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Very true, Stefan. I guess we have to explain to our international friends what we mean with Gauland, though: A leading politician of the right-wing populist German party AfD, Alexander Gauland, rece

Obvious choice. No real surprise they won, even though Turkey pushed them very close.

Congratulations to France., hosts of Euro 2016.

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Yay we did it!

I was sure most of uefa's members will choose a safe bet for their first euro with 24 teams & After all the trouble right now in Ukraine & Poland for 2012.

Too bad for Turkey, but i'm sure they are next in line of they choose to big again as they deserved to be.

Besides, there is no sports organisation who would refuse a extremely good team victory after three bids in a row anyway. What, what i'm hearing :lol: what is IOC, and i have never heard of that Korean City before, is it near any mountains? :lol::D

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French federation names host cities for Euro 2016

PARIS (AP) -The French football federation has named the nine cities that will host matches during the 2016 European championships.

Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris and Saint-Denis were chosen on Friday ahead of Saint-Etienne and Toulouse, which have been named as reserve locations.

The northern town of Lens was chosen despite its club being demoted to the second division this season.

French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy said "all the bids were of a very, very high standard, but the choice was very clear and decided at the first round of voting.''

Lyon was included despite legal problems surrounding the building of a new stadium in the city. Four new stadiums in Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice will be built for the competition.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2011/soccer/wires/05/20/2020.ap.soc.euro.2016.host.cities.0127/

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ARD, ZDF secure German EURO 2016 media rights

UEFA announced today that it has reached an exclusive agreement with ARD and ZDF for the broadcasting rights in Germany for all UEFA EURO 2016 matches, following a tender process launched in 2011.

This is the first media rights agreement to have been concluded in Europe for the 2016 tournament, which will be held in France. UEFA EURO 2016 will have a renewed format with 24 participating teams and a total of 51 matches.

ARD and ZDF are UEFA's established public-broadcast content partners for national team competitions in Germany and they will ensure extensive live free-to-air coverage of UEFA EURO 2016. Dedicated magazine and highlights programmes will complement both broadcasters' offerings. In addition, coverage of the competition will also be made available on the internet, radio and mobile devices.

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UEFA defends tournament expansion to 24 teams

Expanding the European Championship to 24 teams won't spoil the tournament or dilute its quality but it will allow more major soccer nations to take part, Euro 2012 director Martin Kallen said on Friday.

After a group stage that went down to the wire in Poland and Ukraine, with even favorites Spain and Germany only squeezing through at the last minute, the worry is the expanded version in France in four years' time will not be as closely contested.

UEFA president Michel Platini defended the decision to expand earlier this week and reporters pressed 2012 tournament director Kallen on the issue at a news conference on Friday.

"At the moment we have the best teams here, but there are great teams who are not," he said, listing Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia and Norway as examples.

"The Scots are also not here - they bring a lot of emotions, a lot of atmosphere with them. We need to see how 2016 will be. For sure this tournament will be more and more looked at because more nations can participate," added Kallen.

He also batted back questions about empty seats at a number of games in Poland and Ukraine, where interest in the tournament has taken a battering by the elimination of both host nations at the group stage for the second tournament running.

Kallen said that all games played so far had been sold out and that any gaps in the stadiums were due to fans who had bought tickets not being able or choosing not to travel. This was always a problem at tournaments, he said.

"If you have a team or both (host) teams which go to the quarter-finals of course that is better," he said.

"Here the two hosts were very close to getting out of their groups - in Switzerland and Austria, they were a little bit less close. But from our side it is not a point where we will award the Euros to countries that will go the quarter-finals."

He also said the economic crisis engulfing a number of nations whose teams are competing in this year's championship had clearly had an effect on the number of fans travelling.

"On the financial crisis, in terms of income we (UEFA) have recorded very high levels, if you look at the sponsorship and broadcast side in 2008, and 2004, and you cannot always have much more income on that side," he said.

"What we can see (is) that with certain countries in economic crisis less fans were travelling to Poland and Ukraine because they do not have the financial means to come here."

UEFA expects Euro 2012 to generate about 1.345 billion euros ($1.70 billion) in revenue, down slightly from the 1.351 billion recorded from the finals in Austria and Switzerland.

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UEFA defends tournament expansion to 24 teams

Expanding the European Championship to 24 teams won't spoil the tournament or dilute its quality but it will allow more major soccer nations to take part, Euro 2012 director Martin Kallen said on Friday.

After a group stage that went down to the wire in Poland and Ukraine, with even favorites Spain and Germany only squeezing through at the last minute, the worry is the expanded version in France in four years' time will not be as closely contested.

UEFA president Michel Platini defended the decision to expand earlier this week and reporters pressed 2012 tournament director Kallen on the issue at a news conference on Friday.

"At the moment we have the best teams here, but there are great teams who are not," he said, listing Switzerland, Romania, Bulgaria, Lithuania, Slovenia and Norway as examples.

"The Scots are also not here - they bring a lot of emotions, a lot of atmosphere with them. We need to see how 2016 will be. For sure this tournament will be more and more looked at because more nations can participate," added Kallen.

All the big footballing nations there - he just lost his argument in trying to defend it. With 16 teams the Euros are competitive throughout the group stages but with 24 that will not only be lost in the group stage, it'll also be lost in the 16 team second round as should things go as you'd expect it'll effectively be the top eight seeds all avoiding each other - so while this year you have games like Spain v Italy, France v England and Germany v Portugal in the first few days in 2016 those type of match ups won't take place until the quarter finals.

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I disagree with the idea the euro won't be competitive with 8 more teams.

Can you really say that with Norway, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzgovina, Slovenia, Turkey, Israel, Romania & Switzerland for example, the euro would've been less competitive????

People who says that don't watch europeans and world cup qualifiers as a lot of countries, even in the small one are extremely hard to play! especially the ex-yugoslavia & Balkans ones!

Don't forget there is only 6 top seeds, so with the host + England, Portugal, Spain, Germany, Netherlands, Italy & France (and the help of that crazy fifa ranking) you will still see some England-France and Germany - Portugal in the group stage.

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Nice to hold Euro 2016 qualifying draw

PARIS — The draw for the qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championship will take place in Nice on March 9, 2014, the president of the tournament's organising committee told AFP on Thursday.

"Why Nice? Because we were looking for a city with enough hotel beds, and with the ability to hold and organise such an event," said Jacques Lambert, who confirmed the city's Palais Acropolis will host the draw.

The qualifying phase for the tournament, which will be held in France, will run from September 2014 to November 2015.

Lambert added that the draw for the finals will take place "in December 2015 in Paris, probably at the Palais des Congres".

Lambert indicated that the final is likely to be held on Sunday July 10, 2016, with the opening match set for either Friday June 10, Saturday June 11 or Sunday June 12.

The venue for the final itself has not yet been chosen, although it is likely to be held at the Stade de France, in Saint-Denis, just to the north of Paris.

"We are in no rush to do it (choose a venue). The Stade de France, Marseille and Lyon are all theoretically in a position to stage the final," said Lambert.

All three venues have, or will have, capacities of over 50,000, as UEFA require for the hosting of major tournament finals.

Marseille's Stade Velodrome is currently being refurbished to increase capacity to over 67,000, while Lyon are planning to build a brand new 58,000-capacity stadium in time for the finals

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Any idea on where does the logo will be unvieled?

well in article dated in april 2011 they say the logo will be unveiled in the second half of 2012 . I don't know if it's still exist or if they changed their plans

here is the article:

UEFA EURO 2016 organisational structures set up

Published: Thursday 21 April 2011, 13.00CET

The French Football Federation has hosted the first meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group which brings together key stakeholders in the organisation of the event.

The organisational guidelines for the final round of the 2014–16 UEFA European Football Championship were presented today at the first meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group, held at the headquarters of the French Football Federation (FFF) in Paris.

The steering group will bring together the key stakeholders in the organisation of the event: UEFA, the FFF, the French government and the host cities. It will ensure a regular exchange of information between these stakeholders, deal with strategic or sensitive issues connected with the organisation of the event, and, if necessary, discuss and propose solutions.

The eight-member steering group will be chaired by Jacques Lambert, former CEO of the organising committee for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and of the FFF. The other members will be the president of the FFF, the French sports minister, representing the government, a representative of the host cities (to be designated at a later stage, once the final selection of host cities has been made) and four UEFA representatives (two members of the UEFA Executive Committee, the general secretary and the deputy general secretary). Michel Platini, the UEFA President, will regularly take part in the meetings and work of the steering group.

UEFA, which holds all the competition rights, and the FFF, which, in particular, is responsible for the safety and security of the event, have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS, to which they have delegated responsibility for the operational organisation of the event.

EURO 2016 SAS is a company under French law, with the legal form of a simplified joint stock company, owned 95% by UEFA and 5% by the FFF. Its registered head office is in Paris. Its expenses will be financed entirely by UEFA.

UEFA and the FFF have designated Jacques Lambert as president of the company. A CEO will be appointed at a later stage to manage the company's operations.

UEFA will also manage all UEFA EURO 2016 revenue and cover all organisational expenses. It will assume all the economic risks of organising the event. This economic model replaces the traditional model whereby operational and financial responsibility for the organisation of the event is delegated to the host national association which, as a result, had to assume the risk of deficit.

During its first meeting, the steering group discussed the following points: general organisational structure; the mission of the steering group; and the progress of stadium projects, in view of the appointment of the host cities, which the FFF has to propose to UEFA shortly.

In addition, the steering group agreed on the milestones in the general organisational countdown to UEFA EURO 2016:

• Second half of 2012: Official logo launch

• February/March 2014: Qualifying round draw

• September 2014: Official mascot launch

• March 2015: Start of ticket sales

• December 2015: Final round draw

• June/July 2016: Final round

The next meeting of the steering group will be on 8 September 2011.

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It's official now Fernando, logo launch will be in spring next year ;)

UEFA EURO 2016 steering group meets in Paris

Published: Tuesday 23 October 2012, 16.52CET

UEFA President Michel Platini said the second meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steering group in Paris had gone "very well" with good progress reported on ongoing projects.

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UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, UEFA President Michel Platini and FFF president Noël Le Graët at the second meeting of the UEFA EURO 2016 steer

The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group has held its second meeting in Paris, the capital city of host country France.

Set up in April 2011, the steering group for the tournament in four years' time comprises the four major organisational stakeholders: UEFA, the French Football Federation (FFF), the French government and the host cities. It is a forum for discussion and for ensuring that information on the progress of key organisational projects is shared. Two or three meetings a year are envisaged.

The steering group consists of: UEFA President Michel Platini; Jacques Lambert, president of EURO 2016 SAS; UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino; UEFA Deputy General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis; Borislav Mihaylov, UEFA Executive Committee member and president of the Bulgarian Football Union (BFS); Peter Gilliéron, UEFA Executive Committee member and president of the Swiss Football Association (SFV-ASF); Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation (FFF); Valérie Fourneyron, French minister of sport, youth, education for all and community life; Maurice Vincent, chairman of the Club des Sites (host city association) and chairman of Saint-Étienne Métropole. Martin Kallen, director of operations for UEFA Events and CEO of EURO 2016 SAS, has observer status.

The final round of UEFA EURO 2016 will be staged in France – the third time that the country has hosted the tournament – from mid-June to 10 July 2016. The field is being increased from 16 to 24 teams, and the tournament will feature 51 matches – 20 more than at UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. Fifty-two national associations will contest the qualifying competition, and France qualify directly as host country. The qualifying draw will take place at the Palais des Congres Acropolis in Nice on 9 March 2014.

"The meeting went very well," said Michel Platini. "After a general survey of the various projects, we decided notably that the final round draw will take place at the Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot in Paris in December 2015, and that the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) will be located at the Parc des Expositions at la Porte de Versailles in Paris. We were also informed about the latest developments concerning the stadiums, and the French association will provide the definitive list of venues for the UEFA Executive Committee meeting on 24 January 2013."

UEFA EURO 2016 is the catalyst for a huge modernisation programme that will give France a new generation of sports infrastructures. "The state is placing enormous importance on the event, and we are truly proud to be organising EURO 2016," said sports minister Valérie Fourneyron. "We want to unite the entire nation around the tournament. The EURO represents a legacy for tomorrow for the entire country, as well as for our youth."

The ten French cities selected to hold matches at UEFA EURO 2016 are Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. The host cities have formed the Club des Sites, the host cities' association. An estimated 2.5 million supporters are expected in the stadiums, compared with 1.4 million for UEFA EURO 2012.

The prospect of staging UEFA EURO 2016 has given rise to an ambitious stadium construction and renovation project for the stadiums where final-round matches will be played. "The association's role is to provide nine stadiums," said FFF president Le Graët. "Currently we have ten, and we will be within the schedule. I am delighted that work for the Lyon project has begun, and that the Lens regional authorities have decided to be involved in the renovation of that stadium."

UEFA – the competition rights holder – and the FFF have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS. Responsibility for the operational organisation of the tournament has been delegated to this company under a single directorate. EURO 2016 SAS is a company under French law, with the legal form of a simplified joint stock company, owned 95% by UEFA and 5% by the FFF.

UEFA has two direct organisational tasks – sports-related organisation of the tournament (schedule, disciplinary matters, refereeing, doping controls, etc.) and marketing and management of the event-related commercial rights (audiovisual, marketing, licensing, hospitality, tickets). The FFF is responsible for private security for the tournament, while EURO 2016 SAS is responsible all other operational tasks on behalf of UEFA and the FFF.

UEFA EURO 2016 timetable

Spring 2013: Launch of the tournament logo and branding

9 March 2014: Draw for the qualifying competition

September 2014: Start of the qualifying competition

June 2015: 'One year to go' events

December 2015: Draw for the final round

March 2016: Finalists' workshop

Mid-June 2016: Opening match

10 July 2016: Final

http://www.uefa.com/...id=1879680.html

All euro-2016 stadiums will be ready - Platini

October 23 2012 at 05:35pm

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Paris - All stadiums selected to host matches in the 2016 European Championships will be ready in time, UEFA president Michel Platini insisted Tuesday.

“The federation will deliver them,” Platini said alongside fellow steering committee members, organising committee head Jacques Lambert, French football federation head Noel Le Graet, French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron, and Maurice Vincent, the mayor of St Etienne acting as representative of the host cities.

“Euro-2012 is finished, long live Euro-2016,” Platini said, adding: “But pay attention, people badmouthed Ukraine and Poland but in the end it was a success beyond all expectations. They set the bar very high.”

Federation head Le Graet played down any fears over the stadiums, specifically in Lyon and Lens.

“Lyon will be completed. It's a stadium that is indispensable for French football,” Le Graet said of the planned 'Stade des Lumieres' (stadium of light).

“I'm very happy that work has got under way and I think it will be ready on time,” which should be mid-2015, according to Lyon club president Jean-Michel Aulas.

Le Graet added that concerns over the Lens stadium had been resolved, and that the eight other sites (Paris - Parc des Princes, Saint-Denis - Stade de France, Lille, Saint-Etienne, Marseille, Nice, Bordeaux and Toulouse) posed “no problem”.

The draw for the qualifying campaign for Euro 2016 will take place in Nice on March 9, 2014.

The qualifying phase for the tournament will run from September 2014 to November 2015.

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EURO 2016 steering group meets in Lille

Published: Friday 3 May 2013, 18.25CET


The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group held its latest meeting in the host city of Lille and heard preparations for the final tournament in France are proceeding in the right direction.


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UEFA President Michel Platini flanked by Lille mayor Martine Aubry and France's sports minister Valérie Fourneyron at the press conference held in the northern French city

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The UEFA EURO 2016 steering group has held its latest meeting in Lille, one of the host cities for the final tournament in France in three years' time.


UEFA President Michel Platini was also given a tour of the northern French city's Grand Stade Lille Métropole – which was opened in August 2012 – one of the ten stadiums that will stage matches at UEFA EURO 2016, alongside the venues at Bordeaux, Lens, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Paris, Saint-Denis, Saint-Etienne and Toulouse. The tournament will be held in June and July 2016.


The steering group, which had its inaugural meeting in April 2011, comprises the key stakeholders in the organisation of the event: UEFA, the French Football Federation (FFF), the French government and the host cities. The body is chaired by Jacques Lambert, former CEO of the organising committee for the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France and of the FFF. Regular information is being exchanged between these stakeholders, who also discuss and, if necessary, propose solutions to strategic organisational issues.


Michel Platini is also on the steering group, together with UEFA General Secretary Gianni Infantino, deputy UEFA General Secretary Theodore Theodoridis, UEFA Executive Committee members Borislav Mihaylov (Bulgaria) and Peter Gilliéron (Switzerland), FFF president Noël Le Graët, France's sports minister Valérie Fourneyron and host city representative Maurice Vincent.


"This morning we examined the state of progress of the ten stadiums ... and globally, we are advancing very well," said Mr Lambert. "We also discussed details about various issues, such as the search for team bases. We are working to maximise the social and economic consequences of this EURO tournament in France. Everything is moving forward in the best way."


"Preparations for EURO 2016 in France are proceeding in the right direction," Mr Platini said during his visit to Lille. "The construction and renovation of stadiums in France represents a fabulous legacy for the local economies. Today it is not possible to have major clubs or companies without a major stadium."


"France was considerably behind as far as stadiums were concerned," added Noël Le Graët. "I think that in the next two years, we will have partly made up for lost time. This EURO is a wonderful opportunity for France."


UEFA, which holds all the competition rights, and the FFF, which in particular is responsible for the safety and security of the event, have set up a joint venture, EURO 2016 SAS, to which they have delegated responsibility for the operational organisation of the finals. EURO 2016 SAS is a company under French law, with the legal form of a simplified joint stock company, owned 95% by UEFA and 5% by the FFF. Its registered head office is in Paris. Its expenses will be financed entirely by UEFA.


Valérie Fourneyron assured the organisers of full government support, and added: "We have been able to discover this fine stadium [in Lille] – the first new stadium to be built afresh. I would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of France's great pride in hosting this competition, and the mobilisation taking place at the highest state levels to ensure that we deliver the quality that our country is known for in staging major sports events."


The mayor of Lille, Martine Aubry, welcomed the steering group's meeting in the city and described UEFA EURO 2016 as "an extraordinary adventure". "EURO 2016 is a great opportunity for our country," she said. "France, and especially the French people, will derive benefit."


The UEFA EURO 2016 countdown:

26 June 2013: Tournament logo/branding unveiled

Autumn 2013: Host city logo launch

Beginning 2014: Qualifying competition draw in Nice

September 2014: Official mascots unveiled

September 2014: Qualifying competition kicks off

March 2015: Start of ticket sales

11 December 2015: Final tournament draw in Paris

March 2016: Finalists' workshop

10 June 2016: UEFA EURO 2016 kicks off

10 July 2016: UEFA EURO 2016 final


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Glad to see we will see the logo very soon. I hope they dont use the eiffel tower though. That would be predictable and obvious.

Also why it says mascots in plural? Dont tell me they hired Warner Inc. (AGAIN) to do the mascots. (And knowing their originality it will be two kids again =_=)

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Sponsorship deal with SOCAR

Published: Friday 17 May 2013, 11.52CET
UEFA has announced the signing of a sponsorship agreement with SOCAR (State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic) – one of the largest oil companies in the world – as official sponsor of UEFA's national team competitions, including the UEFA European Football Championship. As part of this partnership, SOCAR will already be included in the commercial programme for this summer's UEFA European Under-21 Championship and UEFA Women's EURO 2013 final tournaments.
SOCAR becomes an official sponsor of the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament, and acquires rights in connection with the European Qualifiers, which run from 2014 to 2017, and which relate to the qualification matches for UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. SOCAR also becomes an official sponsor of the 2016 UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which will take place in Azerbaijan.
The Azeri company becomes the seventh global partner for the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship, following on from the agreements with Coca-Cola, adidas, McDonald's, Hyundai/Kia, Continental and Carlsberg.
Commenting on the announcement, the marketing director of UEFA Events SA, Guy-Laurent Epstein, said: "We are very pleased to welcome SOCAR as an official partner of the UEFA national team competitions, including the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship and the 2014–17 European Qualifiers. This comprehensive sponsorship platform will offer SOCAR a unique opportunity to promote their brand and drive engagement with their target audience. SOCAR's aim to become a global energy company, and our collaboration, will bring new opportunities for the promotion of the very best of European national team football to a larger and wider group of fans."
Following today's partnership agreement, SOCAR's vice-president on marketing and investments, Elshad Nasirov, said: "We are thrilled to be involved with this forward-thinking project, and SOCAR takes great pride in its association with the world of sport. Sponsorships across sport are a very significant point for us, and for SOCAR to be associated with such a large-scale and exciting competition as the 2016 UEFA European Football Championship is very important. This sponsorship provides us with a unique platform to raise the international profile of SOCAR, and reflects our vision of establishing and building a premium brand in the energy sector."
UEFA Events is a wholly owned subsidiary of UEFA, created to handle the European football governing body's commercial and event operations. CAA Eleven is the exclusive marketing agency of UEFA appointed to manage commercial rights to UEFA national team competitions, including the UEFA European Football Championship, UEFA European U21 Championship, UEFA European Women's Championship, UEFA European Futsal Championship and the European Qualifiers.

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Paris date for UEFA EURO 2016 visual launch
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 11.12CET
The Pavillon Cambon Capucines in Paris will host the unveiling of the UEFA EURO 2016 visual identity on 26 June, signalling another milestone on the way to the final round in France.
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Twenty-four teams will compete for the Henri Delaunay Cup in 2016

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The visual identity for UEFA EURO 2016 in France will be unveiled on Wednesday 26 June at Paris's Pavillon Cambon Capucines.
UEFA President Michel Platini, the president of the French Football Federation (FFF), Noël Le Graët, and the president of EURO 2016 SAS, Jacques Lambert, will take part in the ceremony, which starts at 11.30CET.
With three years still to go, the ceremony signals the start of a countdown to a tournament in which 24 teams will compete at ten venues from 10 June to 10 July 2016. The logo launch will be preceded by a public display of a giant replica of the Henri Delaunay Cup on Sunday 23 and Monday 24 June in Paris.
A video will be uploaded on to the EBU website on 26 June in the afternoon. The logo and press kit will be available for download from UEFA.com.
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UEFA EURO 2016 logo unveiled
Published: Wednesday 26 June 2013, 12.30CET
The UEFA EURO 2016 logo was launched in Paris, drawing together the Henri Delaunay Cup and the national colours of hosts France around the theme 'Celebrating the art of football'.
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UEFA EURO 2016 logo

UEFA EURO 2016 moved a step closer on Wednesday with the launch of the distinctive, visually arresting logo for the final tournament.
The bold design, drawn from the theme 'Celebrating the art of football', was unveiled in the appropriately opulent surrounds of Paris's Pavillon Cambon Capucines. It aims to bring together the creativity that defines French culture with the beauty of the game and give UEFA EURO 2016 its own personality – thus enhancing the prestige of one of the world's biggest sporting events by providing an easily recognisable identity.
Conceived by Brandia Central, the Portuguese agency behind the UEFA EURO 2012 insignia, the UEFA EURO 2016 logo is a representation of various art movements and football elements. Different inspirations can be identified, all centred around the iconic Henri Delaunay Cup. The red, white and blue of the French flag combine with flowing lines and shapes to produce a contemporary and bold style, lending the logo distinction and elegance.
France has long been a source of inspiration for artists worldwide; in 1,080 days' time, between 10 June and 10 July, it will also supply the perfect canvas for the beautiful game.
* Please note that 'Celebrating the art of football' is not the slogan for UEFA EURO 2016.
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