Held every four years since 1960, in the even-numbered year between the World Cup tournaments. Those European teams that failed to go all the way at the world stage, have often been the winners of the European Championship.
Several countries outside of Europe broadcast live Euro games on television, but even if you live in a country where you can watch Euro on TV, you might find it a better option to watch live Euro games online, whether for many reasons.
European Championship Past And Present
Historically, Germany is the most successful team with ten appearances in the final tournament, six appearances in the finals. They have also won the titles on the most occasions (three – 1972, 1980, 1996). Spain and France both have two titles to their names.
Originally the tournament was called the ‘UEFA European Nations Cup’; then it was changed to the current name in 1968. From the 1996 tournament, specific championships have been referred to as ‘Euro 96’, ‘Euro 2008’, etc.
Current UEFA president, Michel Platini is the all-time highest goal-scorer of the finals tournaments with nine goals. Out of the current lot of footballers, only Nuno Gomes (Portugal) and Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands) can challenge his record (6 goals each).
From the 51 participants, 16 teams will play the finals tournament of the Euro 2012 to be played in Poland and Ukraine. The hosts get automatic qualification to the finals tournament.
Four groups will contain the 16 teams and the top two teams from each group will earn their spots in the quarter-finals; so on and so forth until on 1st July, 2012 two teams will play in the final in Kiev.