The European Championship 2016 is set to begin this week, according to reports.
Details published by a variety of media outlets, and since corroborated by officials at the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), reveal that the 24 team tournament is due to kick off on Friday in Paris, France.
Speaking to media regarding the breaking news, UEFA official Francois Behrmann divulged some of the details of the tournament, which sources say will consist solely of European national teams.
“There are six groups in the first round, with the top two from each group progressing, as well as the four best runners up,” admitted Berhmann, adding that those unable to travel to the country will be able to watch proceedings across a host of television stations.
“Once the group stages are over, the competition will move onto the first knockout round, after which the winners will arrive at the quarter-finals.”
The winners of the quarter-finals, or last eight, will then find themselves in the semi-finals, Behrmann added, after which the two remaining teams will meet in the final.
Sources have suggested that the winner of the final will be crowned the overall winner of the entire tournament.
At press time, UEFA admitted that while they are unsure regarding the success of the tournament, they hope the presence of a number of famous footballers will attract crowds and get people talking.
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