The 2008 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2008, took place in Austria and Switzerland, from 7 June to 29 June 2008. It is the second in a series of three successful joint bids in the competition’s history, alongside the European Football Championship in 2000, hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands and the competition in Poland and Ukraine in 2012.
A total of sixteen teams participated in the tournament. Austria and Switzerland automatically qualified as hosts; Austria made its first appearance in the tournament. The remaining fourteen teams were determined through qualifying matches that started in August 2006.
The slogan for UEFA Euro 2008 was chosen on 24 January 2007: “Expect Emotions”.
The Chief executive of UEFA, Lars-Christer Olsson, 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” .
Read more about Euro 2008 on the UEFA official website.