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2004 at a glance

As Otto Rehhagel's Greece completed one of European football's greatest surprises at UEFA EURO 2004, FC Porto were recovering from another and Arsenal FC's 'invincibles reigned supreme'.

Porto celebrate after winning the 2004 UEFA Champions League
Porto celebrate after winning the 2004 UEFA Champions League ©Bongarts

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.

Winners: Greece
Runners-up: Portugal
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

Key events
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