The Best Euro Cup Champions Of All Time

Over 60 Ranker voters have come together to rank this list of The Best Euro Cup Champions Of All Time
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Vote up the best Championship teams in UEFA European Football Championship history.

Who is the best Euro Cup Champion of all time? Every four years, the continent of Europe comes together for the ultimate soccer showdown featuring many of the best soccer countries in the world. Since the tournament began in 1960, there have been 16 champions from all across Europe. Over the course of one month, the best football team in Europe is decided in the Euros finals. Both Germany and Spain have won the cup three times, but which individual squad was the greatest European Championship team ever?

Juggernaut Spain won the European Championship title in back-to-back tournaments in 2008 and 2012, while the technically perfect German national team always seems to be in the hunt. In 2021, Italy captured their second Euro Cup title by defeating the oft-competitive England in the final. With so much talent in European football, the tournament often features many of the greatest soccer players of all time

Vote up the best Euro Cup teams of all time, or maybe just your favorite team to watch, and help decide who are the greatest UEFA European Championship winners of all time.

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  • Spain (2012)
    Photo: Real Federación Española de Fútbol
    44 votes

    Led by the ultratalismanic midlfield duo Iniesta and Xavi, Spain's golden generation outclassed the field by a wide margin and drubbed a hapless Italy in the finals 4-0, becoming the only team ever to win back-to-back European Championships. Added to the fact, Spain sandwiched the feat with a 2010 World Cup, making the 2012 La Furia Roja squad perhaps the greatest team of all time. 

    GK    1     Iker Casillas (c)
    RB    17   Álvaro Arbeloa
    CB    3     Gerard Piqué
    CB    15   Sergio Ramos
    LB    18   Jordi Alba
    CM   8     Xavi
    CM   16   Sergio Busquets
    CM   14   Xabi Alonso
    AM   10   Cesc Fàbregas
    CF    21   David Silva
    CF    6     Andrés Iniesta
    FW    7    Pedro       
    FW    9    Fernando Torres       
    MF    13  Juan Mata
    Vicente del Bosque

  • Spain (2008)
    Photo: user uploaded image
    34 votes

    Spain (2008)

    The inception of the Espana golden generation's run of dominance began in 2008, when Luis Aragonés team shocked a talent-stacked Germany lineup 1-0 in the finals. Led by Fernando Torres 33rd minute strike, Spain dominated the match and became the first team since Germany in 1996 to win the tournament undefeated. 

    GK     1    Iker Casillas (c) 
    RB    15   Sergio Ramos
    CB     4    Carlos Marchena
    CB     5    Carles Puyol
    LB    11    Joan Capdevila
    DM   19    Marcos Senna
    RM     6    Andrés Iniesta
    CM     8    Xavi
    CM    10   Cesc Fàbregas   
    LM    21   David Silva     
    CF     9    Fernando Torres
    MF    14    Xabi Alonso    
    MF    12    Santi Cazorla    
    FW    17    Dani Güiza     
    Luis Aragonés

  • Netherlands (1988)
    Photo: Koninklijke Nederlandse Voetbalbond

    In a match which was contested by the Soviet Union, playing in what would turn out to be the USSR's last European Championship, the Netherlands simply outclassed the Red Army at the Olympiastadion in Munich. Helmed by captain Ruud Gullit and striker Marco van Basten, The Flying Dutchmen were untouchable in a 2-0 drubbing of the Soviet Union.

    GK     1    Hans van Breukelen
    RB     6    Berry van Aerle
    CB    17    Frank Rijkaard
    CB     4     Ronald Koeman
    LB     2    Adri van Tiggelen
    RM    7    Gerald Vanenburg
    CM   20    Jan Wouters
    CM    8    Arnold Mühren
    LM   13    Erwin Koeman
    CF    10    Ruud Gullit (c)
    CF    12    Marco van Basten
    Rinus Michels


  • France (2000)
    Photo: Fédération Française de Football
    32 votes

    A stacked 2000 France squad led by Zidane, Henry, and Deschamps willed Les Bleus to the finals, but it was the deep roster which scored France the victory when 86th minute sub Robert Pires cut the ball back from the left for 76th minute sub David Trezeguet to fire the golden goal into the roof of the net with his left foot and win the tournament for France.

    GK    16   Fabien Barthez
    RB    15    Lilian Thuram 
    CB     8     Marcel Desailly
    CB     5     Laurent Blanc
    LB     3     Bixente Lizarazu
    CM    4     Patrick Vieira
    CM    7     Didier Deschamps (c)
    RW    6     Youri Djorkaeff 
    AM  10     Zinedine Zidane
    LW   12     Thierry Henry
    CF    21    Christophe Dugarry 
    FW    13    Sylvain Wiltord
    FW    20    David Trezeguet
    MF    11     Robert Pires
    Roger Lemerre


  • West Germany (1972)
    Photo: user uploaded image
    29 votes

    West Germany (1972)

    German football legends Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Muller dominated the Soviet Union in a 3-0 rout during the fourth iteration of the European Championship in Brussels. As the old football saying goes, "If you beat a team 5-0, they're bad. If you beat a team 3-0, you're good."


    GK    1    Sepp Maier
    SW    5    Franz Beckenbauer (c)
    RB    2    Horst-Dieter Höttges
    CB    4    Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
    LB    3    Paul Breitner
    DM    6    Herbert Wimmer
    CM    8    Uli Hoeneß
    CM    10    Günter Netzer
    RW    9    Jupp Heynckes
    LW    11    Erwin Kremers
    CF    13    Gerd Müller
    Helmut Schön

  • France (1984)
    Photo: user uploaded image
    19 votes

    France (1984)

    The match featured tournament hosts, France, who went in as favourites and arguably the best team in Europe at the time. France midfielder Michel Platini opened the scoring in the 57th minute with his ninth goal of the tournament, a low free-kick which spilled through the hands of the diving Spanish keeper Luis Arconada and over the goal line. Bruno Bellone doubled France's lead in the final minute with a left footed clip over the advancing goalkeeper to give them a 2–0 victory.

    GK    1    Joël Bats
    RB    5     Patrick Battiston    
    CB     4    Maxime Bossis
    CB    15   Yvon Le Roux 
    LB     3    Jean-François Domergue
    DM    6    Luis Fernández
    CM   12   Alain Giresse
    CM   14   Jean Tigana
    AM   10   Michel Platini (c)
    CF    17   Bernard Lacombe
    CF    11   Bruno Bellone
    DF    2    Manuel Amoros 
    FW   9   Bernard Genghini 
    Michel Hidalgo