The history of UEFA 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.
Though the first European Championship was held in 1960, the idea behind it is much older. It dates back to 1927, when the French Football Federation’s administrator Henri Delaunay first proposed a pan-European football tournament. Despite the fact that he later became the first General Secretary of UEFA, Delaunay had already passed away by the time the tournament was officially started. In his honor, the tournament trophy was named after him.
The Henri Delaunay trophy contains a figure of a juggling boy on the back and the words “Championnat d’Europe,” and “Coupe Henri Delaunay” on the front. In 2008, it was remodeled to make it larger and more in line with UEFA’s more modern trophies. The new trophy is made of sterling silver, weighs 8 kilograms (18 lb), and is 60 centimeters (24 in) tall. The names of the winning countries are now engraved on the back.
The two most successful nations in the tournament’s history are Germany and Spain, with three titles each. Spain is the only nation to successfully defend its title, having done so in 2012. Germany has played the most matches (53), scored the most goals (75) and recorded the most victories (28). In 1984, France became the only nation to win all of its matches at a tournament (5 out of 5). In 1992, Denmark won the title with only two victories in five games.
Over the years, the European Champions has gotten more popular with TV audiences. In 2016, the total live audience for the expanded 51-match tournament grew to 2 billion viewers. When compared to Euro 2012, this amounted to an increase of 100 million. These totals were mostly raised by audiences in Brazil and China, where the 1300 GMT slot had a big impact. The final match between Portugal and France attracted 600 million people.
All Euro host countries
1988: West Germany
2000: Belgium and Netherlands
2008: Austria and Switzerland
2012: Poland and Ukraine
2020 (2021): England, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Romania, Hungary, Denmark, Italy, Azerbaijan, Russia and Scotland
This 2020 edition of the marked a historical change with shared hostship. The matches were played in eleven countries at eleven stadiums.
Teams with most titles and finals
Statistics of all national teams that have won or played a final together with numbers of participation in European Championship.
In addition, England have won silver and Belgium, Czechoslovakia (2), Hungary and Netherlands have won bronze. Since 1984, no match of third place game have been played.
UEFA European Championship football stats.
All Euro finals
All finals including winners and runners-up of Euro 1960-2020.
|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 home and away team are only technical.
† This is the official year, but the final tournament was played in 2021.
‡ The first match ended 1-1 after 120 minutes.
a.e.t. stands for after extra time.
pen. stands for penalties, meaning the match was decided after penalty shootout.
Numbers of participants and games
Table 3 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).
These players have made most goals in European Championship (all tournanments).
Christiano Ronaldo (14 goals), Michel Platini (9 goals), Alan Shearer (7 goals), Antoine Griezmann (7 goals), Henry Thierry (6 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimović (6 goals), Patrick Kluivert (6 goals), Nuno Gomez (6), Ruud van Nistelrooy (6 goals), Wayne Rooney (6), Romelu Lukaku (6) and Álvaro Morata (6).
13 European Championship Facts | StagWeb
The European Championships are one of the biggest sporting tournaments in the world, throwing some of the smallest footballing nations against the biggest… and maybe, just maybe, North Macedonia could “do a Leicester!” Stranger things have definitely happened in the world of football.
So, here are some weird and wonderful Euro stats for you to impress your mates with the next time you get together for the big match!
1. Size Matters
The smallest UEFA member is Gibraltar, with a population of just 30,000.
2. Premier Price
Official tickets for Euro 2020 started at €30 and reached up to a whopping €945 for Category 1 tickets for the final.
Germany and Spain are both going for a record 4th European title.
4. Global Conquerers
Only three teams have held both the World Cup and the European Championship at the same time:
- West Germany (Euro 1972, World Cup 1974)
- France (World Cup 1998, Euro 2000)
- Spain (Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, Euro 2012)
5. La Doble
Spain are the only country to have retained the trophy.
The first finals in 1960 featured just 4 teams. The competition then expanded to 8 teams in 1980, before it grew to 16 teams in 1996. 2016 saw it once again increase to a sizeable 24 sides.
7. Old Enemies
The highest attendance for a UEFA fixture was Scotland vs England in 1968 which was attended by 130,711 fans.
8. Lucky Tossers
The result of the semi-final between Italy and the USSR of the 1968 Championship was decided by the toss of the coin. Italy guessed it right to make it through to the final.
9. Don’t Come Home Too Soon
Scotland have never made it through the group stages of either the Euros or World Cup.
10. Great Danes
Denmark failed to qualify for the 1992 tournament. However, after war broke out in the former Yugoslavia, Denmark were called in to replace them. The sneaky Johnny Come-latelys went on to win the whole competition!
11. Hat Trick
Banned former UEFA president Michel Platini is the only player to have scored two hat tricks at one tournament.
12. Champions League
Previous European Champions are:
Germany – 3
Spain – 3
France – 2
Holland – 1
Czechoslovakia – 1
USSR – 1
Italy – 1
Denmark – 1
Greece – 1Portugal – 1
Euro 2020 is the first tournament to take place across more than two countries, with 11 host cities.
- Saint Petersburg
More Weird Football Facts
1. “F*ck Me!”
After the whistle to start the game, soccer player Lee Todd said “F*ck me, that was loud!” and received the fastest red card in history at just 2 seconds.
2. Ol’ Bighead
No, not Cloughie, the other one. Cristiano ‘Just call me God’ Ronaldo has opened a museum (Museu CR7) dedicated entirely to himself in his native Funchal on the island of Madeira.
3. Sore Losers
Korean soccer player, Ahn Jung-hwan, was sacked by Italian club Perugia after he scored in the game that knocked Italy out of the 2002 World Cup.
4. Mug’s Game
8 of the 12 host cities for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Brazil are among the 50 most violent cities in the world.
5. Bit of a Building Site
The city of Lusail, host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup Final game, doesn’t actually exist. This entire city is being built purely for the World Cup.
6. Old Father Arse
The first-ever televised match was a friendly between Arsenal’s first and second team in 1937.
7. Holy Goalposts!
The Vatican has its own soccer team. Being an independent country that makes them a national side. The Vatican City is one of just a handful of countries that aren’t UEFA or FIFA members.
8. The Biggest Party
Don’t have a meeting, if you want to get the world’s attention, have a football match. FIFA has more member countries than the U.N.
9. Big Spenders
Madrid might have flashed financial muscle when bringing in Ronaldo and Gareth Bale, but it was once the mighty Falkirk who were the record holders when they paid a massive £5,000 for West Ham forward Sydney Puddefoot.
10. Sparky’s Double
Mark Hughes once played two games in a single day. In the morning he appeared for Wales against Czechoslovakia in Prague, then drove across the border to play for Bayern Munich in the afternoon.
11. Back of the Net!
In October 2002, Madagascan side Stade Olympique L’Emryne scored 149 own goals during a game against AS Adema to protest a controversial decision in the previous game.
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12. That’s Just Scilly
There are only two football teams in the Isles of Scilly – The Garrison Gunners and the Woolpack Wanderers. They play each other every week in the league, the only break being when they meet in the Cup.
13. Crime Plays
Police in Mexico City found that crime rates dropped during games when Mexican Javier Hernandez played for Man Utd.
14. Boo Boys
Famous Arsenal fans have included Jay-Z, Piers Morgan and Osama Bin Laden.
15. No ****ing Swearing!
St Mirren once sacked a bloke called Alex Ferguson for swearing at a lady. Whatever happened to him?
Facts, figures and iconic moments of European Championship over the years-Sports News , Firstpost
From the story of the first European Championship to Cristiano Ronaldo’s epic numbers, take a look at the facts, figures and iconic moments of the tournament.
The 16th edition of the European Championship is just hours away. In the opening match of the tournament, dark horses Turkey will be up against in-form Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome. The championship has come a long way since it began in 1960. Over 70 years, many iconic moments graced the tournament while a few players and countries went on to create history.
From the story of the first European Championship to Cristiano Ronaldo’s epic numbers, take a look at the facts, figures and iconic moments from the tournament.
In 1927, the French Football Federation secretary Henri Delaunay came up with the idea but it took 33 years for the European Championship to become a reality. Only four teams – hosts France, Yugoslavia, USSR, and Czechoslovakia made it from qualifications to the tournament proper. The Soviet Union won the trophy after beating fellow communist country Yugoslavia 2-1 thanks to a 113th-minute winner from Viktor Ponedelnik. The legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin also played a big role in Soviet Union’s victory, pulling off a string of saves in the final.
A total of 17 nations participated in the qualifying tournament but countries like England, Scotland, Italy, the Netherlands, and the 1954 World Cup winners West Germany were simply not interested in the event. So, was it really a pan-European Championship? The Soviets didn’t care and they were happy that they created history by winning the first-ever championship. “The Soviet national team became the first-ever European champions. No one can forget such moments of glory. As for myself, that 113th-minute winner was the most important of my whole career. That was the star moment of my life,” Ponedelnik told UEFA.
Cristiano Ronaldo, Euro legend
Ronaldo and records are best friends. After almost two decades of playing the beautiful game, Ronaldo is still going strong. He made his mark in European Championship with a string of records to his name and helped Portugal achieve title glory in 2016. Here are some of his remarkable stats in the tournament over the years:
Platini’s golden tournament Cristiano Ronaldo has nine goals in Euros, tied with Michel Platini as the leading scorer in the event but Platini scored all nine in one tournament. He played five matches in the 1984 tournament which was taking place in his home country of France and scored nine, including two hat-tricks and one goal in the final. Platini was in form of his life, he won three Ballon d’Or awards in this period (1983, 1984, and 1985). France being the hosts were under pressure and they had not won any major trophies up until that year despite playing a pivotal role in the sport’s development. Platini’s prowess helped France reach the final and then they overcame the challenge from Spain to lift their first major trophy in international football.
Denmark and Greece’s sensational runs
Euro championships have seen two special underdog stories – Denmark lifting the trophy in 1992 and Greece becoming champions in 2004. Their victories proved that you don’t need the best players or best coaches to win football trophies. You just need to play as a team and fight till the last second. Denmark did not even qualify for the 1992 edition in Sweden, but Yugoslavia was in a state of civil war so the Danes got the last-minute invitation. Denmark defeated France in the group stage and then went on to knock out defending champions Netherlands on penalties in the semi-final. In the final, they overcame Germany and completed a stunning run.
The 2004 Euro saw formidable countries like Germany, Spain, and Italy getting eliminated in the group stage. Hosts Portugal reached the final but Greece spoiled their party with a 1-0 victory. Not many were impressed with their defensive style of football but in the end, Greece’s philosophy worked and Theodoros Zagorakis, the tournament’s best player, lifted the trophy at the Estádio da Luz in Lisbon.
Marco van Basten’s stunner
It’s a dream come true when you score an outrageous goal in the final of a major tournament to help your country win their first title. The extremely talented Marco van Basten came up with a special volley against the Soviet Union in the final and sealed a memorable victory for his side. Van Basten received a high ball on the other end of the box, but instead of controlling it he took a first-time shot from an almost improbable angle and beat the goalkeeper. The goalscorer, his teammates, the opponents, fans inside the stadium, millions watching on television and even the legendary Dutch coach Rinus Michels present on the sidelines couldn’t believe what they saw. It was one of the greatest goals scored in footballing history.
Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal
Germany won their third and last Euro championship back in 1996 and Bierhoff played a significant role in their triumph. He was a surprise pick in the squad but what he did in the final was even more surprising. Back then, he lacked experience on the big stage but what he didn’t lack was confidence. Trailing 0-1 against the Czech Republic in the final at Wembley with 20 odd minutes remaining, Bierhoff came off the bench to score the equaliser. The game went into the extra time and then Bierhoff scored his second, this time it was a golden goal as the strike in the extra-time ended the match and Germany became champions. This was the first major competition to be decided using the Golden Goal method and Germany won their first major trophy as a unified nation.
Who else has taken a penalty like this❓
⚽️ Antonín Panenka scored the infamous penalty #OTD in 1976! pic.twitter.com/XJIJIOX5GI
— UEFA EURO 2020 (@EURO2020) June 20, 2020
Sometimes, just thinking differently is enough to get the results. Ask Antonin Panenka of Czechoslovakia. In 1976, Czechoslovakia made it to the final, defying expectations. They had to battle it out against mighty West Germany to get hold of the trophy they were chasing. They took a two-goal lead but the Germans bounced back to make it 2-2 and the match went to the penalties. The first time a European Championship or a World Cup final was to be decided on penalties. After seven successful hits, Germany’s Uli Hoeness missed his kick. Antonin Panenka had his shot at glory now. Instead of blasting his kick, he just chipped it in the middle with the goalkeeper rushing and diving to his left. Czechoslovakia were the champions and the word Panenka entered football’s lexicon.
When Italy called it right
It was the semi-final of the 1968 European Championship. Italy were up against the Soviet Union. The weather was bad and chances were far and few in between. The 0-0 scoreline was apt at the end of normal time. But the match needed a winner so both captains and officials went inside to toss a coin. Italy captain Giacinto Facchetti called it right and Italy advanced to the final and they ended up winning the tournament.
Here’s what Facchetti said after the semi-final: “I went up with the Russian captain. We went down to the dressing rooms together, accompanied by two administrators from the two teams. The referee pulled out an old coin and I called tails. It was the right call and Italy were through to the final. I went racing upstairs as the stadium was still full and about 70,000 fans were waiting to hear the result. My celebrations told them that they could celebrate an Italian victory.”
The rise of Spain
For decades, Spain didn’t really click in major international tournaments. It all changed with the arrival of their golden generation of players — Xavi, Andres Iniesta, David Villa, Fernando Torres, David Silva, Carles Puyol, Sergio Ramos, Xabi Alonso, Cesc Fabregas, Iker Casillas etc to name a few. A team bursting with talent and deserving of trophies. They clinched their first major trophy after 44 years at the 2008 Euro and then went to become world champions in 2010, and defended their Euro title in 2012. They are the only national team to win three consecutive major titles.
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10+ Interesting Facts, Stats about UEFA European Championship
Europe’s premium men’s international football championship UEFA European Championship also known as “UEFA Euro” takes place in every four years span since 1960 when first tournament was played.
UEFA European Championship Trophy
A total of 15 editions have been concluded and 16th UEFA Euros will be played in 2020 across 12 countries. Let’s have a look at some of the interesting facts, statistics and figure about European championship.
UEFA Euro facts & stats
1. Originally tournament was named as “European Nations Cup”.
2. Winner of UEFA Euro were progressed to FIFA Confederations Cup till 2016.
3. Germany and Spain are the most successful teams of European Championships as they claim title thrice each in the history.
4. Spain is the only football team to win successive titles as they won 2008 and 2012 championships.
5. UEFA European Championship trophy is known as “Henri Delaunay Trophy” which is named to honor UEFA’s first general secretary Henri Delaunay who proposed to start this competition for Europe continent. But Henri died five year before the first edition in 1960.
6. Henri Delaunay Trophy weighs 8 kilograms and it’s height is 60 centimeters.
7. This UEFA Euro championship was started with 4 teams compete in the finals. From 1980, eight countries used to compete in the event meanwhile it was expanded to 16 teams from 1996 edition onwards. UEFA expanded European championship team from 16 to 24 in 2016.
8. Video Assistant Referee (VAR) system to be introduced in UEFA Euro championship in 2020 Pan-European event.
9. Germany holds the record of scoring and conceding most goals in the competition. They scored 72 goals till now meanwhile have conceded 48 as well.
10. Portugal is the only country to lose an European Championship final as hosts in 2004.
11. France’s Michel Platini is the only footballer to score two hat-tricks in the competition.
Euro 2020: 20 alternative facts about the tournament
Euro 2020 is upon (albeit a year late because of a global pandemic) and football fever is gripping the nation like never before.
For the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1960, the tournament will not have a host nation. Instead, matches will be played across 11 different venues ranging from Dublin, Ireland to Baku, Azerbaijan. This Pan-European tournament is seen as a ‘romantic one-off’ to celebrate the 60th birthday of the competition.
Portugal are the defending champions of the tournament and they will once again look to their talismanic captain and goalscorer Cristiano Ronaldo to fire them to glory. However, they’ll face tough competition from world champions France. and the number one ranked team in the world; Belgium. Of course, there are always threats from Germany, Spain, Italy and maybe England.
This year there are two nations making their debuts at the tournament – Finland and North Macedonia – while the likes of Scotland will be looking to make up for lost time by playing at their first major competition in more than 20 years.
With football comes a multitude of stats and facts and Euro 2020 does not disappoint. However, we aren’t interested in who has scored the most goals or completed the most passes. We are after more alternative takes that might impress your mates or win a few points on the next pub quiz.
1. More players in Spain’s squad have played for Rochdale in the past two years than Real Madrid
In a controversial move, Spain manager Luis Enrique has opted to not take any players from Real Madrid, the most successful team in the nation’s history, to the tournament. This is the first time this has ever happened in Spanish football history. To emphasise how rare this is, Spain’s second choice goalkeeper Robert Sanchez, who currently plays for Brighton, once spent time on loan at Rochdale where he played 26 games for the League One side. This is more recent than any player in the current Spain squad has pulled on the famous white shirt of the Spanish giants.
2. Goran Pandev made his debut for North Macedonia before 9/11
37-year-old Goran Pandev is the oldest captain at the tournament and it will be a proud moment for the veteran when he leads his nation out for their first-ever major tournament game against Austria on 13th June. This will be just 8 days after the anniversary of his first-ever game for the Eastern European nation having made his debut for the Lynxes on 6th June 2001. This was so long ago that the World Trade Centre in New York City was still standing. He was just 17-years-old at the time.
3. Pepe was born on the same day Michael Jackson’s Thriller reached the top of the US billboard charts
Pandev is not actually the oldest player at the tournament. That honour belongs to Portugal’s Pepe who was born on 26th February 1983. He was born on the same day that Michael Jackson’s acclaimed album became the number one album in the US billboard charts. This was the star’s first-ever number one record.
4. The last time Karim Benzema played in an international tournament for France, Barack Obama was still US president
Despite being one of the best strikers in Europe, Karim Benzema hasn’t played in a major competition for France since the 2014 World Cup. This is due to his alleged part in the blackmailing of fellow French player Mathieu Valbuena who was reportedly involved in a sex tape scandal, for which Benzema was arrested and faces trial.
There was political pressure to drop Benzema from the squad which manager Didier Deschamps bowed to. This caused Benzema to miss Euro 2016 and France’s victory at the 2018 World Cup. Benzema was recalled by Deschamps for the first time in six years for this year’s competition when the manager decided to bury the hatchet. The last time he competed for Les Blues on a major stage Barack Obama was still president, Britain was still in the EU and TikTok hadn’t even been launched.
5. The last time Scotland played at a major international football tournament, Kylian Mbappe wasn’t even born.
Scotland returns to the major international scene this summer after a 22-year absence. The last time the Tartan Army played a game a Euros or World Cup was way back in 1998 when they lost 3-0 to Morocco on 23rd June. To put in perspective how long ago this was France’s Kylian Mbappe, who is one of the best players in the world and contender for the best player at Euro 2020, wasn’t even born. The 22-year-old was born on 20th December 1998.
6. There are more players who play their club football in Japan, Canada, China and USA than Azerbaijan at the tournament, despite them being a host nation
Azerbaijan will make history at this year’s tournament by becoming the first-ever Caucasus nation to host a game at a major tournament. The nation will host four games at the Baku Olympic Stadium despite the fact that Azerbaijan has never qualified for a Euros or World Cup. In addition, not a single player at the tournament plays their club football in Japan. In fact, there are more players who play their football on different continents at the tournament. They are:
- Thomas Vermaelen, Belgium, Vissel Kobe (JAP)
- Lassi Lappalainen, Finland, CF Montreal (CAN)
- Robin Lon, Finland, Minnesota United (USA)
- Jukka Raitala, Finland, Minnesota United (USA)
- Marko Arnautovic, Austria, Shanghai Port (CHI)
- Przemyslaw Frankowski, Poland, Chicago Fire (USA)
- Jan Gregus, Slovakia, Minnesota United (USA)
- Gustav Svensson, Sweden, Guangzhou City (CHI)
- Marcus Danielson, Sweden, Dailan Professional (CHI)
- Daniel Gazdag, Hungary, Philadelphia Union (USA)
- Szabolcs Schon, Hungary, FC Dallas (USA)
This is no slight on Azerbaijan. Just further proof that football truly is a global game.
7. Daniel O’Shaughnessy is Finnish not Irish
Unless you are a Cheltenham Town supporter we doubt you will have heard of 26-year-old defender Daniel O’Shaughnessy, who broke through at The Robins between 2016-2018. Despite his Irish sounding surname O’Shaughnessy actually represents Finland having been born to an Irish father and Finnish mother. Finland also has a player called Robert Taylor.
Other players with names that you wouldn’t usually associate with their country include Thomas Delaney (Denmark), Marlos (Ukraine) and Mario Fernandes (Russia) which just goes to show that you cannot know everything about someone just by their name. They are just a number of multinational footballers who will be at the tournament this summer.
8. Cristiano Ronaldo has scored more international goals than 18 teams at Euro 2020
It is unlikely that there will ever be another footballer quite like Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese legend has scored 103 goals in 173 games for his country and you can bet on him adding more this summer. The huge amount of goals puts him second on the all-time international goalscorers list just six behind Iran’s Ali Daei. Astonishingly, Ronaldo’s international goals are more than the entire current squads of 18 different teams at Euro 2020.
At the time of writing they are:
Italy (83 goals), Turkey (79), Wales (70), Denmark (102), Finland (68), Russia (76), Austria (85), Netherlands (89), North Macedonia (102), Ukraine (82), Croatia (102), Czech Rep (66), England (82), Scotland (36), Slovakia (88), Spain (59), Sweden (93), Hungary (57).
This will likely change during the tournament but Ronaldo’s status as an all-time great will not.
9. No players in Germany’s squad have ever scored a goal at European Championship
Germany remains one of the most formidable teams in international football but despite winning the World Cup in 2014 their golden generation of players didn’t quite fulfil expectations at the Euros. The last time the nation won the competition was in 1996 but they did crash at the semi-final stage in the last two tournaments. This time they have a much-changed and significantly younger team. In fact, none of the players in the squad – not even the likes of experienced players like Thomas Muller or Toni Kroos – have ever scored a goal at the Euros.
10. Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the only player at the tournament whose name can spell both ‘Covid’ and ‘vaccine’
The Everton striker has been in great form this season and his name can spell two of the most repeated words on the planet in the past year.
11. The last time a European Championship fixture was played in England ‘Killing Me Softly With His Song’ by The Fugees was number one.
Not really a fact but the return of the Euros to England gives us another excuse to listen to this banger which was top of the UK charts at the start of Euro 96.
12. Croatia’s Marcelo Brozovic has a cafe named after his celebration
The 28-year-old Croatia and Inter Milan midfielder Marcelo Brozovic has previously endorsed a cryptocurrency also gave £3,000 to a woman in 2020 that he had never met so she could have hip surgery. Brozovic also has a trademark celebration called ‘Epic Brozo’ which he has commemorated with a cafe-bar in Velika Gorica in Zagreb County.
13. 17-year-old Polish midfielder Kacper Kozłowski is younger than Finding Nemo
There are a handful of 17-year-olds at Euro 2020 including England’s Jude Bellingham, but none are as young as Polish midfielder Kacper Kozłowski whose Wikipedia page contains only 19 words about his career. The youngster – who plays his club football for Pogoń Szczecin – was born on 16th October 2003. This is six days after the UK release date of the Pixar classic Finding Nemo. Bet that’ll make you feel old?
14. There hasn’t been an animal-themed mascot at the Euros since 2000
In what has to be some sort of administrative and creative oversight the time-honoured tradition of having an animal as the tournament mascot appears to have died a death at the Euros. The last time we had one of our friends from the animal kingdom display their love of the beautiful game was a lion called Benelucky at Euro 2000 which was co-hosted by Belgium and Netherlands. Since then we’ve had a steady stream of rather unusual looking humanoids including this year’s entry a freestyler called ‘Skillzy.’ Bring back the animals, I say. Our personal fave is ‘Rabbit’ from Euro 92 in Sweden which looks to have been a cross between the Nesquick bunny and Thomas Brolin.
15. Austria has never won a match at European Championship.
Austria, despite having a population of 8.8 million people, has only qualified for the Euro twice before this year’s competition. They’ve done slightly better at World Cup having played at seven different tournaments but none since 1998. Their last ever win at a major competition was when they beat the United States 2-1 on 19th June 1990. At this stage, neighbouring Germany was still a divided nation and reunification didn’t happen until 3rd October 1990.
16. Since winning Euro 92, Denmark has won just three matches at the European Championships.
One of the biggest upsets in Euros history was when Denmark, who hadn’t even qualified for the competition, won the entire thing after they replaced Yugoslavia which was in a state of war. The unfancied Scandinavian side beat European Champions the Netherlands and world champions Germany to lift the trophy. That was about the last time the Danes had anything to shout about at the Euros, as having played at four tournaments since then have won just three games in total. Perhaps that’ll change this year for them.
17. No country has ever won Eurovision and the Euros in the same year.
You think it would have happened at least once but no. Perhaps it will be Italy’s year this time around?
18. Bono and The Edge will be the only official Irish representation at Euro 2020.
Ireland didn’t manage to make it to this year’s tournament but fear not U2’s Bono and The Edge are here to represent the Emerald Isle instead. The pair appear on the tournament’s official song ‘We Are The People.’ It’s… err… a typically cliched football tournament song.
19. Kyle Walker is the only member of the England squad to have kept a clean sheet in a Champions League game
England’s three goalkeepers at Euro 2020 are Jordan Pickford, Dean Henderson and Sam Johnstone. However, if things don’t go quite right between the sticks for Gareth Southgate he could always call upon Kyle Walker. The Manchester City defender once put on the gloves for his club side during a 1-1 draw with Atalanta in the Champions League after City’s substitute goalkeeper was sent off leaving them with no options on the bench. Walker actually managed to make more saves than City’s two previous goalkeepers on the night and get a clean sheet. This is something that none of England’s three goalkeepers can say as Henderson is the only one of the trio to have played in the Champions League but his only appearance was a 2-1 loss for Manchester United against Istanbul Basaksehir in November 2020. (via Richard Jolly)
20. Giovanni di Lorenzo has the same name as the editor of a German newspaper
The 27-year-old Italian right-back has two unusual facts to his name. Since 2015, he has played for only teams that wear blue and white kits: Napoli, Empoli, Matera and of course, Italy. Also, if you search for his name on Google another Giovanni di Lorenzo will show up. The other Di Lorenzo is the German-Italian journalist who is the current editor of the German weekly newspaper Die Zeit (via the Guardian)
21. Wales’ Joe Allen once appeared on the cover of Chicken & Egg magazine
(Chicken & Egg)
The Welsh midfielder graced the cover of the egg industry magazine in 2016 when he was still at Liverpool due to his love of poultry. During his appearance in the magazine, he revealed that he and his partner have two cockerels and 12 hens. How humble.
22. Ukraine’s shirt has upset Russia
You won’t need us to tell you there is no love lost between Russia and Ukraine and the animosity between the two nations has been amped up again thanks to a football shirt. Ukraine’s kit for Euro 2020 contains a map of their country and features the Crimea peninsula which was annexed by Russia in 2014. Although Russia considers it part of their territory that is not recognised internationally. The jersey also contains two Ukrainian military slogans: “Glory to Ukraine!” and “Glory to heroes!”. Both mottos are rooted in the country’s anti-Soviet insurgency. The Russian Football Union has complained and urged UEFA to take action with the football governing body asking Ukraine to remove the slogans.
These two aren’t in the same group but things could get feisty if they meet in the knockout stages.
23. Austria’s manager’s name means something very rude in Portuguese
Unless you speak Portuguese then the name Franco Foda won’t strike you as weird. However, in Portuguese, it means something very different. Foda who was a German international in his playing days discovered this when playing against Brazil in 1987. When substituted onto the pitch in a game in Brasilia, his name was greeted with laughter and applause as in Portuguese Franco Foda means “free intercourse.” Oh my…
24. You can’t spell ‘Marxism’ out of any players names at the tournament
Ignore what the likes of Nigel Farage and some Tory MPs are saying, there won’t be much Marxism on display at Euro 2020, if you go purely by players names, that is. ..
EURO records: most appearances, top scorers, key stats | UEFA EURO 2020
• Spain and (West) Germany have won the most EUROs (three each)
• Only Spain (in 2012) have successfully defended the title
• Cristiano Ronaldo is the EURO finals’ top scorer
• Ronaldo is the only player to feature at five EUROs
25: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
19: João Moutinho (Portugal)
19: Pepe (Portugal)
18: Leonardo Bonucci (Italy)
18: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
17: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
17: Giorgio Chiellini (Italy)
Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci at EURO 2020UEFA via Getty Images
Most appearances (including qualifying)
60: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
58: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
51: Mario Frick (Liechtenstein)
14: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
9: Michel Platini (France)
7: Antoine Griezmann (France), Alan Shearer (England)
Most goals (including qualifying)
45: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
25: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden)
23: Robbie Keane (Republic of Ireland)
Most goals in a single finals game
3: Dieter Müller (West Germany 4-2 Yugoslavia, semi-finals 17/06/76)
3: Klaus Allofs (West Germany 3-2 Netherlands, group stage 14/06/80)
3: Michel Platini (France 5-0 Belgium, group stage 16/06/84)
3: Michel Platini (France 3-2 Yugoslavia, group stage 19/06/84)
3: Marco van Basten (Netherlands 3-1 England, group stage 15/06/88)
3: Sérgio Conceição (Portugal 3-0 Germany, group stage 20/06/00)
3: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia, quarter-finals 25/06/00)
3: David Villa (Spain 4-1 Russia, group stage 10/06/08)
Highlights: Kluivert’s EURO 2000 quarter-final hat-trick
Most goals in a single final tournament
9: Michel Platini (France, 1984)
1 min 7 secs: Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia 2-1 Greece, 20/06/04)
18 mins: Michel Platini (France 3-2 Yugoslavia, 19/06/84)
17 yrs 246 days: Kacper Kozłowski (Spain 1-1 Poland, 19/06/21)
18 yrs 141 days: Johan Vonlanthen (Switzerland 1-3 France, 21/06/04)
40 yrs 86 days: Gábor Király (Hungary 0-4 Belgium, 26/06/16)
38 yrs 257 days: Ivica Vastic (Austria 1-1 Poland, 12/06/08)
Ivica Vastic scores at UEFA EURO 2008©Getty Images
Most finals campaigns
5: Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4: Lothar Matthäus (West Germany/Germany 1980, 1984, 1988, 2000)
4: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
4: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4: Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4: Lilian Thuram (France 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008)
4: Olof Mellberg (Sweden 2000, 2004, 2008, 2012)
4: Gianluigi Buffon (Italy 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Petr Čech (Czech Republic 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Andreas Isaksson (Sweden 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Kim Källström (Sweden 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Jaroslav Plašil (Czech Republic 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Lukas Podolski (Germany 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Tomáš Rosický (Czech Republic 2000, 2004, 2012, 2016)
4: Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Darijo Srna (Croatia 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016)
4: Giorgio Chiellini (Italy 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4: Sebastian Larsson (Sweden 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4: Luka Modrić (Croatia 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4: João Moutinho (Portugal 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
4: Pepe (Portugal 2008, 2012, 2016, 2020)
Top scorer by tournament
1960: 2 François Heutte (France), Viktor Ponedelnik (USSR), Valentin Ivanov (USSR), Dražan Jerković (Yugoslavia), Milan Galić (Yugoslavia)
1964: 2 Jesús María Pereda (Spain), Ferenc Bene (Hungary), Deszö Novák (Hungary)
1968: 2 Dragan Džajić (Yugoslavia)
1972: 4 Gerd Müller (West Germany)
1976: 4 Dieter Müller (West Germany)
1980: 3 Klaus Allofs (West Germany)
1984: 9 Michel Platini (France)
1988: 5 Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
1992: 3 Henrik Larsen (Denmark), Karl-Heinz Riedle (Germany), Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands), Tomas Brolin (Sweden)
1996: 5 Alan Shearer (England)
2000: 5 Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Savo Milošević (Yugoslavia)
2004: 5 Milan Baroš (Czech Republic)
2008: 4 David Villa (Spain)
2012: 3 Fernando Torres (Spain)*, Alan Dzagoev (Russia), Mario Gomez (Germany), Mario Mandžukić (Croatia), Mario Balotelli (Italy), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
2016: 6 Antoine Griezmann (France)
2020: 5 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
*Torres received the 2012 Golden Boot due to an assist and having played the fewest minutes of the players who scored three goals
Highlights: Watch Platini’s nine goals at EURO 1984
Most final wins
3: Spain (1964, 2008, 2012), Germany/West Germany (1972, 1980, 1996)
Most final tournaments (including UEFA EURO 2020)
13: Germany/West Germany
Most goals in a single final tournament
14: France (1984)
Most goals scored in a single group stage
9: France (1984), Netherlands (2008)
Most goals conceded in a single group stage
10: Yugoslavia (1984)
Longest winning runs (qualifying and final tournaments combined)
15 Italy (23/03/19 – 06/07/2021)
14 Belgium (21/03/19 – 27/06/21)
14 Germany (03/09/10 – 22/06/12)
12 France (25/06/00 – 13/06/04)
France 4-5 Yugoslavia (semi-final, 06/07/60)
Biggest margin of victory
Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia (quarter-finals, 25/06/00)
France 5-0 Belgium (group stage, 16/06/84)
Denmark 5-0 Yugoslavia (group stage, 16/06/84)
Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria (group stage, 14/06/04)
Slovakia 0-5 Spain (group stage, 23/06/21)
Highest scoring draw
Russia 3-3 Czech Republic (group stage, 19/06/96)
Yugoslavia 3-3 Slovenia (group stage, 13/06/00)
Hungary 3-3 Portugal (group stage, 22/06/16)
France 3-3 Switzerland (aet, pens: 4-5, round of 16, 28/06/21)
Countries yet to play in finals
Andorra, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Georgia, Gibraltar, Israel, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, San Marino
Italy celebrate victory in 1968©Getty Images
• Berti Vogts is the only man to have won a EURO as a player (West Germany, 1972) and a coach (Germany, 1996)
• Three teams have held the UEFA European Championship and FIFA World Cup at the same time: West Germany (EURO 1972, 1974 World Cup), France (1998 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2000) and Spain (UEFA EURO 2008, 2010 World Cup, UEFA EURO 2012).
• Ten players have won the European Cup/UEFA Champions League and a EURO in the same summer:
Luis Suárez (Internazionale and Spain, 1964)
Ronald Koeman (PSV and Netherlands, 1988)
Barry van Aerle (PSV and Netherlands, 1988)
Hans van Breucklen (PSV and Netherlands, 1988)
Gerald Vanenburg (PSV and Netherlands, 1988)
Juan Mata (Chelsea and Spain, 2012)
Fernando Torres (Chelsea and Spain, 2012)
Cristiano Ronaldo (Real Madrid and Portugal, 2016)
Pepe (Real Madrid and Portugal, 2016)
Jorginho (Chelsea and Italy, 2020)
Wim Kieft and Nicolas Anelka narrowly missed out on this club; PSV’s Kieft was an unused substitute for the Netherlands in the 1988 decider, while Anelka – a 2000 UEFA Champions League winner with Real Madrid – did not get off the bench in France’s UEFA EURO 2000 final win. Anelka’s France and Madrid team-mate Christian Karembeu holds the unique honour of being an unused substitute in European Cup and European Championship final victories in the same summer. Emerson Palmieri played in Italy’s UEFA EURO 2020 final triumph but did not feature for Chelsea in the UEFA Champions League decider.
• In 2008 Germany’s Michael Ballack, then with Chelsea, became the first player to appear in European Cup and EURO final defeats in the same year.
• Four players have followed European Cup final defeat with EURO victory in the same year: Ignacio Zoco and Amancio Amaro (1964, Real Madrid and Spain) and Manny Kaltz and Horst Hrubesch (1980, Hamburg and West Germany).
UEFA EURO 2020: meet the winners | UEFA EURO 2020
How they got there, top scorers, pedigree, key players and the coach – all you need to know about UEFA EURO 2020 winners Italy.
Group A results
11/06: Turkey 0-3 Italy (Rome)
16/06: Italy 3-0 Switzerland (Rome)
20/06: Italy 1-0 Wales (Rome)
Round of 16
26/06: Italy 2-1 Austria (aet) (London)
02/07: Belgium 1-2 Italy (Munich)
Chiesa’s Star of the Match display against Spain
06/07: Italy 1-1 Spain (aet, Italy win 4-2 on pens) (London)
Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne, Manuel Locatelli, Matteo Pessina (2 goals)
Group J record: P10 W10 D0 L0 F37 A4
Qualifying top scorer: Andrea Belotti (5)
UEFA EURO best: winners (1968, 2020)
UEFA EURO semis: W4 L1 (1968, 2000, 2012, 2020; 1988)
UEFA EURO finals: W2 L2 (1968, 2020; 2000, 2012)
UEFA EURO 2016: quarter-finals, lost 6-5 to Germany on penalties after 1-1 draw
Coach: Roberto Mancini
One of the best forward players of his generation, though never that lucky with the Azzurri, Mancini has now made his mark as an international coach after winning club trophies in Italy, England and Turkey.
Penalty hero Jorginho on Italy win
Key player: Jorginho
In the Italy camp they call him Radio Jorginho because he is constantly talking during games, always directing his team-mates. If you are looking for spectacular tricks or stunning goals, you should look somewhere else, but Jorginho is the real brains behind this Azzurri team, an indispensable orchestra conductor. As his decisive kick in the semi-final shoot-out win against Spain showed, he’s not bad from the penalty spot either, even if he was denied late on in the final shoot-out.
Young talent: Nicolò Barella
The box-to-box midfielder held the key to Mancini’s formation at the finals. Sardinian-born and a vital cog in Inter’s Serie A-winning side, the 24-year-old really is the full package, bringing tackling, technique, lots of energy and dangerous, well-timed runs into the opposition box.
Did you know?
During the course of this tournament, Italy broke their records for longest winning streak (13) and unbeaten run (currently 34).
Eliminated in the group stage
Eliminated in round of 16
Eliminated in quarter-finals
Eliminated in semi-finals
Beaten in final
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90,000 Belgium is the oldest, England is dear, everything about Russia + the national team of the tournament at a cost of
There are many interesting figures: for example, there will be more players from the Russian championship than from the French championship.
There are many interesting figures: for example, there will be more players from the Russian championship than from the French championship.
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changed from Euro participants during the pandemic. Kasper Hjulmand received Denmark, Frank de Boer – the Netherlands, Stefan Tarkovich – Slovakia, Paulo Sosa – Poland.
14 years and 10 months
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is headed by the German national team Joachim Löw – the longest-serving Euro coach.
- France – Didier Deschamps (8 years and 10 months)
- Switzerland – Vladimir Petkovic (6 years and 10 months)
- Portugal – Fernando Santos (6 years and 8 months)
- North Macedonia – Igor Angelovski (5 years and 7 months)
- Sweden – Janne Anderson (4 years and 11 months)
- Ukraine – Andriy Shevchenko (4 years and 10 months)
- Belgium – Roberto Martinez (4 years and 10 months)
- Russia – Stanislav Cherchesov (4 years and 9 months)
- England – Gareth Southgate (4 years and 6 months)
17 years and 243 days
to the youngest player of Euro 2020 Pole Kasper Kozlowski.
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17 Chelsea players
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called up to the national teams – tournament record. Chelsea players are on 10 national teams: England, Germany, France, Croatia, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Wales, Scotland and Belgium.
- Manchester City – 15
- Bayern Munich – 14
- Juventus – 12
- Manchester United and Dynamo K – 11
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is the average age of the youngest team in the tournament – the Turkish national team.Nearby are the British (25.4), the Welsh (25.6), the Ukrainians (26.4) and the Spaniards (26.5).
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age of the most experienced teams of the tournament – Belgium and Sweden. Nearby are Slovaks (28.2), Hungarians (28.1) and Finns (28). The Russian national team is also among the experienced teams and shares 6th place with France, Portugal and Austria (all – 27.9).
There are also interesting figures on the number of matches in the European championships from the current application, which can be interpreted as an indicator of the experience and, in some cases, the teamwork of the national team.The Portuguese are beyond competition here.
- Portugal – 89 Games
- Belgium – 57
- France – 56
- Germany – 47
- Wales – 38
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Russia is only in 17th place in this indicator.
- 15.Ukraine – 20 matches
- 16. England – 15
- 17. Russia – 14
- 18. Czech Republic – 10
- 19.Turkey – 8
- 20. Denmark – 6
- 21. Netherlands – 4
There are no Euro matches for players in Scotland, North Macedonia and Finland.
38 years old
oldest Euro players. Zhirkov – 5th.
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national teams of Finland and Hungary at Euro 2020 are represented by players from outside the local championships, that is, 1 player from the championships of Finland and Hungary.
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Lowest percentage of legionnaires:
- England – 11.5% (Trippier, Bellingham, Sancho)
- Italy – 15.4% (Emerson, Florenzi, Veratti, Jorginho)
- Russia – 15.4% (Kudryashov, Golovin, Miranchuk, Cheryshev)
- Ukraine – 30.8% (Zinchenko, Sobol, Makarenko, Malinovsky, Bezus, Yarmolenko, Zubkov, Yaremchuk)
- Germany – 34. 6% (Leno, Rudiger, Koch, Gosens, Kroos, Gundogan, Havertz, Werner, Volland)
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from the Premier League will be in Euro.Bundesliga – 89, Serie A – 71. Further very interesting:
- La Liga – 38
- RPL – 32
- League 1 – 29
- Championship – 29
You understood everything correctly: there will be more players from the Russian championship than from the French championship and a little less than from the Spanish league.
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A total of 42 leagues of various levels are represented. The most exotic, perhaps:
- Albanian Championship: Ferkhan Hasani – North Macedonia
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: Krste Velkovski – North Macedonia
- Japan: Thomas Vermaelen – Belgium
- English League 1 (3rd Division): Chris Gunther from Charlton Wales and Annecy Jakkola from Bristol Rovers – Finland
- English League 2 (4th Division): Matt Smith Man City U-23 – Wales
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is the most expensive football player of Euro 2020 not from the top 5 championships. This is the 18-year-old defender Nuno Mendes from Sporting Portugal. The second is 19-year-old Ryan Gravenberch from Ajax, worth 33 million euros (Netherlands). The third is Nikola Vlašić from CSKA, which TM estimates at € 30 million (Croatia).
the cost of the starting lineup of the most expensive players in their positions in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
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On the bench by positions: Romelu Lukaku (100 million), Raheem Sterling (90 million), Bruno Fernandes (90 million), Phil Foden (80 million), Marcus Llorente (80 million), Rodri (70 million), Raphael Varane ( 70 million), Milan Shkrinjar (60 million), Ben Chilluel (45 million), Rhys James (40 million).
1.25 billion euros
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the cost of the players in England – the most expensive national team of Euro 2020 (the average cost of one player is 49.8 million). Nearby France – 1.03 billion, Germany (936.5 million), Spain (915 million) and Portugal (872 million).
Russia – only in 18th place (190.8 million). Three outsiders: Hungary (74.85 million), North Macedonia (61.8 million) and Finland (44.6 million).
Tuning in for Euro 2020:
90,000 Amusing facts of the European Football Championship 2012 and not only »BigPicture.ru
We offer you a small portion of interesting facts about Euro 2012, a historical event for Poland and Ukraine. For which countries this football forum will also become a historical event, we will find out at the end of the championship. So, let’s start pouring facts.
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1.The cost of the cup, which will go to the winners, is estimated at 20 thousand euros. It is made of pure silver and weighs eight kilograms. 2. This European Championship is the first to be held in Eastern Europe. 3. 368 footballers from 136 clubs from 24 championships arrived at the European Championship. 4. Only two players do not continue their club careers in Europe: Robbie Keane plays in the USA and Christian Wilhelmsson in Saudi Arabia. 5.6. All England footballers, without exception, play in their own championship.7. The Irish squad does not have a single player representing the Irish home championship. 8. The current head of UEFA, Michel Platini, became the top scorer in the history of the European Championship finals. In 1984, the Frenchman scored 9 goals in 5 matches. 9. By analogy with the South African vuvuzelas, in Ukraine they plan to play the duet in zozulitsy. They are made of clay and don’t sound annoying at all. 10. The youngest player in the tournament was Jetro Willems from the Netherlands. Today he is 18 years old, 2 months and 9 days old.11. The most experienced footballer was the Greek goalkeeper Konstantinos Chalkias, who today turned 38 years and 9 days old. 12. The Greek was also ranked among the highest players in the competition, along with the Swede Anders Svensson. The couple lacked only a centimeter, up to the two-meter mark. 13. Italian Emanuele Giaccherini is considered the smallest – only 160 centimeters. 14. Not a single national team in the history of European championships has been able to defend their title. The Spaniards can go down in history as the conquerors of a new record.15. The German national team is the most experienced. She not only participated most of all in the final stages (10 times), but also became the champion more often than others (three times). 16. At least one debutant team competes in each of the final parts of the tournament. This year it was the Ukrainian national team. 17. The longest distance between the participating cities is 1,850 kilometers. This is exactly how much separates Ukrainian Donetsk and Polish Gdansk. 18. The largest stadium of the tournament is located in Kiev. It will host the final of the championship and will accommodate 70,000 and 50 spectators in its stands.19. The smallest stadium is “Arena Lviv” in Lviv – 32767 spectators. 20. The best scorer of his national team in the tournament is the German Miroslav Klose, who signed at the opponent’s goal 63 times. 21. The best guardsman (played more than all matches) of his national team in the tournament is the Spanish goalkeeper Iker Casillas, who has already played 129 matches. 22. The lowest FIFA rating among all the national teams participating in the final stage, one of the hosts – Poland. The frame takes only 65th place.
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90,000 Interesting facts about the European Football Championship
The history of the European Football Championship knows many interesting facts that gave the tournament all sorts of shades.There were funny moments, significant changes in regulations, unusual events. And while all fans of the sport today are more interested in the Euro 2021 calendar, some of the most noteworthy details about the Euro will always come in handy, and they are also presented below.
It’s not a secret for anyone that in any championship there should be a fight for the third place, but this has not been the case at Euro since 1984. Since then, a bronze medal has not been earned on the Euro.
Denmark for Euro
The 1992 European Football Championship turned out to be quite rich not only in beautiful goals, but also in strange events.Most memorable is the story of the Danish national team. The Danes, as you know, ended up in this tournament by pure chance, and learned this news a couple of days before the start of the championship. At the same time, Denmark would not have been able to get there if the Yugoslavian team had not been excluded, which they replaced at the very last moment for reasons closely related to politics.
In addition, at that time, the Danish team was absent from its main player Mikael Laudrup, due to whom many of its matches were won.Nevertheless, neither the absence of Mikael, who had a falling out with the coach of the team, nor the complete lack of preparation for the Euro did not prevent the Danes from reaching the final of the championship and beating the German national team there.
Championship in two countries
At first, the European Football Championship is always held in only one country, but in 2000 an exception was made – they played in the Netherlands and Belgium. Nothing of the kind has ever been applied to the Euro before.
Goal of Dmitry Kirichenko
A lot of quick goals were scored at Euro, but the fastest goal was scored by Russian footballer Dmitry Kirichenko.It took Dmitry only 67 seconds to print the goal of the rival, which was then the Greek team. That match, dated 2004, ended with a score of 2: 1 in favor of the Russian national team.
The oldest championship
Many people have no idea how old the Euro is. This championship began to be held back in 1960 in France. At the same time, it is quite remarkable that only four teams took part in it then:
In that championship, the victory was won by the Soviet Union, which met in the final with the national team of Yugoslavia.
10 interesting facts about the European Championship 2020/21
One of the largest events in the world of football – the European Championship 2020 (2021) is approaching. Due to the pandemic, the games of the best national teams of the Old Continent were postponed for a year. Fortunately, despite the prevailing conditions, all indications are that this time the 2021 European Championship will take place. To make the waiting time more enjoyable, we have prepared some interesting facts about the Championship.We invite you to read.
The most interesting facts about the European Championship 2020
How many teams will play at the European Championship 2021? Who will defend their title? How will England overcome its fatal flaw this time? You will find answers to these and many other questions in our post. And you can watch online matches of the Ukrainian national team on the website, do not miss this interesting European Championship.
1 The first such European Championship
The European Championship 2020/21 will be held for the first time in history in 12 different countries.The following cities were chosen for the games: Glasgow, Dublin, Bilbao, Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich, Rome, St. Petersburg, Bucharest, Budapest, Baku and London. The opening match will take place on 11 June in Rome and the final on 11 July at Wembley, England. Also new will be the use of Video Assistance (VAR) for the first time in history at a tournament of this magnitude.
2 Who will defend the title?
Euro 2021/21 will be the European Championship tournament for the 16th time. The title will be defended by the Portuguese national team led by Cristiano Ronaldo, which in the eyes of the bookmaker analysts does not appreciate the final victory.More chances are legal bookmakers, among others, France, England, Belgium and Germany
3 Rules for promotion to the knockout stage
24 teams will take part in the championship, divided into 6 groups. The top two teams from each group and the top 4 teams from third place with the most points will go to the knockout round. Goal balance and the number of goals scored will count towards the second place.
4 Finals overtime
Three of the last six Euro finals have ended in overtime.This happened in 1996, 2000 and 2016.
5 EURO top scorer
Michel Platini scored the most goals in a single tournament in 1984. He scored 9 goals during the Euro in France. Interestingly, he scored in each of five matches, leading the Tricolors to their first ever championship.
6 Unlucky England
No team in the European Championships played as many games as England – 31 – and failed to reach the final in that time.
For the second time in history, the Euro Final will be played at Wembley Stadium.The first final in London took place during the 1996 championship.
8 Big opportunities in front of Ronaldo?
Cristiano Ronaldo has scored 103 goals for the national team. Euro 2021/21 will be another opportunity for him to improve his scorer record. He can catch up with Iranian Ali Daei, who has scored 109 goals for his country, and become the top scorer of all time.
9 The return of the great absentee
Euro 2020 will be the first tournament since 2014 where we will see the Netherlands national team.Oranje did not take part in Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, and the Dutch team, hungry for international success, will surely want to show a strong performance.
10 Pandemic prevented
The 2020/21 European Championship was originally scheduled for 2020 but has been postponed to next year due to the worldwide coronavirus pandemic. The date of the championship coincided with the 60th anniversary of the first final of the European Championship. In addition, due to the coronavirus pandemic, it is possible to limit the number of fans present at the stadium to 25% of the facility’s capacity.All with an appropriate sanitary regime.
11 Spain times two!
Only once in its history has a team that won the European Championship 4 years earlier been able to defend their title. This is what the Spanish national team did during Euro 2012 in Poland and Ukraine. The Spanish team also won a gold medal in 2008.
12 The record holder of the German team
The most successful team in the history of European championships is the German national team. Our western neighbors raised the trophy for victory in the tournament three times over their heads, and also won 3 silver and 3 bronze medals.Three titles were won by Spain, which this year also has a chance of a final victory.
13 How many times has Poland played in the European Championships?
The Polish national team will compete at the European Championship for the 4th time in history. We played for the first time at Euro in 2008 under the leadership of Leo Beenhacker. Subsequent performances were in 2012 – as hosts, and in 2016, where we reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in good style.
14 Which teams have most often met each other at the European Championships?
Spain and Italy have collided with each other most often in history.The two teams have played each other 6 times in several tournaments.
15 Italy with strong defense
Most draws in the history of European championships have been recorded by the team known for their well-organized defense – Italy. Football players from the Apennine Peninsula have completed their meetings 16 times in all European tournaments.
This year’s European Championship has already gone down in history as the first one, which was postponed for a year, and because of the number of venues that will become the arena for the struggle of the best teams in Europe.What else will go down in history? We’ll find out soon.
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90,000 facts, records and the brightest footage of Euro 2020
The whole world has been waiting for this Euro for a record five years! Last year, due to the outbreak of coronavirus, it was decided to postpone the championship. According to safety rules, many stadiums were only one third full, and not all fans were able to come and support their home team. One of the partners of the championship was vivo, a high-tech manufacturer of mobile devices that implements the most daring solutions on the world market.
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1. 34 million euros – this is how much the Italian national team will receive for winning the tournament. It is noteworthy that for participation in the final, 9.25 million fell on the team’s account, and only 3 million for the victory.
2. Best Player of the Tournament: Gianluigi Donnarumma. For the first time in history, this title went to a goalkeeper. But he is only 22 years old! Gianluigi will start the new season at the new PSG club. According to analysts, its value has grown 120 times over the past 6 years! In memory of the Euro, the goalkeeper got himself a tattoo.
3. 142 goals were scored – an absolute record for the European Championships, and the previous record – the result of Euro 2016 – was blocked by 34 goals at once.
4. Cristiano Ronaldo left the tournament after 1/8, but this did not prevent him from setting several records at once! The Portuguese striker has scored the most goals in Euros (14 goals) and is also the first player to compete in five European championships and score in each.
Cristiano Ronaldo 5. Not a single defeat. Another record from Squadra Azzurra: Italy has never lost on its way to victory. It is noteworthy that all seven matches in the final stage of the tournament were winning for the Italians.
6. The farthest goal in the history of the European and World Championships. Its author was the striker of the Czech national team Patrick Schik. The footballer hit the gates of Scotland from a distance of in 45.5 meters . Previously, the record belonged to the former striker of the Spanish national team David Villiers. He scored a goal at the 2010 World Cup from 43 meters.
7. Not without anti-records! The most own goals were scored in this championship. As many as 11 times players scored into their own goal.The previous record was set at the 2016 European Championship – then three own goals were recorded.
Fans at match in England 8. The main sensation of the championship was the national team of Denmark, of which was just a little short before reaching the final: England scored the decisive goal only in extra-time. But the Danes lost in the first two matches of the group stage, having also lost their leader Christian Eriksen in them, whom doctors brought back to life after a cardiac arrest. And only a victory over Russia allowed Denmark to enter the playoffs.The fact that the Danes know how to play football and believe in miracles has been known since 1992: when the national team went to the Euro instead of the Yugoslavian team (there was a war in the country). The players were gathered in 10 days and they rode with the thought: not to disgrace themselves. What was the surprise of the whole country when 11 daredevils returned to Copenhagen with the coveted cup in their hands!
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We continue to get acquainted with 24 teams that are trying to find out their football relations on the fields of Europe.
■ Throughout the history of the European Championship, gold medals were hung on the chests of Germans and Spaniards three times. France has 2 victories, the USSR, Italy, Portugal, the Netherlands, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Greece – 1. The ancestors of football, the British never played even in the final of the tournament.
■ The USSR national team has a European gold (1960) and three silver medals (1964, 1972, 1988). During its existence, the Russian national team did not qualify for Euro (2000) once, 4 times did not overcome the group stage of the tournament (1996, 2004, 2012, 2016).In 2008, she managed to reach the bronze medal. By the way, Yuri Zhirkov is the only one from Euro-2008 who still plays for the national team.
■ The oldest team in the tournament is Sweden (29.2 is the average age of the players). The youngest is Turkey (25 years old). The average age of the Russian national team players is 27.9. The years of our team were added by Zhirkov, who will be 38 in August.
■ The most expensive football players in the championship are Frenchman Kilian Mbappe (160 million euros, according to Transfermarkt) and Englishman Harry Kane (120 million).All the players of the Russian national team taken together cost a little more – 191.8 million euros (Golovin (28 million) and Fernandez (16 million) are more valuable than others. The cheapest for the Euro is the national team of Finland, whose players are worth 44.6 million.
■ Joachim Loew has been coaching the German team for almost 15 years. More than him, no coach in the world worked with one team without a break. And Rob Page, who took the Wales national team to Euro, is not even its head coach. He’s just and. O. The fact is that Ryan Giggs, who has led the team since 2018., suspended from work due to charges of beating up his girlfriend.
■ Most of the players were sent to the tournament by the English Premier League – 119. From the German Bundesliga – 89, from the Italian Serie A – 71, from the Spanish La Liga – 39, from the Russian Premier League – 32.
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90,000 Top 9 Interesting Facts About the European Football Championship
The European Football Championship has been hosted by UEFA every four years since 1960. True, at first the tournament was called the European Nations Cup, and in 1968 the name was changed to the European Football Championship.
The 2016 UEFA European Football Championship will be the first in which 24 teams will take part: the number of participants this year has increased by 8. There were 16 teams in the previous five European Championships. As the host, France went straight to the final tournament, where it was joined by 23 teams that successfully passed the qualifying stage, in which a record number of national teams played – 53.
The most experienced is Germany
In total, 56 different teams took part in qualifying competitions in the history of the European Football Championship.Most of all, the national team of Germany – 11 times, Spain and the Netherlands – 9 times, and 8 times – the national teams of France, Denmark, Italy and England passed through the selection sieve in the final part.
Throughout the history of the European Football Championship, the final part was hosted by 12 countries, three of them twice – Italy, France and Belgium. The first final took place in Paris in 1960. In 2000, for the first time, the European Championship was hosted by 2 countries at once – Belgium and the Netherlands.
Denmark: from ship to ball
In 1992, the European Football Championship took place at a time of political instability in Europe.The national team of Yugoslavia, which got into the final part of the championship, was removed from the tournament just before the start due to the sanctions against this country. The Danish national team, replacing Yugoslavia, managed to win the championship, beating Germany in the final with a score of 2: 0.
Five of debutants
At least one debutant team competes in each of the final stages of the tournament. A memorable debut for us – the Ukrainian national team – took place in 2012. This year we will see five new teams in the finals: Albania, Iceland, Northern Ireland, Slovakia and Wales.
Henri Delaunay Cup
The value of the cup, which goes to the winners, is estimated at 20 thousand euros. It is made of pure silver and weighs eight kilograms. The cup that the European champion receives is named after Henri Delaunay, the first UEFA Secretary General who conceived the tournament but died in 1955, 5 years before the first European Championship. Starting from the first in the history of the tournament, the champion was awarded the Henri Delaunay Cup and kept it for 4 years – until the next European Championship.
USSR – champion
In 1960, the first final of the European Football Championship was also held in France. 17 teams took part in it. And the USSR became the champion of Euro 1960, scoring the winning goal in extra time.
For the previous fourteen European Championships in the final stages, a total of 31 teams played, of which 4 no longer exist: Czechoslovakia last made its way to the final stage in 1980, the USSR in 1988, the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States) – an artificially created national team – participated only in 1992, Czechoslovakia until 1993, Yugoslavia once played together in 2000.