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2008 UEFA Euro
UEFA EURO 2008.jpg
Tournament details
Host countriesFlag of Austria.png Austria
Switzerland.png Switzerland
Dates7 June – 29 June
Venue(s)(in 8 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain.png Spain
Runner-upGermany.png Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored77 (2.48 per match)
Attendance1,140,902 (36,803 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Spain David Villa (4 goals)
Best playerFlag of Spain Xavi

The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as 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. The second jointly hosted finals in the competition's history, the tournament was eventually won by Spain, defeating Germany 1–0 in the final; becoming only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and win 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.

Greece were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won UEFA Euro 2004, the previous competition. They recorded the worst finish in Euro 2008, collecting the least amount of prize money and gaining no points in their three group fixtures. Throughout 31 matches, the participating nations totalled 77 goals, the same as the previous tournament. 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.


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.

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.

Bid process

Austria and Switzerland jointly bid to host the games, and faced major competition from Greece/Turkey, Scotland/Republic of Ireland, Russia, Hungary, Croatia/Bosnia-Herzegovina and a 4-way Nordic bid from Norway/Sweden/Denmark/Finland. Austria had previously bid to host Euro 2004 with Hungary, but they eventually lost out to Portugal.

Austria/Switzerland, Greece/Turkey, and Hungary were recommended before the final vote. Greece and Turkey were rejected and let Hungary and Austria/Switzerland battle for the win.

The Austria/Switzerland bid is 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.


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.

Vienna Klagenfurt Salzburg Innsbruck
Capacity: 53,295
Capacity: 31,957
Capacity: 31,020
Tivoli-Neu Stadion
Capacity: 31,600
3 matches in Group B
2 quarter-final,
1 semi-final and
the final
3 matches in Group B 3 matches in Group D 3 matches in Group D
EM 2008 Elfmeter Kroatien Österreich Hypo Group Arena - Westansicht Em stadion salzburg Spain vs Sweden, Euro 2008 01
Geneva Basel Bern Zurich
Stade de Genève
Capacity: 31,228
St. Jakob-Park
Capacity: 42,000
Stade de Suisse
Capacity: 31,907
Capacity: 30,000
3 matches in Group A 3 matches in Group A
(incl. opening match),
2 quarter-final and
1 semi-final
3 matches in Group C 3 matches in Group C
CH-AL Geneva 2003-06-11 St Jakob-Park Stade de Suisse Letzigrund 2007ii


Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying

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.

Qualified teams

Country Qualified asDate qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
Flag of Austria.png Austria 00Co-hosts 0012 December 2002 01 (debut)
Switzerland.png Switzerland 01Co-hosts 0112 December 2002 21 (1996, 2004)
Flag of Poland.png Poland 02Group A winner 0917 November 2007 00 (debut)
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 03Group A runner-up 1421 November 2007 4 (1984, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 04Group B winner 0617 November 2007 60 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Flag of France.png France 05Group B runner-up 0717 November 2007 61 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 06Group C winner 0317 October 2007 23 (1980, 2004)
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 07Group C runner-up 1221 November 2007 22 (1996, 2000)
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 08Group D winner 0517 October 2007 62 (19603, 19763, 19803, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Germany.png Germany 09Group D runner-up 0213 October 2007 9 (19724, 19764, 19804, 19844, 19884, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Croatia.png Croatia 10Group E winner 0817 November 2007 20 (1996, 2004)
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia 11Group E runner-up 1521 November 2007 8 (19605, 19645, 19685, 19725, 19885, 19926, 1996, 2004)
Flag of Spain.png Spain 12Group F winner 1117 November 2007 71 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000, 2004)
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 13Group F runner-up 1321 November 2007 30 (1992, 2000, 2004)
Romania.png Romania 14Group G winner 0417 October 2007 31 (1984, 1996, 2000)
Netherlands.png Netherlands 15Group G runner-up 1017 November 2007 70 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host for that year
6 as CIS


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 92 and Euro 96 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 average points per game in the qualifying phases of the 2006 FIFA World Cup and Euro 2008, with each group having one team from each pot. Switzerland and Austria, as co-hosts, and Greece, as defending champions, were seeded first automatically. The Netherlands were seeded based on their UEFA coefficient in the Euro 2008 finalists ranking.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4

Impact of seedings

This seeding affects the teams that countries will face in the tournament proper i.e. teams with high coefficients are put in the draw in separate pots and will avoid equally matched teams until the latter stages. Switzerland and Austria (as hosts) and Greece (as defending champions) had the three highest coefficients, followed by the Netherlands.

Ranking table

RankTeamCoefficientRecent matchesAverage goal difference
1Switzerland.png Switzerland1 1.800 1.800 + 1.100
2Flag of Austria.png Austria1 1.500 1.500 + 0.300
3Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece2 2.167 2.583 + 0.875
4Netherlands.png Netherlands 2.417 2.167 + 1.417
5Croatia.png Croatia 2.409 2.417 + 1.636
6Flag of Italy.gif Italy 2.364 2.417 + 1.000
7Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 2.333 2.417 + 1.875
8Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 2.273 2.167 + 1.818
9Romania.png Romania 2.250 2.417 + 1.208
10Germany.png Germany 2.250 2.250 + 2.333
11Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 2.192 1.929 + 1.692
12Flag of Spain.png Spain 2.182 2.333 + 1.409
13Flag of Poland.png Poland 2.167 2.000 + 1.250
14Flag of France.png France 2.091 2.167 + 1.455
15Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 1.958 2.000 + 1.167
16Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia 1.958 2.000 + 0.917

1 Co-hosts
2 Defending champions


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.


Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 squads

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.

Match officials

Twelve referees and twenty-four assistants were selected for the tournament:

Country Referee Assistants Matches refereed
Flag of Austria Austria Konrad Plautz Egon Bereuter Markus Mayr Spain 4–1 Russia, Switzerland 2–0 Portugal
Belgium Belgium Frank De Bleeckere Peter Hermans Alex Verstraeten Croatia 2–1 Germany, Russia 2–0 Sweden, Russia 0–3 Spain (semifinal)
England England Howard Webb Darren Cann Mike Mullarkey Austria 1–1 Poland, Greece 1–2 Spain
Germany Germany Herbert Fandel Carsten Kadach Volker Wezel Portugal 2–0 Turkey, Netherlands 4–1 France, Spain 0–0 Italy (Quarter-final)
Flag of Greece.svg Greece Kyros Vassaras Dimitiris Bozartzidis Dimitiris Saraidaris Czech Republic 1–3 Portugal, Poland 0–1 Croatia
Flag of Italy Italy 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)
Netherlands Netherlands Pieter Vink Adriaan Inia Hans ten Hoove Austria 0–1 Croatia, Sweden 1–2 Spain
Flag of Norway Norway Tom Henning Øvrebø Geir Åge Holen Jan Petter Randen Germany 2–0 Poland, Italy 1–1 Romania
Slovakia Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ Roman Slyško Martin Balko Switzerland 1–2 Turkey, France 0–2 Italy, Netherlands 1–3 Russia (Quarter-final)
Flag of Spain Spain Manuel Mejuto González Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez Jesús Calvo Guadamuro Romania 0–0 France, Austria 0–1 Germany
Flag of Sweden Good one Sweden Peter Fröjdfeldt Stefan Wittberg Henrik Andren Netherlands 3–0 Italy, Turkey 3–2 Czech Republic, Portugal 2–3 Germany (Quarter-final)
Switzerland Switzerland Massimo Busacca Matthias Arnet Stephane Cuhat Greece 0–2 Sweden, Netherlands 2–0 Romania, Germany 3–2 Turkey (Semi-final)
Fourth officials
Country Fourth officials
Croatia Croatia Ivan Bebek
Flag of France France Stéphane Lannoy
Flag of Hungary Hungary Viktor Kassai
Flag of Iceland Iceland Kristinn Jakobsson
Flag of Poland Poland Grzegorz Gilewski
Flag of Portugal Portugal Olegário Benquerença
Scotland Scotland Craig Thomson
Flag of Slovenia Slovenia Damir Skomina


Group stage

Tie-breaking criteria

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:

  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
  3. number of goals scored in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
  4. goal difference in all the group matches
  5. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. coefficient from the qualifying competitions for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2006/08 UEFA European Football Championship (points obtained divided by the number of matches played)
  7. fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament)
  8. drawing of lots

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.

Group A

Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 Group A
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Portugal.gif Portugal 320153+26
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey 32015506
Flag of Czech.jpg Czech Republic 310246−23
Switzerland.png Switzerland 31023303
7 June 2008
Switzerland Switzerland.png0–1Flag of Czech.jpg Czech RepublicSt. Jakob-Park, Basel
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif2–0Flag of Turkey.png TurkeyStade de Genève, Geneva
11 June 2008
Czech Republic Flag of Czech.jpg1–3Flag of Portugal.gif PortugalStade de Genève, Geneva
Switzerland Switzerland.png1–2Flag of Turkey.png TurkeySt. Jakob-Park, Basel
15 June 2008
Switzerland Switzerland.png2–0Flag of Portugal.gif PortugalSt. Jakob-Park, Basel
Turkey Flag of Turkey.png3–2Flag of Czech.jpg Czech RepublicStade de Genève, Geneva

Notes on the tie-breaking situation
  • Portugal and Turkey are ranked by their head-to-head records
  • Czech Republic and Switzerland are ranked by their head-to-head records

Group B

Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 Group B
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Croatia.png Croatia 330041+39
Germany.png Germany 320142+26
Flag of Austria.png Austria 301213−21
Flag of Poland.png Poland 301214−31
8 June 2008
Austria Flag of Austria.png0–1Croatia.png CroatiaErnst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Germany Germany.png2–0Flag of Poland.png PolandHypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
12 June 2008
Croatia Croatia.png2–1Germany.png GermanyHypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Austria Flag of Austria.png1–1Flag of Poland.png PolandErnst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
16 June 2008
Poland Flag of Poland.png0–1Croatia.png CroatiaHypo-Arena, Klagenfurt
Austria Flag of Austria.png0–1Germany.png GermanyErnst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna

Notes on the tie-breaking situation
  • Austria and Poland are ranked by goal difference in all of their group games as their head-to-head result was a 1–1 draw.

Group C

Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 Group C
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands.png Netherlands 330091+89
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 311134−14
Romania.png Romania 302113−22
Flag of France.png France 301216−51
9 June 2008
Romania Romania.png0–0Flag of France.png FranceLetzigrund, Zürich
Netherlands Netherlands.png3–0Flag of Italy.gif ItalyStade de Suisse, Bern
13 June 2008
Italy Flag of Italy.gif1–1Romania.png RomaniaLetzigrund, Zürich
Netherlands Netherlands.png4–1Flag of France.png FranceStade de Suisse, Bern
17 June 2008
Netherlands Netherlands.png2–0Romania.png RomaniaStade de Suisse, Bern
France Flag of France.png0–2Flag of Italy.gif ItalyLetzigrund, Zürich

Group D

Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 Group D
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Spain.png Spain 330083+59
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia 32014406
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 310234−13
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 300315−40
10 June 2008
Spain Flag of Spain.png4–1Flag of Russia Good One.gif RussiaTivoli-Neu, Innsbruck
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png0–2Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg SwedenWals-Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg
14 June 2008
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg1–2Flag of Spain.png SpainTivoli-Neu, Innsbruck
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png0–1Flag of Russia Good One.gif RussiaWals-Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg
18 June 2008
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png1–2Flag of Spain.png SpainWals-Siezenheim Stadium, Salzburg
Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif2–0Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg SwedenTivoli-Neu, Innsbruck]

Knockout phase

Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase

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.

UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase

All times are Central European Summer Time (UTC+2)


19 June 2008
Portugal Flag of Portugal.gif 2–3 Germany.png Germany St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,374
Referee: Peter Fröjdfeldt (Sweden)
Nuno Gomes Soccerball 40'
Postiga Soccerball 87'
Report Schweinsteiger Soccerball 22'
Klose Soccerball 26'
Ballack Soccerball 61'

20 June 2008
Croatia Croatia.png 1–1
Flag of Turkey.png Turkey Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Klasnić Soccerball 119' Report Semih Soccerball 120+2'
Modrić -Soccerball shade cross
Srna Soccerball shad check
Rakitić -Soccerball shade cross
Petrić -Soccerball shade cross
1–3 Soccerball shad check Arda
Soccerball shad check Semih
Soccerball shad check Hamit Altıntop

21 June 2008
Netherlands Netherlands.png 1–3
Flag of Russia Good One.gif Russia St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 38,374
Referee: Ľuboš Micheľ (Slovakia)
Van Nistelrooy Soccerball 86' Report Pavlyuchenko Soccerball 56'
Torbinski Soccerball 112'
Arshavin Soccerball 116'

22 June 2008
Spain Flag of Spain.png 0–0
Flag of Italy.gif Italy Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 48,000
Referee: Herbert Fandel (Germany)
Villa Soccerball shad check
Cazorla Soccerball shad check
Senna Soccerball shad check
Güiza -Soccerball shade cross
Fàbregas Soccerball shad check
4–2 Soccerball shad check Grosso
-Soccerball shade cross De Rossi
Soccerball shad check Camoranesi
-Soccerball shade cross Di Natale


25 June 2008
Germany Germany.png 3–2 Flag of Turkey.png Turkey St. Jakob-Park, Basel
Attendance: 39,374
Referee: Massimo Busacca (Switzerland)
Schweinsteiger Soccerball 26'
Klose Soccerball 79'
Lahm Soccerball 90'
Report Uğur Soccerball 22'
Semih Soccerball 86'

26 June 2008
Russia Flag of Russia Good One.gif 0–3 Flag of Spain.png Spain Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428
Referee: Frank De Bleeckere (Belgium)
Report Xavi Soccerball 50'
Güiza Soccerball 73'
Silva Soccerball 82'


Main article: UEFA Euro 2008 Final
29 June 2008 (2008-06-29)
Germany Germany.png 0–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna
Attendance: 51,428
Referee: Roberto Rosetti (Italy)
Report Torres Soccerball 33'



4 goals
3 goals

2 goals

1 goal


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 Team of the Tournament
Goalkeepers Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Italy Gianluigi Buffon Flag of Portugal José Bosingwa Flag of Turkey Hamit Altıntop Flag of Russia Good One Andrey Arshavin
Flag of Spain Iker Casillas Germany Philipp Lahm Germany Michael Ballack Flag of Russia Good One Roman Pavlyuchenko
Netherlands Edwin van der Sar Flag of Spain Carlos Marchena Flag of Spain Cesc Fàbregas Flag of Spain Fernando Torres
Flag of Portugal Pepe Flag of Spain Andrés Iniesta Flag of Spain David Villa
Flag of Spain Carles Puyol Croatia Luka Modrić
Flag of Russia Good One Yuri Zhirkov Germany Lukas Podolski
Flag of Spain Marcos Senna
Netherlands Wesley Sneijder
Flag of Spain Xavi
Flag of Russia Good One Konstantin Zyryanov
Golden Boot
UEFA Player of the Tournament


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:

Player Offence(s) Suspension(s) Notes
Flag of Russia Good One Andrey Arshavin Red card in Euro qualifying v Andorra Group D v Spain
Group D v Greece
Suspension due to red card in
last game of qualifying Group E
Germany Bastian Schweinsteiger Red card in Group B v Croatia Group B v Austria
Flag of Austria Sebastian Prödl Yellow card in Group B v Croatia
Yellow card in Group B v Poland
Group B v Germany
Romania Dorin Goian Yellow card in Group C v France
Yellow card in Group C v Italy
Group C v Netherlands
Flag of Turkey Mehmet Aurélio Yellow card in Group A v Switzerland
Yellow card in Group A v Czech Republic
Quarter-final v Croatia
Flag of Turkey Volkan Demirel Red card in Group A v Czech Republic Quarter-final v Croatia
Semi-final v Germany
Suspension increased to two
games for serious violent conduct
Flag of France Éric Abidal Red card in Group C v Italy World Cup qualifying v Austria Suspension served in World Cup
qualifying Group 7
Flag of Italy Andrea Pirlo Yellow card in Group C v Romania
Yellow card in Group C v France
Quarter-final v Spain
Flag of Italy Gennaro Gattuso Yellow card in Group C v Netherlands
Yellow card in Group C v France
Quarter-final v Spain
Flag of Turkey Tuncay Şanlı Yellow card in Group A v Switzerland
Yellow card in Quarter-final v Croatia
Semi-final v Germany
Flag of Turkey Arda Turan Yellow card in Group A v Czech Republic
Yellow card in Quarter-final v Croatia
Semi-final v Germany
Flag of Turkey Emre Aşık Yellow card in Group A v Czech Republic
Yellow card in Quarter-final v Croatia
Semi-final v Germany
Flag of Russia Good One Denis Kolodin Yellow card in Group D v Sweden
Yellow card in Quarter-final v Netherlands
Semi-final v Spain
Flag of Russia Good One Dmitri Torbinski Yellow card in Group D v Greece
Yellow card in Quarter-final v Netherlands
Semi-final v Spain

Penalty kicks

Not counting penalty shoot-outs, there were five penalty kicks awarded during the tournament. For the first time since tournament expansion for Euro 96, no penalties were awarded during the knockout phase. Romanian Adrian Mutu provided the sole penalty miss, late in the match against world champions Italy; had he scored and Romania held on for the win, the Italians would have been knocked out.


New trophy

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, 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 8 kilograms (17.6 lb) and is 60 centimetres (24 in) tall.

Match ball

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:

  • Zigi and Zagi
  • Flitz and Bitz
  • Trix and Flix

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 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."

Prize money

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:

  • Prize for participating: €7.5 million

Extra payment based on teams performances:

  • Winner: €7.5 million
  • Runner-up: €4.5 million
  • Semi-finals: €3 million
  • Quarter-finals: €2 million
  • Group stage (per match):
    • Win: €1 million
    • Draw: €500,000

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.

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