2004 European Football Championship

Euro 2004 Logo

The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly called EURO 2004, was held in Portugal between 12 June and 4 July 2004. The UEFA European Championship is a quadrennial football competition between national teams organised by UEFA, the sports governing body in Europe. This was the first time that the competition was held in Portugal.

Qualifying for EURO 2004 took place from September 2002 to November 2003. Fifty teams were divided into ten groups and each team played the others in their group twice, once at home and once away. The top teams automatically qualified for EURO 2004, and the ten group runners-up took part in play-offs to determine another five teams. Together with the host nation of Portugal, who did not need to go through the qualifying process (as is usual), 16 nations competed in EURO 2004.

Greeks celebrated the victory of their team in the streets long into the evening.(