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Blog: The five best Euro goals of all time?

There’s no better way to start an argument than to ask: “What are the five best goals of all time?”

So to avoid confrontation, we looked at the five best World Cup goals of all time. Wrong.

How about the five best Premier League goals of all time? As if.

In an effort to keep peace – and let’s face it, football might not be coming home this month – we decided to look at the five best European Championships goals of all time.What could possibly go wrong?

First on the list is Gazza. Who doesn’t remember his flick-chip-bang goal against Scotland at Euro 96?

Most England fans will know about the Dentist Chair celebrations afterwards and they’ll always recall THAT strike.


In 1988, Marco Van Baston was in his pomp – especially against the Soviet Union in the final.

His rather bonkers looking volley from an acute angle looped viciously and left goalkeeper Rinat Dasayev with no chance. 2-0 to Netherlands and incredibly, their only major trophy so far.


Back to Euro 96 and Croatia’s debut. Davor Suker was about to join Real Madrid and against Denmark at Hillsborough, he showed why he was worth £9m.

His cool chip over a crestfallen Peter Schmeichel – from a 30 yard pass – sealed a win that eventually sent his team to the quarter-finals.


At the 2004 Championships in Portugal, the hosts – with Cristiano Ronaldo making his debut – have Maniche to thank for their passage to the final.

The Porto midfielder whipped a stunning curling effort beyond Holland’s Edwin van der Sar that pinged off the outside post to secure victory.


So who’s left? Zlatan, of course. In 2004, the Swede would cement his place in Euro folklore with a brilliant flick over Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to equalize in the group stages.

Somehow, he did it after pouncing on a loose ball with his back to goal. We’re still trying to work out how.


So there they are – the five best European Championships goals of all time.

Well, our top five. It’s a fair bet you’ll have your own thoughts, but that’s football. Just wait until 2022 when we look at the World Cup.

We’ll be wearing tin hats for that one.


James Shaw