Euro 2000 is often regarded as one of the most exciting international tournaments there has ever been – but for Italy, it went down as one of the most heart-breaking. Dino Zoff’s side nearly went all the way, only to be beaten in the final by a last minute equaliser and a Golden Goal.
Hosted by Belgium and the Netherlands, the Azzurri topped a qualification group that also included Switzerland and Denmark and arrived as dark horses for the competition. Six years had passed since Italy reached the final of the 1994 World Cup and disappointments at Euro 96, when Arrigo Sacchi’s team failed to get past the group stage, and World Cup 98, when Cesare Maldini’s side lost on penalties in the quarter-finals to hosts and eventual winners France, lingered in the memory.
Christian Vieri missed out through injury and Gianluigi Buffon had to be replaced shortly before the tournament began but such was Italy’s depth, neither was truly missed – indeed, Francesco Toldo would be named the tournament’s best goalkeeper as Italy dug deep and came within seconds of a first international trophy since 1982.
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