Euro 1984 - France

Euro 1984 - France

Hosts: France

Final: France 2 Spain 0

Top Scorer: Michel Platini (France) 9 goals
Teams/Matches: 8/15
Facts and Figures:

* Euro 1984 was the first major football tournament victory for France.

* The official mascot of Euro 1984 was “Peno”, a rooster representing the emblem of the host nation.

* 41 goals were scored at Euro 1984 at an average of 2.73 per match.

* Michel Platini scored the fastest goal of Euro 1984 against Belgium after just three minutes.

* The format for Euro 1984 comprised of eight qualified teams split into two groups of four that played a round-robin schedule. The top two from each group advanced to the semi-finals with the winners contesting the final.

* The third-place game, unpopular with players and supporters, was finally dropped for Euro 1984.

Final

France dominated Group A and won all three games. Michel Platini was their star player throughout the Euro 1984 Championships, scoring the winner in their opening game against Denmark before consecutive hat-tricks against Belgium and Yugoslavia. He also produced a sensational extra-time winner in the semi-final victory over Portugal to send them on their way to becoming Euro 1984 winners.

Spain emerged winners of Group B by virtue of having scored a goal more than second-placed Portugal. Although they drew their opening two matches against Romania and Portugal, a 90th minute winner by Maceda in their last group game against West Germany was enough to clinch top spot. The same player also struck their equalising goal in the semi-final against Denmark, although they needed to go to penalties before finally emerging winners.

Michel Platini continued his perfect record by scoring the opener for France in the final to take his tally to nine for the tournament. France had shown great promise in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, reaching the semi-finals and Michel Hidalgo's team were at their peak for Euro 1984. Luis Fernandez added some bite in midfield to the talented creative trio of Michel Platini, Alain Giresse and Jean Tigana.

For once, it took a bit of good fortune for Platini to get his name on the scoresheet. His 57th-minute free-kick somehow squirmed beneath Spanish goalkeeper Luis Arconada to settle the nerves at the new Parc des Princes. Despite losing Yvon Le Roux to a red card, the French secured victory when Bruno Bellone scored late in the game. If the final itself was not a classic, the tournament was deemed a great success with some of the finest attacking football ever seen in Europe.

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