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Southgate has the best achievement at the European Championship. Only two people have done this in history.

Date: July 15, 2024 Time: 04:13:55

Southgate has the best achievement at the European Championship. Only two people have done this in history.

Anatoly Romanov July 11, 2024, 01:50 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.

Gareth responds to the criticism with a result, reaching the final for the second time in a row.

Gareth Southgate has led England to the final of their second consecutive European Championship. The Britons secured a convincing 2-1 victory over the Netherlands in the semi-finals and will now play Spain in the decider for gold. Three years ago, Southgate led the national team to the final on home soil at Euro 2020 and has now repeated the astonishing achievement of two German coaches.

It is worth recalling that Euro 2020 was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic, so the tournament was held only in June-July 2021. In the group stage, Southgate’s team took first place in the quartet with Croatia, the Czech Republic and Scotland, and in the playoffs they eliminated Germany, Ukraine and Denmark. However, in the final at Wembley, the English were defeated by Italy on penalties.

At Euro 2024, Southgate reached the final with England again. Before that, only two coaches in history had played in two Euro finals. Curiously, both were German.

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Helmut Schön was the first to compete in two European Championship finals. At the 1972 European Championship in Belgium, the German national team under his leadership won gold medals. At that time, only four teams competed in the finals, which consisted of four matches: two semi-finals, a match for third place and the final. In the semi-finals, Schön’s team defeated the Belgian hosts 2:1, and in the decisive match they beat the USSR national team 3:0. Gerd Müller scored a double in both matches.

At the 1976 European Championship in Yugoslavia, the Germans, led by Schön, were unable to defend their title. The tournament proceeded in the same way. In the semi-finals, the German team again defeated the hosts 4:2. But in the final they lost to Czechoslovakia in the 11-metre shootout. Panenka’s penalty was decisive.

The full Euro 2024 match broadcast and highlights are available on Okko.

In the 1990s, Berti Vogts repeated Schön’s achievement. At the 1992 European Championship in Sweden, the German national team under his leadership advanced from the group stage together with the Netherlands, Scotland and the CIS. In the semi-finals, the Germans were the hosts: the Swedes lost 3-2. But in the final, Vogts’ team lost 0-2 to Denmark, which should not have made it to that European Championship and at the last moment replaced the disqualified Yugoslavia.

At the 1996 European Championship in England, Vogts did what he had failed to do four years earlier. Germany finished top of their group alongside the Czech Republic, Italy and Russia and beat Croatia in the quarter-finals. Then, of course, they lost to the hosts in the semi-finals. The English went through on penalties, with the decisive mistake made by… Gareth Southgate. And in the final against the Czech Republic (2-1), everything was decided by Oliver Bierhoff’s golden goal in the 95th minute.

There are now more teams playing at the Euros, so Gareth’s achievement looks even better in some ways. But to truly match Schön and Vogts, Southgate needs to take Euro gold.

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