and away fixtures. The nine group winners, the nine group runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining third-placed teams will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the 24-nation finals.
Did you know? San Marino made their UEFA European Championship debut in qualifying for EURO '92, ending the campaign with eight defeats in eight outings, conceding 33 and scoring once, and are still awaiting their first point in EURO qualifying having registered six goals in 56 matches, shipping 253.
Hans van BreukelenBerend Scholten (UEFA.com) in Diest: A European Championship winner in 1988, Hans van Breukelen is one of 13 former goalkeepers taking part in the draw. Van Breukelen, who saved a penalty in the 1988 final against the USSR, having won the European Cup with PSV Eindhoven that same season, said: "That was a beautiful ending to a season I will never forget." Team-mate and Oranje captain at the time Ruud Gullit will help to conduct the draw.
Branko Brnović (Montenegro)Branko Brnović, Montenegro coach: We are in the fourth pot, but we await another European qualifying campaign with a lot of optimism. The draw is very important, but I do not have any special wishes. I would just like to avoid Serbia and Croatia.
Moldova celebrateEvgeni Balanyuk (UEFA.com) in Chisinau: Moldova’s most memorable sequence of form came at the end of the UEFA EURO 2008 campaign when they claimed ten points from their last four games, including wins against Bosnia and Herzegovina and Hungary.
Rúnar Arnarsson, chairman of the Iceland national team committee: We hoped to be higher ranked because of last year's success, but these are the rules. Everybody has their opinion on which team they would like to meet, but we think, with our recent results in mind, it is realistic for us to advance.
Tarik Elyounoussi (Norway)Per-Mathias Høgmo, Norway coach: It would be fun to draw England and Roy Hodgson. Especially as an away match at Wembley has a special ring to it. That would create some enthusiasm in Norway.
Al Greene (Gibraltar)Liam Franco (UEFA.com) in Gibraltar: Gibraltar enter their maiden EURO campaign after being granted admission to UEFA on 24 May last year. Their first full international was a 0-0 draw with Slovakia in Portugal on 19 November.
Did you know? It took Finland 19 UEFA European Championship qualifiers to record their first win, beating Greece 3-0 and following that up with a 2-1 triumph over Hungary at the start of their 1980 campaign.
Joachim Löw (Germany)Philip Röber (UEFA.com) in Munich: While it is common practice to ask the protagonists about their thoughts on a draw after it has actually happened, Germany coach Joachim Löw has already given his verdict some 48 hours before the balls are drawn in Nice. "It always has to be our aspiration to finish first in the group, regardless of which teams it will consist of."
Paul Bryan (UEFA.com) in Madrid: Spain – European champions on three occasions – last suffered a qualifying defeat on 7 October 2006, away to Sweden . Despite that setback, Luis Aragonés’s side went on to qualify for UEFA EURO 2008, which they duly won.
Fatih Terim (Turkey)UEFA EURO 2008 semi-finalists Turkey line up alongside Serbia and Slovakia – two countries with rich UEFA European Championship legacies – in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying Pot 3. Click here to read UEFA.com's guide to the Pot 3 hopefuls.
Did you know? A former Yugoslav republic, Slovenia began competing as a separate entity in 1992 and caused a surprise by qualifying for both the UEFA European Championship and the FIFA World Cup at the second attempt in 2000 and 2002 respectively, although they failed to progress beyond the group stage in either.
Martin Büchel (Liechenstein)Rudi Wanner (UEFA.com) in Basel: Liechtenstein have collected more points in EURO qualifying than in FIFA World Cup campaigns, winning twice as many matches. In EURO qualifying they have registered four victories and five draws (from 48 games), while in World Cup qualification they have racked up two triumphs and six draws (50 games.)
Philipp Lahm (Germany)Philip Röber (UEFA.com) in Munich: Philipp Lahm will be pushing hard for a successful campaign, as he is looking to extend his record as Germany’s most-capped player at EURO finals. He has played 14 matches at three tournaments so far (2004, 2008 and 2012), but is closely followed by Bastian Schweinsteiger (13).
Lars Olsen (Faroe Islands)Lars Olsen, Faroe Islands coach: The British and Nordic style of play suits us well, and therefore I hope we will be grouped together with England, Denmark, Norway, Wales and Northern Ireland.
16.28 Ahead of tomorrow's qualifying competition draw in Nice, UEFA EURO 2016 SAS president Jacques Lambert is satisfied with the state of preparations for UEFA EURO 2016 in France. Click to watch the video in full.
Konstantin Vassiljev (Estonia)Mikhail Malkin (UEFA.com) in Tallinn: UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying provided Estonia’s brightest moment to date as Tarmo Rüütli's side beat Northern Ireland home and away to secure a play-off spot, before losing to the Republic of Ireland.
Niko Kovač (Croatia)Niko Kovač, Croatia coach: We are looking forward to playing against anyone. Unfortunately, we are not in Pot 1, but the good news is that 23 national teams will qualify for EURO 2016, together with hosts France.
Vicente del Bosque (Spain)No team had successfully defended the UEFA European Championship title until world and continental champions Spain did what 12 previous holders had not managed. UEFA.com salutes their unique achievement.
Netherlands 1988EURO winners Ruud Gullit and Bixente Lizarazu will join UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino and 13 of Europe's goalkeeping greats on stage for the draw. France's UEFA European Championship winning keeper in 2000, Fabien Barthez, will bring on the Henri Delaunay Cup, while five more EURO winners – Ivo Viktor (Czechoslovakia, 1976), Andreas Köpke (Germany, 1996), Antonis Nikopolidis (Greece, 2004), Dino Zoff (Italy, 1968) and Peter Schmeichel (Denmark, 1992) – are among the participants.
Henrik Mkhitaryan (Armenia)Khachik Chakhoyan (UEFA.com) in Yerevan: The only entrant without a coach, there is nonetheless a growing sense of belief that Armenia can qualify for a major tournament for the first time in their history. With a potent blend of youth and experience, the side has made significant strides in recent years, coming within one game of reaching the UEFA EURO 2012 play-offs.
Make sure you get involved on our social media platforms using #EURO2016. The UEFA EURO Facebook page has over 3 million fans with content being posted in English and French. There are two dedicated UEFA EURO 2016 Twitter accounts – @UEFAEURO and @UEFAEURO_FR – which will keep fans abreast of all the latest from Nice. UEFA.com has also recently launched an Instagram account which will have exclusive, behind the scenes photos from the Palais des Congrès Acropolis. If Google+ is your social media platform of choice then the UEFA.com page is the place to be for live updates.
Denis Orlov (UEFA.com) in Minsk: Despite finishing fourth in their debut campaign ahead of EURO '96, Belarus laid down a marker with a famous 1-0 triumph against a star-studded Netherlands side in Minsk.
Boško Djurovski (Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)Boshko Djurovski, FYROM coach: I have no particular preference [who we will face]. My job is to select the best players available and build up a fluid team that will play at the highest level throughout the qualifiers. We may find it difficult to beat Andorra or San Marino, but I assure you that France or England will not have it easy playing us
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15.51 Michael Owen looks back on a breakthrough tournament for him in France when he played for England at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, while revealing his respect for France's 'passion' for football ahead of UEFA EURO 2016. Click the video to watch the full interview with the former England forward.
Flórián Albert (EURO 1964)Did you know? Inspired by Flórián Albert, Hungary finished third and fourth respectively in the UEFA European Championships of 1964 and 1972 but have not featured since and have failed to qualify for a major tournament since the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
Football Federation of KazakhstanYuri Krasnozhan, Kazakhstan coach: We are eager to progress and replace respectable defeats with respectable wins.
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Silvio Vella, Malta assistant coach, speaking to UEFA.com: We are always very anxious to see who we are going to face in the next competition. For us it is always very hard to compete with the best players, but I am convinced that, especially in home games, we can put in good performances and, who knows, maybe a good result.
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Jan Tomaszewski (Poland)Jan Tomaszewski, former Poland goalkeeper, speaking to UEFA.com: I am very excited to be one of 13 goalies invited to this ceremony. I am going to Nice to represent not only me; I will be there on behalf of great Polish keepers like Józef Młynarczyk, Jerzy Dudek, Wojciech Szczęsny and Artur Boruc. In 1973 I made my name at Wembley in England, as we drew 1-1 to get to the World Cup – where we finished third. Now I want my younger colleagues to draw England from Pot 1. We played against them in the last World Cup qualifiers and it was not so bad. So let's face England again!
Ciprian Marica (Romania)Paul-Daniel Zaharia (UEFA.com) in Bucharest: Ciprian Marica has been speaking to Romanian newspaper Libertatea about tomorrow's draw, and predicts another meeting with the Netherlands, who beat Romania twice in qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. "I have a premonition that we will again be in the same group with the Netherlands," he said. "I don't want this to happen, but in the last ten years we were practically like a magnet for them in draws. They are better than us from all points of view. Even if we know them, they constantly beat us. I think that the other opponents will be Republic of Ireland, Armenia, Albania and Gibraltar. Taking into consideration the system of qualification we have chances to qualify."
Albania 1967Did you know? Albania achieved their first UEFA European Championship success against Denmark in the last 16 of the 1964 edition, winning 1-0 in Tirana – although they had already lost 4-0 away – and four years later held West Germany 0-0 to deny them a finals place for the only time.
Miroslav Klose (Germany)UEFA.com profiles the top five scorers in UEFA European Championship qualifying history, from a raging bull to a towering dinosaur via an acrobatic Irishman. Click here to discover qualifying's most lethal.
Marc Wilmots (Belgium)Berend Scholten (UEFA.com) in Diest: Belgium coach Marc Wilmots celebrates his 45th birthday today, and will be hoping for a late birthday present on Sunday in the shape of a favourable draw for his side. According to Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad, who have canvassed the opinion of fellow journalists across Europe, it is their rivals who are more worried about drawing the Red Devils than the other way around. "The only nation we have to be aware of is Belgium," they quoted English daily The Independent as writing, while Spain's Marca stated: "Switzerland, Croatia and Belgium are the ones to avoid."
Pavel Vrba (FC Viktoria Plzeň)Pavel Vrba, Czech Republic coach: I have my wishes for the draw. The opponents from Pots 1 and 3 might be crucial for us, though in FIFA World Cup qualifying we lost important points to Armenia, who are in Pot 4, so we cannot underestimate any side.
Morten Olsen (Denmark)Peter Bruun (UEFA.com) in Copenhagen: Denmark coach Morten Olsen would not be disappointed if his side managed to avoid Pot 2's Belgium in tomorrow's draw, seeing the World Cup contenders as one of the continent's form sides. "Belgium have done fantastic over some years now, and they have not even peaked yet," he said. "Maybe they will this summer, and anyway I have them as my favourite outsiders for the title, so I am happy to avoid them in the coming qualification tournament."
15.00 European Qualifying has been revamped for UEFA EURO 2016 so before Sunday's draw in Nice, starting at 12.00CET, UEFA.com gives you the lowdown. Click the video to find out all you need to know.
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Wayne Rooney (England)A world-record signing and a future Manchester United FC forward feature as UEFA.com profiles the five youngest scorers in UEFA European Championship qualifying history. Click here to read the article in full.
Fernando Santos (Greece)Vassiliki Papantonopoulou (UEFA.com) in Athens: Fernando Santos is currently attending a workshop in Brazil for all 32 coaches of the teams that will participate at the 2014 FFIA World Cup. He will travel directly from there to Nice for the draw, where he will meet the president of the Hellenic Football Federation (EPO) Giorgos Sarris. Their meeting is important, as Santos is expected to reply to the EPO’s proposal for him to extend his contract until 2016.
Ján Kozák (MFK Košice)Ján Kozák, Slovakia coach, speaking to UEFA.com: It doesn't matter which opponents we face. First of all, we have to focus on our performances. However, if I could choose our opponents, I would want to play Bosnia and Herzegovina or Greece from Pot 1 – especially Greece, so we can get them back for our qualifying defeat last year. I don't want to play against Germany, Spain or the Netherlands. As for Pot 2, playing the Republic of Ireland or a derby with the Czech Republic looks good to me.
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Portugal celebrateDid you know? Portugal made their UEFA European Championship finals debut in 1984, and came within six minutes of the Paris showpiece. They next qualified for the tournament in 1996 and are one of seven nations to take part in the last five EUROs. They have never failed to advance beyond the group stage, losing semi-finals to eventual winners France in 1984 and 2000, and Spain in 2012. They went one better on home soil at UEFA EURO 2004 before going down 1-0 to Greece in the Lisbon final.
Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)Peter Schmeichel, EURO '92 winning goalkeeper: It's a much much harder tournament than the World Cup, because European football is the strongest area of football in the world. You've got the most teams, and we've got so many world champions. We've got France, Spain, we've got Germany, we've got Italy, all world champions. Where is the easy game? There is never an easy game in the EUROs. So the team that eventually goes on to win is always the right winner because that is the team that has played the best over the course of the tournament.
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14.31 Robert Pirès looks back on some of his favourite moments as a player and supporter of France, including UEFA EURO 2000 glory. Click to watch the interview with the former Arsenal FC man in full.
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Latvia and Skonto FC striker Valērijs Šabala, set to join Club Brugge KV in summer, spoke for all the Latvian team when he said he wanted to be drawn against a star-studded top-side. "It would be great for our fans to have an opportunity to see world-class stars and for us, players, to compete against them," he said. "I just hope we will not be drawn against Greece. We have played each other so many times in the recent qualifying campaigns that we are already tired of each other."
Sergei Kislyak (Belarus)With the big sides guaranteed to be drawn against some so-called minnows tomorrow, the possibility of some major shocks will be on the cards during UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying. UEFA.com picks out ten of the biggest upsets in EURO qualifying history, click here to read the selection.
Sammy Clingan (Northern Ireland)Sammy Clingan, Northern Ireland midfielder: We always seem to do well against the higher profile nations, so I would like to get one of the biggest names, like a Spain or a Germany. I'd also like one of the other home nations.
Luxembourg (Celebration)Andreas Königl (UEFA.com) in Frankfurt: Luxembourg find themselves in Pot 6 for the draw and are likely to be rank outsiders in their group. However, their underdog status has not prevented the occasional upset. Along these lines, plans to build a new stadium have just been finalised and when the old Josy Barthel – built in 1928 – is replaced, around 9,000 fans will be able to fit in a cosy, roofed arena. Although it will most likely not stage any of their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifiers, it is another step forward in the steady progress of Luxembourg football.
14.07 UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying round draw presenter Ruud Gullit joins UEFA.com to tell you what to expect from event coverage in Nice. Click the video to watch the Dutch legend talk you through the draw procedure.
France 2000France are assured of their place in the final tournament, but will play centralised friendlies in accordance with the Week of Football match schedule against teams from the five-team qualifying group. There will be no points awarded for games in which France figure, so these will have no affect on the Group I table.
1968: ItalyDid you know? Europe's most successful nation in the FIFA World Cup with four victories, in 1934, 1938, 1982 and 2006, Italy have been crowned champions of Europe on just one occasion, back in 1968 when they lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup after a replayed final against Yugoslavia in Rome, although they reached the final in both 2000 and 2012 only to lose.
Szabolcs Huszti (Hungary)Matthew Watson-Broughton (UEFA.com) in Budapest: In Hungary, national daily sports newspaper Nemzeti Sport has announced its dream draw would be a group containing Greece, Slovenia, Estonia, Moldova and San Marino. They also sketch a worst-case scenario for the Magyars, which would be to end up in a section including the talents of the Netherlands, Turkey, Montenegro, Iceland and Kazakhstan.
Victor Piţurcă (Romania)Victor Piturca, Romania coach: I always said, and I continue to say, there are not easy and difficult groups. Football continuously and quickly develops, so that matches became more and more even. Despite the fact that there are teams which seem to be clear favourites, we have to face the reality that matches and qualifications are not played depending on odds, but only on the pitch. For sure discussions will arise after the draw, that team X can be easily beaten or that we do not have any chance against team Y, but from my point of view we have to prepare for all the matches in the same serious manner, no matter the name of the opponent. We have to work hard and play well and with the proper attitude if we want to qualify.
Ludovic Clemente (Andorra)Did you know? Andorra have played 40 UEFA European Championship qualifiers and lost them all, scoring seven goals and conceding 113. Their sole competitive win was a 2-1 defeat of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia in qualifying for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, when they collected five points overall.
Fans can get involved on all social media platforms using #EURO2016. The UEFA EURO Facebook page has over 3 million fans with content being posted in English and French. There are two dedicated UEFA EURO 2016 Twitter accounts – @UEFAEURO and @UEFAEURO_FR – which will keep fans abreast of all the latest from Nice. UEFA.com has also recently launched an Instagram account which will have exclusive, behind the scenes photos from the Palais des Congrès Acropolis. If Google+ is your social media platform of choice then the UEFA.com page is the place to be for live updates.
Victor Fayzulin (Russia)Russian daily Sport-Express believe the national side should have no problems in the group stage regardless of the teams they are drawn against. "Thanks to a successful performance in previous qualifications, our team was seeded in Pot 1 and that means they can feel themselves pretty comfortable," the paper wrote. "Even if we are not lucky with the draw and end up in a 'group of death' with, for example, Belgium, Serbia, Bulgaria, Iceland and Kazakhstan. Russia have to finish in the top two."
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Johannes Sturm (UEFA.com) in Vienna: Austria have never qualified for a EURO finals, having only ever taken part in the 2008 tournament as co-hosts – when they were eliminated at the group stage. "Our challenge and aim is EURO 2016," Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) president Leo Windtner said before the draw. "This is a must for us. If 24 member associations take part in 2016 and we are not one of them, this is a huge setback."
Franz Beckenbauer 1972 (West Germany)With the UEFA EURO 2016 title the target for players across Europe, UEFA.com looks at the trophy they are dreaming about and the 13 triumphant captains who have lifted it over the past 50 years. Click here to read the article in full.
José Ángel Iribar (Athletic Club)Paul Bryan (UEFA.com) in Madrid: Over in Spain, Barcelona-based sports daily Mundo Deportivo reminds us that former Spanish goalkeeper José Ángel Iribar – 'El Chopo' – will participate in Sunday's EURO 2016 qualifying draw. "The mythical keeper who played 614 games for Athletic Club - and who was a 1977 UEFA Cup runner-up with Los Leones - will join several other former EURO goalkeeping greats in Nice," the paper explains.
Aaron Ramsey (Wales)"I'm not saying this flippantly, but I'm not so worried about who is in our group, come what may," said Wales manager Chris Coleman ahead of the draw. "What we are concentrating on is how we can do things better in terms of having a fully-fit squad and a fully-fit team, consistently. Not just for one game, but for a run of games." The Welsh line up in Pot 4 in the draw alongside the likes of Belarus, Montenegro and Scotland. Read the Pot 4 guide here.
Spain celebrateChampions Spain are among five former winners in UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw Pot 1, with Bosnia and Herzegovina having also made their way to the top tier. Click here to read UEFA.com's guide to the Pot 1 candidates.
For the first time, qualifying takes place under the new Week of Football concept, which sees games played from Thursday to Tuesday. Kick-off times will be set mainly at 18.00CET and 20.45CET on Saturdays and Sundays and at 20.45CET for Thursdays, Fridays, Mondays and Tuesdays. On double-header matchweeks, teams will play on Thursday/Sunday, Friday/Monday or Saturday/Tuesday.
Palais des Congrès Acropolis (Acropolis convention centre), NiceFirst things first – time for some admin. The 53 competing nations will be drawn into eight groups of six and one of five, who will then contest home and away fixtures. The nine group winners, the nine group runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining third-placed teams will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the 24-nation finals.
Palais des Congrès Acropolis (Acropolis convention centre), NiceWelcome to the UEFA.com DrawCentre ahead of Sunday’s UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw in Nice. Our build-up will begin in earnest at 13.00CET on Saturday, when we will bring you quotes, facts and figures from our network of correspondents across the continent, as well as live build-up from our men on the ground in southern France.

With tweets, videos, photos and polls also on offer, we are sure to have every base covered in the lead-up to the main event. The draw – at 12.00CET on Sunday – will be streamed live on UEFA.com, with in-depth reaction from all 53 participating nations to follow. Come back from 13.00CET on Saturday for the lowdown from all over Europe.



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