This site is dedicated to the Euro 2004, the european soccer championships that
found a surprise winner with Greece.
The 12th European Soccer Championship - Euro 2004 took place in Portugal (12 June - 4 July 2004).
The Euro 2004 matches were played in 8 portuguese hosting cities:
Lisbon, Porto, Braga, Leiria, Coimbra, Faro, Loulé and Aveiro
16 teams were qualified for the tournament and played in the following 4 groups (group winners in bold).
GROUP A: Portugal, Spain, Russia, Greece
GROUP B: England, France, Switzerland, Croatia
GROUP C: Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Bulgaria
GROUP D: Germany, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Latvia
After the group stage the following matches were played as Quarter Finals:
England 2 - Portugal 2 (Portugal proceed on penalties 6:5)
Netherlands 0 - Sweden 0 (Netherlands proceed on penalties 5:4)
Greece 1 - France 0
Czech Republic 3 - Denmark 0
In the semi-finals the results were:
Portugal 2 - Netherlands 1
Greece 1 - Czech Republic 0 (after extra time)
And in the final Greece completed the surprise by winning 1-0 against Portugal.
Greece 1 - Portugal 0
To see the degree of that surprise you have to know that the betting odds for
Greece to win the Euro 2004 before the tournament had been as high as 100.0
(at some bookmakers even higher). That meant that if you had bet £10 on Greece
in the end you got £1,000 back!
That was the biggest, but not the only betting surprise during Euro 2004.
If you had bet on Germany, Italy or Spain being knocked out during the group stage
you could have also made a lot of money. Like a bet on title-holders France being
knocked out by Greece ...
That's what soccer betting is about, getting a feeling for possible surprises and betting
on them. Look in which bets there might be value.
Other interesting things of Euro 2004:
Topscorer was Milan Baros with 5 goals.
Theodoros Zagorakis was named best player of the tournament.
The mascot's name was Kinas.
Let's see what the next tournament Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland will bring us.