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The UEFA European Football Championship or Euro as it is more popularly known, is a tournament that has never failed to delight football fans across the globe. Be it Denmark winning it in 1992, or Greece defying all the odds and being crowned champions in 2004, the tournament has been witness to some of the greatest moments in the history of the beautiful game. It then comes as no surprise that millions of fanatics worldwide want to watch Euro 2008 live. And if you are going to be denied the pleasure of watching live Euro 2008 at your home or office, do not bang your head in frustration. Sign up with us today, and watch all 16 nations battle it out for the biggest prize in European football. Apart from the European Championship, you also get access to all major games from the best football leagues in the world at an unbelievable price of £9.99 for one year. We have years of experience in this field, and constantly strive to give our users nothing but the best. We currently serve over 25,000 members, and nothing would delight us more than having you join our expanding network.
Like the World Cup, the European Football Championship is a quadrennial event, and takes place in the even numbered year between two World Cups. It started off as the European Nations Cup in 1960. France hosted the tournament, which was won by the Soviet Union. Prominent absentees included West Germany, Italy and England. The 1964 edition was held in Spain, and the hosts beat the Soviet Union 2-1 in the final at the Santiago Bernabeu. From the 1968 edition onwards, the tournament was called by its current name, the European Football Championship. Just as Spain did four years before, it was hosts Italy that lifted the cup. West Germany made their entry into the tournament in 1972. Gerd Muller scored a brace as the USSR were beaten 3-0 in the final. The Germans made it to the final four years later, but were penalised on penalties by the Czech Republic. 1980 saw the tournament return to Italy, with the West Germans beating Belgium in the final. Hosts France won the tournament in 1984, with Michel Platini plundering nine goals. The holders however failed to qualify for the next Championship in West Germany and it was the Dutch, with the likes of Van Basten, Gullit and Koeman in their ranks, who took home the title.
In the 1992 edition, Denmark were not in the original list of participants. Group 4 winners Yugoslavia were forced to withdraw due to political reasons, and their spot went to Denmark. The Danes finished behind hosts Sweden in Group A, and shocked the Netherlands in the last four, winning on penalties. No one expected them to repeat the feat in the final, and that too against reigning world champions Germany. The Scandinavians continued their dream run by winning 2-0, a result which even the most optimistic Danish fan had not expected.
Oliver Bierhoff won the trophy for the Germans in 1996 by scoring the first golden goal in international football . It was also the first tournament where sixteen teams played. World champions France seemed to be staring down the barrel in the 2000 final after Marco Delvecchio had given the Italians the lead. In a dramatic late comeback, Wiltord equalised for Les Bleus in injury time, and David Trezeguet scored off Robert Pires' cross in extra time to allow France to win 2-1. Portugal hosted the next tournament in 2004. England were eliminated by the hosts on penalties in the quarterfinals, but not before we witnessed some magic from Zidane in their group game against France. Greece qualified ahead of Spain in Group A, and sent both fancied France and the Czech Republic out of the tournament before beating Portugal in a repeat of the opening game. Rank outsiders Greece had lifted the Henri Delaunay trophy ahead of France, Italy, Portugal, Holland and the Czech Republic.
Ah, the unpredictable nature of the beautiful game!!!
What to look forward to in Euro 2008
It may come as a big surprise to some fans, but England have not qualified for this year's tournament to be held in Austria and Switzerland. Scotland came very close to upsetting the applecart in Group B, but both France and Italy held their nerve to qualify ahead of the Scottish. Germany hammered San Marino 13-0 in qualification, a tournament record.
Group C is very clearly the Group of Death. It contains the Netherlands, France, Italy and Romania. Romania were hugely impressive in qualification, topping Group G ahead of the Dutch. Italy are the current world champions and will be keen to make amends for their disappointing Euro 2004 performance. Unfortunately, only two of these four teams can progress to the next stage. The big question is - Who? Watch live Euro 2008 with us and find out.
Group A makes for interesting reading as well. It has Switzerland, Czech Republic, Portugal and Turkey.
Germany are in Group B with Austria, Croatia and Poland. The last group consists of defending champions Greece, Sweden, underachievers Spain and Russia. A point worth remembering- Russia were the only team to beat Greece in Euro 2004.
Each team will play the other once in the group. The two best teams in each group qualify for the knockout stage. 8 then gets reduced to four, and from four, the field is reduced to two. However the teams from Group A and B will not meet the teams from Group C and Group D until the final. This variation in the knockout stage makes it different from past editions.
Expect emotions! The official slogan of the tournament describes what is in store for the viewer - joy, anger, disappointment, shock.. you will get to see them all.
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