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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 Spain Florentino Pérez
Vice-president Turkey Şenes Erzik
General Secretary Spain Emilio Butragueño
Honorary President Sweden Lennart Johansson
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. The President of the UEFA is Florentino Pérez, who also works as the president of Real Madrid.

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 women's, UEFA teams have won three FIFA Women's World Cups (Germany 2, Norway 1) and one Olympic gold medal (Norway).

Teams of the UEFA

Men's national teams

Women's national teams

  • Flag of Albania.svg Albania
  • Flag of Azerbaijan.svg Azerbaijan
  • Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
  • Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
  • Flag of Finland.svg Finland
  • Flag of Greece.svg Greece
  • Flag of Israel.svg Israel3
  • Flag of Liechtenstein.svg Liechtenstein
  • Flag of Malta.svg Malta
  • Flag of Northern Ireland.svg Northern Ireland
  • Flag of Romania.svg Romania
  • Flag of Serbia.svg Serbia
  • Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
  • Flag of Wales 2.svg Wales
  • Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra
  • Flag of Belarus.svg Belarus
  • Flag of Croatia.svg Croatia
  • Flag of England.svg England
  • Flag of France.svg France
  • Flag of Hungary.svg Hungary
  • Flag of Italy.svg Italy
  • Flag of Lithuania.svg Lithuania
  • Flag of Moldova.svg Moldova
  • Flag of Norway.svg Norway
  • Flag of Russia.svg Russia
  • Flag of Slovakia.svg Slovakia
  • Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland
  • Flag of Armenia.svg Armenia
  • Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
  • Flag of Cyprus.svg Cyprus
  • Flag of Estonia.svg Estonia
  • Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia
  • Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland
  • Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan4
  • Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
  • Flag of Montenegro.svg Montenegro
  • Flag of Poland.svg Poland
  • Flag of San Marino.svg San Marino
  • Flag of Slovenia.svg Slovenia
  • Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey
  • Flag of Austria.svg Austria
  • Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg Bosnia-Herzegovina1
  • Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic
  • Flag of the Faroe Islands.svg Faroe Islands
  • Flag of Germany.svg Germany
  • Flag of Ireland.svg Ireland2
  • Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia
  • Flag of North Macedonia.svg North Macedonia5
  • Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
  • Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
  • Flag of Scotland.svg Scotland
  • Flag of Spain.svg Spain
  • Flag of Ukraine.svg Ukraine
  • Vatican
  • Flag of Kosovo.svg Kosovo
  • Transnistria

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 is the UEFA European Football Championship. This competition started in 1958, with the first finals in 1960. It is held every four years. The last was 2016 in France. The title was won by Portugal for their first time ever. 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

UEFA members Champs League group stage
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 Winners' Cup merged. In women's football UEFA governs UEFA Women's Champions League for club teams. The competition was first held in 2009 (out of UEFA Women's Cup until 2009)

Winner of the UEFA Champions League

  • 2017/18-Real Madrid
  • 2016/17-Real Madrid
  • 2015/16-Real Madrid
  • 2014/15-FC Barcelona
  • 2013/14-Real Madrid
  • 2012/13-Bayern Munich
  • 2011/12-Chelsea FC
  • 2010/11-FC Barcelona
  • 2009/10-Inter Milan
  • 2008/09-FC Barcelona
  • 2007/08-Manchester United
  • 2006/07-AC Milan
  • 2005/06-FC Barcelona
  • 2004/05-Liverpool FC
  • 2003/04-FC Porto
  • 2002/03-AC Milan
  • 2001/02-Real Madrid
  • 2000/01-Bayern Munich
  • 1999/00-Real Madrid
  • 1998/99-Manchester United
  • 1997/98-Real Madrid
  • 1996/97-Borussia Dortmund
  • 1995/96-Juventus
  • 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.

Winner of the UEFA Women's Champions League

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

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