Italy France 2000

4 min read Jun 26, 2024
Italy France 2000

Euro 2000 Final: Italy vs France

The Background


The 2000 European Football Championship, commonly referred to as Euro 2000, was the 11th edition of the UEFA European Football Championship. The tournament was held in Belgium and the Netherlands from June 10 to July 2, 2000. A total of 16 teams participated in the competition, with Italy and France ultimately making it to the final.

The Road to the Final


Italy

Italy, led by coach Dino Zoff, started their campaign with a 2-1 win over Turkey in the group stage. They then drew 0-0 with Belgium and defeated Sweden 2-1 to top their group. In the quarterfinals, they beat Romania 2-0, and in the semifinals, they defeated the Netherlands 3-1 in a penalty shootout after the game ended 0-0 after extra time.

France

France, led by coach Roger Lemerre, began their campaign with a 3-0 win over Denmark in the group stage. They then drew 1-1 with the Czech Republic and defeated the Netherlands 3-2 to top their group. In the quarterfinals, they beat Spain 2-1, and in the semifinals, they defeated Portugal 2-1 in extra time.

The Final


The final match was played at the Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, Netherlands, on July 2, 2000. The game was attended by 52,000 spectators, and the referee was Anders Frisk from Sweden.

Italy: Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Toldo, Alessandro Nesta, Alessandro Costacurta, Paolo Maldini, Fabio Cannavaro, Demetrio Albertini, Francesco Totti, Stefano Fiore, Luigi Di Biagio, and Filippo Inzaghi.

France: Fabien Barthez, Lilian Thuram, Marcel Desailly, Laurent Blanc, Bixente Lizarazu, Patrick Vieira, Didier Deschamps, Youri Djorkaeff, Zinedine Zidane, Thierry Henry, and David Trezeguet.

The Game


The game started with both teams creating chances, but it was Italy who took the lead in the 34th minute through a Marco Delvecchio goal. France pushed hard for an equalizer, but the Italian defense held strong until the end of the 90 minutes.

In the 103rd minute, David Trezeguet scored a golden goal, securing a 2-1 victory for France. The goal marked the first time a European Championship final had been decided by a golden goal.

The Winner


France were crowned the champions of Euro 2000, marking their second European Championship title after their first win in 1984. The win was also a testament to their growing talent and depth, as they followed up their 1998 World Cup victory with another major tournament win.

Final Score: France 2, Italy 1 (Golden Goal)

Man of the Match: David Trezeguet