History Awesome / EuropeanChampionship

11th Jul '16 11:48:33 AM KYCubbie
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* Marco Van Basten's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu4LX74PKUI goal against West Germany. One of the best goals...EVER!]]

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* Marco Van van Basten's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tu4LX74PKUI goal against West Germany. One of the best goals...EVER!]]



* Denmark winning the tournament. Players came to the tournament directly off vacation, after being called up due to the disqualification of Jugoslavia, and won the entire thing.

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* Denmark winning the tournament. Players came to the tournament directly off vacation, after being called up due to the disqualification of Jugoslavia, Yugoslavia, and won the entire thing.



* Just...Greece national team. Considered by the bookmakers the weakest team of the tournament, they defeated Portugal in the opening match, caused the elimination of Spain, defeated France in the quarters, Czech Republic in the semis with a gol in the extra-time, and finally defeating '''again''' Portugal, the host country, winning the trophy.

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* Just... Greece national team. Considered by the bookmakers the weakest team of the tournament, they defeated Portugal in the opening match, caused the elimination of Spain, defeated France in the quarters, Czech Republic in the semis with a gol goal in the extra-time, extra time, and finally defeating '''again''' Portugal, the host country, winning the trophy.



* Turkey can be considered this. In the final group match they faced Czech Republic, and were forced to win to advance in the knockout stage. Well, losing 2-1, [[DownToTheLastPlay they scored twice in the last two minutes]], ended up winning, advacing to the knockout stage and eliminating Czech Republic in the process. In the Quarterfinals they did it again against Croatia. after no one scoring in the first 90 minutes, Croatia scored at the 119th minute of the extra-time, but Turkey scored the equalizer one minute later, in the last action of the match, and ended up winning at the penalties. They had to surrender only to Germany in the semifinals.
* Despite one of the best teams of the tournament, Spain victory can be considered this. They won their first trophy in 44 years, after decades of humiliation they gained the glory, winning the World Cup two years later and succeeding in defending this trophy again (the first team able to do so)

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* Turkey can be considered this. In the final group match they faced Czech Republic, and were forced to win to advance in the knockout stage. Well, losing 2-1, [[DownToTheLastPlay they scored twice in the last two minutes]], ended up winning, advacing to the knockout stage and eliminating the Czech Republic in the process. In the Quarterfinals they did it again against Croatia. after no one scoring in the first 90 minutes, Croatia scored at the 119th minute of the extra-time, but Turkey scored the equalizer one minute later, in the last action of the match, and ended up winning at the penalties. They had to surrender only to Germany in the semifinals.
* Despite being one of the best teams of the tournament, Spain Spain's victory can be considered this. They won their first trophy in 44 years, after decades of humiliation they gained the glory, winning the World Cup two years later and succeeding in defending this trophy again (the first team able to do so)



* In a similar way, Iceland surprised the world by qualifying for their fist international tournament. They tied against Portugal in their first match and reached the Quarterfinals after defeating England in the Round of 16, with a team of semi-professional players. The most incredible thing is that Iceland has a population of 323.000, and the 8% of the population followed the team in France, just incredible.

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* In a similar way, Iceland surprised the world by qualifying for their fist international tournament. They tied against drew with Portugal in their first match and reached the Quarterfinals after defeating England in the Round of 16, with a team of that developed mostly as semi-professional players. players (though by Euro 2016, every member of the squad was a full-time pro playing outside of Iceland). The most incredible thing is that Iceland has a population of 323.000, 323,000 (about the size of Leicester, UsefulNotes/StLouis, or UsefulNotes/{{Bonn}}), and the 8% that anywhere from 8 to 10% of the population followed the team in France, just incredible.
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11th Jul '16 2:47:20 AM MrValle
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[[folder:2016 France]]
* Wales qualified for an international tournament 58 years after their first and last appearance (World Cup 1958), and they managed to top their group and reach the Semifinals, losing only to Portugal. The best moment was probably in the Quarterfinals, when Wales defeated Belgium, a team of top-class players considered by most the favourites to reach the final. First British team to reach the Semifinals of a major tournament since 1996.
* In a similar way, Iceland surprised the world by qualifying for their fist international tournament. They tied against Portugal in their first match and reached the Quarterfinals after defeating England in the Round of 16, with a team of semi-professional players. The most incredible thing is that Iceland has a population of 323.000, and the 8% of the population followed the team in France, just incredible.

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19th May '16 2:40:23 AM MrValle
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* Despite one of the best teams of the tournament, Spain victory can be considered this. They won their first trophy in 44 years, after decades of humiliation they gained the glory, winning the World Cup two years later and succeeding in defending this trophy again (the first team able to do so)


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[[folder:2012 Poland-Ukraine]]
* Andriy Shevchenko, one of the best players in the decade, in the opening match for Ukraine scored twice '''at 36 years''', in front of his fans, in his own country, helping defeat Sweden. They were the last goals scored by Shevchenko, who retired after the tournament. What a goodbye.
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19th May '16 2:23:25 AM MrValle
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* Denmark winning the tournament. Players came to the tournament, directly off vacation, and won the entire thing.

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* Denmark winning the tournament. Players came to the tournament, tournament directly off vacation, after being called up due to the disqualification of Jugoslavia, and won the entire thing.


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* Just...Greece national team. Considered by the bookmakers the weakest team of the tournament, they defeated Portugal in the opening match, caused the elimination of Spain, defeated France in the quarters, Czech Republic in the semis with a gol in the extra-time, and finally defeating '''again''' Portugal, the host country, winning the trophy.


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[[folder:2008 Austria-Switzerland]]
* Turkey can be considered this. In the final group match they faced Czech Republic, and were forced to win to advance in the knockout stage. Well, losing 2-1, [[DownToTheLastPlay they scored twice in the last two minutes]], ended up winning, advacing to the knockout stage and eliminating Czech Republic in the process. In the Quarterfinals they did it again against Croatia. after no one scoring in the first 90 minutes, Croatia scored at the 119th minute of the extra-time, but Turkey scored the equalizer one minute later, in the last action of the match, and ended up winning at the penalties. They had to surrender only to Germany in the semifinals.
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18th Apr '14 3:40:55 PM Quag15
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* Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo defending the decisive penalty and scoring the winning penalty against England. With his gloves '''off'''!

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* Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo defending the decisive penalty and then scoring the winning penalty against England. With his gloves '''off'''!
18th Apr '14 3:40:22 PM Quag15
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18th Apr '14 3:39:41 PM Quag15
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[[folder:2004 Portugal]]
* Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo defending the decisive penalty and scoring the winning penalty against England. With his gloves '''off'''!
23rd Nov '13 3:21:36 PM KrisDK
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23rd Nov '13 3:21:20 PM KrisDK
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[[folder: 1992 Sweden]]
* Denmark winning the tournament. Players came to the tournament, directly off vacation, and won the entire thing.
5th Mar '13 10:36:38 AM GhostOfAGeek
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