European Championship Stories: 1984 – Le Veritable Roi Michel


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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  1. Frank Heaven says:

    Great article about a wonderful player and a wonderful team.

    The semi-final in ’82 and the quarter-final win over Brazil in ’86 remain two of my all-time favourite games. There was a re-run of the Brazil game over Christmas later that year, and an interview with Platini ruefully reflecting on what might have been – such football treats were few and far between in those four-channels-of-TV days.

    The Germans were very lucky to win the semi-final, with the unfortunate Bats allowing a Brehme free kick to squirm under his body, and Voeller sealing it with a breakaway in the final minute.

    Scandalously, the ’84 Euros were virtually ignored by the British networks.

    Platini seems to be a decent bloke too – I applaud hjs efforts to bring the greedy, overspending English clubs to heel.

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