The Euro 2016

Slated to take place in France for one month starting tomorrow, the 10th of June, this year’s UEFA Euro 2016 will feature 24 teams and 552 players, all hailing from 24 different European countries. The month-long football match up kicks off on Friday when France takes on Romania with a Parisian home-field advantage. The start of the series marks the beginning of the 51-match-long competition to crown the continent’s number one team.

The competition, first started in 1960, takes place every four years — specifically on even-numbered years between the World Cup competition — and was originally dubbed the UEFA European Nations Cup. It was changed eight years later, in 1968. Leading up to the 2016 matchup, the New York Post speculated on who they think will take top honors. Unsurprisingly they’ve named Germany as one of the teams to watch since the 2014 World Cup winner is returning with the same roster on the pitch this year and though they’re without captain Philipp Lahm, Manuel Neuer is one of best — if not the best — goalkeepers in the world.

As it stands, Germany and Spain each have claimed three Euro titles, France, two titles, and the Soviet Union, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, and Czechoslovakia have each earned one Euro title. And although Germany is well poised to repeat 2014’s victory again in 2016, casting Spain out of the winner’s circle before its even started would be a terrible mistake being as they did win the last two European Championships after-all. The team is “without a star or a weak link” this year, according to the Post, and incredibly adept at carrying out Barcelona’s “tiki-taka” strategy.

A live stream airing on ESPN will air all of the matches in this year’s cycle.

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