UEFA Euro 2000
|UEFA Europees Voetbalkampioenschap|
België/Nederland 2000 (Dutch)
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
Belgique/Pays Bas 2000 (French)
Belgien/Niederlande 2000 (German)
UEFA Euro 2000 official logo
Football without frontiers
|Dates||10 June – 2 July|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 8 host cities)|
|Champions||France (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||85 (2.74 per match)|
|Attendance||1,122,833 (36,220 per match)|
(5 goals each)
|Best player||Zinedine Zidane|
The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organised by UEFA, association football's governing body in Europe.
The finals of Euro 2000 were co-hosted (the first time this happened) by Belgium and the Netherlands, between 10 June and 2 July 2000. Spain and Austria also bid to host the event. The final tournament was contested by 16 nations. With the exception of the national teams of the hosts, Belgium and the Netherlands, the finalists had to go through a qualifying round to reach the final stage. France won the tournament, by defeating Italy 2–1 in the final, via a golden goal.
The finals saw the first major UEFA competition contested in the King Baudouin Stadium (formerly the Heysel Stadium) since the events of the 1985 European Cup Final and the Heysel Stadium disaster, with the opening game being played in the rebuilt stadium.
One of the biggest surprises of the tournament was Portugal, winning Group A with three wins, including a 3–0 win against Germany, with Sérgio Conceição scoring a hat-trick, and a 3–2 win over England, in which they came back from 2–0 down. Romania was the other qualifier from the group, beating England with a late penalty in their last group game.
Belgium had a surprise exit in the group stage, winning the tournament's first game against Sweden, but losing to Turkey and Italy. They finished third in Group B, behind Italy and Turkey. The other co-host and favourite, the Netherlands, progressed as expected from Group D, along with World Cup winners France. The Netherlands won the group, by beating France in their last group match. Also in Group D, Denmark's three losses with eight goals conceded and none scored set a new record for the worst team performance in the group stages of a Euros. Group C was memorable for the match between Yugoslavia and Spain. Spain needed a win to ensure progression, but found themselves trailing 3–2, after Slobodan Komljenović scored in the 75th minute. The Spanish side rescued their tournament by scoring twice in injury time to record a 4–3 victory. Yugoslavia managed to go through as well, despite losing because Norway and Slovenia played to a draw.
Italy and Portugal maintained their perfect records in the quarter-finals, beating Romania and Turkey, respectively, and the Netherlands started a goal-avalanche against Yugoslavia, winning 6–1. Spain fell 2–1 to France; Raul missed a late penalty that ended Spanish hopes.
Italy eliminated the Netherlands in the semi-finals, despite going down to ten men and facing two penalty kicks. Italian goalkeeper Francesco Toldo, who had been drafted into the starting XI as Gianluigi Buffon missed the tournament through injury, made two saves in the penalty shootout (in addition to his penalty save in normal time) to carry the Italians to the final.
In the other semi-final, Portugal lost in extra time to France after Zinedine Zidane converted a controversial penalty kick. Several Portuguese players challenged the awarding of the penalty for a handball and were given lengthy suspensions for shoving the referee. France won the tournament, defeating Italy 2–1 in the final with a golden goal by David Trezeguet after equalising with a last-minute goal, and became the first team to win the European championship while being world champion.
Qualification for the tournament took place throughout 1998 and 1999. Forty-nine teams were divided into nine groups and each played the others in their group, on a home-and-away basis. The winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified automatically for the final tournament. The eight other runners-up played an additional set of play-off matches to determine the last four qualifiers. Belgium and the Netherlands automatically qualified for the tournament as co-hosts.
The following 16 teams participated in the tournament:
|Country||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament|
|Belgium||Co-hosts||18 January 1998||3 (1972, 1980, 1984)|
|Netherlands||Co-hosts||18 January 1998||5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|Italy||Group 1 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)|
|Norway||Group 2 winner||8 September 1999||0 (debut)|
|Germany||Group 3 winner||9 October 1999||7 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|France||Group 4 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)|
|Sweden||Group 5 winner||8 September 1999||1 (1992)|
|Spain||Group 6 winner||8 September 1999||5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)|
|Romania||Group 7 winner||9 October 1999||2 (1984, 1996)|
|Yugoslavia||Group 8 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984)|
|Czech Republic||Group 9 winner||9 June 1999||4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996)|
|Portugal||Best runner-up||9 October 1999||2 (1984, 1996)|
|Denmark||Play-offs||17 November 1999||5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|England||Play-offs||17 November 1999||5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|Slovenia||Play-offs||17 November 1999||0 (debut)|
|Turkey||Play-offs||17 November 1999||1 (1996)|
- Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
- From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed in the European Championship final tournament as West Germany.
- From 1960 to 1992, the FR Yugoslavia competed as SFR Yugoslavia. FR Yugoslavia qualified in 1992 but was banned by the United Nations from all international sport.
- From 1960 to 1992, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
|Seeded||Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|King Baudouin Stadium
|Jan Breydel Stadium
|Stade Maurice Dufrasne
|Stade du Pays de Charleroi|
Team base camps
|Team||Arrival||Last match||Base camp||Ref|
|Belgium||5 June||19 June||Lichtaart|
|Czech Republic||6 June||21 June||Knokke-Heist|
|Denmark||5 June||21 June||Brunssum|
|England||8 June||20 June|| Spa|
|France||7 June||2 July||Genval|
|Germany||8 June||20 June||Vaals|
|Italy||6 June||2 July||Grobbendonk|
|Netherlands||6 June||29 June||Hoenderloo|
|Norway||7 June||21 June||Knokke-Heist|
|Portugal||5 June||28 June||Ermelo|
|Romania||7 June||24 June|| Grimbergen|
|Slovenia||6 June||21 June||Soestduinen|
|Spain||4 June||25 June||Tegelen|
|Sweden||4 June||19 June||Oisterwijk|
|Turkey||5 June||24 June||Delden|
|Yugoslavia||8 June||25 June||Edegem|
For the list of all squads that played in the tournament, see UEFA Euro 2000 squads.
On 15 February 2000, UEFA appointed 12 referees, 16 assistant referees and four fourth officials for the competition, including a referee and an assistant referee from the Confederation of African Football. The event saw assistant referees being allowed to intervene an ongoing game, in particular to help the match official apply the 10-metre rule when deciding free-kicks – as well as warn the referee instantly if he had booked or ejected the wrong player, something that was not possible in previous tournaments. Also, fourth officials were given a larger role in assisting to take command of the match if any decisions are gone unnoticed by the referee or an assistant referee.
The German referee Markus Merk was selected to referee the opening game between Belgium and Sweden.
|Referees||Assistant referees||Fourth officials|
|Günter Benkö||Yury Dupanau||Michel Piraux|
|Kim Milton Nielsen||Roland Van Nylen||Kyros Vassaras|
|Gamal Al-Ghandour||Ivan Lekov||Terje Hauge|
|Graham Poll||Jens Larsen||Ľuboš Micheľ|
|Gilles Veissière||Philip Sharp|
|Markus Merk||Jacques Poudevigne|
|Pierluigi Collina||Kurt Ertl|
|Dick Jol||Sergio Zuccolini|
|Vítor Melo Pereira||Dramane Dante|
|Hugh Dallas||Emanuel Zammit|
|José García-Aranda||Jaap Pool|
|Anders Frisk||Eddie Foley|
|Urs Meier||Nicolae Grigorescu|
|Carlos Martín Nieto|
|12 June 2000|
|17 June 2000|
|20 June 2000|
|10 June 2000|
|11 June 2000|
|14 June 2000|
|15 June 2000|
|19 June 2000|
|13 June 2000|
|18 June 2000|
|21 June 2000|
|11 June 2000|
|16 June 2000|
|21 June 2000|
The knockout stage was a single-elimination tournament with each round eliminating the losers. Any game that was undecided by the end of the regular 90 minutes, was followed by up to thirty minutes of extra time. For the second time the golden goal system was applied, whereby the first team to score during the extra time would become the winner. If no goal was scored there would be a penalty shoot-out to determine the winner. For the second time the final was won by a golden goal.
|25 June – Bruges|
|28 June – Brussels|
|24 June – Amsterdam|
|2 July – Rotterdam|
|24 June – Brussels|
|29 June – Amsterdam|
|Italy (pen.)||0 (3)|
|25 June – Rotterdam|
24 June 2000
|Report||Nuno Gomes 44', 56'|
24 June 2000
| Totti 33'
Netherlands v Yugoslavia
25 June 2000
| Kluivert 24', 38', 54'
Govedarica 51' (o.g.)
Overmars 78', 90+1'
25 June 2000
|Mendieta 38' (pen.)||Report|| Zidane 32'|
28 June 2000
| Henry 51'
Zidane 117' (pen.)
|Report||Nuno Gomes 19'|
29 June 2000
| Di Biagio
|3–1|| F. de Boer|
2 July 2000
| Wiltord 90+3'
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Dejan Govedarica (playing against the Netherlands)
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
- Golden Boot
UEFA Player of the Tournament
A sum of CHF120 million was awarded to the 16 qualified teams in the competition. France, the winners of the tournament, received a total prize money of CHF14.4 million. Below is a complete list of the allocations:
Extra payment based on teams performances:
- Winner: CHF14.4 million
- Runner-up: CHF13.2 million
- Semi-finals: CHF10.2 million
- Quarter-finals: CHF7.8 million
- Group stage:
- Third place: CHF5.4 million
- Fourth place: CHF4.8 million
On 9 July 2000, UEFA refused to hand FR Yugoslavia their prize money of CHF7.8 million, because of alleged ties between the Football Association of FR Yugoslavia and Slobodan Milošević's government. However, no connections were found and the Yugoslavian governing body later received their money with an additional bonus.
Slogan and theme song
Adidas Terrestra Silverstream was unveiled as the official match ball of the competition on 13 December 1999 at Constant Vanden Stock Stadium, Anderlecht's home arena by Alessandro Del Piero, Edwin van der Sar, Zinedine Zidane and Luc Nilis.
The official mascot for the tournament was Benelucky (a pun on Benelux), named a lion-devil with its hair colour being a combination of the flag colours of both host nations. The lion is the national football emblem of the Netherlands and a devil is the emblem of Belgium (the team being nicknamed "the Red Devils").
UEFA distinguishes between global sponsors and national sponsors. Global Euro sponsors can come from any country and have exclusive worldwide sponsorship rights for a UEFA Euro championship. National (event) sponsors come from a host country and only have sponsorship rights within that country.
|Global sponsors||Event sponsors|
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