A Numeracy and Literacy based workbook
aimed at Upper KS2 Primary Level students.
The UEFA European Championships (The Euros) is the main football competition contested by
national teams in Europe. It has been held every four years since 1960. The host(s) nations
qualify automatically, whilst all other teams gain entry by qualifying from groups drawn before
the tournament commences.
The 14 European Championships tournaments to date have been won by nine different national
teams, with Germany and Spain winning three times each. France has won twice, whilst the
Soviet Union, Italy, Netherlands, Denmark, Greece and Czechoslovakia have each won once.
The Henri Delaunay Trophy is awarded to the tournament winners. It is named in honour of
Henri Delaunay, the first General Secretary of UEFA, who is credited with conceiving of the idea
of a European championship competition. He died five years prior to the first tournament in
The most recent championship, co-hosted by Poland and Ukraine in 2012, was won by Spain,
who beat Italy 4–0 at the final in Kiev. The next European Championship will be hosted in
Year Host Country Winner Runner-Up No. teams in
1960 France Soviet Union Yugoslavia 4
1964 Spain Spain Soviet Union 4
1968 Italy Italy Yugoslavia 4
1972 Belgium West Germany Soviet Union 4
1976 Yugoslavia Czechoslovakia West Germany 4
1980 Italy West Germany Belgium 8
1984 France France Spain 8
1988 West Germany Netherlands Soviet Union 8
1992 Sweden Denmark Germany 8
1996 England Germany Czech Republic 16
2000 Belgium &
France Italy 16
2004 Portugal Greece Portugal 16
2008 Austria &
Spain Germany 16
2012 Poland &
Spain Italy 16
2016 France ? ? 24
Did you know? The 1976 tournament was hosted by Yugoslavia and won by Czechoslavakia on
penalties against West Germany. One fascinating historical note is that none of these three
countries exist today.
Political changes in eastern Europe in the late 1980s and 1990s led to West Germany uniting
with East Germany to create a single unified country called Germany. Yugoslavia was broken up
into several smaller countries, including Slovenia, Serbia, Croatia and Bosnia & Herzegovina,
whilst Czechoslovakia was divided into two countries: the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
1. How many different international teams have won the European
2. On how many occasions has the host nation won the tournament?
3. Which country was a beaten finalist on the most occasions?
4. List the countries that were formed after the breakup of Yugoslavia:
5. Why is the trophy named for Henri Delaunay?
6. On how many occasions have more than one country played host for a
7. Find words in the passage similar in meaning to:
a. Perished: _________________________ b. intriguing: __________________________
8. Write whether these words as used in the passage are nouns, verbs, adjectives or
adverbs. They have all been underlined:
a. historical: ___________________________ b. create: _____________________________
c. awarded: ___________________________ d. competition: ______________________
d. automatically:________________________ f. smaller: ____________________________
9. Write down the first pronoun used in the passage: _______________________________
10. UEFA is an example of an acronym. Find and write out the meaning of these
11. Find and write out below two words from the passage which have six or more
IRISH TEAMS & THE EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Republic of Ireland have qualified for three European Championship tournaments (1988,
2012 and 2016.) The 1988 tournament was the first time the team had secured qualification for
an international tournament. The team would proceed to qualify for the 1990 World Cup and
1994 World Cup, marking the most successful period in the history of the Republic of Ireland
The 1988 tournament began for the Republic of Ireland team with a famous 1-0 victory over
England in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. The goal was scored by Ray Houghton. The team then drew
1-1 with the Soviet Union in the next game, with Ronnie Whelan scoring a terrific goal, before
narrowly losing out on a semi-final place after going down 1-0 to the Netherlands in the final
group fixture. The tournament would eventually be won by the Netherlands, with the Soviet
Union being the losing finalists.
The 2012 tournament was not as successful for the team. Drawn in a very difficult group, the
team lost all three fixtures, losing 3-1 to Croatia in the opener (Sean St Ledger with the goal)
before going down 4-0 to Spain (the eventual winners) and 2-0 to Italy (the losing finalists.)
An interesting fact from the two tournaments is that the Republic of Ireland’s group opponents
have, on both occasions, included the eventual finalists. If that is to continue in 2016, it means
that two teams from Italy, Sweden and Belgium will have to make it to the final!
Northern Ireland’s 2016 qualification represents the first time the team has reached the finals of
a European Championship tournament, though they came agonizingly close to qualification for
the 1984 tournament. In their qualifying group, they inflicted two 1-0 wins over West Germany
and were only eliminated when the West German side scored with ten minutes to spare in their
final group game against Albania.
Before qualification was secured for Euro 2016, arguably the greatest feat by a Northern Irish
player in European Championship qualification history had been the record setting 13 goals
scored by David Healy during the campaign for Euro 2008, which included two hat-tricks, one in
a famous 3-2 victory over Spain.
Bingham and Charlton: Legendary Leaders
Northern Ireland’s most famous manager was the legendary Billy Bingham, who served as
manager for two spells, from 1967-1971 and then again from 1980-1993.
The first management spell was unremarkable, with the team failing to qualify for the 1970
World Cup. But in his second spell, Bingham would lead the team to qualification for both the
1982 and 1986 World Cups, the most successful phase in Northern Irish international football
history. The only previous World Cup tournament that a Northern Irish side secured
qualification for was the 1958 World Cup. Amongst the players representing the team in 1958
was Billy Bingham!
The Republic of Ireland manager during the 1988 European Championship tournament was
Jack Charlton. A gifted footballer in his younger days, Charlton and his twin brother, Bobby,
would win World Cup medals for the victorious England team in 1966.
Like Bingham, Charlton has become synonymous with the most successful period in the history
of the Republic’s international football side, taking the team to three tournaments (1988 Euros,
1990 & 1994 World Cups) including famous victories over England and Italy, as well as a
quarter-final appearance in the 1990 tournament after a nail-biting penalty shoot-out triumph
Martin and Michael: The O’Neills
The two international football managers in Ireland today share a common past: both
represented Northern Ireland as players, with distinguishing playing careers prior to taking up
Martin O’Neill had an illustrious club career with Nottingham Forest which included twice
winning the European Cup (now called the Champions League.) He also played in the 1982
World Cup with Northern Ireland, winning 64 caps in total and scoring 8 international goals
during his career. He moved into club management, serving as the boss of many prominent
clubs including Norwich, Leicester City, Aston Villa, Sunderland and Celtic, whom he took to the
final of the 2003 Europa Cup, where they agonisingly lost to a Porto side managed by Jose
Michael O’Neill was capped 31 times as a player for Northern Ireland, scoring 4 international
goals during his career. He played for numerous clubs, including Newcastle United, Dundee
United, Hibernian and Aberdeen, before eventually moving into football management. As
manager of Shamrock Rovers, he won back-to-back titles in 2010 and 2011 before leading the
team to the unprecedented accomplishment of becoming the first Irish club team to secure a
place in the group stages of a modern European competition.
1. How many years is it since the Republic of Ireland first qualified for a European
Championship tournament? __________________________________
2. Who scored the Irish goal in the drawn en