Portugal were announced as hosts for UEFA Euro 2004 on 12 October 1999, in Aachen, Germany, beating Spain and the joint bid of Austria and Hungary.  It was another disappointing European campaign the Germans, who failed to advance from the group stage for the second consecutive time. , In November 2002, UEFA appointed Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) as the tournament's exclusive worldwide licensing agent. , The official mascot was a boy named Kinas – derived from quinas (English: inescutcheons), one of the symbols of the Portuguese coat of arms – who wore a football kit with the Portuguese colors (red shirt and green shorts) and was constantly playing with a football. Results from the final tournaments, play-off matches and friendly games were all ignored. , Group A opened with a shock as Greece, ranked outsiders from start, defeated the hosts 2–1. , Group C featured a three-way tie between Sweden, Denmark and Italy. There were 77 goals scored in 31 matches, for an average of 2.48 goals per match. The 2004 UEFA European Football Championship, commonly referred to as UEFA Euro 2004 or simply Euro 2004, was the 12th edition of the UEFA European Championship, a quadrennial football competition contested by the men's national teams of UEFA member associations.  Eight sponsors were announced by UEFA in December 2002. In parallel to individual match tickets, UEFA created a new category of tickets called "Follow My Team", which allowed supporters to see all the matches of their favourite team (group stage and, if qualified, knockout stage matches).  Every national association was awarded 20% of the venue capacity for each of their team's matches. Michael Ballack and Gianluca Zambrotta were the only players to be included whose teams were knocked out in the group stage.. , In a first phase lasting until 16 June 2003, supporters could apply for tickets via UEFA's tournament website or through forms available at the Portuguese Football Federation and match venues. The opening ceremony and match took place at the Estádio do Dragão. England midfielder David Beckham, who was asked by Adidas to test it, was pleased with Roteiro's performance, particularly in free-kicks. Tied on head-to-head result (Greece 1–1 Spain) and overall goal difference (0). Furtado was selected to sing the official song of the tournament, because of her familial connection to the host country (her parents are both Portuguese from the Azores). Tied on head-to-head points (2) and goal difference (0). Hosts Portugal (coefficient 2.400; rank 2nd) were automatically assigned to position A1.  This victory made Greece the first team to defeat both the holders and the hosts in the same tournament. Five players from the winning Greek team were named to the team of the tournament.  France midfielder Zinedine Zidane believed the ball would "improve the game".  Created by Warner Bros., Kinas was officially unveiled on 29 March 2003 at the Casa de Serralves, in Porto, Portugal. Watch full Euro football matches online on Footballia Watch full Euro football matches online on Footballia don't just read about history experience it!  If the scores were still level after the initial 15 minutes of extra time, play would continue for a further 15 minutes.  Public sales for an initial batch of 450,000 tickets (38%) were launched on 28 April 2003, in a ceremony in Lisbon which gathered former European football stars Eusébio and Ruud Gullit. Just before the hour mark, Greece earned a corner kick from which Angelos Charisteas scored.  The Italians accused Sweden and Denmark of fixing their match, as both sides knew that a 2–2 result would advance them both over Italy, but UEFA dismissed the complaint. , In the first quarter-final between England and Portugal, the English opened the score after only two minutes through Michael Owen.  Ticket prices were divided in three categories, ranging from €35 (group matches) to €270 (final). Cristiano Ronaldo put the hosts in the lead from a corner kick midway through the first half, and just before the hour mark Maniche made it 2–0 with a spectacular goal from the corner of the penalty area.  After the draw for the group stage on 30 November, a third phase of public sales began on 9 December, which included a second batch of tickets (39%) that could be bought until March 2004 through the national associations of the finalist teams. Portugal recovered from an opening defeat against Greece to reach the final, eliminating England and the Netherlands along the way. If the teams could still not be separated after the extra time, there would be a penalty shoot-out (at least five penalties each) to determine which team progressed to the next round. For the first time in an international football tournament, the silver goal system was applied, whereby the team that led the game at the half-time break during the extra time period would be declared the winner. The first-placed teams from each group qualified automatically to the final tournament, whereas the ten runners-up took part in a two-legged play-off to select the remaining five teams that would join the host nation in the final tournament..  The Estádio da Luz was the largest stadium with a tournament capacity of 65,647 seats, and served as the venue for the final. Fair play conduct of the team in the final tournament; This page was last edited on 6 October 2020, at 12:24. The Dutch progressed after winning the penalty shoot-out 5–4, their first ever victory on penalties in a major tournament. The table below lists stadium capacity for the final tournament, which may not correspond to their effective maximum capacity. The draw resulted in the following groups: The final tournament was played in ten venues located in eight different cities.  Roteiro was the first official tournament football to employ the new thermal-bonding technique in its production, which resulted in a seamless surface and a more homogenous design. Lisbon and Porto, the two biggest cities, had two venues each, while Aveiro, Braga, Coimbra, Faro-Loulé, Guimarães and Leiria had one venue. Defending champions France (coefficient 3.000; rank 1st) were automatically assigned to Pot 1. Fifty teams were divided into ten groups of five and each team played two matches against all its opponents, on a home-and-away basis.  The group of eight analysts watched every game at the tournament before making their decision after the final. In April 2004, the UEFA Referees Committee replaced Russian assistant referee Gennady Krasyuk with Yuri Dupanov of Belarus. As with every tournament since UEFA Euro 1984, there was no third place play-off.  It was produced by Adidas and named Adidas Roteiro, after the logbook (Portuguese: roteiro) used by Portuguese maritime explorers such as Vasco da Gama. The seven dots represent significant Portuguese elements and achievements, such as the number of castles in the national coat of arms or the conquest of the seven seas during the Age of Discoveries.  It represents a football in the centre of a heart, surrounded by seven green dots.
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