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Compared with the others major tournament the European Championship was established pretty late. His success, however, has been impressive as it is now the second most popular sporting event after the FIFA World Cup. The first European Championship was organised in 1960 in France and was called European Nations Cup: there were just four teams involved and the format was a simple knockout.
In 1980 the competition was expanded and there were two group stages. In Euro 1996 the tournament was increased again with 16 teams and a quarter-final stage.
In Euro 2016 the competition had for the first time 24 teams who are now competing every 4 years for a title that is second for importance only to the World Cup. In 2020 the tournament for the first time will have no hosts but it will be played in 12 nations across Europe. From 2024 it will, however, revert back to a single host which will be Germany. The semi-final and the final of the Euro 2020 will be played at Wembley.
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Euro 2020 Championships Format
Every game during the group stage is played over 90 minutes. All the matches of the group stage will grant 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and no points for a defeat. The best two teams in each of the six groups will get 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and no points for a defeat. The two top teams that are at the top of the group will progress to the knockout stages. The group winners will face the runner up or third placed (the ones that qualify) from another group. The best four third-placed sides will go forward to the knockout stages while the other two are eliminated.
From the last 16, the competition is a knock-out. If there are no winners than the game will go extra time and if the result is still a draw, there is a penalty shootout that will decide who is progressing.
Before the 1976 edition, there were extra times but not penalties: this is why the final of the 1968 edition between Italy and Yugoslavia had to be repeated after the first match ended 1-1. Italy won on that occasion 2-0 in the reply match.
In 1976 the first penalty European final took place with Czechoslovakia who managed to beat Germany 5-3 after the game was ended 2-2 after extra time. FIFA and UEFA decided to introduce the golden goal in the 1996 European Championship in England. The golden goal system meant that if the match will go to extra time the team who scores will be declared immediately as the winner. Funnily enough, the golden goal decided the first tournament it was used with Oliver Bierhoff that gave Germany the title by scoring the 2-1 goal against Czech Republic. The system was also used in the next final (2000) where David Trezeguet scored against Italy to give France the 2-1 win.
In the Euro 2004 the golden goal was changed to the silver goal system. With this rule if a goal would be scored in the first half of the extra time than the game would carry on until the end of the first half if the team who scored was still leading. Similarly, if a goal would be scored in the second half of the extra time, the game would carry on as normal until the end. The system was never used in a final but it did decide the semi-final as Greece defeated tCzech Republic with a silver goal.
Both the golden goal and the silver goal have been abolished and now all games that go to extra time will go through a full 30 minutes regardless of how many goals will be scored during the period. In the European Championship, there isn’t a match that will decide who is going to take the third place. So in total 51 games are being played in the European Championship with 36 that are in the group stage and 15 in the knockout phase. eTo win the tournament, a team need to play 7 games in total.
Euro 2020 & The UEFA Nations League
Euro 2020 would for the first time being played across different European cities aand there won’t be any host nation that will qualify for the finals without going through the qualifiers tournament. The numbers of teams that will take part will stay at 24 mbut the qualification system will change from previous tournaments.
There will be 10 qualification groups: the winner and the runner up of each group will qualify and this will indicate 20 of the 24 teams that will take part in the Euro 2020 finals. The remaining four teams will be determined by the UEFA Nations League tournament. The Nations League has all the 55 UEFA members divided in 4 different leagues (A-D) depending on their rankings. The leagues will have every season promotions and relegations and every two years a team will be crowned champion. The reason why the Nations League has been created was to increase the competitive matches and reduce the many international friendlies that are played throughout the year.
The 4 places at the Euro 2020 will be given one to every Nations League The highest four teams in every league that have not already qualified in the normal Euro qualification will play a playoff. The winner of every league will secure a place in the Euro 2020. The tournament final will be played out as in the Euro 2016 with the only difference that, as mentioned, there won’t be a single country hosting the competition.
France hosted the Euro 2016 which was the first tournament with an extended number of teams of 24. This meant that there was a new round of 16 after the group stages, just before the quarter finals. All the winners and runners up from the 6 groups automatically progress to the knockout stage. The other 4 places are assigned to the best four 3rd place finishers. Portugal, who end up winning the Euro 2016, finished in third place in their Euro 2016 group.
Euro 1996 to Euro 2012
For the first time in 1996 the teams taking part in the Euro increased from 8 to 16. The winners and runners up of every of the four groups went directly to the quarter finals.
Euro 1980 to Euro 1992
In 1980 the number of countries that took place in the finals went up from 4 to 8. There were two groups of 4 teams each: the winners of each group will compete in the final. In 1984 both the winner and the runner up progressed to a semis stage: this set up continued until Euro 1992. To qualify for those tournaments, a team had to win the qualifying group (apart from the host country who was already qualified).
Euro 1960 to Euro 1976
In 1960 there were only semi-finals and finals. The same system was used also in 1964. In 1968 the group stage was introduced for the first time for the qualifying tournament but the teams in the final stayed at 4.
European Championship History
It was the secretary general of the French Football Federation, Henri Delaunay who proposed in 1927 the creation of a European Championship tournament. The depression o 1929 and the second world war delayed the idea. In 1954 the grandson of Henri Delaunay, Pierre, was appointed to the organising committee and in 1958 17 teams signed up to take part in the first event called The European Nations Cup. Top teams like West Germany, Italy, England, Netherlands didn’t take part.
The first match played was a payoff between Rep of Ireland and Czechoslovakia. Eventually, only 4 teams remained and those were France, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia. France was designed as the first host and this was probably due to the role that the country played in creating the tournament.
European Nations Cup 1960 – 1976
France and Czechoslovakia were eliminated in the first semi-final with means Soviet Union and Yugoslavia competed in the final. The USSR won 2-1 and claimed the first European trophy.
In 1964 the tournament had the same format and this time was won by Spain who defeated Soviet Union 2-1 in Madrid. In 1968 Italy, who were also hosting the tournament, won 2-0 against Yugoslavia. Belgium were hosting the competition in 1972 but it was West Germany who triumphed.
The 1976 finals were in Yugoslavia where Czechoslovakia defeated West Germany on penalties (5-3).
European Championships 1980 – 1992
It was in 1980 that Italy was selected as a host country and progressed to the finals. The other 7 teams had to qualify. The tournament was won by West Germany.
The 1984 finals took place in France and the French side won for the second time. In 1988 the Dutch defeated the Germans in semi-finals before beating the Soviet Union for 2-0 in the final.
In 1992 Denmark qualified instead of Yugoslavia who were excluded due to the war, and miraculously won the tournament after defeating 2-0 Germany in the final.
1996 to 2012, The “Euros”
In 1996 the numbers of teams were extended to 16. The tournament was hosted by England who were defeated in the semis by Germany who ended up winning the tournament.
Euro 2000 took place in Holland and Belgium. France managed to win in the final against Italy. Euro 2004 saw Greece stunning everyone: they were 150/1 to lift the trophy before the competition started.
In 2008 Austria and Switzerland hosted the tournament while Poland and Ukraine did it in 2012: in both cases, Spain won the title.
France hosted the tournament again in 2016. They were the favourite to win but were defeated in the final by a determined Portugal for 1-0.
Euro 2024 Germany – Future European Championship
The 2024 Euros will be in Germany. The tournament will return to a single country after it is tried in multiple locations in 2020. It will be the first time for united Germany to host the tournament and they will try to win it again after 28 years. The tournament will have 24 teams and a total of 51 matches with Germany that will qualify automatically. If the Nations League continues as planned 3 or 4 places will be reserved for this competition.