Evolution Of The EURO Logos From 1960-2020

EURO 2020 is now the 16th iteration of the competition. Let's have a look at all the logos from previous EURO until now to see how they have changed over the years. Huge thanks to @planetafobal for the image.


HISTORY OF THE EURO LOGOS




From 1960 to 1992, all iterations featured the same logo design. Host nation's flag on top, then the UEFA name in bold, geometric font and the year at the bottom right corner. The flags and the UEFA acronym is stylised to be in a flapping motion.



The only exception came in 1980, when the host Italy had a unique logo, a geranium with a football, as well as the usual UEFA flag.



Then came England 96. This was when the EURO logo really started to have much more creativity input. The graphic was colourful, depicting a football whose hexagon patches form a figure of a player shooting a ball. Below the graphic is the competition's name, which came in three different typefaces for the UEFA acronym, EURO 96 and England, respectively.



The year 2000 saw somewhat a similar theme, a graphic of a player kicking the ball with a circular shape in the back ground. This time, though, the name of the hosting nations was not put into text but incorporated directly into the graphic with the flags Netherlands and Belgium taking each half of the player figure. That year also the first to start having the UEFA name in an arch which still presents today.



The warm and sunny weather of Portugal's summer was the main theme for the 2004 EURO. Orange and yellow dominated the logo that had a football placed inside a heart shape and 7 green dots to its' right side.



From sunny seaside we moved to the mountainous areas of Austria and Switzerland in 2008. The high peaks are represented in red, home colours of both countries, while a green football is placed inside the curves of the red mountain. It is a simplistic design with nods to the natural beauty of the hosts.



Moving forward with having a touch of nature in logo design, the EURO 2012's featured two flowers in red/white (Poland) and blue/yellow (Ukraine) with a large football in the middle. Inside each shape is a human figure throwing their hands up in victory.



2016 saw the first EURO logo to include the Henri Delaunay Cup. France approached the design in a modern and subtle manner. Main colours are blue, white, red as per the flag of the nation. The graphic comprises of an elegant and refined collage of shapes to display France's artistic nature. Miguel Viana, designer of this logo as well as the 2012 one, cited his inspiration was 'Celebrating the Art of Football'.



Now the 2020 EURO, the first time where there is not one, not two but 13 countries across Europe that will host the matches. As such, the design feature a green arch, symbolising a bridge that connects and unites everyone, with the famous Henri Delaunay Cup sitting on top. Surrounding the club are celebrating fans of the game. Additionally, each city also has their own logo with their iconic bridge connected to the green bridge of the main EURO logo.



What do you think of past EURO logos? Let us know down in the comment.
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