Host France will open Euro 2016 against Romania as the draw for the 24-group competition was made Saturday in Paris.
The Stade de France, focused in the Paris assaults a month ago, will be the venue for the first match and also the last on July 10.
The draw at Le Palais des Congres in the French capital was held in the midst of tight security as the agents of the taking an interest countries took in their rivals for next summer’s finals.
Albania and Switzerland will be joining the French and Romania in Group A – one of six with four groups each.
“To face France in the opening match, when the entire world will be watching, is something fabulous”. The draw service for the European Championships has commenced in Paris with a musical excursion through the way of life of the host country France.
Ruling champions Spain didn’t inspire in Brazil however the bookmakers accept they’re still a power to be figured with on the worldwide stage, offering chances of 9/2 (5.50) from 5/1 (6.0) on La Roja safeguarding their crown and winning a third successive European title.
Romania striker Claudiu Keseru, who burned through 11 seasons playing in France, told the authority UEFA site that the draw was a blessing from heaven.
“To face France in the opening match, when the entire world will be watching, is something phenomenal. The weight is on them. For us it’s just an additional inspiration,” he said.
Guarding champion Spain was matched again with Croatia in Group D, having secured a 1-0 triumph at the same stage in 2012 while in transit to a second in a row European Championship crown.