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RTÉ secure TV rights for biggest soccer event in 2016

Euro 2016 will be live on RTÉ next summer.

Spain have won the last two European Championships.
Spain have won the last two European Championships.
Image: Tony Marshall

NEXT YEAR’S EUROPEAN Championships in France will be shown live on RTE, it’s been announced today.

The state broadcaster confirmed they had secured the rights across TV and radio to broadcast the tournament, which takes place in June of 2016.

Next year’s tournament will be the biggest ever, with the championship expanding to 24 teams from 16, and an extra 20 games.

Group Head of Sport for RTE, Ryle Nugent says securing the rights for the tournament means it will be a huge year for sport at the state broadcaster.

“We are delighted to confirm that RTÉ has added the EURO 2016 finals to an already substantial schedule of major Irish and international sports events for 2016.

“Next year Irish audiences can look forward to EURO 2016 alongside the GAA Championships, the Olympic Games in Rio, the 6 Nations and all of Ireland’s competitive qualifiers for both Euro 2016 and the World Cup in 2018 and much more,” he said.

Ireland face an uphill battle if they are to make it to the tournament, currently sitting fourth in Group D, three points behind Scotland, who occupy the last available playoff position.

Their next games in the group are away to Gibraltar and home to Georgia in early September, before ending the campaign in October at home to Germany and away to Poland in their final group game.

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