Euro 2024 kicks off a Summer of sport !

Preview Euro 2024


It’s a summer of football in 2024 as the Euros kick off in France on 17th June, followed by the Paris Olympics from 26th July.

The UEFA European Football Championship has a rich history dating back to its inception in 1960. The tournament, organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), has become one of the most prestigious events in international football, showcasing the continent’s top talent.

The inaugural tournament in 1960 featured only four teams: the Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, Czechoslovakia, and hosts France. The Soviet Union emerged as the champions, defeating Yugoslavia 2-1 in the final after extra time. The competition format has evolved over the years, with the number of participating teams increasing and the tournament structure adapting to accommodate these changes.

Notably, the 1980 tournament saw the expansion to eight teams and introduced group stages, leading to a more comprehensive and competitive format. West Germany emerged victorious, defeating Belgium in the final, thanks to a late goal from Horst Hrubesch.

In subsequent years, the Euros witnessed memorable moments and legendary performances. The 1992 edition in Sweden was unique as Denmark, initially not qualified, replaced Yugoslavia due to political instability and went on to win the title, defeating reigning champions Netherlands in the semifinals.

The tournament continued to grow, both in terms of teams and popularity. The 2000 edition co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands showcased the introduction of the “Golden Goal” rule, adding extra drama to knockout matches. France emerged as champions, defeating Italy in a thrilling final that went to a golden goal in extra time.

In 2004, Portugal hosted the Euros, and Greece caused one of the biggest upsets in football history by defeating the hosts in the final. The tournament expanded further in 2016, with 24 teams participating for the first time. Portugal, led by Cristiano Ronaldo, secured their first major international trophy by defeating France in the final.

The latest tournament in 2021 was initially scheduled for 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Italy triumphed in a dramatic penalty shootout against England in the final at Wembley Stadium, securing their second European Championship title.

Throughout its history, the Euros have produced iconic moments, legendary players, and intense rivalries. The tournament serves as a stage for national pride, showcasing the passion and skill that European football has to offer. With each edition, the UEFA European Championship continues to captivate football fans worldwide and remains a cornerstone in the sport’s illustrious legacy.

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