Euro 2024: 9 Historic Records That Could Be Broken in Germany

Euro 2024: 9 Historic Records That Could Be Broken in Germany

Fred Kennedy
updated at June 9, 2024 at 12:29 PM
  • The 2024 edition of the Euros will be played in the summer in Germany
  • Top European teams, including England, will take part in the tournament
  • A number of records that have been set previously will be at stake this year

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Since its conception in 1960, the European Football Championship (Euro) has stood out as one of the most prestigious competitions in the world.

The high-profile tournament has showcased primo performances, resulting in a number of records being set. Will the existing records be broken this time around?

The UEFA EURO 2024 trophy is displayed at the Olympiastadion in Berlin. Photo by Maja Hitij.
A number of Euro records could be broken at the 2024 edition in Germany. Photo by Maja Hitij.
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This will be answered as the tournament's 17th edition is set to commence from June 14 to July 14.

Sports Brief takes a look into nine records previously set in this tournament that might be broken during this summer's edition of the tournament.

9 Euro records that could be broken in 2024

Youngest player to feature in Euros

Kacper Kozlowski (Spain 1-1 Poland, 06/16/21)

The 20-year-old midfielder was the first youngest player to be fielded in the Ekstraklasa. The Brighton and Hove Albion star is currently on loan at Vitesse Arnhem in the Netherlands.

With over 20 appearances for the club, he now hopes to be among the Poland national team players who will travel to Germany for the Euros after making it past Wales in the playoffs.

In 2021, Kozlowski became the youngest player to participate in the competition, helping his team manage a draw against Spain.

Oldest player to feature in Euros

Gabor Kiraly (Hungary 0-4 Belgium, 06/26/16)

Gabor Kiraly has made 108 appearances for Hungary, with his style of play leaving a mark on an entire generation.

Crystal Palace, Burnley, and Herta Berlin are some of the clubs he has also played for.

Having quit active football in 2016, Kiraly became the first oldest player to take part in the competition at the age of 40 years in their fixture against Belgium.

Youngest goal-scorer in Euros

Johan Vonlanthen (Switzerland 1-3 France, 06/21/04)

In 2004, Johan Vonlanthen became the youngest goal-scorer after netting in Switzerland's group-stage match against France.

Vonlanthen, who retired from football, was 18 years old when he cancelled out Zinedine Zidane's goal. Unfortunately, Switzerland lost the match after Thierry Henry netted the winning goal.

Oldest goal-scorer in Euros

Ivica Vastic (Austria 1-1 Poland, 06/12/08)

In 2004, Ivica Vastis made history as the oldest goal scorer in the Euro championship, when he converted a penalty in the 90th minute in a fixture against Poland, with the match ending in a 1-1 draw.

Vastis was 38 years old then, and his goal did not help his team to play in the European Championship, as they finished in Group B.

Fastest goal in Euros

Dmitri Kiritchenko (Russia 2-1 Greece, 06/20/04)

20 years after Greece pulled off a surprise win of the European Championship after thwarting Portugal's dream to lift the title, Dmitri Kiritchenko's record is yet to be broken.

The forward netted a goal after 67 seconds of the game, scoring the fastest goal in the history of the tournament. However, Greece lost 2-1 to Russia in that match but moved through on goal difference.

Most Euro tournaments played

Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo, who now plays for Al-Nassr in the Saudi Pro League, has had one of the most consistent and impressive records in the European Championship.

The forward is also set to be in the Portugal squad that will be travelling to Germany this year.

The star has had five stints at the prestigious tournament, a record that he will probably keep now that he will be participating in this year's competition.

Fastest hat-tricks in Euros

Michel Platini (France 3-2 Yugoslavia, 06/19/84)

The most impressive thing about Michel Platini is that he scored a goal in every match in which he was fielded during the 1984 Euro Championship, scoring nine times.

The hat-trick he scored against Yugoslavia is the fastest in the history of the tournament. He netted in the 19th, 59th, and 78th minutes during a group-stage match.

Player with the most goals scored in one Euro tournament

Michel Platini, Euro 1984

With France churning out primo talents, it is important to appreciate its players who have put up exciting shows in the world of football.

The former France midfielder set the record when he scored nine goals in six games during the 1984 Euro competition.

Kylian Mbappe is now viewed as the next player who will probably break this record after half a century of no player getting to that level.

Team with the most goals scored in one Euro tournament

France, Euro 1984

Michel Platini's nine goals in the 1984 Euro Championship and a goal each from Alaine Giresse, Luiz Fernandez, Bruno Bellone, and two goals from Jean-Francois Domergue is no doubt a sign that France's national team has had an interesting spell in the tournament.

With this year's competition expected to showcase new and better talents, maybe this record might be outpaced.

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