UEFA Championship appeared in 1971. Competitions won big interest of fans. In terms of significance specified tournament is inferior to the Champions League. But spectators there are many. Meetings champions often considered bookmakers. If so desired fans able to bet on matches of UEFA Championship with betting company.
In 1955 created the Fairs Tournament. Matches held for 16 years. Thoughts about the championship attribute to three football functionaries:
• Stanley Rose;
• Ottorino Barrasi;
• Ernst Thommen.
Base included one rule. Play in the championship have the opportunity only athletes from one roster per city. Thus a couple of teams from the German capital to fight for the title of the best could not.
Starting Championship took place 3 years. Matches on during fairs. Leadership as a result won by the team of the capital of Catalonia.
Next stage led according to a similar rule. Participate could clubs from localities where there were fairs. But there were differences without differences. Organizers allowed to play professional athletes. Cup started to be held annually. Increased number participants.
Championship reached high importance. As a result UEFA turned its attention to the tournament.
In 1971 the main prize was the UK team. Championship changed name. Relations to fairs was no more. For the first time leadership won by players from European north:
• the Netherlands;
• Great Britain.
Later situation changed. The UEFA Cup became a battlefield for players from southern Europe. Two years in a row win hold Real Madrid. Since the end of 1980s 8 times leadership went to Italians.
The main award was the silver bowl. Weighs the goblet 15 kg. Made bowl in Spain. Designers didn't put handles. This improved the appearance of the trophy.
Award passes to the winner. In previous years trophy could be given in perpetuity upon fulfillment of any of the requirements. Norms was 3:
1. Club won three times in a row.
2. Football players won the trophy 5 times per cycle.
3. Each cycle starts after of the last transfer of the cup for permanent placement.
Before the rule change specifiedconditions were to fulfill exclusively players of the Spanish club Sevilla.
At the 2010, the organization rules replaced. After conditions changed. Now winner receives copy of cup. Main prize stored by UEFA.