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Euro 2016: Here's all you need to know about the marquee football event

Sourjya Bhowmick | Updated on: 9 June 2016, 20:22 IST

Euro 2016, officially known as the UEFA European Championship, kicks off on Friday. This is the 15th edition of the second-most prestigious tournament in international football after the FIFA World Cup.

To celebrate this month-long festival of football, Catch picks some of the most interesting numbers the tournament has produced.

  • Number of teams participating in Euro 2016.
  • This is the highest number of participants at any Euro.
  • Euro began as a four-team event (1960-1976). Then from 1980 to 1992, it turned into an eight-team tournament, whereafter, it became a 16-team event.

  • Number of groups in Euro 2016.
  • Group A consists of France, Romania, Albania and Switzerland.
  • Group B has England, Russia,Wales and Slovakia.
  • Group C features Germany, Ukraine, Poland and Northern Ireland
  • Group D consists of Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey and Croatia.
  • Group E has Belgium, Italy, Sweden and the Republic of Ireland.
  • Group F features Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary.
  • There are 10 venues across which the matches will take place.
  • This is the third time France is hosting the championship.

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  • Number of times Spain (1964, 2008, 2012) and Germany (1972, 1980, 1996) have won the title, the highest among all nations.
  • Other countries who have won the cup till now are: France (1984, 2000), USSR (1960), Czechoslovakia (1976), Denmark (1992), Italy (1968), Netherlands (1988) and Greece (2004).
  • Greece, Denmark and Netherlands did not qualify this time.


  • The top five in-form players ahead of this Euro are Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Dimitri Payet (France), Antoine Griezmann (France) and James Milner (England).
  • This calculation is based on the player barometer of uefa.com. "The methodology is "players' form in the build-up to and during the tournament. Official player statistics is run through a specially-designed algorithm to create rankings based on performances".

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo is in great form (Bruno Barros/DPI/NurPhoto/Getty Images)
England winger James Milner trains ahead of Euro 2016 (Michael Regan/The FA/Getty Images)

  • England maintained a perfect record during the qualifying phase.
  • They played 10 matches and won all of them.
  • England also scored a total of 31 goals during the qualifiers, a number surpassed only by Poland, who scored 33 goals.


  • The maximum number of appearances by any footballer in Euro cups.
  • This record is jointly held by Lilian Thuram of France and Edwin Van Der Sar of the Netherlands.
  • Iker Casillas (Spain), Philipp Lahm (Germany), Luis Figo (Portugal), Nuno Gomes (Portugal), Karel Poborsky (Czech Republic), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal) and Zinedine Zidane (France) all have 14 appearances.

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  • The maximum number of goals scored by any individual in Euro cups.
  • Michel Platini of France holds the record.
  • He is followed by Alan Shearer (England), who has scored seven goals.
  • Thierry Henry (France), Ibrahimovic, Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Nuno Gomes, Cristiano Ronaldo (both Portugal) and Ruud Van Nistelrooy (Netherlands) all have scored six goals.

Edited by Shreyas Sharma

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First published: 9 June 2016, 20:22 IST
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