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Yesterdays: Hillsborough host venue for Euro 96

6 June 2016

Euro 2016 is set to kick off this week on Friday as hosts France face Romania at the Stade de France.

England’s first game follows soon after, as Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions take on Russia in their opening group B clash.

It’s now 20 years since the European Championships were staged in this country when Hillsborough was selected as a host venue for the showpiece tournament.

Along with Wembley, Old Trafford, Anfield, Villa Park, Elland Road, St James’ Park and The City Ground, Hillsborough was one of eight stadia utilised for Euro 96.

Three games took place in S6 in total and all in Group D, with the first coming on Thursday 9 June in a 1-1 draw between Denmark and Portugal.

One week later Croatia stunned the Danes by recording a 3-0 win at the home of the Owls before Denmark responded by defeating Turkey by the same scoreline in the final group game.

Portugal and Croatia qualified from Group D, where half the games were played at Hillsborough and the other half at The City Ground.

England were of course knocked out at the semi final stage by Germany on penalties, who went on to win the tournament.

Alan Shearer finished as top scorer with five goals and received the Golden Boot award.

Good luck this time around England! 

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