The trip to Belgrade started from Cordoba. The first European Universities Games, organized by the European University Sports Association (EUSA), were held in the capital of the Autonomous Province of Andalusia from 13 to 23 July 2012.
That Cordoba will be the place where the recent history of university sports on the European continent will be established was decided on March 2010 at the meeting of the EUSA Executive Committee in Vilnius. The Spanish city won the competition between the Portuguese capital Lisbon and the Polish Lodz, and thus forever entered the map of locations where student-athletes fought for a place on the winning podium.
At the first European Universities Games, competitions were held in 10 sports (basketball, beach volleyball, badminton, football, futsal, table tennis, tennis, handball, volleyball and rugby 7).
2583 competitors from 253 teams from 131 universities from 32 countries participated. Among them were participants from Serbia with a total of five teams from the University of Belgrade and Nis (medals were won in both competitions in volleyball and women’s basketball). The most numerous were the teams from Spain (33) and Portugal (27).
Most participants were in football, 460 of them, while futsal, handball, volleyball and basketball were represented with 300 athletes each.
A total of 677 matches were played at the EUG 2012 Closing Ceremony at the La Axerquia Theater, before Cordoba Mayor Jose Antonio Nieto Ballesteros thanked everyone for their support on this project in the company of EUSA President Adam Roczek.
The head of EUSA pointed out that the success of the Games is not only related to ““the fantastic work of the organizing committee and all partners, but also because of all participants – competitors and officials, who participated in the historic event by coming to Cordoba.”
With the sounds of the anthem Gaudeamus Igitur, the EUSA flag has symbolically passed from the Cordoba organizers to the hands of the OC representatives of another European Universities Games that were held in 2014 in Rotterdam, Netherlands.