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2000 at a glance

Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 2.12CET
A new century gave way to Ferrari's Formula One domination and ancient Rome was all the rage as Gladiator swept the board at the Oscars; but in the Low Countries Italy were upstaged by France.
2000 at a glance
Michael Schumacher celebrates after winning the 2000 Malaysian Grand Prix ©Getty Images
 
Published: Saturday 1 January 2011, 2.12CET

2000 at a glance

A new century gave way to Ferrari's Formula One domination and ancient Rome was all the rage as Gladiator swept the board at the Oscars; but in the Low Countries Italy were upstaged by France.

Having conquered the world two years earlier France were bidding to become the first country to follow up FIFA World Cup success with a European Championship triumph. Held by Belgium and the Netherlands, the first time the tournament had been co-hosted, France again shone, although they would require a golden goal to win a dramatic final and confirm the stellar status of their golden generation.

Teams
Winners: France
Runners-up: Italy
Semi-finals: Portugal, Netherlands
Quarter-finals: Romania, Turkey, Yugoslavia, Spain
Group stage: England, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Norway, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Denmark

Top scorers: Patrick Kluivert (Netherlands), Savo Milošević – 5

Did you know?
France, who had to negotiate a group containing only previous winners, remain the only FIFA World Cup holders to win the UEFA European Championship – Spain are bidding to match them in 2012.

Also in 2000
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: Real Madrid CF (3-0 v Valencia CF)

European Footballer of the Year: Luís Figo (FC Barcelona/Real Madrid CF)

Eurovision Song Contest winners: Olsen Brothers (Denmark) singing Fly on the Wings of Love

ESM Golden Shoe winner: Kevin Phillips (Sunderland AFC)

Nobel Peace Prize: Kim Dae-Jung (for work towards democracy and human rights in Korea Republic and East Asia, and for peace with DPR Korea, South Korea)

Olympic 100m champion: Maurice Greene (United States) running 9.87 seconds

Formula 1 world champion: Michael Schumacher (Germany) driving a Ferrari

Oscar for Best Picture film: Gladiator

Key events
1 January – Y2K passes without serious widespread computer failure, as many experts and businesses had feared

1 June – Mount Etna erupts in Sicily

6 October – The last Mini is produced at the Longbridge car plant in England

Last updated: 15/05/12 10.31CET

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