This Day In Sports History (July 2nd) — France Men’s Soccer Team

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It was on this day in 2000 that the finals for the UEFA Euro 2000 tournament took place at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, Netherlands.  The defending World Cup champion French squad won the game 2-1 over the Italians to become the first team in history to be crowned European champions after winning the World Cup.

The Italians cruised into the semi-finals, winning their first five games with relative ease.  There they would meet a strong Netherlands team and would win in a shootout after 120 minutes of scoreless play.  The Dutch missed an incredible five penalty kicks in that match—two in regulation time and another three in the shootout.  France had a tougher time reaching the finals, as they narrowly beat both Spain and Portugal in the quarters and semi-finals.

Italy would take the lead in the finals on a second half goal by striker Marco Delvecchio.  Just when it looked as though the Italians were going to take home the title, Sylvain Wiltord tied it in the fourth minute of injury time and David Trezeguet would win it with a golden goal in the 103rd minute.

Here is a look at the best goals from the 2000 UEFA European Championships.

Notable Birthdays

Joe Canseco, MLB – Born July 2nd 1964 (age 49) in Havana, Cuba

Sean Casey, MLB – Born July 2nd 1974 (age 39) in Willingboro Township, New Jersey

Joe Thornton, NHL – Born July 2nd 1979 (age 34) in London, Ontario

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