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The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, will take place in Austria and Switzerland, from 7 June to 29 June 2008. It is the second successful joint bid in the competition's history, following the UEFA Euro 2000 hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands. The 2012 competition in Poland and Ukraine is scheduled to become the third jointly-hosted tournament.

A total of 16 teams will participate in the tournament. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; the remaining 14 teams have been determined through qualifying matches which started in August 2006. Austria and Poland will be making their first appearance in the tournament. The winner of Euro 2008 will represent UEFA at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup in South Africa.

Tournament details
Host countries Flag of Austria Austria / Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
Dates 7 June – 29 June
Teams 16
Venue(s) 8 (in 8 host cities)

The new trophy for the UEFA Euro 2008 tournament

A new trophy will be awarded to the winners of the Euro 2008 tournament. The new version of the Henri Delaunay Trophy, created by Asprey London,[2] is almost an exact replica of the original designed by Arthus-Bertrand

The official ball for the UEFA Euro 2008 matches

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 slightly modified surface structure
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."

MascotTrix and Flix, the official mascots for the UEFA Euro 2008 competition

Participating Teams

Group A: Czech Republic • Portugal • Switzerland • Turkey
Group B: Austria • Croatia • Germany • Poland
Group C: France • Italy • Netherlands • Romania
Group D: Greece • Russia • Spain • Sweden

Download the Wall Chart of the Schedule
Click on the Picture

source : wikipedia and UEFA official site

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