It was the country’s first major international soccer tournament victory.
As the hosts of the tournament, France automatically qualified for the eight-team tournament. They would cruise through the Group Stage of the tournament, beating Denmark 1-0 in their opener, and following that up with a 5-0 victory over Belgium and a 3-2 win over Yugoslavia. That earned them top spot in Group A, setting up a semi-final match-up against Portugal.
With the game tied 1-1 after 90 minutes, extra time was needed, and it turned out to be quite the entertaining 30 minutes, as Portugal’s Rui Jordão opened the scoring in the 98th minute, before France answered with goals from Jean-Francois Domergue and Michel Platini to earn the thrilling 3-2 victory.
France faced Spain in the finals, and they would cruise to the 2-0 victory, thanks to goals from Platini and Bruno Bellone. Platini would easily take home top goalscorer honors, as his nine goals in the tournament set a UEFA European Football Championship record, which still stands to this day.