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With the 2016 European Championships kicking off today (10 June), we’re looking at 30 of the greatest goals ever scored at the Euro’s. And we’re starting with a man from this year’s host nation, France…
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1. Michel Platini (France v Portugal) Euro 1984
Well into extra time, Platini’s rocket into the roof of the net sent France to the finals, where Les Bleus won their first Euro title.
2. Karel Poborsky (Czech Republic v Portugal) Euro 1996
Sure, Poborsky gets a bit lucky when he pinballs through the Portuguese defence, but the finish is pure magic, reminiscent of something Lionel Messi does so often for Barcelona.
3. Thomas Brolin (Sweden v England) Euro 1992
Brolin never quite fulfilled his potential in the Premier League, but he scored some superb goals for Sweden. This is the pick of the bunch – a neat one-two and a beautiful finish into the top corner.
4. Ronnie Whelan (Republic of Ireland v USSR) Euro 1988
Like Brolin, Whelan scored some brilliant goals for Ireland over the years. His strike against Italy at the 1994 World Cup was good, but not quite as good as this outstanding volley against the USSR.
5. Davor Suker (Croatia v Denmark) Euro 1996
Denmark were reigning champions would you believe, and Croatia stunned them thanks to Suker’s heroics, including this audacious lob over 6’3” Peter Schmeichel.
6. Paul Gascoigne (England v Scotland) Euro 1996
One of the great England goals. England led 1-0, but all was in the balance when Scotland were awarded a penalty. The usually faultless Gary McAllister missed the spot kick, and a minute later, Gazza was up the other end, making Colin Hendry look like he was drunk before firing past Andy Goram.
7. Marco Van Basten (Netherlands v USSR) Euro 1988
Van Basten’s unstoppable volley is still difficult to fathom almost 30 years, such is the angle of the strike. Not just the best goal ever scored at a European Championship, but one of the best ever. It’s only fitting that it won the tournament for the Dutch.
8. Alan Shearer (England v Netherlands) Euro 1996
Shearer made a career of smashing footballs past goalkeepers, and his vicious strike against Holland was the cherry on top of a 4-1 thrashing of the Dutch at Euro 1996.
9. John Jensen (Denmark v Germany) Euro 1992
Jensen’s unstoppable drive in the final of Euro 1992 was all the more remarkable as it made Denmark the most unlikely of European Champions.
10. Maniche (Portugal v Netherlands) Euro 2004
With the ball at his feet and well placed to curl an inviting cross into the box, Maniche had no right to shoot from this position, but his wicked 30 yard curler found the inside of the post, becoming one of the best goals ever scored at the Euros.
11. Henrik Larsson (Sweden v Bulgaria) Euro 2004
A picture-perfect diving header, reminiscent of Van Persie’s at the 2014 World Cup. A brilliantly whipped ball from the left is met by the head of Larsson, who goes horizontal to guide the ball straight into the bottom corner.
12. Frank de Boer (Netherlands v France) Euro 2000
Frank de Boer’s rocket of a free kick helped the Netherlands beat France 3-2 in the group stages of Euro 2000. They were the only team to beat Les Bleus though, who went on to win the tournament.
13. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v France) Euro 2012
Zlatan only scores wonder goals, but this corker against France was one of the very best. He locks eyes on a looping cross from the right, and catches it with a perfect volley, smashing the ball into the far corner of the net.
14. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v Italy) Euro 2004
You didn’t think you’d seen the last of Zlatan on this list did you? His audacious flick against Italy earned Sweden a 1-1 draw with the Azzurri and put them through to the knock-out rounds, where they lost to the Netherlands on penalties.
15. Stuart Pearce (England v Spain) Euro 1996
Six years after THAT 1990 World Cup shoot-out, Pearce stepped up again for his country with the weight of a nation on his shoulders. This time, though, he hammered his pen into the bottom right, sending England into raptures and exorcising six years of Italia ‘90 heartache.
16. Michael Ballack (Germany v Austria) Euro 2008
When Michael Ballack hit a ball, it stayed pretty well hit. Just check out this piledriver against Austria – we’re surprised the ball stayed in one piece.
17. Antonin Panenka (Czechoslovakia v West Germany) Euro 1976
It’s the final of the Euros, and you step up to take a penalty with the weight of your nation on your shoulders. Do you put your foot through it? Or calmly place the ball in the corner? No, you slowly chip the ball straight at the keeper, and assume that he’ll dive out of the way. Obviously.
18. Michel Platini (France v Yugoslavia) Euro 1984
Platini was a man amongst boys at Euro 1984, and his hat-trick against Yugoslavia was his second in two games. This diving header was the pick of the bunch.
19. Pietro Anastasi (Italy v Yugoslavia) Euro 1968
After the first final finished at 1-1, Italy and Yugoslavia went to a replay to decide the final of the European Championship in 1968. Anastasi’s wonderful flick and volley fired the Azzurri to their first ever Euro title.
20. Marcelino (Spain v USSR) Euro 1964
Marcelino’s goal in the Euro 1964 final was a wonderful header into the bottom corner, but more importantly, it was the decider in a tightly contested final. Plus, General Franco was in the crowd, and he was not a man you wanted to disappoint.
21. Oliver Bierhoff (Germany v Czech Republic) Euro 1996
Bierhoff cemented his legacy as one of Germany’s most prolific strikers of all time with this 95th minute golden goal, which clinched the Euro 1996 final for Germany against the Czech Republic in what had been a very drab game.
22. David Trezeguet (France v Italy) Euro 2000
Another golden goal, this time courtesy of David Trezeguet in France’s Euro 2000 finals victory against Italy. Trezeguet’s smashing finish brought Les Bleus their second title in two years, after they had won a World Cup on home soil just two years earlier.
23. Zinedine Zidane (France v England) Euro 2004
More England heartbreak now – England were 1-0 and in charge of their group stage game against France, but let France back into the game courtesy of a Zidane free kick. With the game into the dying minutes, Steven Gerrard’s back pass bounces straight to Henry who wins a penalty. And duly, Zidane dispatches the penalty, celebrating before the ball has even hit the back of the net. England finish second in the group, meet Portugal in the next round, and the rest is history.
24. Angelos Charisteas (Greece v Portugal) Euro 2004
Charisteas had already scored a powerful header to beat France in the quarter-finals, but his header against Portugal was truly special, if only because it beat the Portuguese, and made Greece the most unlikely of European Championship winners.
25. Marc Overmars (Netherlands v Yugoslavia) Euro 2000
The Netherlands smashed Yugoslavia 6-1 in the first knock-out round, but Overmars scored the pick of the goals with this beauty of a volley from outside the area.
26. Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v Greece) Euro 2008
Zlatan’s back! This time with a rasping drive from outside the area, which arrowed it’s way into the top corner. A strike worthy of a place in even Zlatan’s portfolio.
27. Mario Balotelli (Italy v Germany) Euro 2012
Super Mario was magnificent for Italy at Euro 2012, scoring against Ireland and then bagging a brace against Germany. The second was particularly special, as he raced onto a ball over the top before crashing a volley into the top corner.
28. Rui Costa (Portugal v England) Euro 2004
The quarter final loss to Portugal still ranks as one of England’s great heartbreaks, but you can’t deny the quality of Rui Costa’s extra time goal, as he stormed through midfield, before unleashing a lightning bolt that cannoned in off the crossbar.
29. Ladislav Jurkemik (Czechoslovakia v Italy) Euro 1980
Jurkemik was a sweeper, certainly not used to having a crack at goal, but you wouldn’t know it from his rasping 30-yarder against Italy.
30. Wesley Sneijder (Netherlands v France) Euro 2008
Holland looked nigh on unbeatable in the group stages of Euro 2008, crushing Italy, France and Romania before losing to Russia in the quarter finals. Sneijder’s goal against the French was a peach, too, curling the ball around Gregory Coupet to put the cherry on top of a 4-1 win.
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