European Championships 2016 Summer Bucket List

Eiffel_tower_from_trocaderoWe’ve written about bucket lists for football fans before on El Take it Easy, and this article will be very similar. One of football’s biggest international tournaments is currently taking place at the minute in France. The European Championship is being contested by 24 national teams including the host nation, England, Germany, Spain, and Portugal to name but a few.

With the host nation looking to win their first major tournament since 2000 when they beat Italy 2-1 in the European Championship Final, they will have some tough competition. Spain will be looking to regain the trophy they won in 2012, perennial underachievers England will be looking to claim their first major trophy since 1966 and Germany will be looking to build on their recent World Cup win.

France in the summer is a wonderful place to hold a major sporting event. With millions of fans ascending on France this summer, many of which will travel without tickets, the French government is preparing for a huge spike in their tourism industry. But what are the regions where the games are being played? We have chose four of the very best places to watch games in during the next month.

Paris

France’s capital city is worth visiting for famous landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre, Notre Dame de Paris, Arc de Triomphe and the Palais Garnier. But for the sports fans heading to Paris this summer they will likely be attending a game at the Parc de Princes, France’s international team’s stadium. It holds 48,712 and is a state of the art all-seated stadium.

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Bordeaux

Famous for its many vineyards, Bordeaux will host a series of games at this year’s tournament. The Nouveaux Stade de Bordeaux holds 42,115 people and is one of the biggest stadiums in the whole of France. But that doesn’t mean to say all the focus will be on the football. Bordeaux, like Paris, has many wonderful landmarks to visit including Place de la Borce, Bordeaux Cathedral, Grande Theatre de Bordeaux, Toure Pey Berland, Ponte de Pierre and the Musee d’Aquintaine. For more information on the beautiful landmarks of Bordeaux, visit this website.

Lille

A 17th century brick town, with beautiful cobbled streets, Lille is an architectural wonder. Influenced by Flemish culture, its cuisine is still very much inspired by its neighboring countries the Netherlands and Belgium. With a University now taking pride of place in this quaint city, in recent years it has been transformed into a bustling, and vibrant city in the north of France.

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Toulouse

Located in southwestern region of France, Toulouse is known for its aeronautics, information technology, electronics and biochemistry companies that have driven its economy in recent years. It’s also the home to landmarks such as the Pont Neuf bridge, Cite de l’espace, Musee de Augustins, Museum de Toulouse and Toulouse Cathedral.

The football stadium was built in 1938 and remains one of the most important sports stadiums in the country. It holds 35,472 and is located in the center of Toulouse.

Capitole of Toulouse, and the square of the same name with the Occitan cross designed by Raymond Moretti on the ground.

For a list of all the upcoming European Championship fixtures and where they are being held, you can view the list here.

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