The Women’s European Championship officially began in 1984, following two unauthorized tournaments in 1969 and 1979.
The first performances consisted of just four teams and took place every two years, before the four-year cycle came into play in 1997.
The competition has played host to some of the stalwarts of women’s football over the years, who have consistently graced the European Championship after another tournament.
Let’s take a look at who has the most appearances in the history of the Women’s EURO.
Bettina Wiegmann is the fourth best player of all time in the European Championship and the seventh top scorer of all time.
The midfielder scored five times in 17 appearances in five tournaments between 1991 and 2001, picking up four winners’ medals in the process as Germany continued to dominate European football.
Katrine Pedersen is Denmark’s all-time best appearance maker, with 210 caps to her name. Seventeen of them came at the European Championships.
The defender appeared in four European Championships between 1997 and 2009, reaching the semi-finals in 2001 and captaining her country to the finals in 2005 and 2009.
Doris Fitschen is one of the most decorated German players of all time, with five Euros between 1989 and 2001.
The midfielder was named player of the tournament at Euro 1989 aged just 20, when Germany broke into their first silverware. He participated in six consecutive European Championships before retiring in 2001 with 144 caps to his name.
Patrizia Panico made her career as an absolute goal machine, scoring 107 goals in 196 appearances for her country before her retirement in 2016.
She is Italy’s joint top scorer of all time at the European Championships, scoring five goals in 19 appearances in five tournaments between 1997 and 2013. Panico also collected a runners-up medal in 1997.
Solveig Gulbrandsen is Norway’s top scorer and top scorer at the European Championships, scoring five times in 20 matches in four tournaments between 2001 and 2013.
The midfielder is a two-time European Championship runner-up, scoring three times en route to the final in 2005, including a famous brace against Sweden in the semi-finals. He also missed a penalty in the 2013 final when Norway was again beaten by Germany.
The European Championship icons don’t get much bigger than Birgit Prinz. The German striker is the joint top scorer in European Championship history and, without a doubt, the most appearances in the championships, scoring 10 goals in her 23 games in five tournaments between 1995 and 2009.
She earned a winner’s medal at each of the Euros tournaments she attended, as Germany enjoyed an astonishing run of dominance during her era. Prinz was on the scoresheet in four of the five Euros finals he played in: 1995, 1997, 2005 and 2009. A pretty decent run overall.