MATCHES TO BE PLAYED IN LILLE
On the border with Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and just across the channel from the UK, Lille can lay claim to being the most European city in France. The capital of Flanders is renowned for its hospitality, its sense of sharing and its friendly disposition, so the European Union anthem, Ode to Joy, finds a special echo here.
Whether you’re strolling along the Grand Place, enjoying a wonderful moment in Old Lille or visiting the landmark that is the Old Stock Exchange, every step is a discovery in Lille. It is a city characterised by its cultural vitality, quality of life and festive energy. The Lille Braderie, a huge street market that brings together between two and three million visitors each year, is the best demonstration of this.
From Flemish beef carbonnade to waterzoï (fish stew), the city has no shortage of gastronomic specialties. Major events are also on the menu in the city, cultural or sporting: Lille hosted Eurobasket 2015, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2017 World Men's Handball Championship to great success, as well as the Davis Cup finals in 2014, 2017 and 2018. At the Stade Pierre-Mauroy, an ultra-modern venue with a retractable roof and a one of a kind “Show Box”, the celebration promises to be magnificent for Rugby World Cup 2023.