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The European Championship was a fairly late comer compared to other continental competitions but it could now be argued that this tournament is second only in prestige to the World Cup. The championships first began in 1960 in France as the European Nations Cup with just four teams competing for the crown in a simple knockout. The competition rose to eight countries in 1980 when two group stages were added and rose again for Euro 1996 in England to include 16 teams with a quarter-final stage.

Since Euro 2016 the competition has risen to 24 teams now competing for the four yearlong title of the best footballing nation on the continent. With so much to play for and not much else going on at this time of year expect some of the best betting offers from the nations top online bookmakers. We will list ever major deal available both in advance and day to day through the competition. This page also contains information on the schedule, tv coverage, history, previous winners, key stats and more.

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Euro 2016 Fixture Schedule & TV Coverage

Final

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
10th July 20:00 Portugal v France Stade de France ITV & BBC

Semi Finals

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
6th July 20:00 Wales v Portugal Lyon ITV
7th July 20:00 Germany v France Marseille BBC

Quarter Finals

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
30th June 20:00 Portugal v Poland Marseille ITV
1st July 20:00 Wales v Belgium Lille BBC
2nd July 20:00 Germany v Italy Bordeaux BBC
3rd July 20:00 France v Iceland Stade de France ITV

Round of 16

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
25th June 14:00 Switzerland v Poland Saint Etienne BBC
25th June 17:00 Wales v Northern Ireland PSG BBC
25th June 20:00 Croatia v Portugal Lens ITV
26th June 14:00 France v Ireland Lyon ITV
26th June 17:00 Germany v Slovakia Lille ITV
26th June 20:00 Hungary v Belgium Toulouse BBC
27th June 17:00 Italy v Spain Stade de France BBC
27th June 20:00 England v Iceland Nice ITV

Group A

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
10th June 20:00 France v Romania Stade de France ITV
11th June 14:00 Albania v Switzerland Lens BBC
15th June 17:00 Romania v Switzerland PSG ITV
15th June 20:00 France v Albania Marseille ITV
19th June 20:00 Romania v Albania Lyon BBC
19th June 20:00 Switzerland v France Lille BBC

Group B

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
11th June 17:00 Wales v Slovakia Bordeaux BBC
11th June 20:00 England v Russia Marseille ITV
15th June 14:00 Russia v Slovakia Lille BBC
16th June 14:00 England v Wales Lens BBC
20th June 20:00 Russia v Wales Toulouse ITV
20th June 20:00 Slovakia v England Saint Etienne ITV

Group C

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
12th June 17:00 Poland v N. Ireland Nice BBC
12th June 20:00 Germany v Ukraine Lille BBC
16th June 17:00 Ukraine v N. Ireland Lyon ITV
16th June 20:00 Germany v Poland Stade de France ITV
21st June 17:00 N. Ireland v Germany Marseille BBC
21st June 17:00 Ukraine v Poland PSG BBC

Group D

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
12th June 14:00 Turkey v Croatia PSG ITV
13th June 14:00 Spain v Czech Rep Toulouse ITV
17th June 17:00 Czech Rep v Croatia Saint Etienne BBC
17th June 20:00 Spain v Turkey Nice ITV
21st June 20:00 Croatia v Spain Lens ITV
21st June 20:00 Czech Rep v Turkey Bordeaux ITV

Group E

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
13th June 17:00 Ireland v Sweden Stade de France BBC
13th June 20:00 Belgium v Italy Lyon BBC
17th June 14:00 Italy v Sweden Toulouse ITV
18th June 14:00 Belguim v Ireland Bordeaux ITV
22nd June 20:00 Italy v Ireland Lille ITV
22nd June 20:00 Sweden v Belgium Nice ITV

Group F

Date Time (GMT) Fixture Stadium Channel (UK)
14th June 17:00 Austria v Hungary Bordeaux ITV
14th June 20:00 Portugal v Iceland Saint Etienne BBC
18th June 17:00 Iceland v Hungary Marseille BBC
18th June 20:00 Portugal v Austria PSG BBC
22nd June 17:00 Hungary v Portugal Stade de France BBC
22nd June 17:00 Iceland v Austria Lyon BBC

European Championship Format

Tournament Matches

eurosAll games are played over 90 minutes. If no winner is found in a knockout match the game will go to extra time and if the result is still in deadlock a penalty shootout is used to decide the outcome.

Prior to 1976 there was extra time but no penalties, this lead to the 1968 final between hosts Italy and Yugoslavia going to a reply following a 1-1 draw after extra time; Italy won the reply 2-0. 1976 saw the first penalty shootout in a European final when Czechoslovakia beat Germany 5-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw after extra time.

For some god unknown reason someone in FIFA and UEFA decided to introduce the golden goal for the 1996 European Championships in England. The golden goal system meant that if the game went to extra time a winner would be declared immediately if a winning goal was scored, forfeiting the remaining minutes of extra time. The golden goal decided the first final it was used in when Oliver Bierhoff scored in extra time resulting in Germany beating the Czech Republic 2-1. The system again decided the next finals in 2000 with David Trezeguet scoring the golden goal in extra time for France to beat Italy 2-1.

For Euro 2004 the golden goal was abolished for the even more ridiculous silver goal system. This meant that if a goal was scored in the first half of extra time then the game would continue but end at the end of the first half of extra time if that team were still winning. If a goal was scored in the second half of extra time then the game would continue as normal to the end. The system never actually decided a Euro final but it occur in the semi-final when Greece beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal.

Fortunately this is now all in the past. All games that now go to extra time will see a full thirty minutes played no matter how many goals are scored.

Euro 2020 and The UEFA Nations League

Euro 2020 will be played across multiple European cities with no country receiving a bye to the finals through having host status. The number of teams in the finals will remain the same at 24 but the qualification system will be different compared to previous tournaments.

There will be ten Euro 2020 qualification groups that will begin after the 2018 world cup. Both the winner and runner up will qualify from each group making up 20 out of the 24 teams.

The remaining 4 teams will be drawn from the new linked UEFA Nations League. The Nations League, agreed in 2014 and due to start in 2018 will see all 54 UEFA members divided into four leagues (A-D) based on current rankings. The leagues will have relegation and promotion and will see a champion crowned every two years, this will occur in odd numbered years to not conflict with the Euros or the world cup. The Nations League has been designed primarily to increase competitive international matches reducing the needless friendly system that is often abuses.

The final 4 places at Euro 2020 will be awarded one to each Nations League. The highest four teams in each league hat have not already qualified through the normal Euro qualification groups will compete in a playoff (semi finals then final). The winner from each league will then be awarded the final places. The Tournament finals will continue with the same format as Euro 2016 but with matches instead played in various European cities rather than in one host nation.

Euro 2016

euros 3Euro 2016 saw the number of finalists increase to 24 for the first time. This allowed for a new round of 16 after the group stages, before the quarter finals. The winners and runners up from 6 groups automatically move into the last 16. The remaining 4 places are made up of the four highest 3rd place finishers.  Portugal, the winners of Euro 2016, finished third in their group.

Qualification for Euro 2016 saw France qualify automatically as hosts with the remaining 23 places made up from the winners and runners up from 9 groups and the best third place team. The remaining 4 places were decided through a play off between the other 8 third placed teams.

Euro 1996 to Euro 2012

In 1996 the number of teams doubled from 8 to 16. The winners and runners up of each of four groups went through to the quarter finals. Apart from changes that saw both the golden and silver goal introduced and abolished the format for the finals remained constant.

Qualification for Euro 1996 was made up of England as host plus the 8 winners from 8 groups. The 6 highest runners up qualified automatically with the two worst second placed teams having a play off for the final place.

In 2000 the qualification group number increased to 9, the 9 winners went through as did the highest placed second team. The remaining 8 runners up had a play off for the other 4 places. Euro 2004 qualification increased to 10 groups with all winners getting a place and all second place teams competing for the final 5 places. For 2008 there were 7 qualification groups with all first and second place teams qualifying along with the two hosts. Finally for Euro 2012 the system reverted back to the same as Euro 2000.

Euro 1980 to Euro 1992

In 1980 the number of countries in the finals increased from 4 to 8 with a host selected in advance to qualify automatically through a bye. For the first time a group stage was added. Two groups of 4 teams produced one winner each who then competed in a final, the two second placed teams played for 3rd place. In 1984 both the winner and runner up went through and a semi-final stage was added with the 3rd place play off abolished. This continued up to and including Euro 1992.

Qualification at for these tournaments was made up of the winners from 7 groups plus the host.

Euro 1960 to Euro 1976

In 1960 17 countries competed in a qualification knockout over 22 months to produce 4 teams to go to the first finals in Paris. No host was selected but the host country decided between the remaining 4 countries. France was selected for the first finals. Teams then competed in a semi-final, final and 3rd place play off. The same system was used in 1964 although now 29 teams entered into qualifying.

In 1968 group stages were introduced for qualifying. From 8 groups the winners competed in a quarter-final knockout to qualify for the finals but until 1980 the number of finalists stayed at just four. Penalties were first introduced in 1976.

Previous Euro Winners

Host Year Final Result
Pan EU 2020 ? ?
France 2016 Portugal v France 1-0 (aet)
Poland & Ukriane 2012 Spain v Italy 4-0
Austria & Switzerland 2008 Spain v Germany 1-0
Portugal 2004 Greece v Portugal 1-0
Belgium & Holland 2000 France v Italy 2-1 (aet)
England 1996 Germany v Czech Rep 2-1 (aet)
Sweden 1992 Denmark v Germany 2-0
W. Germany 1988 Holland v Soviet Union 2-0
France 1984 France v Spain 2-0
Italy 1980 W. Germany v Belgium 2-1
Yugoslavia 1976 Czechoslovakia v W. Germany 2-2 (5-3 Pens)
Belgium 1972 W. Germany v Soviet Union 3-0
Italy 1968 Italy v Yugoslavia 1-1 (2-0 Replay)
Spain 1964 Spain v Soviet Union 2-1
France 1960 Sovier Union v Yugoslavia 2-1 (aet)

Home Nations Euro Stats

Country Finals Qualifying Highest Postion Goals F Goals A
England 9 13 Semi Finals 261 93
Scotland 2 14 Round 1 120 124
N. Ireland 1 13 Last 16 122 141
Wales 1 14 Semi Finals 135 133

Tournament Stats

Tournament Team / Country Player
Goals (Most / Least) 108 (2016), 7 (1968) 72 (Germany), 1 (multiple) Platini (9 in 1984)
Goals/Game 4.75 (1976), 1.4 (1968) Wales (1.67), Multiple (0.33) 1.80 (Platini)
Matches Played 51 (2016) Germany (49) Christiano Ronaldo (21 – 1793 minutes)
Most Titles / Medals Germany, Spain (3) Rainer Bonhof – 3 (2 winner & 1 runner up)

History of the European Championships

Early Years

In 1927 Henri Delaunay, then secretary general of the French Football Federation, proposed the creation of a European continental football competition. Despite initial enthusiasm the political situation in Europe from the 1929 depression up to an including the second world war prevented the idea moving forward.

The creation of a tournament was in fact delayed until 1954 when the French publication, L’Equipe, and journalist, grandson of Henri Delaunay, Pierre Delaunay re-invigorated the idea. By this time most other continents had already created a national football championship and with tensions finally cooling across Europe the time seemed right to get moving.

Pierre Delaunay was appointed to the organizing committee in 1955 and by 1957 a format had been agreed. In 1958 the 17 members signed up to participate in the first event, named The European Nations Cup. This was around half of the members and excluded notable countries such as England, Italy, West Germany and the Netherlands.

The first ever match was a play off between the Republic of Ireland and Czechoslovakia needed to reduce the 17 teams down to 16, the Czech’s won. The first proper match was between the Hungary and the Soviet Union in 1958, over 100,000 people witnessed the USSR win in Moscow 3-1. The Soviet Union won the second leg 1-0 and then got a be straight to the finals when General Franco refused the USSR team access to the country for the quarter final.

From the four teams that remained (France, Soviet Union, Yugoslavia and Czechoslovakia) France were selected as the first host. This is probably mostly due to the major role the French had had in creating the European Nations Cup.

European Nations Cup 1960 – 1976

France and Czechoslovakia were knocked out in the first ever semi-final leaving the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia to fight out the first final. The USSR won 2-1 after extra time at the Parc des Prices stadium in Paris, home to PSG.

The 1964 tournament followed the same format and was won by hosts Spain who beat the Soviet Union 2-1 at the Bernabeu in Madrid. The championship was again won by the hosts in 1968 as Italy beat Yugoslavia 2-0 in a replay following a 1-1 draw. This is the only ever final to be replayed in a time before penalty shootouts. Belgium were hosts in 1972 but the cup was this time won by West Germany who beat the Soviet Union 3-0.

The 1976 finals were held in Yugoslavia and for the first time penalties were used to decide the outcome. Following a 2-2 draw after extra time Czechoslovakia came out with a 5-3 victory over West Germany on penalties.

European Championships 1980 – 1992

In 1980 for the first time a host (Italy) was selected in advance of the tournament and given a bye to the finals. The remaining 7 teams that joined entered into two groups of four with the winners competing in the final and the second placed teams in a playoff for third place. The 1980 final was won West Germany who beat Belgium 2-1.

The 1984 finals were again held in France and the French won the cup for the second time. Michel Platini remains the top goalscorer at a European Championship with 9 goals scored in 1984. The Dutch beat the Germans in a raucous semi-final in 1988 before beating the Soviet Union 2-0 in the final.

Despite qualifying Yugoslavia were banned from competing in the 1992 finals held in Sweden due to war in the region. Demark qualified in their place and miraculously won the title beating a unified Germany 2-0 in the final.

1996 to 2012, The “Euros”

In 1996 the number of countries doubled to 16 and for the first time the term Euro was coined for Euro 1996. This was the first tournament in which a quarter final stage was played following the groups. Hosts England were knocked out on penalties by Germany in the semi-finals who went on to win beating the Czech Republic 2-1 with a golden goal in extra time.

For Euro 2000 two hosts were selected for the first time in Belgium and Holland. 1998 World Cup Champions France went on to win beating Italy 2-1. Euro 2004 saw Greece win in a 1-0 victory over Portugal, Greece were 150/1 to lift the trophy prior to the competition.

The next two finals were again hosted by two countries, Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and Poland and Ukraine in 2012. Spain won both finals to become the first team to win on consecutive occasions beating Germany 1-0 in 2008 and Italy 4-0 in 2012. Spain also won the world cup in 2010.

France 2016

France hosted for a record third time but this may be the last championships in which one country will host with the Euro 2020 taking place in multiple locations across the continent. This means no country will get a bye and all 24 nations must qualify directly.  France were fancied as the home nation and were impressive all the way to the final only to be undone by a dogged and determined Portugal winning 1-0 in extra time. It was ironic as it was Portugal who moaned the Greek team that beat them in 2004 final were boring, defensive and rigid just as they were in 2016.