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Euro 2016 Qualifying:
Euro 2016 qualifying matches - fixtures and results.

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Euro 2016 - in France

24 countries will compete in the UEFA European Championship Finals, to be held in France between 10th June and 10th July, 2016.

Host Cities:
Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne, Toulouse.

As hosts, France qualify automatically, although they will play 'friendly matches' in a qualifying group.

Qualifying Groups

Eight groups of six teams and one of five teams.

The nine group winners, runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the Euro 2016 final tournament.

The eight remaining third-placed teams enter play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers.

Group A:
Travel to Czech Republic Czech Republic, Travel to Iceland Iceland, Travel to Kazakhstan Kazakhstan, Travel to Latvia Latvia, Travel to Holland Netherlands, Travel to Turkey Turkey.

Group B:
Travel to Andorra Andorra, Travel to Belgium Belgium, Travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina Bosnia-Herzegovina, Travel to Cyprus Cyprus, Travel to Israel Israel, Travel to Wales Wales.

Group C:
Travel to Belarus Belarus, Travel to the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia FYR Macedonia, Travel to Luxumbourg Luxembourg, Travel to Slovakia Slovakia, Travel to Spain Spain, Travel to Ukraine Ukraine.

Group D:
Travel to Georgia Georgia, Travel to Germany Germany, Travel to Gibraltar Gibraltar, Travel to Poland Poland, Travel to Ireland Republic of Ireland, Travel to Scotland Scotland.

Group E:
Travel to England England, Travel to Estonia Estonia, Travel to Lithuania Lithuania, Travel to San Marino San Marino, Travel to Slovenia Slovenia, Travel to Switzerland Switzerland.

Group F:
Travel to Faroe Islands Faroe Islands, Travel to Finland Finland, Travel to Greece Greece, Travel to Hungary Hungary, Travel to Northern Ireland Northern Ireland, Travel to Romania Romania.

Group G:
Travel to Austria Austria, Travel to Liechtenstein Liechtenstein, Travel to Moldova Moldova, Travel to Montenegro Montenegro, Travel to Russia Russia, Travel to Sweden Sweden.

Group H:
Travel to Azerbaijan Azerbaijan, Travel to Bulgaria Bulgaria, Travel to Croatia Croatia, Travel to Italy Italy, Travel to Malta Malta, Travel to Norway Norway.

Group I:
Travel to Albania Albania, Travel to Armenia Armenia, Travel to Denmark Denmark, Travel to France France, Travel to Portugal Portugal, Travel to Serbia Serbia.

On 5th September, 2015 Wayne Rooney equalled Sir Bobby Charlton's 49-goal international scoring record; as England beat San Marino 6:0 and become the first team to qualify for Euro 2016, with three games to spare.

Qualifying Matches

Matchday 8: 6-8 September 2015

Matchday 9: 8-10 October 2015

Matchday 10: 11-13 October 2015

Play-off Matches:
First legs: 12-14 November 2015
Second legs: 15-17 November 2015

European Leagues

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World Cup History

World Cup hosts and winners.

History of Soccer: The Beautiful Game.

The Greatest Game on Earth

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Nomadic Gatherings: Travels in Asia and Australia
Nomadic Gatherings - by Michel Guntern.

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World Cup Winners

5. Travel to Brazil Brazil.

4. Travel to Germany Germany.

4. Travel to Italy Italy.

2. Travel to Argentina Argentina.

2. Travel to Uruguay Uruguay.

1. Travel to England England.

1. Travel to France France.

1. Travel to Spain Spain.

World Cup Match Archives

France 98:
France win the World Cup on home soil.

Korea-Japan 2002:
Brazil win the World Cup for the 5th time.

Germany 2006:
Zidane ends it all in a final head-but.

South Africa 2010:
Spain win the trophy hunt at the Soccer Safari.

Brazil 2014:
Putting the Samba back into football; German style.

How many appearances each country has made in the World Cup Finals.

The World United Through Football Euro 2020 - Around Europe

The Euro 2020 finals will be staged in 13 cities around Europe; marketed as a 'EURO for Europe'.

The UEFA Executive Committee appointed the host cities in September 2014, with a maximum of one venue per country allowed.

Three Group Games & One Round of 16 Game

Travel to Holland Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Travel to Spain Bilbao, Spain.
Travel to Belgium Brussels, Belgium.
Travel to Romania Bucharest, Romania.
Travel to Hungary Budapest, Hungary.
Travel to Denmark Copenhagen, Denmark.
Travel to Ireland Dublin, Republic of Ireland.
Travel to Scotland Glasgow, Scotland.

Three Group Games & One Quarter-Final

Travel to Azerbaijan Baku, Azerbaijan.
Travel to Germany Munich, Germany.
Travel to Italy Rome, Italy.
Travel to Russia Saint Petersburg, Russia.

London 2020

Hosts for the Euro 2020 final and semi-finals.

Travel to England London, England.

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