Alan Shearer, in his trademark “Arm up” goal celebration pose, is the cover star of Match, midway through Euro 2000, as England have just beaten Germany 1-0 in a crunch group game, with the headline “Where were you on June 17th 2000?”
In my case, watching the game in work.
Michael Owen is interviewed for a featured called “My Favourite Goal”, which unsurprisingly, is his goal against Argentina in the World Cup two years earlier.
Pep Guardiola is interviewed in a feature called F.R.I.E.N.D.S, where footballers talk about their best friends, Guillermo Amor being his.
Marcus Stewart is interviewed for a “Taste Taste” feature, asking footballers to chooses between two things. He prefers A-Ha over Aqua, Pounds over Euros, and BMW over Rover.
Match dedicates three pages to England’s Euro 2000 diary, documenting the change in emotions from the opening defeat to Portugal, to the win over Germany in the second game.
Meanwhile, Match spends 48 hours with Holland, ahead of their opening game with Czech Republic, which they won 1-0 with a late penalty.
Posters on offer include stars of Euro 2000 such as Pavel Nedved, Paul Scholes, Edwin Van Der Sar and, um, Niclas Alexandersson.
It’s not just players who get multiple page features, as Match interviews supporters at the tournament, about who they support, how they got to Euro 2000, and if they have enjoyed it.
Mark Bright is now Match’s letters guy, the main topic being Euro 2000. He doesn’t hold out much hope for Belgium (they went out in the groups) and describes England as “Now having a superb team”
A new phenomenon, the internet, gets a review feature, as Match reviews England fanzines such as “And Waddle Steps Up”, “England Supporters Online” and “England FC”
Meanwhile, Scott Minto of West Ham takes on Damien Francis of Wimbledon in a Euro 2000 Quiz. Both players scored 8 out of 10. Both players incorrectly said the Euro 2000 final would be in Amsterdam, while Minto though Tommy Soderberg was the coach of Norway (the correct answer was Sweden) and Francis thought Alessandro Del Piero scored Italy’s opener against Turkey. The correct answer was Pippo Inzaghi.