Marco van Basten's volley, Euro 88: The story behind the Netherlands' most famous goal

Marco van Basten, Netherlands Euro 88
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This feature on Marco van Basten at Euro 88 first appeared in the May 2020 issue of FourFourTwo. Subscribe now!

Triumph sows the seeds of tragedy. The definition of a career high is that it can never be recaptured; what follows can move only downwards, either quickly or slowly, gradually or decisively. But, oh, what a high. To score the crucial goal in a major final for your country, to win their first trophy, and to do it with what a significant slice of the commentariat still regard as the greatest goal ever scored in a final. It may be all downhill from there, but what a view from the top. 

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