The European Championships – 1992

The years between 1988 and 1992 were the most eventful in the history of Europe since the end of the Second World War. The collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe meant that the 1992 European Championships saw the first entry of a reunited German team and, in the light of the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a team called the Commonwealth of Independent States represented the transitional state between the break-up of the Union and the formation of the independent nations that now play in UEFA tournaments. This sudden expansion of countries was to have a dramatic effect on international football. This would be the last eight nation European Championships, with the number of entrants being doubled for the next tournament, four years later. Held in Sweden, just four stadia, in Gothenberg, Stockholm, Malmo and Norrkoping, were used. The tournament, held in Sweden, would be shrouded in controversy before it started. The collapse of Yugoslavia had begun with the collapse of the country’s federal government a couple of years previously, and by the start of 1992 Bosnia was engulfed in a horrific conflict and the United Nations had imposed sanctions on Yugoslavia. The team had performed promisingly at the 1990 World Cup, but at the last minute, UEFA decided to uphold the sanctions and expelled the Yugoslav team from the tournament. As the group runners-up, Denmark were requested to...

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