2006 European Athletics Championships

The 19th European Athletics Championships were held between 6 and 13 August 2006 in the Swedish city of Gothenburg. The competitions were held at the Ullevi Stadium, the venue for the 1995 IAAF World Championships was fifth. The candidacy of Gothenburg had prevailed on 6 October 2001 on the occasion of the EAA Congress against Barcelona after Amsterdam had earlier withdrawn his application.

The marathon was held on a ten kilometer long and four times to continuous circular course in the city center, The competitions in walking found as early as 1995, instead of on a two- kilometer circuit on the Skånegatan, a street in front of the stadium. The start and finish were at all the races at the Ullevi stadium.

Official European Championship song was " To All The Heroes " by Elena Paparizou.


Opening Ceremony

The opening ceremony took place on the evening of the 6th month of August 2006 in front of 100,000 spectators rather than on the Götaplatsen in downtown Gothenburg. Their motto was " Sweden meets Europe ". It was the first opening ceremony of European Athletics Championships, which did not take place in the stadium. This step should illustrate the close connection between the event and the venue.

The ceremony lasted two hours and was moderated by former triple jumper Jonathan Edwards, together with a Swedish television presenter. During invasion, the German flag was carried by the 19-year young German champion in the 200 meters, Jala Gangnus.

During the visit more than once stepped on the quilting group JEERK who took up various athletics disciplines in their performances. In addition, a great musical program was offered. The Symphony Orchestra of the City played with a guitarist of the band Hammerfall. This occurred in connection still fully staffed with Swedish athletes on, presenting the, dedicated to the Swedish team, song The Fire Burns Forever, in which some athletes had co-written from Sweden. In addition, for example, stepped on the Norwegian singer Sissel Kyrkjebø, which can also be heard in the music for the film Titanic. Furthermore, there was an appearance of the Greek Elena Paparizou, the Irishman Ronan Keating sang along with Jessica Anderson. At the conclusion of the festivities, there was a fireworks display.


Among the competitions posted 48 of the 50 member associations of the European Athletic Association delegation to Gothenburg. Only the organizations from Armenia and Liechtenstein renounced participation.

  • Albania Albania ( 4)
  • Andorra Andorra ( 1)
  • Azerbaijan Azerbaijan ( 1)
  • Belgium Belgium (35 )
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Denmark Denmark
  • Germany Germany (77 )
  • Estonia Estonia
  • Finland Finland ( 56)
  • France France
  • Georgia Georgia
  • Gibraltar Gibraltar ( 1)
  • Greece Greece
  • United Kingdom United Kingdom
  • Ireland Ireland ( 29)
  • Iceland Iceland
  • Israel Israel
  • Italy Italy
  • Croatia Croatia (14 )
  • Latvia Latvia
  • Lithuania Lithuania
  • Luxembourg Luxembourg ( 2)
  • Malta Malta
  • Macedonia Macedonia
  • Moldova Moldova
  • Monaco Monaco
  • Montenegro Montenegro
  • Netherlands The Netherlands
  • Norway Norway
  • Austria Austria (11 )
  • Poland Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania Romania
  • Russia Russia
  • San Marino San Marino
  • Sweden Sweden (69 )
  • Switzerland Switzerland ( 19)
  • Serbia Serbia
  • Slovakia Slovakia
  • Slovenia Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Czech Republic Czech Republic
  • Turkey Turkey
  • Ukraine Ukraine
  • Hungary Hungary
  • Belarus Belarus
  • Cyprus Republic of Cyprus


The European Athletics Championships competitions were held in five different competitive groups: running, jumping, throwing, and walking -around:

  • Results of the Women's competitions
  • Results of the men's competitions