|Union of European Football Associations|
UEFA Euro 2008
|Formation||15 June 1954|
|Membership||53 national associations|
|Official languages||English, German, French|
The Union des associations européennes de football, or Union of European Football Associations in English, is the administrative and controlling body for European football. The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football The date of establishment or date of founding of an Institution is the date on which that institution chooses to claim as its starting point Events 763 BC - Assyrians record a Solar eclipse that will be used to fix the Chronology of Mesopotamian history Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) Headquarters (HQ denotes the location where most if not all of the important functions of an organization are concentrated Nyon is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation This is a list of the men's national Association football teams in the world An official language is a Language that is given a special legal status in a particular Country, State, or other territory English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States The German language (de ''Deutsch'') is a West Germanic language and one of the world's major languages. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people President is a Title leaders of Organizations companies, Trade unions universities, and countries. Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football player manager and current president of the UEFA. A website (alternatively web site or Web site, a back-construction from the Proper noun World Wide Web) is a collection of Web pages Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a Team sport played between two teams of eleven players and is widely considered It is almost always referred to by its acronym UEFA (pronounced [juːˈeɪfə] (you-AY-fuh), /uːˈeɪfə/ (oo-AY-fuh), or /ˈwɛfə/ (WEF-fuh))[you-a-far].
UEFA represents the national football associations of Europe, runs Europewide national and club competitions, and controls the prize money, regulations and media rights to those competitions. Several national football associations which are geographically in Asia or mostly in Asia belong to UEFA rather than the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). This is a list of countries spanning more than one continent, sometimes referred to as transcontinental states. The 46 member Asian Football Confederation ( AFC) is the governing body of football in Asia, excluding Cyprus and Israel, and including These nations are Armenia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Israel, Cyprus, Russia and Azerbaijan (Israel and Kazakhstan are former AFC members). Armenia (Հայաստան transliterated: Hayastan,) officially the Republic of Armenia (Հայաստանի Հանրապետություն Hayastani Georgia ( საქართველო, Sakartvelo) is a Transcontinental country in the Caucasus region situated at the dividing line between Kazakhstan, also Kazakstan ( Қазақстан, Qazaqstan, qɑzɑqˈstɑn Казахстан, Kazakhstán,) officially the Turkey (Türkiye known officially as the Republic of Turkey ( is a Eurasian Country that stretches For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. Cyprus (Κύπρος transliterated: Kýpros,; Kıbrıs officially the Republic of Cyprus (Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία Kypriakī́ Dīmokratía Russia (Россия Rossiya) or the Russian Federation ( Rossiyskaya Federatsiya) is a transcontinental Country extending Azerbaijan ( English; Azərbaycan officially the Republic of Azerbaijan (Azərbaycan Respublikası is the largest and most populous country in the South Cyprus chose to be classed as a European football nation — it had the choice of Europe, Asia or Africa. Cyprus (Κύπρος transliterated: Kýpros,; Kıbrıs officially the Republic of Cyprus (Κυπριακή Δημοκρατία Kypriakī́ Dīmokratía
UEFA is one of the biggest of six continental confederations of FIFA. The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Association Football) Of all the confederations, it is by far the strongest in terms of wealth and influence over the global game. Virtually all of the world's top players play in European leagues in part due to the salaries available from the world's wealthiest football clubs, particularly in England, Germany, Italy and Spain. The Premier League, colloquially referred to as the Premiership, is an English professional league for football clubs The Bundesliga is the highest level of Germany 's football league system. Serie A (officially known as the Lega Calcio Serie A TIM for Sponsorship reasons is a professional league competition for football clubs located The Primera División of the es Liga de Fútbol Profesional ( Professional Football League) commonly known as La Liga or Many of the world's strongest national sides are in UEFA. Of the 32 available spots in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, 14 were allocated to UEFA national teams, and currently 14 of the top 20 teams in the FIFA World Rankings are UEFA members. The 2006 FIFA World Cup was the 18th instance of the FIFA World Cup, the quadrennial international football world championship tournament History FIFA World Ranking Leaders In December 1992 FIFA first published
UEFA was founded on June 15, 1954 in Basel, Switzerland following discussions between the French, Italian and Belgian FAs. Events 763 BC - Assyrians record a Solar eclipse that will be used to fix the Chronology of Mesopotamian history Year 1954 ( MCMLIV) was a Common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1954 Gregorian calendar) "Basilia" redirects here For the Fly Genus, see Basilia (fly. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation The French Football Federation (FFF (Fédération Française de Football is the governing body of Football in France. The Italian Football Federation (Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio FIGC) also known as Federcalcio, is the governing body of football in Italy The Belgian Football Association ( KBVB/URBSFA) ( Dutch: Koninklijke Belgische Voetbalbond, French: Union Royale Belge des Societes de Football The headquarters was in Paris until 1959 when the organization moved to Bern. The city of Berne or Bern (, Berne, Berna, Romansh: Berna, Bernese German: Bärn) is the Bundesstadt ( Federal Henri Delaunay was the first General Secretary and Ebbe Schwartz the president. Henri Delaunay (15 June 1883 &ndash 9 November 1955 was a French football administrator Ebbe Schwartz ( 3 May 1901 &ndash 19 October 1964) was an Danish football administrator The following is a list of Presidents of UEFA, the European Football (soccer governing body. Its administrative center since 1995 is in Nyon, Switzerland. Nyon is a municipality in the district of Nyon in the canton of Vaud in Switzerland. Switzerland (English pronunciation; Schweiz Swiss German: Schwyz or Schwiiz Suisse Svizzera Svizra officially the Swiss Confederation It was initially made up of 25 national associations. Currently there are 53 associations (see the bottom of this page or List of UEFA national football teams).
UEFA, as a representative of the national associations, has had a number of bruising clashes with the European Commission. The European Commission (formally the Commission of the European Communities) is the executive branch of the European Union. In the 1990s the issues of television rights and especially international transfers (the Bosman ruling) have had to undergo some major changes to remain in line with European law. The Bosman ruling (Union Royal Belges des Sociétés de Football Association ASBL & others v
The current UEFA President is Michel Platini. The following is a list of Presidents of UEFA, the European Football (soccer governing body. Michel François Platini (born June 21, 1955) is a French former football player manager and current president of the UEFA.
The main competition for men's national teams is the UEFA European Football Championship, started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960, and known as the European Nations Cup until 1964. The UEFA European Football Championship is the main football competition of the men's national football teams governed by UEFA (the Union of European UEFA also runs national competitions at Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 levels. The European Under-21 Football Championship is a football competition organised by the sport's European governing body UEFA The European Under 19 Football Championship is an annual football competition organised by the sport's European governing body UEFA. The UEFA U-17 Championship is an annual football competition organised by the sport's European governing body UEFA. For women's national teams, UEFA operates the UEFA Women's Championship for senior national sides and the UEFA Women's Under-19 Championship at under-19 level. The UEFA Women's Championship, held every fourth year is the main competition in Women's football (soccer between national teams of the UEFA Confederation The UEFA European Women's Under-19 Championship is a competition in Women's football for European national teams of players under 19 years of age
UEFA also organizes the UEFA/CAF Meridian Cup with CAF for youth teams. The 53 member CAF ( African Football Confederation), ( French: Confédération Africaine de Football), ( Arabic: الإتحاد الأفريقى لكرة
In futsal there is the UEFA Futsal Championship. Futsal is an indoor version of Association football. Its name is derived from the Portuguese fut ebol de sal ão and the Spanish The UEFA Futsal Championship is the main national Futsal competition of the UEFA nations
UEFA also runs the two main club competitions in Europe: the UEFA Champions League was first held in 1955, and was known as the European Champion Clubs Cup (or just European Cup) until 1991; and the UEFA Cup, for national knockout cup winners and high-placed league teams, was launched by UEFA in 1971 as a successor to the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup (also begun in 1955 but not recognized by UEFA ). See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club The UEFA Cup is a football competition for European club teams organised by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA. History Spanish era The first competition was to be held over two seasons to avoid clashes with national leagues fixtures A third competition, the Cup Winners' Cup, started in 1960 and was absorbed into the UEFA Cup in 1999.
Only three teams  (Juventus FC, AFC Ajax and FC Bayern Munich) have won each of the three competitions , a feat that is no longer possible for any team that did not win the Cup Winners' Cup. Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam FC Bayern München is a German Sports club based in Munich, Bavaria (München Bayern There are currently ten teams throughout Europe that have won two of the three trophies; all have won the Cup Winners Cup, six require a win in the Champions League and four require a UEFA Cup win.
The UEFA Super Cup, which pits the winners of the Champions League against the winners of the UEFA Cup (previously the winners of the Cup Winners' Cup), came into being in 1973 . The European Super Cup ( UEFA Super Cup) is at stake in an annual football game between the reigning champions of the UEFA Cup and the Champions
The UEFA Intertoto Cup is a summer competition, previously operated by several Central European football associations, which was relaunched and recognized as European official competition by UEFA in 1995  as a qualifying competition for the UEFA Cup. The UEFA Intertoto Cup, also abbreviated as UI Cup and originally called the International Football Cup, was a summer football competition for Central Europe is the Region lying between the variously and vaguely defined areas of Eastern and Recently, UEFA launched the UEFA Regions Cup, for semi-professional teams. UEFA also conducts the UEFA Women's Cup for women's club teams. The UEFA Women's Cup is the first international Women's football (soccer club competition for teams that play in UEFA nations
In futsal there is the UEFA Futsal Cup. The UEFA Futsal Cup is an annual Futsal competition for European club teams
The European/South American Cup was jointly organised with CONMEBOL between the Champions League and the Copa Libertadores winners. The European/South American Cup, commonly referred to as the Intercontinental Cup or Toyota Cup, was a football competition endorsed by CONMEBOL or CSF ( Con federación Suda' me' ricana de Fút' bol', South American Football Confederation is the governing body of Football (soccer See also List of European Cup and UEFA Champions League winners The UEFA Champions League, which evolved from the European Champion Clubs' Cup is a seasonal club The Copa Santander Libertadores, also known as Copa Libertadores de América, ( Taça Libertadores da América) is a football cup competition played
The following UEFA members have competed in the following FIFA World Cups. The FIFA World Cup, occasionally called the Football World Cup, but usually referred to simply as the World Cup, is an international Association football Cells with a gold background represent occasions when a UEFA member won the tournament; silver background represent occasions when a UEFA member were runners-up; bronze background represent occasions when a UEFA member finished in third place. Teams are sorted by number of appearances:
|Republic of Ireland||•||•||•||3|
1 Made 10 appearances as West Germany+ from 1950 to 1990
2 Made 8 appearances as Yugoslavia+ from 1930 to 1990, 1 as Yugoslavia FR+ from 1994 to 2002, and 1 as Serbia & Montenegro+ in 2006
3 Made 8 appearances as Czechoslovakia+ from 1930 to 1994
4 Made 7 appearances as USSR+ from 1930 to 1990
† Was part of Yugoslavia+ from 1930 to 1990
‡ Was part of USSR+ from 1930 to 1990
* Israel qualified as a member of AFC
+ team and national federation no longer exist
Women's Qualifiers