The 2016 Euro Cup will be held in France. They beat out Italy and Turkey after voting among UEFA members. Italy was knocked out of the running after the first round of voting. France then beat Turkey by one vote to host this event.
The French bid sited 12 stadiums and 11 new cities that would participate. Four of the stadiums will be brand new. In addition, France will be renovating seven stadiums for the football games. For those that may be confused, in Europe, football is what is known as soccer in the US.
These games are highly competitive and emotional for fans and players alike. Just going to the Euro Cup is quite an honor. Getting to host one is a top honor. For European sports fans, these football games mean as much to them as the Super Bowl means to United States sports fans.
To qualify for the Euro Cup, they have to win a playoff game or qualifying spot, which precedes them to the finals in the hosting country. After that, the hosting country automatically plays in the Cup competition. This phase begins after the FIFA World Cup games.
The qualifying phase consists of groups. The groups are determined through a draw of teams from pre-seeded bowl games. Pre-seeded teams consist of reigning champions and other teams that performed well in the FIFA World Cup qualifying and the previous European Football Championship qualifiers.
These groups then play according to the league format of playing each other both at home and away. From this format, teams will either proceed to the final tournament games or other playoff games, depending on where they are in the group. In the event of a tie, then the UEFA uses criteria like, number of goals scored per team and fair play to determine which team is on which side.
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These teams put all their strength and heart into each game they play. Watching the games can be heartbreaking and exhilarating. They are filled with non-stop action, much like American football. Watching these teams fight for position, a viewer can almost feel what the teams are going through.
In the past, 16 teams proceeded to the finals. In 2016 for the first time ever, there will be 24 teams. If a person loves to watch European football, the 2016 Euro Cup games should be quite exciting.
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