24 February 2014, 22:06
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Armenia draws Group I in 2016 Euro Cup

The qualifying draws for UEFA's EURO 2016 were announced Sunday.

Armenia drew in Group I, along with host country France, Portugal, Denmark, Serbia and Albania.

Armenia will play France later this October in France, then again in Yerevan in a 2015 match.

Armenia has never reached a UEFA European Championship final tournament. However, they boast the player with the most outings in qualifying competitions -- defender Sargis Hovsepyan with 47.

The European Qualifiers are made up of eight groups of six teams and one of five, who contest home and away fixtures.

The nine section winners, the nine runners-up and the best third-placed side will qualify directly for the final tournament.

The eight remaining third-placed countries will contest play-offs to determine the last four qualifiers for the 24-nation finals.

For the first time, qualifying takes place under the new Week of Football concept, in which games are played from Thursday to Tuesday.

France is assured of their place in the final tournament, but will play centralized friendlies in accordance with the Week of Football schedule against those in the five-team qualifying pool: Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia and Albania.

Group A
Netherlands, Czech Republic, Turkey, Latvia, Iceland, Kazakhstan

Group B
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Belgium, Israel, Wales, Cyprus, Andorra

Group C
Spain, Ukraine, Slovakia, Belarus, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Luxembourg

Group D
Germany, Republic of Ireland, Poland, Scotland, Georgia, Gibraltar

Group E
England, Switzerland, Slovenia, Estonia, Lithuania, San Marino

Group F
Greece, Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland, Faroe Islands

Group G
Russia, Sweden, Austria, Montenegro, Moldova, Liechtenstein

Group H
Italy, Croatia, Norway, Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Malta

Group I
Portugal, Denmark, Serbia, Armenia, Albania

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