Euro 2016: France welcomes the best of European soccer! [fr]
The UEFA European Championship is one of the world’s biggest sporting events.
At the time that UEFA was born, in 1954, the impetus for a European championship was coming from the distinguished French sports newspaper L’Equipe, which proposed a competition with home-and-away matches to be played in midweek in the evening.
Adding to the French drive for such a tournament was Henri Delaunay, first UEFA General Secretary and former French national association general secretary. In 1927, Delaunay had already submitted a proposal to FIFA, in conjunction with the great Austrian official Hugo Meisl, for the creation of a European cup, to run concurrently with the World Cup, which would involve a qualifying competition every two years.
On the occasion of the European Football Championship, the UEFA Euro 2016, taking place from June 10 to July 10, France will host more than 1.5 million of worldwide visitors.
24 teams are going to compete at the final stage of the Euro 2016 and a total of 51 games will be played in 10 French cities, which will be during that time ready to party at the "fanzones" and beyond!
- Visit the website UEFA Euro 2016 to learn more about this unique event.
- To get all info regarding your stay, visit France.fr