UEFA European Championship iconic moments infographic
Graphic shows selection of best moments at the UEFA European Championship.
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UEFA European Championship iconic moments

By Chris Dinsdale

June 14, 2024 - July 14, 2024 - The UEFA European Championship takes place in Germany for the second time, having previously staged the 1988 tournament. The tournament marks over 60 years of agony and ecstasy, individual brilliance and triumphant teamwork, stunning goals and impossible saves, creating a showpiece of the very best footballing talent on the continent.

1960: Milan Galić of Yugoslavia scores first goal in Championship history, stunning hosts France in remarkable comeback with 3 goals in 4 minutes. Remains highest ever scoring game.

1968: Italy reach final in fortuitous fashion after coin toss decides semi-final following 0-0 draw with USSR.

1972: Prolific striker Gerd Müller inspires West Germany to first title. Star-studded team includes legendary captain Franz Beckenbauer

1984: Dramatic semi-final as both teams score in extra time before talismanic captain Michel Platini hits last gasp winner to send “Les Bleus” into final.

1988: Marco van Basten’s famous finish is arguably among greatest ever goals. Dutch master connects to Arnold Mühren’s high cross and volleys just inside far post from near impossible angle.

1992: Denmark scrape through group stage to beat holders Netherlands in semi-finals, and go on to shock world champions Germany in final.

1996: England face Germany in repeat of 1990 World Cup semi-final. Three Lions come agonisingly close to final but lose 6-5 on penalties -- fate is sealed when Gareth Southgate fails to score.

2000: David Trezeguet’s golden goal makes France first World and European champions.

2004: Greece produce brilliant team display, firing only goal to beat host favourites Portugal -- arguably biggest shock in tournament’s history.

2008: David Villa hits Championships’ eighth, and most recent, hat-trick, as undefeated Spain go on to end 44-year wait for trophy.

2016: Underdogs Wales -- inspired by Gareth Bale -- spring surprise to reach first ever semi-final at any major tournament, surpassing their previous best at 1958 World Cup.

2020: Tournament staged across Europe for first time in its 60-year history. Italy crown 34-match unbeaten streak with penalty shoot-out victory over England in Wembley final.

2024: Germany host first major tournament since 2006 FIFA World Cup, with stars Florian Wirtz (inset), Kai Havertz and returning Toni Kroos inspiring new confidence of title ambitions.

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PUBLISHED: 31/05/2024; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: Getty Images
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