List of UEFA European Championship hat-tricks

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Michel Platini of France is the only player to have scored two hat-tricks in the European Championship, having scored both at UEFA Euro 1984 as France went on to win the tournament.[1]

This is a list of all hat-tricks scored during UEFA European Championships; that is, the occasions when a footballer has scored three or more goals in a single football European Championship match (not including qualification matches). Scoring a hat-trick in a European Championship is a relatively rare event: only eight hat-tricks have been scored in the 15 editions of the European Championships.[1] As UEFA is the governing body of European association football, official hat-tricks are only noted when UEFA recognises that at least three goals were scored by one player in one match.

The tournament was first held in 1960, but not hat-trick was scored in any of the first four editions. In the semi-finals of the 1976 version, Dieter Müller scored the first hat-trick in his first international game, as West Germany came from behind to defeat Yugoslavia 4–2 after extra time.[1] Four years later his compatriot Klaus Allofs scored the second hat-trick, in a 3–2 group stage win over the Netherlands. In the 1984 edition, there were more than one hat-trick in the tournament for the first time, both by French captain Michel Platini, who became the only player to score more than one in the same tournament.[1] After Marco van Basten's three goals for the Netherlands in a 3–1 group stage win over England in 1988, there were no hat-tricks in the 1992 and 1996 stagings.

In UEFA Euro 2000, there were a joint-record two hat-tricks: Sérgio Conceição scored all of the goals in Portugal's group stage victory over the Germans, and Patrick Kluivert recorded three goals in the Netherlands' 6–1 win over the Yugoslavs in the quarter-finals. Of the last four editions of the tournament (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016), there has only been one hat-trick, when Spain's David Villa scored three times in a 4–1 win over Russia in the 2008 group stage.[1]

Every player who has scored a hat-trick in the European Championship has ended on the winning team in that match. On all but three occasions they have ended up winning the tournament. No player has scored in a Championship final, nor has any recorded more than three goals in the same game.

Hat-tricks[edit]

UEFA European Championships hat-tricks
Sequence Player Time of goals For Result Against Tournament Round Date Ref
1. Dieter Müller 82', 115', 119'  West Germany 4–2 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 1976 Semi-finals 17 June 1976 [2]
2. Klaus Allofs 20', 60', 65'  West Germany 3–2  Netherlands Italy 1980 First round 14 June 1980 [3]
3. Michel Platini 4', 74' (pen.), 89'  France 5–0  Belgium France 1984 First round 16 June 1984 [4]
4. Michel Platini (II) 59', 62', 77'  France 3–2  Yugoslavia France 1984 First round 19 June 1984 [5]
5. Marco van Basten 44', 71', 75'  Netherlands 3–1  England West Germany 1988 First round 15 June 1988 [6]
6. Sérgio Conceição 35', 54', 71'  Portugal 3–0  Germany Belgium Netherlands 2000 First round 20 June 2000 [7]
7. Patrick Kluivert 24', 38', 54'  Netherlands 6–1  Yugoslavia Belgium Netherlands 2000 Quarter-finals 25 June 2000 [8]
8. David Villa 20', 44', 75'  Spain 4–1  Russia Austria Switzerland 2008 First round 10 June 2008 [9]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "EURO hat-trick heroes in an elite band". UEFA. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  2. ^ "UEFA Euro 1976 - History — Serbia-Germany". UEFA Official Website. 17 June 1976. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  3. ^ "UEFA Euro 1980 - History — Germany-Netherlands". UEFA Official Website. 14 June 1980. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ "UEFA Euro 1984 - History — France-Belgium". UEFA Official Website. 16 June 1984. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  5. ^ "UEFA Euro 1984 - History — France-Serbia". UEFA Official Website. 19 June 1984. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  6. ^ "UEFA Euro 1988 - History — England-Netherlands". UEFA Official Website. 15 June 1988. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  7. ^ "UEFA Euro 2000 - History — Portugal-Germany". UEFA Official Website. 20 June 2000. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  8. ^ "UEFA Euro 2000 - History — Netherlands-Serbia". UEFA Official Website. 25 June 2000. Retrieved 6 March 2016.
  9. ^ "UEFA Euro 2008 - History — Spain-Russia". UEFA Official Website. 10 June 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2016.