UEFA Euro 2000

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UEFA Euro 2000
UEFA Europees Voetbalkampioenschap
België/Nederland 2000 (Dutch)
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
Belgique/Pays Bas 2000 (French)
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft
Belgien/Niederlande 2000 (German)
Tournament details
Host countries  Belgium
 Netherlands
Dates 10 June – 2 July
Teams 16
Venue(s) (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (2nd title)
Runner-up  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 85 (2.74 per match)
Attendance 1,122,833 (36,220 per match)
Top scorer(s) Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Savo Milošević
(5 goals)
Best player France Zinedine Zidane
1996
2004

The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship. The championship is held every four years and organized by UEFA. UEFA is association football's governing body in Europe.

The finals of Euro 2000 were co-hosted (the first time this happened) by Belgium and the Netherlands, between 10 June and 2 July 2000. Spain and Austria also bid to host the event.[1] The final tournament had 16 nations. Except for Belgium and the Netherlands, the finalists had to go through a qualifying round to reach the final stage. France won the tournament. They defeated Italy 2–1 in the final, by a golden goal.

The finals were in the King Baudouin Stadium.

Qualified teams[change | change source]

The following 16 teams were in the tournament:

Country Qualified as Date of qualification Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
 BEL 00Co-hosts 01998-01-1818 January 1998 3 (1972, 1980, 1984)
 NED 01Co-hosts 01998-01-1818 January 1998 5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 ITA 02Group 1 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)
 NOR 03Group 2 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 0 (debut)
 GER 04Group 3 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 7 (1972,4 1976,4 1980,4 1984,4 1988,4 1992, 1996)
 FRA 05Group 4 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)
 SWE 06Group 5 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 1 (1992)
 ESP 07Group 6 winner 01999-10-1010 October 1999 5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 ROU 08Group 7 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 1 (1996)
 FR Yugoslavia 10Group 8 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984, 19925)
 CZE 11Group 9 winner 01999-10-099 October 1999 4 (1960,3 1976,3 1980,3 1996)
 POR 12Best runner-up 01999-10-099 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
 DEN 13Play-offs 01999-11-1717 November 1999 5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 ENG 14Play-offs 01999-11-1717 November 1999 5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 SLO 15Play-offs 01999-11-1717 November 1999 0 (debut)
 TUR 16Play-offs 01999-11-1717 November 1999 1 (1996)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host for that year
5 Did not qualify but replaced Yugoslavia, who were under sanctions by the UN Security Council Resolution 757 and banned from appearing.[2] Denmark were group 4 runners-up.

Goalscorers[change | change source]

5 goals
4 goals
3 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal

Awards[change | change source]

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
France Fabien Barthez
Italy Francesco Toldo
France Laurent Blanc
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Alessandro Nesta
Netherlands Frank de Boer
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Italy Demetrio Albertini
Netherlands Edgar Davids
Portugal Rui Costa
Portugal Luís Figo
Spain Josep Guardiola
France Thierry Henry
Italy Francesco Totti
Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Portugal Nuno Gomes
Serbia and Montenegro Savo Milošević
Spain Raúl
Golden Boot

UEFA Player of the Tournament

Mascot[change | change source]

The mascot for the tournament was Benelucky. The name is a pun on Benelux. He is a lion-devil with hair colour a combination of the flag colours of both host nations. The lion is the national football emblem of the Netherlands and a devil is for Belgium, the team being nicknamed "the Red Devils".[3]

References[change | change source]

  1. Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt, ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
  2. "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". United Nations. University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. 30 May 1992. http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/peace/docs/scres757.html. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  3. Kell, Tom (6 December 2010). "Euro 2012 mascots have big shoes to fill". UEFA.com (Union of European Football Associations). http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/news/newsid=1554989.html. Retrieved 9 July 2012.