The UEFA European Football Championship was first played in 1960 and has been staged every four years since.
It was first known as the European Nations Cup, but since 1968 it has been named the European Championship, and in recent years it is better recognised as Euro 2012 (or whatever year is appropriate).
The continental competition is open only to teams in the UEFA confederation and the winners of each Euro tournament qualify for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Thirteen previous Euro tournaments have been held and Germany are historically the most successful team, having won it three times (1972, 1980, 1996) from six appearances in the final. France and Spain have claimed two titles a piece, while the remaining six tournaments have been won by Italy, Czechoslovakia (today split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia), Netherlands, Denmark, Greece and the now defunct Soviet Union.
The most recent edition of the tournament was co-hosted by Austria and Switzerland in 2008 and won by Spain, who defeated Germany 1-0 in the final. La Roja and Die Mannschaft are once again the favourites for the 2012 edition which will be co-hosted by Poland and the Ukraine.
The tournament features 16 teams split into four groups of four. The top two teams from each group advance to the quarterfinals and it is straight forward knockout football from then on.
This will be the final Euro tournament in its present format, as from 2016 in France it will be expanded to feature 24 teams.
UEFA Euro 2012
Latest Fixtures & Results
|Spain||4 - 0||Italy||01 Jul 12||Report|
|Germany||1 - 2||Italy||28 Jun 12||Report|
|Portugal||2 - 4*||Spain||27 Jun 12||Report|
|England||2 - 4*||Italy||24 Jun 12||Report|
|Spain||2 - 0||France||23 Jun 12||Report|
|Germany||4 - 2||Greece||22 Jun 12||Report|
|Czech Republ...||0 - 1||Portugal||21 Jun 12||Report|
|England||1 - 0||Ukraine||19 Jun 12||Report|
|Sweden||2 - 0||France||19 Jun 12||Report|
|Italy||2 - 0||R. Ireland||18 Jun 12||Report|
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