Euro 2016: facts and figures

EURO 2016
Gary Pritchard

Gary Pritchard

Saturday, 22 Feb 2014, 14:13

Here is everything you need to know about the Euro 2016 qualifiers … well, everything, that is, apart from who will be in Wales’ group

– we’ll have to wait until Sunday for that!

The Teams

Pot 1
Spain (holders), Germany, Netherlands, Italy, England, Portugal, Greece, Russia, Bosnia-Herzegovina

Pot 2
Ukraine, Croatia, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary, Republic of Ireland

Pot 3
Serbia, Turkey, Slovenia, Israel, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, Austria, Poland

Pot 4
Montenegro, Armenia, Scotland, Finland, Latvia, Wales, Bulgaria, Estonia, Belarus

Pot 5
Iceland, Northern Ireland, Albania, Lithuania, Moldova, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Cyprus

Pot 6
Luxembourg, Kazakhstan, Liechtenstein, Faroe Islands, Malta, Andorra, San Marino, Gibraltar

A week of football

The tournament will see Uefa’s new “week of football” with games being played from Thursday through to Tuesday.
On weeks where Wales play two matches, the games will be on Thursday and Sunday, Friday and Monday or Saturday and Tuesday.

Match dates

Matchday 1: 7–9 September 2014
Matchday 2: 9–11 October 2014
Matchday 3: 12–14 October 2014
Matchday 4: 14–16 November 2014
Matchday 5: 27–29 March 2015
Matchday 6: 12–14 June 2015
Matchday 7: 3–5 September 2015
Matchday 8: 6–8 September 2015
Matchday 9: 8–10 October 2015
Matchday 10: 11–13 October 2015

On Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday, kick off will be at 7.45pm and on Saturday and Sunday kick off will be at 5.00pm and 7.45pm.

The groups

There will be eight groups of six teams and one gropup of five. If Wales come out in the five team group, we won’t be facing England, Germany, Italy, Spain or The Netherlands who have to be in a six team group for television rights reasons.

France will be added to the five team group, with Les Bleus playing friendly matches against the five countries in the group!

Political football

For political reasons, Azerbaijan and Armenia will be kept apart as will Spain and Gibraltar, but Russia and Georgia will be able to play in the same group this time around having been kept apart for Euro 2012.

Familiar faces

Of all the countries Wales could face in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, England are the most familiar foes. Both countries have faced each other 101 times – the most recent being during Euro 2012.

Wales have faced Scotland more than any other country, but Gordon Strachan’s side are in the same pot as Wales this time!

Never met

Wales have never faced Lithuania, Andorra, Kazakhstan nor Gibraltar.