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The invention of the Panenka, Platini's recital, Trezeguet's golden goal ... a look back at the magical moments of the last Euros

2021-06-10T19:03:20.747Z

For sixty years, the European football championships have been the scene of legendary moments and performances. If some great jou



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A look back at 7 magical moments from previous competitions

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On Friday 11 June, the 16th European Football Championship is due to start with a Turkey-Italy which promises to be hot at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome.

The fifteen previous editions of the Euro have been marked by historic moments and high-level performances.

We chose seven.

1976: Panenka creates the Panenka

Red Star Stadium in Belgrade (Yugoslavia), June 20, 1976. Antonin Panenka shoots a bell in the middle of the goal, humiliating German goalkeeper Sepp Maier.

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Antonin Panenka chose the Euro final to revolutionize the way of hitting a penalty.

On June 20, 1976, at the Red Star stadium in Belgrade (Yugoslavia, now Serbia), Czechoslovakia met West Germany, the reigning European and world champions.

The pretender will push the favorite until the penalty shoot-out (2-2).

The Prague Bohemians forward, the last hitter of the session, then shot in the middle of the goal, humiliating the legendary Sepp Maier.

"The more pressure there is, the more you have to try crazy things", summarized Antonin Panenka, who will leave his name to his gesture forever.

1984: Platini power 9

9 goals in 5 games!

The prodigious record set by Michel Platini during Euro 84 in France could well last a few more decades.

Leader of the Blues, winners of their first title, the eternal number 10 entry mark for the tournament against Denmark, on a deflected strike.

His following achievements will be less fortunate: a hat-trick against Belgium, another against Yugoslavia (and always with a goal from the left foot, one from the right and one from the head ...), then a decisive goal against in Portugal in the half and, finally, a free kick against Spain in the final.

A lesson in efficiency, even more extraordinary because it is not the work of a pure attacker.

1988: Van Basten, the magic fly

Olympic Stadium in Munich (Germany), June 25, 1988. Marco Van Basten, by his volley, offers the European title to the Netherlands.

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A goal etched forever in the memory of football fans.

A volley like no other.

In the final of Euro 88, the Netherlands defeated the Soviet Union 2 goals to 0. First thanks to a first goal from Ruud Gullit, almost gone unnoticed before this moment of eternity offered by Marco van Basten.

A volley of the right foot, more than 15 m from the goal of Rinat Dasaev, then among the best goalkeepers in the world, in a very closed angle.

A cross shot, direction the small opposite net, on a center of 30 meters from Muhren.

A moment of anthology for the first and only title to date of the Netherlands in a major competition.

1992: the good danish joke

Göteborg (Sweden), June 26, 1992. The Danes, in heaven, win the competition after beating the Germans.

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Far from being favorites, Denmark landed, in the summer of 1992, a grail that no one saw it reach.

In the group of France, England and Sweden, the team led by Peter Schmeichel and Brian Laudrup have lost just one of their games on their way to the title.

It was against Sweden (1-0), before defeating the Netherlands of Marco van Basten and Dennis Bergkamp in the semi-final, thanks to penalties.

In the final, the Danes methodically sketched the Germany of Jürgen Klinsmann (2-0).

A true championship course, for an unforeseeable epic: the Vikings had been drafted after the exclusion of the Yugoslavia team.

2000: Trezegol, a solid gold goal

Eclipsed by the Anelka-Henry duo during part of Euro 2000, David Trezeguet chose to shine at the most crucial moment of the competition: in the final against Italy.

After Sylvain Wiltord's equalizer at the end of added time, the Blues approach overtime with a certain psychological advantage over exhausted Italians.

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We play the 103rd minute when Robert Pires overflows on his side and sends a center back to the new recruit of Juventus Turin.

His volley from the left comes to rest under the bar of Toldo and, thanks to the golden goal rule, offers a historic World Cup-Euro double to the France team.

2008-2012: Spain sees double

Olympic Stadium in Kiev, July 1, 2012. Goalkeeper and captain Iker Casillas lifts the European trophy.

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The turning point of the last decade was marked by Spanish hegemony on the football planet.

Among European clubs, Barça de Guardiola dictates its law and provides a golden generation of players to La Roja, represented by the magical tandem Xavi-Iniesta.

By importing Barcelona's tiki-taka into the national team, the two midfielders will play a crucial role in Spain's two consecutive European crownings, in 2008 against Germany (1-0) and in 2012 against Italy. (4-0).

They will in turn be elected best player of these two competitions.

2016: the six strokes of Grizou

In 2016, Antoine Griezmann finished top scorer in the Euro with 6 goals, second best total in a single edition.

LP / Olivier Lejeune

During Euro 2016 organized in France, Antoine Griezmann acquires a lasting status of captain with the Blues.

The Atlético Madrid striker is little seen in the group matches although his goal against Albania ensures the qualification of his team for the next round.

It is precisely from the knockout matches that he enters a new dimension.

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In the round of 16, his double saved the Blues in a badly embarked match against Ireland (2-1) then he participated in the festival against Iceland (5-2). Above all, he scored twice to eliminate the German world champions in the semi-finals (2-0). His two head shots are just a few centimeters away from changing the outcome of the lost final against Portugal. Griezmann nevertheless finished the tournament's top scorer with six goals and the title of best player.

Source: leparis

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