The countdown for UEFA Euro 2016 officially began on Wednesday (June 26) as the logo for the European football championship was unveiled in Paris.
Two-time winners France are gearing up to host the championship for the third time after the first edition in 1960 and a home triumph in 1984.
France will have to build new stadiums or refurbish existing ones for the Euro 2016 which UEFA President Michel Platini believes will benefit French football.
While venues at St Etienne, Marseille or Bordeaux, used for the 1998 World Cup, are undergoing renovation, work has barely begun in Lyon.
The Euro 2016 finals will feature 24 teams for the first time instead of the usual 16.
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