By Ronan Joyce, Sports Partnerships, and Subikksha Balaje, Data Analyst

During the 2016 UEFA European Championship taking place in France from June 10 – July 10, you can follow all the action on Facebook and Instagram.

In what will be the biggest UEFA European Championship to date with 24 teams, fans from around the world have already been buzzing on Facebook about their favorite teams and players.  Across the globe, 84 million people have already had 221 million interactions related to the Euros (May 1 – June 7, 2016).

The most talked about teams, globally, are:

  1. France
  2. England
  3. Russia
  4. Germany
  5. Italy

Follow the Action on Facebook

On Facebook, follow the UEFA Euro Page for in-depth analysis in the build up to match days, such as the Switzerland team sending their fans wild in an open training session! 

With the teams, Facebook Live is bringing supporters into the heart of training camps:

  • Belgium’s players are taking part in Live Q&As with fans
  • Germany are showcasing open training through sessions
  • England are Spain streaming media conferences direct to their fans
  • Italy are providing a unique perspective on practice sessions
  • Wales are showcasing their training complex and media centre
  • Portugal have been giving fans an inside look in their warm up games

 Spain’s goalkeeper Iker Casillas is also talking directly to fans via Facebook Live from inside the team’s base in Saint-Martin-de-Ré.

Euro 2016 official music ambassador David Guetta is joining in on the fun, too, by going live at his kick-off concert!

Facebook video content is also giving fans the opportunity to see some of the best bits from training, such as when host country France showcased the skills of top talent such as Antoine Griezmann and Paul Pogba.

Get a Unique Perspective on Instagram 

On Instagram, players and teams are giving fans a look at the tournament from a different angle.

France midfielder Paul Pogba is regularly using video to share moments with his fans, such as this from the team hotel with Antoinne Griezmann, while France is using the platform to creatively share team announcements.

Ahead of tournament kick-off, we have seen Spain’s Sergio Ramos share a video of him cutting Alvaro Morata’s hair, Belgium’s Simon Mignolet share clips of his goalkeeping skills, Joe Hart posting about his nutmeg of teammate John Stones and Portugal’s Nani welcome his son to the national team!

 

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Follow the Top 11 Euro 2016 Players on Facebook (based on number of Likes):

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Mesut Özil
  3. Gareth Bale
  4. Andrés Iniesta
  5. Ilker Casillas
  6. Wayne Rooney
  7. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  8. Sergio Ramos
  9. Gerard Piqué
  10. Pepe
  11. Mario Götze

 

Follow the Top 11 Euro 2016 Players on Instagram (based on number of followers):

  1. Cristiano Ronaldo
  2. Gareth Bale
  3. Zlatan Ibrahimovic
  4. Andres Iniesta
  5. Sergio Ramos
  6. Iker Casillas,
  7. Gerard Piqué
  8. Toni Kroos
  9. Mesut Özil
  10. Wayne Rooney
  11. Jordi Alba