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Ligue 1Ligue 1
Founded:1932
Number of teams:20 (last 3 descend to Ligue 2)
Champions League:3 teams
Europa League:1 team
Winner of league:plays for Trophée des champions with the winner Coupe de France
Club City Stadium Capacity
 1.      Olympique Marseille Marseille Stade Vélodrome 67 394
 2.      Olympique Lyon Lyon Parc Olympique Lyonnais 59 186
 3.      Lille OSC Lille Grand Stade Lille Métropole 50 157
 4.      Paris Saint Germain Paris Parc des Princes 48 700
 5.      Girondins Bordeaux Bordeaux Nouveau Stade de Bordeaux 42 115
 6.      AS Saint-Étienne Saint Étienne Stade Geoffroy Guichard 41 148
 7.      FC Nantes Nantes Stade de la Beaujoire 38 285
 8.      OGC Nice Nice Allianz Riviera 35 624
 9.      Toulouse FC Toulouse Stadium Municipal 35 472
 10.      Montpellier HSC Montpellier Stade de la Mosson 32 900
 11.      Stade Rennes Rennes Roazhon Park 29 778
 12.      Racing Strasbourg Strasbourg Stade de la Meinau 29 320
 13.      FC Metz Metz Municipal Saint Symphorien 26 671
 14.      SM Caen Caen Stade Michel d'Ornano 21 500
 15.      ES Troyes Troyes Stade de l'Aube 21 000
 16.      AS Monaco Monaco Stade Louis II 18 500
 17.      EA Guingamp Guingamp Stade du Roudourou 18 126
 18.      Angers SCO Angers Cedex Stade Jean Bouin 18 000
 19.      Dijon FCO Dijon Stade Gaston Gérard 15 995
 20.      Amiens SC Amiens Stade de la Licorne 12 097

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Stade de France – the main venue for the 2016 European Championship


Paris - Stade de FranceParis - Stade de France10.07.2016: The French national stadium, situated north of the centre of Paris, in the district of Saint-Denis, was built principally to provide venue for the 1998 World Cup. With a capacity of 81,000 seats it became the largest stadium in France and the main venue for the World Cup matches. The stadium hosted nine matches, including the opening match and the final. It will play a similar role during EURO 2016.

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Modernization of Park des Princes ahead of Euro 2016


Paris - Parc des PrincesParis - Parc des Princes08.07.2016: The Parc des Princes, or Park of the Princes, is the home ground of Paris Saint-Germain. The club has been playing there since 1974, which was four years after PSG had been started. The Parc des Princes, originally a multi-purpose venue, was built in 1897, and like most stadiums at that time it had a cycle track. The track was part of the stadium until 1967, when it hosted the final stage of the Tour de France for the last time. Five years later, a brand new stadium with a capacity of 48,700 was built on the site of the “vélodrome”.

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Presentation of the new EURO 2016 venue in Lyon
 

Lyon - Parc OLLyon - Parc OL

06.07.2016: Olympique Lyon played their very first match in 2016 at Parc Olympique Lyonnais, their new stadium, and they beat Troyes 4-1. It was decided that a new stadium would be built only after it had been confirmed that France would host the 2016 European Championship. The Lyon stadium will provide venue for four group matches, a round-of-16 match and a semi-final match. With a capacity of nearly 60,000 seats it is the third largest stadium in France.

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Presenting the Nice stadium for Euro 2016


Nice - Allianz RivieraNice - Allianz Riviera01.07.2016: The Allianz Group allied its name with yet another football stadium. There is the Allianz Arena in Munich, and now the new stadium in Nice has also been named in this fashion – since 2013 it has been called the Allianz Riviera stadium. However, the new home ground of OGC Nice, a Ligue 1 club, is not the last one. In 2016 the Allianz Stadion was newly built in Vienna, to become the new home ground of Rapid Vienna. Which European city will get the next Allianz stadium?

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Multi-purpose arena in Lille - another Euro 2016 venue


Lille - Stade Pierre-MauroyLille - Stade Pierre-Mauroy26.06.2016: In 2012 a new multi-purpose arena, with a capacity of 50,000 seats, was built in Lille. It will provide venue for the 2016 European Championship matches as well as the Lille OSC home matches. But that is not all. Thanks to its unique, movable pitch and retractable roof it can be used as a venue for various other sport matches. The construction of this multi-purpose arena, the size of a football stadium, cost 282 million EUR and it was done by the company Eiffage, which will be able to profit from using it for commercial purposes until 2043.

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Saint Étienne Stadium modernized prior to EURO 2016


St. Étienne - Geoffroy GuichardSt. Étienne - Geoffroy Guichard20.06.2016: Two years prior to the 2016 European Championship the modernization of the stadium in Saint Étienne, one of the ten venues for the championship, was completed. Renovation works took three years, from June 2011 to July 2014, and resulted in a completely new look of the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard. On the occasion, indoor facilities and all stands were renovated – the stands were expanded and new seats were installed there. As planned, there are 6,000 seats more, bringing the stadium capacity up to 41,148.

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Presentation of the Toulouse stadium – a venue for Euro 2016


Toulouse - Stadium MunicipalToulouse - Stadium Municipal13.06.2016: The Stadium Municipal in Toulouse is one of the ten stadiums, which will provide venue for EURO 2016. And it is this very stadium, nicknamed Mini Wembley on account of its original design, which will witness the first match of the Czech national team – against Spain on 13th June. The stadium, home ground of Toulouse FC, made history one year after its opening, as it provided venue for the 1938 World Cup, a third event of its kind.

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Presentation of the new EURO 2016 venue in Bordeaux


Nouveau Stade de BordeauxNouveau Stade de Bordeaux08.06.2016: Participants of the 2016 European Championship in France will have the chance to play at a brand new stadium in Bordeaux, which has a capacity of 42,000 and is called Nouveau Stade, “the New Stadium”. The stadium with a unique design has been the home ground of the local team, Girondins, since May 2015. It was built mainly to provide venue for EURO 2016 and the draws will show which teams will play there. The old stadium, Stade Chaban Delmas, which had a capacity of 34,000 and was built in 1924, did not meet UEFA requirements for a Euro venue.

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Modernization of Lens stadium ahead of Euro 2016


Lens - Stade Bollaert-DelelisLens - Stade Bollaert-Delelis17.05.2016: In the eighty years of its history the Stade Bollaert-Delelis, which has been the home ground of RC Lens since its opening in 1933, has undergone several transformations. The last three major renovations were each carried out on the occasion of a major football tournament. The first one was the 1984 European Championship and the second one was the 1998 World Cup - during the second renovation the stadium was rebuilt in the English style, with four separate stands, made of reinforced concrete.

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The renovated Stade Vélodrome opened


Marsille - Stade VélodromeMarsille - Stade Vélodrome07.01.2015: After the renovation works, which went on for three years, were completed earlier this year, Stade Vélodrome was officially opened by a French league match between Olympique Marseille and Toulouse, which the home team won 2:0. The match was seen by 61,846 spectators, which is a record number, beating the previous record by several thousands. Apart from Ligue 1 matches the stadium will host many other events: international matches, rugby matches, concerts, Euro 2016 matches and possibly also a Champions League final.

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