The one where Greece won :face:
Yugoslavia would have absolutely pissed 1992 if the country hadn't fallen apart.
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.Would have had some cracking teams throughout the 90s tbh.
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.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.
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.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.
Yugoslavia were twice as bad as any of those. I suppose they get some credit for not celebrating each goal with Četnik propaganda.Almost every side was commited to playing attacking, adventurous football and those that weren't (Germany, Norway and England) were swiftly knocked out before they stunk the tournament up.