Who are the oldest players to star at a EURO?

Who are the most venerable players to appear, score or indeed take the trophy at a EURO? Find out here.

Goalkeeper Gábor Király is the only 40-something to have appeared at a EURO
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Football: not necessarily a young man's game. Proof? When Arnold Mühren provided the cross for Marco van Basten's astonishing top-spin volley in the 1988 final against the Soviet Union, he was 37 years and 23 days old. The Netherlands' success made him the oldest player to pick up a EURO winners' medal.

Not all players bow out in a blaze of glory. Germany duo Lothar Matthäus and Jens Lehmann set their own records on their international swansongs, but while the latter had to settle for a runners-up medal in 2008, the former suffered elimination from the group stage in 2000. UEFA.com takes a closer look at the EURO's more senior contributors.

Lothar Matthäus in his final international game
Lothar Matthäus in his final international game©Getty Images

Oldest player to appear:
Gábor Király (40 years and 86 days)

No longer fated to be remembered solely for his choice of trousers, 'Pyjama Man' set a record as the oldest player at a EURO as he helped to steer unfancied Hungary through to the last 16. There they lost 4-0 to Belgium, but Király's block from Kevin De Bruyne's free-kick was voted UEFA's Save of the Season for 2015/16.

Oldest outfield player to appear:
Lothar Matthäus (39 years and 91 days)
Matthäus's appearance against Portugal at UEFA EURO 2000 had made him the oldest player to figure at a UEFA European Championship – until Király's intervention – and also marked his 150th and final cap for Germany. He was thoroughly upstaged on the day as Sérgio Conceição scored a hat-trick in a 3-0 win for Portugal.

Oldest player to score:
Ivica Vastic (38 years and 257 days)
The former Sturm Graz and Austria Wien man came off the bench with 26 minutes left against Poland in a UEFA EURO 2008 group game and salvaged a 1-1 draw for Austria by converting a late penalty. It was his 14th national-team goal on his 50th outing and made him the oldest player to score at a final tournament.

Arnold Mühren in action in the 1988 final
Arnold Mühren in action in the 1988 final©Getty Images

Oldest player to win:
Arnold Mühren (37 years and 23 days)

In the 1988 final in Munich, Mühren delivered the ball for Van Basten to give the Dutch a two-goal lead against the USSR, and he remains the oldest member of any winning team. "Only when we came back to Holland did we realise the madness, the sheer joy and the celebrations that were going on," he recalled.

Ivica Vastic converts against Poland
Ivica Vastic converts against Poland©Getty Images

Oldest player in a final:
Jens Lehmann (38 years and 232 days)
Following a successful career with Schalke, Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal, Lehmann was on course to bow out of international football on a high in 2008, only to be denied a winners' medal by Spain. It was scant consolation that he established a record that night as the oldest player to have appeared in a EURO final.

Oldest scorer in a final:
Bernd Hölzenbein (30 years and 103 days)
The only player over 30 to have scored in a EURO final, Holzenbein met a Rainer Bonhof header in the 89th minute in Belgrade to even the scores for West Germany at 2-2, the world and European champions having trailed 2-0 to Czechoslovakia. Antonín Panenka had the final word as Czechoslovakia won the final on penalties.

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