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This page has been specially designed and written for those thousands of pupils from across Northern Ireland who are doing the Belfast Telegraph cross-curricular project themed on Euro 2016. Over a six week period we will focus on key players and the Euro 2016 cities.

Published 01/06/2016

Gareth Bale
Gareth Bale

In our project we look at each of the cities in France staging Euro 2016 fixtures. Today it is the turn of Marseille and Nice.

Marseille is located in the south of France on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and is the second largest city in France.

It was named the European Capital of Culture in 2013 and has been described as one of the most beautiful cities in the world to visit by the famous National Geographic magazine.

It is visited by over five million people each year due to its warm and sunny weather as well as its beaches and spectacular rocky inlets which make it a popular holiday destination.

Interesting places to visit in Marseille include the Notre-Dame-de-la-Gare church which gives scenic views across the whole city and the Chateau d’If, a prison island just off the coast of the city.

Marseille is known for its scenery and has a park called the Calanques National Park which is very popular with climbers and divers.

One of France’s most famous players, Zinedine Zidane, was born in Marseille in 1972. Zidane is now manager of one of his former clubs, Real Madrid.

There is expected to be a party atmosphere in Marseille when France take on Albania there on June 15.

Stadium: Stade Velodrome

Capacity: 67,000

Nice is also situated on the south coast of France with a coastline along the Mediterranean Sea. It is located slightly further east than Marseille but they are very close to each other.

It is located only 30 kilometres from the Italian border and is the second-most popular tourist destination in France, after Paris, thanks to its excellent climate and beautiful mountains.

Nice is known for its love of the arts and attracts many visitors to its many museums, galleries and its revered opera house and national theatre.

If a tourist isn’t there for the arts then they may be more interested in the beautiful scenery or visiting

Nice Castle (Chateau de Nice). Perhaps visitors could also take a seaside stroll down the stunning Promenade des Anglais which

runs all the way from the east side of the city to the west.

One of the more exciting things about Nice is its airport which sits out into the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and provides breathtaking views as the plane comes in to land.

Nice will be an important city for Northern Ireland who open their Euro 2016 campaign there when they face Poland at the Allianz Riviera stadium on June 12.

 Some Northern Ireland supporters are trying to organise a beach party in Nice the night before the country faces its first match in a major tournament for 30 years.

Stadium: Allianz Riviera

Capacity: 35,000

Player profiles

Name: Gareth Bale

Born: July 16, 1989

Age: 26

Height: 1.83 metres

Position: Winger

Club: Real Madrid

Country: Wales

Gareth Bale is one of the best players in the world and will be hugely important for Wales at this year’s European Championships.

Bale started his career at Southampton, where he was coached as a left-back. He made his debut for the senior team at the age of just 16 and was quickly called up to the Wales national team, making his debut for them in the same year.

At 17 years old he became the youngest player to ever score a goal for Wales, which attracted the interest of several big clubs. Tottenham bought him in 2007 for £10million, but some fans saw him as a curse, as in his first 24 games for Spurs they failed to win.

Slowly he started to establish himself as a regular at Tottenham and made the switch from left-back to left winger, which complemented his attacking style, and it showed as he helped Spurs to win the League Cup in 2008 and qualify for the Champions League in 2010.

Bale announced himself in Europe by scoring a hat-trick against Inter Milan in Italy and he was named the PFA Player of the Year twice while he was at Spurs, reflecting his excellent performances for his club.

In September 2013, Bale became the most expensive player in football history by signing for Real Madrid for between £85 million and £90 million, joining Cristiano Ronaldo in an already talented line-up.

He has won five trophies since joining Real Madrid, including two European Cups, the second of which came courtesy of a penalty shoot-out success over Atletico Madrid.

He is the most influential player in the Welsh squad and played in all 10 matches, scoring seven goals in the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they reached their first major tournament since 1958.

All of Wales will hope Bale delivers when they play England in France on June 16.

Name: Andres Iniesta

Born: May 11, 1984

Age: 32

Height: 1.71 metres

Position: Midfielder

Club: Barcelona

Country: Spain

Andres Iniesta is one of Spain’s biggest sporting heroes. He will hope to lift them to Euro 2016 glory in France this summer.

Iniesta has spent his entire 20-year career at Barcelona, having joined their Academy as a 12-year old. He worked his way up through the ranks, making his debut at the age of 18 for their senior team in 2002 against Bruges in the Champions League.

Since then Iniesta has become one of the most influential footballers in Europe and formed a hugely successful midfield partnership with another

brilliant Spaniard, Xavi, when he was at the club.

Iniesta has amassed a spectacular 28 trophies in his time at Barcelona, including eight league titles, four Champions League titles and four Spanish Cups.

He was first called up for Spain at the 2006 World Cup in Germany and over the past 10 years has been a regular figure in the Spanish national team.

Iniesta has won two European Championships (2008 and 2012) and a World Cup (2010) with Spain.

The World Cup triumph came when Iniesta scored the winning goal in the final against Holland after extra time.

It was his greatest footballing moment in a career full of them for a man whose skills, passing range and vision are renowned and respected throughout the world.

Pupil profile

Name: Heather Hamilton

School: Groarty Integrated Primary School

Age: 9

Class: P5

Which sport/s do you take part in:  Umm well football, of course.

Who is your favourite sports person and why: Neymar Jr.  Because he is good with his feet. He’s quick. He is brilliant at football. He’s just like me!

Which sporting team/s do you support: Barcelona (sorry Mr Tomlinson)

Which country do you think will win Euro 2016: Spain

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