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Up to 2012, Germany is the most successful nation in the European Championships, winning three times and runner up three times. Pictured after winning its third tournament at Wembley in 1996


The UEFA European Football Championsips (otherwise known as the European Championships) is the major football competition of the men's National Football teams governed by UEFA. The European Football Championships are held every four years, and have been held since 1960, in the even-numbered year between FIFA World Cup tournaments.

When it was founded, the competition was originally named the European Nations Cup and changed to its current name in 1968. In 1996 the tournament began being referred to simply as the Euros, for example Euro '96 and Euro 2012.

Prior to the finals, each Nation (other than the Host Nation(s) who qualify automatically) compete in a qualification process consisting of a group stage, decided by a seeded draw. Seeded teams include reigning Champions, and other teams on the basis of their performance in the preceding FIFA World Cup Qualifying and the last European Football Championship qualifying using various criteria.

A total of 16 teams qualify to take part in the Summer's UEFA European Champions finals, including the host nation(s). Beginning with Euro 2016, the finals expand to a 24-team tournament.

The tournament Winners will lift the Henri Delaunay Trophy, which is named in honor of Henri Delaunay, the first General Secretary of UEFA, who first came up with the idea of a European Championship and sadly passed away five years prior to the first tournament. His son Pierre Delaunay was in charge of the making of the trophy, and the winning Nation is awarded the trophy to keep for the next four years.


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