It’s one of the biggest events in soccer and it all kicks off on June 10! Euro 2016, the european championships, brings the top soccer nations like Germany, Spain and Italy together as they fight it out to be the best team in Europe. But what do you know about the Euros? Let us fill you in before the big kick off!
Euro 2016 has landed, as nations like England, Germany, Spain, Portugal and Italy duke it out to be the top dog in European soccer. Our favorite god Cristiano Ronaldo, 31, will be desperate to be top scorer in this year’s tournament and put on a show, but he will have competition in the shape of German forward Thomas Muller, 26, who has excelled for Bayern Munich this year. Let us tell you everything you need to know about the Euros below!
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1. Where is Euro 2016 being held?
This time round, the European Championships is being held in France across ten cities. Those cities are Bordeaux, Lens, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint Etienne and Toulouse. It’s the third time France has played the role of hosts.
2. How many teams are competing in Euro 2016?
For the first time in the competition’s history, there will be 24 teams competing for the Euros. Since 1996, there were only 16 teams that had the chance to win the tournament.
3. Who is the favorite?
It’s a tough call this year with hosts France being tipped, as well as World Champions Germany being made favorites. There are dark horses in England and Belgium too that could provide a fairytale moment.
4. Who has won the most European Championships?
That’s a tie! Both Germany and Spain has 3 wins to their name, while France are in third place with two. The Soviet Union, Czech Republic, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark and Greece all have won.
5. Who is the all-time leading European Championship goalscorer?
The most goals scored by a player in European Championship history is 9 from 5 games, and that was managed by Michael Platini in one tournament in 1984. Alan Shearer is next on the list with 7 goals in 9 games over 3 tournaments in 1992, 1996 and 2000.
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