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1 Which team won the first tournament in 1960?
Answer: Soviet Union

The first tournament was based on knock-out on home and away matches. The final four teams played in a nation which qualified as one of the four teams. Soviet Union defeated Yugoslovia 2-1 after extra time time to become the first champion of the tournament. The same format was used in the next four tournaments in 1964, 1968, 1972 and 1976.
    Your options: [ Soviet Union ] [ Czechoslovakia ] [ Yugoslavia ] [ Hungary ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
2 In which decade was the idea of a pan-European football tournament first proposed?
Answer: 1920s

The idea of the competition began with Henri Delaunay in 1927. Delaunay was the Secretary-General of the French Football Federation. Delaunay was clearly before his time, as he was also a proponent of what would become the Champions League as early as the 1920s.

Delaunay unfortunately did not live to see his dreams come to life. He died in 1955, three years before it was officially announced that the European Championship would be created.
    Your options: [ 1920s ] [ 1940s ] [ 1910s ] [ 1950s ]
  From Quiz: A Brief History of the Euros
3 Which country won the Euro 2012 tournament?
Answer: Spain

Spain beat Italy 4-0, setting a new record for the highest score in a Euro final (the previous record score was 3-0 in 1972 West Germany v USSR). Spain created history by winning three major international tournaments in a row, being Euro 2008, World Cup 2010, and then Euro 2012. This had never been done before (they also became the first country to retain their Euro title).
    Your options: [ Italy ] [ Spain ] [ Germany ] [ England ]
  From Quiz: Euro 2012
4 Where was Euro 1996 staged?
Answer: England

Football returned 'home' in 1996, to England, where the English were hoping to repeat their 1966 World Cup success and win their first European Championship on home soil.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1996
5 2000 Netherlands/Belgium: France won the title in a spectacular tournament, but who scored the decisive goal?
Answer: David Trezeguet

Wiltord had earlier saved the French into Extra Time with his 1-1 equalizer in stoppage time against the unlucky Italians.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships
6 Who scored Denmark's two goals in the final?
Answer: John Jensen and Kim Vilfort

The final against Germany was really a thriller! The Germans favourites apparently underestimated the Danish team, which traditionally hadn't been a frightening team. The two Danish goals were both shots from the edge of the box, and they were scored in the 20th and the 78th minutes.
  From Quiz: European Football Championship 1992
7 The opening match of the tournament at Wembley: what was the result of England v Switzerland?
Answer: 1-1 draw

On 8 June 1996 Alan Shearer scored in the 23rd minute, ending his goal drought. But 8 minutes from time the ball hit Stuart Pearce on the arm and the referee gave a harsh penalty. Turkyilmaz scored from the spot.
  From Quiz: England's Euro 96 Campaign
8 Which two European countries co-hosted the Euro 2000 tournament ?
Answer: Belgium and the Netherlands

Euro 2000 was the first time two countries have co-hosted the tournament. Belgium hosted the tournament alone in 1972.
    Your options: [ Norway and Finland ] [ England and Scotland ] [ Belgium and the Netherlands ] [ Spain and Portugal ]
  From Quiz: European Championships
9 Eight teams qualified for the 1980 finals, hosted by Italy. Which team emerged as the eventual champion?
Answer: West Germany

West Germany beat Belgium 2-1 to win their second European title. The German won the first title in 1972 when they defeated Soviet Union 3-0 in the final.
    Your options: [ West Germany ] [ England ] [ Belgium ] [ Italy ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
10 Who won the Golden Boot for the tournament?
Answer: Fernando Torres

Fernando Torres won the Golden boot, despite only starting two games for Spain. In the tournament, Torres scored 3 goals and assisted once; five players scored three goals but Torres was the Golden Boot as he spent less time on the field. Torres also became the first player to score in two Euro finals (he scored the winner when Spain beat Germany 1-0 at Euro 2008).
  From Quiz: Euro 2012
11 QUALIFIERS: Of the seven qualifying teams, which team scored the most goals?
Answer: England

England were the best attacking side during the qualifying campaign, scoring 19 while conceding a solitary goal. Italy scored a total of 16, while the Soviet Union and Spain both scored 14.

The Netherlands had an official total of 15 goals, but were forced to replay one of their matches (which they had won 8-0) due to crowd problems. If their original result had been allowed to stand then they would also have had a total of 19.
    Your options: [ Italy ] [ Spain ] [ Soviet Union ] [ England ]
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1988
12 GROUP A: How many goals did England score in their 3 group matches?
Answer: 7

England topped Group A with 2 wins and a draw, scoring 7 goals, allowing 2 and gaining 7 points. The highlight for the team was a 4-1 thrashing of the Netherlands in the final group match at Wembley.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1996
13 How many goals did Dutch striker Marco van Basten score in Euro 1992?
Answer: 0

Van Basten had great success around these years at A.C. Milan and in Euro 1988 he scored 5 goals, yet in 1992 he surprisingly didn't score any. However, he did have a goal disallowed in the 0-0 draw against Scotland.
  From Quiz: European Football Championship 1992
14 What was the result of England v Scotland?
Answer: 2-0 to England

Shearer, again, scored to make it 1-0 to England. Tony Adams then conceded a penalty. But David Seaman heroically made up for his fellow Gunner with a fantastic save. Then Paul Gascoigne scored a classic: he picked the ball up, flicked it over Colin Hendry, sprinted past him and nestled it in Andy Goram's goal.
  From Quiz: England's Euro 96 Campaign
15 What was special about Oliver Bierhoff's winning goal in the final of Euro 96 ?
Answer: It was a golden goal.

A Golden Goal is a goal scored in extra-time that automatically wins the match.
  From Quiz: European Championships
16 Host nation France won the 1984 tournament to win their first European title. Which player was the top scorer with 9 goals?
Answer: Michel Platini

France won all the 5 matches with Platini scoring in every match. In the group stage, he scored 1 goal for his team to beat Denmark 1-0, 2 goals to beat Belgium 5-0 and 3 goals to beat Yugoslavia 3-2. In the semi-final, he scored 1 goal in extra-time for his team to beat Portugal 3-2. In the final, he scored 1 goal for France to beat Spain 2-0. His impressive 9 goal tally in 5 matches is going to be difficult to break. He was 6 goals ahead of the next highest Frank Arnesen of Denmark with 3 goals.
    Your options: [ Michel Platini ] [ Frank Arnesen ] [ Rudi Voeller ] [ Jan Cuellemans ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
17 The quarter-final match between Italy and England finished a 0-0 draw at the end of extra time. Italy progressed 4-2 after a penalty shoot-out. Which three players missed penalties in the shoot-out?
Answer: Riccardo Montolivo, Ashley Young & Ashley Cole

The three players to miss were Riccardo Montolivo, Ashley Young & Ashley Cole. The Italian missed first before the English hit the bar and had a penalty saved by Gianluigi Buffon. The shoot-out progressed as follows (Italy took the first penalty):
1-0 : Mario Balotelli
1-1 : Stephen Gerard
1-1 : Riccardo Montolivo (miss)
2-1 : Wayne Rooney
2-2 : Andrea Pirlo
2-2 : Ashley Young (miss, hit cross-bar)
2-3 : Antonio Nocerino
2-3 : Ashley Cole (miss)
2-4 : Alessandro Diamanti
England did not take their 5th penalty shot.
    Your options: [ Riccardo Montolivo, Ashley Young & Wayne Rooney ] [ Riccardo Montolivo, Ashley Young & Ashley Cole ] [ Andrea Pirlo, Riccardo Montolivo & Ashley Young ] [ Riccardo Montolivo, Ashley Cole & John Terry ]
  From Quiz: Euro 2012
18 Where was Euro '88 staged?
Answer: West Germany

After another finals campaign at the 1986 World Cup and a close run to glory at Euro '84, the Federal Republic of Germany were given the opportunity of hosting the 1988 European Championships. Germany expected nothing short of victory this time around...
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1988
19 How many clean sheets were recorded by teams in Group A during the group stage?
Answer: 5

Scotland kept two clean sheets (v Switzerland and Netherlands), Netherlands two (v Scotland and Switzerland) and England once (v Scotland.) England were the only team to score in all three matches. Switzerland conceded goals in all three matches.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1996
20 1992 Sweden: A sensational win by tiny Denmark against the giants of European soccer. Which team that was originally qualified for the EC finals, did the Danes replace in the last minute?
Answer: Yugoslavia

The Yugolavs could not join the tournament because of the outbreak of the civil war.
    Your options: [ Scotland ] [ Yugoslavia ] [ Spain ] [ England ]
  From Quiz: European Football Championships
21 Who hit the bar in the boring 0-0 match between France and England?
Answer: Stuart Pearce

And neither of the teams surprisingly qualified for the second round. 26,700 watched this boring game, and one of them was me...(Che64)
  From Quiz: European Football Championship 1992
22 The last match in Group A: what was the result of England v Holland?
Answer: 4-1 to England

A goal from Ince, another by Sheringham and 2 from Shearer made it 4-0 and England were through to the quarter-finals, as the winner of Group A. But Holland got a consolation goal to keep them in the competition, coming 2nd in Group A on goals scored (3 goals) from Scotland (1 goal scored).
  From Quiz: England's Euro 96 Campaign
23 How many goals did Dutch striker Marco van Basten score in the Euro 88 tournament ?
Answer: 5

The five included a brilliant hat-trick against England and a stunning narrow-angle volley in the final. The latter considered as one of the finest goals ever scored.
  From Quiz: European Championships
24 Which nation won the 1988 tournament, although it lost the group stage match to Soviet Union, by defeating the same opponent in the final match?
Answer: Netherlands

Netherlands lost 0-1 to Soviet Union in their first match in the group stage. Marco Van Basten scored a hattrick to defeat England 3-1 in the second match. They won 1-0 against Ireland in the third match. In the semi-final, they beat host nation West Germany 2-1. In the final match, they won 2-0 against Soviet Union to win their first European title.
    Your options: [ Netherlands ] [ Italy ] [ West Germany ] [ Portugal ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
25 There were 31 games in total at Euro 2012. How many goals were scored in the entire tournament?
Answer: 76

With a total of 76 goals scored at UEFA EURO 2012, the official tournament charity, the Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) received 228,000 as a donation from UEFA. This was n e less than the 77 goals scored at Euro 2008.
  From Quiz: Euro 2012
26 GROUP ONE: Who finished atop the table, equal on points, but given first thanks to a superior goal difference?
Answer: West Germany

Germany - Played 3, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 0, Goals For 5 Goals Against 1 Points 5
Italy - Played 3, Won 2, Drew 1, Lost 0, Goals For 4, Goals Against 1, Points 5
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1988
27 GROUP B: France eventually won Group B but who left the tournament from Group B having failed to earn a point?
Answer: Romania

Romania only managed a solitary goal during their three matches, in a 2-1 loss to Spain, while they were kept goal-less against France (1-0) and Bulgaria (1-0). France and Spain were the teams to progress to the quarter-finals.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1996
28 1988 Germany: The 'Oranje' national team of the Netherlands won their first major international trophy. Who had been their opponents in the finals?
Answer: USSR

The Netherlands won 2-0, thanks to goals from Marco van Basten and Ruud Gullit, two of the major international superstars of their time.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships
29 England progressed to the quarter-finals: what was the score of England v Spain?
Answer: 0-0 England win on penalties

Spain scored in the 33rd minute but it was ruled out for offside. So it came to penalties. Spain missed 2 thanks to David Seaman but England were spot on. Staurt Pearce scored one to overcome the ghost of the Italia 90 miss.
  From Quiz: England's Euro 96 Campaign
30 How was the semi-final match between the USSR and Italy in the 1968 championships decided ?
Answer: toss of a coin

Yes, the toss of coin decided who'd go into the final. Italy guessed correctly and proceeded.
  From Quiz: European Championships
31 Which country was the surprise winner of the 1992 tournament hosted by Sweden?
Answer: Denmark

Denmark finished second in their qualifying group to Yugoslavia, Yugoslavia was disqualified due to the breakup of the country into several nations. Denmark defeated Germany 2-0 in the final to win the tournament for the first time.
    Your options: [ Denmark ] [ Norway ] [ Greece ] [ Sweden ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
32 The 1972 final saw West Germany thrash the Soviet Union 3-0 to win the competition for the first time. Who was the only player not representing one of the two finalists who was named in the UEFA Team of the Tournament?
Answer: Raoul Lambert (Belgium)

The 1972 competition featured Belgium (who hosted the tournament), Hungary, West Germany and the Soviet Union. The Soviets faced Hungary in the semi-finals, with Anatoliy Konkov's goal winning it for the Russians. Two goals from the great Gerd Muller saw West Germany best the hosts Belgium 2-1. Muller would score twice in the final too as the West Germans comfortably won the championship. Lambert scored in the third-placed playoff, helping Belgium to a 2-1 victory over the Hungarians.

Ku scored for Hungary in the third-placed playoff, while Riva was named in the 1968 Team of the Tournament after scoring in the final replay. Osim was also named in the 1968 team.
  From Quiz: A Brief History of the Euros
33 Which four teams were the respective winners of the four groups?
Answer: Czech Republic, Germany, Spain & England

While Germany and Spain were expected to win their groups, many thought that Russia would win Group A, but they ended up not even qualifying from the group stage. Russia finished equal second with Greece behind the Czech Republic, but were eliminated on a countback.
    Your options: [ Greece, Portugal, Italy & France ] [ Czech Republic, Germany, Spain & England ] [ Czech Republic, Portugal, Spain & England ] [ Greece, Germany, Spain & France ]
  From Quiz: Euro 2012
34 GROUP ONE: Denmark and Spain played one of the games of the tournament at the AWD Arena in Hannover. What was the end scoreline?
Answer: Spain 3 - Denmark 2

Spain was the Danish hoodoo team, having been knocked out by the Spaniards at Euro '84 and World Cup '86. A 3-2 victory to the Spaniards gave them a hatrick of victories over Danes at three successive major tournaments.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1988
35 1984 France: Who was unanimously voted player of the tournament?
Answer: Michel Platini

He led France to a 2-0 victory over Spain in the final.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships
36 At which Danish club did famous Euro 1992 goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel start his career?
Answer: Gladsaxe Hero

From Gladsaxe he transferred to first Hvidovre (today playing in the second best Danish league and owned by Schmeichel)and then Brondby. Between 1987 and 1991 he and Brondby has great success both in the Danish superleague and in the UEFA cup. In July 1991 Schmeichel began his adventures with Alex Ferguson and Man.United with whom he won the English premiership five times and of course the legendary treble in 1999. The past years he has been playing two seasons in Sporting Lisbon, then tranferring surprisingly to Aston Villa. Schmeichel was born on November 18th 1963. He is considered by many football-lovers to be one of the best keepers of all times.
    Your options: [ Hvidovre ] [ Lyngby Boldklub ] [ Gladsaxe Hero ] [ Brondby IF ]
  From Quiz: European Football Championship 1992
37 England reached the semi-finals: what was the score of England v Germany?
Answer: 1-1 Germany win on penalties

After 3 minutes England took the lead and Wembley erupted as did many sitting rooms around the country. But 14 minutes later Germany had equilized. It went to extra time and if there was goal it would be all over. Darren Anderton hit the post, Gazza was so close to sliding Shearer's cross and Germany had a goal disallowed. Then unlucky Gareth Southgate missed his penalty and England went out, eliminated from the tournament.
  From Quiz: England's Euro 96 Campaign
38 Czechoslovakia beat West Germany on penalties to win the 1976 European Championships. What was the score in the penalty shoot-out ?
Answer: 5-3

Uli Hoeness missed the vital kick for the West Germans, shooting over the bar.
  From Quiz: European Championships
39 Sixteen teams qualified for the 1996 finals for the first time, hosted by England. Which team won this tournament?
Answer: Germany

Germany won their third title when they defeated Czech Republic 2-1 after extra time on the golden goal rule. Olivier Bienhoff scored 2 goals, with a golden goal in the 95th minute. Host nation England lost their semi-final to Germany on penalties (5-6) when the scored was tied at 1-1 after extra-time. Alan Shearer was the top scorer with 5 goals.
    Your options: [ Germany ] [ Netherlands ] [ England ] [ Czech Republic ]
  From Quiz: UEFA European Football Championship 1960-2016
40 GROUP ONE: Germany and Italy played out a thrilling 1-1 draw at Rheinstadion in Dusseldorf. Who scored the equalizer for the Germans?
Answer: Andreas Brehme

Roberto Mancini had put the Italians in front 1-0 at the 52nd minute, but the Germans hit right back in the 55th minute thanks to a free-kick from Brehme. The Italians were probably unlucky to only draw, but blew too many chances.
  From Quiz: European Football Championships 1988
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