UEFA Euro 2000
|UEFA Europees Voetbalkampioenschap
België/Nederland 2000 (Dutch)
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
Belgique/Pays Bas 2000 (French)
Belgien/Niederlande 2000 (German)
UEFA Euro 2000 official logo
|Dates||10 June – 2 July|
|Venue(s)||8 (in 8 host cities)|
|Champions||France (2nd title)|
|Goals scored||85 (2.74 per match)|
|Attendance||1,122,833 (36,220 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Patrick Kluivert
|Best player||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. 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.
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, and a 3–2 win over England, in which they came back from 2–0 down. Romania was the other qualifier from the group, beating England with a late penalty in their last group game.
Belgium had a surprise exit in the group stage, winning the tournament's first game against Sweden, but losing to Turkey and Italy. 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. 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 FR 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. FR Yugoslavia managed to go through as well, despite losing because Norway and Slovenia played to a draw.
Italy and Portugal maintained their perfect records in the quarter-finals, beating Romania and Turkey, respectively, and the Netherlands started a goal-avalanche against FR 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. 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.
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||Co-hosts||18 January 1998||3 (1972, 1980, 1984)|
|Netherlands||Co-hosts||18 January 1998||5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|Italy||Group 1 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)|
|Norway||Group 2 winner||9 October 1999||0 (debut)|
|Germany4||Group 3 winner||9 October 1999||7 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|France||Group 4 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)|
|Sweden||Group 5 winner||9 October 1999||1 (1992)|
|Spain||Group 6 winner||10 October 1999||5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)|
|Romania||Group 7 winner||9 October 1999||2 (1984, 1996)|
|FR Yugoslavia3||Group 8 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984)|
|Czech Republic2||Group 9 winner||9 October 1999||4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996)|
|Portugal||Best runner-up||9 October 1999||2 (1984, 1996)|
|Denmark||Play-offs||17 November 1999||5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|England||Play-offs||17 November 1999||5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)|
|Slovenia||Play-offs||17 November 1999||0 (debut)|
|Turkey||Play-offs||17 November 1999||1 (1996)|
1 Bold indicates champion for that year; Italic indicates host for that year
2 as Czechoslovakia before 1996
4 as West Germany before 1992
|Seeded||Pot 1||Pot 2||Pot 3|
|King Baudouin Stadium
|Jan Breydel Stadium
|Stade Maurice Dufrasne
|Stade du Pays de Charleroi
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.
Match ball 
The official match ball used in the competition was the Terrestra Silverstream.
Match officials 
|Referees||Assistant referees||Fourth officials|
|Günter Benkö||Yury Dupanov||Michel Piraux|
|Kim Milton Nielsen||Roland Van Nylen||Kyros Vassaras|
|Gamal Al-Ghandour||Ivan Lekov||Terje Hauge|
|Graham Poll||Jens Larsen||Ľuboš Micheľ|
|Gilles Veissière||Philip Sharp|
|Markus Merk||Jacques Poudevigne|
|Pierluigi Collina||Kurt Ertl|
|Dick Jol||Sergio Zuccolini|
|Vítor Melo Pereira||Dramane Dante|
|Hugh Dallas||Emanuel Zammit|
|José García Aranda||Jaap Pool|
|Anders Frisk||Eddie Foley|
|Urs Meier||Nicolae Grigorescu|
|Carlos Martín Nieto|
Group stage 
Group A 
|12 June 2000|
|17 June 2000|
|20 June 2000|
Group B 
|10 June 2000|
|11 June 2000|
|14 June 2000|
|15 June 2000|
|19 June 2000|
Group C 
|13 June 2000|
|18 June 2000|
|21 June 2000|
Group D 
|11 June 2000|
|16 June 2000|
|21 June 2000|
Knockout stage 
|24 June – Amsterdam|
|28 June – Brussels|
|25 June – Bruges|
|2 July – Rotterdam|
|25 June – Rotterdam|
|29 June – Amsterdam|
|24 June – Brussels|
|Italy (p)||0 (3)|
|24 June 2000
|Turkey||0–2||Portugal||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Referee: Dick Jol (Netherlands)
|Report||Nuno Gomes 44', 56'|
|24 June 2000
|Italy||2–0||Romania||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Referee: Vítor Melo Pereira (Portugal)
|25 June 2000
|Netherlands||6–1||FR Yugoslavia||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Referee: José María García-Aranda (Spain)
|Kluivert 24', 38', 54'
Govedarica 51' (o.g.)
Overmars 78', 90'
|25 June 2000
|Spain||1–2||France||Jan Breydel Stadium, Bruges
Referee: Pierluigi Collina (Italy)
|Mendieta 38' (pen.)||Report||Zidane 32'
|28 June 2000
|Portugal||1–2 (a.e.t.)||France||King Baudouin Stadium, Brussels
Referee: Günter Benkö (Austria)
|Nuno Gomes 19'||Report||Henry 51'
Zidane 117' (pen.)
|29 June 2000
|Italy||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Netherlands||Amsterdam Arena, Amsterdam
Referee: Markus Merk (Germany)
|3–1|| F. de Boer
|2 July 2000
|France||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Italy||Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
- 4 goals
- 3 goals
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Own goal
- Dejan Govedarica (playing against the Netherlands)
Penalty kicks 
Not counting penalty shoot-outs, eight penalty kicks were awarded during the tournament.
- Alan Shearer in a match against Romania
- Ionel Ganea in a match against England
- Filippo Inzaghi in a match against Turkey
- Gaizka Mendieta in a match against Yugoslavia
- Frank de Boer in a match against Czech Republic
- Karel Poborský in a match against France
- Gaizka Mendieta in a match against France
- Zinedine Zidane in a match against Portugal
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
- Golden Boot
UEFA Player of the Tournament
The official mascot for the tournament was Benelucky (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").
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.
|Global sponsors||Event sponsors|
See also 
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