The history of European Championship
The UEFA European Championship (commonly known as Euro and not to be confused with European Cup) has existed since 1960. It ranks next to FIFA World Cup as the most prestigious completion for national teams.
The first edition of the UEFA European Championship included only four teams (Czechoslovakia, France, Soviet Union and Yugoslavia), but it would be expanded to eight teams in 1980. Since when, the tournament has been expanded with more teams on two additional occasions.
1988: West Germany
2000: Belgium and Netherlands
2008: Austria and Switzerland
2012: Poland and Ukraine
Statistics of all national teams that have won or played a final together with numbers of participation in European Championship.
In addition, Belgium, Czechoslovakia (2), England, Hungary and Netherlands have won bronze. Since 1984, no match of third place game have been played.
All finals including winners and runners-up of EURO 1960-2016.
|Year||Home team*||Away team*||Result|
|1976||Czechoslovakia||West Germany||5-3 (pen.)|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union||3-0|
|1960||Soviet Union||Yugoslavia||2-1 (a.e.t.)|
The following table shows the numbers of participating team in all European Championships. The numbers in the second column concerns the final stage and the third column all teams that took part in the qualification. In addition, you can see the numbers of games (qualification games excluded) in the fourth column.
2016: The final phase included group play with six groups, which two or three teams each did advance from. The knockout stage consisted of round of 16, quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.
1996-2012: The final phase included group play with four groups, which two teams each did advance from. The knockout stage consisted of quarter-finals, semi-finals and a final.
1984-1992: The final phase included group play with two groups, which two teams each did advance from. The knockout stage consisted of semi-finals and a final.
1980: No semi-finals were played. The group winners played each other in the final and the second placed teams in the groups played a third-place match.
1960-1976: The final tournament phase consisted of semi-finals, third place game and final (five games were played in 1968 since the final were decided on a replay).
Highlights from 2012 Euro Final:
Highlights from 2000 Euro Final:
These players have made most goals in European Championship.
Michel Platini (9 goals), Christiano Ronaldo (9 goals), Alan Shearer (7 goals), Henry Thierry (6 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimović (6 goals), Patrick Kluivert (6 goals), Nuno Gomez (6) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (6 goals).