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European Championship - 1988 in Germany

European Championship - Held in Germany - 1988 Winners Holland

At last, the Dutch come good and win a major football final.  My friend Magi has a theory that the Semi-Finals are always a better game than the finals.  Well Holland v Germany in 1988 would have proved her point.  Whilst the Semis may well provide the best football, it is always the final that people remember.  For the Dutch supporters it was celebration from a long way out, for the neutral an air of anti-climax.

The format for the European Championship in Germany was two Quarter Final groups with the winners and runners-up progressing to the Semi Finals.  France were seen off by the Eastern Europeans and did not make the final stages.  England were desperately disappointing, while Italy were as hard to beat as ever.

European Football Championship Final 1988

Holland

2-0

USSR

                33' Gullit, 54' Van Basten
 

Holland: Van Breukelen, Van Aerle, Rijkaard, R.Koeman, Van Tiggelen,  Vanenburg, Wouters, A.M?ren, E.Koeman, Gullit, Van Basten
 

Semi Finals

Holland 

3-2

Germany

USSR 

2-0

Italy

 

Quarter Finals

Group 1
  P W D L GS GA PTS
Germany 3 2 1 0 5 1 5
Italy 3 2 1 0 4 1 5
Spain 3 1 0 2 3 5 2
Denmark 3 0 0 3 2 7 0
 
Group 2
  P W D L GS GA PTS
USSR 3 2 1 0 5 2 5
Holland 3 2 0 1 4 2 4
R. of Ireland 3 1 1 1 2 2 3
England 3 0 0 3 2 7 0

 

Group Stages 1988 - Statistics for qualifying matches

Group 1

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Spain

6

5

0

1

14

6

10

 

Romania

6

4

1

1

13

3

9

 

Austria

6

2

1

3

6

9

5

 

Albania

6

0

0

6

2

17

0

 

 

Group 2

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Italy

8

6

1

1

16

4

13

 

Sweden

8

4

2

2

12

5

10

 

Portugal

8

2

4

2

6

8

8

 

Switzerland

8

1

5

2

9

9

7

 

Malta

8

0

2

6

4

21

2

 

 

Group 3

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

USSR

8

5

3

0

14

3

13

 

Germany (East)

8

4

3

1

13

4

11

 

France

8

1

4

3

4

7

6

 

Iceland

8

2

2

4

4

14

6

 

Norway

8

1

2

5

5

12

4

 

 

Group 4

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

England

6

5

1

0

19

1

11

 

Yugoslavia

6

4

0

2

13

9

8

 

Northern Ireland

6

1

1

4

2

10

3

 

Turkey

6

0

2

4

2

16

2

 

 

Group 5

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Holland

9

7

2

0

23

1

16

 

Greece

8

4

1

3

12

13

9

 

Hungary

8

4

0

4

13

11

8

 

Poland

8

3

2

3

9

11

8

 

Cyprus

9

0

1

8

3

24

1

 

 

Group 6

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Denmark

6

3

2

1

4

2

8

 

Czechoslovakia

6

2

3

1

7

5

7

 

Wales

6

2

2

2

7

5

6

 

Finland

6

1

1

4

4

10

3

 

Group 7

 

 

P

W

D

L

GS

GA

PTS

 

Republic of Ireland

8

4

3

1

10

5

11

 

Bulgaria

8

4

2

2

12

6

10

 

Belgium

8

3

3

2

16

8

9

 

Scotland

8

3

3

2

7

5

9

 

Luxembourg

8

0

1

7

2

23

1

 


 

 

 

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