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Five countries that have hosted the UEFA European tournament

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  • The UEFA EURO 2024 tournament will be held in Germany after they won the right to host it back in 2018 beating Turkey.
  • We take at look down memory lane as we look at other countries that have hosted the big tournament.

The UEFA EURO 2024 tournament will be held in Germany after they won the rights to host it back in 2018 beating Turkey.

This is the first time that Germany have hosted a UEFA European Championship tournament.

SportsLeo take at look down memory lane as we look at other countries that have hosted the big tournament.

2016 – France

Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the 2012 EURO trophy with Portugal
Cristiano Ronaldo lifting the 2012 EURO trophy with Portugal. Photo/ Eurosport

In 2016, France served as the tournament’s third host nation. Norway and Sweden submitted a combined offer that was subsequently withdrawn, although Italy and Turkey also submitted separate bids.

It was the first ever 24-team EUROs tournament and was played in over nine different cities.

The tournament saw several major upsets with the reigning champions Italy eliminated at the round of 16 by Spain. The final, which was played at the Stade de France, saw Portugal beat France in extra time to win 1-0 despite losing their star player, Cristiano Ronaldo, to injury in the first half.

Antoine Griezmann won the Golden Boot after scoring six goals for France.

2000 – Netherlands/Belgium

The 2000 EUROs tournament was co-hosted by two European countries for the very first time. Netherlands and Belgium won the bid to host the tournament beating Austria and Spain to the rights.

The final game tournament was filled with talented players like Thierry Henry, Zinedine Zidane, Francesco Totti and Alessandro Del Piero as Italy went head to head against France.

Wiltord and Trezeguet scored for France as Les Blues lifted the trophy beating Italy in extra time.

Savo Milošević and Patrick Kluivert were the joint highest scorers of the UEFA EUROs 2000.

2020 – 12 European countries

Italy won the 2020 EUROs tournament.
Italy won the 2020 EUROs tournament. Photo/ Sporting Life

The EURO 2020 tournament was played in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic that struck the world and to celebrate the tournament’s 60th anniversary, Michael Platini announced that it would be held in 12 UEFA member countries as a one off event.

The countries were Italy, Azerbaijan, Russia, Denmark, Netherlands, Romania, England, Scotland, Spain, Republic of Ireland, Germany and Hungary.

The defending champions, Portugal, were eliminated in the round off 16 by Belgium to continue the dreaded curse of the UEFA European Champions.

There were several rules introduced in the tournament due to the Covid 19 pandemic including mandatory quarantines, match rescheduling and forfeits.

The final saw Italy defeat England on penalties after a 1-1 draw in extra time.

Gianluigi Donnarumma won the player of the tournament, making him the first goalkeeper to receive the award as Patrik Schick and Cristiano Ronaldo both won the golden boot.

2012 – Poland and Ukraine

The EURO 2012 was the last time the tournament saw the 16 team format with the two host nations automatically qualifying.

Poland and Ukraine won the rights to host the 2012 European Championship beating Belgium–Netherlands and Austria–Switzerland.

Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Croatia-Hungary had also submitted bids, but they were unsuccessful.

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Spain were on a roll in the tournament beating favorites France in the quarter-finals and Portugal in the semi-finals to reach the finals against Italy.

Spain then went on to beat Italy 4-0 in the finals with David Silva, Jordi Alba, Fernando Torres and Juan Mata on the scoresheet.

The tiki-taka masters were the first team to win two European Championship in a row.

2008 – Austria/Switzerland

Fernando Torres scored in the final match to make sure Spain won the 2012 European tournament.
Fernando Torres scored in the final match to make sure Spain won the 2008 European tournament. Photo/ ALL Football

The Austrians ultimately succeeded in their attempt to host the tournament in 2008, after years of trying. The proposal was made in conjunction with Switzerland, which was also serving as the event’s inaugural host nation.

Austria- Switzerland won the rights to host the tournament beating Hungary, Greece–Turkey and Scotland–Ireland to the chase.

Greece went into the tournament as the defending champions but the UEFA European Champions curse fell on them as they exited the tournament after losing three group stage matches.

The final, which was held at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, saw Germany going head to head with Spain.

In a closely contested final, Spain won 1-0 with Fernando Torres scoring the game’s only goal.

David Villa of Spain won the tournament’s golden boot after scoring 4 goals as midfielder Xavi won the Player of the Tournament award.

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