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Football of a different sort

Countries compete for tournament a year in advance.


April 3, 2015 | Latest Photo Prev Next
Israel defender Orel Dgani (L) fights for the ball with Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (R) on March 31, 2015 during a Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Israel and Belgium at a stadium in Jerusalem. Israel defender Orel Dgani (L) fights for the ball with Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (R) on March 31, 2015 during a Euro 2016 qualifying football match between Israel and Belgium at a stadium in Jerusalem. Photo: Jack Guez / AFP/Getty Images
April 3, 2015 | Latest Photo

Israel defender Orel Dgani (left) battles for the ball with Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel (right) on March 31 during a soccer match in Jerusalem. Belgium beat Israel 1-0. 

The match was part of the qualifying rounds for the 2016 European Championships which will take place next summer in 10 French cities.

53 countries – including Spain, Germany, Switzerland and England – are competing for their spot in the tournament.

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