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Euro 2016: 5 interesting facts about the tournament

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Who will claim the coveted European Championship?

Euro 2016 is all set to be a memorable one for more reasons than one. Not only does it have 24 teams, more than any previous European Championship but it will also have some remarkable stories like Austria, who have climbed nearly 100 places since their last Euro campaign in 2008 to be ranked 10th in the world.

While you probably did know about Austria's story, do you know Turkey's incredible Euro record? Or which team has the longest current unbeaten run of the sides playing in this year's tournament.

For all that and more, here are 7 interesting facts about the tournament that you may not know:

The battle to be the oldest player at a European Championship

Lothar Matthaus
Germany’s Lothar Matthaus’ 16-year-old record is all set to be broken

The record for the oldest player to play in a European Championship game belongs to Germany's Lothar Matthaus who was 39 years and 91 days when he took part in Euro 2000. But with two 40-year-old first choice goalkeepers in Euro 2016, it is only a matter of time before that record is broken.

Hungary's first-choice goalkeeper Gabor Kiraly and Republic of Ireland's Shay Given are both 40 and are separated by just 19 days. With Ireland playing Sweden first, Given is likely to be the first 40-year-old to play in a European Championship. If he doesn't, Kiraly, who is 19 days older than Given will take it.

However, by the end of the tournament, it is fairly likely that Kiraly will have the record for being the oldest player in the tournament history unless Ireland make it to the final and Hungary crash out early or if the Hungarian shot-stopper gets injured.

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