We’re All Going to the Euros: A Guide to the Host Cities

With Europe’s biggest football tournament underway in France, we’ve got the facts and fixtures to get you up to speed on the host cities…

Marseille

 

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Marseille eats, sleeps and breathes football. Expect an electric atmosphere at the Stade Vélodrome, the 67,000-seater stadium that’s considered the beating heart of this lively port city.

Fact: The French national anthem came to be called “La Marseillaise” because of its popularity with French Revolution soldiers from Marseille.
Fixtures: England v Russia, 11th June

 

Paris

 

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Paris will be the epicentre of the ‘beautiful game’ this summer. While Stade de France plays host to the opening match and final, Parc des Princes will be providing the backdrop for some of the tournament’s most crucial ties. It’s all to play for…

Fact: There are 9,057 outdoor terraces in Paris – take your pick. Santé!
Fixtures: Ireland v Sweden, 13th June, Northern Ireland v Germany, 21st June

 

Bordeaux

 

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Swap pre-match pints for a few cheeky glasses of red when you’re in Bordeaux. If possible, give yourself an extra day to eat and drink your way around the city and see the sights.

Fact: Bordeaux produces 900 million bottles of wine every year.
Fixtures:Wales v Slovakia, June 11th, Ireland v Belgium June 18th

Nice

 

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As if you even needed an excuse to go to Nice! It’s France’s snazziest beach resort, and now you get it with added football. Sure what more could you possibly want from a summer?

Fact:  During the Greek Empire in 500BC, the hill in Nice’s  Old Town was named Nike, which is Greek for ‘victory’.
Fixtures:Northern Ireland v Poland, 12th June

Lille

 

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Lille might just be the most underrated city of the tournament. This absolute gem of a city is wall-to-wall with budget-friendly bars, easy-going locals and offers endless nightlife options. Good times are guaranteed, win, lose or draw.

Fact: You can expect to pay between €4-€5 for a pint in a local bar
Fixtures: Ireland v Italy, 22nd June

 

Lyon

 

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Not only can fans look forward to a shiny new stadium, but Lyon’s after-match buzz is the stuff of dreams. France’s third largest city knocks it out of the park when it comes to bars, clubs and restaurants.

Fact:  Lyon is regarded as the gateway to Europe – you can travel to most major European cities from Lyon in under two hours.
Fixtures: Northern Ireland v Ukraine, 16th June

Toulouse

 


 
If you get a chance to see your country in the Pink City, do it. Toulouse is a beautiful place with the perfect nightlife to celebrate a win (or commiserate a loss… but let’s not think about that).

Fact: The city’s massive town hall looks a lot like Buckingham Palace.
Fixtures:Wales v Russia, 20th June

Lens

 

 

Lens is a pretty small place – in fact the population is smaller than the capacity of its stadium, Stade Bollaert-Delelis. Whether you stay close to the stadium or in nearby Arras, a party atmosphere is guaranteed.

Fact:  The new stadium is equipped with a renewable energy system that uses solar panels and has a rainwater collection system to water the pitch.
Fixtures: England v Wales, 16th June

 

St Etienne

 

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The city’s stadium, Geoffroy-Guichard seats 42,000 and organisers are going all out to make sure supporters have the time of their lives.

Fact: Saint-Étienne locals are known as Les Verts meaning ‘the Greens’ due to the home team’s colours.
Fixtures England v Slovakia, 20th June
 
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Fiona Hilliard

Fiona Hilliard

A love of new cultures is what drives Dublin travel writer Fiona Hilliard to explore the cities of Europe and beyond.

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