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Euro 2000

UEFA Euro 2000
UEFA Europees Voetbalkampioenschap
België/Nederland 2000 (Dutch)
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
Belgique/Pays Bas 2000 (French)
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft
Belgien/Niederlande 2000 (German)
UEFA Euro 2000 official logo
Tournament details
Host countries Belgium
Dates 10 June – 2 July
Teams 16
Venue(s)(in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  France (2nd title)
Runners-up  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 31
Goals scored 85 (2.74 per match)
Attendance 1,122,833 (36,220 per match)
Top scorer(s) Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Savo Milošević
(5 goals)
Best player France Zinedine Zidane

The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, or Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Football Championship, which is held every four years and organized 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.[1] 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.[2]

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,[3] and a 3–2 win over England, in which they came back from 2–0 down.[4] Romania was the other qualifier from the group, beating England with a late penalty in their last group game.[5]

Belgium had a surprise exit in the group stage, winning the tournament's first game against Sweden,[6] but losing to Turkey and Italy.[7][8] 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.[9] Also in Group D, Denmark's three losses with eight goals conceded and none scored set a new record for the worse 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.[10] Yugoslavia managed to go through as well, despite losing because Norway and Slovenia played to a draw.[11]

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.[12] 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.

In Britain, Match of the Day named Stefano Fiore's goal against Belgium the Goal of the Tournament, ahead of Patrick Kluivert's against France and Zinedine Zidane's against Spain.[13]


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 playoff matches to determine the last four qualifiers. Belgium and the Netherlands automatically qualified for the tournament as co-hosts.

Qualified teams

The following 16 teams participated in the tournament:

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
 Belgium 00Co-hosts 18 January 1998 3 (1972, 1980, 1984)
 Netherlands 01Co-hosts 18 January 1998 5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Italy 02Group 1 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)
 Norway 03Group 2 winner 9 October 1999 0 (debut)
 Germany4 04Group 3 winner 9 October 1999 7 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 France 05Group 4 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)
 Sweden 06Group 5 winner 9 October 1999 1 (1992)
 Spain 07Group 6 winner 10 October 1999 5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Romania 08Group 7 winner 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
 Yugoslavia3 10Group 8 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984)
 Czech Republic2 11Group 9 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996)
 Portugal 12Best runner-up 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
 Denmark 13Play-offs 17 November 1999 5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 England 14Play-offs 17 November 1999 5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Slovenia 15Play-offs 17 November 1999 0 (debut)
 Turkey 16Play-offs 17 November 1999 1 (1996)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year; Italic indicates host for that year
2 as Czechoslovakia before 1996
3 as SFR Yugoslavia before 2000 (qualified in 1992 but was banned by UN from all international sport.)
4 as West Germany before 1992


The composition of pots 1 to 3 was based on the teams' UEFA coefficient at the end of 1999.[14][15] The finals draw took place on 12 December 1999.[16]

Seeded Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3


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Netherlands Rotterdam Netherlands Amsterdam
Feijenoord Stadion
Capacity: 50,000[17]
Amsterdam Arena
Capacity: 50,000[17]
Netherlands Eindhoven Netherlands Arnhem
Philips Stadion
Capacity: 33,000[17]
Capacity: 30,000[17]
Belgium Brussels Belgium Bruges Belgium Liège Belgium Charleroi
King Baudouin Stadium
Capacity: 50,000[17]
Jan Breydel Stadium
Capacity: 30,000[17]
Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Capacity: 30,000[17]
Stade du Pays de Charleroi
Capacity: 30,000[17]

Note: Capacity figures are those for matches at UEFA Euro 2000 and are not necessarily the total capacity that the stadium is capable of holding.


Main article: UEFA Euro 2000 broadcasting rights

Match ball

The official match ball used in the competition was the Terrestra Silverstream.

Match officials

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.[18]

Referees Assistant referees Fourth officials
Austria Günter Benkö Belarus Yury Dupanau Belgium Michel Piraux
Denmark Kim Milton Nielsen Belgium Roland Van Nylen Greece Kyros Vassaras
Egypt Gamal Al-Ghandour Bulgaria Ivan Lekov Norway Terje Hauge
England Graham Poll Denmark Jens Larsen Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
France Gilles Veissière England Philip Sharp
Germany Markus Merk France Jacques Poudevigne
Italy Pierluigi Collina Germany Kurt Ertl
Netherlands Dick Jol Italy Sergio Zuccolini
Portugal Vítor Melo Pereira Mali Dramane Dante
Scotland Hugh Dallas Malta Emanuel Zammit
Spain José García-Aranda Netherlands Jaap Pool
Sweden Anders Frisk Republic of Ireland Eddie Foley
Switzerland Urs Meier Romania Nicolae Grigorescu
Slovakia Igor Šramka
Spain Carlos Martín Nieto
Sweden Leif Lindberg
Turkey Turgay Güdü


All times local (CEST/UTC+2)

Group stage

Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Portugal 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9
 Romania 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 4
 England 3 1 0 2 5 6 −1 3
 Germany 3 0 1 2 1 5 −4 1
12 June 2000
Germany  1–1  Romania
Portugal  3–2  England
17 June 2000
Romania  0–1  Portugal
England  1–0  Germany
20 June 2000
England  2–3  Romania
Portugal  3–0  Germany

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 3 3 0 0 6 2 +4 9
 Turkey 3 1 1 1 3 2 +1 4
 Belgium 3 1 0 2 2 5 −3 3
 Sweden 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
10 June 2000
Belgium  2–1  Sweden
11 June 2000
Turkey  1–2  Italy
14 June 2000
Italy  2–0  Belgium
15 June 2000
Sweden  0–0  Turkey
19 June 2000
Turkey  2–0  Belgium
Italy  2–1  Sweden

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 3 2 0 1 6 5 +1 6
 Yugoslavia 3 1 1 1 7 7 0 4
 Norway 3 1 1 1 1 1 0 4
 Slovenia 3 0 2 1 4 5 −1 2
13 June 2000
Spain  0–1  Norway
Yugoslavia  3–3  Slovenia
18 June 2000
Slovenia  1–2  Spain
Norway  0–1  Yugoslavia
21 June 2000
Yugoslavia  3–4  Spain
Slovenia  0–0  Norway

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 3 3 0 0 7 2 +5 9
 France 3 2 0 1 7 4 +3 6
 Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 3 3 0 3
 Denmark 3 0 0 3 0 8 −8 0
11 June 2000
France  3–0  Denmark
Netherlands  1–0  Czech Republic
16 June 2000
Czech Republic  1–2  France
Denmark  0–3  Netherlands
21 June 2000
Denmark  0–2  Czech Republic
France  2–3  Netherlands

Knockout stage

Quarter-finals Semi-finals Final
25 June – Bruges        
  Spain  1
28 June – Brussels
  France  2  
  France (aet)  2
24 June – Amsterdam
      Portugal  1  
  Turkey  0
2 July – Rotterdam
  Portugal  2  
  France (aet)  2
24 June – Brussels    
    Italy  1
  Italy  2
29 June – Amsterdam
  Romania  0  
  Italy (pen.)  0 (3)
25 June – Rotterdam
      Netherlands  0 (1)  
  Netherlands  6
  Yugoslavia  1  


24 June 2000
Turkey  0–2  Portugal
Report Nuno Gomes Goal 44'56'
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 45,000
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)

24 June 2000
Italy  2–0  Romania
Totti Goal 33'
Inzaghi Goal 43'

25 June 2000
Netherlands  6–1  Yugoslavia
Kluivert Goal 24'38'54'
Govedarica Goal 51' (o.g.)
Overmars Goal 78'90'
Report Milošević Goal 90+1'

25 June 2000
Spain  1–2  France
Mendieta Goal 38' (pen.) Report Zidane Goal 32'
Djorkaeff Goal 44'
Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges
Attendance: 27,600
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)


28 June 2000
France  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Portugal
Henry Goal 51'
Zidane Golden goal in the 117th minute 117'  (pen.)
Report Nuno Gomes Goal 19'

29 June 2000
Italy  0–0 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Di Biagio Penalty scored
Pessotto Penalty scored
Totti Penalty scored
Maldini Penalty missed
3–1 Penalty missed F. de Boer
Penalty missed Stam
Penalty scored Kluivert
Penalty missed Bosvelt
Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Attendance: 51,300
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)


Main article: UEFA Euro 2000 Final
2 July 2000
France  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Italy
Wiltord Goal 90'
Trezeguet Golden goal in the 103rd minute 103'
Report Delvecchio Goal 55'
Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Attendance: 48,200
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)


Main article: UEFA Euro 2000 statistics



4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Own goal

Penalty kicks

Not counting penalty shoot-outs, eight penalty kicks were awarded during the tournament.



UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
France Fabien Barthez
Italy Francesco Toldo
France Laurent Blanc
France Marcel Desailly
France Lilian Thuram
Italy Fabio Cannavaro
Italy Paolo Maldini
Italy Alessandro Nesta
Netherlands Frank de Boer
France Patrick Vieira
France Zinedine Zidane
Italy Demetrio Albertini
Netherlands Edgar Davids
Portugal Rui Costa
Portugal Luís Figo
Spain Pep Guardiola
France Thierry Henry
Italy Francesco Totti
Netherlands Patrick Kluivert
Portugal Nuno Gomes
Serbia and Montenegro Savo Milošević
Spain Raúl
Golden Boot

UEFA Player of the Tournament



The official mascot for the tournament was Benelucky[20] (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").[21]


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 do only have sponsorship rights within that country.[22]

Global sponsors Event sponsors
Belgium Netherlands

See also


External links

  • Union of European Football Associations
  • BBC Sport
  • Official website (archived) (English) (French) (German) (Spanish) (Italian) (Dutch)

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