1992 UEFA European Football Championship
Europamästerskapet i fotboll
Sverige 1992
UEFA Euro 1992 logo.png
UEFA Euro 1992 official logo
Small is Beautiful
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden
Dates10 June – 26 June
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Denmark.gif Denmark (1st title)
Runner-upGermany.png Germany
Tournament statistics
Matches played15
Goals scored32 (2.13 per match)
Attendance430,111 (28,674 per match)
Top scorer(s)Netherlands Dennis Bergkamp
Flag of Sweden Good one Tomas Brolin
Flag of 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, one of the country's few major football triumphs. The team had qualified only as a result of the breakup and warfare in Yugoslavia. Eight national teams contested the finals tournament.

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. Spain was at a disadvantage as they had already been chosen to host the EXPO 1992 and the 1992 Summer Olympic Games.


Seven of the eight teams had to qualify for the final stage; Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the event. 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), 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. 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. The shock was compounded when Denmark went on to defeat the reigning world champions Germany 2–0 to win the European title.


Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1, 2
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 00 Hosts 2 February 1990 0 (debut)
Flag of France.png France 04 Group 1 winner 12 October 1991 2 (1960, 1984)
Scotland.png Scotland 07 Group 2 winner 13 November 1991 0 (debut)
Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS3 01 Group 3 winner6 13 November 1991 6 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1988)6
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark DNQ4 30 May 1992 (11 days before start of tournament) 3 (1964, 1984, 1988)
Germany.png Germany 05 Group 5 winner 20 November 1991 5 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988)5
Netherlands.png Netherlands 06 Group 6 winner 4 December 1991 3 (1976, 1980, 1988)
England.png England 03 Group 7 winner 13 November 1991 3 (1968, 1980, 1988)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
2 Italic indicates host for that year
3 Replaced Soviet Union
4 Did not qualify but replaced Yugoslavia, who were under sanctions by the UN Security Council Resolution 757 and thus banned from appearing. Denmark were group 4 runners-up


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

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
Flag of Austria Austria Hubert Forstinger Johann Möstl Alois Pemmer France 1–2 Denmark
Belgium Belgium Guy Goethals Pierre Mannaerts Robert Surkjin Scotland 0–2 Germany
Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS Alexey Spirin Victor Filippov Andrei Butenko Sweden 1–1 France
Flag of Denmark Denmark Peter Mikkelsen Arne Paltoft Jorgen Ohmeyer Netherlands 0–0 CIS
Flag of France France Gérard Biguet Marc Huguenin Alain Gourdet CIS 1–1 Germany
Germany Germany Aron Schmidhuber Joachim Ren Uwe Ennuschat Sweden 1–0 Denmark
Flag of Hungary Hungary Sándor Puhl László Varga Sándor Szilágyi France 0–0 England
Flag of 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
Flag of Portugal Portugal José Rosa dos Santos Valdemar Aguiar Pinto Lopes Antonio Guedes Gomes De Carvalho Sweden 2–1 England
Flag of Spain Spain Emilio Soriano Aladrén Francisco García Pacheco José Luis Iglesia Casas Netherlands 2–2 Denmark (Semi-final)
Flag of Sweden Good one 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
Flag of Austria Austria Gerhard Kapl
Belgium Belgium Frans van den Wijngaert
Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS Vadim Zhuk
Flag of Denmark Denmark Kim Milton Nielsen
Flag of France France Rémi Harrel
Germany Germany Karl-Josef Assenmacher
Flag of Hungary Hungary Sándor Varga
Flag of Italy Italy Tullio Lanese
Pierluigi Pairetto
Netherlands Netherlands Mario van der Ende
Flag of Portugal Portugal Jorge Emanuel Monteiro Coroado
Flag of Sweden Good one Sweden Leif Sundell
Switzerland Switzerland Bruno Galler
Kurt Röthlisberger


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

Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 Group 1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 321042+25
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 31112203
Flag of France.png France 302123–12
England.png England 302112–12
10 June 1992
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg1–1Flag of France.png France
11 June 1992
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif0–0England.png England
14 June 1992
France Flag of France.png0–0England.png England
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg1–0Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark
17 June 1992
Sweden Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg2–1England.png England
France Flag of France.png1–2Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark

Group 2

Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Netherlands.png Netherlands 321041+35
Germany.png Germany 31114403
Scotland.png Scotland 31023302
Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS 302114–32
12 June 1992
Netherlands Netherlands.png1–0Scotland.png Scotland
CIS Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png1–1Germany.png Germany
15 June 1992
Scotland Scotland.png0–2Germany.png Germany
Netherlands Netherlands.png0–0Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS
18 June 1992
Netherlands Netherlands.png3–1Germany.png Germany
Scotland Scotland.png3–0Flag of the Commonwealth of Independent States.png CIS

Knockout stage

Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 knockout stage
Semi-finals Final
21 June – Solna
 Flag of Sweden Good one.jpg Sweden 2  
 Germany.png Germany 3  
26 June – Gothenburg
     Germany.png Germany 0
   Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark 2
22 June – Gothenburg
 Netherlands.png Netherlands 2 (4)
 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark (pen.) 2 (5)  


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

22 June 1992 (1992-06-22)
Netherlands Netherlands.png 2–2
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 37,450
Referee: Emilio Soriano Aladrén (Spain)
Bergkamp Soccerball 23'
Rijkaard Soccerball 86'
Report Larsen Soccerball 5'33'
Koeman Soccerball
Van Basten -Soccerball shade cross
Bergkamp Soccerball
Rijkaard Soccerball
Witschge Soccerball
4–5 Soccerball Larsen
Soccerball Povlsen
Soccerball Elstrup
Soccerball Vilfort
Soccerball Christofte


Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 Final
26 June 1992 (1992-06-26)
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif 2–0 Germany.png Germany Ullevi, Gothenburg
Attendance: 37,800
Referee: Bruno Galler (Switzerland)
Jensen Soccerball 18'
Vilfort Soccerball 78'


Main article: UEFA Euro 1992 statistics


3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


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


Slogan and theme song

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


Global sponsorsEvent sponsors

  • Adidas
  • Canon
  • Carlsberg
  • Coca-Cola
  • Disney

  • Fujifilm
  • General Motors
  • Intel
  • JVC
  • MasterCard

  • McDonald's
  • Opel
  • Philips
  • Ruhrgas
  • Sensodyne
  • Unicef
  • Föreningssparbanken
  • Saab
  • SAS
  • SJ
  • Swebus
  • Televerket

External links

UEFA Euro 1992

Group A · Group B · Group C · Group D · Group E · Group F · Knockout phase · Final

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Bids · Matches · Statistics · Squads · Qualification

UEFA Euro 1992 stadiums

Idrottsparken (Norrköping) · Malmö Stadion (Malmö) · Råsunda (Solna) · Ullevi (Gothenburg)

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