From the archives: This week we turn our attention to 1968, when Italy were crowned on home soil – unsurprisingly, the Azzurri dominate the tournament select XI.
GK: Dino Zoff (Italy)
Twelve years on from winning the UEFA European Championship title, Zoff reappeared in goal for the Azzurri in 1980. Although Italy disappointed the home fans by failing to reach the final, Zoff went through the tournament without conceding until a long-range missile from Czechoslovakia's Ladislav Jurkemík in the third-place play-off. Two years later, aged 40, Zoff captained the Azzurri to FIFA World Cup glory in Spain, becoming the oldest trophy winner in the process. A fixture at Juventus for 11 years, he started his coaching career in Turin and led Italy to runners-up at UEFA EURO 2000.
DF: Mirsad Fazlagić (Yugoslavia)
A strong, resolute right-back, Fazlagić made nine of his 19 international appearances for Yugoslavia in their run to the final of the 1968 UEFA European Championship. He had a superb match against world champions England in Florence before making his presence felt in both finals against Italy in Rome. A Sarajevo stalwart throughout the 1960s, he made 450 Yugoslavian league appearances for the club and captained them to a historic title in the 1966/67 season. Fazlagić is still remembered today as one of the finest Bosnian footballers of all time.
DF: Giacinto Facchetti (Italy)
One of the greatest left-backs the game has seen, Facchetti was the heart and soul of Internazionale Milano for almost half a century. Captain during their halcyon era in the mid-1960s, he made 634 appearances, scoring 75 goals, for Inter while, with the No10 on his back, he skippered Italy to glory at the 1968 UEFA European Championship. He was the man who made the right call on the coin toss after Italy's draw with the Soviet Union, enabling the hosts to progress to the final. Facchetti held numerous posts at Inter after retiring in 1978 and was president when he died in 2006, aged 64.
DF: Albert Schesternev (Soviet Union)
Schesternev was probably the unluckiest man in UEFA European Championship history. It was his misfortune, as the captain of the Soviet Union team in 1968, to lose the toss of the coin after his team's 0-0 draw with Italy – a match in which he had commanded the Soviet defence with customary fortitude and authority. A beaten finalist in Spain four years earlier, Schesternev was a CSKA Moskva libero who played 89 times for the USSR. He was voted the USSR's Player of the Year in 1970 after leading CSKA to their first national title in 19 years. He died in 1994.
DF: Bobby Moore (England)
Captain when England won the 1966 FIFA World Cup, Moore is revered as an icon in his homeland. Outstanding in 1966, the consummate central defender was even better four years later in Mexico – in between he helped England to third at the 1968 UEFA European Championship; the country's best placing in the competition. Moore spent the bulk of his career with West Ham United, winning the 1965 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup at Wembley. A statue of him dominates the main entrance to the new Wembley – a fitting tribute to a man who died of cancer in February 1993.
MF: Ivica Osim (Yugoslavia)
Perhaps best known as a coach, Osim was nevertheless a top-class footballer as he proved with a man-of-the-match performance for Yugoslavia against world champions England in the 1968 UEFA European Championship semi-finals. He put so much effort into that game that he missed the final and subsequent replay through injury. A hard-working midfielder and skilful dribbler, he spent most of his career at Željezničar. He has had much success as a coach, at club and international level, and led Yugoslavia to the 1990 FIFA World Cup quarter-finals.
MF: Sandro Mazzola (Italy)
One of Italy's finest attacking midfielders, Mazzola starred at the 1970 FIFA World Cup but the 1968 UEFA European Championship was arguably his finest hour for the Azzurri. Injured for the final, he recovered for the replay and masterminded a 2-0 victory over Yugoslavia. Partly to avoid comparisons with his father Valentino, the team captain who died with so many of the great Torino side in the 1949 Superga air disaster, Mazzola joined Internazionale Milano rather than the Granata. He spent his entire career at Inter, making 564 appearances and winning a host of honours, including back-to-back European Champion Clubs' Cups in 1964 and 1965.
MF: Angelo Domenghini (Italy)
An exciting right-winger who scored his fair share of goals, Domenghini registerd his most important strike for Italy in the 81st minute of the 1968 UEFA European Championship final against Yugoslavia. The home side were 1-0 down when he drove in a free-kick to level the score and force a replay. He also played his part at the 1970 FIFA World Cup finals, scoring Italy's only goal in the group stage against Sweden. Domenghini had five successful years with Internazionale Milano and also won the Scudetto at Cagliari, where he formed a lethal partnership with Luigi Riva.
FW: Geoff Hurst (England)
The only footballer ever to score a hat-trick in a FIFA World Cup final, Hurst earned his place in folklore on 30 July 1966 as his three goals against West Germany helped England to a 4-2 extra-time win – he had only previously scored two international goals. By the 1968 UEFA European Championship the West Ham United striker was firmly established as one of the world's finest centre-forwards and registered in the third-place play-off against the Soviet Union. He retired from England duty in 1972 with a record of 24 goals in 49 appearances.
FW: Luigi Riva (Italy)
Generally considered to be the finest Italian striker of all time, Riva scored 35 goals in 42 games for the Azzurri – a national record that has stood unbroken since he exited the international scene at the 1974 FIFA World Cup. The muscular left-footer earned his biggest prize for Italy at the 1968 UEFA European Championship, returning from injury to score the first goal in the final replay against Yugoslavia. Riva spent virtually his whole career at Cagliari, scoring 21 times as the Sardinian side took the Serie A title in 1970. His No11 shirt has been retired by the club.
FW: Dragan Džajić (Yugoslavia)
A dazzling dribbler, Džajić was named his nation's Golden Player to mark UEFA's Golden Jubilee in 2004. He won more caps for the former Yugoslavia than any other player, 85 from 1964–79, and saved his best for the UEFA European Championship. In 1968 he famously lobbed England's Gordon Banks to score the late winner in the semi-final and also opened the scoring in the final against Italy. Džajić's delivery with his magical left foot was a joy to behold and his attachment to Crvena zvezda, for whom he scored 287 goals in 590 games, extended to a lengthy spell as club president.