Well even if do not write much in my blog, this is my another passion football/soccer/calcio. Since playing alavin in the Real Madrid FC ::) And lifetime Madridista member since 2004.
The Euro16 is been played in France and the phase of groups is already over, this is the positioning of the teams to qualify for the real knockoff rounds of the 8th, 4rt, semis, and final.
It all started with 6 groups divided into four teams each or total of 24.This is the first time playing with 24 teams to give it a more general European flavor and allow many first timers such as Iceland, Albany, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
The groups were:
Group A :France, Switzerland, Albania,and Romania, passing France and Switzerland in that order
Group B: Wales, England, Russia, and Slovaquia, passing Wales, Slovaquia and England as best 3rd
Group C: Poland,Northern Ireland, Germany, and Ukraine, passing Germany , Poland, and Northern Ireland as best third
Group D: Turkey, Spain, Croatia, and Czech Republic; passing Croatia,Spain in that order
Group E: Ireland, Sweden, Belgium, and Italy, passing Italy and Belgium with best third Ireland.
Group F! Austria,Hungary, Portugal, and Iceland; passing Hungary ,Iceland, and Portugal as best third.
Now today we start the Eights-finals with the games going now of Poland vs Switzerland (fulltime finished tied 1-1 now extra time and then penalty kicks to decide the winner ,and it was Poland !! ) at Saint Etienne Geoffroy Guichard stadium.
Wales vs Northern Ireland plays at 18h local time at Parc de Prince Paris
Croatia vs Portugal at Lens Félix Bollaert stadium.
June 26th plays Germany vs Slovaquia at Lille Pierre Mauroy stadium. France vs Ireland at Lyon olympique Lyon stadium. Hungary vs Belgium at Paris parc de Prince.
June 27th, plays Spain vs Italy at Paris stade de France; England vs Iceland at Nice Allianz Riviera stadium. The winners advance ,the losers go home…
More info on Eurosport in English: http://www.eurosport.com/football/euro/final-phase.shtml
French sports daily L’Equipe here : http://www.lequipe.fr/Football/FootballTableau2374.html
The quarter finals will be the matching of the winner of Switzerland-Poland vs the winner of Croatia-Portugal. the winner of Wales-Northern Ireland vs the winner of Hungary-Belgium. The winner of Germany-Slovaquia vs the winner of Italy-Spain. The winner of France-Ireland vs the winner of England-Iceland.
And so on to the Semis. The final will be played July 10 at Stade de France, Paris.
The last two Euro were won by Spain in 2008 and 2012 for a total of 3 Championships. IF we combine the Germany and West Germany they have won 3 times too. France has won twice, Italy , Greece, Denmark , USSR, Netherlands, and old Czechoslovakia once each. The first one was in 1960 in France!
The official UEFA, organisation webpage is here in English: http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/index.html
And my favorite Spanish language sports journal, AS of Spain. http://resultados.as.com/resultados/futbol/eurocopa/2016/calendario/
As said, it all began in 1960 in France, won by the Soviet Union, with Yugoslavia finishing second. 1964 won by Spain with the Soviet Union second. 1968 won by Italy with Yugoslavia second. 1972 won by West Germany with Soviet Union finishing second. 1976 won by Czechoslovakia with West Germany second. 1980 won by West Germany with Belgium second. 1984 won by France with Spain second. 1988 won by the Netherlands with the Soviet Union second.1992 won by Denmark with Germany second. 1996 won by Germany with Czech Republic second. 2000 won by France with Italy second. 2004 won by Greece with Portugal second. 2008 won by Spain with Germany second. 2012 won by Spain with Italy second.
So there you go a brief description of the history of it and the current championships, it only gets better !!!!! Of course, I am cheering for France, but Spain is close to my heart too. At the end I have two chances ::)