Euro Soccer Tournament

 The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2004 or Euro 2004, was the 12th edition of the UEFA European Football Championship, a quadrennial football tournament for men's national teams in Europe. It was held in Portugal for the first time, after the country's bid was selected by UEFA on 12 October 1999, over those of Spain and Austria/Hungary. The tournament took place from 12 June to 4 July 2004, and matches were played in ten venues across eight cities: Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Guimarães, Faro/Loulé, Leiria, Lisbon and Porto.

As in the 1996 and 2000 editions, the final tournament was contested by 16 teams – the hosts plus the 15 teams that successfully overcame the qualification round, which began in late 2002. Latvia secured their first participation in a major tournament after overcoming Turkey in the play-offs, while Greece returned to the European Championship after 24 years.

The tournament was rich in surprises and upsets: Germany, Spain and Italy were knocked out during the group stage; France, the defending champions, were eliminated in the quarter-finals by underdogs Greece; and the Portuguese team recovered from an opening defeat to reach the final, eliminating England and the Netherlands along the way. For the first time in a major football tournament, the final featured the same teams as the opening match, and like in their previous encounter, Portugal were beaten by Greece, with the winning goal scored by Angelos Charisteas. Greece's triumph was unexpected, considering that they had only qualified for two other major tournaments – Euro 1980 and the 1994 World Cup – and their opening match victory was their first in a final tournament stage.

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