The E.F.U. Championship

The E.F.U. Championship was a competition for European national teams, along the lines of the U.E.F.A. European Championships. Nations qualified for the finals by playing in mini-leagues, with the winners of each group progressing to the finals. This was back in the days of East and West Germany, the U.S.S.R. etc, so there were only 32 countries, so there were eight qualification groups of four teams each. Eight of these qualified for the finals, which had an unusual format. The eight teams were split into two groups of four, with each team playing the other three once. The top two qualified for the final pool, but the results of the matches between teams that had already played each other were carried forward into the final pool, and each team then played the two teams that qualified from the other group. The championship went to the team with the most points.

Listed below are the positions in the final pool for the championship, which was initially played every two seasons, but from season 56 changed to a four-yearly format. The last chamionship was in Season 120, but a new championship was inaugurated in Season 172 (see below).

Finals of the original championship

Season Champions Pts Runners-up Pts Third Pts Fourth Pts
20 ENGLAND 6 Czechoslovakia 4 Scotland 2 Yugoslavia 0
22 ENGLAND 4 Poland 4 W Germany 2 Austria 2
24 ITALY 6 England 4 Sweden 2 Netherlands 0
26 WEST GERMANY 4 Italy 4 Austria 3 Netherlands 1
28 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 5 Netherlands 4 England 2 Finland 1
30 ITALY 6 West Germany 4 Sweden 1 Poland 1
32 ENGLAND 6 Belgium 2 Italy 2 Austria 2
34 NETHERLANDS 5 Italy 4 Austria 3 Poland 0
36 ENGLAND 5 Austria 3 Poland 3 Czechoslovakia 1
38 NETHERLANDS 4 Italy 3 Romania 3 Czechoslovakia 2
40 ITALY 4 Poland 3 England 3 Belgium 2
42 ENGLAND 5 Belgium 4 West Germany 2 Netherlands 1
44 ENGLAND 4 Austria 3 Netherlands 3 West Germany 2
46 ENGLAND 5 Romania 3 Netherlands 3 West Germany 1
48 ENGLAND 4 Netherlands 3 Belgium 3 Austria 2
50 AUSTRIA 6 West Germany 3 England 2 Italy 1
52 ENGLAND 4 East Germany 3 Belgium 3 West Germany 2
54 FRANCE 5 Portugal 4 Austria 2 Poland 1
56 ITALY 5 France 3 Hungary 3 U.S.S.R. 1
60 WEST GERMANY 5 Italy 4 Netherlands 3 Austria 0
64 WEST GERMANY 5 Belgium 3 Spain 3 England 1
68 WEST GERMANY 6 England 4 France 2 Austria 0
72 WEST GERMANY 5 Italy 4 Spain 3 France 0
76 WEST GERMANY 4 England 3 Hungary 3 Czechoslovakia 2
80 NETHERLANDS 6 West Germany 3 Portugal 3 Greece 0
84 NETHERLANDS 5 Spain 3 Italy 2 West Germany 2
88 CZECHOSLOVAKIA 6 France 3 U.S.S.R. 2 England 1
92 FRANCE 4 Czechoslovakia 3 Yugoslavia 3 Sweden 2
96 ITALY 4 West Germany 4 U.S.S.R. 3 Romania 1
100 SPAIN 4 Romania 4 England 2 U.S.S.R. 2
104 FRANCE 4 Netherlands 3 U.S.S.R. 3 East Germany 2
108 ENGLAND 4 Czechoslovakia 4 Netherlands 2 Yugoslavia 2
112 ITALY 5 Portugal 3 Spain 2 West Germany 2
116 U.S.S.R. 5 England 3 Belgium 3 Italy 1
120 ENGLAND 4 Portugal 4 Spain 2 West Germany 2

The New Championship

Since Season 172 the championship has been revived, played every four seasons and in a more modern format. 24 national sides qualify for the finals, arranged into 6 groups of 4 teams each.

Finals of the new championship

Season Winners   Runners up  
172 SPAIN 2 Italy 0
176 UKRAINE 3 England 0

 

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