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UEFA Euro 2016

UEFA Euro 2016
Championnat d'Europe de football 2016 (French)
UEFA Euro 2016 official logo
Le Rendez-Vous
Tournament details
Host country  France
Dates 10 June – 10 July 2016
Teams 24 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 10 (in 10 host cities)

The 2016 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2016 or simply Euro 2016, will be the 15th edition of the UEFA. It is scheduled to be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016.[1][2] Spain are the two-time defending champions.

For the first time, the European Championship final tournament will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format that had been used since 1996.[3] Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final. 19 teams join France who have automatically qualified for the final tournament as hosts. The last four spots will be decided by a two-legged play-off that will take place in November.

France was chosen as the host on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.[4][5] The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team have won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.

The winners will earn the right to participate in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia.

Bid process

Four bids came before the deadline at 9 March 2009. France, Italy and Turkey put in single bids while Norway and Sweden put in a joint bid.[6] Norway and Sweden eventually withdrew their bid in December 2009.[7]

The host was selected on 28 May 2010.[8]

Voting results
Country Round[9]
1st (points) 2nd (votes)
France 43 7
Turkey 38 6
Italy 23
Total 104 13
  • Round 1: Each of the thirteen members of the UEFA Executive Committee ranked the 3 bids first, second, and third. First place ranking received 5 points, second place 2 points, and third place 1 point.
  • Round 2: The same thirteen-member committee voted for either of the two finalists.

Qualification

  Country has qualified
  Country may qualify
  Country has failed to qualify

The qualifying draw took place at the Palais des Congres Acropolis in Nice, on 23 February 2014,[2] with the first matches being played in September 2014.[1]

A total of 53 teams will compete for 23 places in the final tournament and join France, who have automatically qualified as hosts. Gibraltar competed in a European Championship qualifying for the first time since their affiliation to UEFA in 2013. The seeding pots were formed on the basis of the UEFA national team coefficients, with the Euro 2012 champions Spain and hosts France automatically top seeded.

The 53 national sides were drawn into eight groups of six teams and one group of five teams. The group winners, runners-up, and the best third-placed team (with the results against the sixth-placed team discarded) qualify directly to the final tournament. The remaining eight third-placed teams will contest two-legged play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers.[10][11][12]

The UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino stated in March 2012 that UEFA would review the qualification competition to ensure that it was not "boring".[13] In September 2011, during UEFA's first ever full strategy meeting, Michel Platini proposed a qualification format involving two group stages, but the proposal was not accepted by the member associations.[14] In May 2013, Platini confirmed a similar qualifying format would be again discussed during the September 2013 UEFA executive committee meeting in Dubrovnik.[15]

Qualified teams

Ten of the 16 teams (including hosts France) that qualified for Euro 2012 qualified again for the 2016 final tournament. Among them are England, who became only the sixth team to record a flawless qualifying campaign (10 wins in 10 matches),[16] defending European champions Spain, and world champions Germany, who qualified for their 12th straight European Championship finals.[17] Romania, Turkey, Austria and Switzerland returned after an eight-year absence, with the Austrians taking part in just their second final tournament, after having co-hosted Euro 2008.[18] Similarly, Belgium make their return to the finals 16 years after having co-hosted Euro 2000.

Five teams secured their first-ever qualification to a UEFA European Championship final tournament: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales.[18] Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales had previously competed in the FIFA World Cup, while Albania and Iceland had never participated in a major tournament in their history.[18] Scotland were the only British nation not to qualify for the finals,[19] and 2004 champions Greece finished bottom in their group. The champions of 1988, the Netherlands, missed out on the finals for the first time since Euro 1984 (also held in France), and only 16 months after having finished third in the 2014 FIFA World Cup.[20]

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament1
 France Hosts 28 May 2010 8 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 England Group E winner 5 September 2015 8B (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2012)
 Czech Republic2 Group A winner 6 September 2015 8B (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Iceland Group A runner-up 6 September 2015 0 (debut)
 Austria Group G winner 8 September 2015 1 (2008)
 Northern Ireland Group F winner 8 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Portugal Group I winner 8 October 2015 6 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Spain Group C winner 9 October 2015 9 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
  Switzerland Group E runner-up 9 October 2015 3 (1996, 2004, 2008)
 Italy Group H winner 10 October 2015 8 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Belgium Group B winner 10 October 2015 4 (1972, 1980, 1984, 2000)
 Wales Group B runner-up 10 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Romania Group F runner-up 11 October 2015 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2008)
 Albania Group I runner-up 11 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Germany3 Group D winner 11 October 2015 11 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Poland Group D runner-up 11 October 2015 2 (2008, 2012)
 Russia4 Group G runner-up 12 October 2015 10 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Slovakia Group C runner-up 12 October 2015 0 (debut)
 Croatia Group H runner-up 13 October 2015 4 (1996, 2004, 2008, 2012)
 Turkey Best third-placed team 13 October 2015 3 (1996, 2000, 2008)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
2 From 1960 to 1992, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
3 From 1960 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
4 From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as the Commonwealth of Independent States.

Final draw

The draw for the finals will take place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris on 12 December 2015, 18:00 CET.[1][2][21] The 24 qualified teams will be drawn into six groups of four teams, with the hosts France being automatically placed in position A1. The remaining teams will be seeded into four pots of five (Pot 1) or six teams (Pots 2, 3 and 4). As the title holders, Spain will be seeded in Pot 1, while the other 22 teams will be seeded according to the UEFA National team coefficients updated after the completion of the qualifying group stage (excluding the play-offs), which were released by UEFA on 14 October 2015.[22][23][24]

Pot 11
Team Coeff Rank
 Spain2 37,962 2
 Germany 40,236 1
 England 35,963 3
 Portugal 35,138 4
 Belgium 34,442 5
Pot 2
Team Coeff Rank
 Italy 34,345 6
 Russia 31,345 9
  Switzerland 31,254 10
 Austria 30,932 11
 Croatia 30,642 12
Pot 2 or 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Czech Republic 29,403 15
Pot 3
Team Coeff Rank
 Poland 28,306 17
 Romania 28,038 18
 Slovakia 27,171 19
Pot 3 or 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Turkey 27,033 22
Pot 4
Team Coeff Rank
 Iceland 25,388 27
 Wales 24,531 28
 Albania 23,216 31
 Northern Ireland 22,961 33
1 Hosts France (coefficient 33,599, rank 8th) are automatically assigned to position A1.
2 Defending champions Spain are automatically assigned to Pot 1.

Venues

Initially, twelve stadia were presented for the French bid, chosen on 28 May 2010. These venues were to be whittled down to nine by the end of May 2011, but it was suggested in June 2011 that eleven venues might be used.[25] The French Football Federation had to choose which nine stadia would actually be used.

The choice for the first seven was undisputed – France's national stadium, the Stade de France, four newly constructed stadia in Lille, Lyon, Nice and Bordeaux, and those of the biggest cities, Paris and Marseille. The last two remaining places, after Strasbourg opted out for financial reasons following relegation,[26] were chosen to be Lens and Nancy in the first round of voting, instead of Saint-Étienne and Toulouse, chosen as reserve stadia.

In June 2011, the number of host venues was increased to eleven because of the new tournament format which sees 24 teams taking part, instead of just 16.[27][28] The decision means that the reserve cities of Toulouse and St-Étienne joined the list of hosts. However, in December 2011, Nancy announced its withdrawal from the tournament, after the stadium's renovation fell through,[29] so ten host cities will now be used.

The Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes and the Stade de la Mosson in Montpellier, venues which had been used for the 1998 World Cup, were also not chosen. The final list of the ten venues was confirmed by the UEFA Executive Committee on 25 January 2013.[30]

Saint-Denis Marseille Lyon Lille
Stade de France Stade Vélodrome Stade des Lumières Stade Pierre-Mauroy
Capacity: 81,338 Capacity: 67,394
(upgraded)
Capacity: 59,286
(new stadium)
Capacity: 50,186
(new stadium)
 
 
Paris Bordeaux
Parc des Princes Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux
Capacity: 47,000
(upgraded)
Capacity: 42,115
(new stadium)
   
Saint-Étienne Nice Lens Toulouse
Stade Geoffroy-Guichard Allianz Riviera Stade Bollaert-Delelis Stadium Municipal
Capacity: 41,965
(upgraded)
Capacity: 35,624
(new stadium)
Capacity: 38,223
(upgraded)
Capacity: 33,300
(upgraded)

Note: Capacity figures are those for matches at UEFA Euro 2016 and are not necessarily the total capacity that the stadium is capable of holding.

^1 – Host city at the 1938 World Cup
^2 – Host city at the 1998 World Cup
^3 – Host city at the 1960 European Nations' Cup
^4 – Host city at Euro 1984
^5 – Host city at the 2003 Confederations Cup
^6 – All capacities are approximate

Finals format

To accommodate the expansion from a 16 team finals tournament to 24 teams, the format will be changed from that used in 2012 with the addition of two extra groups in the group stage, and an extra round in the knockout stages. The six groups (A to F) would still contain four teams each, with the top two from each group still going through to the knockout stage. In the new format however, the four best third-ranked sides would also progress, leaving 16 teams going into the new round of 16 knockout stage, ahead of the usual quarter-finals, semi-finals and final, and only 8 teams going out at the group stage.[13] The format is exactly the one which was applied to the 1986, 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups, with the exception of the absence of a third-place play-off.

This format generates a total of 51 games, compared with 31 games for the previous 16-team tournament, to be played over a period of 31 days. UEFA's general secretary Gianni Infantino previously described the format as "not ideal" due to the need for third-ranked teams in the group stage advancing, leading to a difficulty in preventing situations where teams might be able to know in advance what results they need to progress out of the group, lending to a lack of suspense for fans, or even the prospect of mutually beneficial collusion between teams.[13]

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following tie-breaking criteria will be applied:[31]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference resulting from the matches played between the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question;
  4. If, after having applied criteria 1 to 3, teams still have an equal ranking, criteria 1 to 3 are reapplied exclusively to the matches between the teams in question to determine their final rankings. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 5 to 9 apply;
  5. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  7. If only two teams have the same number of points, and they are tied according to criteria 1–6 after having met in the last round of the group stage, their ranking is determined by a penalty shoot-out (this criteria is not used if more than two teams have the same number of points).
  8. Fair play conduct (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card);
  9. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.

The four best third-placed teams are determined according to the following criteria:[31]

  1. Higher number of points obtained;
  2. Superior goal difference;
  3. Higher number of goals scored;
  4. Fair play conduct;
  5. Position in the UEFA national team coefficient ranking system.

Knockout phase structure

In the round of 16, UEFA have arranged the match-ups to take place as follows:[31]

  • Match 1: Runner-up Group A v Runner-up Group C
  • Match 2: Winner Group D v 3rd Place Group B/E/F
  • Match 3: Winner Group B v 3rd Place Group A/C/D
  • Match 4: Winner Group F v Runner-up Group E
  • Match 5: Winner Group C v 3rd Place Group A/B/F
  • Match 6: Winner Group E v Runner-up Group D
  • Match 7: Winner Group A v 3rd Place Group C/D/E
  • Match 8: Runner-up Group B v Runner-up Group F

The specific match-ups involving the third-placed teams depend on which four third-placed teams qualify for the round of 16:[31]

Four best 3rd-placed teams Winner Group A v Winner Group B v Winner Group C v Winner Group D v
A B C D 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B
A B C E 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group E
A B C F 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
A B D E 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group E
A B D F 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
A B E F 3rd Place Group E 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
A C D E 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group E
A C D F 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group F
A C E F 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group F 3rd Place Group E
A D E F 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group A 3rd Place Group F 3rd Place Group E
B C D E 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group E
B C D F 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
B C E F 3rd Place Group E 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
B D E F 3rd Place Group E 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group B 3rd Place Group F
C D E F 3rd Place Group C 3rd Place Group D 3rd Place Group F 3rd Place Group E

The quarter-final match-ups are:[31]

  • Quarter-final 1: Winner Match 1 v Winner Match 2
  • Quarter-final 2: Winner Match 3 v Winner Match 4
  • Quarter-final 3: Winner Match 5 v Winner Match 6
  • Quarter-final 4: Winner Match 7 v Winner Match 8

The semi-final match-ups are:[31]

  • Semi-final 1: Winner Quarter-final 1 v Winner Quarter-final 2
  • Semi-final 2: Winner Quarter-final 3 v Winner Quarter-final 4

The final match-up is: Winner Semi-final 1 v Winner Semi-final 2. Same as every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there is no third-place match.

Squads

Each national team have to submit a squad of 23 players, three of whom must be goalkeepers, at least ten days before the opening match of the tournament. If a player is injured or ill severely enough to prevent his participation in the tournament before his team's first match, he can be replaced by another player.[12]

Broadcasting

The International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions at la Porte de Versailles in Paris.[2]

Group stage

UEFA announced the schedule of the tournament on 25 April 2014.[32][33] All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Group winners, runners-up, and best four third-placed teams advance to the Round of 16.

Group A

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  France 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 A2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 A3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 A4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
10 June 2016 (2016-06-10)
21:00
France  Match 1 A2
11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
15:00
A3 Match 2 A4

15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
18:00
A2 Match 14 A4
15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
21:00
France  Match 15 A3

19 June 2016 (2016-06-19)
21:00
A2 Match 25 A3
19 June 2016 (2016-06-19)
21:00
A4 Match 26  France

Group B

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 B1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 B3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 B4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 11 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
18:00
B3 Match 3 B4
11 June 2016 (2016-06-11)
21:00
B1 Match 4 B2

15 June 2016 (2016-06-15)
15:00
B2 Match 13 B4
16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
15:00
B1 Match 16 B3

20 June 2016 (2016-06-20)
21:00
B2 Match 27 B3
20 June 2016 (2016-06-20)
21:00
B4 Match 28 B1

Group C

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 C1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 C2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 C4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
18:00
C3 Match 6 C4
12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
21:00
C1 Match 7 C2

16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
18:00
C2 Match 17 C4
16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
21:00
C1 Match 18 C3

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
18:00
C2 Match 29 C3
21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
18:00
C4 Match 30 C1

Group D

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 D1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 D2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 D3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 D4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 12 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
12 June 2016 (2016-06-12)
15:00
D3 Match 5 D4
13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
15:00
D1 Match 8 D2

17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
18:00
D2 Match 20 D4
17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
21:00
D1 Match 21 D3

21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
21:00
D2 Match 31 D3
21 June 2016 (2016-06-21)
21:00
D4 Match 32 D1

Group E

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 E1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 E2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 E3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 E4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 13 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
18:00
E3 Match 9 E4
13 June 2016 (2016-06-13)
21:00
E1 Match 10 E2

17 June 2016 (2016-06-17)
15:00
E2 Match 19 E4
18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
15:00
E1 Match 22 E3

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
21:00
E2 Match 35 E3
22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
21:00
E4 Match 36 E1

Group F

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 F1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 F2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 F3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Possible knockout stage
4 F4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 14 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers
14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
18:00
F3 Match 11 F4
14 June 2016 (2016-06-14)
21:00
F1 Match 12 F2

18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
18:00
F2 Match 23 F4
18 June 2016 (2016-06-18)
21:00
F1 Match 24 F3

22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
18:00
F2 Match 33 F3
22 June 2016 (2016-06-22)
18:00
F4 Match 34 F1

Ranking of third-placed teams

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 A Third place group A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Advance to knockout stage
2 B Third place group B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3 C Third place group C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 D Third place group D 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 E Third place group E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
6 F Third place group F 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
First match(es) will be played on 10 June 2016. Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

Knockout phase

In the knockout stage, extra time and penalty shoot-out are used to decide the winner if necessary.[12]

Round of 16 Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
                           
25 June – Saint-Étienne            
 Runner-up Group A  
30 June – Marseille
 Runner-up Group C    
 Winner Match 37  
25 June – Lens
   Winner Match 39    
 Winner Group D  
6 July – Lyon
 3rd Group B / E / F    
 Winner Match 45  
25 June – Paris
   Winner Match 46    
 Winner Group B  
1 July – Lille
 3rd Group A / C / D    
 Winner Match 38  
26 June – Toulouse
   Winner Match 42    
 Winner Group F  
10 July – Saint-Denis
 Runner-up Group E    
 Winner Match 49  
26 June – Lille
   Winner Match 50  
 Winner Group C  
2 July – Bordeaux
 3rd Group A / B / F    
 Winner Match 41  
27 June – Saint-Denis
   Winner Match 43    
 Winner Group E  
7 July – Marseille
 Runner-up Group D    
 Winner Match 47  
26 June – Lyon
   Winner Match 48    
 Winner Group A  
3 July – Saint-Denis
 3rd Group C / D / E    
 Winner Match 40  
27 June – Nice
   Winner Match 44    
 Runner-up Group B  
 Runner-up Group F    

Round of 16

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
15:00
Runner-up Group A Match 37 Runner-up Group C

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
18:00
Winner Group B Match 38 3rd Group A / C / D

25 June 2016 (2016-06-25)
21:00
Winner Group D Match 39 3rd Group B / E / F

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
15:00
Winner Group A Match 40 3rd Group C / D / E

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
18:00
Winner Group C Match 41 3rd Group A / B / F

26 June 2016 (2016-06-26)
21:00
Winner Group F Match 42 Runner-up Group E

27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)
18:00
Winner Group E Match 43 Runner-up Group D

27 June 2016 (2016-06-27)
21:00
Runner-up Group B Match 44 Runner-up Group F

Quarter-finals

30 June 2016 (2016-06-30)
21:00
Winner Match 37 Match 45 Winner Match 39

1 July 2016 (2016-07-01)
21:00
Winner Match 38 Match 46 Winner Match 42

2 July 2016 (2016-07-02)
21:00
Winner Match 41 Match 47 Winner Match 43

3 July 2016 (2016-07-03)
21:00
Winner Match 40 Match 48 Winner Match 44

Semi-finals

6 July 2016 (2016-07-06)
21:00
Winner Match 45 Match 49 Winner Match 46

7 July 2016 (2016-07-07)
21:00
Winner Match 47 Match 50 Winner Match 48

Final

10 July 2016 (2016-07-10)
21:00
Winner Match 49 Match 51 Winner Match 50

Discipline

A player is automatically suspended for the next match for the following offences:[12]

  • Receiving a red card (red card suspensions may be extended for serious offences)
  • Receiving two yellow cards in two different matches; yellow cards expire after the completion of the quarter-finals (yellow card suspensions are not carried forward to any other future international matches)

The following suspensions were (or will be) served during the tournament:

Player Team Offence(s) Suspended for match(es)
Marek Suchý  Czech Republic vs Netherlands in qualifying (13 October 2015) Group stage first match
Gökhan Töre  Turkey vs Iceland in qualifying (13 October 2015) Group stage first match

Marketing

Logo and slogan

The official logo was unveiled on 26 June 2013, during a ceremony at the Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris.[34] Conceived by Portuguese agency Brandia Central, which also created the visual identity for the previous European Championship, the design is based on the theme "Celebrating the art of football". The logo depicts the Henri Delaunay trophy with the blue, white and red colours of the French flag, surrounded by a mixture of shapes and lines representing different artistic movements and football elements.[35]

On 17 October 2013, UEFA announced the official slogan of the tournament: Le Rendez-Vous. Asked about its meaning, Jacques Lambert, chairman of the Euro 2016 organising committee, told that the slogan "is much more than a reminder of dates (...) and venues". He further explained that "UEFA is sending out an invitation to football fans throughout the world and to lovers of major events, an invitation to meet up and share the emotions of an elite-level tournament."[36]

Mascot

Super Victor, the official mascot of the UEFA Euro 2016

The official mascot of the tournament, a child superhero, was unveiled on 18 November 2014.[37] The name of the mascot, "Super Victor", was chosen by the public over two other options, "Driblou" and "Goalix".[38]

Sponsorship

Global sponsors National sponsors

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