The UEFA European Championship is the biggest tournament for national football teams in UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe. The tournament has been held every four years since 1960, and the winner of the tournament qualifies to play in the FIFA Confederations Cup. The tournament has been won by nine difference countries, with Germany and Spain winning three titles each. Spain is the only country to win two consecutive European championships, winning the last two tournaments.
The tournament has grown over the years, as it started off with only four teams participating and the 2016 version will have 24. This is a jump from 16 teams in 2012. Teams qualify by reaching late round in qualifying tournaments or, like France in 2016, get an automatic bid as they are the host country. The tournament will now consist of six groups of four teams, followed by knock-out play. Only the winner and runner up of each group automatically advances, as well as the four best third-placed teams to give us an even 16. There is also no third-place game for the teams that lose in the semi-finals like there is in the World Cup. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for 2016 Euros soccer tickets.
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In the UEFA Euro 2012, Spain successfully defended its championship by beating Italy in the final game. The Spaniards drew against Italy in the group stage, then went on to beat France and Portugal before getting a second crack at the Azzurri. Spain won the final 4-0, including two goals in the final 10 minutes of play. Spanish midfielder Andres Iniesta won the UEFA Player of the Tournament while Fernando Torres won the Golden Boot, even though there were six total players with a three-goal tally.
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UEFA Euro 2016 Event Guide
What are the dates for the 2016 Euros?
The opening match of the 2016 Euros is on June 10, while the final will take place on July 10.
What cities in France are hosting the 2016 Euros?
The cities that will host games include Saint-Denis, Marseille, Lyon, Villeneuve-d’Ascq, Paris, Saint-Etienne, Nice, Lens and Toulouse. Three new stadiums are being constructed for the tournament.
How can I buy cheap 2016 Euros tickets?
TicketCity offers a large selection of Euros tickets which includes some of the lowest priced seats on the market. Euros ticket prices fluctuate based on demand for specific teams leading up to the tournament. Bigger matchups and more top ranked FIFA teams typically push demand higher & ticket prices. The opposite can happen if the Euros matchups are less intriguing. Marquee teams like Spain, England, and other teams with large fan bases, can drive up Euros ticket prices. The Euros is one of the biggest soccer events in the world, so if you’re looking for cheap tickets you may want to act early before the big push right before the tournament.
When is the draw for the 2016 Euros?
The qualifying draw for the tournament will take place in Nice on February 23, 2013. The main draw for the finals will take place in Paris on December 11, 2015