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Euro 2016: Turkey faces Spain, Czech Republic, Croatia

Paris group-stage draw produces stern test for Turkey against current European champions.

The 24 nations participating in the 2016 European Championship have discovered who their group-stage opponents will be next summer. 

Turkey will face Spain -- crowned European champions in the last two tournaments -- the Czech Republic and Croatia in Group D.

The Euro 2016 draw was held on Saturday night in Paris, capital of the host country.

France will compete with Romania, Albania and Switzerland in Group A.

For the first time, the European Championship will see 24 teams fighting for the trophy, up from 16 in previous tournaments.

Four teams (Iceland, Wales, Albania and Northern Ireland) are participating for the first time, while the big absence is the Netherlands.

The championship will kick off on June 10, with the France - Romania match to be played in Stade de France.

The final will be played in the same stadium on July 10.

GROUP A

France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland

GROUP B

England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia

GROUP C

Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland

GROUP D

Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia

GROUP E

Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden

GROUP F

Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary

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