Euro 2016 Interactive Schedule, Bracket and Results Calendar
The 2016 UEFA European Championships will return this year to France, the location of its inaugural tournament 56 years ago. After winning a bidding war against Italy and Turkey, France was awarded the right to host Euro 2016, where teams will play in 10 stadiums in 10 of France's most beautiful and vibrant cities: Paris, Bordeaux, Lens, Nice, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. The host country has won this tournament twice before, in 1984 and in 2000, and they are the first country to host three times.
This year, the quadrennial will see an additional eight teams added to the tournament, with a total of 24 squads competing for the championship. It has been a 16-team format since 1996, so in this new format, the teams will compete in group stages containing six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage which will comprise of three rounds and the final.
The tournament, which will take place from June 10-July 10, 2016, is expected to draw over 2.5 million fans, including 1.5 million foreign visitors. The matches will be broadcast live in more than 230 territories around the world, and over 150 million viewers will be watching the game broadcasts.
The champions of Euro 2016 will immediately qualify for the 2017 Confederations hosted in Russia. If Russia or Germany win, it will be the runner-up that will qualify for the 2017 Confederations Cup.