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Making the Most of Euro 2016 in France

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, which is commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th occurrence of the highly prestigious ‘UEFA European Championship.’ This year the event is to be held in France.

The Championship or the Euros as the are abbreviated in football terminology are the quadrennial international men’s football ( soccer ) championship of Europe. Just as in previous years the Euros are a celebrated sports event in world football that is organized by football’s governing body in Europe, UEFA.

Football brings sports fans, families, young children and people of all ages together. The Euro Championships in France create many opportunities to enjoy the game while taking a much needed holiday across France.

The French climate is fabulous in the warm summer months of June and July. Perfect for city breaks and exploring the welcoming cities such as Paris or Bordeaux. Or for kicking back and relaxing by the coast in a hotel or villa. Holding a cold beer or vino watching the football matches of Euro 2016 by the beach or pool side is one way to score this summer.

Heading to France for Euro 2016

For this iteration of the tournament the euro 2016 location is France. The Euro 2016 Championships are scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016. Expect plenty of footballing glory over the summer.

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The 2016 UEFA European Championship, which is commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th occurrence of the highly prestigious ‘UEFA European Championship.’

Euro 2016 is a perfect time for booking your hotels in France and for breaking out the barbecues at home and holding match parties for friends and family. The Euros are seen as the pinnacle of footballing achievement and glory for European national teams. They bring a feel good factor to the long hot European summer.

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Take a look at some of the amazing football matches leading up to this summers football extravaganza. Wet your sporting appetite with a few of these action clips from games already played.

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The 2016 Euro Qualifying Round

Playing in the 2016 Euro finals is no easy task either as there are far more national teams in Europe than there are days in the calendar month. It would be impractical to allow them all to play in the Euro 2016 finals.

For this reason there is 2016 euro qualifying round. Teams participate in the 2016 euro qualifying phase to ensure that only the very best national teams make it to the finals. This is done through holding qualifying stages of the tournament. The group game stages require each participating team to progress to a certain point by defeating their rivals on the pitch.

Euro 2016 Qualifying

This picture is from Poland’s victory over Germany in October 2014 during the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

The UEFA Euro 2016 qualifying tournament was a football competition that was played from September 2014 to November 2015 to determine the UEFA member men’s national teams that will then go on and play in the finals during the summer of 2016 in France.

Defending the Euro 2016 Trophy

On this occasion the trophy will be defended by France’s European neighbor Spain, which is also a great hot summer country for a holiday. Spain are two time defending UEFA European Championship winners having won in previous Euro finals.

In the June 2016 Euro Finals for the first time, the European Championship final tournament will now be contested by 24 teams, the number of teams having been expanded from the 16-team format that has been used since way back in 1996.

Under this new game and match format, the finalists of Euro 2016 will contest a group stage that consists of six groups of four individual football player teams. After these football matches are complete there will be an fast elimination stage that covers three rounds and then ultimately leads to the fanfare of the Euro 2016 final.

As mentioned above in the 2016 euro qualifying phase, 19 teams (the top two from each of the nine qualifying groups and the best third team) joined hosts France to play a series of two-legged play-off ties between the remaining third-placed teams last year in November 2015.

France qualified for the finals automatically as this is traditional for the host nation. These games were the football matches that decided the last four spots at the final tournament this coming summer in June and July.

The European Championship 2016 Host Nation

France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a competitive bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals. The matches in France will be played in ten amazing stadiums across ten French cities such as Lyon, Bordeaux, Marseille and Nice to name but a few great French cities.

France is a wonderful country to enjoy the football championships. It has a warm climate in the summer months and is a popular holiday destinations. Many French holiday resorts will be showing the Euro 2016 matches on big screen television.

Take a Football Holiday to France This Summer

Why not combine a passion for football with a holiday to France. Innovative ideas for planning a trip to France include staying in caravan holiday parks and luxury hotels to enjoy the Euro 2016 matches.

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Belrepayre Airstream Hotel : Innovative ideas for planning a trip to France include staying in caravan holiday parks like this. What better way to watch your national team than by campfire and barbecue.

If you happen to find yourself in France over the summer the Euro 2016 football matches are being played in the cities of Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, the capital Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.

European Championship Hosts Yet Again

It will actually be the third time that France hosts the European Championship tournament. The first time was after the inaugural tournament way back in 1960 and also much later in 1984. The French national team have a good record in the finals having won the European Championship twice. They swept to victory in 1984 and in the year 2000.

The winning football team in 2016 earns the right to play automatically at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup which will be hosted by Russia next year.

Final Thought on the european championship 2016

So why not head to France this year and experience the atmosphere of the Euro 2016 Championships in anyone of the amazing French cities hosting the games. Find out more about the matches on the official UEFA web site.

What could be better than spending a hot summer night, following your national team over fine wine and cuisine in your favorite city in France.

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Chris is an avid travel writer who enjoys exploring the globe and writing about his exciting travel experiences. Chris produces some of the in depth travel feature articles and interviews here at Gloholiday.

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