Euro 2016 kicks off on 10th June as hosts France play Romania at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis. The French go into the tournament as one of the favourites to win the trophy exactly a month later on 10th July in the same stadium.
The European Championships have a reputation as being a concentration of quality, the tournament where there are no givens, there are no obscene scorelines, and straight away you are thrown into games between the biggest sides.
This year, however, things are a little different. The move to a 24 team format has diluted the quality in some ways, but it also prolongs the ecstasy of a top-level summer football tournament.
You don’t have to sit through Albania v Romania, for example, because it’s the last game in Group A and consequently kicking-off at exactly the same time as the potentially group-deciding France v Switzerland. This tournament will be fun to watch no matter how much the new format scares people.
Are you ready for it? Here’s a handy little guide to the 2016 European Championships in numbers…
51 games played in France over 31 days: exactly one month from 10 June – 10th July.
Euro 2016 will have 10 venues in 10 cities.
24 teams will take part in the expanded competition.
– France have hosted the competition three times
– Germany and Spain have both won the competition three times – the most by any nation
– The hosts have won the competition three times
The winners of Euros have won the following World Cup only twice – Germany Euro ’72 and WC ’74, Spain Euro 2008 and WC 2010.
Nine different teams have won the European Championships.
Euro 2016 will have 18 referees throughout the tournament.
Spain beat Italy by a four goal margin in the 2012 Final. It is biggest winning margin in European Championships final.
Juan Mata scored the fastest goal by a substitute in a European Championships final, scoring after just one minute and 14 seconds on the pitch.
Euro 2012 saw the most headed goals (22) in a single European Championships finals.
Champions Spain are unbeaten in 12 European Championship Finals matches.
Iker Casillas and Edwin van der Sar have both kept 9 clean sheets in European Championships finals – the most by any goalkeeper.