A look back on European Championship goals by numbers

Last March, a tough decision was made by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), as their largest European Championship men’s soccer tournament was called off and will resume after a year due to the threat of global pandemic, COVID, which is currently crippling European countries. The most glorious 24-team European Championship will now take place from June 11 to July 11 in 2021.

Since in inauguration, the European Championships is one of the, if not the most celebrated and the most glorious football events in Europe. There have been 687 goals scored in 286 UEFA European Championship final tournament matches over 15 editions. Here are some of the best recorded goals in the Euro history that you might want to look back.

Milestone goals:

1 Milan Galić (Yugoslavia) v France (6 July 1960, semi-finals, Paris), 100 Alain Giresse (France) v Belgium (16 June 1984, group stage, Nantes), 200 Kim Vilfort (Denmark) v Germany (26 June 1992, final, Gothenburg), 300 Zlatko Zahovič(Slovenia) v Spain (18 June 2000, group stage, Amsterdam), 400 Thierry Henry (France) v Switzerland (21 June 2004, group stage, Coimbra), 500 Xavi Hernández (Spain) v Russia (26 June 2008, semi-finals, Vienna), 600 Nani (Portugal) v Iceland (14 June 2016, group stage, Saint-Etienne), 687 Éder (Portugal) v France (10 July 2016, final, Saint-Denis)

Top scorers (by player):

9 Michel Platini (France 1984), 9 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), 7 Alan Shearer (England 1996, 2000), 6 Nuno Gomes (Portugal 2000, 2004, 2008), 6 Antoine Griezmann (France 2016), 6 Thierry Henry (France 2000, 2004, 2008), 6 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden 2004, 2008, 2012), 6 Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands 1996, 2000), 6 Wayne Rooney (England 2004, 2012, 2016), 6 Ruud van Nistelrooy(Netherlands 2004, 2008). Ronaldo is the only player to score in four different final tournaments and seven separate games.

Top scorers (by team):

(72) West Germany/Germany, (62) France, (57) Netherlands, (55) Spain, (49) Portugal

Top scorers (knockout only):

5 Antoine Griezmann (France 2016), 4 Dragan Džajić(Yugoslavia 1968, 1976), 4 Gerd Müller (West Germany 1972), 4 Dieter Müller (West Germany 1976), 4 Nuno Gomes (Portugal 2000, 2008)

Top scorers (group stage only):

7 Michel Platini (France 1984), 6 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), 6 Alan Shearer (England 1996, 2000), 6 Zlatan Ibrahimović (2004, 2008, 2012)

Hat-tricks:

Dieter Müller (West Germany 4-2aet Yugoslavia, 1976 semi-finals: minutes – 82 115 119), Klaus Allofs (West Germany 3-2 Netherlands, 1980 group stage: 20 60 65), Michel Platini(France 5-0 Belgium, 1984 group stage: 4 74pen 89), Michel Platini (France 3-2 Yugoslavia, 1984 group stage: 59 62 77) – fastest from first to last goal, Marco van Basten (Netherlands 3-1 England, 1988 group stage: 44 71 75), Sérgio Conceição(Portugal 3-0 Germany, 2000 group stage: 35 54 71), Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands 6-1 Yugoslavia, 2000 quarter-finals: 24 38 54), David Villa (Spain 4-1 Russia, 2008 group stage: 20 44 75)

Most goals in single tournament (by team):

14 France (1984), 13 France (2000), Netherlands (2000), France (2016), 12 Spain (2012), Spain (2008)

Most goals in single tournament (by player):

9 Michael Platini (France 1984), 6 Antoine Griezmann (France 2016), 5 Marco van Basten (Netherlands 1988), 5 Alan Shearer (England 1996), 5 Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands 2000), 5 SavoMilošević (Yugoslavia 2000), 5 Milan Baroš (Czech Republic 2004)

Most goals in one game (single team):

6 Netherlands (6-1 v Yugoslavia, 2000 quarter-finals), 5 Yugoslavia (5-4 v France, 1960 semi-finals), 5 France (5-0 v Belgium, 1984 group stage), 5 Denmark (5-0 v Yugoslavia, 1984 group stage), 5 Sweden (5-0 v Bulgaria, 2004 group stage), 5 France (5-2 v Iceland, 2016 quarter-finals)

Oldest and youngest scorers:

Ivica Vastic (38 years and 257 days): Austria 1-1 Poland, 2008 group stage and Johan Vonlanthen (18 years and 141 days): Switzerland 1-3 France, 2004 group stage.

Scored in most tournaments:

4 Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal 2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), 3 NunoGomes (Portugal 2000, 2004, 2008), 3 Thierry Henry (France 2000, 2004, 2008), 3 Zlatan Ibrahimović (Sweden 2004, 2008, 2012), 3 Jürgen Klinsmann (West Germany/Germany 1988, 1992, 1996), 3 Hélder Postiga (Portugal 2004, 2008, 2012), 3 Wayne Rooney (England 2004, 2012, 2016), 3 VladimírŠmicer (Czech Republic 1996, 2000, 2004). Ibrahimović and Ronaldo are the only players to have scored multiple goals at three EURO final tournaments.

Most consecutive games with a goal (team):

11 England (1-1 v Germany, 1996 semi-final to 1-0 v Ukraine, 2012 group stage)

Most consecutive games with a goal (player)

5 Michel Platini (France, all 1984)