A note worthy tournament, the European Football Championship, began in 1960 in France, as the European Nations Trophy. The competition final, played by teams from Yugoslavia and the USSR was won by the Soviet squad. There were 17 teams entered in the competition.
Romania’s national football team was present for the first time at the European Championships in 1984, managing to win leadership of the preliminary group which included Sweden, Czechoslovakia, Italy and Cyprus. The final tournament, in which Romania participated alongside the teams of Spain, West Germany and Portugal, had the trophy won by the Spanish team, which defeated France in the final match.