Euro Cup or UEFA European Football Championship is a football tournament that is organized quadrennial manner for men’s national teams in Europe. Euro Cup 2004 was the 12th UEFA European Football Championship and it was organized in Portugal. Portugal gets the bid for this tournament by competing to Spain and Austria/Hungary and was selected as host nation on 12 October 1999 by UEFA.
Google released a Euro Cup 2004 Google Doodle as a part of 2004 euro Cup on July 3, 2004. The first ‘o’ in the Google logo is replaced with a soccer ball and the ball is hit by a player. So all in all the doodle is simple and conveys the idea of a big soccer tournament.
The matches were played in 10 different venues across eight cities in between 12 June and 4 July 2004. The hosting cities are Aveiro, Coimbra, Braga, Guimaraes, Leiria, Faro/Loule, Porto and Lisbon. After the qualification round that were held in 2002, 16 teams were qualified for the final battle as in 1996 and 2000 Euro Cup. It is the first time that Latvia is participating the tournament after overcoming the qualification round by beating Turkey in the play-offs. On the other side Greece returned to the European tournament after 24 years.
The tournament was progressed through several surprises as the teams which are known for their play such as Germany, Spain and Italy were knocked out during the group stage. The defending Champions France were eliminated in the Group stage by the defeat against Greece and Portuguese team after recovered from the initial defeats reached the final by defeating England and the Netherlands on their way to finals.
After the primary rounds the teams that qualified for semifinals are Netherlands, Portugal Greece and Czech Republic. In the first semifinal match Portugal beats Netherlands by 2-1. In second semifinal match Greece beats Czech Republic by 1-0. The big surprise was in the finals where the teams that were played in the opening match was again come opposite to play in the finals also. It is happening first time in any International football tournament. As in the earlier encounter Greece won the match with one Goal against Portugal and the goal hit by Angelos Charisteas.