The 15th European Championship (European Championship) football will start in France this summer. For the first time in the history of a European Championship, 24 countries will participate. Unfortunately, the Netherlands is not there, but that does not prevent the football fan from not following the European Championship. We from betting on sports give a preview of the upcoming European Championship, EURO 2016.
The idea to organize a European final tournament came from the French football federation. Henri Delaunay was the man with the idea and he worked as secretary-general of the French football federation. He already had the idea in 1927 but the first tournament would not start until 1958. Tragically enough, Henri Delaunay had already died three years by then and to honour him, as the inventor of the tournament, the European Championship trophy is named after him. In the early years of the European Championship, the countries only played against each other in the semi-finals on neutral territory, a host country. In the previous rounds, the countries played a home and an away game to determine who went through to the next round. In principle, the European Championship had only 4 participants. In 1960, France was the first host country to play the semi-finals and final. In the end, the Soviet Union managed to win the European Championship for the first time in history by beating Yugoslavia in the final 2-1 after awarding. Read more about the history of the European Football Championship
So far only 9 countries have ever won the European Championship. Below is an overview:
Germany 3x (1972, 1980, 1988 and 1996)
Spain 3x (1964, 2008 and 2012)
France 2x (1984 and 2000)
Italy 1x (1968)
Netherlands 1x (1988)
Denmark 1x (1992)
Greece 1x (2004)
Czechoslovakia 1x (1976)
Soviet Union 1x (1960)
Germany has proven to be the most successful country in a European Championship to date with 3 victories and 3-second places. It is striking that major football countries such as England and Portugal have never become European champions.
David Guetta openings song
David Guetta was allowed to make the official theme song for the European Football Championship 2016. The result has become ‘This One’s For You’, which the French DJ released today.
He gets help from Swedish pop star Zara Larsson and millions of football fans from all over the world for singing. Everyone could submit their contribution via a unique app.
David Guetta will perform the song live during the opening and closing ceremonies of the football tournament in France. It is also used as the theme of the TV broadcasts and when a goal is scored.
You can bet on EURO 2016 via the following official European bookmakers.