The European Championships is one of the, if not the most celebrated and the most glorious football events in Europe. It produces some of the most iconic images and greatest football players of all time. These momentous scenes in football found its home in every venue that staged the action. Here is every venue of the European Championship finals:
Stadion Crvena Zvezda, Serbia (EURO 1976)
Only four countries were qualified in the finals, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final. This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage. It was also the only time that matches were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored. Stadion Crvena Zvezda witnessed AntonínPanenka’s famous penalty.
Stadion Rajko Mitic, previously called Stadion Crvena Zvezdaand often nicknamed Marakana had been built in 1927, and been occupied by Crvena Zvezda from 1945. The stadium got demolished in 1959 and on its foundations a new stadium was built. The stadiums was renamed in December 2014 in honor of club’s former player and legend Rajko Mitić, has a seating capacity of 53,000.
Olympiastadion Munich, Germany (EURO 1988)
In the 1988 final, it was the Republic of Ireland who gave the most surprises as they took on USSR. Marco van Basten hit an astonishing top-spin volley over the head of the best goalkeeper in Europe. It became one of the best goals scored in a Euros final and the greatest single strike in any top-level final that also secured the Netherlands’ first ever major title.
It was one of the most star studded final in the Euro history, which took place at Munich’s Olympiastadion and contested by players who were either all-time greats or at peak of their careers. Olympiastadion was home to FC Bayern Munich and TSV 1860 Munic before the Allianz Arena was built. It became the symbol of recovery after the war, which was the “golden age” of football in Germany.
Nya Ullevi, Sweden (EURO 1992)
In 1992, format of the game allows winners of the seven groups to join the hosts in the tournament. Denmark had missed out on qualification, however, Yugoslavia, in a state of civil war, was banned from participating in the tournament. It gave the Danesthe chance to qualify and shocked the football world by beating the unified Germany lifting their maiden trophy in the largest football stadium in Sweden.
The Nya Ullevi was built to serve as one of the playing venues of the 1958 World Cup. It is one of the biggest in the Nordic countries, with a seating capacity of 43,000. In 1959, a record of 52,194 people visited the local derby between IFK Göteborg and Örgryte IS. Apart from the finals of the Euro 1992, it also staged three group matches and the semi-final between Denmark and the Netherlands (2-2).
Wembley Stadium, England (EURO 1996, 2020)
For the first time, the Euros was held with 16 instead of eight teams in 1996. From the 16 finalists, it was Germany and Czech Republic who made it to the final round of European Championships in Wembley Stadium, UK’s largest stadium and home to the English Football Association. The old ‘Empire Stadium’ officially opened in 1924 and has welcomed over 21 million visitors since reopening in 2007.
With 90,000 seats, it is the largest football stadium in England, the largest stadium in the UK and the second-largest stadium in Europe. It is owned by the Football Association (the FA) and the former temporary home of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Wembley Stadium is the centrepiece of the postponed Euro 2020 finals where vital matches are to be held.