Friday May 22 2020
Football Italia calcio quiz - Euro 2000

Think you know your Capocannoniere from your catenaccio? Test your Italian football knowledge with Football Italia’s calcio quiz, Euro 2000 edition!

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.

But what do you remember about Euro 2000? Click the quiz to get started, post your score in the comments below – and buona fortuna!

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Have your say...
Italy where the better side in the 2000 final. Unfortunately they didn't take their chances. I'm normally a good sport when Italy lose. Losing on penalties in 3 consecutive world cups was painful. Yet not as painful as being less than 6 seconds away from being crowned Euro Champions...only to lose! I recall switching off the TV after Trezeguet scored the golden goal. No Azzurri loss hurt more than this Final. Who would have thought Trezeguet misses a penalty 8 years later in the 2006 WC final
on the 24th May, 2020 at 3:02pm
-- which led to tying goal. everyone in pub moaned in disbelief, with few french fans jumping up n down. now with Italy exhausted and deflated from having one hand on trophy they had to go to extra time.then when Trez scored the golden goal winner i felt shock,disgust,then anger. when ya go back and watch it still leaves a bad taste. it kinda led to Azzurri being cursed for WC'02 EURO'04 as they had greatest roster of talent that failed under Trapattoni.
on the 24th May, 2020 at 4:33am
Italy were playing so strong entire tournament, Zoff was an amazing coach for Azzurri no one expected. can only imagine what could of been.this was a golden generation Azzurri in early stages. game shoulda ended ITA 2-0 FRA, thing i remember most was ADP wasting 2 golden chances in front of goal. 2nd chance was truly painful.can recall where i was. watching game in a packed irish pub.everything that could go wrong did.with seconds left Cannavaro misplayed harmless long ball that bounced by him -
on the 24th May, 2020 at 4:10am
I was working in France when that competition was on. I remember it very well. After beating the netherlands in that amazing semi I didn't think France in the final was going to be easy - but Italy played really well and were a minute away from victory. When Wiltord equalised at the death I knew that Italy would lose in extra time - the whole team just deflated. What a shame - so close
on the 22nd May, 2020 at 4:51pm
While Italy did blow it in the final France was most definitely helped by the ref allowing way too much extra time. Should have been 2 or 3 mins at most.
on the 22nd May, 2020 at 4:12pm

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