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21st Jul '16 12:11:15 PM DarcyFoster
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** England and Scotland, England being Scotland's 'Auld Enemy'. While they've yet to meet in the Euros, their matches are basically just a continuation of a rivalry that's been going for over two thousand years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.

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** England and Scotland, England being Scotland's 'Auld Enemy'. While they've yet to meet in the Euros, their Their matches are basically just a continuation of a rivalry that's been going for over two thousand years and shows no signs of stopping any time soon.



** Denmark in 1992 - they had failed to qualify for the tournament, but were called up as a late minute replacement for Yugoslavia, having been disqualified due the passing of a UN resultion which - amongst other things - had banned Yugoslavia from taking part in sporting events. (Contrary to popular belief, they weren't on holiday when they were reinstated - the CIS [[note]]the team representing the Soviet Union, who had split up between qualifying for the tournament and it starting[[/note]] had arranged a friendly match against them.) Having already drawn their first game and lost to the host nation in their second, they had to win their final game against France to qualify, which they duly did. They then defeated the defending champions the Netherlands on penalties in the semifinal, before defeating Germany in the Final.
** Greece in 2004 - having been drawn with hosts Portugal and perennial dark horses Spain, nobody expected them to even qualify from the group. They beat Portugal in the opening match of the tournament and drew with Spain. They looked to be heading out of the tournament until Portugal beat Spain (having themselves lost to Russia), and would have been eliminated had they not scored a consolation goal. They then defeated defending champions France in the quarterfinals and beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal at the last possible minute [[note]]If a match had gone into extra time, the first 15 minutes were played and, if a team was winning, they won the match[[/note]] in the semifinal. In the Final - were they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
** Portugal in 2016 - Despite being drawn in what appeared to be an easy group [[note]]Iceland, Hungary and Austria[[/note]], they had drawn all three of their matches and qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. They then went to extra time to beat Croatia and needed penalties to see off Poland in the quarter-final. They then beat surprise package Wales in the semifinal - which would be their only win in 90 minutes - before beating France in the final in extra time, with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off injured after 25 minutes. [[note]]As a result of all the extra-time periods they needed, they essentially played eight matches in the tournament.[[/note]]

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** Denmark in 1992 - they had failed to qualify for the tournament, but were called up as a late minute replacement for Yugoslavia, having been disqualified due the passing of a UN resultion resolution which - amongst other things - had banned Yugoslavia from taking part in sporting events. (Contrary to popular belief, they weren't on holiday when they were reinstated - the CIS [[note]]the CIS[[note]]the team representing the Soviet Union, who had split up between qualifying for the tournament and it starting[[/note]] had arranged a friendly match against them.) Having already drawn their first game and lost to the host nation in their second, they had to win their final game against France to qualify, which they duly did. They then defeated the defending champions the Netherlands on penalties in the semifinal, before defeating Germany in the Final.
** Greece in 2004 - having been drawn with hosts Portugal and perennial dark horses Spain, nobody expected them to even qualify from the group. They beat Portugal in the opening match of the tournament and drew with Spain. They looked to be heading out of the tournament until Portugal beat Spain (having themselves lost to Russia), and would have been eliminated had they not scored a consolation goal. They then defeated defending champions France in the quarterfinals and beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal at the last possible minute [[note]]If minute[[note]]If a match had gone into extra time, the first 15 minutes were played and, if a team was winning, they won the match[[/note]] in the semifinal. In the Final - were they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
** Portugal in 2016 - Despite being drawn in what appeared to be an easy group [[note]]Iceland, group[[note]]Iceland, Hungary and Austria[[/note]], they had drawn all three of their matches and qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. They then went to extra time to beat Croatia and needed penalties to see off Poland in the quarter-final. They then beat surprise package Wales in the semifinal - which would be their only win in 90 minutes - before beating France in the final in extra time, with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off injured after 25 minutes. [[note]]As a result of all the extra-time periods they needed, they essentially played eight matches in the tournament.[[/note]]
21st Jul '16 12:02:53 PM DarcyFoster
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** Greece in 2004 - having been drawn with hosts Portugal and perennial dark horses Spain, nobody expected them to even qualify from the group. They beat Portugal in the opening match of the tournament and drew with Spain. They looked to be heading out of the tournament until Portugal beat Spain (having themselves lost to Russia), and would have been eliminated had they not scored a consolation goal. They then defeated defending champions France in the quarterfinals and beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal at the last possible minute [[note]]If a match had gone into extra time, the first 15 minutes were played and, if a team was winning, they won the match[[/note]]in the semifinal. In the Final - were they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
** Portugal in 2016 - Despite being drawn in what appeared to be an easy group [[note]]Iceland, Hungary and Austria[[/note]], they had drew all three of their matches and qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. They then went to extra time to beat Croatia and needed penalties to see off Poland in the quarter-final. They then beat surprise package Wales in the semifinal - which would be their only win in 90 minutes - before beating France in the final in extra time, with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off injured after 25 minutes. [[note]]As a result of all the extra-time periods they needed, they essentially played eight matches in the tournament.[[/note]]

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** Greece in 2004 - having been drawn with hosts Portugal and perennial dark horses Spain, nobody expected them to even qualify from the group. They beat Portugal in the opening match of the tournament and drew with Spain. They looked to be heading out of the tournament until Portugal beat Spain (having themselves lost to Russia), and would have been eliminated had they not scored a consolation goal. They then defeated defending champions France in the quarterfinals and beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal at the last possible minute [[note]]If a match had gone into extra time, the first 15 minutes were played and, if a team was winning, they won the match[[/note]]in match[[/note]] in the semifinal. In the Final - were they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
** Portugal in 2016 - Despite being drawn in what appeared to be an easy group [[note]]Iceland, Hungary and Austria[[/note]], they had drew drawn all three of their matches and qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. They then went to extra time to beat Croatia and needed penalties to see off Poland in the quarter-final. They then beat surprise package Wales in the semifinal - which would be their only win in 90 minutes - before beating France in the final in extra time, with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off injured after 25 minutes. [[note]]As a result of all the extra-time periods they needed, they essentially played eight matches in the tournament.[[/note]]
15th Jul '16 11:37:28 AM DarcyFoster
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** Denmark in 1992 - they had failed to qualify for the tournament, but were called up as a late minute replacement for Yugoslavia, having been disqualified due the passing of a UN resultion which - amongst other things - had banned Yugoslavia from taking part in sporting events. (Contrary to popular belief, they weren't on holiday when they were reinstated - the CIS [[note]]the team representing the Soviet Union, who had split up between qualifying for the tournament and it starting[[/note]] had arranged a friendly match against them.) Having already drawn their first game and lost to the host nation in their second, they had to win their final game against France to qualify, which they duly did. They then defeated the defending champions the Netherlands on penalties in the semifinal, before defeating Germany in the Final.
** Greece in 2004 - having been drawn with hosts Portugal and perennial dark horses Spain, nobody expected them to even qualify from the group. They beat Portugal in the opening match of the tournament and drew with Spain. They looked to be heading out of the tournament until Portugal beat Spain (having themselves lost to Russia), and would have been eliminated had they not scored a consolation goal. They then defeated defending champions France in the quarterfinals and beat the Czech Republic with a silver goal at the last possible minute [[note]]If a match had gone into extra time, the first 15 minutes were played and, if a team was winning, they won the match[[/note]]in the semifinal. In the Final - were they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
** Portugal in 2016 - Despite being drawn in what appeared to be an easy group [[note]]Iceland, Hungary and Austria[[/note]], they had drew all three of their matches and qualified as one of the best third-placed teams. They then went to extra time to beat Croatia and needed penalties to see off Poland in the quarter-final. They then beat surprise package Wales in the semifinal - which would be their only win in 90 minutes - before beating France in the final in extra time, with their star player Cristiano Ronaldo being taken off injured after 25 minutes. [[note]]As a result of all the extra-time periods they needed, they essentially played eight matches in the tournament.[[/note]]
11th Jul '16 10:42:34 PM KYCubbie
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* SiblingTeam: Brian and Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1996), the twins Frank and Ronald de Boer (Netherlands, 2000), Gary and Phil Neville (England, 1996-2004), Murat and Hakan Yakin (Switzerland, 2004), and Romelu and Jordan Lukaku (Belgium, 2016).

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* SiblingTeam: Twins René and Willy van de Kerkhof (Netherlands, 19761980), Brian and Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1996), the another set of Dutch twins in Frank and Ronald de Boer (Netherlands, 2000), (2000), Gary and Phil Neville (England, 1996-2004), 19962004), Murat and Hakan Yakin (Switzerland, 2004), and Romelu and Jordan Lukaku (Belgium, 2016).



** Theodor Gebre Selassie for the Czech Republic and Mario Balotelli for Italy in 2012. Gebre Selassie returned for the Czech Republic in 2016.

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** Mario Balotelli for Italy in 2012, and Theodor Gebre Selassie for the Czech Republic in 2012 and Mario Balotelli for Italy in 2012. Gebre Selassie returned for the Czech Republic in 2016.
11th Jul '16 11:37:38 AM KYCubbie
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** Ironically, in 2016 Portugal reached the Final, in a very surprising way, and faced the Host France, and despite being considered the underdog managed to win, reflecting in a certain way the Greece win in 2004 (although Greece was a way more weaker team respect Portugal in 2016)

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** Ironically, in 2016 Portugal reached the Final, in a very surprising way, and faced the Host host France, and despite being considered the underdog managed to win, reflecting in a certain way the Greece win in 2004 (although the 2004 Greece team was a way more far weaker team with respect to Portugal in 2016)than the 2016 French).



** Portugal win can be considered this. Despite being a respectable National Team and despite having Ronaldo in their squad, Portugal faced this Euros with a very few hopes. 2014 World Cup was a major flop, the team was in a middle of generational transinction, and other teams like Germany, France, Belgium and Spain was considered the absolute favourites despite them. The Group Stage run did it worst, with Portugal making three ties and advancing to the Round of 16 only as one of the third placed teams. However in the knockout phase they defeated Croatia, Poland, Wales and finally the host France, making a huge and unpredictable win.

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** Portugal Portugal's win can be considered this. Despite being a respectable National Team and despite having Ronaldo in their squad, Portugal faced this Euros with a very few hopes. The 2014 World Cup was a major flop, the team was in a middle the midst of generational transinction, transition, and other teams like Germany, France, Belgium and Spain was were considered the absolute favourites despite them. The Group Stage run did it worst, with Portugal making drawing all three ties matches and advancing to the Round of 16 only as one of the third placed teams. However in the knockout phase they defeated Croatia, Poland, Wales and finally the host France, making a huge and unpredictable win.



* DidntSeeThatComing: Spain's win in 2008, a team until then described as [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut uncapable of achieving regularly and consistently good performances, despite having consistently good and great players]]. Extra morbidity came with the fact that Spain's coach Luis Aragonés had been the target of a smear campaign by part of the sports press and Real Madrid fans because he had decided to not cap Real's captain Raúl González, and he answered to this pressure by ignoring it and sticking to his guns. Early defeats in the qualifying stage were practically cheered on and the seconds before Aragonés was booted counted. So when Spain unexpectedly beat [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Italy]] on [[GiftedlyBad penalties]] in the [[ThatOneLevel quarter-finals]], the country was in shock. By the time Iker Casillas lifted the trophy, everyone had apparently forgotten that there was even a player called Raul.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Spain's win in 2008, a team until then described as [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut uncapable of achieving regularly and consistently good performances, despite having consistently good and great players]]. Extra morbidity came with the fact that Spain's coach Luis Aragonés had been the target of a smear campaign by part of the sports press and Real Madrid fans because he had decided to not cap Real's captain Raúl González, and he answered to this pressure by ignoring it and sticking to his guns. Early defeats in the qualifying stage were practically cheered on and the seconds before Aragonés was booted counted. So when Spain unexpectedly beat [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Italy]] on [[GiftedlyBad penalties]] in the [[ThatOneLevel quarter-finals]], the country was in shock. By the time Iker Casillas lifted the trophy, everyone had apparently forgotten that there was even a player called Raul.Raúl.



* InternationalShowdownByProxy: Especially in the case of a team from one side of the Curtain facing the other from the other side (i.e. Spain vs. Soviet Union 1964).

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* InternationalShowdownByProxy: Especially in the case of a team from one side of the Curtain facing the other one from the other side (i.e. Spain vs. Soviet Union 1964).



** Otto Rehhagel (played for Hertha BSC and 1. FC Kaiserslautern), for Greece in 2004;

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** Otto Rehhagel (played for Hertha BSC Berlin and 1. FC Kaiserslautern), for Greece in 2004;
11th Jul '16 3:31:01 AM MrValle
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** England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000, and even more so now that Portugal returned the favor in the 2016 final. England and Germany... we have some more (and England is usually one half of the equation). After all, this is Europe we're talking about.
** Particularly funny in the case of England and Portugal, considering their BindingAncientTreaty.
** As pointed out by ''{{Series/QI}}'', the England-Germany rivalry is very much one-way only. The Germans' biggest rivals are actually Italy and the Netherlands (especially in the past 20 years)

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** England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Particularly funny considering their BindingAncientTreaty.
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Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000, and even more so now that Portugal returned the favor in the 2016 final. Plus, France has a strong population of Portuguese immigrants, with Paris being the second city for Portuguese population, after Lisbon, of course.
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England and Germany... we have some more (and Germany, with Germany being the bogeyman for England is usually one half of (usually with a penalty win). However the equation). After all, this rivalry is Europe we're talking about.
** Particularly funny in
felt more on the case of England and Portugal, considering their BindingAncientTreaty.
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English side.
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As pointed out by ''{{Series/QI}}'', the England-Germany rivalry is very much one-way only. The Germans' biggest rivals are actually Italy and the Netherlands (especially in the past 20 years)



** Ironically, in 2016 Portugal reached the Final, in a very surprising way, and faced the Host France, and despite being considered the underdog managed to win, reflecting in a certain way the Greece win in 2004 (although Greece was a way more weaker team respect Portugal in 2016)



** Portugal win can be considered this. Despite being a respectable National Team and despite having Ronaldo in their squad, Portugal faced this Euros with a very few hopes. 2014 World Cup was a major flop, the team was in a middle of generational transinction, and other teams like Germany, France, Belgium and Spain was considered the absolute favourites despite them. The Group Stage run did it worst, with Portugal making three ties and advancing to the Round of 16 only as one of the third placed teams. However in the knockout phase they defeated Croatia, Poland, Wales and finally the host France, making a huge and unpredictable win.



** And you can now add Iceland in 2016a country with roughly the population of Leicester or UsefulNotes/StLouis, with fewer registered players (male ''and'' female) than the U.S. state of Rhode Island, and a ''dentist'' serving as co-manager (OK, he's also a veteran player and coach). They qualified by finishing second in a group that included the Netherlands (which they beat ''twice''), the Czech Republic, and Turkey. And then in the tournament itself, they made it to the knockout stage, with a draw against Portugal and a win over Austria along the way, and then stunned England in the round of 16... before reality ensued against the hosts France.

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** And you can now add Iceland in 2016a 2016 a country with roughly the population of Leicester or UsefulNotes/StLouis, with fewer registered players (male ''and'' female) than the U.S. state of Rhode Island, and a ''dentist'' serving as co-manager (OK, he's also a veteran player and coach). They qualified by finishing second in a group that included the Netherlands (which they beat ''twice''), the Czech Republic, and Turkey. And then in the tournament itself, they made it to the knockout stage, with a draw against Portugal and a win over Austria along the way, and then stunned England in the round of 16... before reality ensued against the hosts France.



* DidntSeeThatComing: Spain's win in 2008, a team until then described as [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut uncapable of achieving regularly and consistently good performances, despite having consistently good and great players]]. Extra morbidity came with the fact that Spain's coach Luis Aragonés had been the target of a smear campaign by part of the sports press and Real Madrid fans because he had decided to not cap Real's captain Raúl González, and he answered to this pressure by ignoring it and sticking to his guns. Early defeats in the qualifying stage were practically cheered on and the seconds before Aragonés was booted counted. So when Spain unexpectedly beat [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Italy]] on [[GiftedlyBad penalties]] in the [[ThatOneLevel quarter-finals]], the country was in shock. By the time Iker Casillas lifted the trophy, everyone had apparently forgotten that there was even a player called Raúl.

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* DidntSeeThatComing: Spain's win in 2008, a team until then described as [[EveryYearTheyFizzleOut uncapable of achieving regularly and consistently good performances, despite having consistently good and great players]]. Extra morbidity came with the fact that Spain's coach Luis Aragonés had been the target of a smear campaign by part of the sports press and Real Madrid fans because he had decided to not cap Real's captain Raúl González, and he answered to this pressure by ignoring it and sticking to his guns. Early defeats in the qualifying stage were practically cheered on and the seconds before Aragonés was booted counted. So when Spain unexpectedly beat [[AlwaysSomeoneBetter Italy]] on [[GiftedlyBad penalties]] in the [[ThatOneLevel quarter-finals]], the country was in shock. By the time Iker Casillas lifted the trophy, everyone had apparently forgotten that there was even a player called Raúl.Raul.



** Again France, in the Euro 2000 Final against Italy, scored the equalizer in the last minutes, and then won the all thing with the golden goal of David Trezeguet



** Italy vs Germany (1 win for Italy, 2 draws, 1 win for Germany in the penalties)



* SiblingTeam: Brian and Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1996), the twins Frank and Ronald de Boer (Netherlands, 2000), Gary and Phil Neville (England, 1996-2004), Murat and Hakan Yakin (Switzerland, 2004), and Romelo and Jordan Lukaku (Belgium, 2016).

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* SiblingTeam: Brian and Michael Laudrup (Denmark, 1996), the twins Frank and Ronald de Boer (Netherlands, 2000), Gary and Phil Neville (England, 1996-2004), Murat and Hakan Yakin (Switzerland, 2004), and Romelo Romelu and Jordan Lukaku (Belgium, 2016).



*** The team that contested Euro 2000, composed primarily of 1998 World Cup winners, averted this by being quite diverse.



*** Fernandes would return for the Swiss in 2016, but the team averted this trope, with four other blacks on the squad. Even the team's non-blacks were pretty diverse, with one half-Spanish/half-Chilean, a Bosniak[[note]]Bosnian Muslim[[/note]], an ethnic Turk, and six ethnic Albanians.
11th Jul '16 3:07:56 AM MrValle
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--> This was the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. Notable for Portugal finally breaking through to win their first major tournament, and also for the complete and absolute surprise underdog role of Iceland, who managed for their first participation to the Euro to defeat England (leading to many Brexit jokes) and reach the quarterfinals before losing to France.

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--> This was the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. Notable The tournament was noteworthy for a lot of surprise teams (Iceland and Wales above all). The final was Portugal finally breaking through to - France, with the upset win of Portugal, which advanced to the knockout phase only as a third placed team, and defeated the hosts in the final without Cristiano Ronaldo, injured after 20 minutes, winning their first major tournament, and also for the complete and absolute surprise underdog role international trophy after years of Iceland, who managed for their first participation to the Euro to defeat England (leading to many Brexit jokes) and reach the quarterfinals before losing to France.disappointments.
10th Jul '16 8:23:09 PM KYCubbie
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'''Final Four:''' Portugal vs. France / Germany / Wales
-->'''Top scorer (so far):''' Antoine Griezmann (France) - 6 goals
--> This is the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. Notable for the complete and absolute surprise underdog role of Iceland, who managed for their first participation to the Euro to defeat England (leading to many Brexit jokes) and reach the quarterfinals before losing to France.

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'''Final Four:''' Portugal vs. / France / Germany / Wales
-->'''Top scorer (so far):''' scorer:''' Antoine Griezmann (France) - 6 goals
--> This is was the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. Notable for Portugal finally breaking through to win their first major tournament, and also for the complete and absolute surprise underdog role of Iceland, who managed for their first participation to the Euro to defeat England (leading to many Brexit jokes) and reach the quarterfinals before losing to France.



** England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000. England and Germany... we have some more (and England is usually one half of the equation). After all, this is Europe we're talking about.

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** England and Portugal, since Euro 2000 and 2004. Portugal and France, since France beat them in the semi-finals in 1984 and 2000.2000, and even more so now that Portugal returned the favor in the 2016 final. England and Germany... we have some more (and England is usually one half of the equation). After all, this is Europe we're talking about.



** Portugal count as well. They reached the final as hosts in 2004 only to lose to [[DarkHorseVictory Greece]], and in 2016 will be on the visiting side of a final involving the hosts, this time against France. They reached the semi-finals in 1984 (it was remarkable though, since this was their first final stage appearance), 2000 (these two, 1984 and 2000, happened against France) and 2012 (against Spain, who won their second consecutive title). Portuguese people wondered for a long time if they were ever gonna get a title, here or in TheWorldCup. Until 2016, when they beat France in extra time in the final and won their first ever major international title.

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** Before 2016, Portugal count counted as well. They reached the final as hosts in 2004 only to lose to [[DarkHorseVictory Greece]], and in 2016 will be on the visiting side of a final involving the hosts, this time against France.Greece]]. They reached the semi-finals in 1984 (it was remarkable though, since this was their first final stage appearance), 2000 (these two, 1984 and 2000, happened against France) and 2012 (against Spain, who won their second consecutive title). Portuguese people wondered for a long time if they were ever gonna get a title, here or in TheWorldCup. Until 2016, when TheWorldCup, until they beat the hosts France in extra time in the final and won their first ever major international title.



** Also, the semi-final matches of 1984 and 2000 between France and Portugal. France, however, won both (and in extra time). The two will meet up again in 2016, this time for the title.

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** Also, the semi-final matches of 1984 and 2000 between France and Portugal. France, however, won both (and in extra time). The two will meet up again Portugal got a measure of payback by taking them down in 2016, this time for the title.2016 final.



** In terms of the winners, we have Spain in 1964, Italy in 1968 and France in 1984. France has a chance to claim the trophy on home soil again in the 2016 final.
** In terms of runners-up, we have Portugal in 2004.

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** In terms of the winners, we have Spain in 1964, Italy in 1968 and France in 1984. France has a chance to claim the trophy on home soil again in the 2016 final.
1984.
** In terms of runners-up, we have Portugal in 2004.2004 and France in 2016.



** In 2016, either of the following:
*** Didier Deschamps (Nantes, Marseille and Juventus, among others, plus over 100 appearances for France) for France.
*** Fernando Santos (played mostly for Estoril Praia, with a season at Marítimo) for Portugal.

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** In 2016, either of the following:
*** Didier Deschamps (Nantes, Marseille and Juventus, among others, plus over 100 appearances for France) for France.
***
Fernando Santos (played mostly for Estoril Praia, with a season at Marítimo) for Portugal.Portugal in 2016;
10th Jul '16 8:12:22 PM Quag15
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** Portugal count as well. They reached the final as hosts in 2004 only to lose to [[DarkHorseVictory Greece]], and in 2016 will be on the visiting side of a final involving the hosts, this time against France. They reached the semi-finals in 1984 (it was remarkable though, since this was their first final stage appearance), 2000 (these two, 1984 and 2000, happened against France) and 2012 (against Spain, who won their second consecutive title). Portuguese people wonder if they're ever gonna get a title, here or in TheWorldCup.

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** Portugal count as well. They reached the final as hosts in 2004 only to lose to [[DarkHorseVictory Greece]], and in 2016 will be on the visiting side of a final involving the hosts, this time against France. They reached the semi-finals in 1984 (it was remarkable though, since this was their first final stage appearance), 2000 (these two, 1984 and 2000, happened against France) and 2012 (against Spain, who won their second consecutive title). Portuguese people wonder wondered for a long time if they're they were ever gonna get a title, here or in TheWorldCup.TheWorldCup. Until 2016, when they beat France in extra time in the final and won their first ever major international title.
8th Jul '16 8:42:19 AM LordKaarvani
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--> This is the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16.

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--> This is the first tournament with the format extended to 24 teams, divided in 6 groups with 4 teams each, the first two of each group, and the best 4 third-place teams advancing to the Round of 16. Notable for the complete and absolute surprise underdog role of Iceland, who managed for their first participation to the Euro to defeat England (leading to many Brexit jokes) and reach the quarterfinals before losing to France.
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