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What Are The Key Dates for Euro 2016?

May 27, 2016

- Grant Whittington

There are now just two weeks until the start of the European Championships, where 24 of the continent’s best international sides compete to lift the crown. This is the largest and one of the most diverse European finals stage in history, as while some teams will be making their debut on the grandest of international stages nations such as Germany and Spain will go in search of their fourth title.

The tournament will run for exactly one month, but with so many games in such a short space of time it is crucial that you know exactly who is playing and when. With this in mind, here are some of the key dates to look out for during the tournament…

June 10th: The Championships Get Underway

As is tradition, host nation France will get the tournament underway when they play Romania in a Group A clash on June 10th. Hosted at the iconic Stade de France in St. Denis, this game will see France lay down their marker for the finals as they look to become only the third side to win the trophy as the home nation. France were ironically the last team to achieve this back in 1984, so the magnitude of this game and the potential for a huge opening ceremony makes this a seminal date in the tournament’s hectic schedule.

June 11th: England Start Their Campaign

The following day, England kick off their own campaign with an evening clash against Group B rivals Russia is the Stade Velodrome in Marseille. The Three Lions will be keen to carry their impressive qualification form into the tournament itself, while Roy Hodgson will be hungry to improve on England’s dismal showing during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. This will be a difficult game, however, especially given the levels of expectation that England continue to carry on their shoulders.

June 16th: England Take on Wales in Lens

Five days later, England and Wales meet in a potentially decisive battle of the home nations at the Stade Bollaert-Delelis in Lens. This is sure to be a stirring and emotive clash, with both sides know for their passionate travelling contingent and bragging rights in Great Britain up for grabs. While the Three Lions will start as favourites, Wales have world class performers in Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey who are capable of putting any side to the sword and earning famous win for their country.

July 10th: History is Made and the Winners are Crowned

On July 10th, and exactly one month after it all started, one nation will emerge supreme and lift the coveted title. The tournament will also reach its conclusion in precisely the same place that it started, with the imposing Stade de France the scene for the final. Whether the stands will be decked in blue, white or red has yet to be seen, but the fact remains that the show-piece game of the tournament is one that we should all tune in for.

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