The Men's European Football Championship, also known as UEFA EURO 2020, was won by Italy. In the final of the European Championship Final on 11 July 2021, they defeated England after penalties. England had qualified directly for the European Championship 2020 as group winners in qualifying group A. Several teams also qualified via the Nations League. See our overview of EURO 2024 schedule where the Three Lions will once again be favourites!
The European Football Championships have been held since 1960, but the rules have changed over time. Until 1976, four teams met for the semi-finals and final. From 1980, the playoffs were expanded to eight teams, including a group stage before the playoffs. In 1996, the playoffs were expanded to 16 teams. Countries were divided into four groups of four teams, with the group winners and runners-up reaching the quarter-finals. In the 2016 European Championship, there were 24 teams divided into six groups. The top two teams in the group and the top four third-placed teams qualified for the knockout stage.
Statistics and moments from the European Football Championship
Germany and Spain have each won the European Championship three times. Only Spain has won the tournament twice in a row (2008-2012).
The Soviet Union (1960), Spain (1964), Italy (1968) and Germany (1972) won the first editions of the European Football Championship.
In 2004, Greece won both the opening match and the final against hosts Portugal. No one had expected the Greeks to win before the European Championship. The victory is considered perhaps the greatest sensation in the history of the European Championship.
England achieved their best finish yet in the previous edition of the Euros, after reaching the final but ultimately losing on penalties to Italy at Wembley.
- The EURO 1960
…took place in France. The final in Paris between the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia ended 2-1.
- The EURO 1964
...was played in Spain. The hosts beat the Soviet Union 2-1 in the final in Madrid.
- The EURO 1968
...was played in Italy. The hosts defeated Yugoslavia 2-0 in the final in Rome.
- At the EURO 1972
...Germany won its first European Championship title with a 3-0 victory over the Soviet Union in the final in Belgium.
- The EURO 1976
...was played in Yugoslavia. Germany was beaten 5:4 by Czechoslovakia in the final after a penalty shoot-out.
- The European Championship 1980
...was won by Germany after a 2-1 win over Belgium in Rome.
- The football EC 1984
...was played in France. The hosts secured their first title by beating Spain 2-0 in the final in Paris.
- The EURO 1988
...took place in Germany. Netherlands won their only major national title to date with a 2-0 victory over the Soviet Union in the final.
- The EURO 1992
...saw a surprising winner in Sweden. In the final in Gothenburg, the sensational team from Denmark beat the German selection 2-0.
- At the EURO 1996
...England played at home and they were close to the finals. However, they lost their semi-final to Germany after penalties. Thanks to the first ever Golden Goal in a EURO final by Oliver Bierhoff, Germany subsequently lso won the final 2-1 against the Czech Republic.
- The EURO 2000
...was hosted by the Netherlands and Belgium. In Rotterdam, too, the golden goal decided the eventual title winner. David Trezeguet made France celebrate against Italy.
- The EURO 2004
...was played in Portugal. The final in Lisbon was won 1-0 by Greece.
- The European football cup 2008
...was played in Austria and Switzerland. In the final, Spain beat Germany 1-0.
- The EURO 2012
..in Ukraine and Poland saw the highest final victory in the history of the European Championship. Spain rolled over Italy 4-0.
- At the Euro 2016
...the next surprise after Denmark in 1992 and Greece in 2004 took place. In Saint-Denis, Portugal snatched the title from hosts France after a goal in extra time.
- At the Euro 2020
...Italy ultimately emerged victorious after a tense battle with favourites England. The game ended 1-1 followed by a penalty shootout where Italy became champions of Europe.
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