UEFA Euro championship 2016 is just a couple of months away and it will be the 15th edition of the premier European national football competition. Held under the UEFA banner, European Championship takes place every four years and it is the second biggest international event not only in Football but sports in general. Only FIFA World Cup has more viewership, marketability and prize money than european’s regional national football competition.
Short History: Started in 1960, only 4 teams would play in the competition proper after small qualifying round. Early editions were marred by some of the big nations withdrawing from events due to political unrest in Europe. It was only 1980 when tournament was expanded to 8 teams where two groups of 4 teams and group winners playing the final. In 1996 England hosted what will become a 16 team tournament. The upcoming 2016 Euros in France will be the biggest in history with 24 teams playing in main draw after 53 teams took part in qualifying round.
Out of the 14 editions so far taken place since 1960, 9 different countries has won the Euros. Spain and Germany being the most successful with 3 titles each (2 of Germany titles came as West Germany). Apart from Germany and Spain only France has won the competition more than once. Germany is by far the most successful team having appeared in six finals (3 wins and 3 runners-up).
We take a look at past winners and runners-up.
|1960||Soviet Union (USSR)||Yugoslavia||France|
|1964||Spain||Soviet Union (USSR)||Spain|
|1972||West Germany||Soviet Union (USSR)||Belgium|
|1988||Netherlands||Soviet Union (USSR)||West Germany|
|2000||France||Italy||Belgium & Holland|
|2008||Spain||Germany||Austria & Switzerland|
|2012||Spain||Italy||Poland & Ukraine|