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ESP}} David Villa {{nowrap|(4 goals)}}ESP}} XaviUEFA Euro 2004>2004UEFA Euro 2012>2012}}The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2008 or simply Euro 2008, was the 13th UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament contested by European nations. It took place in Austria and Switzerland (both hosting the tournament for the first time) from 7 to 29 June 2008.The tournament was won by Spain, who defeated Germany 1–0 in the final. Spain were only the second nation to win all their group stage fixtures and then the European Championship itself - an accomplishment matched by France in 1984. Spain were also the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated.Greece were the defending champions going into the tournament, having won UEFA Euro 2004. They recorded the worst finish in Euro 2008, losing their three group fixtures and collecting the least amount of prize money. Throughout 31 matches, the participating nations totalled 77 goals, the same as the previous tournament.Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; the remaining 14 teams were determined through qualifying matches, which began in August 2006. As European champions, Spain earned the right to compete for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Bid process

Austria and Switzerland jointly bid to host the games, and facing competition from six other bids: Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia, Greece–Turkey, a 4-way Nordic bid (from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden), Hungary, Russia and Scotland–Republic of Ireland.WEB,weblink The Euro 2008 contenders, BBC Sport, 9 December 2002, 10 March 2018, Austria and Hungary had previously bid together to host Euro 2004, losing out to Portugal, while Sweden had hosted Euro 1992.Austria–Switzerland, Hungary, Greece–Turkey and the Nordic bid were recommended, in that order, before the final vote by UEFA's National Teams Committee.NEWS,weblink Scots-Irish bid sunk by politics, Bose, Mihir, 13 December 2002, The Telegraph, 10 March 2018, The final vote by the UEFA executive committee was:
  1. Austria–Switzerland
  2. Hungary
  3. Greece–Turkey
  4. Nordic
  5. Scotland–Ireland
  6. Russia
  7. Bosnia and Herzegovina–Croatia
The Austria–Switzerland bid became the second successful joint bid in the competition's history, following the UEFA Euro 2000 hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. The following tournament, held in Poland and Ukraine, became the third jointly hosted tournament.

Summary

Qualification for Euro 2008 started in August 2006, just over a month after the end of the 2006 FIFA World Cup. The qualifying tournament was contested by national teams from each of UEFA's member associations, with the exceptions of Austria and Switzerland, who had automatically qualified for the finals tournament as hosts and Montenegro, who came into existence too late to be admitted to UEFA. England was the only seeded team not to qualify for the tournament proper, whereas Russia was the only unseeded one to qualify.The draw for the finals tournament took place on 2 December 2007, and saw Group C immediately labelled as the "group of death", with Italy, France, Romania and the Netherlands competing for the two qualifying places. In contrast, Germany and Portugal were deemed to have an easy draw, as the tournament structure meant they could not meet Italy, France, the Netherlands or Spain until the final.In the group stage, Croatia, Spain and the Netherlands all qualified with maximum points. Austria and Switzerland were not expected to progress, despite the advantage of being the hosts. In Group A, the Swiss lost their captain, Alexander Frei, to injury in their first game and became the first team to be eliminated from the tournament, after losing their first two matches. Switzerland managed to beat the group winner Portugal in their last game.In Group B, Austria managed to set up a decisive final game against Germany, dubbed "Austria's final".NEWS, Germany Advances to Euro 2008 Quarterfinals, WSN, 16 June 2008, 17 March 2009,weblink However, they lost by one goal, making Euro 2008 the first European Championship not to have one of the host nations present in the knockout phase. In an exciting final game in Group A, an injury- and suspension-hit Turkey came back from 2–0 down to beat the Czech Republic 3–2, after an uncharacteristic handling mistake by Petr Čech, in the last few minutes, left Nihat Kahveci with the simplest of finishes.In the same game, goalkeeper Volkan Demirel was shown a red card for pushing Czech striker Jan Koller to the ground. The Turks joined Portugal as the qualifiers from Group A. France were the high-profile victims of Group C, recording just one point from a goalless draw against Romania in their opening game. Italy beat the French, on the final day, to finish on four points and joining the Netherlands in the quarter-finals. Finally, in Group D, Greece failed to reproduce the form of their shock 2004 win, and ended the tournament with no points. Russia qualified at the expense of Sweden, after beating them in a final game decider, joining Spain in the knockout phase.Torrential rain during the Group A match between Switzerland and Turkey on 11 June resulted in the pitch at St. Jakob-Park in Basel requiring to be re-laid. The new pitch was installed in advance of the quarter-final match between Portugal and Germany on 19 June.Rogers, Iain, (18 June 2008) Soccer-Euro-Newly-laid Basel pitch ready for use, UEFA says, Reuters Retrieved 19 June 2018.UEFA to spend £157,000 to replace rain-ruined pitch in Basel ahead of Portugal's Euro 2008 quarter-final (18 June 2008) Daily Mail Retrieved 19 June 2018 In the quarter-finals, the Portuguese team was unable to give their coach, Luiz Felipe Scolari, a fitting send-off – following the mid-tournament announcement that Scolari would be leaving to join English club Chelsea – losing in an exciting game against Germany. Turkey continued their streak of last-gasp wins, equalising at the end of extra-time against Croatia and advancing on penalties. Coached by Dutchman Guus Hiddink, Russia eliminated the Netherlands with two extra-time goals. The last quarter-final match saw Spain defeat Italy on penalties, after a goalless draw in regular time.(File:Celebracion Eurocopa 1.jpg|thumb|287px|left|The Spanish football team touring Madrid as champions)Turkey's progress was halted by Germany in the semi-finals. Turkey entered the game with nine of their squad members missing due to injury or suspension, but still scored the first goal. Later, they leveled the score at 2–2, before Germany scored the winning goal in the final minute. The world television feed of the match was intermittently lost during the match, which prevented the broadcast of Germany's second goal.This was due to a thunderstorm at the broadcasting relay station in Austria, despite the game being played in Switzerland. Swiss Television SRG SSR still had a feed, because of their own broadcasting facilities at the venue. During the lost world feed German and Austrian television ZDF and ORF started to broadcast the feed of German speaking Swiss channel SF 1.This act ensured that the German goal was actually broadcast in Germany although not in Turkey.WEB,weblink TV-Signal weg, 26 May 2013, 25 June 2008, spiegel.de, Spain won the second semi-final against Russia by three goals to nil, through second-half goals from Xavi, Daniel Güiza and David Silva, earning Spain their first appearance in a major final for 24 years.In the final, held at Vienna's Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Spain became European champions for the second time after Fernando Torres' first-half goal proved enough to defeat Germany. Though Germany had a strong start, Spain started to look more dangerous after they had settled.After half an hour, Xavi played a pass in behind the Germany back line towards Torres, who outmuscled a hesitant Philipp Lahm and clipped the ball over the diving Jens Lehmann and just inside the far post. That goal proved to be the only goal of the game, which Spain dominated despite Germany having the majority of the possession,WEB,weblink Match statistics, 30 June 2008, 29 June 2008, euro2008.uefa.com, and Spain were crowned UEFA Euro 2008 champions.

Qualification

The draw for the qualifying round took place in Montreux, Switzerland on 27 January 2006 at 12:00 CET.The qualifying process commenced a month after the 2006 World Cup. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified for the tournament finals as host nations.The qualifying format was changed compared to previous tournaments. The winners and runners-up from seven groups automatically qualified for the Championship, with the hosts filling the other two slots in the 16-team tournament. The change means there were no play-offs between teams finishing in second place in the groups – they qualified directly for the finals. Teams that finished in third place had no opportunity to qualify. Six of the qualifying groups contained seven teams, and the other, Group A, contained eight.

Qualified teams

{{:UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying}}

Final draw

The draw for the final tournament took place on 2 December 2007 at the Culture and Convention Centre in Lucerne.NEWS, Mark, Chaplin, Stage set for UEFA EURO 2008â„¢ draw,weblink UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, 1 December 2007, 20 June 2016,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071224043913weblink">weblink 24 December 2007, NEWS,weblink Draw sets up heavyweight contests, uefa.com, 2 December 2007, 2 December 2007,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071203150109weblink">weblink 3 December 2007, In a return to the format used at Euro 1992 and Euro 1996 the games in each group were held at just two stadia, with the seeded team remaining in the same city for all three matches. As was the case at the 2000 and 2004 finals, the finalists were divided into four seeding pots, based on the UEFA national team coefficients which measured performance of teams in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying and Euro 2008 qualifying, with each group having one team from each pot. Switzerland and Austria, as co-hosts, were automatically assigned to positions A1 and B1, respectively. The remaining 14 teams were split into four pots, with title-holders Greece seeded alongside the Netherlands in Pot 1.WEB,weblink Format from UEFA Website, WEB,weblink UEFA Euro 2008 Information, PDF, UEFA came under heavy criticism from Raymond Domenech, manager of France, who was not satisfied with his team's position in the draw,NEWS,weblink Strange seeding make for interesting Euro 2008 draw, International Herald Tribune, 30 November 2007, 30 November 2007, and was also in favour of having 2006 FIFA World Cup winners Italy as top seed.NEWS,weblink Domenech Blasts UEFA, Supports Italy!, Goal.com, 20 November 2007, 30 November 2007, On 22 November 2007, Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA's professional football director, announced that a review of the coefficient ranking system was under way for future European Championships.{|
Co-hosts Switzerland (coefficient 1.800; rank 20th) and Austria (coefficient 1.500; rank 27th) were automatically assigned to positions A1 and B1, respectively.}}
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|{| class="wikitable"|+Pot 2!width=150|Team !! {{Tooltip|Coeff|UEFA national team coefficient}} !! {{Tooltip|Rank|Ranking on UEFA national team coefficient}}CRO}} align=right 2ITA}} align=right 3CZE}} align=right 4SWE}} align=right 5|{| class="wikitable"|+Pot 3!width=150|Team !! {{Tooltip|Coeff|UEFA national team coefficient}} !! {{Tooltip|Rank|Ranking on UEFA national team coefficient}}ROU}} align=right 6GER}} align=right 7POR}} align=right 8ESP}} align=right 9|{| class="wikitable"|+Pot 4!width=150|Team !! {{Tooltip|Coeff|UEFA national team coefficient}} !! {{Tooltip|Rank|Ranking on UEFA national team coefficient}}POL}} align=right 12FRA}} align=right 13TUR}} align=right 14RUS}} align=right 15{{notelist}}Teams were drawn consecutively into Group A to D. First, the Pot 1 teams were assigned to the first positions of their groups, while next the positions of all other teams were drawn separately from Pot 4 to 2 (for the purposes of determining the match schedules in each group). Coincidentally, all teams from Pots 2, 3, and 4 were placed into positions 2, 3, and 4 in each group, respectively.The draw resulted in the following groups:{| valign=top|{| class="wikitable"#Group A>Group A! {{Tooltip|Pos|Position}} !!width=120|Team A1 {{fb|SUI}} A2 {{fb|CZE}} A3 {{fb|POR}} A4 {{fb|TUR}}|{| class="wikitable"#Group B>Group B! {{Tooltip|Pos|Position}} !!width=120|Team B1 {{fb|AUT}} B2 {{fb|CRO}} B3 {{fb|GER}} B4 {{fb|POL}}|{| class="wikitable"#Group C>Group C! {{Tooltip|Pos|Position}} !!width=120|Team C1 {{fb|NED}} C2 {{fb|ITA}} C3 {{fb|ROU}} C4 {{fb|FRA}}|{| class="wikitable"#Group D>Group D! {{Tooltip|Pos|Position}} !!width=120|Team D1 {{fb|GRE}} D2 {{fb|SWE}} D3 {{fb|ESP}} D4 {{fb|RUS}}

Venues

The tournament was played at eight venues throughout the two host nations; four in Austria and four in Switzerland. Each venue had a capacity of at least 30,000 for the tournament; the largest stadium was Ernst-Happel-Stadion in Vienna with a capacity of 53,295.WEB,weblink UEFA EURO 2008, 8 June 2008, fussballtempel.net, It was for this reason that Ernst-Happel-Stadion hosted the final. Switzerland played all of their group stage matches at St. Jakob Park in Basel, which also hosted the opening match of the tournament as a compromise for the final being held in Vienna. Austria played all of their group stage matches at Ernst-Happel-Stadion.In 2004, the Zurich venue became a problem for the organisers. Originally, the Hardturm stadium was to be renovated and used as the city's venue, but legal challenges delayed the plan to a point that would not have allowed the ground to be used in 2008. This created a problem, as the agreement between UEFA and the organisers stipulated that four venues would be used in each country. The problem was solved when the organisers proposed renovating Letzigrund instead; UEFA approved the revised plan in January 2005. The Letzigrund stadium hosted its first football match on 23 September 2007.WEB,weblink Zurich – Letzigrund Stadion, {| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"! colspan="4" | Austria! Vienna! Klagenfurt! Salzburg! Innsbruck| Ernst-Happel-Stadion| Wörthersee Stadion| Stadion Wals-Siezenheim| Tivoli-Neu| Capacity: 53,295| Capacity: 31,957| Capacity: 31,020| Capacity: 31,600200px)200px)200px)200px)! colspan="2" | Switzerland{{Location map+|Switzerland|float=center|width=357|caption=|places={{Location map~|Switzerland|lat=46.177847|long=6.127431|label=Geneva|position=right}}{{Location map~|Switzerland|lat=47.541575|long=7.620181|label=Basel|position=left}}{{Location map~|Switzerland|lat=46.963167|long=7.464833|label=Bern|position=bottom}}{{Location map~|Switzerland|lat=47.382794|long=8.504364|label=Zürich|position=top}}}}! colspan="2" | Austria{{Location map+|Austria|float=center|width=410|caption=|places={{Location map~|Austria|lat=48.207167|long=16.420528|label=Vienna|position=left}}{{Location map~|Austria|lat=46.608889|long=14.278056|label=Klagenfurt|position=top}}{{Location map~|Austria|lat=47.816264|long=12.998228|label=Salzburg|position=right}}{{Location map~|Austria|lat=47.255833|long=11.410833|label=Innsbruck|position=right}}}}! colspan="4" | Switzerland! Geneva! Basel! Bern! Zürich| Stade de Genève| St. Jakob-Park| Stade de Suisse| Letzigrund| Capacity: 31,228| Capacity: 42,000| Capacity: 31,907| Capacity: 30,000200px)200px)200px)200px)

Team base camps

Each team had access to a "team base camp" for its stay between the matches.NEWS, UEFA Euro 2008™: team and referee accommodation, headquarter hotels,weblink UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, PDF, 18 December 2007, 21 June 2016, The teams trained and resided in these locations during the tournament, and travelled to games that took place away from their bases.NEWS, Arrival of teams and public training sessions,weblink UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, PDF, 21 May 2008, 21 June 2016, NEWS, Teams confirm Euro arrival dates,weblink UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, 21 May 2008, 21 June 2016, The 16 teams validated their option with UEFA on 18 December 2007.{| class="wikitable sortable"! Team! Base camp| Austria| Stegersbach| Croatia| Bad Tatzmannsdorf| Czech Republic| Seefeld in Tirol| France| Mont Pèlerin| Germany| Ascona| Greece| Hof bei Salzburg| Italy| Baden bei Wien| Netherlands| Lausanne| Poland| Bad Waltersdorf| Portugal| Neuchâtel| Romania| St. Gallen| Russia| Leogang| Spain| Neustift im Stubaital| Sweden| Lugano| Switzerland| Feusisberg| TurkeyBellevue, Switzerland>Bellevue

Squads

Teams were required to select a squad of 23 players, three of whom had to be goalkeepers, with the final squad to be submitted to UEFA by 28 May 2008. If a member of the final squad suffered an injury prior to his team's first game that would keep him out of the entire tournament, another player could be called up to replace him.WEB, Regulations of the UEFA European Football Championship 2006/08,weblink PDF, UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, 29 July 2014,

Match officials

Twelve referees and twenty-four assistants were selected for the tournament:WEB,weblink UEFA Euro 2008 referees, {| class="wikitable"!Country!Referee!colspan="2"|Assistants!Matches refereedAUT}}|Konrad Plautz|Egon Bereuter|Markus MayrUEFA Euro 2008 Group D#Spain vs Russia>Spain 4–1 Russia, Switzerland 2–0 PortugalBEL}}|Frank De Bleeckere|Peter Hermans|Alex VerstraetenUEFA Euro 2008 Group B#Croatia vs Germany>Croatia 2–1 Germany, UEFA Euro 2008 Group D#Russia vs Sweden, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Russia vs Spain>Russia 0–3 Spain (semifinal)ENG}}|Howard Webb|Darren Cann|Mike MullarkeyUEFA Euro 2008 Group B#Austria vs Poland>Austria 1–1 Poland, Greece 1–2 SpainGER}}|Herbert Fandel|Carsten Kadach|Volker WezelUEFA Euro 2008 Group A#Portugal vs Turkey>Portugal 2–0 Turkey, UEFA Euro 2008 Group C#Netherlands vs France, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Spain vs Italy>Spain 0–0 Italy (Quarter-final)GRE}}|Kyros Vassaras|Dimitiris Bozartzidis|Dimitiris SaraidarisUEFA Euro 2008 Group A#Czech Republic vs Portugal>Czech Republic 1–3 Portugal, Poland 0–1 CroatiaITA}}|Roberto Rosetti|Alessandro Griselli|Paolo CalcagnoUEFA Euro 2008 Group A#Switzerland vs Czech Republic>Switzerland 0–1 Czech Republic, UEFA Euro 2008 Group D#Greece vs Russia, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Croatia vs Turkey>Croatia 1–1 Turkey (Quarter-final), Germany 0–1 Spain (Final)NED}}|Pieter Vink|Adriaan Inia|Hans ten HooveUEFA Euro 2008 Group B#Austria vs Croatia>Austria 0–1 Croatia, Sweden 1–2 SpainNOR}}|Tom Henning Øvrebø|Geir Åge HolenWORK=DAGBLADET.NO, UEFA Euro 2008 Group B#Germany vs Poland>Germany 2–0 Poland, Italy 1–1 RomaniaSVK}}|Ľuboš Micheľ|Roman Slyško|Martin BalkoUEFA Euro 2008 Group A#Switzerland vs Turkey>Switzerland 1–2 Turkey, UEFA Euro 2008 Group C#France vs Italy, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Netherlands vs Russia>Netherlands 1–3 Russia (Quarter-final)ESP}}|Manuel Mejuto González|Juan Carlos Yuste Jiménez|Jesús Calvo GuadamuroUEFA Euro 2008 Group C#Romania vs France>Romania 0–0 France, Austria 0–1 GermanySWE}}|Peter Fröjdfeldt|Stefan Wittberg|Henrik AndrenUEFA Euro 2008 Group C#Netherlands vs Italy>Netherlands 3–0 Italy, UEFA Euro 2008 Group A#Turkey vs Czech Republic, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Portugal vs Germany>Portugal 2–3 Germany (Quarter-final)SUI}}|Massimo Busacca|Matthias Arnet|Stephane CuhatUEFA Euro 2008 Group D#Greece vs Sweden>Greece 0–2 Sweden, UEFA Euro 2008 Group C#Netherlands vs Romania, UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase#Germany vs Turkey>Germany 3–2 Turkey (Semi-final)
Fourth officials{| class="wikitable"
! Country! Fourth officialsCRO}}|Ivan BebekFRA}}|Stéphane LannoyHUN}}|Viktor KassaiISL}}|Kristinn JakobssonPOL}}|Grzegorz GilewskiPOR}}|Olegário BenquerençaSCO}}Craig Thomson (referee)>Craig ThomsonSVN}}|Damir Skomina

Group stage

(File:Euro 2008.png|thumb|311px|Performance of the participating countries during Euro 2008)The teams finishing in the top two positions in each of the four groups progressed to the quarter-finals, while the bottom two teams were eliminated from the tournament.All times are local, CEST ((UTC+02:00|UTC+2)).

Tiebreakers

For the three-game group stage of this tournament, where two or more teams in a group tied on an equal number of points, the finishing positions were determined by the following tie-breaking criteria in the following order:
  1. number of points obtained in the matches among the teams in question
  2. goal difference in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
  3. number of goals scored in the matches among the teams in question (if more than two teams finish equal on points)
  4. goal difference in all the group matches
  5. number of goals scored in all the group matches
  6. coefficient from the qualifying competitions for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and 2006/08 UEFA European Football Championship (points obtained divided by the number of matches played)
  7. fair play conduct of the teams (final tournament)
  8. drawing of lots
However, these criteria would not apply if two teams tied on points and goals scored played against each other in their final group match and no other team in group finishes with same points; in that case, the tie would be broken by a penalty shootout.

Group A

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Group B

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Group C

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{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 Group C|c5}}{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 Group C|c6}}

Group D

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{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 Group D|d5}}{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 Group D|d6}}

Knockout phase

File:Spain Euro 08 celebration 2.jpg|thumb|Cesc FàbregasCesc FàbregasThe knockout phase was different from that of past tournaments. Teams in groups A and B were separated from teams in groups C and D until the final. This increased the chance of a group fixture being replayed in the knockout phase, and rendered impossible a final between two teams drawn in the same half of the tournament. Also, in another major change, for the first time in a European Championship, only two venues (St. Jakob-Park, Basel and Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna—the two largest of the eight stadiums used) were used for the seven matches in the knockout phase of the tournament.NEWS,weblink Euro-Format means group rivals cannot meet again in final, Yahoo! Sports, 3 June 2008, 3 June 2008, As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.All times are local, CEST ((UTC+02:00|UTC+2)).

Bracket

{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|bracket}}

Quarter-finals

{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|qf1}}
{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|qf2}}
{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|qf3}}
{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|qf4}}

Semi-finals

{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|sf1}}
{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 knockout phase|sf2}}

Final

{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 Final|final}}

Statistics

Goalscorers

{{#lst:UEFA Euro 2008 statistics|Goalscorers}}

Awards

(File:Xavi Selección.jpg|thumb|upright|Spain midfielder Xavi was selected as the Player of the Tournament.)
UEFA Team of the Tournament
The UEFA Technical Team was charged with naming a squad composed of the 23 best players over the course of the tournament. The group of nine analysts watched every game at the tournament before making their decision after the final. Nine players from the winning Spanish team were named in the team of the tournament, while no players knocked out in the group stage were included.NEWS, Spain dominate Team of the Tournament,weblink Union of European Football Associations, 30 June 2008, 30 June 2008, {| class="wikitable"! style="width:25%;" | Goalkeepers! style="width:25%;" | Defenders! style="width:25%;" | Midfielders! style="width:25%;" | Forwards style="vertical-align:top;"ITA}} Gianluigi Buffon{{fbiconEdwin van der Sar{{fbicon>ESP}} Iker CasillasGER}} Philipp Lahm{{fbiconJosé Bosingwa{{fbicon>POR}} Pepe (footballer, born 1983){{fbicon>RUS}} Yuri Zhirkov{{fbiconCarlos Marchena{{fbicon>ESP}} Carles PuyolCRO}} Luka Modrić{{fbiconMichael Ballack{{fbicon>GER}} Lukas Podolski{{fbiconWesley Sneijder{{fbicon>RUS}} Konstantin Zyryanov{{fbiconCesc Fàbregas{{fbicon>ESP}} Andrés Iniesta{{fbiconMarcos Senna{{fbicon>ESP}} Xavi{{fbicon|TUR}} Hamit AltıntopRUS}} Andrey Arshavin{{fbiconRoman Pavlyuchenko{{fbicon>ESP}} Fernando Torres{{fbicon|ESP}} David Villa
UEFA Player of the Tournament
The UEFA Technical Team also had to pick a Player of the Tournament, taking fans' votes into account. The player chosen was Spain midfielder Xavi.NEWS, Xavi emerges as EURO's top man,weblink Union of European Football Associations, 30 June 2008, 30 June 2008,
  • {{fbicon|ESP}} Xavi


Golden Boot
The Golden Boot was awarded to yet another Spaniard, David Villa, who scored four goals, three of which came in his side's 4–1 win over Russia (the only hat-trick scored in the tournament).NEWS, Absent Villa takes scoring prize,weblink Union of European Football Associations, 29 June 2008, 1 July 2008,

Prize money

UEFA announced that total of €184 million has been offered to the 16 teams competing in this tournament, increasing from €129 million in the previous tournament. The distributions as below:WEB,weblink UEFA raises 2008 prize money,
  • Prize for participating: €7.5 million
Extra payment based on teams performances:
  • Winner: €7.5 million
  • Runner-up: €4.5 million
  • Semi-finals: €3 million
  • Quarter-finals: €2 million
  • Group stage (per match):
    • Win: €1 million
    • Draw: €500,000
Spain, as winners of the tournament and winners of all three of their group stage matches, received a total prize of €23 million, the maximum possible prize money. Greece on the other hand, being the only team to lose all three of their group matches, were the only team to receive nothing more than the €7.5 million participation prize.

Discipline

At UEFA Euro 2008, players may be suspended from playing in subsequent matches upon the collection of a certain number of yellow or red cards. If a player is shown a red card – whether as a result of two bookable offences or a straight red – that player is suspended from playing in his team's next match. If his team is eliminated from the competition before the end of his suspension, the games carry over to the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification matches. A player is also suspended for one match for picking up two yellow cards in separate matches. However, any yellow cards accumulated are annulled once a team is eliminated from the tournament or reaches the semi-finals.WEB,weblink PDF, Directives on yellow cards in the EURO 2008 competition, 20 June 2008, 11 July 2006, UEFA, In extreme cases of ill-discipline, UEFA may choose to have a disciplinary panel examine the incident in order to determine whether or not further suspension is required. One case of this at Euro 2008 was the suspension of Turkey goalkeeper Volkan Demirel for two matches for pushing Czech striker Jan Koller.NEWS, Volkan Demirel banned,weblink UEFA.com, 19 June 2008, 20 June 2008, The following players were suspended for one or more games as a result of red cards or yellow card accumulation:{| class="wikitable"!Player!Offence(s)!Suspension(s)RUS}} Andrey Arshavin0}} in Euro qualifying v AndorraSpain national football team>SpainGroup D v GreeceGER}} Bastian Schweinsteiger0}} in Group B v CroatiaAustria national football team>AustriaAUT}} Sebastian PrödlCroatia national football team>Croatia{{yel}} in Group B v PolandGermany national football team>GermanyROU}} Dorin GoianFrance national football team>France{{yel}} in Group C v ItalyNetherlands national football team>NetherlandsTUR}} Mehmet AurélioSwitzerland national football team>Switzerland{{yel}} in Group A v Czech RepublicCroatia national football team>CroatiaTUR}} Volkan Demirel0}} in Group A v Czech RepublicCroatia national football team>CroatiaSemi-final v GermanyFRA}} Eric Abidal0}} in Group C v Italy2010 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)>World Cup qualifying v AustriaITA}} Andrea PirloRomania national football team>Romania{{yel}} in Group C v FranceSpain national football team>SpainITA}} Gennaro GattusoNetherlands national football team>Netherlands{{yel}} in Group C v FranceSpain national football team>SpainTUR}} TuncaySwitzerland national football team>Switzerland{{yel}} in Quarter-final v CroatiaGermany national football team>GermanyTUR}} Arda TuranCzech Republic national football team>Czech Republic{{yel}} in Quarter-final v CroatiaGermany national football team>GermanyTUR}} Emre AşıkCzech Republic national football team>Czech Republic{{yel}} in Quarter-final v CroatiaGermany national football team>GermanyRUS}} Denis KolodinSweden national football team>Sweden{{yel}} in Quarter-final v NetherlandsSpain national football team>SpainRUS}} Dmitri TorbinskiGreece national football team>Greece{{yel}} in Quarter-final v NetherlandsSpain national football team>Spain

Marketing

New trophy

A new trophy was awarded to the winners of the Euro 2008 tournament. The new version of the Henri Delaunay Trophy, created by Asprey London,WEB, The Henri Delaunay Cup,weblink UEFA.com, Union of European Football Associations, 29 July 2014, is almost an exact replica of the original designed by Arthus-Bertrand. A small figure juggling a ball on the back of the original has been removed, as has the marble plinth. The silver base of the trophy also had to be enlarged to make it stable. The names of the winning countries that had appeared on the plinth have now been engraved on the back of the trophy, which is made of sterling silver, weighs {{convert|8|kg|lb|1}} and is {{convert|60|cm|in}} tall.

Match ball

(File:Euro Cup 2008 Final Vienna.JPG|thumb|A large model of the adidas Europass prior to the final between Germany and Spain)The match ball for the finals was unveiled at the draw ceremony. Produced by Adidas and named the Europass, it is a 14-panel ball in the same construction as the Teamgeist, but with a modified surface design.NEWS, adidas "EUROPASS" – the match ball with "goose bumps" for UEFA EURO 2008,weblink adidas, Lucerne/Herzogenaurach, 2 December 2007, 4 December 2007, yes,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20071204191610weblink">weblink 4 December 2007, A version named the Europass Gloria was used in the final.NEWS, Final ball rolled out in Vienna,weblink UEFA.com, 30 April 2008, 30 May 2008, There were concerns raised about the match ball, which was claimed to deviate unpredictably in flight, making it difficult to judge for goalkeepers. Notable players to criticise were Germany's Jens Lehmann and the Czech Republic's Petr Čech.NEWS, Cech concerned by Euro 2008 ball,weblink BBC Sport, 6 June 2008, 6 June 2008, These claims were disputed by the ball's designer, Oliver Kahn.

Music

The official melody was composed by Rollo Armstrong of Faithless on behalf of UEFA.WEB,weblink PDF, The official UEFA EURO 2008 music, 28 February 2008, UEFA, The official Euro 2008 song was "Can You Hear Me" by Enrique Iglesias, which was performed live during the official closing ceremony prior to the final in Ernst Happel Stadion in Vienna on 29 June.WEB,weblink PDF, Official UEFA EURO 2008 Song: "Can You Hear Me" by Enrique Iglesias, 20 May 2008, UEFA, 20 June 2008, Two soundtracks, "Like a Superstar" and "Feel the Rush," were recorded by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy as mascot songs for Euro 2008. They formed a musical background to video clips featuring the twin mascots Trix and Flix.The official Swiss song for the tournament was a new version of "Bring en hei" (Bring him Home) by Baschi. Christina Stürmer sang the official tournament song of Austrian ÖFB, "Fieber" (Fever).Christina Stürmers offizieller EM-Song heißt "Fieber" on orf.at Croatia manager Slaven Bilić recorded his country's official Euro 2008 song, "Vatreno ludilo" ("Fiery Madness"), with his rock group, Rawbau."Seven Nation Army" by The White Stripes was played when players walked out before kick-off,Seven Nation Army: the indiest football anthem ever?, The Guardian, 18 June 2008 and a remix of "Samba de Janeiro" by German dance group Bellini was played after each goal scored in the competition.What's That Song They Play After the Euro Goals?, Euro 2008 Championships on World Cup BlogNEWS, Dean, Will, Trending: The Euro 2012 chant that a Seven Nation Army couldn't hold back,weblink 11 April 2017, The Independent, 18 June 2012,

Mascots

{{see also|UEFA European Championship mascot}}The two official mascots for UEFA Euro 2008, were named after a vote from the public of the two host nations from the following options:
  • Zigi and Zagi
  • Flitz and Bitz
  • Trix and Flix
In April 2007, after receiving 36.3% of the vote, Trix and Flix were chosen. "I am sure the mascots and their names will become a vital part of the understanding of the whole event," said Christian Mutschler, the tournament director for Switzerland.WEB,weblink Official Mascot Naming, The mascots were unveiled on 27 September 2006, in Vienna, Austria. Their official début was on 11 October 2006, at the Austria vs. Switzerland friendly, which ended 2–1.WEB,weblink Uefa unveils official mascot for Euro 2008 championship, 28 September 2006, 30 June 2015,

Slogan

The slogan for UEFA Euro 2008 was chosen on 24 January 2007: Expect Emotions.The UEFA President Michel Platini stated "It describes in a nutshell what the UEFA Euro 2008 has to offer: all kinds of emotions – joy, disappointment, relief or high tension – right up to the final whistle."WEB,weblink Expect Emotions at Euro 2008,

Sponsorship

UEFA announced eight global sponsors for the tournament.WEB, Uefa names Castrol as last sponsor for Euro 2008,weblink Woods, Sarah, campaignlive.co.uk, Haymarket Media Group Ltd., 21 November 2006, 17 February 2017,

Broadcasting

References

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External links

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