4 July :: Portugal - Greece 0-1
The final of Euro 2004 began with Greece retrieving into defense, leaving Portugal to take the early initiative in front of an expectant and fanatical home crowd. The hosts, however were repeatedly denied by the organized Greek defense and 57 minutes into the game a cross from Angelis Basinas put Greece ahead. In the tense second half, an inspired Traianos Dellas shut out Portugal's attempts to equalize. After running down five minutes of injury time, Greece were officially allowed to raise the European title.
30 June :: Portugal - Holland 2-1
Portugal sent the host nation into raptures by beating Holland to reach the final of Euro 2004. Cristiano Ronaldo escaped slack Dutch marking to head Portugal into a first-half lead. Luis Figo, who played a tremendous match, hit the post before Nuno Maniche doubled Portugal's lead in the second half with a stunning strike. In the 63 minute, an own goal from Jorge Andrade handed the disappointing Dutch a lifeline but Portugal held out to reach their first final of a major championship. It was a nail-biting wait, but when the referee blew for full-time, the Portuguese were in a final at last - and the celebrations could begin.
25 June :: France - Greece 0-1
Defending champion France were sensationally sent back home by tournament surprise Greece.Greece were lively and keen to work hard, and outplayed France in an uneventful first half. France came out with more verve in the second period and threatened with a host of chances, notably a late Thierry Henry header, but Greece held firm.A powerful header in the 67 minute from Angelos Charisteas stunned France, who looked out of sorts and uninspired. France were helpless in their attempts for recovery regardless of their all-star team featuring Zidane, Henry, Trezeguet, Thuram and Makelele.Greece goalscorer Angelos Charisteas stated during the press conference that "This is the greatest moment in Greek football."
13 June :: France - England 2-1
England dramatically lost 2-1 from the defending European champion France.
A header by Chelsea's Lampard opened the score in the 38th minute from a Beckham cross.
England's captain missed a penalty in the middle of the second half that could have put away the French.
One minute in overtime, Zidane finished from a wickedly curled free kick.
Right after the goal, a weak back pass from Gerrard is intercepted by Henry.
England's James concedes a last-gasp penalty by taking down the Arsenal attacker.
Ziziou is merciless from the penalty spot and nails the final 2-1 score.
12 June :: Greece - Portugal 2-1
The Euro 2004 hosts Portugal were upset 2-1 by Greece in the tournament's opening match. Just in the seventh minute of play, Georgios Karagounis opened the score from a quick turnover as Paulo Ferreira lost possession in midfield. Ronaldo is to blame for giving away a penalty in the 51st minute. Basinas converted doubling the Greek lead. Luis Figo's admirable efforts generated a goal as Ronaldo headed in from his cross. Unfortunately for Portugal, this happened three minutes in overtime... Both Portuguese and Greek fans were stunned by the result. The latter were enthusiastically chanting their German coach's name.
2 June :: Rosters Finalized
All rosters have been finalized. Real Madrid defender Michel Salgado was not selected by Spain due to an injury.
22 May :: Squad Selections
The deadline is June 2nd but many national coaches have already submitted their squad selections. In the following few weeks all participating players will be unveiled.
FHM released a list of the hottest women representing each nation at Euro 2004.
Nelly Furtado's song "Forca" was selected as the official theme of the tournament.
On Saturday, the 12th of June, Portugal and Greece will open the 2004 European Championship at Porto.
Kickoff will be at 17.00 local time.
Right after the completion of the match, Spain and Russia will meet at Faro-LoulÚ.
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France came out with the best record in Euro 2004 qualifying.
Outsider Latvia crushed the hopes of World Cup semi-finalist Turkey.
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