Monthly Archives: February 2016

Euro 2016: How far can England reach in France?

England enjoyed a remarkable Euro 2016 qualifying campaign as they won all of their ten games to finish with 30 points. They ended up scoring 31 goals at a rate of more than three per game and conceded a mere three to have a fantastic goal difference of +28. However, critics did try to devalue the great run by pointing ...

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Euro 2012: Spain becomes the first team to retain European Championship

The 14th edition of the European Championship was jointly-hosted by Poland and Ukraine from 8th June to 1st July 2012. Spain, fresh from their first World Cup triumph, were also the reigning European champions heading into Euro 2012 and were widely considered to be the favourites. Czech Republic, Greece, Russia and hosts Poland comprised Group A. The hosts kicked off ...

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Euro 2008: Spain crowned the European champions

It is hard to believe now that Spain were one of the perennially underachieving teams in world football. After winning the second European Championship in 1964, they went empty-handed until 2008 before they won something big. And since then La Furia Roja have gone on to be crowned the European champions twice as well as world champions in 2010. Participants ...

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Euro 2004: Greece surprises European heavyweights

The 2004 European Championship threw one of the most unlikeliest of winners as Greece went on to be crowned the champions of Europe for the first time in their history. Portugal hosted the tournament from 12th June to 4th July, with venues spread across eight cities: Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Guimaraes, Faro/Loule, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto. The qualified countries are in ...

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Euro 1996: Germany wins their third European Championship

England hosted their first European Championship in 1996, which was the tenth edition of the prestigious tournament and also the first with 16 teams in the final, increasing from eight in the previous tournaments. The qualified countries are in Blue. England, the Netherlands, Scotland and Switzerland made up Group A, and the hosts – who began their campaign with a ...

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Euro 1992: Denmark wins their first ever major tournament

If there is ever a fairy tale in sports history, then the 1992 European Championship is it. Denmark didn’t even qualify for the tournament hosted by their neighbours Sweden, but were asked to participate following the disqualification of Yugoslavia due to the Yugoslav wars. The Danes, who were literally on beaches enjoying their summer breaks before returning to their club ...

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Euro 1988: Netherlands win their first and only major international trophy

There were three bids for hosting the 1988 European Championship. West Germany, England and a joint bid from the Scandinavian countries, Norway, Sweden and Denmark, but ultimately the hosting rights went to West Germany. The qualified countries are in Blue There were eight teams in the finals, and Group A comprised of pre-tournament favourites, West Germany and Italy, apart from ...

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Euro 1984: France win their first major trophy

France hosted the eight-team finals of the 1984 European Championship. Belgium, Denmark, France, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Yugoslavia, and the then reigning European champions West Germany were the eight teams that were divided into two groups of four teams each. The first game of Euro 1984 was played between the hosts and Denmark at the Parc des Princes on 12th June ...

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Euro 1980: West Germany lifts their second European championship

Euro 1980 was expanded to eight teams in the tournament proper, unlike the four-team finals that was the norm in the previous five editions. England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany were in the fray to host the competition before it was decided in favour of Italy. Also, it was the first ever European championship where the hosts got an ...

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