The final tournament of the UEFA European Football Championship returns to France for a record third time in June and July 2016 – only Belgium and Italy have hosted the competition more than once. The birthplace of the competition, France staged the inaugural tournament in 1960 and lifted the Henri Delaunay Cup on home turf in 1984.
For the first time, 24 teams will compete to be crowned European champions in this the 15th edition. The new competition format is still to be confirmed but will replace the four groups of four teams that has been used for the past five tournaments, with knockout stages from the quarter-finals onwards. When France first hosted the tournament, in 1960, they were one of four sides involved.
The UEFA EURO 2016 matches will be played in ten stadiums – in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
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