If you’re reading this, I’m sure you’re well aware that next Summer will see France host the 2016 European Championships. With the qualifying stages reaching their conclusion earlier in the week, seeing Hungary, Republic of Ireland, Sweden and Ukraine join the 20 other qualified teams through the play-offs, UEFA have now revealed the seeding and pot placement for the tournament.
Italy (Runners Up)
Republic of Ireland
For the first time ever there are 24 teams competing for the European Championship title. Meaning that the 4 pots of 6 teams teams will make up 6 groups, each consisting of 4 teams. As a result of England being in Pot 1 and Northern Ireland, Wales and Republic of Ireland all being in pot 4, there is a 50% chance that England can be drawn in the same group as another home nation. That would certainly spice the Euros up – a bit of local rivalry will serve to add much more excitement!
Can European Championship’s youngest ever player, 16-year-old Martin Ødegaard make it to his first European Championships with his fellow Norwegians? Or will the Hungarians thwart their efforts and pave their own way to France?
1st Leg: Bosnia and Herzegovina vs Republic of Ireland (20.45) 13/11/15
2nd Leg: Republic of Ireland vs Bosnia and Herzegovina (20.45) 16/11/15
Republic of Ireland were tasked with a tough group with Poland and Germany, whilst Bosnia and Herzegovina had Belgium and high-flying Wales to contest with for a place. So, will Martin O’Neill’s team have the Luck of the Irish on their side? Or will Dzeko be Edin to France next Summer?
1st Leg: Ukraine vs Slovenia (18.00) 14/11/15
2nd Leg: Slovenia vs Ukraine (20.45) 17/11/15
Can co-hosts of Euro 2012, Ukraine get past Slovenia and head to the next Euro finals with the help of star man Yehven Konoplyanka? Or will the Slovenians manage to best their Eastern European counterparts to qualify for their first tournament since 2000?
1st Leg: Sweden vs Denmark (20.45) 14/11/15
2nd Leg: Denmark vs Sweden (20.45) 17/11/15
Zlatan Ibrahimović missed out on playing at the World Cup last year, and is now desperate to play in one more major tournament before he retires. We all want to see him there, but Denmark are not a team to simply roll over; Nicklas Bendtner and his Danish teammates will try their hardest to ruin Zlatan’s European party.