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Sweden hopes for dream Euro 2016 draw in Paris

Published lördag 12 december 2015 kl 13.07
"Only 8 out of 24 teams will be eliminated at the group stage"
(1:25 min)
Euro 2016 i Frankrike. Foto: Lionel Cironeau/AP/TT
Euro 2016 i Frankrike. Photo: Lionel Cironeau/AP/TT

Another event is happening today in Paris - the group stage draw for Euro 2016, in which Sweden will find out who they will meet at next summer's tournament in France.

Sweden, who qualified through the play-offs, are in Pot 3, so cannot meet Poland, Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia and Hungary in the Group draw.

A 'dream' draw for Sweden would be England, Switzerland and Albania. A 'nightmare' draw would contain either Spain or Germany from Pot 1, Italy from Pot 2 and Gareth Bale's Wales in Pot 4.

However, the newly expanded format of 24 teams makes it easier to go through to the knockout stages. In fact more teams will go through to the last 16 than depart early. The top two in each group progress, but the four sides who finish third with the best points tallies will also go through.

That means only eight out of 24 teams will be eliminated at the group stage.

By the end of tonight's draw, which takes place at 6pm, there will be six groups of four teams for the tournament, which begins on 10 June.

Pot 1: Spain (holders), Germany, England, Portugal, Belgium

Pot 2: Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Ukraine*

Pot 3: Czech Republic, Sweden*, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary*

Pot 4: Turkey, Republic of Ireland*, Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland

*Play-off winners

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