European Championship all-time records: top scorers, most wins, attendances and more

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Since starting in 1960, UEFA nations have contested the European Championships every four years since - apart from the extended lay-off between 2016 and 2020 due to the small matter of the pandemic. 

Spain and Germany/West Germany are the competitions most successful teams, winning it three times apiece. While both will hope for similar glory in the summer, France, England and Belgium are the bookies' favourites for the upcoming Euros. 

Wales supporters will be glad to discover that their record ranks among Europe's elite, in part helped by their singular appearance in the championship. England fans will find it unsurprising that their nation's penalty shootout record doesn't fare too well on the continent, although it still isn't the worst record. 

That, and plenty of other Euros records, are detailed in this comprehensive guide of facts and figures. 

European Championships all-time top scorers

Michel Platini - top goalscorer Euros records

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10 goals - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
9 goals - Michel Platini (France)
7 goals - Alan Shearer (England)
6 goals - Antoine Griezmann (France), Ruud van Nistelrooy (Netherlands), Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Wayne Rooney (England), Thierry Henry (France), Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden), Nuno Gomes (Portugal) 

Most European Championship games won

Germany 1996 Euros records

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Correct as of June 18:

26 - Germany
21 - France
19 - Spain
19 - Portugal
19 - Netherlands
18 - Italy

Biggest European Championship wins

Patrick Kluivert Netherlands 2000 Euros records

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Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia (2000)
France 5-0 Belgium (1984)
Denmark 5-0 Yugoslavia (1984)
Sweden 5-0 Bulgaria (2004)

Biggest European Championship attendances

England v Scotland 1996 Euros records

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79,115 - Spain v Soviet Union (Bernabeu, 1964)
76,864 - Scotland v England (Wembley, 1996)
76,833 - France v Iceland (Stade de France, 2016)
76,798 - England v Netherlands (Wembley, 1996)
76,567 - England v Switzerland (Wembley, 1996)

Most European Championship appearances

Germany 2016 Euros records

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These are correct as of the start of Euro 2020:

49 - Germany
40 - Spain
39 - France
38 - Italy
35 - Portugal, Netherlands

21 - Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
18 - Bastian Schweinsteiger (Germany)
17 - Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
16 - Cesc Fabregas (Spain), Andres Iniesta (Spain), Lilian Thuram (France), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands)
15 - Joao Moutinho (Portugal), Nani (Portugal), Pepe (Portugal), Sergio Ramos (Spain), David Villa (Spain)

Youngest European Championship players

Jetro Willems Euros records

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17 years and 349 days – Jude Bellingham (England, 2021)
18 years & 71 days - Jetro Willems (Netherlands, 2012)
18 years & 129 days - Valeri Bojinov (Bulgaria, 2004)
18 years & 138 days - Johan Vonlanthen (Switzerland, 2004)
18 years & 233 days - Wayne Rooney (England, 2004)
18 years & 259 days - Marcus Rashford (England, 2016)

Oldest European Championship players

Gabor Kiraly Euros records

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40 years & 86 days - Gabor Kiraly (Hungary, 2016)
39 years & 91 days - Lothar Matthaus (Germany, 2000)
38 years & 257 days - Ivan Vastic (Austria, 2008)
38 years & 232 days - Jens Lehmann (Germany, 2008)
38 years & 156 days - Gianluigi Buffon (Italy, 2016)

Best Euros penalty shootout team

Czech Republic penalty shootout euros records

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100% - Czech Republic (won three out of three shootouts)
100% - Turkey (won one out of one shootout)
75% - Spain (won three out of four shootouts)
66% - Germany, Portugal (both won two out of three shootouts)

Worst Euros penalty shootout team

England 2004 Euros records

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0% - Croatia, Switzerland, Sweden (all lost one out of one shootout)
25% - England, Netherlands (both lost three out of four shootouts)
40% - Italy (lost three out of five shootouts)

Best win record

Wales 2016

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Wales - equivalent of 2 points per match
Germany - equivalent of 1.84 points per match
Portugal - equivalent of 1.80 points per match
France - equivalent of 1.77 points per match
Spain - equivalent of 1.70 points per match

Worst Euros win record

Austria 2016

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Austria, Latvia - equivalent of 0.33 points per match
Romania, Ukraine - equivalent of 0.5 points per match
Bulgaria, Slovenia - equivalent of 0.67 points per match
Serbia - equivalent of 0.79 points per match

Most Euros red cards

Radoslav Latal

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Czech Republic, France, Netherlands, Russia and Yugoslavia have all picked up three red cards at the Euros.

Radoslav Latal, from Czech Republic, is the only player to pick up more than one red card. He was sent off once in both the 1996 and 2000 tournaments. 

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Ryan Dabbs
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Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.