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    Quote Originally Posted by GIMH View Post
    I remember bits of 92. England losing to Sweden, parts of the semis and watching the final with my mate who supported Man U so was roaring Schmeichel on

    Crazy to think of an eight team tournament but I suppose the number of countries in Europe rocketed just before it
    Prior to 1980 it was a four team tournament. 8 teams qualified from the groups but the quarter-finals were two legged. This is why it's not quite true to say Wales hadn't qualified for anything since 1958. In 1976 they made the quarter-finals but lost over two legs to Yugoslavia.

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    Yeah Spain were at their most attractive in 2008, partly I think because teams hadn't yet adopted the 'stick 10 players across the 18 yard line and watch Spain pass it about' tactic en masse, the Dutch slaughtered their way through a tough group before getting hammered by a Russian side playing great football, and Germany proved their performance at the previous World Cup wasn't a fluke as their initial golden generation started to take shape.

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    The Euros are almost always really good I think. More consistently high quality than the World Cup for me. I remember really enjoying 2012 as well, but I wonder if that's just because I associate it with a really easy/enjoyable time in my life haha.

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    Also, funny looking back at England from 2012. Seems barely anyone from the squad for that tournament is still around just 4 years on. Nearly all of it has retired (Gerrard, Lampard, Terry) or been booted out (Young, Walcott, Carroll, Johnson, Defoe, Lescott, Downing, Barry). I wonder how many other squads at the tournament this time round have undergone such a transformation in the last 4 years.


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    9 of Ireland's starting XI have changed and I barely noticed. Last time we had Richard Dunne starting at CB. Hoolahan didn't make the squad. 4 years is a longer time than I thought...

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    The one where Greece won :face:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Furball View Post
    Yugoslavia would have absolutely pissed 1992 if the country hadn't fallen apart.
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    Would have had some cracking teams throughout the 90s tbh.
    Well that Red Star Belgrade side which provided most of the team was one of the best in Europe at the time. Savicevic, Prosinecki and Pancev would have got in virtually any side in the world at the time and they weren't short of others to back them up.

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    2000 and 2008 were excellent. I hate the one when Greece ruined it by winning the whole thing playing like Stoke. That sort of thing shouldn't be possible.
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    I was in Greece during Euro 2004, that was fun
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    At the time I thought Greece winning was fantastic, but mainly for schadenfreude reasons. Not sure if I would feel the same if similar were to happen these days.

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    Nah it was great because Ronaldo cried
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    Lol he was 19 at the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lillian Thomson View Post
    Prior to 1980 it was a four team tournament. 8 teams qualified from the groups but the quarter-finals were two legged. This is why it's not quite true to say Wales hadn't qualified for anything since 1958. In 1976 they made the quarter-finals but lost over two legs to Yugoslavia.
    Although you can't really compare 1976 to the more recent versions, as only the semis and final were held in one country, perhaps it's worth mentioning that the final stages in 1976 were absolutely glorious; albeit brutally so at times. Obviously it's a shame that Holland didn't win the thing, but both semis and the final were wonderfully watchable affairs.

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    Obviously from an emotional investment point of view it has to be 96; smashed the Sweaties, beat an actual proper side in the Dutchistanis and, glory be and behold, won a penalty shoot out. IIRC it was Rafa Nadal's uncle who missed for the Spanish.

    From a football standpoint I'd take 2008 though; the lack of leaden footed British and Irish players clodhopping about cannot be coincidental.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoyBrumby View Post
    Obviously from an emotional investment point of view it has to be 96; smashed the Sweaties, beat an actual proper side in the Dutchistanis and, glory be and behold, won a penalty shoot out. IIRC it was Rafa Nadal's uncle who missed for the Spanish.

    From a football standpoint I'd take 2008 though; the lack of leaden footed British and Irish players clodhopping about cannot be coincidental.
    I think there's an element for me where when we go out the tournament loses something for me. I realise not everyone is the same but it's like watching a great party through the window after being kicked out. Whereas the two tournaments in memory for me where we didn't qualify I could just sit back and enjoy.

    With this new format, it's hard to see even England ever finding a way not to qualify again mind you.

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