5 most memorable moments at the Euros

5 most memorable moments at the Euros

Eric Munene 09:21 - 30.05.2024

As Euro 2024 fast approaches, fans are anticipating another tournament filled with thrills and spills but what are some of the most memorable moments in the tournament?

The UEFA European Championship is a tournament filled with moments that etch themselves into the memories of fans for years to come.

From breathtaking goals to heart-stopping comebacks, controversial decisions to acts of sportsmanship, the Euros encapsulate the full spectrum of human emotions.

Pulse Sports revisits some of the most unforgettable moments that have defined the tournament over the years.

Van Basten's Volley (Euro 1988)

Marco van Basten's iconic volley in the final against the Soviet Union is etched into footballing folklore. With impeccable technique and audacious skill, Van Basten unleashed a thunderous strike from an acute angle that sailed into the top corner, securing victory for the Netherlands and sealing his place in history.

Greece's Cinderella Story (Euro 2004)

Against all odds, Greece stunned the footballing world by winning Euro 2004. Their disciplined defensive displays and counter-attacking prowess culminated in a historic triumph, as they defeated Portugal in the final to lift the trophy for the first time in their history, epitomising the magic of the underdog.

Torres' Winning Goal (Euro 2008)

In the final between Spain and Germany, Fernando Torres etched his name into Spanish footballing folklore with a clinical finish to secure victory for La Roja. As Torres rounded the goalkeeper and slotted the ball into the net, Spain clinched their first major international trophy in 44 years, sparking scenes of jubilation across the country.

Iceland's Thunderclap (Euro 2016)

Iceland's remarkable journey at Euro 2016 captured the imagination of football fans worldwide. Despite being the smallest nation ever to qualify for the tournament, Iceland's passionate supporters and spirited performances, culminating in a famous victory over England in the Round of 16, showcased the power of belief and unity.

Ronaldo's Redemption (Euro 2016):

In the final against France, Cristiano Ronaldo suffered an early injury that forced him off the pitch. However, his influence transcended his absence as he rallied his teammates from the sidelines, displaying remarkable leadership and determination. Eder's extra-time winner secured Portugal's first-ever European Championship title, providing a fitting redemption for Ronaldo.