Europe XI

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Europe XI
First international
 England 3–0 Europe XI
London, England; 26 October 1938
Biggest win
 Yugoslavia 2–7 Europe XI
Belgrade, Yugoslavia; 23 September 1964
Biggest defeat
 Great Britain 6–1 Rest of Europe
Glasgow, Scotland; 10 May 1947

The Europe XI is an association football team mainly consisting of players from the UEFA region but, on occasion, players hailing from other continents playing for European teams are invited to play. The European XI play one-off games against clubs, national teams, collectives of other confederations, or a World XI made up of players from all the other continents.[1] Because of this, no governing body in the sport officially recognises the team and each incarnation of the team is not seen as a continuation of any other.[2] The causes for these games are anniversaries, testimonials or for charity. Proceeds earned from the games are donated to good causes and the players, coaching staff, and stadium owners are not paid for the event. In recent years, these games have been broadcast live on television.[3][4]

Notable coaches[edit]


Date Opponent Stadium Result Goals for Europe XI Reason
26 October 1938  England Arsenal Stadium, London 0–3 75th anniversary of the FA[5]
10 May 1947  Great Britain Hampden Park, Glasgow 1–6 Gunnar Nordahl Home Nations return to FIFA[5]
21 October 1953  England Wembley, London 4–4 Laszlo Kubala (2×), Giampiero Boniperti (2×) 90th anniversary of the FA[6]
13 August 1955  Great Britain Windsor Park, Belfast 4–1 Jean Vincent, Bernard Vukas (3×) 75th anniversary of the Irish Football Association[6]
20 May 1964 Scandinavia Idrætsparken, Copenhagen 4–2 Jimmy Greaves (2×), Denis Law, Eusébio 75th anniversary of the DBU[7]
23 September 1964  Yugoslavia Marakana, Belgrade 7–2 Uwe Seeler (2×), Eusébio (4×), Jose Augusto Skopje earthquake appeal fund[7]
28 April 1965  Great Britain Victoria Ground, Stoke 6–4 Godfried Vandeboer, Ferenc Puskás (2×), Josef Masopust, Laszlo Kubala, Jackie Henderson Stanley Matthews testimonial[8]
8 December 1970 Portugal Benfica Estádio da Luz, Lisbon 2–3 Uwe Seeler, José Eulogio Gárate Mário Coluna testimonial[9]
23 November 1971 England West Ham United Upton Park, London 4–4 Frank McDougall, Rodney Marsh (2×), Jimmy Greaves Geoff Hurst testimonial[9]
1 May 1972 Germany Hamburger SV Volksparkstadion, Hamburg 7–3 Geoff Hurst, Ferenc Bene, Franz Beckenbauer, Gerd Müller, Kálmán Mészöly, George Best, Eusébio Uwe Seeler testimonial[10]
23 November 1972 South America St. Jakob-Park, Basel 0–2 Pestalozzi charity match[11]
31 October 1973 South America Estadi Olímpic, Barcelona 4–4 Eusébio, Salif Keita, Juan Manuel Asensi, Kurt Jara FIFA charity match[12]
28 December 1979 Germany Borussia Dortmund Westfalenstadion, Dortmund 2–3 Safet Sušić, Vladimir Petrović Match for UNICEF[13]
25 February 1981  Italy Stadio Olimpico, Rome 3–0 Allan Simonsen, Vahid Halilhodžić, Tony Woodcock Flood disaster appeal[14]
2 June 1981 Turkey Fenerbahçe S.K. Şükrü Saracoğlu, Istanbul 0–3 75th anniversary of Fenerbahçe S.K.[14]
12 August 1981  Czechoslovakia Letná-Stadion, Prague 0–4 80th anniversary of the Czechoslovak Football Association[14]
7 August 1982 World XI Giants Stadium, New York 3–2 Kevin Keegan, Bruno Pezzey, Giancarlo Antognoni FIFA charity match for UNICEF[15]
4 December 1997 World XI Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 2–5 Marius Lacatus, Zinedine Zidane [16]
18 August 1998 England Manchester United Old Trafford, Manchester 4–8 Jean-Pierre Papin, Laurent Blanc, Martin Dahlin, Mark Wilson 40th anniversary of the Munich air disaster and Eric Cantona testimonial[17]
16 February 2005 World XI (Ronaldinho XI) Camp Nou, Barcelona 3–6 Alessandro Del Piero, Gianfranco Zola Football for Hope (Indian Ocean Tsunami funds)[2][18][19]
14 March 2007 England Manchester United Old Trafford, Manchester 3–4 Florent Malouda, El Hadji Diouf (2×) UEFA Celebration Match[20][21][22][23]


  1. ^ World XI
  2. ^ a b Mittendrin statt nur dabei
  3. ^ Stars descend on Manchester
  4. ^
  5. ^ a b WXI History: 1930-1940
  6. ^ a b WXI History: 1950-1955
  7. ^ a b WXI History: 1960-1964
  8. ^ WXI History: 1965-1967
  9. ^ a b WXI History: 1970-1971
  10. ^ WXI History: 1972
  11. ^ WXI History: 1972
  12. ^ WXI History: 1973
  13. ^ WXI History: 1975-1979
  14. ^ a b c WXI History: 1980-1981
  15. ^ WXI History: 1982-1985
  16. ^ WXI History: 1997
  17. ^ "OT100 #68: Munich tribute". Archived from the original on 2017-01-27. Retrieved 2018-11-06.
  18. ^ WXI History 2005
  19. ^ Zahlreiche Tore und hohe Einnahmen für den Tsunami-Fonds[permanent dead link]
  20. ^ Europäische Nacht im „Theatre of Dreams“
  21. ^ Offizielle Vorstellung der Mannschaft „Europe XI“
  22. ^ EU und UEFA: Fußballfest zu Ehren Europas
  23. ^ Manchester United 4-3 Europe XI: Ronaldo class