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European Football Championship

The European Championship (known as Euro year) is the main national football competition of the UEFA nations. Held every four years since 1960 it was originally called the European Nations Cup, changing to the current name in 1968.

Until 1976 only four teams entered the final tournament. From 1980 eight teams competed and from 1996 sixteen teams played in the tournament. The competing teams are chosen by a series of qualifying games, in 1960 and 1964 home and away play-offs but from 1968 qualifying leagues and also play-off games, the host country qualifies automatically.