Sometimes two finals had to be conducted to choose the winner of the tournament, and sometimes a toss had to be done for the result of the match. So far 10 countries have won its title. Initially only 4 teams got a chance to enter the tournament. Today 24 teams enter the tournament. That is, the number of teams has increased by 6 times. Compared to the current season, 11 countries will be held between June 11 and July 11. Portugal team is the defending champion of the tournament. A total of 51 matches will be played in this season.
Tournament started after 33 years of giving idea
The Euro Cup trophy is named after Henri Delon. It is named after Henri Delaun, the former Secretary General of the French Football Association. He was the first to suggest to organize the tournament in 1927. But there was no discussion on this till 1958. Delon died in 1955. But at the start of the tournament, the trophy is given in their name. Henri Delon was also the match referee. During a match, his teeth were broken due to the ball being hit in the face, then he left the job of referee. He was also the first Secretary General of UEFA.
Spain did not play the quarter-final match due to controversy
A total of 17 teams entered the qualifying tournament of the first tournament held in 1960. Four teams got a chance to play the tournament. The Soviet Union won the tournament’s first title, defeating Yugoslavia 2–1 in extra time in the final. France had decided not to play against the Soviet Union in the quarter-final match due to a political dispute. As the host, the team got a chance to play the tournament.
Finals 2 times in 1968
In 1968, the semi-final match between Italy and the Soviet Union was tied 0–0 until extra time. In the end the toss was resorted and Italy won. The toss was used for the first and last time for the winner. The 1968 final also happened twice. The first final was a 1–1 draw between Italy and Yugoslavia after extra time. Two days later in the second final, Italy won 2–0.
10 teams have won the title
Euro Cup champions so far.
So far 10 teams have won the tournament title at least once. Germany and Spain captured the title the most 3-3 times. Spain is the only team to win this tournament twice in a row, in 2008 and 2012. Portugal is the defending champion of the tournament.
35 out of 55 countries entered the tournament at least once
UEFA has 55 member countries. Of these, 35 countries have entered the tournament at least once. Germany’s team has entered the tournament 13 times. Five times in the name of West Germany while eight times in the name of Germany. Russia got 12 chances. 6 times under the name of the Soviet Union, once the CIS football team and 6 times under the name of Russia entered the tournament.
Most watched tournament after world cup
Euro Cup is the most watched football tournament in the world after FIFA World Cup. The 2012 final was played between Spain and Italy. It was seen by 300 million people worldwide. The final of 2016 was also watched by about 28 crore people. It was the second most watched match in European history. In the Euro Cup held in France in 2016, a revenue of Rs 16280 crore was received. However, this time the revenue is not expected to increase due to Corona.
Prize money of Rs 3300 crore
According to UEFA, after winning the first final in 1960, all 17 players of the Soviet Union were given $ 200-200, or a total of $3,400. That is, about 2.5 lakh rupees. After this, Rs 3300 crore will be given as prize money. That is, the prize money has increased by about 1300 times. This time the winner will get around Rs 88 crore.
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