It so happened that the European Championships, which are held once every four years, are not ordinary events in the football life of the continent. This is logical and understandable. It is not for nothing that the events taking place on them, at times, are simply devoid of routine, and at times, they were very daring. In general, there is something to remember for almost every Euro that has already taken place.
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Bendtner and his underpants, 2012
Niklas Bendtner was fined € 100,000 and received a one-match suspension from UEFA for unauthorized advertising during a 2012 group stage match against Portugal. It happened after he pulled down his pants to reveal the underwear advertising the Paddy Power bookmaker.
For reasons known only to the eccentric Dane, he waited for his second goal of the game before hitting a global audience – he was so confident in his abilities. This behavior earned him £ 200,000 from a sponsor, but it also cost him a one-match suspension.
Graham Taylor vs. Gary Lineker, 1992
The late Graham Taylor appeared to be a fine man, but as England coach he was so-so. His decision to remove from the game the most legendary Gary Lineker in the group match against Sweden at Euro 92 ended the international career of the legend of England, who did not manage to break Bobby Charlton’s record (49 goals).
If you try to justify a person who did not make it to the World Cup two years later, then we can say that Lineker was not at all in shape at that time, and did not score in five previous matches and missed a penalty in a friendly against Brazil.
Ronald Koeman against the Germans, 1988.
Barca coach Ronald Koeman made a mess right after the semi-finals against West Germany in 1988.
Losing 1-0 in the 55th minute, Koeman scored from the penalty spot, and then Marco van Basten won the game in the 88th minute.
Koeman exchanged T-shirts with Olaf Ton from the Federal Republic of Germany after the final whistle, but then at the right moment he hit the camera lenses, which captured him laughing at the fans and pretending to wipe his rivals’ T-shirt.
This caused a lot of outrage in Germany, and even Koeman’s father condemned his son’s behavior, although the footballer himself never said that he regretted his gesture.