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Brian Glanville’s all-time European Championship XI #euro2012
In soccer, as elsewhere, there are no absolutes, but I anticipate some surprise in the omission from my list of Michel Platini, and perhaps a little bewilderment at the inclusion of his compatriot Raymond Kopa.
Platini was beyond all doubt one of the finest players of his generation, but though France duly won the European title in 1984, Platini had disappointing games in the semi-final and Final despite what, I understand, was a brilliant beginning in the tournament. I saw those two last games, arriving from covering the England tour in South America.
Kopa, it is true, wasn’t able to play in the 1960 finals and I hesitated before choosing him ahead of the Real Madrid winger, and later inside-right, Amancio, who was a Nations Cup winner in 1964 and a winner of the European Cup two years later.