Ten most memorable moments of the Euros ranked

Paul Gascoigne’s sublime goal and famous dentist chair celebration against Scotland in Euro 1996 has been ranked the greatest Euros football moment ever according to new research revealed today.

Ahead of the big kick-off 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 Wembley celebration during England’s 2-0 win against Scotland took a whopping 42% of the vote to secure first place.

The study was commissioned ahead of the launch of Samsung KX’s new Neo QLED VAR Challenge – a new experience that gives visitors the opportunity to step into the shoes of a referee and review a series of controversial VAR decisions in ultra 8K detail. The experience launches in Coal Drops Yard on Wednesday, June 9, and runs until Sunday, June 20.

The top-voted moments saw current England manager Gareth Southgate’s infamous penalty shoot-out miss that saw his side knocked out of the tournament come in second with 32%. Southgate missed the crucial sixth penalty when England’s semi-final against Germany finished 1-1 and the shoot-out went all the way to sudden death.

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

In third spot with 28% of the vote was England’s epic 4-1 thrashing of Holland to qualify for the quarterfinals of Euro 96. Football came home in stunning style with the SAS – (Alan) Shearer and (Teddy) Sheringham – each scoring twice as Terry Venables’ team delivered a masterclass.

The Top 10 Euros Moments are:

1

Paul Gascoigne goal and celebration against Scotland – Euro 1996

42%

2

Gareth Southgate’s penalty shoot-out miss in semi-final against Germany – Euro 1996

32%

3

England beat Holland 4-1 to qualify for the quarterfinals as fans claim ‘Football’s Coming Home’

28%

4

Heartbreak for England, after Ricardo, Portugal’s goalkeeper, scores winning penalty in quarter-final thriller – Euro 2004

25%

5

Greece shock the world and win Euro 2004 at odds of 150/1 in one of the greatest sporting shocks of all time – Euro 2004

24%

6

Stuart Pearce roars with passion at scoring in a penalty shootout against Spain, following a shootout miss 6 years earlier – Euro 1996

21%

7

Iceland beat England, knocking them out of the tournament, in one of football’s biggest ever shocks – Euro 2016

21%

8

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

18%

9

Wales reach the semi-finals for Euro 2016 – Euro 2000

18%

10

Gary Lineker subbed against Sweden by Graham Taylor – leading to Taylor and England being labelled turnips as they embarrassingly crash out – Euro 1992

16%

More penalty shoot-out knockout heartache for England was the pick of 25% of British football fans – Portugal’s goalie Ricardo scoring the winning kick in the Euro 2004 quarter-final. After a 2-2 draw, the shoot-out went the way of Cristiano Ronaldo and co in Lisbon as England exited a major tournament on penalties for the fourth time.

Rank 150/1 outsiders Greece winning Euro 2004 came fifth with 24% of the vote. Greece had never won a match at a major tournament when they arrived in Portugal but overcame the odds sensationally, beating the hosts in the final.

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

In seventh came footballing minnows Iceland knocking England out of Euro 2016 in France was also the choice of 21%. Manager Roy Hodgson resigned after the humiliation of losing to a nation with a population of just 330,000 – despite taking the lead through an early Wayne Rooney penalty.

Spain trouncing Italy 4-0 in Kiev, Ukraine, to win Euro 2012 – their third consecutive major tournament win after Euro 2008 and World Cup 2010 – was picked by 18%.

The same number cited Wales, starring Gareth Bale, making the semi-finals of Euro 2016 in France, where they lost to eventual winners Portugal.

And completing the top ten with 16% was Graham Taylor subbing star striker Gary Lineker as England crashed out of Euro 1992 – sparking the famous tabloid headline Swedes 2 Turnips 1.

Tanya Weller, Director of Samsung Showcase, KX said: “Some of football’s greatest moments have been witnessed on TV screens across the country. Football has the unique ability to bring people together, creating long lasting memories. We’re excited for fans to experience our Neo QLED VAR Challenge at Samsung KX from June 8, featuring the new Neo QLED 8K TV range, which has been designed to create the ultimate viewing experience perfect for this summer of sport.”

This year fans are confident in The Three Lions’ abilities this year with 85% believing the team will be bringing home the silver following this summer’s tournament.

The survey also revealed that 25 years on from Euro 96, only 18% of Brits know the lyrics to Three Lions (Football’s Coming Home). That is almost as many as the 21% of English fans confident they know the words to the National Anthem.

The other Home Nations of Scotland Wales seem to be far more patriotic. 40% of Welsh fans are confident 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 shoes of referees to review controversial VAR decisions from recent years, all re-enacted by local club footballers and re-shot in 8K resolution as part of the Samsung Neo QLED VAR Challenge at Samsung KX.

64% of Brits say they are more likely to buy a new TV ahead of major sporting events to watch in the highest quality possible.

The Samsung Neo QLED 8K range has been designed to create an unparalleled and ultra-detailed 8K viewing experience meaning football games have never been so clear. The Neo QLED line-up also features Samsung’s innovative Object Tracking Sound technology, delivering immersive object-based audio that moves in-sync with the action on-screen, giving an ultra-realistic, 3D surround sound stadium experience.

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