The history of European Championship

European Championship trophyThe UEFA European Championship (commonly known as Euro and not to be confused with European Cup) have exist since 1960. It ranks next to FIFA World Cup as the most prestigoius competion 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 have been expanded with more teams on two additional occasions.

All Euro host countries

1960: France
1964: Spain
1968: Italy
1972: Belgium
1976: Yugoslavia
1980: Italy
1984: France
1988: West Germany
1992: Sweden
1996: England
2000: Belgium and Netherlands
2004: Portugal
2008: Austria and Switzerland
2012: Poland and Ukraine
2016: France

Teams with most titles and finals

Statistics of all national teams that have won or played a final together with numbers of participations in European Championship.

Team Titles Finals Participations
Germany 3 6 12
Spain 3 4 10
France 2 2 9
Czechoslovakia 1 2 3
Portugal 1 2 7
Denmark 1 1 8
Greece 1 1 4
Italy 1 1 9
Netherlands  1 1 9
Soviet Union 1 1 5

Top goalscorers

These players have made most goals in European Championship.

Michel Platini (9 goals), Christiano Ronaldo (9 goals), Alan Shearer (7 goals), Henry Thierry (6 goals), Zlatan Ibrahimović (6 goals), Patrick Kluivert (6 goals), Nuno Gomez (6) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (6 goals).