Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012
Euro 2012 was a great tournament with an intriguing group stage, engaging knock out rounds and a truly memorable (if one-sided) final.
This website, as the name suggests, deals in the currency of great goals, so how did Euro 2012 stack up?
In total, 76 goals were scored at Euro 2012. 60 in the group stages, 9 in the quarter-finals, 3 in the semi-finals and 4 in the final.
We enjoyed 2.45 goals per match on average, slightly lower than the last two European Championships which both enjoyed 2.48 goals per encounter.
Perhaps due to the ball, which was vastly improved from the Jabulani and received no complaints, we saw more headed goals in a European Championship than ever before.
And, due to packed midfields, a lower percentage of goals (11%) were scored from outside the box than in any of the top five leagues last season (Premier League: 17%, Ligue 1: 15%, Serei A /La Liga: 14%, Bundesliga: 13%).
Finally, on the statistics at least, we saw just one goal direct from a free-kick – scored by Andrea Pirlo against Croatia.
Below is a poll followed by the ten videos to help you make your mind up. Do let us know who you think scored the best goal at Euro 2012!
Roman Pavlyuchenko (Russia v Czech Republic, June 8, 2012)
Jakub Błaszczykowski (Poland v Russia, June 12, 2012)
Andrea Pirlo (Italy v Croatia, June 14, 2012)
Danny Welbeck (Sweden v England, June 15, 2012)
Rafael van der Vaart (Portugal v Holland, June 17, 2012)
Mario Balotelli (Republic of Ireland v Italy, June 18, 2012)
Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden v France, June 19, 2012)
Sami Khedira (Germany v Greece, June 22, 2012)
Mario Balotelli (Italy v Germany, June 28, 2012)
Jordi Alba (Spain v Italy, July 1, 2012)