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  1. The UEFA 2016 European Championship Draw

    The draw was made in Paris on Saturday 12 December 2015.

    For the Euro 2016 match schedule click here


    Group A:
    France
    Romania
    Albania
    Switzerland

    Group B:
    England
    Russia
    Wales
    Slovakia

    Group C:
    Germany
    Ukraine
    Poland
    Northern Ireland

    Group D:

    Spain
    Czech Republic
    Turkey
    Croatia

    Group E:
    Belgium
    Italy
    Republic of Ireland
    Sweden

    Group F:
    Portugal
    Iceland
    Austria
    Hungary


    Pot 1
    France
    Spain
    Germany
    England
    Portugal
    Belgium

    Pot 2
    Italy ...

    Updated 14th December 2015 at 10:51 AM by Veritas

    Categories
    European Championship , Competitions
  2. Russia's exit highlights differences between UEFA and FIFA's tie-breaker systems

    There is some confusion over Russia's exit from Euro 2012 in Group A. This isn't surprising as there are different systems for tie-breakers when teams are level on points in the group stages of international football tournaments - one operated by FIFA and the other by UEFA.

    Russia have been knocked out because the UEFA system gives priority to the head to head results between the teams equal in the points standings, rather than separating the sides on goal difference in all group games.

    So in the case of Russia their 4-1 victory against eventual group winners the Czech Republic, counts for nothing in deciding whether they or the Greeks go through to the next round.

    The system operated by UEFA leads to fairly complex calculations and bizarre results regarding ...
  3. Substitute five for seven

    Just two seasons after adopting the seven substitute regulation, to much disapproval, the Football League has returned to the reduced allocation of five substitutes in a matchday squad.

    The League claimed they had taken the decision for cost-cutting reasons in order to comply with new UEFA financial rules, whatever that may mean.

    A spokesman tried to explain: “This was felt to be a sensible and prudent step given the financial challenges facing many football clubs and the commitment made earlier this summer to adopt UEFA's Financial Fair Play framework.”

    The 72 clubs voted for the change while at the same time agreeing to increase the number of home-grown players in a matchday squad from four to six.

    As ‘home-grown’ means being registered ...
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