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UEFA European Championship Trivia: Most goals, oldest and youngest player, most wins etc.

SoccerNews in Editorial, European Championships 6 Jun 2008

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First tournament:
The first tournment was held in France, 1960.

The Trophy:
For Euro 2008, the trophy has been remodeled and is now slightly larger. The trophy is made of sterling silver and weights 8 kilograms. It is 60 centimeters tall.

Winners on home soil throughout history:
Only three sides have ever won the UEFA European Championship on home soil:
1. Spain (1964),
2. Italy (1968)
3. France (1984).

Most Successive final tournaments and wins:
UEFA EURO 2008â„¢ is Germany’s tenth successive UEFA European Championship final tournament, more appearances than any other side. Germany have also won 3 titles followed by France’s 2.

Fastest goals in an opening match:
7 minutes: Giorgos Karagounis (Portugal 1-2 Greece, Lisbon, 2004)
11 minutes: Milan Galić (France 4-5 Yugoslavia, Paris, 1960)
19 minutes: Anton Ondruš (Czechoslovakia 3-1 Netherlands, Zagreb, 1976)

Most goals in a match:
9 (4-5): France v Yugoslavia (1960)
7 (6-1): Netherlands v Yugoslavia (2000)
7 (3-4): Yugoslavia v Spain (2000)

Biggest UEFA European Championship Victories:
6-1: Netherlands v Yugoslavia (2000)
5-0: Sweden v Bulgaria (2004)
5-0: Denmark v Yugoslavia (1984)
5-0: France v Belgium (1984)

Youngest player ever to appear:
18yrs 115days: Enzo Scifo (Belgium 2-0 Yugoslavia, 1984)

Oldest player ever to appear:
39yrs 91days: Lothar Matthäus (Portugal 3-0 Germany, 2000)

Youngest player ever to score:
18yrs 141days: Johan Vonlanthen (Switzerland 1-3 France, 2004)

Oldest player ever to score:
34yrs 213days: Nené (Portugal 1-0 Romania, 1984)

Best goal scored:
Without a doubt, it was Marco Van Basten’s spectacular volley over the keeper from the right wing against Russia in the final of the 1988 tourament, a tournament the Netherlands won, after beating Russia 2-0. This proved to be one of the most memorable goals in football history.

Who will host Euro 2012?
Last year, Poland/Ukraine were selected to host the 2012 competition. They beat both Italy and a joint bid from Croatia/Hungary.

And where’s the action going to be in 2016?
In 2010, UEFA will decide which country will host Euro 2016. Sweden and Norway are, according to some reports, planning a joint bid. Also Wales, Ireland and Scotland might bid together.

Sources: UEFA Match Press Kit, Wikipedia

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Yes…i remember Marco Van Basten’s wicked goal…that was one heck of a goal!

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Hopefully we’ll see some great goals this Euro 2008!

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