History of The Uefa European Football Championship
European Football League was first proposed by Henri Delaunay was in 1927, a member of the French Federation of Football. Finally, in 1960, his dream came true and the tournament was held in France. In his honor, as the tournament trophy Henri Deluanay trophy is named.
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First, in 1960 under the name of the UEFA European Nations Cup, plays with the idea of this popular European Football League was first proposed by Henri Delaunay was in 1927, a member of the French Federation of Football. Finally, in 1960, his dream came true and the tournament was held in France. In his honor, as the tournament trophy Henri Deluanay trophy is named. 17 teams participated, many of whom played for three teams, Germany, England and Italy. Among the 14 remaining teams of the USSR the way to the finals and won the first trophy of the tournament outsmart Yugoslavia 2-1.
Thereafter, the name of this tournament for the European Football Championship in 1968 and amended in 1992, this tournament has become a popular €. Once every four years, is carried out, statistical reports show that this is the third most popular sporting event in the world after the Olympics and World Cup. He had previously played 13 tournaments and this is 14 Euro 2012 session.Germany is the most successful team in this tournament, which had been in the last six times, and won world titles on three occasions.
In 1964 Spain was part of the hosts of the tournament with 29 teams in the tournament. The host at bagging the championship defeated the world champion finally achieved the USSR 2-1.
In 1968, the tournament name reformulated, but the format remains the same with two new computers. Held in Italy, the championship also went to the host country, when they beat Yugoslavia in a replay match 2-0. The most notable event this year had toss a coin to decide a semifinal match. The draw was the incident first and only time in the history of the euro.
Belgium was the host in 1972 when West Germany (now Germany), the last beat of the Soviet Union won 3-0.
1976 tournament took place in Yugoslavia, and was the last year by a final host team had two things in the last four teams in the qualification and be taken in the final. This year is also notable for its shootout recently introduced. Czechoslovakia won the final.
The next tournament was organized in 1980 in a new form in Italy.The concept of the group arrived with eight teams and the winners of each group is always in the playoffs and then participated in the final. West Germany won again and that was his second world title.
In 1984, the concept of the semi-finals also emerged was a completely new format for this tournament. France won the tournament in Spain 2-0. Michel Platini, who was then captain of France, which was very impressive in the tournament. He scored 9 goals in 5 games.
Two-time world champion, headquarters of the Federal Republic of Germany 1988 tournament, where Netherlands defeated the hosts to win the championship. This year is still considered a glory years in football history, as Marco van Basten made a spectacular goal by the keeper directly from the right wing.
Then, in Sweden, in 1992, when the European Football Championship Euro 1992 was the first time! Denmark won the league by defeating Germany 2-0 together. Yugoslavia was not allowed to participate in the tournament this year were in a state of war.
16 teams participated in the Championship was organized in England 1996which. Germany expelled newly formed Czech government fell 2-1 to another championship trophy for the third time, but for the united Germany, this was the first time
Belgium and the Netherlands hosted Euro 2000, when France was the emperor of football. As expected from around the world, once again maintain its position as France champion by defeating Italy 2-1 achieved.
The championship trophy of the Euro 2004 football was held in Portugal, Greece, which has defeated the host team 1-0 in the final.
Switzerland and Austria, two countries organized the UEFA Euro 2008 where Spain beat Germany 1-0 in the final champion.
Finally, in 2012! This year, Ukraine and Poland hosted the tournament, 16 teams participating in the four groups, each with four teams. Czech Republic, Greece, Poland and Russia are in Group A, Denmark, Germany, Portugal and the Netherlands in Group B, Croatia, Spain, Italy and Ireland are in Group C and in England, France, Sweden and Ukraine Group D. This is exciting tournament on June 8, 2012 and will begin on July 1, 2012 will continue.