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Euro 2016 match schedule -- when and where are the games in France?

The ESPN FC crew don't expect any upsets at Euro 2016, listing the usual suspects as potential winners.

With 20 of the 24 nations competing at Euro 2016 now decided -- with the final four to come through November's playoffs -- UEFA has announced the tournament schedule for next summer.

Here, we look at the full match schedule for the competition, ahead of the finals draw which will take place on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. CET/12 p.m. ET.

Key: In the knockout stages, "W" denotes the group winner and "R" the runner-up. For example, WF vs. RE is the winner of Group F vs. the runner-up of Group E.


Sheikh Salman endorsed by Asian confederation executive committee

ESPN FC's Gab Marcotti gives his thoughts on the potential sanctions that will be handed down by the FIFA ethics committee.

GENEVA -- FIFA presidential candidate Sheikh Salman received an endorsement Friday from his executive committee colleagues at the Asian football confederation.

Three of the five FIFA candidates claim support from Asian voters, but the AFC said its 24-member executive committee unanimously backed Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, a member of the Bahraini royal family.

"The members of the AFC executive committee passed a resolution urging all member associations to unite behind and support the...

Real Madrid's Raphael Varane diagnosed with thigh muscle injury

Raphael Varane stood tall for Real in their scoreless Champions League quarterfinal first leg versus Atletico.
Raphael Varane has played in all five of Real Madrid's UCL group games this season.

Real Madrid centre-back Raphael Varane has a muscle injury in his right thigh, the club announced on Friday.

Varane was taken off in the 33rd minute of Real Madrid's Champions League group stage match against Shakhtar on Wednesday with an apparent injury.

He was was replaced by Danilo, while Nacho took the Frenchman's place in the center of Madrid's defence.


Stoke's Mark Hughes not planning Phil Bardsley January loan

Phil Bardsley and Stoke can expect a good old-fashioned physical test in their FA Cup clash versus Rochdale.
Phil Bardsley has played just one league match for Stoke this season.

Mark Hughes has no intention of letting Phil Bardsley leave Stoke in January.

Stoke will be looking to maintain their good form when they travel to Sunderland on Saturday, but Bardsley is unlikely to feature against his old club.

Glen Johnson has displaced Bardsley in the Stoke first team since his summer arrival from Liverpool.

The former Manchester United defender has played just one league match so far this season and was sent off on his last appearance in the Capital One Cup against Chelsea.


 By Mark Rodden

Mathieu Valbuena 'very, very disappointed' with Karim Benzema

Lyon coach Hubert Fournier talks about Matheiu Valbuena's legal case ahead of his side's Ligue 1 derby against St Etienne.

Lyon winger Mathieu Valbuena has expressed his disappointment in Karim Benzema over the Real Madrid striker's alleged role in an attempt to blackmail him.

Earlier this month, Benzema, 27, was charged with conspiracy to blackmail as part of an investigation into an attempt to extort funds from 31-year-old Valbuena, a France international teammate, using a sex tape.

Wiretap evidence has been gathered in the case, and Benzema is suspected of acting as an intermediary on behalf of a childhood friend....

 By Mark Rodden

Valenciennes' David Le Frapper gets two-match ban for sexist ref rant

David Le Frapper
Le Frapper's comments were not well-received by the league's disciplinary committee despite his apology.

Valenciennes manager David Le Frapper must serve a two-game match day ban as a result of his sexist remarks about a female referee.

Le Frapper, 44, was widely condemned earlier this month after hitting out at Stephanie Frappart following her decision not to award his side a penalty during a Ligue 2 match against Laval.

"Apparently there's a penalty but she didn't see it or she was too far away," he said following the game. "She was doing ice-skating before... I don't know."

The Valenciennes...