How to play

As we head towards the biggest ever European Championships to date, we thought it's time to see what our Men United supporters are made of.

Step by step

  1. Download our Euro 2016 wall chart, stick it on the wall and get your friends involved.
  2. Each of you choose four teams you think will score a maximum of 21 goals between them across the tournament by midday on Friday 10 June.
  3. Enter the teams into our handy excel spreadsheet.
  4. Tell us you're playing! We'll enter you into a draw to win one of five personalised Men United shirts.
  5. Every time one of your teams scores a goal, you get a point. Score more than 21 points, and you’re bust and out of the pontoon.
  6. All goals scored from kick-off on 10 June 2016 to the last whistle of the final on 10 July 2016 count, except penalty shootouts.
  7. Use the spreadsheet tool to keep track of who goes bust and when by updating the results after each game.
  8. Donate!
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Viv Anderson's picks

We've asked former England full back Viv Anderson to select the four teams he thinks will lead him to Euro pontoon victory.

Viv Anderson England Fooball

Having represented his country in Euro '88, he should know a thing or too. And he's picked:

  • Albania
  • Iceland
  • Northern Ireland
  • Turkey

And it's a canny selection from former Arsenal, Manchester United, Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Barnsley player: Albania, Iceland and Northern Ireland have all qualified for the first time this year, while Turkey scored 8 goals reaching the semi finals the last time they featured back in 2008.

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Go the extra mile

If you want to pull out all the stops for the European Championships with your friends or at work, here are a few more ideas:

SWEEPSTAKE: Hold a good old-fashioned sweepstake with each player picking a country out of the hat.

SCORE PREDICTOR: Get your mates to predict all the scores, top scorers and winner of the tournament and find out who really has the knowledge.

EURO BAKE: Get your friends to bake for a country in Euro 2016. Anyone for welsh cakes, black forest gateau or genoise sponge? No? Perhaps you're not feeling Hungary?

FANTASY LEAGUE: Use an online fantasy league game, set up a league and award a prize for the winning player.

FIVE-A-SIDE: It's the classic 5-a-side with a twist. For either the full 24 teams or just for the final 8, randomly provide teams entered with a Euro 2016 country, and use the official structure of the tournament to organise your own European Championships.

Looking for more ideas on celebrating sport this year? See our events, organise your own or get in touch with our fundraising team.

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How many goals are scored at the Euros?

Well it really depends how far you get. Or does it?

The reigning European champions Spain have won both of the last two tournaments scoring 12 goals each time, but four years is a long time and there's no Costa, Torres or Mata this time round.

However, Italy made the final of 2012 scoring only 6 goals in 6 games, knocking out England 4-2 on penalties after a 0-0 draw. But goals scored in penalty shoot outs don't count in this game.

And Portugal seem like solid pontoon performers, scoring 7 in 4 and 6 in 5 in the last two tournaments respectively.

But this year is also the first time 24 teams rather than 16 compete, and only 8 go home after the group stage, meaning 16 teams play a minimum of 4 games each.

So is it a lottery, or will your knowledge of the Albanian SuperLiga, the Russian Premier League or the fact Germany will enter the tournament with only one recognised striker help you beat your friends and win our Euro pontoon?

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