UEFA Euro 1992
|Europamästerskapet i fotboll
UEFA Euro 1992 official logo
|Dates||10 June – 26 June|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 4 host cities)|
|Champions||Denmark (1st title)|
|Goals scored||32 (2.13 per match)|
|Attendance||430,111 (28,674 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Dennis Bergkamp
The 1992 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was hosted by Sweden between 10 and 26 June 1992. It was the ninth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and supported by UEFA.
Denmark won the 1992 championship, one of the country's few major football triumphs. The team had qualified only as a result of the breakup and warfare in Yugoslavia. Eight national teams contested the finals tournament.
Also present at the tournament was the CIS national football team (Commonwealth of Independent States), representing the recently dissolved Soviet Union whose national team had qualified for the tournament. It was also the first major tournament at which the reunified Germany (who were surprisingly beaten 2-0 by Denmark in the final) had competed.
It was to be the last tournament with only 8 participants, the last to award the winner of a match with only two points and the last tournament before the introduction of the back-pass rule.
Seven of the eight teams had to qualify for the final stage; Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the event. Soviet Union qualified for the finals shortly before the break-up of the country, and took part in the tournament under the banner of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) before the former Soviet republics formed their own national teams after the competition. The CIS team represented the following Soviet republics: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova and Tajikistan. Four out of 15 ex-republics were not members of the CIS: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania did not send their players, Georgia was not a member of the CIS at the time, but Georgian Kakhaber Tskhadadze was a part of the squad.
Originally, Yugoslavia qualified for the final stage, but due to the Yugoslav wars, the team was disqualified and their qualifying group's runner-up, Denmark, took part in the championship. They shocked the continent when Peter Schmeichel saved Marco van Basten's penalty in the semi-final penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands, thus defeating the defending European champions. The shock was compounded when Denmark went on to defeat the reigning world champions Germany 2–0 to win the European title.
|Capacity: 44,000||Capacity: 40,000|
|Capacity: 30,000||Capacity: 23,000|
|Country||Qualified as||Date qualification was secured||Previous appearances in tournament1, 2|
|Sweden||Hosts||2 February 1990||0 (debut)|
|France||Group 1 winner||20 November 1991||2 (1960, 1984)|
|Scotland||Group 2 winner||13 November 1991||0 (debut)|
|CIS3||Group 3 winner6||13 November 1991||6 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1988)6|
|Denmark||DNQ4||30 May 1992 (11 days before start of tournament)||3 (1964, 1984, 1988)|
|Germany||Group 5 winner||20 November 1991||5 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988)5|
|Netherlands||Group 6 winner||4 December 1991||3 (1976, 1980, 1988)|
|England||Group 7 winner||13 November 1991||3 (1968, 1980, 1988)|
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host for that year
3 Replaced Soviet Union
5 as West Germany
6 as Soviet Union
|Belgium||Frans van den Wijngaert|
|Denmark||Kim Milton Nielsen|
|Netherlands||Mario van der Ende|
|Portugal||Jorge Emanuel Monteiro Coroado|
The teams finishing in the top two positions in each of the two groups progress to the semi-finals, while the bottom two teams in each group were eliminated from the tournament.
|10 June 1992|
|11 June 1992|
|14 June 1992|
|17 June 1992|
|12 June 1992|
|15 June 1992|
|18 June 1992|
All times local (UTC+2)
|21 June – Solna|
|26 June – Gothenburg|
|22 June – Gothenburg|
|Denmark (pen.)||2 (5)|
21 June 1992
|Brolin 64' (pen.)
K. Andersson 89'
Riedle 59', 88'
22 June 1992
|Report||Larsen 5', 33'|
26 June 1992
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Peter Schmeichel||Jocelyn Angloma||Stefan Effenberg||Marco van Basten|
|Laurent Blanc||Ruud Gullit||Dennis Bergkamp|
|Andreas Brehme||Thomas Häßler|
|Jürgen Kohler||Brian Laudrup|
- Golden Boot
The official anthem of the tournament was "More Than a Game", performed by Towe Jaarnek and Peter Jöback. It was the last tournament to use the UEFA plus flag logo, and the last before the tournament came to be known as "Euro" (it is known as "Euro 1992" only retrospectively). It was also the first major football competition in which the players had their names printed on their backs, at around the time that it was becoming a trend in club football across Europe.
- Chowdhury, Saj (12 May 2012). "Euro 1992: Denmark's fairytale". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 11 June 2012.
- Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt, ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
- "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". United Nations. University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. 30 May 1992. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
- "1992 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to UEFA Euro 1992.|
- UEFA Euro 1992 overview at Union of European Football Associations
- Goal.com: "Euro 2012 History: The 1992 Finals"
- BBC.co.uk: "Denmark's greatest moment", article (24 May 2004)