With the Euro’s coming up, we turn our attention to previous European Championships, and more specifically, the players who shone during past tournaments
Jump in and take a trip down memory lane, to relive some of the more stranger heroes of the European Championships…
Euro 2016 – France
Where best to start, than the most recent European Championships. Being the host country, many people expected France to steamroll their way to victory against Portugal in the final.
Cristiano Ronaldo was sure to be the hero if the Portuguese did manage an upset, however an injury in the 25th minute seemed to put an end to any chance they had.
That was, until an unlikely saviour stepped up. It was the 109th minute when Eder picked the ball up just outside the French penalty area. He unleashed a ferocious shot to leave Hugo Lloris helpless, and win Portugal the trophy. Since the 2016 final, Eder has only managed 17 goals for club and country, but will always be remembered as a Portuguese hero.
Euro 2004 – Portugal
Probably the first Euro’s that I remember, and what a strange one it was. It’s tough to choose a particular player, so I’ll choose a whole team.
Greece shocked everyone by going all the way, even defeating hosts Portugal in the final.
Amazingly, the Greeks didn’t concede a single goal in the knockout stages.
Greek captain Theodoros Zagorakis deservedly won Player Of The Tournament, but many will remember Angelos Charisteas and Giorgos Karagounis.
Probably the biggest upset in recent European history, the Greek side never really went on to win major honours with their respective clubs, but Euro 2004 is a time they’ll never forget.
Will we see another underdog win the upcoming Euro’s? If so who? Let us know in the comments!
We can’t wait for the tournament, maybe even England could bring football home?