AS WALES no longer have to dream of qualifying for a major tournament, you can now start planning your trip to France to watch Bale and Co play at the European Championships in 2016.

But where in La Belle France will they be competing? Here are some of the places where Wales could play which will whet your appetite and what you might like to eat while you're there.


The Stade Vélodrome is home to Olympique de Marseille but hosts rugby too. France beat the All Blacks 42–33 here in November 2000, a feat Wales still dream of.

South Wales Argus:

Food: Bouillabaisse. Awesome fish soup with saffron and Pernod and usually a scary looking crustacean plonked on top. And croutons. Unmissable.

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The Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice hosts OGC Nice. Even though it looks like a part-deflated tractor tyre made of girders, it's still pretty impressive.

Food: The perfectly named 'Socca' is a type of pancake made from chickpea flour and olive oil, is served hot and heavily seasoned with pepper and is very fine street food.


The Stadium Municipal in Toulouse hosted games for the 1998 football world cup and the 2007 rugby world cup. Stade Toulousain play some rugby there.

Food: Sausage of the same name with garlic and red wine. Fantastically French and best eaten in a casserole with beans. Enjoy.


Stade Geoffroy-Guichard is a British style stadium with four stands and is nicknamed ‘le Chaudron’ (the Cauldron). It is the home of the famous Ligue 1 side.

South Wales Argus:

Food: Have some Fourme de Montbrison, a cellar-matured cheese while you're watching the game.


Stade Pierre-Mauroy in Lille which opened in August 2012 is in the French style of 'Les Grands Projets'. It’s a bit spectacular and resembles a submarine-shaped car-park.

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A stone's throw from Belgium, Lille looks Flemish as does the food, especially the Carbonnade flammande, which is beef stewed in beer; naturally. It also hosts the largest flea market in Europe.


Said in French 'Stade des Lumières' of course sounds better than 'The Stadium of Light'. It will be home to Olympique Lyonnais when it's finished in January. No pressure.

Food: Not a dodgy right-wing salute which may have been made by Nicholas Anelka, the quenelle is actually a kind of dumpling made from meat or fish often served in a sauce. Just one of many gastronomic reasons to go to Lyon.