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EURO qualifying facts and figures

Published: Monday 17 February 2014, 10.40CET
Ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw, UEFA.com brings you the key statistics, including the 11 unchanged ever-presents and Germany's successful streak.
EURO qualifying facts and figures
The Republic of Ireland have featured in all 14 qualifying tournaments ©Sportsfile
 
Published: Monday 17 February 2014, 10.40CET

EURO qualifying facts and figures

Ahead of the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying draw, UEFA.com brings you the key statistics, including the 11 unchanged ever-presents and Germany's successful streak.

UEFA European Championship qualifying records

• There have been 14 qualifying tournaments for the UEFA European Championship with 11 countries participating in all of them: Austria, Bulgaria, Denmark, Hungary, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Spain and Turkey.

• The Soviet Union and Russia combined have also been involved in all 14 qualifying tournaments, as have Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic.

• Of those ever-present nations, Spain have the most successful record, reaching the final tournament on nine occasions, including the 1964 event which they hosted.

• The most prolific qualifying country are West Germany/Germany, with ten successful attempts out of 11. Their only failure was in their first participation, for the 1968 tournament. They are on a run of ten successful qualifications, broken only by EURO '88, for which they qualified automatically as hosts.

• Discounting host nation exemptions, France and Germany hold the record for consecutive qualifications, from 1992 to 2012. Like West Germany/Germany, the Soviet Union/Russia have enjoyed a record ten successful qualifications – but from a maximum 14 entries.

• The best percentage record for a single country is shared by Germany and the Czech Republic, who both have a 100% success rate, with six and five qualifications respectively. Next best are Croatia, who have qualified four times out of five (80%), from 1996 to 2012.

• Excluding tournament hosts, 2016 organisers France among them, ten countries are on a run of multiple successful qualifications going into UEFA EURO 2016 – Germany (six), Czech Republic, Italy and Spain (five), Sweden (four), Croatia, Greece, Netherlands and Russia (three), and Portugal (two).

• Including tournament hosts, the longest sequences of ongoing consecutive multiple participations at the finals are as follows: West Germany/Germany (11), the Netherlands (seven), France (six), Czech Republic, Italy, Portugal and Spain (five), Sweden (four), Croatia, Greece, Russia (three), and Poland (two).

• Of the 53 nations pursuing a UEFA EURO 2016 spot via the qualifiers, 26 have never featured at a final tournament. Additionally, neither Austria nor Ukraine have ever experienced a fruitful qualifying campaign, their only appearances at the finals being in 2008 and 2012 respectively, when they were co-hosts.

• Gibraltar are the sole association in the UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying field to be making their competition debut. Montenegro will make their second appearance and Kazakhstan their third.

• On just one of their ten successful qualification bids have West Germany/Germany failed to qualify as group winners. That was in 2008, when the Czech Republic edged them into second place, a position that also carried automatic qualification. The longest ongoing streak of qualifying group victories is held by Italy, who have topped their section in each of the last four competitions. Greece have the next best record in that regard, finishing first in the last three qualifying events. Spain are the only other nation to have won their group in the qualifying campaigns for both 2008 and 2012.

• Hungary and the Republic of Ireland share the record for the highest number of qualification matches played by a single nation, with 109 apiece, although the Soviet Union/Russia have contested 110. Ten other countries or combinations have amassed a century or more of qualifying games. Four further teams – Greece, Luxembourg, Netherlands and Portugal – will join that select band when they play their first fixture on the road to UEFA EURO 2016.

• Spain have registered the most UEFA European Championship qualifying wins, 72, followed by Czechoslovakia/Czech Republic on 69, with the Soviet Union/Russia and the Netherlands on 67.

• Spain are also the competition's top goalscorers, finding the net 260 times. The Netherlands are second in the list with 233.

• The side with the highest number of defeats are Luxembourg with 84, followed by Malta (77) and Cyprus (68).

• Aside from debutants Gibraltar, two teams have never won a UEFA European Championship qualifier. Indeed, both San Marino and Andorra have lost every one of their matches – 56 and 40 respectively.

• The most goals conceded by one team is 276, by Luxembourg, closely followed by Malta on 272. San Marino are next up on 253 – from just 56 games, in which they have scored a mere six goals, the fewest by any competing nation.

• The Republic of Ireland have drawn 32 qualifiers, more than any other side but closely followed by Romania on 30.

• Only five teams have qualified with a perfect record in their group – France (eight victories out of eight, EURO '92 and UEFA EURO 2004), Czech Republic (ten out of ten, UEFA EURO 2000), Germany (ten, UEFA EURO 2012), and Spain (eight, UEFA EURO 2012).

• Italy have the longest ongoing unbeaten run prior to UEFA EURO 2016, having avoided defeat in each of their last 20 qualifying matches. Greece have the next best record with 18 games unbeaten, followed by Spain (17), Germany (12) and England (10). These five countries all came through the UEFA EURO 2012 qualifying campaign unbowed, but no side avoided defeat en route to UEFA EURO 2008.

• Armenia have never reached a UEFA European Championship final tournament but they boast the player with the most outings in qualifying competitions, defender Sargis Hovsepyan with 47. Liechtenstein's Mario Frick is next on the all-time listing with 42 appearances, followed – jointly – on 38 by Latvia's Vitālijs Astafjevs and Finland's Jari Litmanen.

• Turkey's Hakan Şükür and Denmark's Jon Dahl Tomasson share the scoring record for UEFA European Championship qualifying matches (including play-offs) with 19 goals. In second place on 18 goals are three players: the Republic of Ireland's Robbie Keane, the Czech Republic's Jan Koller and Spain's Raúl González. Keane, Miroslav Klose (Germany, 16 goals), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal, 15), David Villa (Spain, 14), and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (Netherlands, 13) could all challenge top spot in UEFA EURO 2016 qualification.

• The highest number of goals netted in a single qualifying tournament is 13, by Northern Ireland's David Healy ahead of the 2008 finals. Next on the chart are Šuker (1996) and Huntelaar (2012) with 12 apiece.

Last updated: 24/02/14 11.53CET

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