UEFA Euro 1992

1992 UEFA European Football Championship
Europamästerskapet i fotboll
Sverige 1992

UEFA Euro 1992 official logo
Small is Beautiful
Tournament details
Host country Sweden
Dates 10 – 26 June
Teams 8
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Denmark (1st title)
Runners-up  Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played 15
Goals scored 32 (2.13 per match)
Attendance 430,111 (28,674 per match)
Top scorer(s) Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
Sweden Tomas Brolin
Denmark Henrik Larsen
Germany Karl-Heinz Riedle
(3 goals each)

The 1992 UEFA European Football Championship was hosted by Sweden between 10 and 26 June 1992. It was the ninth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and supported by UEFA.

Denmark won the 1992 championship. The team had qualified only after Yugoslavia was disqualified as a result of the breakup and warfare in the country. Eight national teams contested the finals tournament.[1]

Also present at the tournament was the CIS national football team (Commonwealth of Independent States), representing the recently dissolved Soviet Union whose national team had qualified for the tournament. It was also the first major tournament at which the reunified Germany (who were beaten 2–0 by Denmark in the final) had competed.

It was to be the last tournament with only eight participants, the last to award the winner of a match with only two points, and the last tournament before the introduction of the back-pass rule.

Bid process

On 17 December 1988, Sweden was chosen over Spain to host the event, following a decision made by the UEFA Executive Committee.[2] Spain was at a disadvantage as they had already been chosen to host the EXPO 1992 and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.[2][3]


Seven of the eight teams had to qualify for the final stage; Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the event.[4] The Soviet Union qualified for the finals shortly before the break-up of the country, and took part in the tournament under the banner of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS),[5] before the former Soviet republics formed their own national teams after the competition. The CIS team represented the following ex-Soviet republics: Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Moldova, and Tajikistan. Four out of 15 ex-republics were not members of the CIS: Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania did not send their players; Georgia was not a member of the CIS at the time, but Georgian Kakhaber Tskhadadze was a part of the squad.

Originally, Yugoslavia qualified for the final stage, but due to the Yugoslav wars, the team was disqualified and their qualifying group's runner-up, Denmark, took part in the championship.[6] They shocked the continent when Peter Schmeichel saved Marco van Basten's penalty in the semi-final penalty shoot-out against the Netherlands, thus defeating the defending European champions.[7] The shock was compounded when Denmark went on to defeat the reigning world champions Germany 2–0 to win the European title.[8]


Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Participitation secured on Previous appearances in tournament[n 1]
 Sweden Hosts 2 February 1990 0 (debut)
 France Group 1 winner 12 October 1991 2 (1960, 1984)
 Scotland Group 2 winner 13 November 1991 0 (debut)
 CIS[n 2] Group 3 winner[n 3] 13 November 1991 5 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988)[n 3]
 Denmark DNQ[n 4][9] 30 May 1992[n 5] 3 (1964, 1984, 1988)
 Germany Group 5 winner 20 November 1991 5 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988)[n 6]
 Netherlands Group 6 winner 4 December 1991 3 (1976, 1980, 1988)
 England Group 7 winner 13 November 1991 3 (1968, 1980, 1988)


Gothenburg Stockholm
Ullevi Råsunda Stadium
Capacity: 44,000 Capacity: 40,000
Malmö Norrköping
Malmö Stadion Idrottsparken
Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 23,000

Match ball

Etrvsco Unico, a different version of the Adidas Etrusco Unico, was used as the official match ball of the tournament.

Match officials

Country Referee Assistants Matches refereed
Austria Austria Hubert Forstinger Johann Möstl Alois Pemmer France 1–2 Denmark
Belgium Belgium Guy Goethals Pierre Mannaerts Robert Surkjin Scotland 0–2 Germany
 CIS Alexey Spirin Victor Filippov Andrei Butenko Sweden 1–1 France
Denmark Denmark Peter Mikkelsen Arne Paltoft Jørgen Ohmeyer Netherlands 0–0 CIS
France France Gérard Biguet Marc Huguenin Alain Gourdet CIS 1–1 Germany
Germany Germany Aron Schmidhuber Joachim Ren Uwe Ennuschat Sweden 1–0 Denmark
Hungary Hungary Sándor Puhl László Varga Sándor Szilágyi France 0–0 England
Italy Italy Pierluigi Pairetto
Tullio Lanese
Domenico Ramicone Maurizio Padovan Netherlands 3–1 Germany
Sweden 2–3 Germany (Semi-final)
Netherlands Netherlands John Blankenstein Jan Dolstra Robert Overkleeft Denmark 0–0 England
Portugal Portugal José Rosa dos Santos Valdemar Aguiar Pinto Lopes Antonio Guedes Gomes De Carvalho Sweden 2–1 England
Spain Spain Emilio Soriano Aladrén Francisco García Pacheco José Luis Iglesia Casas Netherlands 2–2 Denmark (Semi-final)
Sweden Sweden Bo Karlsson Lennart Sundqvist Bo Persson Netherlands 1–0 Scotland
Switzerland Switzerland Kurt Röthlisberger
Bruno Galler
Zivanko Popović Paul Wyttenbach Scotland 3–0 CIS
Denmark 2–0 Germany (Final)
Fourth officials
Country Fourth officials
Austria Austria Gerhard Kapl
Belgium Belgium Frans van den Wijngaert
 CIS Vadim Zhuk
Denmark Denmark Kim Milton Nielsen
France France Rémi Harrel
Germany Germany Karl-Josef Assenmacher
Hungary Hungary Sándor Varga
Italy Italy Tullio Lanese
Pierluigi Pairetto
Netherlands Netherlands Mario van der Ende
Portugal Portugal Jorge Emanuel Monteiro Coroado
Sweden Sweden Leif Sundell
Switzerland Switzerland Bruno Galler
Kurt Röthlisberger

Match summary


Results. Yugoslavia (stripes) qualified, but was replaced by Denmark. CIS (yellow right) qualified as Soviet Union.

All times local (UTC+2)

Group stage

The teams finishing in the top two positions in each of the two groups progress to the semi-finals, while the bottom two teams in each group were eliminated from the tournament.

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 321042+25
 Denmark 31112203
 France 302123–12
 England 302112–12
10 June 1992
Sweden 1–1 France
11 June 1992
Denmark 0–0 England
14 June 1992
France 0–0 England
Sweden 1–0 Denmark
17 June 1992
Sweden 2–1 England
France 1–2 Denmark

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Netherlands 321041+35
 Germany 31114403
 Scotland 31023302
 CIS 302114–32
12 June 1992
Netherlands 1–0 Scotland
CIS 1–1 Germany
15 June 1992
Scotland 0–2 Germany
Netherlands 0–0 CIS
18 June 1992
Netherlands 3–1 Germany
Scotland 3–0 CIS

Knockout stage

Semi-finals Final
21 June – Solna
  Sweden 2  
  Germany 3  
26 June – Gothenburg
      Germany 0
    Denmark 2
22 June – Gothenburg
  Netherlands 2 (4)
  Denmark (pen.) 2 (5)  


21 June 1992 (1992-06-21)
Sweden  2–3  Germany
Brolin  64' (pen.)
K. Andersson  89'
Report Häßler  11'
Riedle  59', 88'
Råsunda Stadium, Solna
Attendance: 28,827
Referee: Tullio Lanese (Italy)


Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 Final

26 June 1992 (1992-06-26)
Denmark  2–0  Germany
Jensen  18'
Vilfort  78'
Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 37,800
Referee: Bruno Galler (Switzerland)




UEFA Team of the Tournament[10]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Denmark Peter Schmeichel France Jocelyn Angloma Germany Stefan Effenberg Netherlands Marco van Basten
France Laurent Blanc Netherlands Ruud Gullit Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
Germany Andreas Brehme Germany Thomas Häßler
Germany Jürgen Kohler Denmark Brian Laudrup
Golden Boot


Slogan and theme song

More Than a Game single

Small is Beautiful was the official slogan of the contest.[5] The official anthem of the tournament was "More Than a Game", performed by Towe Jaarnek and Peter Jöback.

Logo and identity

It was the last tournament to use the UEFA plus flag logo, and the last before the tournament came to be known as "Euro" (it is known as "Euro 1992" only retrospectively). It was also the first major football competition in which the players had their names printed on their backs, at around the time that it was becoming a trend in club football across Europe.


The official mascot of the competition was a rabbit named Rabbit, dressed in a Swedish football jersey, and wearing head and wristbands while playing with a ball.[11]


Global sponsorsEvent sponsors


  1. Bold indicates champion for that year and Italic indicates host for that year
  2. Replaced Soviet Union
  3. 1 2 As Soviet Union
  4. Did not qualify but replaced Yugoslavia, who were subject to sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 757 and thus banned from appearing. Denmark were runners-up in Group 4.
  5. 11 days before start
  6. As West Germany


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  2. 1 2 "Sweden to host 1992 Euro finals". New Straits Times. Reuters. 18 December 1988. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  3. Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt, ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
  4. Hughes, Rob (16 October 1991). "Now, the going gets tough". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  5. 1 2 Hughes, Rob (10 June 1992). "Confidence and flair: Dutch favored in Euro 92". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  6. "Yugoslav athletes banned". The New York Times. 1 June 1992. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  7. Thomsen, Ian (23 June 1992). "Danes upset Dutch in penalty shoot-out, advance to final". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  8. Thomsen, Ian (27 June 1992). "Upstart Danes upend Germany, 2–0, in soccer final". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014.
  9. "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". United Nations. University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. 30 May 1992. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
  10. "1992 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  11. Kell, Tom (1 February 2013). "The weird and wonderful world of Euro mascots". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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