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  • NAME: _________________________ A Numeracy and Literacy based workbook aimed at Upper KS2 Primary Level students.

  • THE EUROS 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 1960.

    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 France.

    Year Host Country Winner Runner-Up No. teams in tournament

    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 & Netherlands

    France Italy 16

    2004 Portugal Greece Portugal 16

    2008 Austria & Switzerland

    Spain Germany 16

    2012 Poland & Ukraine

    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

    Championships? _______________________________________________________

    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

    tournament? ____________________________________________________

    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

    syllables: _______________________________________________________________________________

  • 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 football team.

    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 over Romania.

  • 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 management.

    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 Mourinho.

    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