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Euro 2016

  • Episode: 

    1 of

  • Title: 

    France v Romania
  • Transmission (TX): 

    Fri 10 Jun 2016
  • TX Confirmed: 

    Yes
  • Time: 

    7.15pm - 10.15pm
  • Week: 

    Week 23 2016 : Sat 04 Jun - Fri 10 Jun
  • Channel: 

    ITV
  • Status: 

    New
A French legend, a host of European football talent and a ground-breaking new online partnership are all part of the package as ITV announces its in-depth coverage plans for the 2016 UEFA European Championship ahead of kick-off in France next month.
 
L’anticipation will be built across ITV’s platforms and on social media by the iconic image of Eric Cantona, who is the face and voice of its Euro 2016, fan-centric marketing campaign. 
 
A stellar squad of UK and continental football figures will lend their expertise and experience to ITV’s live free-to-air coverage, with representatives from the Home Nations and the Republic of Ireland as well as other European competing nations bringing viewers the best insight and analysis.
 
Additionally, ITV is delighted to announce details of an innovative online partnership with global football network Copa90, which will generate unique, original content every day throughout the tournament, to be shared across the ITV Hub and Copa90’s platforms.
 
ITV’s team will be based at a studio in Paris, overlooking the Seine and the iconic Notre Dame, to bring home to viewers the impact of the tournament from one of Europe’s most famous and beautiful cities. The team will criss-cross the country to deliver build-up, live coverage and analysis of games from in and around the stadia in the various tournament locations.
 
Those joining main presenter Mark Pougatch and the ITV Sport team include Slaven Bilic and Lothar Matthaus alongside Glenn Hoddle, Ian Wright and Lee Dixon, Peter Crouch, Tony Pulis, Emmanuel Petit, Christian Karembeu, Louis Saha, Norman Whiteside, Eniola Aluko and Richard Dunne.
 
Other key members of the ITV team include presenter Jacqui Oatley, commentators Clive Tyldesley, Sam Matterface, Joe Speight and David Stowell, co-commentators Andy Townsend and Iain Dowie, and reporters Gabriel Clarke and Leon Mann.
 
Key fixtures on ITV include England’s first and final group games against Russia and Slovakia, Northern Ireland v Ukraine, Russia v Wales and the Republic of Ireland’s games against Belgium and Italy. ITV’s group stage coverage also includes all of holders Spain’s matches and a standout tie between World Champions Germany and fierce rivals Poland.  ITV will have first pick of the round of 16 and semi finals, whilst joint Euro 2016 broadcaster, the BBC, has first two picks of the quarter-finals. Both ITV and BBC will show the final.
 
Featuring in the new Euro 2016 promotional clips produced for ITV’s marketing campaign, Eric Cantona tells viewers,  ‘ITV bring the games – you bring the luck.’  Focused on how fans and players alike interact with the game, the theme is superstition and the former player who famously wore his iconic number 7 Manchester United shirt with the collar turned up because he believed it brought him luck, appears and narrates over images of the often bizarre rituals supporters observe while willing their teams to victory.
 
In the clip, Cantona is also seen making a humorous reference to his famous, enigmatic remarks about seagulls following trawlers, which went down in football history when he made them at the height of a controversial period of his career at Manchester United in the 1990s.
 
In keeping with the fan-centric theme of the on-air trails, ITV’s Copa90 partnership will focus on football supporters throughout Euro 2016. The unique perspective of fans experiencing the tournament from each competing nation will be at the core of The Fans Daily, a brand new show that will be produced and presented by Copa90 host Eli Mengem and its network of creators [passionate and talented fans who film their stories for Copa90] across Europe and shared each day on the ITV Hub and Copa90’s platforms. The Fans Daily will draw on people in every corner of the continent to create a truly international, fans-first perspective of the Euros, showing just what effect the tournament is having in every country involved, as well as on the streets and in the stadiums of France, to provide a fresh and vibrant 360-degree experience of Euro 2016.
 
In tandem with The Fans Daily, the ITV Hub’s Euros coverage will also be enhanced by Le Petit Highlights. This exclusively online package is a five-minute daily round-up of all the goals and key moments from each match to allow fans on the move to catch up on all the action in France.
 
The Fans Daily and Le Petit Highlights mark the first time original online-only content has been commissioned and produced in this way for the ITV Hub.
 
As well as a dedicated, responsive Euro 2016 website, featuring the latest news and highlights, fans will also be able to watch in-match clips of goals and key moments from ITV’s live matches on ITV Football’s Twitter feed. And with live videos from our reporters on the ground in France streamed on ITV Football’s Facebook page, ITV’s digital coverage of a major sporting event has never been so comprehensive.
 
Niall Sloane, ITV Director of Sport, said: “Euro 2016 is one of the most anticipated football tournaments in recent memory for fans in the British Isles, with England, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland having qualified and the action taking place just a hop across the English Channel. With a range of football figures from both at home and abroad who have an abundance of expertise and personality as well as comprehensive plans to bring to our viewers at home all the insight and action on air and online, we’re looking forward to a tournament to remember.”
 
Ed Ross, ITV Head of Marketing and Media for News, Sport, Factual and ITV4, said: “To bring this unique French Summer of Sport to life for our viewers, we are very proud to announce two unique partnerships which are aimed at capturing the spirit of the excitement and action that lies ahead. 
 
“Eric Cantona is an extraordinary figure in sporting culture, who is able to convey in his singular way how and why so many of us are consumed by big sporting moments such as those coming up this summer. And Copa90 are leading the way in engaging with football fan culture across the world, so our partnership with them presents a new opportunity to enrich our coverage of the action on the pitch with an insight into how the Euros impact on supporters on the ground across the continent as the tournament progresses. For us, our campaign is all about helping fans to engage with what we hope will be an unforgettable summer of sporting action and we can't wait to get started."
 
James Kirkham, head of Copa90 and Chief Strategy Officer of Copa90 owner BigBalls Media, said: “People talk about being responsive, or creating quickly, or mining the views of fans. Nobody has ever delivered something like this that’s so ambitious and exciting around a tournament.”
 
“I’m so thrilled we are working with ITV to pull this off and genuinely believe this is going to become the template for all future sports coverage of major events.
 
“Quite simply, people demand authenticity and legitimacy and the perspective of the fans. For us to turn around such quality content so quickly and follow the stories which truly matter from the people who matter most is going to shake things up.”
 
The full split of the group stage matches is outlined below.
 
Euro 2016 – Group stage game split
 
Friday 10 June
 
20.00 (ITV) France v Romania
 
Saturday 11 June
 
14.00 (BBC) Albania v Switzerland
17.00 (BBC ) Wales v Slovakia
20.00 (ITV) England v Russia
 
Sunday 12 June
 
14.00 (ITV) Turkey v Croatia
17.00 (BBC) Poland v Northern Ireland
20.00 (BBC) Germany v Ukraine
 
Monday 13 June
 
14.00 (ITV) Spain v Czech Republic
17.00 (BBC) Republic of Ireland v Sweden
20.00 (BBC) Belgium v Italy
 
Tuesday 14 June
 
17.00 (ITV) Austria v Hungary
20.00 (BBC) Portugal v Iceland
 
Wednesday 15 June
 
14.00 (BBC) Russia v Slovakia
17.00 (ITV) Romania v Switzerland
20.00 (ITV) France v Albania
 
Thursday 16 June
 
14.00 (BBC) England v Wales
17.00 (ITV) Ukraine v Northern Ireland
20.00 (ITV) Germany v Poland
 
Friday 17 June
 
14.00 (ITV) Italy v Sweden
17.00 (BBC) Czech Republic v Croatia
20.00 (ITV) Spain v Turkey
 
Saturday 18 June
 
14.00 (ITV) Belgium v Republic of Ireland
17.00 (BBC) Iceland v Hungary
20.00 (BBC) Portugal v Austria
 
Sunday 19 June
 
20.00 (BBC) Romania v Albania
20.00 (BBC) Switzerland v France
 
Monday 20 June
 
20.00 (ITV) Russia v Wales
20.00 (ITV) Slovakia v England
 
Tuesday 21 June
 
17.00 (BBC) Northern Ireland v Germany
17.00 (BBC) Ukraine v Poland
20.00 (ITV) Croatia v Spain
20.00 (ITV) Czech Republic v Turkey
 
Wednesday 22 June
 
17.00 (BBC) Hungary v Portugal
17.00 (BBC) Iceland v Austria
20.00 (ITV) Italy v Republic of Ireland 
20.00 (ITV) Sweden v Belgium