All you need to know about Euro 2016

A young man shows his football skills in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on June 6.
A young man shows his football skills in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France on June 6. PHOTO: EPA

When is it?

The tournament will take place from June 10 to July 10 in France.

How many teams are there?

For the first time since the European Championship began in 1960, there will be 24 teams. The six group winners, six runners-up and four best third-placed teams will qualify for the round of 16.

Who are the debutants?


Slovakia's Vladimir Weiss (left) and Northern Ireland's Oliver Norwood vie for a ball during the UEFA EURO 2016 friendly football match in Trnava, on June 4. PHOTP: AFP

Five teams are making their tournament bows: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales. Iceland, with 330,000 people, is the smallest nation ever at the Finals. A quarter of their population could fit into the Stade de France, which will host seven games including the final.

Who are the favourites?


(From left) France's forward Antoine Griezmann, forward Andre-Pierre Gignac, goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, midfielder Blaise Matuidi, arrive for a training session in Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, southwest of Paris, on June 6. PHOTO: AFP 

France (3/1) are expected to win the title on home soil, just as they did when they last hosted the tournament in 1984. World champions Germany (7/2) and defending champions Spain (11/2) - the most successful teams with three wins each - are also tipped to lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy.

Who are the outsiders?


 Goalkeeper Etrit Berisha of Albania and teammates arrives at Lannion airport in Servel, France, June 6. PHOTO: EPA  

Albania (300/1) are the biggest underdogs. But the bookmarkers have given them a much better chance of going all the way than they did Leicester City for the Premier League title (5000/1). They are deemed likelier winners by more than 16 times. Hungary (250/1) and Northern Ireland (250/1) have been given a bit more credit than Greece were due in 2004, when the eventual champions were 150-1 no-hopers.

How can I watch?

Singtel Euro subscribers can watch all matches on Channel 141 and Ch142 as well as the Singtel TV GO app. The opening, one semi-final and the final will be streamed free on the Singtel TV GO app.

StarHub TV Euro subscribers can watch all matches on Ch220 and Ch221. The opening match, one semi-final and the final will be available to all StarHub TV customers on Ch221. An HD set-top box is required to view the channel. The free games will also be available on the StarHub Go app.

Fans can also watch all matches via Eleven Sports Network's online streaming service. Visit elevensports.sg for more details.

Opening and final matches will be available for free viewing to all MediaCorp Toggle users. Fans who want to watch all matches on Toggle can visit www.toggle.sg/eleveneuro for details.

A total of 26 community clubs will be holding live match screenings. They are located at Bishan, Bukit Batok, Buona Vista, Chong Pang, Clementi, Ci Yuan, Eunos, Jurong Central, Jurong Spring, Kampong Glam, Potong Pasir, Sengkang, Tampines West, Toa Payoh Central, Whampoa, Yew Tee, Yuhua, Yio Chu Kang, Choa Chu Kang, Ulu Pandan, Braddell Heights, Fengshan, Gek Poh, Canberra, Serangoon and Ayer Rajah.

What are the match venues?


Policemen and firemen take part in a mock suicide attack exercise as part of security measures for the upcoming Euro 2016 football championship, at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium in Decines-Charpieu, near Lyon on May 3. PHOTO: AFP

The 51 matches will be played across 10 venues: Stade de France, Parc des Princes (Paris), Stade Velodrome (Marseille), Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Lyon), Stade Pierre-Mauroy (Lille), Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux (Bordeaux), Stadium Municipal (Toulouse), Stade Bollaert-Delelis (Lens), Allianz Riviera (Nice), Stade Geoffroy-Guichard (Saint-Etienne).

Will any records be broken?


People cool off in a fountain near the fan zone of the UEFA EURO 2016 in Nice, France, June 6. PHOTO: EPA

With the championship's expansion resulting in eight more teams and 20 more matches, you can almost certainly expect the record goals in one tournament (85 in 2000) to be obliterated. There is also a good chance that the record of most wins in one tournament (five by France - twice - and Spain) will be eclipsed.

Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimovic are both three goals shy of becoming the overall top scorer. Retired France midfielder Michel Platini tops the standings with nine goals. England captain Wayne Rooney is on five.

Ronaldo and Ibrahimovic are also in a race to become the first player to score in four editions.

Hungary's No. 1 Gabor Kiraly is set to become the tournament's oldest ever player when Bernd Storck's men take on Austria in their opener. The goalkeeper will be 40 years, two months, and 14 days old on June 14. German Lothar Matthaus (39 years and 91 days) currently holds the record. Republic of Ireland goalkeeper Shay Given, just 19 days younger than Kiraly, has the chance of owning the mark for a few hours if he starts against Sweden on June 13.

Germany coach Joachim Low needs just one more appearance on the sidelines to manage the most matches in this competition. He is tied with fellow German Berti Vogts, now a technical adviser to the US team, on 11.

What's "referee kayu" in French?

L'arbitre est mauvais.