13 Jun Watch the EUROS 2016 at Flaherty’s Barcelona!
The UEFA European Championship, or Euros as it’s most commonly known, has been held every four years since 1960. It sees all of the European countries push their best players forward to compete. These teams then go through a qualifying process before the best 24 sides then play in the official tournament. This year sees the most amount of teams playing so more fans can get involved in the competition!
For 2016, the Euros are being held in France in ten different venues and everyone has their own opinion on who will be the winner. Can Spain hold onto their crown after winning in both 2008 and 2012? Will the home team have the confidence to win? Can Ireland finally do it?!
At Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona, we want to bring you the full coverage of the Euros and no game will be missed from our sports schedule!
Who has qualified for Euros 2016?
This year sees a strong group of 24 teams battling it out for the trophy. Since 1996, only 16 teams have played in the Euros so this is a big chance for the teams who have previously been unlucky! Reigning champions, Spain, made the cut as well as Northern Ireland (for the first time) and Republic of Ireland flying the flag for Flaherty’s. We haven’t forgotten about England and Wales either! The other teams competing are Albania, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey and Ukraine.
Special mention to Scotland who unfortunately didn’t make it into the competition this year!
When are the matches taking place?
The matches kick off on 10th June with France battling it out against Romania. There are then two or three matches per day until 22nd June. The knockout stage lasts from 25th to 27th June and then come the quarter-finals from 30th June to 2nd July. The semi-finals are on 6th and 7th July, in Lyon and Marseille respectively. The final then takes place at 21:00 (CET) on Sunday 10th July.
The whole competition lasts a total of 30 days. You can find full listings and details here.
Where are the matches taking place?
With France hosting the championship this year, organisers have chosen some of the most beautiful destinations and best stadiums to showcase their country. The first and last matches are taking place at the Stade de France, Paris. As well as the capital city, matches will be played in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Saint-Etienne, Saint-Denis and Toulouse. The construction and renovation of the venues has reportedly cost €1.6bn (£1.2bn) and modernisation is set to boost both home team morale and the happiness of the fans.
If you’re planning on heading to the games in France, UEFA has created a handy guide for you to get to know each location. You can find it here.
Who is going to win?
Spain are obviously a favourite after winning the last two tournaments but this year sees some serious competition. World champions, Germany, are favourites with the bookmakers at the minute but anything could happen! France are the hosts which could give the team an extra dose of confidence – let’s not forget that when they hosted the Euros in 1998, they won!
As for our beloved Ireland, we’re wishing them the best of luck and hoping they can take the Emerald Isle to victory! England are being led by Roy Hodgson and their win in March against Germany seen their capabilities start to be recognised. Northern Ireland and Wales are both making their debut in the Euros, but do they have a chance of winning? With Real Madrid star, Gareth Bale, playing for Wales, and Northern Ireland finishing top of their group, they just might do it.
Can you still buy tickets for the matches?
Most of the group games are sold out so you will have to be quick to buy tickets for the rest! At the time of print, there were tickets for the opening game and plenty for games involving the smaller nations on sale. If you don’t succeed in obtaining a ticket, you can still travel to France for the atmosphere. There are special UEFA fan zones in each of the host cities with big screens showing all of the matches.
BBC and ITV will also have extensive coverage of Euros 2016 so, even if you are at home, you won’t miss out. These can also be streamed online and the BBC’s Euro 2016 digital service will include special commentary, highlights and many exclusive features. If you’re in Barcelona during the Euros, head to Flaherty’s and enjoy the great buzz!
Why watch Euros 2016 at Flaherty’s?
Flaherty’s is one of the biggest sports bars in Barcelona and with 7 screens to choose from, there is plenty of opportunity to get amazing views of each game. We also have an abundance of beer and food deals to keep you going throughout the day/night. Our 3-litre gulp towers of Estrella are notorious in Barcelona and are perfect for groups. Tuck into our range of chicken wings and nachos if you’re peckish or try a combo platter if you have the appetite!
Here at Flaherty’s Irish Bar Barcelona, we have our bets on Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland winning Euros 2016. Which team will you be supporting?