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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.


France, Romania, Albania, Switzerland


England, Russia, Wales, Slovakia


Germany, Ukraine, Poland, Northern Ireland


Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Croatia


Belgium, Italy, Republic of Ireland, Sweden


Portugal, Iceland, Austria, Hungary



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    Every school in Turkey now has ADSL internet connection.  

  • Double-lane roads save 1525 lives

    The number of people who were killed in traffic accidents dropped to 4,041 in 2010 from 5,566 in 2000 thanks to 13,500 more kilometers of double-lane roads, which saved 1,525 lives a year on average. 

58 million

The number of people using credit cards in Turkey in 2015

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    Carrying 18 million passengers in the Asia-Europe transit corridor in 2010, Turkey saw the highest increase in transit passenger numbers in the world. 

  • Scholarship to Returning Academics

    The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey now offers 3. 250 TL monthly scholarship to returning academics who complete their Ph.Ds abroad. 

  • From Electricity Importer to Exporter

    Turkey increased electricity production from 31 thousand to 45 thousand megawatts in ten years and started selling electricity to Georgia, Syria and Greece. 

  • Public debt ratio lowest in Europe

    The ratio of Turkey’s public debt to national income has dropped to 28.2 percent from 61.4 percent 10 years ago.  

  • Investing in Farmers

    Turkey increased agricultural investments in the past 10 years from 1.8 billion TL to 9 billion TL.  

  • Government Takes Care of Traffic Accident Victims

    The government now covers all medical expenses of those injured in traffic accidents. 

  • First step for Turkish fighter jet

    Feasibility works have been launched for first Turkish fighter jet planned to be completed by 2023, the centenary of the Republic of Turkey. 

  • 5000 more licensed tourist guides

    The number of licensed tourist guides has risen to 12,517 in 2010, from 7,658 eight years ago. 

  • Record Growth in Technology Sector

    The Turkish technology sector grew 19.4% in 2010, closing the year with 17.5 billion TL revenue.