- The countdown to Euro 2016 in France is almost at an end, and we can’t wait. These are some of the ways you can get ready for Europe’s festival of football kick-off this summer.
Who will win it? The hosts France, the usual contenders Spain, Germany the world champion, could this be England’s year, or will a team like Wales pull off a big surprise this summer? Whoever’s going to be champions, between 10th June and 10th July, life as we know it will be put on pause as people display their colours, get out their barbeques, grab a beer and watch their team battle for glory. If you want to show your support, try some of these on for size:
Show your true colours. Paint your face in the style of your favourite national team to set yourself apart from the crowd. You can go full-face or for a more discreet look, but whatever you choose, just make sure it’s safe for applying to human skin.
Star in your own final
Boots, balls, jumpers for goalposts, can of line sprey. Get down to the local park with the UEFA Euro 2016 official match ball and show your friends how to put the ball in the back of the net like your favourite player.
Pimp out your car
Take your passion to the roads. There are a few things you can do to your car to show support for your national team this summer. It doesn’t have to be expensive or permanent either; just make sure whatever you choose is suitable for your vehicle and safe to apply:
Car hood flag: they’re pretty easy to put on along the sides and great for displaying your country’s colours.
Side mirror flag: Like the above, but on a smaller scale; unless you combine the two and go all out to show your support
Window visor flags: perfect for when you’re out driving after your team’s victory
6 songs for your car stereo
Other than your country’s national anthem, these are the songs you will want playing on your car stereo:
“World in Motion” – New Order’s England song deserves to be on the list if only for ex-Liverpool star John Barnes’ rapping; something any football fan can enjoy.
“Eat My Goal” – Collapsed Lung’s anthem is what every fan will be hoping the opposition has to do this summer.
“Heroes” – David Bowie’s song is the standard we’re all hoping our teams can achieve.
“Nessun Dorma” – Add a bit of opera to your football playlist with Domingo, Carreras and Pavarotti’s emotionally charged song.
"Seven Nation Army" - The White Stripes' rock song is a favourite for football stadium announcers and fans alike
“We Are The Champions” – it’s best not to get ahead of yourself, but have Queen’s iconic tune on hand just in case.
“This One’s For You” – David Guetta’s official anthem for the Euro 2016 tournament
Where to watch
If you’re lucky enough to be going to France for the tournament, there are ten stadiums where you can watch the 51 games. And if you’re planning on taking your car, these tips for driving in France will ensure you have a smooth journey. We take a look at each stadium where you can watch the action:
Stade de Bordeaux – This 42,000 capacity stadium in Bordeaux will literally vibrate when the action kicks off.
Stade Bollaert-Delelis – A capacity crowd of 38,000 will get to see England v Wales among others at the arena in Lens.
Stade Pierre Mauroy – The 50,000 capacity stadium in Lille has a roof that can open or close in 30 minutes.
Stade de Lyon – This 59,000 seater in Lyon is Euro 2016’s most expensive stadium and will play host to games like Belgium v Italy.
Stade Velodrome – The historic 67,000 seater in Marseille will be the first stadium used at the finals of three different European Championships.
Stade de Nice – The 36,000 capacity eco-friendly stadium in Nice has solar panels, recycles rainwater and uses prevailing winds to provide air conditioning.
Parc des Princes – The 48,000 seater in Paris staged the first European Cup final in 1956 and will play host to more epic encounters.
Stade de France – France’s national stadium is an 80,000 seater and Euro 2016’s biggest venue.
Stade Geoffroy Guichard – The 42,000 capacity stadium in Saint-Etienne is renowned for having a great atmosphere.
Stadium de Toulouse – The 33,000 seater in Toulouse is the smallest stadium at Euro 2016.