8 Nations with the Most European Championships Appearances Ever

The trophy that all the sides will be vying for next year (image: news.yahoo.com)

The trophy that all the sides will be vying for next year (image: news.yahoo.com)

The upcoming 2016 European Championships, for which qualification is just drawing to a close, will be the fifteenth such European wide competition. The first such tournament was held back in 1960 and for the first five editions of the competition, only four teams took part.

From 1980 onwards however, the European Championships have grown from a four team event to an eight team competition, a 16 nation contest and from next year onwards will welcome a total of 24 sides. A total of 28 national teams have made at least one appearance at the championships in their history and the following eight are those teams who have reached the tournament proper more times than any others.