September 28, 2021

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Essential Moments From Rich Soccer EURO History

EURO celebrates 60 years, and there were 16 European championship tournaments so far. The list of memorable moments is enormous. The competition remembers Italy winning EURO in 1968 with a coin toss, after goalless draw with USSR, or birth of iconic penalty chip shot, Van Basten candidate for best goals in history, and many others.

Top Scorers In Euro History

The most memorable appearance was Michel Platini 1984 tournament, where he scored nine goals in five matches, an achievement some other players couldn’t reach in multiple tournaments. Platini helped France to win its first medal in a major tournament with his performance.

Second on the list of scorers is Cristiano Ronaldo, who also has nine goals, but from four tournaments. Portuguese superstar will now play in his fifth EURO, where he has the chance of becoming the best scorer in EURO history. England’s Alan Shearer scored seven goals, and Antoine Griezmann has led the list of players with six goals.

Most Memorable Goals

Czechoslovakia won its only EURO in 1976, and the hero of the final was Antonin Panenka. In the first-ever penalty shootout in the seventh series, he played it cool and shot an easy chip shot. He took a risk like players in online sports betting, and his challenging penalty kick that looks attractive when victorious gets its name after a Czech footballer.

One of the most memorable goals in football history is Marco Van Basten’s volley shot against USSR in 1988 EURO. A truly remarkable skill and a goal you will find in every list of most memorable goals.

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How does it feel about scoring against one of the best goalkeepers? Davor Šuker had a memorable tournament and day against Danmark in Croatia, stomping current EURO champions 3-0 in 1996. Suker scored an incredible chip-shot lob against Peter Schmeichel that send Croatia supporters into a frenzy.

In the same tournament, we saw the only golden goal in EURO history. Oliver Bierhoff, the flying fortress, scored for Germany against the Czech Republic in extra time and won the game.

This Country Went Back Home With The Most Titles

Two countries historically have the best record on EURO Germany won the competition three times. In 1972 West Germany won with four goals from Gerd Muller. They were also victorious in 1980 and 1996. Germany was also three times runner-up. Spain also has three titles. After 1964, they waited until 2008 and then won two consecutive tournaments. France has two EURO titles, and there are seven nations with one win.

Biggest Upsets In EURO History

Czechoslovakia won the 1976 tournament with above mentioned Panenka’s penalty shot. Germany’s dominance was evident in those years as they won the previous and the next title. The biggest upset in EURO history is Greece, where they won as the biggest underdogs, even besting hosts Portugal 2-0 in the finals. Denmark got a place instead of Yugoslavia in 1992, and they went all the way with the invitation with a brilliant performance of Peter Schmeichel and Brian Laudrup.