June 15, 2021

The Eurocup, in ten records


Cristiano Ronaldo lifts Euro 2016.

Cristiano Ronaldo lifts Euro 2016.
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From the three titles of Spain and Germany to the nine unattainable goals for everyone except for Cristiano Ronaldo and Michel Platini, ten records of the Eurocup:

1 – Spain and Germany, the most awarded

The three titles of Spain (1964, 2008 and 2012) and Germany (1972, 1980 and 1996) make both teams the most champions in the history of the European Championship, followed by France, with two (1984 and 2000). With one are the old USSR and Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Greece, Italy, Holland and Portugal, precisely the last winner.

2 – Top scorers

The French Michel Platini and the Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo are the best scorers of the Eurocup, with nine goals. Behind are the Danish Ole madsen and English Alan Shearer, with seven goals. Eight other footballers have achieved six: the Dutch Ruud Van Nistelrooy and Patrick Kluivert; the French Antoine Griezmann and Thierry Henry; the Englishman Wayne Rooney; the Swede Zlatan Ibrahimovic; the Portuguese Nuno Gomes and the Russian Viktor Ponedelnik.

3 – Cristiano accumulates milestones

Nobody has played more games, 21, in the final phase of the Eurocup than Cristiano Ronaldo, who is also the record man in terms of minutes played, with 1,793. German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has played 18 matches in this competition. The Italian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon completes the ‘top’ 3, with 17.

4 – Germany, maximum wins

Germany is also the most winning team at the European Championships with 28 wins, four above France and Spain, with 24. Portugal has 21, the Netherlands has 19 and Italy has 17.

5 – Denmark, the negative side

The sixteen defeats make Denmark, champion in 1996, the most losing team in the final stages of the continental tournament, ahead of Romania and France, with fourteen. Spain have lost thirteen of their 49 games in this competition.

6 – France, the highest scoring team

The French team has scored 86 goals, more than anyone in the European Championship, above the 78 it has achieved Germany, of the 73 that has added Spain, of the 66 of Holland, of the 57 of Portugal, of the 45 of Italy, of the 44 of England, of the 43 of Denmark, of the 42 of Serbia and of the 37 of the Soviet Union.

7 – Ronaldo, on the hunt for Poborsky

Karel Poborsky still remains the best assistant in the history of the European Championship, with eight passes on goal. Two is Cristiano Ronaldo, who will also seek that record in the current edition. At the moment he accumulates six. Cesc Fabregas, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Arjen Robben, Luis Figo and David Beckham have given five.

8 – The match with the most spectators, in Spain

After 57 years, the final of the Euro 1964 between Spain and the Soviet Union, played on June 21 of that year at the Santiago Bernabéu stadium, remains the game with the most spectators in the history of the tournament, with 79,115 people.

9 – Joachim Löw, ready to make history

Leading Germany in 2008, 2012 and 2016, in addition to this edition of the tournament, when he will end his career in the team, Joachim Low is the coach with the most wins in the final phase of the Eurocup, with eleven. Fernando Santos (with Greece in 2012 and Portugal in 2016) is the one that ties the most and Fatih Terim, with Turkey in 1996, 2008 and 2016, they are the losers the most, with seven defeats.

10 – The most repeated result

With 19.6 percent of matches, 1-0 is the most common result in the final stages of the game. Euro 2020. It happened 56 times. The next is 2-1, with 50 times and 17.5 percent. The widest victory is 6-1.

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