Football’s European Championships take place in France in June and July, with some of the world’s greatest players on show – and as Kenya Airways flies to Paris there’s no reason to miss out!
Many of the world’s top players, including England’s Wayne Rooney and Spain’s Andres Iniesta will be there in a feast of football.
For the first time the tournament features 24 teams. It starts on 10 June and ends with the final in the Stade de France on 10 July. Matches will be played right across France, including in Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Lille, Nice and Lens, with every city featuring a fan zone so that even supporters without tickets can enjoy the action.
France and Germany are early favourites to lift the trophy, but England qualified with a 100 per cent record and Belgium are currently the second highest-ranked team in the world.
“It’s going to be a very close tournament,” said England’s Rooney. “There are a lot of great teams there and everyone wants to win it. The Euros can be even tougher than a World Cup because there are no minnows. Every game is against a top team.”
South Africa, semi-finalists in last year’s World Cup, are back on home soil with a three-match Test series against Ireland this month. Kenya’s team, meanwhile, will be preparing for the Africa Cup held in July against Namibia, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
The 17th annual Safaricom Marathon and Half Marathon will take place at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Kenya on Saturday 25 June, taking in some of Africa’s most beautiful scenery.
Organised by Tusk Trust and Lewa and supported by Safaricom, this fundraising event will host 1200 runners from over 20 different countries. The Safaricom Marathon is regarded as one of the toughest marathons in the world. However, runners of all abilities take part – from walkers and amateurs, to professionals such as Paul Tergat, the Kenyan former world record holder.
Those who do enter are rewarded with incredible scenery and wildlife along the route. Mount Kenya lies to the south and there are breathtaking views north towards Samburu and Mount Ololokwe. The heavily protected 61,000-acre wildlife conservancy is home to more than 100 rhino, as well as elephant, zebra, giraffe and buffalo.
Quick chat with Cristiano Ronaldo
Real Madrid football legend wants a title with his country
Q You’ve won so much in your career, Cristiano. What’s your biggest dream left in football?
I think it would be for my country, Portugal, to win at Euro 2016. At club level and on a personal level I’ve already won everything. But I haven’t won a title with the national team.
Q How would you feel if Portugal could do it?
It would be the pinnacle of a great career and this is what I’m hoping for. My hope is that this will be the year.
Q Are you aiming to win the Golden Boot at Euro 2016? Do you see yourself as the best striker in Europe?
Let’s see. There are many great strikers in Europe. People like [Wayne]Rooney and [Robert] Lewandowski. These are great players. Let’s see what happens.
What’s on in June?
Tri Nations Cricket, West Indies
4 Horse Racing
Derby Day, Epsom
Men’s Champions Trophy, Argentina
Diamond League, Birmingham
French Open Final, Paris
England v Sri Lanka, Lord’s,
10-10 July Football
Euro 2016, France
11 Rugby Union
South Africa v Ireland, Cape Town
World Series, Leeds
10-12 Formula 1
Canadian GP, Montreal
Queen’s Club, London
14-18 Horse Racing
US Open, Oakmont CC, Pennsylvania
17-19 Formula 1
Azerbaijan GP, Baku
18 Rugby Union
South Africa v Ireland, Johannesburg
21, 24, 26, 29 and 2 July Cricket
England v Sri Lanka one-day series, England
25 Rugby Union
South Africa v Ireland, Port Elizabeth
Safaricom Marathon, Kenya
27-10 July Tennis