The 2016 UEFA European Championships in France are decided June 10 – July 10. In this post you will find the group draw with comments, match schedule and odds + predictions. The two best placed teams from every group together with the four best third placed teams goes through to the playoffs.
Comment: Home Nation France received a favorable draw. They will win the group and bring Switzerland with them to the playoffs!
Comment: We are looking forward watching the derby between England and Wales. Perhaps two British teams are heading for the playoffs?
Comment: World Cup 2014 winners Germany will win group C and Poland grabs the second place.
Comment: Spain failed in the World Cup 2014 and their dynasty was roughed in its edges. In the Euro 2016 they will probably do better. However, group D is a tight history with four good teams. Any team from this group can reach the playoffs.
Comment: Sweden got a quite ok draw. The toughest teams like Spain and Germany were avoided from seeding group one. However, Italy from seeding group two will be a hard nut to crack for coach Erik Hamrén. We still remember Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s goal against Italy in the 2004 Euro. 2-2 against Belgium and the spaghettis are out? 🙂
Comment: In group F we look forward to following Lars Lagerbäck and Iceland. Some would write Cristian Ronaldo’s Portugal as favourites here, but we will raise a warning for both Iceland and Austria.
June 10 – June 22: Group stage
June 25 – 27: Round of 16
June 30 – July 3: Quarterfinals
July 6 – 7: Semifinals
July 10: Final
- As we mentioned above, it might be a good idea to keep an eye on Austria. It was no coincidence that they won their qualifying group with a large margin.
- Many great nations (England, Spain, Holland) has not reached normal capacity the last two years. It opens for other teams. Especially in the group “of death” D.
- More nations are starting to get championship experience. Switzerland and Belgium among others.