The countdown for the UEFA Euro 2016 has officially begun with the unveiling in Paris of the logo for the European soccer championship.
Two-time winners France are gearing up to host the championship for the third time after the first edition in 1960 and a home triumph in 1984.
France will have to build new stadiums or refurbish existing ones for the competition. But while renovation work is underway at venues at St Etienne and Marseille, work has barely begun in Lyon.
The Euro 2016 finals will feature 24 teams for the first time instead of the usual 16.