Prepare the barbeque, stock the fridge with cold drinks and get ready for kick off on June 10. For the 15th UEFA European Championships is just a couple of weeks away now. Hosted by France, the Euro 2016 championships will showcase the cream of European football talent as 24 teams fight for glory to seize the coveted title at the final on 10th July at the impressive Stade de France in Paris. At the time of writing, the bookies favourites to win are the hosts, France, followed by reigning World Champions Germany, current Euro Campions Spain, Belgium and, England.

Of course, now’s the perfect time to start planning a European football tour adventure of your own. Many teams choose to enter a European tournament to enjoy competition with teams from the Continent. Others prefer to head to one of our featured football tour destinations to enjoy friendly matches with local teams, combined with European culture and hospitality. For something special, however, follow in the footsteps of the stars with a visit to a professional club. Many of the top players on show this summer play for the selection of top European clubs that are destinations on our school pro-club football experience tours. Typically, these tours include professional coaching with the club’s training staff; a behind the scenes tour of the home stadium; friendly matches against the club’s academy or feeder teams and the chance to watch a home game in season.

So how are some of our pro-club destinations represented in Euro 2016?

The French squad features Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Blaise Matuidi (PSG’s Parc des  Princes stadium will also host a number of the group stage matches), forward Antoine Griezman (tipped to be one of the top goal-scorers in the tournament) of Athletico Madrid, and  Paul Pogba (expected to be a contender for overall player of the tournament)  of Italian club Juventus. The German squad meanwhile features many stars of the domestic league such as goalkeeper Bernd Leno of Bayer Leverkusen, and defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Marco Reus of Borussia Dortmund.

Defending champions Spain will want to make up for their disappointing 2014 World Cup performance with a team featuring Juanfran and Saul Niguez of Athletico Madrid and Juventus forward Alvaro Morata. Our great English clubs will be well represented in Euro 2016 too. For example, the Italian squad features West Ham defender Angelo Ogbonna and Sunderland forward Fabio Borini. Finally, Roy Hodgson’s England squad features the likes of goalie Joe Hart and Raheem Sterling from Manchester City.

Dare we dream it? Could this be the year? Whatever happens, why not start planning a European tour of your own? Call us now to get the ball rolling!

 

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