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Here’s a countdown of the best ever goals at the European Soccer Championships.
10. David Trezeguet (France V Italy, Euro 2000, Final)
Under the former golden goal format, France and Italy had 30 minutes to score a winning goal that would end the game after the teams had drawn 1-1 after 90 minutes. Robert Pires skipped past two players, pulling the ball back for Trezegeut to finish the game off with a cool finish. Italy would have revenge six years later winning the World Cup final on penalties with Trezeguet missing a penalty.
9. Marc Overmars (Netherlands V Yugoslavia, Euro 200, Quarter-final)
In a 6-1 demolition of Yugoslavia, Overmars scored the fifth. Dennis Bergkamp played a pass from the wide area, Overmars flicked the ball up and volleyed it into the back of the net.
8. Tomas Brolin (Sweden V England, Euro 1992, Group A)
Tomas Brolin had a spell playing in England for Leeds United and was a complete failure. However, it may have been the first goal in this video against England that convinced Leeds to sign him
7. Antonin Panenka (Czechoslovakia V West Germany, Euro 1976 Final)
Panenka won Euro 1976 with the most audacious and now famous penalty kick of all time. Panenka later claimed he had spent two years perfecting the kick so that it could be used on such a grand stage.
6. Davor Suker (Croatia V Denmark, Euro 1996, Group D)
Peter Schmeichel was one of the greatest keepers of all time, but Croatia’s Davor Suker managed to embarrass the dane with an outrageous chip shot. Two years later he would be top scorer at the World Cup.
5. Karel Poborsky (Czech Republic V Portugal, Euro 1996, Quarter-final)
Another chip shot, this time it comes from Karel Poborsky, scoring the only goal of the game against Portugal.
4. Maniche (Portugal V Netherlands, Euro 2004, Semi-final)
Maniche scored a vital goal against the Dutch in spectacular fashion. In a rematch between the teams two years later (in which Maniche scored the winner) there were four red cards and sixteen yellow cards; maybe it was this goal that made them snap?
3. Ronnie Whelan (Republic of Ireland V USSR, Euro 1988, Group B)
One of Liverpool’s best ever players scored one of the best ever goals at the European Championships, with a spectacular volley into the top corner.
2. Paul Gascoigne (England V Scotland, Euro 1996, Group A)
David Seaman had just saved a penalty from Gary McAllister’s Scotland; cue Gascoigne (the most charismatic player of his generation) to delightfully flick the ball over Colin Hendry’s head and coolly finish into the bottom corner. His equally famous “Dentist Chair” celebration was a reference to the press catching some of the players being placed in a dentist chair and having alcohol poured down their throat on a night out on the town.
1. Marco van Basten (Netherlands V USSR, Euro 1988, Final)
Many players score great goals, but very few do it on the grandest stage, but that’s exactly what van Basten did in the final in 1988. There isn’t much more to add other than pure genius.
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