Why we say

Nous sommes champions d'Europe

and not

Nous sommes les champions de l'Europe

It comes from Paris Match Article. It was a quotation.

Can I use d'Europe and de l'Europe in the same way?

  • We could say, Nous sommes les champions de l'Europe. But note the plural of "les".
    – Kii
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:12
  • So both versions are ok?
    – user10544
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:31
  • Your second sentence lacks an 's' just before "champions". Nous sommes LES champions de l'Europe.
    – Kii
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:40
  • Ok I know but can we use d'Europe and de l'Europe on same meanings? Or it is something different?
    – user10544
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:43
  • It can be use interchangeably. But Europe can have different meanings depending on the context.
    – Kii
    Jul 11, 2016 at 12:46

1 Answer 1


Both of the following forms are idiomatic and equivalent, although the first one would be more natural:

Nous sommes champions d'Europe.

Nous sommes les champions d'Europe.

That one is not:

Nous sommes les champions de l'Europe

unless used with champion meaning "someone who fight to defend a cause", but this acception is outdated.

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