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CNN's top 10 memorable European Championship moments

By Greg Duke, CNN
updated 11:52 AM EST, Fri December 9, 2011
Just 17 teams entered the first tournament in 1960 and it was played on a home-and-away basis until the semifinal stage, which France hosted. The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia contested the final in Paris, with Viktor Ponedelnik carving his name in history by scoring the winning goal in extra time to give the Russians victory. Just 17 teams entered the first tournament in 1960 and it was played on a home-and-away basis until the semifinal stage, which France hosted. The Soviet Union and Yugoslavia contested the final in Paris, with Viktor Ponedelnik carving his name in history by scoring the winning goal in extra time to give the Russians victory.
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Soviets become first winners
Panenka's cheeky chip
Platini the king
Van Basten's wonder goal
Denmark in dreamland
Germany's golden goal
Gazza glory
Portuguese lose their heads
World and European champions
Greece stun hosts Portugal
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Michel Platini's nine goals in 1984 is a record for a European Championship finals
  • Marco Van Basten's volley for the Netherlands in 1988 is one of the greatest goals of all time
  • Denmark and Greece stunned football with victories in 1992 and 2004 respectively

(CNN) -- Now the 16 finalists have been decided, the build-up to next year's European Championship finals in Poland and Ukraine has truly begun.

Eight cities across the two countries will play host to the championships, kicking off at Warsaw's National Stadium on June 8 and concluding in the final at Kiev's Olympic Stadium on July 1.

The 2012 finals will be the 14th since the competition's debut in 1960 and there have been many highlights since then.

Here is CNN's definitive guide to our top 10 most memorable European Championship moments in chronological order. Do you agree with our list? Or have we omitted your favorite?

Send in a comment with your favorite moment.

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