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19th May '16 2:14:25 AM MrValle
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--> First itinerating tournament, organised to celebrate the 60 years anniversary of UEFA (or probably because wanted to host the tournament due to the expensive costs and the economic crysis)

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--> First itinerating tournament, organised to celebrate the 60 years anniversary of UEFA (or probably because no one wanted to host the tournament due to the expensive costs and the economic crysis)
19th May '16 2:13:50 AM MrValle
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Spain is the most winning team with 3 victories (1964, 2008, 2012), and is the only team able to win two consecutive editions (with a World Cup victory in the middle).


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Germany (1972, 1980, 1996) and Spain is (1964, 2008, 2012) are the most winning team teams with 3 victories (1964, 2008, 2012), and each, Spain is the only team able to capable of win two consecutive editions (with a World Cup victory in the middle).

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--> Original format (until 1976) had only 4 teams advance to the final stage, comprised of semifinals and final. Soviet Union won his first and last championship against Yugoslavia, after extra-time.



--> In the final, the hosts defeated the champions. This would be the last trophy won by Spain for over 40 years



--> Again the hosts end up winning the tournament, against Yugoslavia in a replay match, after the final ended 1-1. Most notably, Italy defeated Soviet Union in the semifinal thanks to the coin toss, because neither team was able to score after the end of extra-time.



--> First victory for West Germany, defeating Soviet Union (in his third final in four editions)



--> First surprising victory. Czechoslovakia was a good team, but was able to defeat the favourite team, West Germany. The final became famous because was the first ending with penalties, and Czechoslovakia player Antonin Panenka scored the last and decisive penalty using the infamous ''Panenka Kick'' (named after him), and most commonly named ''il cucchiaio'' (the spoon) in the italian-speaking world.



--> The format changed, with 8 teams advacing to the final stage, with two groups of 4 teams. The winners of each group advance to the final. West Germany won his second championship, becoming the first team to do so, against Belgium in the final.



'''Final Two:''' France / Spain

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' France / SpainSpain / Portugal / Denmark



--> France, led by [[TheLeader the star and by far the best player of the decade]] Michel Platini, won his first championship, defeating Spain.



'''Final Two:''' Netherlands / USSR

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Netherlands / USSRUSSR / West Germany / Italy



--> First win for Netherlands, who defeated old rivals West Germany in the semifinals and then Soviet Union in final. This edition is famous because of Marco Van Basten, Netherlands striker, who scored in the final what is considered to be the best gol of the Championship and one of the best of all time.



'''Final Two:''' Denmark / Germany

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Denmark / GermanyGermany / Sweden / Netherlands



--> Denmark did not qualify for this edition, but was called up a few days prior to the beginning after Jugoslavia was disquilified due to the war. Probably the lack of pressure inside the Denmark team was crucial, and they defeated France in the group stages, current champions Netherlands in the semis and finally West Germany in the final, winning the trophy.



'''Final Two:''' Germany / Czech Republic

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Germany / Czech RepublicRepublic / England / France



--> The format was extended, now 16 teams advanced to the final stage, with 4 groups of 4 teams each, the first two of each group advance to the knockout stage. England was considered the best candidate to win the tournament, but they lost at the penalties in the semifinal against Germany (now unified), who ended up defeating Czech Republic (surprise of this edition) in the final and winning their third championship.



'''Final Two:''' France / Italy

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' France / ItalyItaly / Netherlands / Portugal



--> Despite having faced each other a lot of times in the past, the final between France and Italy [[TropeCodifier is considered to have ignited]] the lifelong rivalry between the two sides. Italy, after defeating the host Netherlands in the semis thanks to the penalties (with another ''cucchiaio'' by Francesco Totti, after Panenka in 1976), was leading 1-0 in the final. France score the equalizer in [[DownToTheLastPlay the very last minute]], and then scored the Golden Goal in the extra-time, winning the tournament.



'''Final Two:''' Greece / Portugal

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Greece / PortugalPortugal / Netherlands / Czech Republic



--> This edition was considered one of the biggest upsets in '''sports history'''. Greece, who was just at his second participation, and who was considered by most the weakest team of the tournament, was able to defeat host Portugal in the opening match and advace the group stage, thus eliminating Spain. Then again won over France in the Quarters, Czeck Republic in the semifinals (after a last minute goal in the extra time), and defeating ''again'' Portugal in the final. Nonetheless, this was the unique where the opening and final match was played by the same teams.



'''Final Two:''' Spain / Germany

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Spain / GermanyGermany / Turkey / Russia



--> First trophy for Spain after 44 years. The tournament was remarkable for the surprises of Turkey and Russia. The former advanced to the semifinals thank to two goals in the last minutes, against Czech Republic in the group stage and Croatia in the quarters.



'''Final Two:''' Spain / Italy

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'''Final Two:''' Four:''' Spain / ItalyItaly / Germany / Portugal



--> Spain won again, marking his third trophy in just 4 years (there's a world cup in the middle, the first team able to do so), defeating a surprising Italy.



--> This will be the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third placed advance to the Round of 16.




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--> First itinerating tournament, organised to celebrate the 60 years anniversary of UEFA (or probably because wanted to host the tournament due to the expensive costs and the economic crysis)
18th May '16 6:55:09 PM MrValle
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This tournament is considered possibly more unpredictable than The World Cup, due to the teams playing a shorter amount of matches respect the World Cup. The shocking victories of Denmark in 1992 (the team was called up a few days before the beginning after the qualified Jugoslavia had to withdraw due to the war), and especially Greece in 2004 (participating for the second time and defeating host Portugal '''twice''' in the opening match and in the final) are considered two of the biggest upsets in '''Sports history'''.

Spain is the most winning team with 3 victories (1964, 2008, 2012), and is the only team able to win two consecutive editions (with a World Cup victory in the middle).

14th Mar '16 11:14:44 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** The only exception so far was in the Friendly match just three days after the Paris gun attacks in November 2015. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming The English welcomed the French team by lighting up Wembley in the colours of the Tricolour, emblazoning the motto of the Republic on the side of the stadium, replacing the traditional giant St. George's Cross in the home end with a Tricolour, impeccably observing the traditional minute's silence, before joining in loudly and enthusiastically with 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem]] (fittingly, a [[BattleCry rousing call to arms]]) - and [[CrowdSong 90,000 football fans can sing extremely loudly.]]] And then they didn't make a peep about their unexpected victory afterwards (the first one in nearly ten attempts since the late 1990's). Some things are more important than football.
** England and Scotland, England being Scotland's 'Auld Enemy'. While they've yet to meet in the Euros, their matches are basically just a continuation of a rivalry that's been going for over a thousand years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

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*** The only exception so far was in the Friendly match just three days after the Paris gun attacks in November 2015. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming The English welcomed the French team by lighting up Wembley in the colours of the Tricolour, emblazoning the motto of the Republic on the side of the stadium, replacing the traditional giant St. George's Cross in the home end with a Tricolour, impeccably observing the traditional minute's silence, before joining in loudly and enthusiastically with 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem]] (fittingly, a [[BattleCry rousing call to arms]]) - and [[CrowdSong 90,000 football fans can sing extremely loudly.]]] ]] And then they didn't make a peep about their unexpected victory afterwards (the first one in nearly ten attempts since the late 1990's). Some things are more important than football.
** England and Scotland, England being Scotland's 'Auld Enemy'. While they've yet to meet in the Euros, their matches are basically just a continuation of a rivalry that's been going for over a two thousand years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
21st Feb '16 1:16:45 PM GrammarNavi
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** More obviously and annoyingly, the British TV coverage always involves a TokenBlack pundit. Sometimes this is fine, as there are plenty of talented minority players in the EnglishPremierLeague. Sometimes they end up with someone from Francophone Africa who simply doesn't have the command of English to give decent commentary or punditry in English.

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** More obviously and annoyingly, the British TV coverage always involves a TokenBlack pundit. Sometimes this is fine, as there are plenty of talented minority players in the EnglishPremierLeague.UsefulNotes/EnglishPremierLeague. Sometimes they end up with someone from Francophone Africa who simply doesn't have the command of English to give decent commentary or punditry in English.
14th Feb '16 9:14:14 AM DarkPhoenix94
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*** The only exception so far was in the Friendly match just after the Paris gun attacks in November 2015, when the English welcomed the French team, lighting up Wembley in the colours of the Tricolour, holding the traditional minute's silence, joining in loudly on the French national anthem and not making a peep about their unexpected victory afterwards (the first one in nearly ten attempts since the late 1990's). Some things are more important than mere rivalry.

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*** The only exception so far was in the Friendly match just three days after the Paris gun attacks in November 2015, when the 2015. [[CrowningMomentOfHeartWarming The English welcomed the French team, team by lighting up Wembley in the colours of the Tricolour, holding emblazoning the motto of the Republic on the side of the stadium, replacing the traditional giant St. George's Cross in the home end with a Tricolour, impeccably observing the traditional minute's silence, before joining in loudly on and enthusiastically with 'La Marseillaise', the French national anthem anthem]] (fittingly, a [[BattleCry rousing call to arms]]) - and not making [[CrowdSong 90,000 football fans can sing extremely loudly.]]] And then they didn't make a peep about their unexpected victory afterwards (the first one in nearly ten attempts since the late 1990's). Some things are more important than mere rivalry.football.
10th Jan '16 5:33:48 PM phoenix
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Known by its full title of the UEFA European Football Championship, and more commonly referred to as "Euro (year)". It has been held every 4 years since 1960, coinciding with the Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. This is the other primary [[TheBeautifulGame football]] competition for Europe's national teams. It fills the void between [[TheWorldCup World Cups]] by being held 2 years out of phase from each World Cup, and within Europe is nearly as highly regarded.

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Known by its full title of the UEFA European Football Championship, and more commonly referred to as "Euro (year)". It has been held every 4 years since 1960, coinciding with the Summer UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. This is the other primary [[TheBeautifulGame [[UsefulNotes/AssociationFootball football]] competition for Europe's national teams. It fills the void between [[TheWorldCup World Cups]] by being held 2 years out of phase from each World Cup, and within Europe is nearly as highly regarded.
3rd Jan '16 2:59:13 PM DarkPhoenix94
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*** The team that contested Euro 2000, composed primarily of 1998 World Cup winners, averted this by being quite diverse.
1st Dec '15 3:39:15 AM DarkPhoenix94
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** And, of course, England and France. As is standard for these countries, they will ''never'' miss the opportunity to kick the hell out of each other. And then, naturally, the winner will gloat about it. Loudly and at great length.

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** And, of course, England and France. As is standard for these countries, they will ''never'' miss the opportunity to kick the hell out of each other. And then, naturally, the winner will gloat about it. Loudly and Loudly. And at great length.length.
*** The only exception so far was in the Friendly match just after the Paris gun attacks in November 2015, when the English welcomed the French team, lighting up Wembley in the colours of the Tricolour, holding the traditional minute's silence, joining in loudly on the French national anthem and not making a peep about their unexpected victory afterwards (the first one in nearly ten attempts since the late 1990's). Some things are more important than mere rivalry.
12th Nov '15 8:41:07 AM DarkPhoenix94
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* ArchEnemy: England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000. England and Germany...we have some more. After all, this is Europe we're talking about.

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* ArchEnemy: England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000. England and Germany... we have some more.more (and England is usually one half of the equation). After all, this is Europe we're talking about.


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** And, of course, England and France. As is standard for these countries, they will ''never'' miss the opportunity to kick the hell out of each other. And then, naturally, the winner will gloat about it. Loudly and at great length.
** England and Scotland, England being Scotland's 'Auld Enemy'. While they've yet to meet in the Euros, their matches are basically just a continuation of a rivalry that's been going for over a thousand years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.
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