Italy is the new European champion. To date, this is the record of the tournament:
The former Soviet Union was the first champion in the history of the tournament. It was in the 1960 edition, disputed in France by only 4 semi-finalists. In the game for the title they defeated Yugoslavia in extra time (2-1).
The first European Cups took place in a different era, in which many of the footballing powers were countries that no longer exist. To the aforementioned USSR or Yugoslavia we must add Czechoslovakia. The final phase, in Yugoslavia itself, was only played by 4 teams. In the decisive game for the title, the Czechoslovaks surprised the defending champion and great favorite, West Germany, and beat them on penalties (2-2, 5-3). The decisive launch was marked by Antonin Panenka, with whom he ‘created’ the peculiar shot to which he has given his name ever since.
It is surprising that a selection like this does not have more titles. The oranje, despite the great teams that it has always had throughout history, has barely achieved 1 major tournament. It was Euro 1988, in Germany. They defeated in the final a USSR that was living its last years as a country and as a national team. In that Netherlands, footballers of the stature of Koeman, Rijkaard, Gullit or Van Basten played. The goals of the final were scored by these last two players (2-0). Marco’s is one of the most beautiful and emblematic in history.
The history of the Denmark national team is one of the most magical ever in this sport. Dynamite Red had not qualified for Euro 1992 in their neighboring country Sweden. However, the conflict in the Balkans left Yugoslavia out and the Danes took their place. They qualified by suffering in the group stage and after penalties against the reigning champion Netherlands in the semifinals. In the decisive match they beat Germany soberly, thanks to goals from Jensen and Vilfort (2-0). Schmeichel or Larsen were some of his great players.
In the line of miracle teams, we also have the Greece team. Yes, the Greeks have the same European Cups as Italy, the Netherlands or Portugal. In 2004 Otto Renhagel completed the feat. They returned to a great tournament with the Euro in Portugal, but they also surprised everyone. In the group stage they beat the host, already with Cristiano Ronaldo, and left Spain out. In the quarterfinals they charged France, which was the current champion. In semis they did the same with the Czech Republic, the favorite, in extra time. And in the final they again wet Portugal’s ear (1-0). They won all the crosses 1-0 and barely scored 7 goals in 6 games, but it was worth it. Charisteas was the hero in the decisive duel, in a selection that also highlighted Karagounis, Nikopolidis, Seitaridis, Basinas, …
The Portuguese team won its first major tournament 5 years ago. Without playing particularly beautiful football, this sport gave them back the glory that it had always deprived them of, especially in 2004. They tied their 3 group stage matches and passed as one of the best third parties, and then beat Croatia after an extension, Poland on penalties and Bale’s Wales. In the final, a goal from Éder in extra time also changed the fate of the nation (1-0). It was against the France deGriezmannoPogba, great favorite and host. They did to the Gauls what they had suffered with Greece years ago. Cristiano was injured as soon as the decisive game began.
The French team is the first of the four that have won it on more than one occasion. The first was as hosts in 1984, in which they beat the Spanish team in the final on the day Arconada failed (2-0). The goals were scored by Platini and Bellone. Twenty years later, the great France of Zidane, with players like Deschamps, Barthez, Thuram, Pires, Henry or Trezeguet won their second title in the edition of Belgium and the Netherlands. In the final they prevailed in agony against Italy, thanks to Wiltord’s draw in the last play and the as much of Trezeguet himself in extra time (2-1). It was with a golden goal, then in force.
This select group of ‘multi-champions’ of the Eurocup was joined yesterday by Italy. The azzurra revalidated the continental title 53 years after the previous one. In 1968 they beat Yugoslavia in the tiebreaker match (1-1 and 2-0). Yesterday his victim was England, who could not release his record. The match ended 1-1, with goals from Shaw and Bonucci. In the shootout, Donnarumma was the hero of the Nazionale by stopping 3 penalties and thus allowing the victory of his country (3-2)
“Soccer is an 11v11 sport in which Germany always wins.” The Manschaft is always there, and in addition to being one of the two teams that has won the Eurocup the most times, it is also the one that has lost the most finals. The first they raised was in Belgium in 1972, after thrashing the USSR with a double by Gerd Muller and a goal by Wimmer (3-0). They lost the 1976 final and in 1980 they regained the continental throne, in Italy 1980 against Belgium. Hrubesch’s two goals left Vandereycken’s (2-1) to nothing. The third came in 1996, in an edition disputed in England. They achieved their historic rematch against the Czech Republic, thanks to a double by Bierhoff (2-1). The second goal was also a golden goal in extra time.
Our selection is, together with the German, the most awarded ever on a continental level. The first came in 1964, in our own country and against the fearsome USSR of Yashin and company, who arrived as the current champion. Marcelino scored a historic goal that was added to Pereda’s initial goal and left Jusainov’s (2-1) to nothing. It took 44 years, for the 2008 edition of Austria and Switzerland, to see the next one, but how well it was worth it. After overcoming a heart attack penalty shootout in the quarterfinals against the reigning world champion Italy, Torres’ goal in the final against Germany began a period of unprecedented success in the history of national team football (1-0). The ‘tiki-taka’ began with Xavi, Iniesta, Silva, Busquets, Casillas, Villa or Sergio Ramos who would be proclaimed world champion two years later and that would close the triptych in Ukraine and Poland 2012. In the final in Kiev, the national team they beat Italy with absolute mastery, in one of the biggest beatings and displays in the history of the finals in football (4-0).