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August 15, 2022

Euro 2016: Familiar rivals for Romania

National football team of Romania will play in the Group F, against Greece and Hungary, the main rivals in their previous campaign for the World Cup closed last year when Romania, after overcame Hungary in the groups, lost their play-off against Greece. According the qualifying draw in Nice on Sunday the other opponents for Romania in Group F will be Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands.
Holders Spain will return to Ukraine, site of their 2012 European title success, in their attempt to reach UEFA EURO 2016 and become the first nation to win the tournament three times in a row, uefa.com reports.
Runners-up in the 2012 Kyiv showpiece, Italy are in Group H and will play two of the teams they met en route to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, Bulgaria and Malta, plus Azerbaijan, Croatia and Norway.
Germany – like Spain three-time winners of the competition – are in Group D alongside the Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia and Gibraltar, preparing to embark on their maiden qualifying campaign.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, who have qualified for Brazil 2014, their first major tournament, were the only team in pot one not involved at UEFA EURO 2012 and if they are to be present at their maiden continental finals they must negotiate a section comprising Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, and Andorra.
The European Qualifiers are made up of eight groups of six teams and one of five, who contest home and away fixtures. The nine section winners, the nine runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament. The eight remaining third-placed countries will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the 24-nation finals.
For the first time, qualifying takes place under the new Week of Football concept, in which games are played from Thursday to Tuesday. France are assured of their place in the final tournament, but will play centralised friendlies in accordance with the Week of Football schedule against those in the five-team qualifying pool: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia and Albania.

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