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  Friday, 25 January, 2002, 08:54 GMT
Championships lowdown
Euro 2000 winners France
Didier Deschamps lifts the cup for France in 2000
BBC Sport Online brings you 10 fascinating facts on the European Championship, which will take place in Portugal in 2004.

1. The European Championships were originally called the Uefa European Nations Cup.

2. Uefa at first struggled to find 16 nations willing to compete, with no British Isles' countries entering the first tournament.

3. Austria, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, France, German Democratic Republic, Greece, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Turkey, USSR and Yugoslavia were the first competing nations.

4. The trophy is named after Henri Delaunay, who was a central character in the development of European football and Uefa.

5. The tournament became the European Football Championship in 1968, with eight groups of seeded teams who played each other twice; the top two from each group progressed to the two-legged quarter-finals. The semi-finals were held in the host country, Italy.

6. In the 1968 tournament, Alan Mullery became the first England player to be sent off in an international.

7. In 1976, Wales made it through their group into the knock-out stages for the only time in their history. They lost to Yugoslavia.

8. Holland, featuring Ruud Gullit, Frank Rijkaard and Marco Van Basten, won their first ever major championship in 1988.

9. Portugal beat off competition from Spain and Austria/Hungary to host Euro 2004. Spain were the favourites but Portugal won through because of the co-operation between the football federation and the government.

10. Four European Championship finals have gone to extra-time (1960, 1968, 1976 and 1996). Only one has been decided on penalties - the 1976 final between West Germany and Czechoslovakia.

Winners

1960 USSR
1964 Spain
1968 Italy
1972 Germany
1976 Czechoslovakia
1980 Germany
1984 France
1988 Holland
1992 Denmark
1996 Germany
2000 France

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