Spain await Euro 2016 draw

Spain will discover their opponents in the Euro 2016 group stage from 17:00 GMT this evening as they bid to join two exclusive clubs.

Having won the last two European Championships, La Roja are vying to follow in Argentina, Egypt and Iran’s footsteps of winning three consecutive confederation tournaments.

Additionally, they are hoping to beat Germany in becoming the first country to win four European titles, although the world champions’ last triumph came in 1996.

It is also the third European Championship to be held in France, the previous two coming in 1960 – the inaugural tournament – and 1984, which saw Les Bleus defeat Spain in the final.

Spain head into the draw as top seeds, meaning they cannot be paired with Germany, England, Portugal and Belgium this evening, but they can still face the likes of Italy, Switzerland and Croatia.

La Roja drew 1-1 with Italy in the opening game of the Euro 2012 group stage, before running out 4-0 victors in the final, and they will do battle again in the 2018 World Cup qualifying phase.

Euro 2016 also marks the first edition in which the Henri Delaunay trophy will be contested by 24 teams, as opposed to the usual 16.

Pot 1: France, Spain, Germany, England, Portugal, Belgium

Pot 2: Italy, Russia, Switzerland, Austria, Croatia, Ukraine

Pot 3: Czech Republic, Switzerland, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Hungary

Pot 4: Turkey, Republic of Ireland, Iceland, Wales, Albania, Northern Ireland

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