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By Monnaie de Paris …….
 

Organised every 4 years since 1960, the male European football UEFA championship, called EURO, will take place in France from 10th June to 10th July 2016. 
UEFA Euro 2016 2 Euros BU and Proof

The obverse represents the Henri-Delaunay trophy in the centre of a map of France. It is accompanied by Monnaie de Paris’ 2 mintmarks. On the right side, stands the mention RF for RépubliqueFrançaise. On the top of the coin, France is like crowned by the name of the competition « UEFA EURO 2016 France ». On the lower part, a ball springs to the first plan.

  • 2€ Commemorative in BU version & Proof Version
  • Mintage: 10 000 copies of each
  • Official UEFA Product
  • CUPRONICKEL
UEFA Euro 2016 10 Euro Silver 1/2 Oz

The obverse depicts the legs of a football player about to kick the ball. On the right stands the competition’s logo. The lower part of the coin bears the yeardate surrounded by the mintmarks in a space delimited by grass.

  • 10€ Silver coin in circulating version
  • Mintage: 250 000 copies
  • Official UEFA Product
  • Silver 333/1000
  • 10.00 € Price (incl. taxes)
UEFA Euro 2016 100 Euro Gold 1/2 Oz

The obverse depicts the legs of a football player about to kick the ball. On the right stands the competition’s logo. The lower part of the coin bears the yeardate surrounded by the mintmarks in a space delimited by grass.

  • 100€ Gold coin in circulating version
  • Mintage: 50 000 copies
  • Official UEFA Product
  • Gold 999/1000
  • 100.00 € Price (incl. taxes)

 History of UEFA

The UEFA European Championship is one of the world’s biggest sporting events, although the competition’s genesis was more difficult than might be expected.

euro_2016_socarChampionships for national associations had already begun in other continents by the time the idea of a European competition for national teams began to reach fruition in the 1950s. At the time that UEFA was born, in 1954, the impetus for a European championship was coming from the distinguished French sports newspaper L’Equipe, which proposed a competition with home-and-away matches to be played in midweek in the evening.

Adding to the French drive for such a tournament was Henri Delaunay, first UEFA General Secretary and former French national association general secretary. In 1927, Delaunay had already submitted a proposal to FIFA, in conjunction with the great Austrian official Hugo Meisl, for the creation of a European Cup, to run concurrently with the World Cup, which would involve a qualifying competition every two years.

Delaunay wrote after UEFA’s inaugural Basel assembly in 1954 that the idea was for a competition open to all of the European associations. A three-member committee, he said, had been entrusted with examining this difficult problem. Delaunay insisted that this competition should not lead to an infinite number of matches. Nor should it harm the World Cup, and participants should not always be forced to meet the same opponents in the same group.

Following Delaunay’s death in 1955, his son Pierre joined the French journalists in the drive towards initiating the European Nations’ Cup. Pierre Delaunay was subsequently appointed secretary of the European Nations’ Cup Organising Committee, and was therefore able to observe at close quarters the blossoming of the competition that his father had wanted. After agreement had been reached that the championship would be founded, the new competition was named the Henri Delaunay Cup in recognition of his outstanding services in the cause of European football.

The inaugural tournament was entered by around half of UEFA’s member associations, 17 in total, and one more than the minimum required. The Republic of Ireland was eliminated by Czechoslovakia in a qualifying play-off (the two teams met after the drawing of lots). The first championship match proper was held on 28 September 1958 in Moscow’s Central Stadium – the USSR beating Hungary 3-1, with the home side’s Anatoli Ilyin scoring the first goal after four minutes – and the inaugural competition took place over 22 months between 1958 and 1960. From small acorns do great oaks rise.

 

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