French federation names host cities for Euro 2016
The French football federation has named the nine cities that
will host matches during the 2016 European championships.
Bordeaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nancy, Nice, Paris and
Saint-Denis were chosen on Friday ahead of Saint-Etienne and
Toulouse, which have been named as reserve locations.
The northern town of Lens was chosen despite its club being
demoted to the second division this season.
French federation president Fernand Duchaussoy said ”all the
bids were of a very, very high standard, but the choice was very
clear and decided at the first round of voting.”
Lyon was included despite legal problems surrounding the
building of a new stadium in the city. Four new stadiums in
Bordeaux, Lille, Lyon and Nice will be built for the