UEFA European Championship 2016

By June 9, 2016Culture

This summer, France will host major sports events. And no, we are not talking about the Tour de France (but you can still read our articles about the Tour here and here!).

The UEFA European Championship will take place from June 10 to July 10 in various French cities. From Lille to Marseille, from Bordeaux to Lyon, every stadium and arena will be filled with supporters from all around Europe, looking forward to seeing their team win!

Vélodrome Stadium in Marseille

Vélodrome Stadium in Marseille

France and Soccer

Soccer, or “foot” as it is usually called in France, is one of the most beloved and popular sports in the country, and all around Europe.
France hosted two World Cups, one in 1938 and one in 1998, which was also the first time the French team won the competition!

2016 will be the third time France hosts the European Championship. The first time was in 1960, for the very first European competition, and the second one in 1984.

The French team won the UEFA European Championship in 1984 and 2000. In 2000, it was actually the first time a team won the World Cup and the European Championship in a row. Some of the most iconic French football players were at the top of their career at that time, such as Zidane, Henry, and Deschamps.

World champion team in 1998

World champion team in 1998

The hosts cities

The competition will take place all over France:
Lille
Lens
Paris and Saint-Denis
Lyon
Saint Etienne
Nice
Marseille
Bordeaux
Toulouse

This could be a great opportunity for sports fans to discover some of the most beautiful French cities, and not only Paris!
Marseille, Nice and Toulouse are the perfect spots to discover the southern ambiance, while in Lille and Lens you will enjoy the charm of the northern France.

Lyon and Bordeaux are two of the biggest French cities, rich in heritage and culture, also known for their delicious gastronomy.

"La place de la Bourse" in Bordeaux and the UEFA mascot

“La place de la Bourse” in Bordeaux and the UEFA mascot

Other famous French sports events

If the UEFA European Championship will be the great sports events of the year, we can’t forget other great competitions that take place in the country.

The Tour de France is, of course, one of the stars of the French summer. The 103rd édition will take place this year, starting from the Mont Saint Michel. Find out more about the Tour de France here.

Roland Garros, also called the French Open, is one of the major tennis competitions in the world. Named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments, the other three being the Australian Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Roland Garros is the only Grand Slam event held on clay and ends the clay court season. It was founded in 1981.

Whether you are a football, cycling or tennis fan, France is waiting for you!

Roland Garros main stadium

Roland Garros main stadium

Author Valentina Perego

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