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Union of European Football Associations
Abbreviation UEFA
Motto We care about Football
Formation 15 June 1954
Type Sports organisation
Region served Europe
Membership 53 member associations
Official languages English, French, German
President France Michel Platini[1]
Vice-president Turkey Şenes Erzik[1]
General Secretary Italy Gianni Infantino[2]
Honorary President Sweden Lennart Johansson[1]
Main organ UEFA Congress
Parent organization FIFA

The Union of European Football Associations mostly called the UEFA, is the organization that controls European football (soccer) (often referred to as association football). The UEFA is one of 6 continental confederations of the FIFA. It is also the biggest one. President of the UEFA is former player Michel Platini.

Some members of the UEFA are partly or whole not part of the European continent (Israel, Turkey, Kazakhstan,Azerbaijan, Georgia, Armenia, Cyprus and Russia). There are members that do not represent sovereign states, such as the Faroe Islands, England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

UEFA national teams have won eleven FIFA World Cups (Italy 4, Germany 4, England, France and Spain one trophy each), and UEFA clubs have won 21 Intercontinental Cups and four FIFA Club World Cups. In the women's game, UEFA teams have won three World Cups (Germany 2, Norway 1) and one Olympic gold medal (Norway).

Teams of the UEFA

Men's national teams

Women's national teams

1: Official name used by FIFA and UEFA for Bosnia and Herzegovina
2: Official name used by FIFA and UEFA for Ireland
3: Formerly member of AFC (AFC 1954–1974; Joined UEFA in 1994)
4: Formerly member of AFC (AFC 1998–2002; Joined UEFA in 2002)
5: Official name used by FIFA and UEFA for Republic of Macedonia

NB:  Gibraltar was a provisional member of UEFA between 8 December 2006 and 26 January 2007 until the GFA had its application for full membership rejected.


International competitions

The main international competition ist the UEFA European Football Championship. This competition started 1958, with the first finals in 1960. It is held all four years. The last was 2008 in Austria and Switzerland. The title was won by Spain. There were also European competitions at the Under-21, Under-19 and Under-17 levels. For women there was the UEFA Women's Championship.

Club competitions

Green- clubs playing in group stage,blue-no clubs playing in group stage of the UEFA Champions League
There are two main club competitions. The highest is the UEFA Champions League. It started in the 1992/93 season as follower of the UEFA Champion Cup. This competition was first held in 1956. The second is the UEFA Europa League. The league started in 1999 when the UEFA-Cup and the Cup-winner´s cup merged. In women's football UEFA governs the for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009 (out of UEFA Women's Cup until 2009)

Winner of the UEFA Champions League

  • 2011/12 Chelsea FC
  • 2010/11 CF Barcelona
  • 2009/10 Internazionale Mailand
  • 2008/09 CF Barcelona
  • 2007/08 Manchester United
  • 2006/07 AC Milan
  • 2005/06 CF Barcelona
  • 2004/05 Liverpool FC
  • 2003/04 FC Porto
  • 2002/03 AC Milan
  • 2001/02 Real Madrid
  • 2000/01 Bayern München
  • 1999/00 Real Madrid
  • 1998/99 Manchester United
  • 1997/98 Real Madrid
  • 1996/97 Borussia Dortmund
  • 1995/96 Juventus Turin
  • 1994/95 Ajax Amsterdam
  • 1993/94 AC Milan
  • 1992/93 Olympic Marseille

Since 1992 no winner of the Champions League was able to defend the title the next season.[3]

Winner of the UEFA Women's Champions League

  • 2009/10 1. FFC Turbine Potsdam (Germany)
  • 2010/11 Olympique Lyon (France)[4]

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