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:
De Kuip, Netherlands (EURO 2000)
The finals of Euro 2000 were co-hosted, for the first time, by Belgium and the Netherlands. France followed up their 1998 World Cup win to become World and European champions. David Trezeguet won it with another golden goal. ZinedineZidane was Player of the Tournament as Patrick Kluivert and Savo Milosevic shared the Golden Boot in the one of the world’s most iconic stadiums.
Stadion Feijenoord, more commonly known by its nickname De Kuip was built in the 1930s to provide Feyenoord with a new world-class stadium. Inspiration for the new stadium came from then club-president Van Zandvliet, whose ambitions for the club involved a new 65,000-stadium. It is currently the home stadium of football club Feyenoord, one of the traditional top teams in the Netherlands.
Estádio da Luz, Portugal (EURO 2004)
One of the glorious moments in the European Championship history is the win of Greece for the first time since 1980, the nation’s maiden appearance in the tournament In 2004, the moment Greek sport was waiting happened as their national team became champions of Europe for the first time by beating in the final round, the hosts, Portugal in the Estádio da Luz, 2014’s most beautiful stadium of Europe.
Estádio da Luz, officially named Estádio do Sport Lisboa e Benfica, was built to provide Benfica with a new and modern home. It is one of the youngest stadiums that hosted the Euros. It is regarded as one of the biggest stadiums by capacity in Europe and the biggest in Portugal, with its original seating capacity of 65,647 that was decreased to 64,642. In 15 years, it has welcomed more than 17 million spectators.
Ernst Happel Stadion, Austria (EURO 2008)
Spain ended their trophy drought in the 2008 edition of the tournament as they took on Germany in the finals. Spain became only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and then the European Championship itself – an accomplishment matched by France in 1984. In a thrilling final match in Ernst Happel Stadium in Vienna Austria, Fernando Torres scored the only goal to win the final 1-0.
The Ernst Happel Stadion, known as Praterstadion until 1992, sometimes also called Wiener-Stadion is the largest stadium in Austria with 50,865 seats. It was built between 1929 and 1931 and was renamed in honour of Austrian footballer Ernst Happel following his death in 1992. In 2014 until 2016, the stadium was a temporary home to Rapid Wien until they moved to the new Allianz Stadion.