France beat Romania 2-1 in the first game of the Euro 2016 Championships. Arsenal’s Oliver opened the scoring in the 57th minute before Bogdan Stancu equalized from the spot after he was brought down by Patrice Evra. Westham’s Dmtri Payet’s wonder goal gave the host country the lead a minute from time. 80,000 spectators watched the match at the Stade de France.
The 2016 UEFA European Championship, simply Euro 2016, is the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship. It is hosted once every four years. It is currently being held in France. It started today 10 June and the final will be played on 10 July 2016. Spain are the two-time defending champions, having won the 2008 and 2012 editions.
This year’s edition will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996. The teams include Germany, Spain, France, Turkey, Russia, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy, Iceland, Hungary, Portugal, Austria, Poland, England, Wales, Belgium, Sweden, Ireland, Croatia, Czech Republic, Northern Ireland, Greece, Slovakia.
France was chosen as the host nation on 28 May 2010, after a bidding process in which they beat Italy and Turkey for the right to host the 2016 finals.
The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals. The French team have won the European Championship twice: in 1984 and 2000.
The winning team earns the right to compete at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup hosted by Russia.
Potential earnings for the team that wins the tournament is expected to reach up to 27 Million Euros.
France are the favorites to win the competition. The competition will feature 18 referees.