Each UEFA Euro 2016 country is given an animal in these fun, illustrated cards

After the success of their World Cup pack, design agency Splinter has made an illustrated sweepstake kit for the Euros.


It’s nearly UEFA Euro 2016 and strange things are reappearing: drunk patriotism, the national flag realising its limited potential as clothing and poster campaigns of players with graphics swirling around them, as if they’re a type of odd, muscular wizard.

 Thankfully, this year, designers are clearly giving football 110% (as pundits would say). First came DesignStudio’s modern, bold rebranding of the premier league and now design agency Splinter has designed an illustrated sweepstake kit – a stack of 24 cards, featuring illustrated animals to represent each country.

We love all the bright, playful and surprising designs – a welcome diversion from football design clichés - but I think my favourite is Ukraine's cute card. Check out all the countries in this article, and find out more on Splinter’s Euro 2016 microsite.

To play, you sell each of your cards to friends or colleagues, who get a randomly selected team from the pack, which is their team for the tournament. Each card has a fact file, unusual facts, players to watch and an illustrated legendary player on the back. Find out more here.

Image: Albania, Golden Eagle


Image: Belgium, Belgian Malinois 


Image: Croatia, Marten 


Image: Czech Republic, Lion 

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Image: England, Bulldog


Image: France


Image: Germany, Golden Eagle

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Image: Hungary, Komondor


Image: Iceland, Gyrfalcon


Image: Italy, Wolf 

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Image: Northern Ireland, Stag 


Image: Poland, Bison 


Image: Portugal, Wolf 

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Image: Republic of Ireland, Irish Hare 


Image: Romania, Lynx 


Image: Russia, Bear 

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Image: Slovakia, Otter


Image: Spain, Bull 


Image: Sweden, Elk 

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Image: Switzerland, Dairy Cow 


Image: Turkey, Grey Wolf 


Image: Ukraine, Frog 

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Image: Wales, Red Kite