Euro 2016 kicks off in 50 days when France host Romania on June 10 at the Stade de France in Paris. The Stade de France will host 6 additional matches including the Euro 2016 final on July 10. World Soccer Shop takes a look at some of the key numbers as we countdown to the opening match of Euro 2016.
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50+1 – The number of games played at this year’s tournament. There are 20 more games than were played at Euro 2012 when only 16 teams advanced to the Finals.
48 – The percentage of the fans vote that Super Victor, the Euro 2016 mascot, received. The name won out over the other 2 finalists – Goalix (27%) and Driblou (25%).
44 – The number of years since Hungary last appeared at the European Championships. The Hungarian national team last appeared in 1972. The ‘Nemzeti Tizenegy (National Eleven)’ surprisingly have only appeared in 1 other European Championship when they finished in third place in 1964.
43 – The record number of matches Germany (and West Germany) has played in their record 11 appearances. It should probably come as no surprise that Die Mannshaft have the most wins in history with 23 and are tied with Spain for the most titles at 3.
36 – Years since the last third place game was held in 1980. The final third place play-off was won by Czechoslovakia over Italy. The game ended 1-1 and went to penalties with Czechoslovakia outlasting the Azzurri 9-8.
31 – The number of days for the tournament which kicks off on June 10 and ends on July 10.
26 – Goals is the record number in past Finals and qualifying by Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portugal forward scored 2 in 2004, 9 in 2008, 10 in 2012, and 5 in earning a place in 2016. He will no doubt add to those numbers this summer.
25 – The amount in Euros for the cheapest tickets to a match. Tickets at this price were available for 43 of the 51 matches.
24 – The number of teams that will compete at this year’s tournament, the first since expanding from the 16-team format.
23 – The roster size for each of the 24 teams which are due 10 days before the start of the tournament. Three of these players must be goalkeepers.
18 – The number of referees for the tournament.
16 – The jersey number of Euro 2016’s mascot, Super Victor.
14 – The number of previous European Championships. The inaugural tournament was held in 1960 and has been held every 4 years in even numbered years between FIFA World Cups. It was originally called the UEFA European Nations Cup then known as the European Championship before adopting the current naming format of ‘Euro [Year].’ Euro 2016 will be the 15th edition.
13 – The number of goals scored by Robert Lewandowski in qualifying. The goal haul by the Poland international equaled a qualifying record of Northern Ireland’s David Healy in 2008.
10 – The number of host cities. Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse.
9 – The number of teams to win the Euro. Germany and Spain each have won three titles, France has two titles, and Soviet Union, Italy, Czechoslovakia, Netherlands, Denmark and Greece have won one title each. Spain is the only team to win back-to-back titles
8 – The number of kilograms (18 lbs) of the Henri Delaunay Trophy awarded to the winning team. The trophy was remodeled for the 2008 tournament making it larger than the original.
7 – The record run of consecutive tournaments that Germany has qualified starting with the 1992 European Championship.
6 – The number of panels on the Beau Jeu (Beautiful Game), the official match ball or Euro 2016
5 – The number of Euro debutants. Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales will each be making the European debuts. This is the first time Austria and Ukraine have qualified for the tournament with both nations playing in their only previous tournament when they were hosts in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
4 – The number of third place teams that will advance to the elimination round. The top 2 teams from the 6 groups will all advance with the top 4th place finishers advancing to complete the Round of 16 match-ups.
3-Peat – Can Spain make it a 3-Peat? After horrible showing at 2014 FIFA World Cup where they failed to advance from their group, Spain are undefeated in last 16 months and eager to add a third consecutive European title to their haul.
2 – France trying to win the Euro on home soil for the 2nd time. Les Bleus hosted the inaugural tournament in 1960 finishing in 4th place and hosted and won the 1984 tournament. Home soil has always been kind thed French national team, having won their only FIFA World Cup title in 1998 when they hosted the quadrennial event. It will be a record third time for France to host.
1 – or 1.5 million foreign visitors are expected to travel to France for the tournament. They are estimated to spend €1 billion during the tournament.
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