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[Flag of UEFA]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 June 2013


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The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA)

This non-governmental organization represents all the European national football organizations (plus Israel). Its main goal is promoting football and friendships between European nations. UEFA manages football events in Europe, including nations' championships and the EuroLeague and UEFA clubs' cups. Its current president is Lennart Johansson, from Sweden.
Ivan Sache, 15 July 2000.


The current UEFA national association members are:

Codes from FIFA and UEFA

UEFA Full members (55, as of 2021)

National Football Association (Country)         ABR. MEMBERSHIP FOUNDED
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ALBANIA                                         ALB	1932	1930
ANDORRA                                         AND	1996	1994
ARMENIA                                         ARM	1992	1992
AUSTRIA                                         AUT	1907	1904
AZERBAIJAN                                      AZE	1994	1992
BELARUS                                         BLR	1992	1989
BELGIUM                                         BEL	1904	1895
BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA                          BIH	1996	1992
BULGARIA                                        BUL	1924	1923
CROATIA                                         CRO	1941/92	1912
CYPRUS                                          CYP	1948	1934
CZECH REPUBLIC                                  CZE	1907/94	1901
DENMARK                                         DEN	1904	1889
ENGLAND                                         ENG	1905	1863
ESTONIA                                         EST	1923/92	1921
FAROE ISLANDS                                   FRO	1988	1979
FINLAND                                         FIN	1908	1907
FRANCE                                          FRA	1904	1919
GIBRALTER                                       GIB	1895	2013
GEORGIA                                         GEO	1992	1990
GERMANY                                         GER	1904	1900
GREECE                                          GRE	1927	1926
HUNGARY                                         HUN	1906	1901
ICELAND                                         ISL	1947	1947
ISRAEL                                          ISR	1948	1928/48
ITALY                                           ITA	1905	1898
KAZAKHSTAN                                      KAZ	1994	1914
Kosovo	                                        KOS	2008	2016
LATVIA                                          LAT	1992/92	1921
LIECHTENSTEIN                                   LIE	1974	1934
LITHUANIA                                       LTU	1923/92	1922
LUXEMBOURG                                      LUX	1910	1908
MALTA                                           MLT	1959	1900
MONTENEGRO                                      MNE	1931	2007
REPUBLIC OF MOLDOVA                             MDA	1994	1990
NETHERLANDS                                     NED	1904	1889
NORTHERN IRELAND                                NIR	1911	1880
NORTH MACEDONIA                                 MKD	1994	1908
NORWAY                                          NOR	1908	1902
POLAND                                          POL	1923	1919
PORTUGAL                                        POR	1923	1914
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND                             IRL	1923	1921
ROMANIA                                         ROM	1922	1909
RUSSIAN FEDERATION                              RUS	1912/92	1912/92
SAN MARINO                                      SMR	1988	1931
SCOTLAND                                        SCO	1910	1873
SERBIA AND MOTENEGRO                            SCG	1919	1919
SLOVAKIA (Slovak Republic)                      SVK	1907/94	1993
SLOVENIA                                        SVN	1992	1920
SPAIN                                           ESP	1904	1913
SWEDEN                                          SWE	1904	1904
SWITZERLAND                                     SUI	1904	1895
TURKEY                                          TUR	1923	1923
UKRAINE                                         UKR	1992	1991
WALES                                           WAL	1910	1876

UEFA flags and emblem

[UEFA emblem]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 June 2013

Here I attach the new flags used by UEFA. The UEFA flag and the RESPECT UEFA flag were first seen in January 20-27, 2013 during the 2014 UEFA Fustal Euro qualifying matches. They both were "hoisted" (since hoisted means be shown on a big screen) on Friday 24 May 2013 during the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London, and during the matches of the 2013 UEFA under-21 Championship in Israel in early June 2013.
Though the flags came into use in 2013, the emblem was actually adopted at the XXXVI Ordynary UEFA Congress in Istanbul, on 22 March 2012.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 June 2013


Euro 2012 flag

[UEFA EURO 2012 Flag]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 11 June 2012
Flag of UEFA EURO 2012 Poland-Ukraine

There are the images of flag of:
- UEFA
- UEFA RESPECT
- UEFA EURO 2012 Poland-Ukraine
All of them, along that of FIFA, hoisted in every stadium during the continental football showpiece.
Logos are all from uefa.com
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 11 June 2012

UEFA commissioned Brandia Central, a Portuguese brand consulting agency for the creative process of developing the graphic image for the competition: "The branding has been created by Portuguese consultancy Brandia Central, which has also created the identities for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine and the Euro 2016 event, which will be held in France."
Esteban Rivera, 04 February 2022


Euro 2016 flag

[UEFA EURO 2016 Flag]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 21 June 2016
Flag of UEFA EURO 2016 France

Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 21 June 2016

UEFA commissioned Brandia Central, a Portuguese brand consulting agency for the creative process of developing the graphic image for the competition: "The branding has been created by Portuguese consultancy Brandia Central, which has also created the identities for the Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine and the Euro 2016 event, which will be held in France." It was also announced on February 28, 2014 that the "Projecto Uefa Euro 2016" won the "Grande Prémio de Design of the IV Prémios Design Meios & Publicidade" in Portugal, as well as winning the "Branding e Animação Gráfica" award.
Esteban Rivera, 04 February 2022


Euro 2020 flag

[UEFA EURO 2016 Flag]
source; image by Zachary Harden, 28 June 2021

The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2020, or simply Euro 2020, is the 16th UEFA European Championship, the quadrennial international men's football championship of Europe organised by UEFA. Back in 2012 UEFA President Michel Platini said that the tournament was to be hosted in several nations as a "romantic" one-off event to celebrate the 60th "birthday" of the European Championship competition. It was initially scheduled to be hosted in 13 cities, but it was finally reduced down to 11. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the tournament was postponed to 2021 to allow fans at stadiums.

[UEFA EURO 2016 Flag]
Flag used in St. Petersburg, Russia, source; submitted by Esteban Rivera, 29 June 2021

UEFA selected Y&R (originally Young & Rubicam) operating as part of VMLY&R, its parent company, as the creative agency following an international pitch to develop the brand for UEFA EURO 2020. The logo includes a bridge motif which will be incorporated into each host city's logo as well as imagery with monuments, historic buildings and the stadium where the games will take place included. The official logo was unveiled on September 21, 2016, during a ceremony at the City Hall in London. The logo depicts the Henri Delaunay Trophy surrounded by celebrating fans on a bridge, which, according to UEFA, represents how football connects and unifies people. Each individual host city also has their own unique logo. The rectangular logos feature the text "UEFA EURO 2020" on the top, the city name above the text "host city" on the bottom (all in uppercase), the main tournament logo on the left and a local bridge on the right. Each logo exists in English, along with variations in the local language when applicable. The logos were unveiled from September 2016 to January 2017. The main flag features the logo on a blue background which features a stationery made up of all the elements' silhouettes that are part of the brand (i.e. soccer balls, bridges and fans).
Esteban Rivera, 29 June 2021


UEFA European Qualifiers

[UEFA EURO 2016 Flag]
Used at Russia 2018 qualifiers source; image by Zachary Harden, 3 September 2021

"The UEFA European Qualifiers refers to qualifying matches for international association football tournaments in the UEFA zone. It mainly refers to UEFA European Championship qualifying matches for the UEFA European Championship (i,e, Euro 2012). The host country (through its host association and therefore its host team) qualifies automatically for the final tournament. The remaining teams are drawn into groups of five and six teams. The groups are formed by the UEFA administration by means of a draw. Teams from the national associations whose markets have made the greatest contribution to the European Qualifiers revenue are drawn into groups of six teams while respecting the seeding principles. These matches are encompassed in the European Qualifiers Match Calendar". (UEFA and Wikipedia). Its flag is a horizontal crimson background featuring the logo featuring the inscription "EUROPEAN" (on top) "QUALIFIERS" (on bottom), both in white capitals.
Esteban Rivera, 13 August 2021

UEFA commissioned Brandia Central (official website: https://www.brandiacentral.com/ ) a Portuguese brand consulting agency for the creative process of enhancing the European Qualifiers. UEFA | European Qualifiers "Overview The European Qualifiers provide an open stage for all European Nations to prove themselves. European Countries play against each other for a chance to reach the UEFA Euro (aka UEFA European Championship) or the FIFA World Cup. But despite being played by all national teams, it’s still seen as a minor international tournament. Challenge UEFA wants National Teams to regain their position as the pinnacle of the game. Not just in the Euro or the World Cup, but in every official game, namely, the Qualifiers. So, what if the European Qualifiers were positioned as a major competition, not just as a passageway to the Euro or the World Cup? With a strong brand behind it, the competition would attract more sponsors, more media attention, more viewers, and, above all, would help restore the people’s pride in the National Teams. How could we express that in a brand? Brandia Central accepted the challenge and won the project in a European pitch. Solution The European Qualifiers are a competition between nations, which, at its core, is played with heart. Heart is the place love calls home. People usually show the love for their homeland by wearing the national Team’s shirt. We thus created a simple visual icon that combined both shirt and heart. The brand claim became “play proud”. Results This brand will be launched in September of 2014." Source: http://www.brandiacentral.com/uk/work/clients/uefa/empowering-football-competition However the same company's website published another report regarding the launching date: "April 15, 2013 Empowering a football tournament UEFA has launched its new branding for the European qualifiers for UEFA EURO 2016, developed by Brandia Central. The visual identity depicts both a national team shirt and a heart. This brand will provide the next 2 European national team-qualifying competitions, with a unique image to be applied across a wide range of promotional applications. The heart shape conveys the brand's essence of “Play with heart”. It depicts UEFA’s vision for the European qualifiers: to inspire pride in the national team football. The brand will help enhance the long-term value of the newly centralised European qualifiers, offering a clear and consistent brand platform. With an official European Qualifiers website launched on UEFA.com, social media equivalents will follow. Comprehensive brand guidelines and interactive broadcast toolkits will also be developed, supporting applications into print, broadcast and digital." Source: http://www.brandiacentral.com/uk/news/empowering-a-football-tournament/
Esteban Rivera, 04 February 2022


UEFA RESPECT flag

[UEFA RESPECT Flag]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 June 2013

Here I attach the new flags used by UEFA. The UEFA flag and the RESPECT UEFA flag were first seen in January 20-27, 2013 during the 2014 UEFA Fustal Euro qualifying matches. They both were "hoisted" (since hoisted means be shown on a big screen) on Friday 24 May 2013 during the XXXVII Ordinary UEFA Congress in London, and during the matches of the 2013 UEFA under-21 Championship in Israel in early June 2013.
Though the flags came into use in 2013, the emblem was actually adopted at the XXXVI Ordynary UEFA Congress in Istanbul, on 22 March 2012.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 18 June 2013

Previus version used in Euro 2012:

[UEFA RESPECT Flag]
source; image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 11 June 2012

[UEFA EURO 2016 Flag]
Used at Euro 2020 source; image by Zachary Harden, 28 June 2021


Previous UEFA emblems

2011-2013:

[Flag of UEFA]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 11 June 2012

pre-2011:

[Previous Flag of UEFA]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005

[UEFA emblem]
image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, July 2005.

The flag of UEFA is its logo put on a white field.
Ivan Sache, 15 July 2000

The 61st FIFA congress was held at Hellenstadion in Zurich, Switzerland on 31 May - 01 June 2011 (www.fifa.com). Flags of the 208 member associations plus those of FIFA six continental confederations, International Olympic Committee, United Nations and FIFA itself were hoisted on the ceiling of Hellenstadion convention center.
Out of the photo gallery published by FIFA in its official website, I share the following notes:
- Chinese Taipei flag was a blue one with old association's emblem: plum blosoom with sun, ying-yang and footballs.
- The Curaçao flag (blue with yellow stripe and white stars) is already hoisted, there is no flag for the defunc Netherlands Antilles.
- The Somalia flag was hoisted upside-down, e.g. downwar five-pointed star.
- The OFC flag is white withe the new emblem and abbreviation.
- The AFC flag is white.
- The UEFA flag is blue with the confederation's emblem
- The CONCACAF is white.
- The CAF flag bears the new logo on white background.
Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 04 June 2011