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The Euro Cup (formerly known as the EU Cup) is an international Australian rules football tournament played between European national teams. Played under 9-a-side Footy rules, the tournament was first held at Chiswick in London, England in 2005 as an extension of the Central European Australian Football League Championships. The event has to date been mainly contested by European nations not yet at the stage of having enough players to attend the Australian Football International Cup, as having a smaller squad size makes it easier to attend.
The Euro Cup is an event hosted annually by AFL Europe.
|Year||Host||Champions||Runners Up||Third||Fourth||Number of teams|
|2008||Prague, Czech Republic||England||Croatia||Germany||Sweden||12|
|2011||Belfast, Northern Ireland||Ireland||Croatia||England||Italy||18|
2013 Euro Cup
The 2013 EU Cup was held in Bordeaux, France on Saturday 21 September 2013. 12 national men's teams competed including: Austria, Catalonia, Croatia, England, European Crusaders, France, Finland, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Norway and Spain. Two women's teams, France and the European Crusaders, competed in a women's match.
In the Grand final England defeated France 92-15.
2012 Euro Cup
The 2012 event was held in Edinburgh, Scotland on Saturday 22 September 2012. 16 national men's teams competed including: Croatia, Ireland, England, Italy, Spain, Wales, France, Scotland, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Czech Republic and Norway (first participation). Two women's teams, Ireland and the European Crusaders, competed in a women's match.
Ireland defeated Denmark in the final by 1 point.
2011 Euro Cup
The 2011 Euro Cup was held in Belfast, Northern Ireland on Saturday 8 October 2011. 18 national men's teams competed in the tournament. Final results were: 1. Ireland, 2. Croatia, 3. England, 4. Italy, 5. France, 6. Scotland, 7. Wales, 8. Spain, 9. European Crusaders, 10. Russia (1st time competitors), 11. Denmark, 12. Germany, 13. Finland, 14. Sweden, 15. Netherlands, 16. Austria, 17. Iceland, 18. Catalonia.
Ireland defeated Switzerland in the women's match.
2010 Euro Cup
The 2010 event was held in Parabiago on the outskirts of Milan, Italy on Saturday 2 October 2010, and the competing teams were Austria, Catalonia, Croatia, Czech Republic, England, EU Crusaders, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands and Wales.
In the final Croatia defeated the Netherlands by 5 points.
For the first time a women's international match took place during the competition. Ireland defeated Italy by 10 points in the one-off match.
2009 EU Cup
The 2009 event was held in Samobor, Croatia on the weekend of 3 to 5 October, and the competing teams were England, Finland, Czech Republic, Andorra, Croatia, France, Scotland, Austria, Germany, The Netherlands, Iceland, Italy, Spain, Ireland and the EU Crusaders.
In the final, England defeated Netherlands.
2008 EU Cup
The 2008 event was held in Prague, Czech Republic on the weekend of 11 and 12 October, and the competing teams were England, Finland, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Catalonia, The Netherlands, Scotland, Croatia, Sweden, Austria and the EU Crusaders. In the final, England defeated Croatia 107-59.
2007 EU Cup
Twelve teams representing Austria, Belgium, Catalonia, Czech Republic, England, Finland, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and a team called EU Crusaders attended the 2007 EU Cup. This tournament limited squad sizes to 15 players, of which no more than ten could be Australians.
2005 EU Cup
There was no restriction on the numbers of expatriate Australians competing in the event, but a handicap system was put in places whereby sides received a 2-point handicap for each local national and 1 point for each other non-Australian in their squads.
The tournament was won by Belgium who defeated Sweden in the final.