Pubs should be packed this summer as the best players from across Europe battle for the crown of continental champions. 

The Euros will provide plenty of great moments as it has done in the past. Here are some of our favourites.

 

1. Panenka

So good it was named after him. Antonin Panenka had the nerve-jangling task of taking the vital penalty in the 1976 final shootout for Czechoslovakia against the Germans. Bold as brass, he softly clipped it down the middle. Mimicked by many since, but never bettered.

 

2. Van Basten

1988 was a tough year for England but a great one for Marco Van Basten. He scored three against Bobby Robson's side before volleying home one of the greatest ever finals goals from a ludicrous angle as the Dutch beat the USSR.

 

3. Lineker off

Need a goal to qualify? Graham Taylor decided to replace England's greatest goalscorer since Bobby Charlton with Alan Smith. We lost to the Swedes, went home and Lineker was left stranded on 48 goals and a penniless future in obscurity.

 

4. Denmark

 

The Danes were on the beach when they found out they had snuck in through the tournament's back door after Yugoslavia were disqualified. They went on to win it. John Jensen scored a screamer in the final then netted just once in 138 games for Arsenal. Read our exclusive interview with Peter Schmeichel here.

 

5. Dentist's chair

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Gazza's goal against Scotland was sensational — lobbing it over Colin Hendry before volleying past Andy Goram — but his celebration was hilarious. With players spraying water down his throat he mimicked the "dentist's chair" boozing sessions the press had lapped up. The government later banned dentist's chairs from UK pubs despite there being little evidence the practice had ever taken place.

 

6. Holland humbled

1996 was special. The tune of Three Lions bellowed out of Wembley as we gave the Dutch a Total Football masterclass with a 4-1 win. That "one" stopped Scotland getting to the knockout stages.

 

7. 'Come on!'

Penalty shootout redemption for Stuart Pearce when he blasted home against Spain in 1996. His guttural cry of "come on!" truly laid the ghost of 1990 to rest. He scored again in the semi-final shoot-out against Germany. But we lost that one. Obviously.

 

8. Greece

When Greece beat hosts Portugal in the 2004 opener it sent shock waves around the world. Three weeks later they repeated the trick to win the tournament. Makes all those matches in between seem a bit pointless.

 

9. Wayne's World

They weren't pointless for an 18-year- old skinhead who looked like he should have been on the terraces rather than the pitch. Wayne Rooney announced himself on the world scene with four goals and a series of match-winning performances. Then he hurt himself against Portugal and we went out.

 

10. Viva España

 

A word for the champions. Spain breezed past all in 2012, smashing four past Italy in the final. That aura of invincibility has gone but they will still be a threat this summer.

 

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