It cannot be denied that football is amongst those extremely popular sports in the world that is played by great numbers of people in almost all nations. Aside from the fact that football is one best sport for exercising, it can also help the players and even the watchers in learning sportsmanship. Because of this, it is not anymore surprising why there are a number of football competitions that are being held all over the world. These sports competitions may be done in a yearly basis, quarterly, or even monthly.
One of the most famous and the most awaited football tournaments in the entire world is the Euros or the EUFA European Championship. The competition has been conducted since way back in the year 1960. It is being held every other 4 years. This tournament is constantly being participated by those countries that are under EUFA or the European Football Associations. Before this particular prestigious football tournament being called the EUFA European Championship however, it was first known as the EUFA European Nations Cup. It was during the year 1968 when its original name was changed into the current one.
The 2016 Euros Tournament
Just recently, the Euros or the EUFA Europeans Championship was done and the host country this year was the beautiful and progressive country of France. The location of the recent football tournament was in the Paris’ suburb of Saint-Denis. This year’s Euros tournament was being participated by 24 football teams from different European countries. Out of the 24 countries, only 12 football teams managed to enter into the competition proper held in France. Among these 12 teams, only 4 successfully proceeded to the semifinals round namely the France, Portugal, Wales, and Germany. After the semi-finals round, two football teams were determined to proceed to the championship match. These two competing teams are the national football teams of France and Portugal.
Right after the championship match, the victorious team in the 2016 EUFA European Championship was the national men’s football team of Portugal with the scores of 1-0. Needless to say, the football team of France clinched the second place.
Aside from the four mentioned countries that participated this special sports event, there were also some other country finalists namely the Belgium, Yugoslavia, Greece, Denmark, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Italy, Soviet Union, and Spain. The truth is, it is the very first time Portugal has won since the inception of this football competition. Germany has already got 3 wins, and these were in the year 1972, 1980, and 1996. The football team of Spain also has got 3 championship titles, and these were in the year 1964, 2008, and 2012.
In addition, France has already got 2 wins, specifically in the year 1984 and 2000. The Soviet Union has got one championship title, which was acquired in the year 1960. Italy won in the year 1968, while the Czech Republic clinched its first and only victory so far, in the year 1976. The Netherlands has got 1 win, particularly in the year 1988, one for Denmark in the year 1992, and one for the football team of Greece in the year 2004.
So far, the EUFA Europeans Championship this year was a great success. If you wish to know more about the tournament, click here.