France has announced details of the Euro 2016 football tournament.
Twenty four countries will be competing in France after it was decided to raise the number of teams from 16.
UEFA President and former French international Michel Platini said the country is itching to stage the event:” We are more ready than we were in 98 for the World Cup because France is now aware of what a great sporting event means. After 98 they understand. The government is with us, the cities are with us. They know what they have to do and are all working on something very positive.”
The tournament opens at the Stade de France in Paris on June 10, which also hosts the final.
The semi-finals will take place in Lyon and Marseille, while other matches will go ahead in Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse.
Organisers want Euro 2016 to touch as much of the country as possible to allow for maximum involvement.