As Euro 2016🏆 draws ever closer, we take a look👀 at some of the distinguishing features of 2016 edition of Europe's premier continental tournament👍.
🔰 The tournament will be held from June10th to July 10th📆 in France. The defending champions are Spain✌ who won it in 2008 and 2012. The tournament kicks off with a match between France and Romania⚽.
🔰 24 teams will be competing this year👏 - it was just 16 from 1996 till 2012. The teams are divided into 6 groups with 4 teams each. The top 2 qualify for the Round of 16 automatically. 4⃣ best third-placed finishers will also qualify😯.
🔰 Germany are participating in the Euro for a record 12th time🎉 while Wales and Northern Ireland have qualified to the Euro for the first time this year😄.
🔰 The groups for the tournament 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
Group E: Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Sweden
Group F: Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary