|Fußball-Europameisterschaft 2008 (in German)|
Championnat d'Europe de football 2008 (in French)
Campionato Europeo di calcio 2008 (in Italian)
Campiunadis Europeans da ballape 2008 (in Romansh)
UEFA Euro 2008 official logo
|Venue(s)||8 (in 8 host cities)|
|Goals scored||77 (2.48 per match)|
|Attendance||1,140,902 (36,803 per match)|
The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2008 or simply Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations. It took place in Austria and Switzerland (both hosting the tournament for the first time) from 7 to 29 June 2008.
Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.
The tournament was won by Spain, who defeated Germany 1–0 in the final. Spain were only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and then the European Championship itself - an accomplishment matched by France in 1984. Spain were also the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated.
The Spain national football team represents Spain in international men's association football since 1920, and is controlled by the Royal Spanish Football Federation, the governing body for football in Spain.
The Germany national football team is the men's football team that has represented Germany in international competition since 1908. It is governed by the German Football Association, founded in 1900. Ever since the DFB was reinaugurated in 1949 the team has represented the Federal Republic of Germany. Under Allied occupation and division, two other separate national teams were also recognised by FIFA: the Saarland team representing the Saarland (1950–1956) and the East German team representing the German Democratic Republic (1952–1990). Both have been absorbed along with their records by the current national team. The official name and code "Germany FR (FRG)" was shortened to "Germany (GER)" following the reunification in 1990.
The UEFA Euro 2008 Final was a football match that took place on 29 June 2008 at the Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna, Austria, to determine the winner of the UEFA Euro 2008. Spain defeated Germany 1–0 with a 33rd-minute goal from Fernando Torres. This was only the second time in European Championship history that the champions had won every match in the group stage; the other team to do so was France in 1984. Spain were also the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated. Despite the one-goal margin of victory, it was a fairly dominant performance by Spain.
Greece were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won UEFA Euro 2004. They recorded the worst finish in Euro 2008, losing their three group fixtures and collecting the least amount of prize money. Throughout 31 matches, the participating nations totalled 77 goals, the same as the previous tournament.
The Greece national football team represents Greece in association football and is controlled by the Hellenic Football Federation, the governing body for football in Greece. Greece's main home grounds are located in the capital-city Athens at the Olympic Stadium in Maroussi and also in the port of Piraeus at the Karaiskakis Stadium. Greece is one of only ten national teams to have been crowned UEFA European Champions.
The 2004 UEFA European Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2004 or simply Euro 2004, was the 12th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial football competition contested by the men's national teams of UEFA member associations. The final tournament was hosted for the first time in Portugal, from 12 June to 4 July 2004, after their bid was selected on 12 October 1999, over those of Spain and Austria/Hungary. A total of thirty-one matches were played in ten venues across eight cities – Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Guimarães, Faro/Loulé, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto.
Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; the remaining 14 teams were determined through qualifying matches, which began in August 2006. As European champions, Spain earned the right to compete for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.
The Austria national football team is the association football team that represents Austria in international competition and is controlled by the Austrian Football Association . Austria has qualified for seven FIFA World Cups, most recently in 1998. The country played in the UEFA European Championship for the first time in 2008, when it co-hosted the event with Switzerland, and most recently qualified in 2016.
The Switzerland national football team is the national football team of Switzerland. The team is controlled by the Swiss Football Association.
Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2008 finals tournament took place between August 2006 and November 2007. Fifty teams were divided into seven groups. In a double round-robin system, each team played against each of the others in their group on a home-and-away basis. The winner and runner-up of each group qualified automatically for the final tournament.
Austria and Switzerland jointly bid to host the games, and facing competition from six other bids: Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia, Greece–Turkey, a 4-way Nordic bid (from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Hungary, Russia and Scotland–Republic of Ireland.Austria and Hungary had previously bid together to host Euro 2004, losing out to Portugal, while Sweden had hosted Euro 1992.
Bosnia and Herzegovina, sometimes called Bosnia–Herzegovina, and often known informally as Bosnia, is a country in Southeastern Europe, located within the Balkan Peninsula. Sarajevo is the capital and largest city.
Croatia, officially the Republic of Croatia, is a country at the crossroads of Central and Southeast Europe, on the Adriatic Sea. It borders Slovenia to the northwest, Hungary to the northeast, Serbia to the east, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to the southeast, sharing a maritime border with Italy. Its capital, Zagreb, forms one of the country's primary subdivisions, along with twenty counties. Croatia has an area of 56,594 square kilometres and a population of 4.28 million, most of whom are Roman Catholics.
Turkey, officially the Republic of Turkey, is a transcontinental country located mainly in Western Asia, with a smaller portion on the Balkan Peninsula in Southeast Europe. East Thrace, located in Europe, is separated from Anatolia by the Sea of Marmara, the Bosphorous strait and the Dardanelles. Turkey is bordered by Greece and Bulgaria to its northwest; Georgia to its northeast; Armenia, the Azerbaijani exclave of Nakhchivan and Iran to the east; and Iraq and Syria to the south. Ankara is its capital but Istanbul is the country's largest city. Approximately 70 to 80 per cent of the country's citizens identify as Turkish. Kurds are the largest minority; the size of the Kurdish population is a subject of dispute with estimates placing the figure at anywhere from 12 to 25 per cent of the population.
Austria–Switzerland, Hungary, Greece–Turkey and the Nordic bid were recommended, in that order, before the final vote by UEFA's National Teams Committee.
The final vote by the UEFA executive committee was:
The Austria–Switzerland bid became the second successful joint bid in the competition's history, following the UEFA Euro 2000 hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. The following tournament, held in Poland and Ukraine, became the third jointly hosted tournament.
Qualification for Euro 2008 started in August 2006, just over a month after the end of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The qualifying tournament was contested by national teams from each of UEFA's member associations, with the exceptions of Austria and Switzerland, who had automatically qualified for the finals tournament as hosts and Montenegro, who came into existence too late to be admitted to UEFA. England was the only seeded team not to qualify for the tournament proper, whereas Russia was the only unseeded one to qualify.
The draw for the finals tournament took place on 2 December 2007, and saw Group C immediately labelled as the "group of death", with Italy, France, Romania and the Netherlands competing for the two qualifying places. In contrast, Germany and Portugal were deemed to have an easy draw, as the tournament structure meant they could not meet Italy, France, the Netherlands or Spain until the final.
In the group stage, Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands all qualified with maximum points. Austria and Switzerland were not expected to progress, despite the advantage of being the hosts. In Group A, the Swiss lost their captain, Alexander Frei, to injury in their first game and became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament, after losing their first two matches. Switzerland managed to beat the group winner Portugal in their last game.
In Group B, Austria managed to set up a decisive final game against Germany, dubbed "Austria's final".However, they lost by one goal, making Euro 2008 the first European Championship not to have one of the host nations present in the knockout phase. In an exciting final game in Group A, an injury- and suspension-hit Turkey came back from 2–0 down to beat the Czech Republic 3–2, after an uncharacteristic handling mistake by Petr Čech, in the last few minutes, left Nihat Kahveci with the simplest of finishes.
In the same game, goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was shown a red card for pushing Czech striker Jan Koller to the ground. The Turks joined Portugal as the qualifiers from Group A. France were the high-profile victims of Group C, recording just one point from a goalless draw against Romania in their opening game. Italy beat the French, on the final day, to finish on four points and joining the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Finally, in Group D, Greece failed to reproduce the form of their shock 2004 win, and ended the tournament with no points. Russia qualified at the expense of Sweden, after beating them in a final game decider, joining Spain in the knockout phase.
Torrential rain during the Group A match between Switzerland and Turkey on 11 June resulted in the pitch at St. Jakob-Park in Basel requiring to be re-laid. The new pitch was installed in advance of the quarter-final match between Portugal and Germany on 19 June.In the quarter-finals, the Portuguese team was unable to give their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, a fitting send-off – following the mid-tournament announcement that Scolari would be leaving to join English club Chelsea – losing in an exciting game against Germany. Turkey continued their streak of last-gasp wins, equalising at the end of extra-time against Croatia and advancing on penalties. Coached by Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Russia eliminated the Netherlands with two extra-time goals. The last quarter-final match saw Spain defeat Italy on penalties, after a goalless draw in regular time.
Turkey's progress was halted by Germany in the semi-finals. Turkey entered the game with nine of their squad members missing due to injury or suspension, but still scored the first goal. Later, they leveled the score at 2–2, before Germany scored the winning goal in the final minute. The world television feed of the match was intermittently lost during the match, which prevented the broadcast of Germany's second goal.
This was due to a thunderstorm at the broadcasting relay station in Austria, despite the game being played in Switzerland. Swiss Television SRG SSR still had a feed, because of their own broadcasting facilities at the venue. During the lost world feed German and Austrian television ZDF and ORF started to broadcast the feed of German speaking Swiss channel SF 1.
This act ensured that the German goal was actually broadcast in Germany although not in Turkey.Spain won the second semi-final against Russia by three goals to nil, through second-half goals from Xavi, Daniel Güiza and David Silva, earning Spain their first appearance in a major final for 24 years.
In the final, held at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Spain became European champions for the second time after Fernando Torres' first-half goal proved enough to defeat Germany. Though Germany had a strong start, Spain started to look more dangerous after they had settled.
After half an hour, Xavi played a pass in behind the Germany back line towards Torres, who outmuscled a hesitant Philipp Lahm and clipped the ball over the diving Jens Lehmann and just inside the far post. That goal proved to be the only goal of the game, which Spain dominated despite Germany having the majority of the possession,and Spain were crowned UEFA Euro 2008 champions.
The draw for the qualifying round took place in Montreux, Switzerland on 27 January 2006 at 12:00 CET.
The qualifying process commenced a month after the 2006 World Cup. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified for the tournament finals as host nations.
The qualifying format was changed compared to previous tournaments. The winners and runners-up from seven groups automatically qualified for the Championship, with the hosts filling the other two slots in the 16-team tournament. The change means there were no play-offs between teams finishing in second place in the groups – they qualified directly for the finals. Teams that finished in third place had no opportunity to qualify. Six of the qualifying groups contained seven teams, and the other, Group A, contained eight.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament|
|Co-host||12 December 2002||0 (debut)|
|Co-host||12 December 2002||2 (1996, 2004)|
|Group D runner-up||13 October 2007||9 ( 1972 , 1976, 1980 , 1984, 1988 , 1992, 1996 , 2000, 2004)|
|Group C winner||17 October 2007||2 (1980, 2004 )|
|Group D winner||17 October 2007||6 (1960, 1976 , 1980, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Group G winner||17 October 2007||3 (1984, 1996, 2000)|
|Group A winner||17 November 2007||0 (debut)|
|Group B winner||17 November 2007||6 ( 1968 , 1980 , 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Group B runner-up||17 November 2007||6 ( 1960 , 1984 , 1992, 1996, 2000 , 2004)|
|Group E winner||17 November 2007||2 (1996, 2004)|
|Group F winner||17 November 2007||7 ( 1964 , 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)|
|Group G runner-up||17 November 2007||7 (1976, 1980, 1988 , 1992, 1996, 2000 , 2004)|
|Group A runner-up||21 November 2007||4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004 )|
|Group C runner-up||21 November 2007||2 (1996, 2000)|
|Group E runner-up||21 November 2007||8 ( 1960 , 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2004)|
|Group F runner-up||21 November 2007||3 ( 1992 , 2000, 2004)|
The draw for the final tournament took place on 2 December 2007 at the Culture and Convention Centre in Lucerne.
In a return to the format used at Euro 1992 and Euro 1996 the games in each group were held at just two stadia, with the seeded team remaining in the same city for all three matches. As was the case at the 2000 and 2004 finals, the finalists were divided into four seeding pots, based on the UEFA national team coefficients which measured performance of teams in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying and Euro 2008 qualifying, with each group having one team from each pot. Switzerland and Austria, as co-hosts, were automatically assigned to positions A1 and B1, respectively. The remaining 14 teams were split into four pots, with title-holders Greece seeded alongside the Netherlands in Pot 1.
UEFA came under heavy criticism from Raymond Domenech, manager of France, who was not satisfied with his team's position in the draw,and was also in favour of having 2006 FIFA World Cup winners Italy as top seed. On 22 November 2007, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's professional football director, announced that a review of the coefficient ranking system was under way for future European Championships.
Teams were drawn consecutively into Group A to D. First, the Pot 1 teams were assigned to the first positions of their groups, while next the positions of all other teams were drawn separately from Pot 4 to 2 (for the purposes of determining the match schedules in each group). Coincidentally, all teams from Pots 2, 3, and 4 were placed into positions 2, 3, and 4 in each group, respectively.
The draw resulted in the following groups:
The tournament was played at eight venues throughout the two host nations; four in Austria and four in Switzerland. Each venue had a capacity of at least 30,000 for the tournament; the largest stadium was Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna with a capacity of 53,295.It was for this reason that Ernst-Happel-Stadion hosted the final. Switzerland played all of their group stage matches at St. Jakob Park in Basel, which also hosted the opening match of the tournament as a compromise for the final being held in Vienna. Austria played all of their group stage matches at Ernst-Happel-Stadion.
In 2004, the Zurich venue became a problem for the organisers. Originally, the Hardturm stadium was to be renovated and used as the city's venue, but legal challenges delayed the plan to a point that would not have allowed the ground to be used in 2008. This created a problem, as the agreement between UEFA and the organisers stipulated that four venues would be used in each country. The problem was solved when the organisers proposed renovating Letzigrund instead; UEFA approved the revised plan in January 2005. The Letzigrund stadium hosted its first football match on 23 September 2007.
|Ernst-Happel-Stadion||Wörthersee Stadion||Stadion Wals-Siezenheim||Tivoli-Neu|
|Capacity: 53,295||Capacity: 31,957||Capacity: 31,020||Capacity: 31,600|
|Stade de Genève||St. Jakob-Park||Stade de Suisse||Letzigrund|
|Capacity: 31,228||Capacity: 42,000||Capacity: 31,907||Capacity: 30,000|
Each team had access to a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches.The teams trained and resided in these locations during the tournament, and travelled to games that took place away from their bases. The 16 teams validated their option with UEFA on 18 December 2007.
|Czech Republic||Seefeld in Tirol|
|Greece||Hof bei Salzburg|
|Italy||Baden bei Wien|
|Spain||Neustift im Stubaital|
Teams were required to select a squad of 23 players, three of whom had to be goalkeepers, with the final squad to be submitted to UEFA by 28 May 2008. If a member of the final squad suffered an injury prior to his team's first game that would keep him out of the entire tournament, another player could be called up to replace him.
Twelve referees and twenty-four assistants were selected for the tournament:
|Konrad Plautz||Egon Bereuter||Markus Mayr||Spain 4–1 Russia, Switzerland 2–0 Portugal|
|Frank De Bleeckere||Peter Hermans||Alex Verstraeten||Croatia 2–1 Germany, Russia 2–0 Sweden, Russia 0–3 Spain (semifinal)|
|Howard Webb||Darren Cann||Mike Mullarkey||Austria 1–1 Poland, Greece 1–2 Spain|
|Herbert Fandel||Carsten Kadach||Volker Wezel||Portugal 2–0 Turkey, Netherlands 4–1 France, Spain 0–0 Italy (Quarter-final)|
|Kyros Vassaras||Dimitiris Bozartzidis||Dimitiris Saraidaris||Czech Republic 1–3 Portugal, Poland 0–1 Croatia|
|Roberto Rosetti||Alessandro Griselli||Paolo Calcagno||Switzerland 0–1 Czech Republic, Greece 0–1 Russia, Croatia 1–1 Turkey (Quarter-final), Germany 0–1 Spain (Final)|
|Pieter Vink||Adriaan Inia||Hans ten Hoove||Austria 0–1 Croatia, Sweden 1–2 Spain|
|Tom Henning Øvrebø||Geir Åge Holen||Jan Petter Randen||Germany 2–0 Poland, Italy 1–1 Romania|
|Ľuboš Micheľ||Roman Slyško||Martin Balko||Switzerland 1–2 Turkey, France 0–2 Italy, Netherlands 1–3 Russia (Quarter-final)|
|Manuel Mejuto González||Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez||Jesús Calvo Guadamuro||Romania 0–0 France, Austria 0–1 Germany|
|Peter Fröjdfeldt||Stefan Wittberg||Henrik Andren||Netherlands 3–0 Italy, Turkey 3–2 Czech Republic, Portugal 2–3 Germany (Quarter-final)|
|Massimo Busacca||Matthias Arnet||Stephane Cuhat||Greece 0–2 Sweden, Netherlands 2–0 Romania, Germany 3–2 Turkey (Semi-final)|
The teams finishing in the top two positions in each of the four groups progressed to the quarter-finals, while the bottom two teams were eliminated from the tournament.
All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).
For the three-game group stage of this tournament, where two or more teams in a group tied on an equal number of points, the finishing positions were determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order:
However, these criteria would not apply if two teams tied on points and goals scored played against each other in their final group match and no other team in group finishes with same points; in that case, the tie would be broken by a penalty shootout.
|1||3||2||0||1||5||3||+2||6||Advance to knockout phase|
| Switzerland ||0–1|
| Portugal ||2–0|
| Czech Republic ||1–3|
| Switzerland ||1–2|
| Switzerland ||2–0|
|1||3||3||0||0||4||1||+3||9||Advance to knockout phase|
| Austria ||0–1|
| Germany ||2–0|
| Croatia ||2–1|
| Austria ||1–1|
| Poland ||0–1|
|1||3||3||0||0||9||1||+8||9||Advance to knockout phase|
| Romania ||0–0|
| Netherlands ||3–0|
| Italy ||1–1|
| Netherlands ||4–1|
| Netherlands ||2–0|
|1||3||3||0||0||8||3||+5||9||Advance to knockout phase|
| Spain ||4–1|
| Greece ||0–2|
| Sweden ||1–2|
| Greece ||0–1|
| Greece ||1–2|
The knockout phase was different from that of past tournaments. Teams in groups A and B were separated from teams in groups C and D until the final. This increased the chance of a group fixture being replayed in the knockout phase, and rendered impossible a final between two teams drawn in the same half of the tournament. Also, in another major change, for the first time in a European Championship, only two venues (St. Jakob-Park, Basel and Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna—the two largest of the eight stadiums used) were used for the seven matches in the knockout phase of the tournament.
As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.
All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).
|19 June – Basel|
|25 June – Basel|
|20 June – Vienna|
|29 June – Vienna|
|21 June – Basel|
|26 June – Vienna|
|22 June – Vienna|
| Portugal ||2–3|
| Croatia ||1–1 (a.e.t.)|
| Netherlands ||1–3 (a.e.t.)|
| Germany ||3–2|
There were 77 goals scored in 31 matches, for an average of 2.48 goals per match.
The UEFA Technical Team was charged with naming a squad composed of the 23 best players over the course of the tournament. The group of nine analysts watched every game at the tournament before making their decision after the final. Nine players from the winning Spanish team were named in the team of the tournament, while no players knocked out in the group stage were included.
The UEFA Technical Team also had to pick a Player of the Tournament, taking fans' votes into account. The player chosen was Spain midfielder Xavi.
The Golden Boot was awarded to yet another Spaniard, David Villa, who scored four goals, three of which came in his side's 4–1 win over Russia (the only hat-trick scored in the tournament).
UEFA announced that total of €184 million has been offered to the 16 teams competing in this tournament, increasing from €129 million in the previous tournament. The distributions as below:
Extra payment based on teams performances:
Spain, as winners of the tournament and winners of all three of their group stage matches, received a total prize of €23 million, the maximum possible prize money. Greece on the other hand, being the only team to lose all three of their group matches, were the only team to receive nothing more than the €7.5 million participation prize.
At UEFA Euro 2008, players may be suspended from playing in subsequent matches upon the collection of a certain number of yellow or red cards. If a player is shown a red card – whether as a result of two bookable offences or a straight red – that player is suspended from playing in his team's next match. If his team is eliminated from the competition before the end of his suspension, the games carry over to the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. A player is also suspended for one match for picking up two yellow cards in separate matches. However, any yellow cards accumulated are annulled once a team is eliminated from the tournament or reaches the semi-finals.
In extreme cases of ill-discipline, UEFA may choose to have a disciplinary panel examine the incident in order to determine whether or not further suspension is required. One case of this at Euro 2008 was the suspension of Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel for two matches for pushing Czech striker Jan Koller.
The following players were suspended for one or more games as a result of red cards or yellow card accumulation:
|Group D v Spain |
Group D v Greece
|Group B v Austria|
|Group B v Germany|
|Group C v Netherlands|
|Quarter-final v Croatia|
|Quarter-final v Croatia |
Semi-final v Germany
|World Cup qualifying v Austria|
|Quarter-final v Spain|
|Quarter-final v Spain|
|Semi-final v Germany|
|Semi-final v Germany|
|Semi-final v Germany|
|Semi-final v Spain|
|Semi-final v Spain|
A new trophy was awarded to the winners of the Euro 2008 tournament. The new version of the Henri Delaunay Trophy, created by Asprey London, 8 kilograms (17.6 lb) and is 60 centimetres (24 in) tall.is almost an exact replica of the original designed by Arthus-Bertrand. A small figure juggling a ball on the back of the original has been removed, as has the marble plinth. The silver base of the trophy also had to be enlarged to make it stable. The names of the winning countries that had appeared on the plinth have now been engraved on the back of the trophy, which is made of sterling silver, weighs
The match ball for the finals was unveiled at the draw ceremony. Produced by Adidas and named the Europass , it is a 14-panel ball in the same construction as the Teamgeist, but with a modified surface design.A version named the Europass Gloria was used in the final.
There were concerns raised about the match ball, which was claimed to deviate unpredictably in flight, making it difficult to judge for goalkeepers. Notable players to criticise were Germany's Jens Lehmann and the Czech Republic's Petr Čech.These claims were disputed by the ball's designer, Oliver Kahn.
The official melody was composed by Rollo Armstrong of Faithless on behalf of UEFA.The official Euro 2008 song was "Can You Hear Me" by Enrique Iglesias, which was performed live during the official closing ceremony prior to the final in Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on 29 June.
Two soundtracks, "Like a Superstar" and "Feel the Rush," were recorded by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy as mascot songs for Euro 2008. They formed a musical background to video clips featuring the twin mascots Trix and Flix.
The official Swiss song for the tournament was a new version of "Bring en hei" (Bring him Home) by Baschi.Christina Stürmer sang the official tournament song of Austrian ÖFB, "Fieber" (Fever). Croatia manager Slaven Bilić recorded his country's official Euro 2008 song, "Vatreno ludilo" ("Fiery Madness"), with his rock group, Rawbau.
"Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes was played when players walked out before kick-off,and a remix of "Samba de Janeiro" by German dance group Bellini was played after each goal scored in the competition.
The two official mascots for UEFA Euro 2008, were named after a vote from the public of the two host nations from the following options:
In April 2007, after receiving 36.3% of the vote, Trix and Flix were chosen. "I am sure the mascots and their names will become a vital part of the understanding of the whole event," said Christian Mutschler, the tournament director for Switzerland.The mascots were unveiled on 27 September 2006, in Vienna, Austria. Their official début was on 11 October 2006, at the Austria vs. Switzerland friendly, which ended 2–1.
The slogan for UEFA Euro 2008 was chosen on 24 January 2007: Expect Emotions.
The UEFA President Michel Platini stated "It describes in a nutshell what the UEFA Euro 2008 has to offer: all kinds of emotions – joy, disappointment, relief or high tension – right up to the final whistle."
UEFA announced eight global sponsors for the tournament.
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Poland has participated in three UEFA European Championships so far: UEFA Euro 2008, UEFA Euro 2012 and UEFA Euro 2016.
Portugal have participated in seven UEFA European Championship editions, the first time was in 1984, and every time they survived the first round. On five occasions they reached the semi-finals and at home in 2004 they even made it to the final, but lost from tournament revelation Greece. They captured their first major tournament win after defeating France, in France, 1-0 in the final of Euro 2016.
Turkey participated at four UEFA European Championships so far ; the first end stage they qualified for was Euro 1996. Their best European performance to date was reaching the semi-finals in 2008, by winning the quarter-finals against Croatia on penalties.
Austria have appeared in two UEFA European Championships: Euro 2008 and Euro 2016.
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