The 2016 UEFA European Championships will be held in France from 10 June to 10 July 2016, where Spain are the two-time defending champions.
This is the 15th edition of the UEFA European Championship and for the first time, the Euros will be contested by 24 teams, having been expanded from the 16-team format used since 1996.
Under this new format, the finalists will contest a group stage consisting of six groups of four teams, followed by a knockout stage including three rounds and the final.
The matches will be played in ten stadia in ten cities: Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Étienne, and Toulouse. It will be the third time that France hosts the tournament, after the inaugural tournament in 1960 and the 1984 finals.
The BBC and ITV are the TV rights holders in the UK and will broadcast every game between them.
Presenting live from the heart of Paris with the backdrop of the Eiffel Tower, Gary Lineker leads a highly regarded team of pundits, commentators and reporters alongside Mark Chapman and Dan Walker, who will bring audiences the best access, insight and analysis via 26 live games on television.
Sitting alongside Lineker will be former England captains Alan Shearer and Rio Ferdinand, and France’s all-time top goalscorer and World Cup-winner, Thierry Henry.
Live games and a catch-up highlights programme will be broadcast on BBC One, while audiences can watch full match reruns on BBC Two in the early hours with another opportunity to see the big game of the day. BBC Four and the Red Button will also broadcast simultaneous games throughout the group stages.
The team of expert pundits will work alongside Match Of The Day mainstays and a well-established cast of former internationals including Danny Murphy, Jermaine Jenas, Robbie Savage, Martin Keown, John Hartson, Mark Lawrenson, Kevin Kilbane, Jens Lehmann, Neil Lennon, Gerry Armstrong, Chris Waddle, Danny Mills, Chris Brunt and Gerry Taggart.
Gabby Logan will provide all the latest news and reports from the England camp, Stephen Watson will follow Northern Ireland and Jason Mohammad will report from the Wales camp alongside regular Euro 2016 updates from Eilidh Barbour across the tournament.
An experienced TV commentary team will feature Guy Mowbray, Steve Wilson, Jonathan Pearce and Simon Brotherton.
ITV’s team will be based at a studio in Paris, overlooking the Seine and the iconic Notre Dame, to bring home to viewers the impact of the tournament from one of Europe’s most famous and beautiful cities. The team will criss-cross the country to deliver build-up, live coverage and analysis of games from in and around the stadia in the various tournament locations.
Those joining main presenter Mark Pougatch and the ITV Sport team include Slaven Bilic and Lothar Matthaus alongside Glenn Hoddle, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon, Peter Crouch, Tony Pulis, Emmanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu, Louis Saha, Norman Whiteside, Eniola Aluko and Richard Dunne.
Other key members of the ITV team include presenter Jacqui Oatley, commentators Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Joe Speight and David Stowell, co-commentators Andy Townsend and Iain Dowie, and reporters Gabriel Clarke and Leon Mann.
What they said:
Barbara Slater, Director of BBC Sport, said: “As excitement builds towards one of the most anticipated sporting events of 2016, we are delighted to bring audiences closer to the heart of the action than ever before with unparalleled coverage across TV, radio and enhanced personalised options across our digital services, available 24/7.
“Euro 2016 on the BBC will bring together a stellar cast of presenters, pundits and commentators who will guide audiences through every moment of the action, including the journey of all three home nations and the Republic of Ireland in France. This summer’s Championship will bring the nation together to witness unmissable sporting moments, captivating audiences of all ages on football’s biggest stage.”
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Euro 2016 is one of the most anticipated football tournaments in recent memory for fans in the British Isles, with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having qualified and the action taking place just a hop across the English Channel.
“With a range of football figures from both at home and abroad who have an abundance of expertise and personality as well as comprehensive plans to bring to our viewers at home all the insight and action on air and online, we’re looking forward to a tournament to remember.”
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