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28th Nov '16 12:55:01 PM KYCubbie
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* EveryYearTheyFizzleOut: England, (in)famously. They only managed third place in 1968 and the semi-finals in 1996 (when they hosted it). And then they crashed out to Iceland in 2016...

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* EveryYearTheyFizzleOut: England, (in)famously. They only managed third place in 1968 and the semi-finals in 1996 (when they hosted it). And then they crashed out to Iceland in 2016...2016, leading to countless Brexit jokes (the loss occurring in the aftermath of the UK's vote to leave the [[UsefulNotes/EuropeanUnion EU]]).
6th Nov '16 8:10:27 AM 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.

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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 Final, they [[WeWillMeetAgain met Portugal again]] and beat them again.
13th Sep '16 11:06:47 PM KYCubbie
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* SiblingRivalry: Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.

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* SiblingRivalry: ** We also had a SiblingRivalry in 2016 with Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older teams—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.
13th Sep '16 11:05:55 PM KYCubbie
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* SiblingRicalry: Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.

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* SiblingRicalry: SiblingRivalry: Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.
13th Sep '16 11:05:39 PM KYCubbie
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** Averted by Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.

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** Averted by * SiblingRicalry: Taulant and Granit Xhaka[[note]]pronounced JAH-kah[[/note]], who played for different teams in 2016—older brother Taulant for Albania and Granit for Switzerland[[note]]where he was one of ''six'' ethnic Albanians on the 23-player squad[[/note]]. In fact, the two teams were drawn into the same group, with Switzerland winning a somewhat ill-tempered match.
31st Aug '16 12:42:02 AM PaulA
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* LongRunner: Among the players who played in most tournaments (4), we have, for example:
** First appearance before 1996: Lothar Matthäus (Germany, 1980–88 and 2000) and Peter Schmeichel (Denmark, 1988–2000).
** 1996–2008: Alessandro Del Piero (Italy), Edwin van der Sar (Netherlands), Lilian Thuram (France).
** 2004–16: No fewer than ''eight'' players made their fourth appearance in 2016... Gianluigi Buffon (Italy), Iker Casillas (Spain), Petr Čech (Czech Republic), Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal), Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden), Andreas Isaksson (Sweden), Jaroslav Plašil (Czech Republic), and Darijo Srna (Croatia).
** Among the coaches present in most tournaments (4), we have Lars Lagerbäck (Sweden, 2000–2008 and co-manager of Iceland, 2016).[[note]]He's not the aforementioned dentist... that would be Heimir Hallgrímsson, who took over as Iceland's sole manager after Euro 2016.[[/note]]
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, 1976–1980), 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), 1996–2004), 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.
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