2004 European Football Championship

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August 15, 2022

The 2004 European Football Championship, commonly abbreviated as Euro 2004, is the twelfth edition of the European Football Championship, a competition organized by UEFA and bringing together the best European men's teams. The final phase takes place in Portugal between June 12 and July 4, 2004 and brings together sixteen teams. With the exception of Portugal, automatically qualified as host country, all participants obtained on the ground their qualification for the final phase. Portugal made a good showing at home by reaching the final of the tournament, despite a failed start against Greece; the Portuguese eliminated Russia, Spain, England (on penalties) and the Netherlands but lost the final 1-0 against the big surprise of the tournament: Greece, which eliminated France and Czech Republic before beating, once again and this time in the final, Portugal. The competition anthem is Força, a song by Portuguese-Canadian singer Nelly Furtado.

Qualifications

Presentation of the final phase

Stadiums

Qualified Teams

The 16 teams were divided during the draw made on November 30, 2003 into 4 groups as follows:

All results

First Round

Group A

The future Portuguese and Greek finalists meet in the opening match and Portugal, however big favorites, bows in front of their home crowd. On the second day, the Portuguese revived by beating Russia while the Greeks obtained a good 1-1 draw against Spain. Greece and Spain then share the lead of the group with only one point ahead of Portugal before the last decisive day. Portugal beat Spain to take first place in the group, while Russia, already eliminated, beat Greece. The second qualifying place is then played between the two losers of the day: Greece passes narrowly at the expense of Spain thanks to the number of goals scored (4 against 2). Qualified or winning team; Dts dots; J played; G earned; N null; P lost; Bp goals for; Bc goals against; Diff goal difference

Group B

France qualified by finishing first in their group and undefeated, with two wins (2-1 against England and 3-1 against Switzerland) and a draw (2-2 against Croatia). England wins its two other matches and takes the second qualifying place. Croatia, two points, and Switzerland, one point, have not won a game. Qualified or winning team; Dts dots; J played; G earned; N null; P lost; Bp goals for; Bc goals against; Diff goal difference

Group C

Finalist of the previous edition, Italy started out as favorites in Group C. The group quickly turned into a three-way match between Italy, Denmark and Sweden. These three teams indeed draw all between them and beat a weak team from Bulgaria. UEFA's sometimes confusingly logical tie-breakers come into play for the three teams that finish the group top on equal points. The specific goal differences being equal, it is the number of goals scored in direct confrontations that ultimately makes the difference: Sweden, 3 goals (scores of 1-1 and 2-2), are first, Denmark, 2 goals (0-0 and 2-2), is second and Italy, only one goal (0-0 and 1-1), third is eliminated. Note that at the start of the last day, according to this criterion and whatever the size of an Italian victory against Bulgaria, Sweden had to not lose to qualify, and Denmark knew that the qualification of the two Scandinavian teams was ensured at the expense of Italy by realizing between them a draw on a score of 2 to 2 or more. And it is e