UEFA Euro 1988 Final

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UEFA Euro 1988 Final
Match programme cover
EventUEFA Euro 1988
Date25 June 1988 (1988-06-25)
VenueOlympiastadion, Munich
RefereeMichel Vautrot (France)[1]

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.[3]

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.[4][5][6][7]



Soviet Union 0–2 Netherlands
Attendance: 62,770[2]
Soviet Union
GK 1 Rinat Dasayev (c)
RB 5 Anatoliy Demyanenko Yellow card 31'
CB 7 Sergei Aleinikov
CB 3 Vagiz Khidiyatullin Yellow card 42'
LB 6 Vasyl Rats
RM 8 Hennadiy Lytovchenko Yellow card 33'
CM 9 Oleksandr Zavarov
CM 15 Oleksiy Mykhaylychenko
LM 18 Sergey Gotsmanov Substituted off 68'
CF 10 Oleh Protasov Substituted off 71'
CF 11 Igor Belanov
DF 19 Sergei 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 Yellow card 50'
CB 17 Frank Rijkaard
CB 4 Ronald Koeman
LB 2 Adri van Tiggelen
RM 7 Gerald Vanenburg
CM 20 Jan Wouters Yellow card 37'
CM 8 Arnold Mühren
LM 13 Erwin Koeman
CF 10 Ruud Gullit (c)
CF 12 Marco van Basten
Rinus Michels

Assistant referees:[1]
Gérard Biguet (France)
Rémi Harrel (France)

Match rules


  1. ^ a b "Netherlands - USSR 2:0 (EURO 1988 Germany, Final)". worldfootball.net. HEIM:SPIEL. Retrieved 27 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b "European Football Championship 1988 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)
  3. ^ "European Championships 1988". ESPN. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  4. ^ Humphrey, Jake. "Which is the best Euro Goal Ever?". BBC Sport. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  5. ^ "10 Greatest Goals in the European Championships". FourFourTwo. 8 May 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Holland 2 USSR 0". Goal.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.
  7. ^ "Van Basten, a Dutch goal machine". FIFA.com. Retrieved 27 June 2013.

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