Ten most memorable Euro moments ranked

Paul Gascoigne’s sublime goal and famous dentist chair celebration against Scotland at Euro 1996 has been ranked as the greatest footballing moment in Euro history according to new research revealed today hui.

Ahead of the big kickoff in Rome on June 11, Samsung KX asked 2,000 football fans to name the most memorable moments in the tournament’s history. Gazza’s unforgettable celebration at Wembley in England’s 2-0 win over Scotland garnered 42% of the vote to secure the top spot.

The study was commissioned ahead of the launch of Samsung KX’s new Neo QLED VAR Challenge – a new experience that gives visitors the chance to step into a referee’s shoes and examine a series of controversial VAR decisions in ultra 8K details. The experiment will launch at Coal Drops Yard on Wednesday June 9 and will run until Sunday June 20.

The most voted moments saw England manager Gareth Southgate’s infamous penalty shootout failure which saw his side eliminated from the tournament coming in second with 32%. Southgate missed the crucial sixth penalty when England’s semi-final against Germany ended 1-1 and the shootout amounted to sudden death.

The former defender has revealed that he hasn’t been able to listen to Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home), recorded by David Baddiel, Frank Skinner and the Lightning Seeds, for 20 years.

In third place with 28% of the vote, England beat the Netherlands 4-1 to advance to the quarter-finals of Euro 96. Football came home in stunning style with SAS – (Alan) Shearer and (Teddy) Sheringham – each scoring twice as Terry Venables’ side gave a masterclass.

The 10 best moments in euros are:

1

Goal and celebration of Paul Gascoigne against Scotland – Euro 1996

42%

2

Gareth Southgate’s failure on penalties in semi-final against Germany – Euro 1996

32%

3

England beat the Netherlands 4-1 to advance to the quarter-finals as fans demand “Football’s Coming Home”

28%

4

England fell in love with Portugal’s goalkeeper Ricardo scoring a winning penalty in the suspenseful quarter-final – Euro 2004

25%

5

Greece shocks the world and wins Euro 2004 with odds of 150/1 in one of the greatest sports clashes of all time – Euro 2004

24%

6

Stuart Pearce roars with passion as he scores in a penalty shootout against Spain, after a missed shot 6 years earlier – Euro 1996

21%

7

Iceland beat England, knocking them out of the tournament, in one of the biggest clashes in football history – Euro 2016

21%

8

Spain beat Italy 4-0 to win their third major international trophy in a world – Euro 2012

18%

9

Wales reach Euro 2016 semi-finals – Euro 2000

18%

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Gary Lineker replaced against Sweden by Graham Taylor – leading to Taylor and England labeled as turnips as they embarrassingly crash – Euro 1992

16%

More heartache for England on penalties was the choice of 25% of British football fans – Portuguese goalkeeper Ricardo scored the victory kick in the Euro 2004 quarter-finals. After a 2-2 draw, the penalty shoot-out went to Cristiano Ronaldo and co in Lisbon as England came out of a major tournament on penalties for the fourth time.

The 150/1 underdogs Greece winning Euro 2004 came fifth with 24% of the vote. Greece had never won a game in a major tournament when they arrived in Portugal, but overcame obstacles in a sensational fashion, beating the hosts in the final.

Stuart Pearce exorcising his penalty demons by scoring in the Euro 96 quarter-final shootout against Spain was the 21% choice. Affectionately dubbed ‘Psycho’ by fans, the left-back missed a vital kick in England’s penalty shootout in the World Cup semi-final against Germany at Italia 90, but this time he faced Spain roaring in relief when he scored.

In seventh position, the minnows of Icelandic football eliminated England from Euro 2016 in France, also the choice of 21%. Manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the humiliation of losing to a nation of just 330,000 – despite taking the lead thanks to a Wayne Rooney penalty early on.

Spain beat Italy 4-0 in Kiev, Ukraine, to win Euro 2012 – their third consecutive victory in a major tournament after Euro 2008 and the 2010 World Cup – were selected by 18% .

The same number cited Wales, with Gareth Bale reaching the Euro 2016 semi-finals in France, where they lost to eventual winner Portugal.

And to round out the top ten with 16%, Graham Taylor replaced star striker Gary Lineker as England crashed out of Euro 1992 – triggering the famous Swedes 2 Turnips 1 tabloid title.

Tanya Weller, Director of Samsung Showcase, KX said, ‚ÄúSome of football’s greatest moments have been seen on TV screens across the country. Football has the unique ability to bring people together, creating lasting memories. We’re thrilled that fans will experience our Neo QLED VAR Challenge at Samsung KX starting June 8, with the new Neo QLED 8K TV line, which has been designed to create the perfect ultimate viewing experience for this summer of sports.

This year, fans are confident in the Three Lions’ abilities this year with 85% of them believing the team will take silver from this summer’s tournament.

The survey also revealed that 25 years after Euro 96, only 18% of Britons know the words of Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home). That’s almost as much as the 21% of England fans who are confident they know the lyrics to the national anthem.

Scotland’s other host nations in Wales appear to be much more patriotic. 40% of Welsh fans are convinced that they know their unofficial national anthem, played before matches, Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau (Land of My Fathers) and 31% of Scots their equivalent song Flower of Scotland.

Fans can step into the referees’ shoes to review the controversial VAR decisions of recent years, all recreated by local club footballers and re-shot in 8K resolution as part of the Samsung Neo QLED VAR Challenge at Samsung KX.

64% of Britons say they are more likely to buy a new TV before major sporting events to watch it in the best possible quality.

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K series was designed to create an unparalleled, ultra-detailed 8K viewing experience, which means football games have never been so clear. The Neo QLED range also includes Samsung’s innovative Object Tracking Sound technology, delivering immersive object-based sound that moves in sync with on-screen action, delivering an ultra-realistic 3D surround sound stage experience.

For more information on the Samsung Neo QLED VAR Challenge, which will launch at the Samsung KX on Wednesday, June 9, visit https://www.samsung.com/uk/explore/kings-cross/var-challenge/

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