One of the most famous football events in the world is the European Championship. 

In general, the European Championship has a full name as the UEFA European Championship. However, some people confuse with the European Cup. Actually, they are different tournament.


According to survey of FIFA, frame and reputation of the European Championship is the next to World Cup when they own top the best prestigious teams to join. All players come to the European Championship with the largest target for winning. They consider it looks like compulsory job need to reach in pro football career.

To understand more information about this tournament, following our analysis about major history of the European Championship.

Origin of the tournament

The first championship was established in 1980 with being present of 4 teams, including in Czechoslovakia, France, Soviet and Yugoslavia. Then it was expanded with more teams in the next tournaments.

However, the idea was inspired from Henri Delaunay in 1927s. He proposed to organize a football festival for the European as a way to connect people in there to become friendly and supportive. Until 1960, his proposal was approved then 1980 started the first championship.

To honor his contribution to this tournament, the first trophy was named after him. It was also called “the Henri Delaunay” trophy.

In the trophy, there was a figure of a dynamic boy in the behind with the words

“Championnat d’Europe” and the front with the words “Coupe Henri Delaunay”. Any team can win the champion, they should be engraved name of country on the back.

Through series of tournament, the trophy was be rebuilt and redesigned to become more sophisticated and fashionable. In 2008, the federation decided to restore the first trophy to make it more modern like new trophies in the recent time.