Saturday, April 26, 2008

The UEFA Euro 2004 (or just Euro 2004) was the twelfth edition of UEFA's quadriennial European Football Championship and was held in Portugal, for the first time, between June 12 and July 4, 2004. Like in the previous two editions, in England and Netherlands/Belgium, sixteen teams contested the final tournament after going through a qualification round which began in 2002. The tournament took place in ten venues located in eight cities — Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Guimarães, Faro/Loulé, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto.
During the tournament there were several surprises: the German, Italian and Spanish national football teams were knocked out during the group stage; the title-holders France were eliminated in the quarterfinals by unfancied Greece, and the Portuguese hosts managed a winning streak towards the final, following their opening defeat, by beating Spain, England and The Netherlands along the way. For the first time, the final featured the same teams as the opening match, with the hosts losing both of them also for the first time. Portugal was beaten by Greece on both occasions. Greece's triumph was even more outstanding considering that in their only other appearance, back in 1980, they did not win a single game.
During the opening ceremony, the Portuguese portrayed a ship, symbolizing the voyages of the Portuguese explorers, sailing through a sea which gave place to the flags of all competing countries.

The sixteen teams that participated in the final tournament were:

Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Flag of Croatia Croatia
Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
Flag of Denmark Denmark
Flag of England England
Flag of France France
Flag of Germany Germany
Flag of Greece Greece
Flag of Italy Italy
Flag of Latvia Latvia
Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
Flag of Portugal Portugal (host)
Flag of Russia Russia
Flag of Spain Spain
Flag of Sweden Sweden
Flag of Switzerland Switzerland Venues
Twelve referees were selected for the tournament:

Flag of Denmark Kim Milton Nielsen
Flag of England Mike Riley
Flag of France Gilles Veissière
Flag of Germany Markus Merk
Flag of Italy Pierluigi Collina
Flag of Norway Terje Hauge
Flag of Portugal Lucílio Batista
Flag of Russia Valentin Ivanov
Flag of Slovakia Ľuboš Micheľ
Flag of Spain Manuel Mejuto González
Flag of Sweden Anders Frisk
Flag of Switzerland Urs Meier Match officials

First round


  • For teams which finish level on points, the following tie-breakers are used:
    greater number of points in the matches between the teams in question;
    greater goal difference in matches between the teams in question;
    greater number of goals scored in matches between the teams in question;
    greater goal difference in all group games;
    greater number of goals scored in all group games;
    higher coefficient derived from EURO 2004 and 2002 World Cup qualifiers (points obtained divided by number of matches played);
    fair play conduct in EURO 2004;
    drawing of lots. Notes

    Main article: 2004 UEFA European Football Championship - Group A Group A

    Main article: 2004 UEFA European Football Championship - Group BEuro 2004 Group B

    Main article: 2004 UEFA European Football Championship - Group C Group C

    Main article: 2004 UEFA European Football Championship - Group D Group D

    Main article: 2004 European Football Championship knockout stage Knockout stages





    Euro 2004 Top Scorers

    Flag of the Czech Republic Milan Baroš
    Flag of the Netherlands Ruud van Nistelrooy
    Flag of England Wayne Rooney
    Flag of Denmark Jon Dahl Tomasson
    Flag of England Frank Lampard
    Flag of France Zinedine Zidane
    Flag of Greece Angelos Charisteas
    Flag of Sweden Henrik Larsson
    Flag of the Czech Republic Marek Heinz
    Flag of the Czech Republic Jan Koller
    Flag of France Thierry Henry
    Flag of Italy Antonio Cassano
    Flag of Portugal Cristiano Ronaldo
    Flag of Portugal Maniche
    Flag of Portugal Rui Costa
    Flag of Sweden Zlatan Ibrahimović
    Flag of Bulgaria Martin Petrov
    Flag of Croatia Dado Prso
    Flag of Croatia Igor Tudor
    Flag of Croatia Milan Rapaić
    Flag of Croatia Niko Kovac
    Flag of the Czech Republic Vladimír Šmicer
    Flag of Denmark Jesper Grønkjær
    Flag of England Michael Owen
    Flag of England Paul Scholes
    Flag of England Steven Gerrard
    Flag of France David Trézéguet
    Flag of Germany Michael Ballack
    Flag of Germany Torsten Frings
    Flag of Greece Angelos Basinas
    Flag of Greece Giorgos Karagounis
    Flag of Greece Traianos Dellas
    Flag of Greece Zisis Vryzas
    Flag of Italy Simone Perrotta
    Flag of Latvia Maris Verpakovskis
    Flag of the Netherlands Roy Makaay
    Flag of the Netherlands Wilfred Bouma
    Flag of Portugal Hélder Postiga
    Flag of Portugal Nuno Gomes
    Flag of Spain Fernando Morientes
    Flag of Spain Juan Carlos Valeron
    Flag of Sweden Fredrik Ljungberg
    Flag of Sweden Marcus Allbäck
    Flag of Sweden Mattias Jonson
    Flag of Russia Dmitri Bulykin
    Flag of Russia Dmitri Kirichenko
    Flag of Switzerland Johann Vonlanthen
    Flag of Croatia Igor Tudor (vs. France)
    Flag of Portugal Jorge Andrade (vs. Netherlands) Top scoring players

    Flag of the Czech Republic Czech Republic
    Flag of England England
    Flag of Portugal Portugal
    Flag of Sweden Sweden
    Flag of France France
    Flag of Greece Greece
    Flag of the Netherlands Netherlands
    Flag of Denmark Denmark
    Flag of Croatia Croatia
    Flag of Italy Italy
    Flag of Germany Germany
    Flag of Russia Russia
    Flag of Spain Spain
    Flag of Latvia Latvia
    Flag of Switzerland Switzerland
    Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria Top scoring teams
    2 Minutes : Dmitri Kirichenko (Russia vs Greece)


    2004 UEFA European Football Championship squads
    UEFA Euro 2004 Qualifying

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