From the archives: Runners-up Germany had the lion's share of players in the EURO' 92 best XI, Jürgen Kohler, Andreas Brehme, Stefan Effenberg and Thomas Hässler making the grade.
GK: Peter Schmeichel (Denmark)
For much of his career Schmeichel was considered by many to be the world's best goalkeeper, but the match that made him was the EURO '92 final. He played in countless big games, including the 1999 UEFA Champions League final, but the 1992 showdown with Germany was arguably the match of Schmeichel's life. Impressive en route to the final, notably saving Marco van Basten's penalty in the semi-final shoot-out, here he surpassed himself with three world-class stops, two from Jürgen Klinsmann, in a fairy-tale triumph. EURO '92 was one of four UEFA European Championships Schmeichel attended as he won a record 129 Denmark caps.
DF: Jocelyn Angloma (France)
Guadeloupe-born Angloma won his first cap in a EURO '92 qualifier in October 1990 and the former Paris Saint-Germain full-back helped Les Bleus qualify with 24 points from eight games. Although France were surprisingly eliminated in the group stage, Angloma was voted into the UEFA All-Star Squad. A UEFA Champions League winner with Marseille a year later, Angloma left in 1994 for Italy. Following a fabulous debut season with Torino, he went on to play for Internazionale Milano and Valencia before ending his international career with France (he later represented Guadeloupe) at EURO '96 on 37 caps.
DF: Laurent Blanc (France)
Blanc was voted into UEFA's Team of the Tournament in three successive UEFA European Championships, making the grade in 1992, 1996 and 2000, where he bowed out with victory in the final – an honour cruelly denied him through suspension at the 1998 FIFA World Cup. Nicknamed Le Président on account of his authority, elegance and leadership, Blanc started at Montpellier as a midfielder, later representing Barcelona, Internazionale Milano and Manchester United as a centre-half, winning myriad honours. He won the title as Bordeaux coach and led France at UEFA EURO 2012 before taking over at Paris.
DF: Jürgen Kohler (Germany)
A brilliant man-marker, Kohler won the 1990 FIFA World Cup with West Germany and the UEFA Champions League with Borussia Dortmund in 1997. He added a collection of domestic honours, including three Bundesliga titles and a double with Juventus. The former Bayern München defender, who closed his career on 105 caps after the 1998 World Cup, had intended to bow out after EURO '96. Although Germany became European champions, Kohler was injured 14 minutes into the opening game against the Czech Republic and missed the rest of the tournament. He made a much greater impact in the previous two UEFA European Championships.
DF: Andreas Brehme (Germany)
Brehme scored the winning goal at the 1990 FIFA World Cup, burying the late penalty that gave West Germany victory over Argentina. Brehme, who took that spot kick with his right foot and yet scored a free-kick in the semi-final against England with his left, is one of the best wing-backs to have graced the game. His career began and ended at Kaiserslautern, sandwiching spells at Bayern and Internazionale Milano, where he spent his peak years. Brehme was ever-present in three successive UEFA European Championships, playing 12 games, and came out of international retirement for his swansong at the 1994 World Cup.
MF: Ruud Gullit (Netherlands)
Gullit was one of the continent's most illustrious players. European Footballer of the Year in 1987, the tall total-footballer inspired AC Milan to their first league title in nine years and captained the Netherlands to their first major international trophy at the 1988 UEFA European Championship, scoring the opening goal in the final against the Soviet Union with a powerful header. Gullit was back to his commanding best at EURO '92, having won the Scudetto with Milan in record-breaking style. He ended his international career with 66 caps and 17 goals in 1994. His has since coached Chelsea, Newcastle United, Feyenoord, LA Galaxy and Terek Grozny.
MF: Stefan Effenberg (Germany)
Effenberg had long since abandoned the international scene by the time he captained Bayern to 2000/01 UEFA Champions League success. His career as a German international effectively ended at the 1994 FIFA World Cup when he was sent home. Though he returned briefly four years later, the outspoken playmaker, who won three successive Bundesliga titles in his second spell at Bayern, retired with just 35 caps to his name. Five of those appearances came at EURO '92, where he scored his first international goal in the 2-0 win against Scotland.
MF: Thomas Hässler (Germany)
Twice West German player of the year, Hässler collected the second of those awards on the back of his performances at EURO '92, where he was outstanding. Not at his best two years earlier at the FIFA World Cup, which West Germany won, the diminutive playmaker hit peak form in Sweden, propelling his team to the final and scoring fabulous free-kicks against the CIS and the hosts. Hässler won no silverware with Juventus, Roma nor the four Bundesliga clubs he represented, but tasted more international glory at EURO '96 before ending his international career at UEFA EURO 2000, at the time only the fifth German to reach 100 caps.
MF: Brian Laudrup (Denmark)
[PHOTO src="1598808" size="square" align="Right" caption=" " ]Laudrup and his brother had refused selection after falling out with coach Richard Møller-Nielsen, but, unlike Michael, Brian returned in spring 1992 and was rewarded when Denmark belatedly gained access to the finals. He did not score in Sweden but was the most eye-catching Dane on show. Four years later, alongside his brother, he had another strong UEFA European Championship, scoring three goals, but Denmark exited in the group stage. He also excelled at the 1998 FIFA World Cup, as Denmark reached the quarter-finals, but announced his international retirement aged 29, having scored 21 goals in 82 appearances.
FW: Dennis Bergkamp (Netherlands)
Already a winner of two European trophies with Ajax, Bergkamp scored four Oranje goals in qualifying for 1992 and added three more at the finals – including in the semi-final defeat by Denmark – to finish as the tournament's joint-top marksman. The skilful striker would appear in two further UEFA European Championships and two FIFA World Cups, scoring 37 goals in 79 games despite a fear of flying meaning he did not always travel. He became an Arsenal legend following a move from Internazionale Milano in 1995 and won numerous trophies, including two Premier League and FA Cup doubles, before retiring in 2006.
FW: Marco van Basten (Netherlands)
Van Basten will always be remembered for his volley against the USSR in the EURO '88 final. It was his fifth goal of the tournament, following a hat-trick against England and a late winner in the semi-final versus West Germany. He won the first of his three Ballon d'Or awards that year. Though he did not score at EURO '92 and Schmeichel saved his penalty in the semi-final, he remained a sublime striker. A two-time European Champion Clubs' Cup winner with Milan, Van Basten suffered an ankle injury that prematurely forced his retirement after 24 goals from 58 caps. Van Basten subsequently coached his former club Ajax, Heerenveen and AZ after four years at the Oranje helm.