How Greece broke the Euros in 2004

Greek players and staff members pose with their trophy 04 July 2004 at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, at the end of the Euro 2004 final match between Portugal and Greece at the European Nations championship in Portugal. Greece won 1-0. AFP PHOTO SORIANO/FIFE (Photo by SORIANO/FIFE / AFP) (Photo by SORIANO/FIFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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As likely evidenced by the fact you’ve just clicked on this article and audibly muttered, “Oh wow, yeah, Greece”, the memory of triumph at Euro 2004 is likely lodged in a very weird part of your brain. It absolutely did happen, of that you’re sure, but in the era before social media where every sporting happenstance wasn’t being endlessly shared, clipped, memed and remixed, you can’t recall it with any clarity.

All of the early noughties triumphs that involved major nations are clearly visible to you: Ronaldo’s silly haircut running riot for Brazil against Germany in 2002, Zinedine Zidane’s forehead attempting a living laryngoscopy on Marco Materazzi in 2006.

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Adam Clery

Adam published his first article for FourFourTwo in 2015, but didn’t publish his second until seven years later in 2022. A figure that would put him near the top end of any ranking for Longest Time Between Appearances For One Club. In the time between he plied his trade as both a writer and presenter on YouTube, earning the dubious distinction of being “The James Milner of WhatCulture”. Be that because he was capable of playing any role, or just because it felt like he’d been around forever, depends on who you ask. And yes, that is him from the Football Manager documentary and, no, he doesn’t want to talk about it.