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It’s time for kick-off at Euro 2016 with some of the finest football teams in the world heading for France, along with first-timers such as Iceland and Albania. Bale, Lewandowski, Kane, Muller – you name it, they’ll be knocking in goals everywhere from Lille to Marseille. To get you in the matchday mood, here’s Azimo’s team-by-team preview:

France 16/5

Best result: Winners

World ranking: 17th

Azimo prediction: Semi-finals

The last time Les Bleus hosted a major footie tournament, in 1998, they ended up parading the trophy down the Champs-Elysees. So it’s no surprise that they’re starting as favourites this time round. Real Madrid superstar Karim Benzema won’t be there (he’s currently being investigated for his part in an alleged blackmail plot). But the team is dripping with young talent, from Antoine Griezmann to Paul Pogba.

One to watch: Paul Pogba

Germany 9/2

You don't forget these moments… #Mustafi #Germany #EURO2016

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Best result: Winners

World ranking: 4th

Azimo prediction: Winners

Joachim Low’s mighty Germans are the current World Champions, having beaten the South Americans in their own backyard in 2014, and most people are expecting them to at least make it to the final in Paris. Bundesliga big guns Bayern Munich stormed to the domestic double this season and their squad makes up the bulk of the national XI, from goalie Manuel Neuer to striker Thomas Muller. Tight-knit is an understatement.

One to watch: Thomas Muller

Spain 9/2

Group photo #Spain. ? @sefutbol #EURO2016

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Best result: Winners

World ranking: 6th

Azimo prediction: Runners-up

Spain’s dream team were made to look very ordinary in the 2014 World Cup, when they were humiliated by Holland and Chile and couldn’t get out of the group stage. The scars are slowly healing, but coach Vicente del Bosque is playing it cool – he recently said he’d be happy with a top four finish this time round. We’re just not sure the other 46 million La Roja fans would agree.

One to watch: Andres Iniesta

England 9/1

??? #together #england

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Best result: Semi-finals

World ranking: 11th

Azimo prediction: Quarter-finals

England are looking pretty confident for once. They scored a perfect 10/10 in their qualifying group and have two young guns up front – Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Leicester City’s Jamie Vardy can outpace any defender on the right day. Of course, the 2014 World Cup was a total disaster and England didn’t even get to the knockout stages, but 50 years of hurt still doesn’t stop the fans dreaming.

One to watch: Harry Kane

Belgium 11/1

That low centre of gravity. #EURO2016 #BELITA #Hazard

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Best result: Runners-up

World ranking: 2nd

Azimo prediction: Quarter-finals

Belgium have gone from zeros to heroes during the last decade. Having missed out on qualification for the last three Euros, they’re now miraculously ranked No.2 in the world, in a South American sandwich between Argentina and Colombia. Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne et al have got a decent chance in France this summer, but captain Kompany’s latest injury means he’ll have to look on from the sidelines.

One to watch: Eden Hazard

Portugal 14/1

Bonjour, @cristiano! ? Portugal are the 24th team to arrive in #france #EURO2016

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Best result: Runners-up

World ranking: 8th

Azimo prediction: Semi-finals

Despite the inflated opinion Cristiano Ronaldo may have of himself, Portugal are a long way from being a one-man band, with plenty of exciting young talent on display. They’ve never won the Euros, but they’ve come very close and have made it to the knockout stages in the last five tournaments. This time round, they swapped coaches after a humiliating 1-0 loss to lowly Albania, but they won the next seven qualifiers on the trot.

One to watch: William Carvalho

Italy 16/1

Oggi palleggio a ritmo di entusiasmo! #Nutella

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Best result: Winners

World ranking: 12th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

The Azzurri dream team is heading to France without Mario Balotelli and Andrea Pirlo, and they’ve also dropped out of the world’s Top 10 of late, but manager Antonio Conte is still supremely confident that they can do well in the tournament. And even if they don’t, he probably won’t mind that much – he’s off to take charge of Chelsea as soon as the final whistle blows.

One to watch: Giorgio Chiellini

Croatia 25/1

SOCAR stat of the day: When #Modric scores #Croatia (usually) win! #EURO2016!

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Best result: Semi-finals

World ranking: 27th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

Real Madrid midfield maestro Luca Modric, Barcelona’s brilliant Ivan Rakitic and Juventus goal machine Mario Mandzukic are three of the most exciting footballers in Europe at the moment, and if they’re all on form then Croatia can expect to at least progress to the knockout stages of Euro 2016. Another factor in the team’s favour is the fervent fans, who will be heading to France in their thousands to cheer on their homegrown heroes.

One to watch: Ivan Rakitic

Russia 66/1

Best result: Winners

World ranking: 29th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

The Russians will be favourites to accompany England out of Group B and into the knockout stages, but Moscow shouldn’t start celebrating just yet. They’re no longer the footballing superpower they used to be, and they’ve also just lost the services of CSKA Moscow midfielder Alan Dzagoev. The joint top scorer from Euro 2012 has limped out with a broken foot.

One to watch: Oleg Shatov

Poland 50/1

Poland – Northern Ireland! #rl9

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Best result: Group stage

World ranking: 27th

Azimo prediction: Quarter-finals

Bayern Munich superstar striker Robert Lewandowski leads the Poles at Euro 2016, having knocked in a record-equalling 13 goals in qualifying. But Poland also leaked ten into their own net, so goalie Lukasz Fabianski will have to be alert between the posts. As long as Lewandowski keeps scoring at the other end, though, they should make it to the business end of the competition.

One to watch: Robert Lewandowski

Austria 40/1

Austria's divine ponytail #EURO2016

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Best result: Group stage

World ranking: 10th

Azimo prediction: Quarter-finals

This is only the second Euro Championships that Austria has managed to qualify for and at the last one they didn’t win a single game. So they’ve got lots to prove in France, where they’re up against Portugal, Iceland and Hungary. Bayern Munich star David Alaba is one of the best attacking left backs in the world, so there’s a fair chance they’ll get out of their group – and even win a Euro game or two at last.

One to watch: David Alaba

Switzerland 50/1

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Best result: Group stage

World ranking: 15th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

They may be ranked above France by FIFA, but we’ve learned recently not to trust everything football’s governing body says. In truth, the Swiss have a mountain to climb here. They lost three of their last five warm-up matches and they’ve also never managed to get beyond the group stages. So, all things considered, 50-1 odds seem about even.

One to watch: Granit Xhaka

Wales 80/1

Best result: Winners

World ranking: 26th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

The last time Wales qualified for a major tournament was back in 1958, when they reached the last eight – only to go out to a single goal from a young lad called Pele. Fast forward six decades and this time the Welsh have their own genius to inspire them – Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale. It’s Wales’s first Euro Championships and they’ve been picked in a group with England. Gareth vs Harry on 16th June could be a tasty local derby.

One to watch: Gareth Bale

Turkey 66/1

Best result: Semi-finals

World ranking: 18th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

Turkey wouldn’t have chosen to be placed in a group with Spain, Croatia and the Czech Republic, and they’re going to have to play well to get out of it – hence the hefty odds. But they’re actually ranked above two of their opponents by FIFA and young Turks such as German-born striker Hakan Calhanoglu are making a real impact on the European scene.

One to watch: Hakan Calhanoglu

Iceland 125/1

#iceland got some ⚽️ skills #EURO2016

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Best result: N/A

World ranking: 34th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

If there were a trophy for best manager’s name, then surely Iceland’s Lars Lagerback would be holding it aloft this summer. There isn’t, of course, and the Nordic island nation has little chance of reaching the final in Paris. But their recent volcanic surge up the world rankings has seen them rise from 131st to 34th in the space of just four years and qualify for their first major tournament ever. Swansea City midfielder Sigurdsson is the biggest star.

One to watch: Gylfi Sigurdsson

Sweden 100/1

#euro2016

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Best result: Semi-finals

World ranking: 35th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Sweden usually make it to the Euro party every four years, but their glory days are gone and they haven’t made it out of the group stages in the last two tournaments. But that doesn’t stop their talismanic striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, still believing (in himself mostly). In 2013, he modestly stated: ‘When you buy me, you are buying a Ferrari.’ Let’s hope he knows how to drive in France.

One to watch: Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Republic of Ireland 100/1

(IRELAND)1-0 (SWITZERLAND #euro2016france #coybig

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Best result: Group stage

World ranking: 33rd

Azimo prediction: Group stage

The pluck of the Irish helped them scrape through the qualifiers with a hard-fought play-off victory against Bosnia & Herzegovina. Martin O’Neill’s side are a very long shot for European glory, but 100-1 odds won’t dampen their spirits. What might do, though, is the prospect of getting out of the Group of Death – they’re up against Belgium, Italy and Sweden.

One to watch: Jon Walters

Ukraine 66/1

Lots of experience in the #Ukraine dressing room! #GERUKR #EURO2016

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Best result: Group stage

World ranking: 19th

Azimo prediction: Last 16

Off the pitch, Ukraine has been to hell and back during the last couple of years. So Euro 2016 is being seen as the ideal chance for the country to get together behind its footballing heroes and leave its troubles behind for a few weeks. The players were given a rousing send-off from Kiev, but they only made it to France via the play-offs and might struggle this summer.

One to watch: Andriy Yarmolenko

Czech Republic 125/1

SOCAR stat of the day: #Rosicky making history… again! #EURO2016

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Best result: Winners

World ranking: 30th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

They have won the Euro title once before, back in 1976 as Czechoslovakia. Coach Pavel Vrba did a great job in qualifying this time round, but the odds are heavily stacked against them repeating the feat. Arsenal’s Petr Cech is a world-class goalkeeping giant, but he’ll have to use every inch of his 6ft 5in frame to keep his teammates in the tournament.

One to watch: Petr Cech

Slovakia 150/1

Il capitano! #MarekHamsik

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Best result: N/A

World ranking: 24th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Euro virgins Slovakia line up against England, Wales and Russia in their group, so they could struggle to make it to the knockout stages. Confidence is high, especially after beating Spain in the qualifiers. But with the likes of Gareth Bale and Harry Kane running at him, dogged Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel will have to be as solid as Slovakian rock.

One to watch: Marek Hamsik

Romania 125/1

#Romania defender Cristian #Săpunaru is ready for #EURO2016 ? @echipanationala

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Best result: Quarter-finals

World ranking: 22nd

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Manager Angel Iordanescu has come back out of retirement for his third stint in charge of the Romanian national team, having previously taken them to the last eight of the World Cup more than 20 years ago. They only let in two goals during qualifying and they recently enjoyed a 20-game unbeaten run, but opening matches against France and Switzerland could change all that.

One to watch: Vlad Chiriches

Hungary 400/1

Best result: Semi-finals

World ranking: 20th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

Looking at the stats above, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Hungary is a footballing force to be reckoned with this summer. But history hangs heavy on the Magnificent Magyars – that third place was back in 1964 and they haven’t even qualified for the European Championships for 44 years. As coach Bernd Storck put it: ‘Making the second round is not an expectation, rather a dream.’

One to watch: Balazs Dzsudzsak

Northern Ireland 300/1

Lafferty and @wojciechszczesny1. Great sportsmanship ?? #EURO2016

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Best result: N/A

World ranking: 25th

Azimo prediction: Group stage

This is the big one for Northern Ireland, as they’ve made it to their first ever European Championships by winning their qualifying group. The country is united behind them, and even golfing star Rory McIlroy chipped in by visiting the training ground to wish the boys luck. They’re going to need it, though, with Germany, Poland and Ukraine lying in wait.

One to watch: Kyle Lafferty

Albania 400/1

#matchday#albania#france#Xhaka14 @tx.34

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Best result: N/A

World ranking: 42nd

Azimo prediction: Group stage

This is Albania’s first appearance at a major tournament and there’s a reason they’re joint bottom in the betting stakes. They had to fight their way through qualifying, literally in the case of their infamous game against bitter rivals Serbia, and the chances of them ‘doing a Leicester City’ are about as likely as Leicester City doing the same again next season.

One to watch: Taulant Xhaka

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*Betting odds courtesy of Paddy Power