June sees the European football championships kicking off, with four of the five home nations hoping to end the reign of Spain on the south side of the channel.
England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and Wales will turn crusaders as they travel to France for the tournament’s 15th edition with each looking to bring the Henri Delaunay trophy back to home soil for the first time.
The 2016 celebration of European football will see an extended 24 countries gather on the Gallic nation rather than the previous 16 – a move which has allowed Northern Ireland and Wales to make their first appearance at a championships.
And even though the north east’s footballing scene may be undergoing a minor crisis, unless you’re a Middlesbrough fan – with Sunderland and Newcastle regularly struggling – there is still a strong link between the region and the quadrennial championships.
Newcastle’s own Alan Shearer and Paul Gascoigne took England to within an outstretched leg of the 1996 final on the way to a semi-final appearance, while a number of toon players are expected to appear for the hosts. Sunderland’s Jermain Defoe has also been in form and will be looking to force a way into Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions squad.
It’s sure to be a lively event but if you are planning to go to games hosted in one of ten French cities and don’t like the hustle and bustle, let Week2Week make the save for you.
With serviced apartments based all around Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a city rich in sporting history of its own, it enjoys favourable transport links to France and wider Europe – be it a 40 minute flight, or a relaxing six-hour train journey. It all means you can take in the atmosphere of a unique tournament and be back home for tea on Tyneside – toasting a victory for our home nations with a bit of luck.
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So bon voyage from your friends at Week2Week.