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A Brief History Of Previous European Championship Winners

December 16, 2015

- Grant Whittington

Next summer, the best national sides in Europe will meet in France to compete for the prestigious 2016 European Championships. It will be an historic iteration of the long-running tournament too, as it is the first to feature 24 teams as opposed to the 16 that have competed since 1996. With a greater depth and diversity of competing teams we can expect history to be made next summer, whether it is by leading nations looking to win the tournament or others hoping to mark their first appearance with a successful and extended run to the latter stages.

Next summer, the best national sides in Europe will meet in France to compete for the prestigious 2016 European Championships. It will be an historic iteration of the long-running tournament too, as it is the first to feature 24 teams as opposed to the 16 that have competed since 1996. With a greater depth and diversity of competing teams we can expect history to be made next summer, whether it is by leading nations looking to win the tournament or others hoping to mark their first appearance with a successful and extended run to the latter stages.

Winners and Losers: A Brief Euro History

Two competing sides who will be hoping to win next years’ tournament are Spain and Germany, and both would make history if they did so. These two sides have each won the European Championships on three occasions, and should either nation emerge victorious in France they will be established as the most successful side in Euro finals history. In the case of Spain, they would also achieve their third consecutive European Championship success if they won in France (having previously become the first team to retain the title in 2012).

From the perspective of host nation France, Les Bleus are looking to join Germany and Spain by recording their third tournament success next summer. Having previously lifted the title in 1984 and 2000, Didier Deschamps’ men will hope to make history of their own and thrive on the back of a passionate and motivated crowd. The French certainly have history in this respect, as their success back in 1984 represented the first (and to date only) time in the history of Euros that the host nation has emerged victorious.

Can Any Side Achieve Their First Success?

The enlarged nature of the 2016 tournament means that there is a large number of teams competing at the Euros for the first time. There are also other, more established nations that will be hoping to break their Championship duck next summer. Take England, for example, who have yet to even reach the finals of the Euros and only managed to achieve third place during their reign as world champions in 1968. Belgium will also fancy their chances of recording their first ever success at a major tournament, thanks to their talented squad and status as the world’s number one ranked team.

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