10 Most Famous Euro Moments in History

Antonin Panenka - The Original Panenka (1976)

Antonin Panenka simply cannot be snubbed off this list after waxing lyrical earlier about Andrea Pirlo's 2012 entry into the Czechoslavakian's original penalty routine. 

Panenka produced his in the 1976 final as they drew to West Germany 2-2. The first seven penalties were converted between the two sides before Uli Hoeneß cleared the bar for the German's fourth penalty, meaning that Panenka had the opportunity to win the competition for Czechoslavakia.

The incredibly audacious dink was unbelievably the last touch of a football in that year's competition as the winning spot-kick, and this rightfully so wrote Panenka's name into football folk law forever with plenty of players copying the routine over the last 45 years, some good, some bad.

Michel Platini - Platini's Extra time Winner (1984)

Michel Platini produced easily the greatest ever individual European Championship campaign back in 1984 as he scored an incredible 9 goals in the competition (four more than anyone since).

The Frenchman scored two hattricks against Yugoslavia and Belgium and also netted in every game. But the former FIFA president's most iconic moment during the competition came in extra-time against Portugal with just three minutes left to play before a dreaded penalty shootout.

It had already been an entertaining game with French defender Jean-Francois Domergue and Portuguese attacker Rui Jordao netting a brace. But the game was to be separated by the star of the tournament, Platini. The goal came when Jean Tigana beat his man to the byline before delivering a low cross for the arriving Michel Platini to tap in to send the French crowd into raptures.

Denmark - Non-qualifiers to Unlikely Winners (1992)

Denmark did not qualify for the European Championships in 1992 until replacing Yugoslavia who broke out into a civil war, forcing the Dane's in as a wildcard whilst the team were all on vacation.

Despite having some quality players at their disposal, boasting the likes of Peter Schmeichel and Brian Laudrup's in their ranks, they travelled to the tournament without Brian's brother, Michael, after the player widely regarded as Denmark's greatest ever, had a falling out with manager Richard Neilson.

Denmark beat France and the Netherlands on the way to the final with impressive displays, but it was the final against Germany that saw them come up against their biggest challenge. Underdogs Denmark stunned world champions Germany when John Jensen's thunderous right-footed shot smashed the back of the net after 18 minutes.

Denmark sealed the victory with 12 minutes to go when Kim Vilfort struck past German goalkeeper Bodo Illgner sparking fierce celebrations for the Danes, who went from non-qualifiers to champions.

Mario Balotelli - The Hulk Celebration (2012)

The second entry on this list for Italy's run to the final in 2012 is Mario Balotelli's memorable celebration against Germany after scoring his second goal of the game.

Balotelli scored his first after heading past Manuel Neuer from an Antonio Cassano cross, but it was his second of the match that made the headlines. A long ball from Montolivo caught out Germany's Phillip Lahm and allowed Balotelli to unleash a thunderous strike on a helpless Neuer in the German goal.

The charismatic striker had already produced the 'why always me?' celebration at Old Trafford a year prior but provided an equally memorable celebration in Warsaw as he ripped off his shirt and recreated the Hulk tensing.

David Trezeguet - That Golden Goal (2000)

A climactic 90 minutes in the Euro 2000 final held in Belgium and Holland saw Sylvain Wiltord's stoppage-time equaliser cancel out Marco Delvecchio's 55th-minute strike.

But the game was going to become all the more dramatic as Juventus's David Trezeguet entered the fray for an extra time with the golden goal ruling in motion. 

Despite Zinedine Zidane being the standout player over the course of the game, it was Arsenal's Robert Pires who produced an incredible run to find fellow substitute 23-year-old David Trezeguet to smash home from the penalty spot to spark wild celebrations from the French in Rotterdam. Truly the most iconic Golden Goal moment we've ever seen.

Paul Gascoigne - The Dentist Chair (1996)

England hero Paul Gascoigne was at the centre of a media frenzy prior to Euro 1996 after pictures had emerged of him and fellow England colleagues taking part in a 'dentist chair' drinking game in Hong Kong to kolly up in their pre-tournament preparations.

Despite being in the headlines for all the wrong reasons off the pitch, 'Gazza' dazzled opposition teams when he stepped onto it during the competition. The standout moment being his incredible goal against rivals Scotland in a 2-1 win in the group stage.

A goal that started with the England keeper David Seaman ended up at the feet of Gascoigne on the edge of the Scotland box before the Rangers star flicked the ball over Colin Hendry's head and smashed home at the near post past Andy Goram. 

The goal sparked a wild celebration amongst England players and fans alike, with Gascoigne recreating the dentist chair as a young Gary Neville squirted water into the 29-year-old's mouth in what was an incredible celebration.

Marco Van Basten - The Euros' most iconic goal? (1988)

Rinus Michaels' Netherlands team went into the 1988 final as firm favourites to land the countries first ever major competition against the Soviet Union at the Olympiastadion in Munich. The Dutch boasted several stars in their team for the tournament, including Frank Rijkaard, Ronald Koeman, and Ruud Gullit. However, it was the AC Milan striker spearheading the attack that stole the show, Marco van Basten.

The Ducthman had already supplied club teammate Ruud Gullit with the opener after cushioning back across goal for the midfielder to head in powerfully. However, it was his second-half goal that is still talked about today.

A long searching ball from Arnold Muhren found van Basten at the back post at a near-impossible angle. Despite the odds stacked against him, the striker didn't hesitate to take it first time and in a flash, the ball had flown past the helpless Soviet goalkeeper Rinat Dasayev, in what is arguably the competitions most iconic goal.

Gareth Southgate - Penalty heartache (1996)

England looked on track to end 30 years of hurt on home soil in the summer of 1996 when they hosted the European Championships. A 4-1 hammering of the Netherlands, a 2-1 win against neighbours Scotland, and a penalty shootout win against Spain set them up a semi-final Wembley showdown with rivals Germany.

A goal from Alan Shearer after three minutes and an equaliser 13 minutes later from Stefan Kuntz were the only goals in 120 minutes which sent the game to a tense penalty shootout you are likely ever to see, with Gascoigne coming within inches of notching home a winner for England.

10 flawless penalties followed, and Andreas Moller pilled on more pressure in sudden death after converting Germany's sixth and Aston Villa's Gareth Southgate stepped up to take England's next. The current national team boss produced a tame penalty, with German stopper Andreas Kopke making a comfortable save down to his right to break England's hearts in an emotional night on home soil.

Greece - Dare to dream (2004)

Greece pulled off the ultimate underdog story at the 2004 Euros held in Portugal. Veteran German manager Otto Rehhegal displayed a tactical masterclass across the competition, which saw them stifle the likes of France, Spain and hosts Portugal twice.

In fact, Rehhegal's men won the competition the same way they started, by beating the hosts Portugal in Lisbon. Greece's match-winner in the final was Angelos Charisteas, with a powerful header from a corner, completing one of the biggest shocks ever in Football.

Athens midfielder and Greece captain Theodoros Zagorakis was later named the Player of the Tournament for his tenacious dogged displays across the competition.

Andrea Pirlo - Coolest Man in Kiev (2012)

Andrea Pirlo was the coolest player in the Olympic Stadium (Kiev, Ukraine) back in the 2012 quarter-finals of the European Championships. The Juventus star had already stolen the show with a classy performance against Roy Hodgson's England side.

However, it was his contribution to the penalty shootout that is still talked about today. The Veteran midfielder had one last trick up his sleeve as he stepped up to take Italy's third penalty. Despite trailing in the shootout after Riccardo Montolivo's miss, Pirlo opted for a cheeky Panenka dink at a pivotal moment in the shootout, embarrassing a confident Joe Hart in the process.


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