15 April 2016

Three lions on the shirt, jewels remain still gleaming. Thirty years of hurt never stopped me dreaming...

Twenty years on from that infamous anthem associated with Euro 96 by Badiel, Skinner and The Lightning Seeds and we’re, like most, still dreaming. It has now been 50 years since England last lifted a major trophy and those jewels must be getting very dusty…

Nevertheless, there is new hope and optimism this year with a hungry and youthful look to the current England crop. Could this 50-year anniversary be the special one? Well who knows but here at LNL we are going to make sure you have all you need to enjoy the tournament with our Top 10 things to know about Euro 2016.

10. Where is the tournament? What stadiums will be used?

This summer’s tournament will be held in France. There are 10 venues in total with the biggest being; Stade de France, Saint Denis (81,338), Stade Velodrome, Marseille (67,394) and Stade des Lumieres, Lyon (59,286).

9. Will there be many people there? How many tickets have been sold?

With 3.5 million tickets requested from 189 territories it will be busy!

8. Can you still get tickets?

Yes and you can do so legally with UEFA launching their very own re-sale portal – no need for those annoying touts!

7. How many teams are in the tournament?

For the first time this year, there are 24 teams. This means there will be a round of 16 instead of going straight into the quarterfinals.

6. Who will play who?

The draw was held on December 12, 2015 in Paris and here are the groups, from A to F.

Group A (Albania, France, Romania, Switzerland)

Group B (England, Russia, Slovakia, Wales)

Group C (Germany, Northern Ireland, Poland, Ukraine)

Group D (Croatia, Czech Republic, Spain, Turkey)

Group E (Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden)

Group F (Austria, Hungary, Iceland, Portugal)

5.  What is the Euro 2016 logo?

The trophy is called the Henry Delauney trophy, which will be awarded to the winners of this year’s competition.

4. Is there a mascot?

The mascot is called Super Victor. He is half child and half superhero, and is head to toe in French attire!

3. Who and when is the first game?

The first game will be the hosts (France) versus Romania in St - Denis on Friday June 10th. PS. You can catch the first game with us, at Grace bar.

2. Who has it easy?

France and Germany supposedly have the easiest groups but you never know in football and a David and Goliath situation bound to happen.

1. Where are the best places to drown your sorrows or celebrate a big win?

IN FRANCE - With around 8 million fans set to be moving around the country there are designated fanzones in 10 host cities including Paris. The Paris one will be underneath the Eiffel Tower and can hold up to a whopping 120,000 people. They have also chucked in David Guetta on June 9 for good measure to make sure you have a good time!

IN LONDON – Here at Late Night London, we have a selection of exclusive packages for the ultimate Euros 2016 experience available for fans at several of our sites. Booking details can be found at our dedicated event page boys and girls

View our dedicated Euro 2016 event page here

There you have it! It’s our definitive go to guide to impress your mates and prove that you’re in the know.

We’ll see you at the bar, we’ll be the ones with a bucket of Heineken chilled and ready to toast to the beautiful game. Bring on the Euro 2016… and come on ENGLAND!

The Editor

The Editors