Before UEFA EURO 2004 kicked off, the normal talk was of which superstar and their team would come out on top in the battle for the European title. In the end, a totally unsung group of players were to triumph in one of European football's greatest surprises. Twenty-two days after beating hosts Portugal in the opening game, Otto Rehhagel's Greece repeated the dose in the final in Lisbon.
Semi-finals: Czech Republic, Netherlands
Quarter-finals: England, Sweden, France, Denmark
Group stage: Spain, Russia, Croatia, Switzerland, Italy, Bulgaria, Germany, Latvia
Top scorers: Milan Baroš (Czech Republic) 5
Did you know?
Wayne Rooney became the youngest ever finals goalscorer when he struck for England against Switzerland – a record he held for four days until Switzerland striker Johan Vonlanthen registered against France aged 18 years, four months and 20 days.
Also in 2004
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: FC Porto (3-0 v AS Monaco FC)
European Footballer of the Year: Andriy Shevchenko (AC Milan)
Eurovision Song Contest winner: Ruslana (Ukraine) singing Wild Dances
ESM Golden Shoe winner: Thierry Henry (Arsenal FC)
Nobel Peace Prize winner: Wangari Maathai (for contribution towards sustainable development and peace, Kenya)
Men's Olympic 100m champion: Justin Gatlin (United States) running 9.85 seconds
Formula 1 world champion: Michael Schumacher (Germany) driving a Ferrari
Oscar for Best Picture: Million Dollar Baby
1 May – The European Union is enlarged by ten new member states: Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Malta and Cyprus
15 May – Arsenal complete the 38-match English Premier League season unbeaten
3 November – George W Bush wins a second term in office as president of the United States
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