UEFA Euro 16 draw takes place in Paris

Monday, December 14, 2015

On Saturday evening, the UEFA Euro 2016 draw took place at the Palais des Congrès in Paris; UEFA Euro 2016 is scheduled to be hosted in France. 24 nations were drawn in six groups, with the host nation placed in Group A. The quadrennial football tournament of Europe is scheduled to start in June 2016, the matches to be played in ten French cities.

England had the first draw, and went to Group B. Interestingly, Wales were also drawn in Group B. World Cup winners Germany were placed in Group C. Polish national captain Robert Lewandowski, who recently scored a brace against Croatian Dinamo Zagreb for Bayern Munich, potentially faces his Bayern Munich teammate Thomas Müller in a Group C match.

Two-time defending champions Spain are in Group D. Netherlands did not qualify for the first time since 1984 after a shock exit in the qualifying stage.

In full, the groups are as follows:

Group A, France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland.
Group B, England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia.
Group C, Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland.
Group D, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia.

The opening match of the tournament is scheduled to be France versus Romania.