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Italy crowned Euro Cup 2020 champions

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Italy crowned Euro Cup 2020 champions

Euro Cup 2020: Italy has won the Euro Cup 2020 champions after a shootout win over England last night.

Highlights:

  • Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Italy beat England 3-2 on penalties after the Euro 2020 final ended 1-1 following extra time at Wembley to secure their second European Championship title.
  • Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma was the hero for the Azzurri in the shootout, while substitutes Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka failed to convert from the spot for England.
  • Azzurri had last won the continental title back in 1968.
  • It was the first final to be decided on penalties since Czechoslovakia beat West Germany in 1976.
  • Italy had lost in the final in 2000 and 2012.
  • This is the first major international trophy won by Italy since their 2006 FIFA World Cup win.

About UEFA European Football Championship:

  • European Championship, formally UEFA European Championship, also called Euro, in football (soccer), a quadrennial tournament held between the member countries of the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA).
  • The European Championship is second in prestige to the World Cup among international football tournaments.
  • The first final of the European Championship (then known as the European Nations’ Cup) took place in 1960 after two years of preliminary contests between 17 national football clubs.
  • In 1960 the Euro final tournament consisted of four teams, but it expanded to eight teams in 1980 and 16 teams in 1996.

Background:

  • The idea for a pan-European football tournament was first proposed by the French Football Federation’s secretary-general Henri Delaunay in 1927, but it was not until 1958 that the tournament was started, three years after Delaunay’s death.
  • In honour of Delaunay, the trophy awarded to the champions is named after him.

About UEFA:

  • Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)  is the administrative body for football, beach soccer and futsal in Europe.
  • It is among 6 continental confederations of world football’s governing body FIFA.
  • It comprises of 55 national association members. Apart from representing national football associations of Europe.
  • It runs nation & club competitions such as UEFA European Championship, UEFA Nations League, UEFA Europa League, UEFA Europa Conference League, UEFA Champions League, and UEFA Super Cup.
  • It also controls the prize money, regulations and media rights for these competitions.

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