SportEuro Cup Stories: Some Fun Facts You Should Know

Euro Cup Stories: Some Fun Facts You Should Know

After a year of delay, the Eurocup is getting closer and closer. Both the national teams and the fans are looking forward to the start of one of the most relevant continental competitions where some of the most outstanding players of the moment will be seen. Since the first Euro was held in 1960, there have been many anecdotes and data that have been given until reaching this exciting Euro 2021 that will try not to disappoint any of the fans.Curiosities about the Eurocup The first Euro champion was the former USSR in 1960. At that time it was very difficult to bring together 16 teams to play the tournament. In the end there were 17 and four played the final phase. In this first competition neither Federal Germany, nor Italy, nor England participated. It took place since the year 58, being the first official match in the history of the competition on September 29, 1958 at the Lenin Stadium in Moscow, and faced the Russian team against that of Hungary. Only three hosts have managed to lift the final title. It happened in the Euro 64 in Spain; in that of ’68 in Italy; and in the 84 in France. Playing at home is not always synonymous with success. Regarding the champions, Spain and Germany are currently the two national teams that have the most European titles with a total of three. Then there is France, who have managed to lift the cup twice, followed by Russia, Italy, the Czech Republic, Portugal, Denmark, the Netherlands and Greece with a title. Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo is the top scorer in the history of the European Championship with a total of 29 goals in 48 games played with his team. They are followed by the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic with 25 goals in 43 games and the Irish Robbie Keane with 23 goals in 49 games played.Although Michel Platini is the player with the most goals scored in a single edition with 9 during the Euro 84 in France. The player who has played the most games so far is Gianluigi Buffon with a total of 58. The curious thing is that the second player with The most participations in a European Championship is Mario Frick, from the Liechtenstein National Team, despite never having made it to the finals. For his part, once again Cristiano Ronaldo is the player with the most matches played in a Final Phase with 21, as well as being the only player who, to date, has played 5 editions. The biggest win in a tournament took place in Euro 2000 with the victory of the Netherlands against RF Yugoslavia by 6 goals to 1. Spain has two great wins in the Final Phase of a European Championship. It was in 2012 with a 4-0 defeat to Ireland in the Group Stage, and another 4-0 to Italy in the grand final.

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