Euro 2020: Phillips 83km, Ronaldo’s records and Pedri’s passes – the best statistics from the summer


After 51 games in 31 days and 11 cities, ending in a dramatic, shocking finale at Wembley, Euro 2020 is over.

He scored 142 goals, scored at a rate of 2.8 per game – the highest percentage of any tournament in the Euros that had more than four sides – 27 clean sheets, six red cards and much, much more.

As the dust begins to settle, BBC Sport is reviewing some of the prominent statistics from this summer’s European Championships.

Phillips has made great progress

Had Euro 2020 been held in its title year, it is unlikely that Calvin Phillips would have been part of England, let alone a starter in all seven matches in the tournament.

But with three years of tutoring under Marcel Bielsa and a crucial first year in the Premier League completed in Leeds, the 25-year-old has now solidified on the side of Gareth Southgate.

In a changed role from the one he fulfills at his club, Phillips has brought the superior fitness and pressing intelligence for which Bielsa’s side is known, acting in part as a disruptive romance for his country.

The most important actions at Euro 2020

Players who put the most pressure on opponents with the ball in different thirds of the field

According to, he was responsible for 229 pressing actions (putting pressure on an opposing player receiving, carrying or releasing the ball). That’s 78 more than the next tallest – Austrian Konrad Laimer – and almost doubles England ‘s next tallest player – Mason Maut with 118.

He is successful with 47 such pressures – the second is only Laimer 48.

Phillips also covered the second distance in the tournament, with his 83 km being beaten only by Italian Jorginho (86.6 km). He managed an impressive 15 kilometers in both the semi-finals and the final.

More striking and indicative of the unity of this England were the meters he crossed immediately after the match, to run to comfort Bukayo Saka after a penalty miss.

Dog Master Pedri

Speaking of distance per game, both Jorginho and Phillips are lagging behind Spain midfielder Pedri, who has been declared a ‘young player of the tournament’ for his role in his country’s run to the semi-finals.

However, the 18-year-old is much more than a runner.

In the Spanish side that tried the most passes in the tournament (5,051) and had the best finish rate (89.6%), Pedri was the main leader.

The Barcelona player tried the most passes in the opponent’s half of the tournament with 348 and had the third completion rate from these passes (91.1%).

Euro 2020 passers-by

The players with the most passes and the highest success rate with passes in the opponent’s half

Of the 429 passes he finished (sixth overall in the tournament), 65 came out of the 66 he tried in the semi-final against Italy. The only one he failed to complete came in overtime.

Pedri also became the first European player in the history of major tournaments (World Cup / Euro) to start as many as six such matches at the age of 18 or less.

The only stain in his book of copies came over his own hand to help (well, foot) his own goalkeeper Unai Simon, who allowed his 49.36-meter back ball to find Spain’s net against Croatia in the last 16.

It was the second longest-running euro target since 1980, behind another strike that followed this summer – Patrick Schick’s stunning effort against Scotland.

Speaking of own goals …

Wrong end

Pedri’s own goal was one of 11 at Euro 2020 – more than all previous European Championships combined (9).

Merih Demiral rolled the ball from close range, and his own goal for Turkey against Italy was the first time that the opening goal at the European Championship came from a player who put the ball into his own net.

Against Slovakia, Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny became the first goalkeeper to score an own goal in the European Championship final. Slovak Martin Dubravka became second when he scored in his own net in the 5-0 defeat by Spain.

Continuing on the topic of goal sources, more came from penalties in this year’s tournament (9) than any other previous Euro.

Most penalties in the finals of the European Championship

Penalties scored in normal or overtime in tournaments

Portugal 2-2 France was the first game in the history of the European Championship to see three penalties taken (without shooting).

Record Ronaldo

Portuguese Cristiano Ronaldo was responsible for three of the nine penalties scored at Euro 2020 on his way to laying the golden boot (his only assist when he knocked out Schick, who also scored five).

It was a record euro for Ronaldo, whose double against Hungary became the first player in the history of the European Championship to score 10+ goals in the competition (11), surpassing Michel Platini’s record of nine (all achieved in the 1984 edition).

The highest goal scorers in the Euro finals

The most goals that the player scored in the finals of the European Championship

The match against Hungary was Ronaldo’s 39th appearance in the big tournament (World Cup and Euro) for Portugal, an all-time record for a European player, surpassing Bastian Schweinsteiger’s 38 appearances for Germany.

The striker became the first player in the history of the European Championship to appear in five different tournaments (2004, 2008, 2012, 2016 and 2020).

With his two goals against France taking him to 21, the 36-year-old also became the first European player in the history of the World Cup and European Championship to score a combined 20+ goals in two competitions.

If Ronaldo wants to continue for another four years, and you wouldn’t miss it, there is one record set at Euro 2020 that he will have in sight.

Goran Pandev’s equalizer for Northern Macedonia against Austria made him the second oldest scorer in the European Championship match at 37 years and 321 days, and only Austrian Ivica Vastić (38y 257d) managed to score in the senior net in the competition.

Best of the rest …

  • The Netherlands showed more red cards than any other team in the history of the European Championship (4) – two of them came against Czechoslovakia (both in 1976), while the other two came against the Czech Republic, at Euro 2004 and 2020.
  • Luka Modrić became the oldest player to score a goal for Croatia at the Euros (35y 286d) – he already holds the record for the youngest Croatian scorer in the tournament (22y 273d against Austria in 2008).
  • Spain posted 85% possession against Sweden, the best number for a team in the European Championship schedule since 1980 (when Opta started recording this data).
  • Achieved after just 81 seconds, Emil Forsberg’s opening for Sweden against Poland was the second fastest goal ever scored since the start of the European Championship match, after Dmitry Kirichenko for Russia and Greece in 2004 (65 seconds).
  • Against Sweden, Ukrainian Artem Dovbyk scored the second most recent goal in the history of the European Championship (120: 37), behind Semih Senturk against Croatia in 2008 (121: 01), and the latest strike in a competitive match, overtaking Michel Platini in Portugal in 1984 ( 118: 53).
  • Italy won its second European title, the first in 53 years. It is the longest gap between championships in a tournament by a single state, surpassing the Spanish wait of 44 years from 1964 to 2008.
  • With 36y 331d, Giorgio Chiellini became the oldest outfielder to play as a captain in the European Championship / World Cup final.

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