UEFA Euro 1988 Final

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UEFA Euro 1988 Final
Match programme cover
Event UEFA Euro 1988
Date 25 June 1988 (1988-06-25)
Venue Olympiastadion, Munich
Referee Michel Vautrot (France)
Attendance 72,308

The UEFA Euro 1988 Final was a football match played on 25 June 1988 to determine the winner of UEFA Euro 1988. The match was contested by the Soviet Union, playing in what would turn out to be the nation's last European Championship, and the Netherlands at the Olympiastadion in Munich. The Dutch won the match 2–0, with goals coming from captain Ruud Gullit, a header in the first half and tournament top scorer Marco van Basten. At 2-0, Hans van Breukelen saved a penalty from Igor Belanov, a penalty that he had given away for bringing down Sergey Gotsmanov.[1]

Van Basten's goal, in which he volleyed right-footed over Rinat Dasayev from the tightest of angles on the right of the penalty area from Arnold Muhren's looping ball from the left, would later be described as one of the greatest goals in the history of the European Championships.[2][3][4][5]



25 June 1988 (1988-06-25)
15:30 CEST
Soviet Union  0–2  Netherlands
Olympiastadion, Munich
Attendance: 72,308
Referee: Michel Vautrot (France)
Soviet Union
GK 1 Rinat Dasayev (c)
RB 5 Anatoliy Demyanenko YC 31'
CB 7 Sergei Aleinikov
CB 3 Vagiz Khidiyatullin YC 42'
LB 6 Vasyl Rats
RM 8 Hennadiy Lytovchenko YC 33'
CM 9 Oleksandr Zavarov
CM 15 Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
LM 18 Sergey Gotsmanov Substituted off 68'
CF 11 Igor Belanov
CF 10 Oleh Protasov Substituted off 71'
DF 19 Sergei Pavlovich Baltacha Substituted in 68'
MF 20 Viktor Pasulko Substituted in 71'
Valeriy Lobanovskyi
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GK 1 Hans van Breukelen
RB 6 Berry van Aerle YC 50'
CB 17 Frank Rijkaard
CB 4 Ronald Koeman
LB 2 Adri van Tiggelen
RM 7 Gerald Vanenburg
CM 20 Jan Wouters YC 37'
CM 8 Arnold Mühren
LM 13 Erwin Koeman
CF 12 Marco van Basten
CF 10 Ruud Gullit (c)
Rinus Michels

Assistant referees:
Gérard Biguet (France)
Rémi Harrel (France)

Match rules


  1. ^ "European Championships 1988". ESPN. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  2. ^ Humphrey, Jake. "Which is the best Euro Goal Ever?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  3. ^ "10 Greatest Goals in the European Championships". FourFourTwo. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  4. ^ "Holland 2 USSR 0". Goal.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Van Basten, a Dutch goal machine". FIFA.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013. 

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