UEFA Euro 2000

The 2000 UEFA European Football Championship, also known as Euro 2000, was the 11th UEFA European Championship, a football tournament held every four years and organised by UEFA, the sport's governing body in Europe.[1]

UEFA Euro 2000
Europees Voetbalkampioenschap
België/Nederland 2000 (in Dutch)
Championnat d'Europe de football
Belgique/Pays Bas 2000 (in French)
Fußball-Europameisterschaft
Belgien/Niederlande 2000 (in German)
Football without frontiers
Tournament details
Host countriesBelgium
Netherlands
Dates10 June – 2 July
Teams16
Venue(s)8 (in 8 host cities)
Final positions
Champions France (2nd title)
Runners-up Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played31
Goals scored85 (2.74 per match)
Attendance1,122,833 (36,220 per match)
Top scorer(s) Savo Milošević
Patrick Kluivert
(5 goals each)
Best player(s) Zinedine Zidane
1996
2004

The finals tournament was played between 10 June and 2 July 2000, and co-hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands, the first time the tournament had been held in more than one nation. Spain and Austria also bid to host the event.[2] The finals tournament was contested by 16 nations; with the exception of the hosts, Belgium and the Netherlands, the finalists had to go through a qualifying tournament to reach the final stage. France won the tournament by defeating Italy 2–1 in the final, via a golden goal.[3]

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.

A high-scoring tournament with many exciting matches and a very high standard of play, Euro 2000 is often named by football writers as one of the greatest international tournaments ever.[4][5][6][7]