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  • 11 June 2024

Euro 2024 Tickets: The Biggest Upsets in European Championship History

The Euros have delivered fans some of the most thrilling moments in football history, from the Republic of Ireland's stunning victory over England in their first major tournament to Greece's astonishing triumph over Portugal. This summer's Euro 2024 in Germany promises more unexpected twists, with dark horses poised to challenge Europe's football giants. The European Championship has long been a stage for dramatic upsets and unforgettable underdog victories.

Iceland’s Roar: 2016 Round of 16 - Iceland 2-1 England

Eight years ago, Iceland dealt England a humiliating blow at Euro 2016. With a population of just 330,000 and ranked 34th in the world, Iceland was the ultimate underdog. England seemed set for a win when Wayne Rooney scored a fourth-minute penalty. However, goals from Ragnar Sigurdsson and Kolbeinn Sigthorsson turned the match on its head, sending Roy Hodgson’s team packing. Though a crushing defeat, it sparked a new era of success for England, culminating in their first major final in over fifty years at Euro 2020.

Danish Dynamite: 1992 Final - Denmark 2-0 Germany

Denmark's 1992 victory remains one of football's most remarkable stories. Initially not even qualified, the Danes were invited just two weeks before the tournament following Yugoslavia's withdrawal. In an incredible turn of events, Denmark overcame a formidable German side in the final. Goals from John Jensen and Kim Vilfort secured a 2-0 win, cementing Denmark’s place in football folklore.

Welsh Magic: 2016 Quarter-Final - Wales 3-1 Belgium

Wales' fairy-tale run at Euro 2016 saw them dismantle Belgium's highly-rated team in the quarter-finals. Ashley Williams, Sam Vokes, and Hal Robson-Kanu scored to seal a sensational 3-1 victory. Despite being European Championship newcomers and competing in their first major tournament since 1958, Wales reached the semi-finals, where they narrowly lost to eventual winners Portugal. This extraordinary journey remains a highlight in Welsh football history.

Swiss Surprise: 2020 Round of 16 - France 3-3 Switzerland (4-5 on Penalties)

Euro 2020 witnessed France, the reigning world champions, falling to Switzerland in a dramatic Round of 16 clash. Leading 3-1 with nine minutes remaining, France seemed destined for victory. However, Haris Seferovic’s brace and Mario Gavranovic’s equalizer forced the game into extra time. Switzerland triumphed in the penalty shootout, with Yann Sommer’s heroics sealing a historic upset.

Greek Glory: 2004 Final - Portugal 0-1 Greece

Greece’s 2004 victory over Portugal stands as one of football’s greatest surprises. Angelos Charisteas’s header from a corner clinched Greece’s first major international trophy. Facing a Portugal team featuring legends like Rui Costa, Cristiano Ronaldo, Luis Figo, and Deco, Greece’s triumph on Portuguese soil remains a monumental achievement in European Championship history.

Irish Inspiration: 1988 Group Stage - England 0-1 Republic of Ireland

In 1988, Jack Charlton led the Republic of Ireland to a shocking 1-0 victory over England, with Ray Houghton scoring the decisive goal. This upset set the tone for a dismal tournament for England, who finished bottom of their group. Charlton, a World Cup winner with England in 1966, masterminded one of his former team's most embarrassing defeats.

Czech Charge: 1996 Group Stage - Czech Republic 2-1 Italy

After a 2-0 defeat to Germany, few expected much from the Czech Republic against World Cup finalists Italy at Euro 1996. However, Radek Bejbl’s outstanding performance and goals from Bejbl and Pavel Nedved secured a historic 2-1 victory. This win propelled the Czech Republic into the tournament’s latter stages and solidified their place as a force to be reckoned with.

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