This was the first season under the competition format still in use today as an extra knockout round replaced the second group stage, meaning sides had to come through 13 games to win rather than 17.
• Greece, 100-1 outsiders, pull off one of the biggest shocks in tournament history to win UEFA EURO 2004.
• It was a golden summer for Greece as they also managed their best medal tally at the Athens Olympics.
• A tsunami devastates much of southern Asia, leaving more than 200,000 dead across 13 countries.
• The world's tallest bridge and skyscraper open within a month of each other in France and Taiwan.