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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. More hype...

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. See the full schedule for Euro 2004...

Media Reactions
How did the world media react to the group draw of Euro 2004? Hype is building up, especially between England and France as well as Germany and Holland! Read all media reactions...

France came out with the best record in Euro 2004 qualifying. Outsider Latvia crushed the hopes of World Cup semi-finalist Turkey. See all results...


Portugal Greece0-1


Portugal Holland2-1
Greece Czech Rep1-0


Portugal England2-2 (6-5)
France Greece0-1
Sweden Holland0-0 (5-4)
Czech Rep Denmark3-0

Group A

Team Portugal2014-26
Team Greece1114-44
Team Spain1112-24
Team Russia1022-43
Results: Spain vs Russia 1-0
Greece vs Portugal 2-1
Greece vs Spain 1-1
Portugal vs Russia 2-0
Russia vs Greece 2-1
Portugal vs Spain 1-0

Group B

Team France2107-47
Team England2018-46
Team Croatia0214-62
Team Switzerland0121-61
Results: Switzerland vs Croatia 0-0
England vs France 1-2
Croatia vs France 2-2
Engalnd vs Switzerland 3-0
Croatia vs England 2-4
Switzerland vs France 1-3

Group C

Team Sweden1208-35
Team Denmark1204-25
Team Italy1203-25
Team Bulgaria0031-80
Results: Denmark vs Italy 0-0
Bulgaria vs Sweden 0-5
Bulgaria vs Denmark 0-2
Italy vs Sweden 1-1
Bulgaria vs Italy 1-2
Denmark vs Sweden 2-2

Group D

Team Czech Rep3007-49
Team Netherlands2016-46
Team Germany0212-32
Team Latvia0121-51
Results: Czech Rep vs Latvia 2-1
Germany vs Holland 1-1
Latvia vs Germany 0-0
Holland vs Czech Rep 2-3
Germany vs Czech Rep 1-2
Holland vs Latvia 3-0

10.7.2004 Euro 2004 Aftermath
The members of Greek national squad were welcomed as gods in the triumphant return to their homeland after winning the 2004 European Championship. Hundreds of thousands made their way to downtown Athens, waving flags and hugging total strangers. Read More...

23.5.2004 Claus Jensen talks about Euro 2004
Denmark's midfielder Claus Jensen speaks about his country's chances at Euro 2004. The Dane believes that the tournament features even teams and questions Italy's status as favorites in Group C. Read More...

1.5.2004 Pre-Euro 2004 Friendlies
Germany finished with a humiliating 5-1 loss in a friendly encounter against Romania. The Germans started without stopper Christian W÷rns and defensive midfielder Michael Ballack. Greece's 15-match unbeaten streak has been put to an end by the Dutch. Read More...

19.2.2004 Zidane shares his opinion on Portugal 2004
French midfielder Zinedine Zidane speaks of his expectations and goals for the upcoming Euro 2004. Read More...

15.1.2004 Rehhagel must hope for an upset over Spain or Portugal
Otto Rehhagel has taken Greece to the Euro for their first time in 24 years. Can he help them advance past the group stage? Read More...

10.1.2004 European powers prepare for Euro 2004
The European nations set for Portugal 2004 are making their last friendly fixtures before the big tournament. Read More...

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