The history of football teams in the UK that participate in tournaments stretches back for centuries. The names of the contests may have changed over the years, but the audiences that these tournaments attract remain devoted fans. Here are some European football tournaments worthy of note.
The UEFA European Championship
The European Championship trophy is arguably the most prestigious tournament in Europe. The tournament comprises a host of national teams from countries across Europe. The contest has been held every four years since its inception in 1960. Having started with four teams, it currently hosts the competition with 24 teams participating from all over Europe.
The UEFA Europa League
This is a European club tournament that has existed since 2009. Its predecessor, the UEFA Cup, was launched in 1971. The format of the contest is divided into a series of group phases and knockout rounds.
UEFA Champions League
The Champions League trophy is one of the most prestigious tournaments in Europe. Many European football clubs participate in this event. Teams need to go through a series of qualifying matches. The tournament originated during the 1992-1993 football season (or since 1955, if you count its predecessor, the European Cup).
The FA Cup
The Football Association Challenge Cup (FA Cup) is an annual competition between English football clubs. The first matches were played way back in 1871. It is also known as the oldest tournament in the game of football. The FA Cup inspired the formation of many clubs that are still in existence today.
This prestigious football competition was a contest between European and South American club champions. The tournament existed for the better part of four decades between 1960 and 2004. The tournament was later rebranded as the Small Club World Cup. Only a single club from each country (Europe and South America) participated in the contest.
The names of many tournaments may have changed over the years, but they still attract many followers. Football tournaments are constantly undergoing some sort of change. The entertainment they provide continues to inspire the fans and clubs that envision them. Any football fan can find a European club among the many tournaments that they can relate to.