Euro 2016 kicks off on June 10 - but who will come out on top?

The Euro’s fever has already started, and those of you who aren’t football fans might have a tough time surviving a casual conversation during the next month and a half so:-

First things first, It will effect the the workforce of all industries for the next 6 weeks, Particular Games / Teams on the match days will see peaks and troughs of availability throughout the tounament. As we at The Mercury Recruitment Network are be Prepared, There ia a link to the Fixtures have a look at the dates of matches compared to your forcasted Volumes / Requirements.

Secondly if you don’t know what it’s all about there is a brief insight below it’s not just another one of those World Cup thingies and  Manchester United, Arsenal and Barcelona are not participating. It’s a tournament exclusive to European countries.

History:        The first edition of the Euros was played among just 4 countries in 1960 France, and won by the Soviet Union. France finished behind Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia 56 years ago, Since its inaugural edition, the Euros has gradually been expanded to 8 then 16 and now 24 teams, increasing its reach and worth. The Euros are played every 4 years, in between the World Cups.

9 different countries have emerged successful over the 14 tournaments. Spain, the defending champions, are tied with Germany as the most successful team, each with 3 titles. 3 countries – Spain, France and Italy, have won it as hosts. Will Europe see a new winner?

Venue:           The UEFA Euro 2016 will be hosted by France in the cities of Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse, with the final being played at the iconic 81,000 seating capacity Stade de France, just north of Paris.

Dates:            The group stage runs from June 10th to June 22nd and the knockout phase from June 25th till July 7th. The event concludes with July 10th’s final. No fewer than 51 matches will be fiercely contested from beginning to end.

Teams:          France gets the honor of hosting the premier 24-nation edition of the Euros, 8 up on its previous 16-team format.

The list of groups are:

 A                    B                     C                     D                     E                      F

France             England           Germany           Spain              Belgium             Portugal

Switzerland      Russia             Poland              Croatia             Italy                  Austria

Romania          Slovakia           Ukraine             Czech Rep       Sweden             Hungary

Albania            Wales              N Ireland           Turkey              Rep of Ireland    Iceland

Click here for the detailed schedule of fixtures.

We wish the best of luck to all teams / nations competing but are saving the biggest shout for England.