European Football Championship 2000

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European Football Championship 2000
UEFA Euro 2000.svg
Number of nations 16  (of 51 applicants)
European champion FranceFrance France (2nd title)
venue BelgiumBelgium Belgium Netherlands
Opening game June 10, 2000 in Brussels
Endgame July 2, 2000 in Rotterdam
Games 31
Gates 85  (⌀: 2.74 per game)
spectator 1,122,833  (⌀: 36,220 per game)
Top scorer Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Savo Milošević Patrick Kluivert (5 goals each)
Yellow card yellow cards 122  (⌀: 3.94 per game)
Yellow-red card Yellow-red cards (⌀: 0.16 per game)
Red card Red cards (⌀: 0.13 per game)

The final round of the 11th European Football Championship 2000 (officially UEFA EURO 2000 ) took place from June 10th to July 2nd, 2000 in Belgium and the Netherlands . This was the first time that the games were split between two hosts.

The reigning world champion France became European champions in the final in Rotterdam against Italy with a golden goal in the 103rd minute from David Trezeguet . Belgium failed in the group stage, the Netherlands in the semifinals to Italy. Defending champion Germany also failed in the group stage. The Switzerland and Austria were eliminated already in qualifying. The top scorer was the Yugoslav Savo Milošević and the Dutchman Patrick Kluivert with five goals each.


In addition to the joint candidacy of Belgium / Netherlands, applications from Spain and Austria to host the tournament were submitted.

Qualification of the German-speaking teams


In Group 3, Germany met Turkey , Finland , Northern Ireland and Moldova . Before the start of the qualification, national coach Berti Vogts resigned after the unsuccessful World Cup in 1998 and was replaced by Erich Ribbeck . The first competitive game under the new coach was lost 1-0 to Turkey. The German team nevertheless qualified as group winners thanks to some surprising point losses by Turkey.


In Group 6 Austria played against Spain , Israel , Cyprus and San Marino . During the qualification the team suffered one of their biggest defeats with the 0: 9 against Spain. In the end, the team scored as many points as Israel, but the 5-0 defeat in Tel Aviv against their direct opponents prevented qualification.


In Group 1, Switzerland was unable to repeat its 1996 success. Together with Denmark , it was ranked second with 14 points behind Italy (15 points). Denmark had the worse goal difference, but the better record from the direct comparison. Switzerland was eliminated.


The 2000 European Championship was played in eight stadiums, four of which were in Belgium and four in the Netherlands. Of the 31 games, 15 were played in Belgium and 16 in the Netherlands.


Brussels Bruges
Venues 2000 in Belgium
Liege Charleroi
King Baudouin Stadium Jan Breydel Stadium Stade Sclessin Stade du Pays de Charleroi
Capacity: 50,100 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 29,200 Capacity: 30,000
Stade Roi Baudouin.JPG Janbreydelstadion.jpg Standard couch kaerjeng02.jpg Stade du pays de Charleroi 2.jpg
3 preliminary round games
1 quarter-finals
1 semi-finals
3 preliminary round games
1 quarter-finals
3 preliminary round matches 3 preliminary round matches


Amsterdam Rotterdam
Venues 2000 in the Netherlands
Eindhoven Arnhem
Amsterdam arena De Kuip PSV stadium GelreDome
Capacity: 53,000 Capacity: 51,200 Capacity: 35,100 Capacity: 29,600
Amsterdam Arena Roof Open.jpg De Kuip2006.jpg Ventilating corner seats of Philips Stadion.JPG Gelredome Inner Edge.jpg
3 preliminary round games
1 quarter-finals
1 semi-finals
3 preliminary round games
1 quarter-finals
3 preliminary round matches 3 preliminary round matches


Group A Group B Group C Group D
GermanyGermany Germany ( squad ) BelgiumBelgium Belgium ( squad ) SpainSpain Spain ( squad ) FranceFrance France ( squad )
RomaniaRomania Romania ( squad ) SwedenSweden Sweden ( squad ) NorwayNorway Norway ( squad ) DenmarkDenmark Denmark ( squad )
PortugalPortugal Portugal ( squad ) TurkeyTurkey Turkey ( squad ) Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Yugoslavia ( squad ) NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands ( squad )
EnglandEngland England ( squad ) ItalyItaly Italy ( squad ) SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia ( squad ) Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic ( squad )

Preliminary round

Group A

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. PortugalPortugal Portugal  3  3  0  0 007: 200  +5 09
 2. RomaniaRomania Romania  3  1  1  1 004: 400  ± 0 04th
 3. EnglandEngland England  3  1  0  2 005: 600  −1 03
 4th GermanyGermany Germany  3  0  1  2 001: 500  −4 01
June 12, 2000 at 4:30 p.m. in Liège
Germany - Romania 1: 1 (1: 1)
June 12, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Eindhoven
Portugal - England 3: 2 (2: 2)
June 17, 2000 at 3 p.m. in Arnhem
Romania - Portugal 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 17th, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. in Charleroi
England - Germany 1: 0 (0: 0)
June 20, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Charleroi
England - Romania 2: 3 (2: 1)
June 20, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Rotterdam
Portugal - Germany 3: 0 (1: 0)

In the run-up, there were already disputes within the German team. There was an opposition group against the coach Erich Ribbeck , and the first game against the supposedly weakest team in group A, Romania, showed that there would be no unit on the pitch. The Romanians took the lead through Viorel Moldovan in the 5th minute . Mehmet Scholl was able to equalize with a long-range shot in the 28th minute, the only German goal of this tournament. The English and Portuguese were rated much more strongly. England against Portugal was considered one of the best games of this European Championship. England took the lead 2-0 through Paul Scholes and Steve McManaman . Both goals were prepared by David Beckham . The Portuguese struck back and a 35-meter shot from Luís Figo brought Portugal back into play. João Pinto equalized before the break and Nuno Gomes scored the winner in the second half.

The "classic" England - Germany followed. The Germans were considered stronger than they were against Romania, and Sebastian Deisler received good reviews. But England won through a goal from Alan Shearer . Portugal had already qualified for the quarter-finals and played against Germany with a B-team. The Germans had to hope for a victory for the Romanians and win themselves to advance to the quarter-finals. But the German team lost 3-0 to Portugal. Sérgio Conceição scored all three goals . Romania won 3-2 against England. Germany and England, two greats in international football, were eliminated in the preliminary round. Ribbeck's term of office ended with the preliminary round. Record national player Lothar Matthäus , who has been active for the A-selection since 1980, played his last of 150 international matches.

Group B

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. ItalyItaly Italy  3  3  0  0 006: 200  +4 09
 2. TurkeyTurkey Turkey  3  1  1  1 003: 200  +1 04th
 3. BelgiumBelgium Belgium  3  1  0  2 002: 500  −3 03
 4th SwedenSweden Sweden  3  0  1  2 002: 400  −2 01
June 10, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Brussels
Belgium - Sweden 2: 1 (1: 0)
June 11, 2000 at 2:30 p.m. in Arnhem
Turkey - Italy 1: 2 (0: 0)
14 June 2000 at 4:30 p.m. in Brussels
Italy - Belgium 2: 0 (1: 0)
June 15, 2000 at 3 p.m. in Eindhoven
Sweden - Turkey 0-0
June 19, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Brussels
Turkey - Belgium 2: 0 (1: 0)
June 19, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Eindhoven
Italy - Sweden 2: 1 (1: 0)

Host Belgium won their opening game against Sweden, but Italy and Turkey were considered the best teams in this group and advanced to the quarter-finals. Hakan Şükür made two goals in the decisive game of this group for second place against Belgium for the greatest success in Turkish football to date.

Group C

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. SpainSpain Spain  3  2  0  1 006: 500  +1 06th
 2. Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Yugoslavia  3  1  1  1 007: 700  ± 0 04th
 3. NorwayNorway Norway  3  1  1  1 001: 100  ± 0 04th
 4th SloveniaSlovenia Slovenia  3  0  2  1 004: 500  −1 02
For positions 2 and 3, the direct comparison is decisive.
June 13, 2000 at 3:30 p.m. in Rotterdam
Spain - Norway 0: 1 (0: 0)
June 13, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. in Charleroi
Yugoslavia - Slovenia 3: 3 (0: 1)
June 18, 2000 at 3:30 p.m. in Amsterdam
Slovenia - Spain 1: 2 (0: 1)
June 18, 2000 at 6:30 p.m. in Liège
Norway - Yugoslavia 0: 1 (0: 1)
June 21, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Bruges
Yugoslavia - Spain 3: 4 (1: 1)
June 21, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Arnhem
Slovenia - Norway 0-0

After the supposed outsider Norway's 1-0 victory against the supposed tournament favorites Spain, the second game saw a match between newcomer Slovenia and Yugoslavia, but two goals from their star Zlatko Zahovič and one goal from Miran Pavlin were enough for the Slovenians to make it 3-0 - Leadership does not lead to victory. Despite being outnumbered, Yugoslavia leveled 3: 3 within six minutes. In the game against Spain there was also a peat festival with Yugoslav participation. Slobodan Komljenović made it 3-2 for Yugoslavia in the 75th minute of the game against Spain, but a Gaizka Mendieta penalty and another injury-time goal by Alfonso brought the Iberians to the quarter-finals. Norway would have been able to reach the quarter-finals by beating Slovenia in the last group game, but the goalless draw gave the Yugoslavs the upper hand due to the direct comparison they had won.

Group D

Pl. country Sp. S. U N Gates Diff. Points
 1. NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands  3  3  0  0 007: 200  +5 09
 2. FranceFrance France  3  2  0  1 007: 400  +3 06th
 3. Czech RepublicCzech Republic Czech Republic  3  1  0  2 003: 300  ± 0 03
 4th DenmarkDenmark Denmark  3  0  0  3 000: 800  −8 00
June 11, 2000 at 5:30 p.m. in Bruges
France - Denmark 3: 0 (1: 0)
June 11, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Amsterdam
Netherlands - Czech Republic 1: 0 (0: 0)
June 16, 2000 at 6 p.m. in Bruges
Czech Republic - France 1: 2 (1: 1)
June 16, 2000 at 8:30 p.m. in Rotterdam
Denmark - Netherlands 0: 3 (0: 0)
June 21, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. in Amsterdam
France - Netherlands 2: 3 (2: 1)
June 21, 2000 at 5:00 p.m. in Liège
Denmark - Czech Republic 0: 2 (0: 0)

The hosts, the Netherlands, faced runner-up European champions Czech Republic in a group that was considered to be strong. The Czech team around their star Pavel Nedvěd was the better team for long stretches, but the Dutch converted a controversial penalty in the 89th minute by Frank de Boer to a 1-0 victory. When France won the second game against the Czech Republic and the Dutch beat Denmark, the progress of the two favorites was already assured. By beating world champions France 3-2, the hosts won the group. Denmark was eliminated without a goal and without a point as the worst team of the tournament.

Final round

Quarter finals Semifinals final
June 24th - Amsterdam        
 PortugalPortugal Portugal  2
June 28th - Brussels
 TurkeyTurkey Turkey  0  
 PortugalPortugal Portugal  1
June 25th - Bruges
     FranceFrance France  2 1  
 SpainSpain Spain  1
July 2nd - Rotterdam
 FranceFrance France  2  
 FranceFrance France  2 1
June 24th - Brussels    
   ItalyItaly Italy  1
 ItalyItaly Italy  2
June 29th - Amsterdam
 RomaniaRomania Romania  0  
 ItalyItaly Italy  23 2  
June 25 - Rotterdam
     NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands  1  
 NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands  6th
 Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Yugoslavia  1  

1 win by golden goal
2 win on penalties

Quarter finals

June 24, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. in Amsterdam ( Amsterdam Arena )
PortugalPortugal Portugal - TurkeyTurkey Turkey 2: 0 (1: 0)

The first quarter-final game was an even game in the first half. The Turks acted out of an organized defense, only the red card against Alpay Özalan in the 29th minute brought the Turks out of their concept. Arif Erdem missed a penalty in the 45th minute, after which the Portuguese became more decisive in the second half and won with two goals from their striker Nuno Gomes .

June 25, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. in Bruges ( Jan Breydel Stadium )
SpainSpain Spain - FranceFrance France 1: 2 (1: 2)

The French used their few chances against the Spaniards through Zinédine Zidane and Youri Djorkaeff in the first half. In the meantime, Gaizka Mendieta equalized with a penalty. Valencia CF's penalty taker Mendieta, who was considered safe , had already been replaced when the chance to equalize with a penalty came in the 90th minute, but Raúl missed the chance. France made it to the semi-finals.

June 24, 2000 at 8:45 p.m. in Brussels ( King Baudouin Stadium )
ItalyItaly Italy - RomaniaRomania Romania 2: 0 (2: 0)

Italy was never endangered in this game and already decided the game with goals from Francesco Totti and Filippo Inzaghi in the first half. Gheorghe Hagi left the field with a yellow-red card in his last international match.

June 25, 2000 at 8:45 p.m. in Rotterdam ( De Kuip )
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands - Yugoslavia Federal Republic 1992Yugoslavia Yugoslavia 6: 1 (2: 0)

The Netherlands showed spectacular attacking football in De Kuip and became the title favorites with the biggest win of the tournament. Striker star Patrick Kluivert managed a hat trick .


June 28, 2000 at 8:45 p.m. in Brussels ( King Baudouin Stadium )
PortugalPortugal Portugal - FranceFrance France 1: 2 n.GG (1: 1, 1: 0)

World champions France faced defensively strong Portuguese who threatened the French several times with counter opportunities. Portugal took a 1-0 lead through Nuno Gomes , but the equalizer in the 51st minute through Thierry Henry did not detract from them. They had the better chances until the end and in extra time. Shortly before the decision, Abel Xavier headed the chance for the golden goal . Abel Xavier also got the ball at the end of extra time in an attack by the French shortly before his own goal. The Austrian referee Günter Benkö (who was elected referee of the tournament after the European Championship) gave a penalty. Zidane transformed him and brought the world champion to the European Championship final. After the end of the game, there were riots among the Portuguese players, they spat on the Austrian referee and were banned by UEFA for several months. In this game, Luís Figo and Zinédine Zidane, two of the best footballers in the world at the time, played against each other and both played a big game as captains of their teams. Figo was later voted the most valuable player of the tournament and in the same year moved from Barcelona to Real Madrid for a transfer fee of 60 million euros , where Zidane followed him a year later.

June 29, 2000 at 6:00 p.m. in Amsterdam ( Amsterdam Arena )
ItalyItaly Italy - NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 0: 0 n.V., 3: 1 i. E.

The match between Italy and the Netherlands was marked by a relatively large number of penalties awarded. The Italian team of coach Dino Zoff was pushed into a defensive position in the 34th minute by the yellow-red card to Gianluca Zambrotta . Their goalkeeper Francesco Toldo saved a penalty from Frank de Boer in the 39th minute and destroyed many of the Dutch's chances. Patrick Kluivert missed another penalty in the 62nd minute with a shot on the inside post.

In the subsequent penalty shootout, only Patrick Kluivert from the Dutch scored , who had previously awarded in the game. Francesco Toldo again saved Frank de Boer's and Paul Bosvelt's penalties , Jaap Stam shot over and Italy won with three penalty goals scored.


July 2, 2000 at 8:00 p.m. in Rotterdam ( De Kuip )
FranceFrance France - ItalyItaly Italy 2: 1 n.GG (1: 1, 0: 0)

Italy had taken a 1-0 lead through Marco Delvecchio in the 55th minute. Shortly before the final whistle by the Swedish referee Anders Frisk , Sylvain Wiltord equalized in the 4th minute of stoppage time. In the 103rd minute the game ended with a golden goal . Substitute David Trezeguet made France the European champions with a volley after winning the World Cup.

Apart from France, only two teams, Germany (1972 European and 1974 world champions) and Spain (2008 European and 2010 world champions), achieved such a double win; the Spaniards built on that record by defending their 2012 continental title.


Cue ball

Terrestra Silverstream , the official match ball of the EM 2000

The match ball of the 2000 European Football Championship was the Terrestra Silverstream , which with its name and design stands for the rivers of the Netherlands and Belgium.


Benelucky, the official mascot of the Euro 2000

The official mascot of the tournament was Benelucky , which is a play on words from Benelux and "lucky" - the ending "lucky" should wish the participating national teams "good luck". Benelucky is a lion-devil hybrid whose mane bears the flag colors of both host countries. The lion is the emblem of the Dutch national football team and the devil is the nickname of the Belgian national football team (the team is known as the "Red Devils" ).

FIFA Confederations Cup Qualification

As European champions France had already qualified to host the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup , the European champions went to runner-up European champions Italy . However, Italy canceled participation.

Because there was no match for third place between the Netherlands and Portugal, the starting place for the European champions at the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup was lost. European champions France took part in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup, but as hosts, not as European champions. The European champion's place remained vacant, the semi-finalists Netherlands and Portugal were skipped and the wildcard went straight to the vice world champion Germany .

Since Germany also canceled its participation in the 2003 FIFA Confederations Cup , Turkey , who was third in the World Cup, started. Had Turkey also waived, South Korea would have moved up in fourth place in the World Cup. And if South Korea had waived, FIFA would have assigned the free place by wildcard using the current FIFA world rankings .

The European champions 2000

Fabien Barthez ; Laurent Blanc , Vincent Candela , Marcel Desailly , Frank Lebœuf , Bixente Lizarazu , Lilian Thuram ; Didier Deschamps , Youri Djorkaeff , Christian Karembeu , Johan Micoud , Emmanuel Petit , Robert Pires , Patrick Vieira , Zinédine Zidane ; Nicolas Anelka , Christophe Dugarry , Thierry Henry , David Trezeguet , Sylvain Wiltord Trainer: Roger Lemerre

List of goalscorers (final round)

rank player Gates
1 DutchDutch Patrick Kluivert 5
YugoslavYugoslav Savo Milošević 5
3 PortuguesePortuguese Nuno Gomes 4th
4th FrenchmanFrenchman Thierry Henry 3
PortuguesePortuguese Sérgio Conceição 3
SloveneSlovene Zlatko Zahovič 3
7th SpaniardsSpaniards Alfonso Pérez Muñoz 2
DutchDutch Frank de Boer 2
FrenchmanFrenchman Youri Djorkaeff 2
ItalianItalian Filippo Inzaghi 2
SpaniardsSpaniards Gaizka Mendieta 2
DutchDutch Marc Overmars 2
English peopleEnglish people Alan Shearer 2
CzechCzech Vladimír Šmicer 2
TurkTurk Hakan Şükür 2
ItalianItalian Francesco Totti 2
FrenchmanFrenchman David Trezeguet 2
FrenchmanFrenchman Sylvain Wiltord 2
DutchDutch Boudewijn Zenden 2
FrenchmanFrenchman Zinedine Zidane 2
21st FrenchmanFrenchman Laurent Blanc 1
TurkTurk Okan Buruk 1
RomanianRomanian Cristian Chivu 1
PortuguesePortuguese Costinha 1
DutchDutch Ronald de Boer 1
ItalianItalian Antonio Conte 1
ItalianItalian Stefano Fiore 1
rank player Gates
21st ItalianItalian Marco Delvecchio 1
ItalianItalian Alessandro Del Piero 1
ItalianItalian Luigi Di Biagio 1
YugoslavYugoslav Ljubinko Drulović 1
FrenchmanFrenchman Christophe Dugarry 1
SpaniardsSpaniards Joseba Etxeberria 1
RomanianRomanian Ioan Viorel Ganea 1
BelgianBelgian Bart Goor 1
YugoslavYugoslav Dejan Govedarica 1
NorwegianNorwegian Steffen Iversen 1
PortuguesePortuguese João Pinto 1
YugoslavYugoslav Slobodan Komljenović 1
SwedeSwede Henrik Larsson 1
PortuguesePortuguese Luís Figo 1
English peopleEnglish people Steve McManaman 1
SwedeSwede Johan Mjällby 1
RomanianRomanian Viorel Moldovan 1
BelgianBelgian Emile Mpenza 1
SpaniardsSpaniards Pedro Munitis 1
RomanianRomanian Dorinel Munteanu 1
English peopleEnglish people Michael Owen 1
SloveniaSlovenia Miran Pavlin 1
CzechCzech Karel Poborský 1
SpaniardsSpaniards Raúl 1
English peopleEnglish people Paul Scholes 1
GermanGerman Mehmet Scholl 1
YugoslavYugoslav Dejan Govedarica ET

The best goal scorers in the entire competition were the Slovenian Zlatko Zahovič and the Spaniard Raúl with 12 goals each, nine and eleven of them in the qualification.

UEFA all stars

goalkeeper Defense midfield striker Best player

ItalyItaly Francesco Toldo Fabien Barthez

NetherlandsNetherlands Frank de Boer Alessandro Nesta Fabio Cannavaro Marcel Desailly Laurent Blanc

PortugalPortugal Luís Figo Boudewijn Zenden Zinédine Zidane Edgar Davids Patrick Vieira Pep Guardiola

NetherlandsNetherlands Patrick Kluivert Francesco Totti Nuno Gomes Thierry Henry Raúl

FranceFrance Zinedine Zidane


UEFA appointed a total of 13 referees and 17 assistant referees to oversee the matches at the EURO. These included a referee and an assistant from the African Football Association . In contrast to previous tournaments, both the assistants and the 4th officials were given more powers to support the referee in directing the game.

The opening game was chaired by the German referee Markus Merk and the Swede Anders Frisk was entrusted with the management of the final .

referee Games Yellow card.svg Yellow-red card.svg Red card.svg Assistant Referee
AustriaAustria Günter Benkö 3 8th 0 1 Belarus 1995Belarus Yury Dupanau SlovakiaSlovakia Igor Sramka
DenmarkDenmark Kim Milton Nielsen 2 6th 0 1 BelgiumBelgium Roland Van Nylen SpainSpain Carlos Martín Nieto
EgyptEgypt Gamal Al-Ghandour 2 8th 0 0 BulgariaBulgaria Ivan Lekov SwedenSweden Leif Lindberg
EnglandEngland Graham Poll 2 7th 0 0 DenmarkDenmark Jens Larsen TurkeyTurkey Turgay Güdü
FranceFrance Gilles Veissière 2 11 1 0 EnglandEngland Philip Sharp
GermanyGermany Markus Merk 3 19th 2 0 FranceFrance Jacques Poudevigne
ItalyItaly Pierluigi Collina 3 12 0 0 GermanyGermany Kurt Ertl
NetherlandsNetherlands Dick Jol 3 15th 0 1 ItalyItaly Sergio Zuccolini
PortugalPortugal Vitor Melo Pereira 3 6th 2 0 MaliMali Draman Dante
ScotlandScotland Hugh Dallas 2 6th 0 1 MaltaMalta Emanuel Zammit
SpainSpain José Garcia-Aranda 2 4th 0 0 NetherlandsNetherlands Jaap pool
SwedenSweden Frisk is different 3 11 0 0 IrelandIreland Eddie Foley
SwitzerlandSwitzerland Urs Meier 2 11 0 0 RomaniaRomania Nicolae Greogrescu

In addition, UEFA appointed four referees who acted exclusively as 4th officials:

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