Retro Game Walkthroughs For
"UEFA EURO 2004"
(PlayStation 2)

Retro Game Walkthroughs for UEFA EURO 2004 (PlayStation 2)
Submitted By: Forest Fan
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|UEFA EURO 2004 by FOREST FAN|
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This walkthrough was written by myself, Forest Fan, scroll down to the bottom at the 'A note from me' section of this walkthrough for more information.
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|CONTENTS |
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Part One – Game Modes
Part Two – The Game
Part Three – Master It
Part Four – Twenty Best
Part Five – The Music
Part Six – A Note From Me


*****PART ONE*****
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|Game Modes|
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UEFA EURO 2004 - This mode gives you the chance to play EURO 2004, the tournament. Basically, your first task is qualification, except of course if you are the hosts Portugal! Interlocked between these qualifiers, are friendlies and you have to keep tracks of injuries, suspensions and morales when you pick your team. If you fail to qualify, you are eliminated, if you win, you then go on to the EURO 2004 finals, where you must first qualify out of your group and then through the three knockout phases to lift the European Championship in Portugal, 2004…

Friendly – Play a non-competitive match against one of the 51 European Nations featured on UEFA EURO 2004.

Home and Away – Play a two legged match against any team, where aggregate results count. You can also choose whether or not to select the away goals rule.

Fantasy – Pick your dream 11 from all the players featured on the game, in a 4-4-2 formation. Remember, pick the best 11…

Situation – Play the match as you want. Select your teams and then decide what the score is when you go into the match, what half you are in, the time remaining, the rules and how many cards each team has received and pick up the match from there.

Tournament - Play through the UEFA EURO 2004 Finals, a league format, knockout format or league and knockout format combined.

PK Shootout – Simply play through a round of penalties, with any team of your choice and if the scores are level after 5 penalties a-piece, move onto to sudden death.

Practice – Practice the new skill moves and controls in the game, where you can practice at one of two locations either a Portuguese training camp or a European one.


*****PART TWO*****

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|The Game|
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UEFA 2004 has many new and exciting features and options, as well as some new skill manoeuvres for you to master.

The new skill moves, including bicycle kicks, diving headers and nutmegs are extremely hard to pull off and it is really a case of hit and hope, as you frantically tap the buttons. There is no real way to practice then, just be on the alert when the ball comes your way. The Right Analogue Stick is the button to use when attempting skill moves, just simply combine it with other controls.

The handy buttons to have ready when playing the game are the TRIANGLE, to produce through balls, the L2 so you can try Off the Ball Control and L1 so you can chip all of your shots.

The new skill moves are found here:

R2+O = Fake Shot

The Fake Shot comes off quite easily, but knowing how to use the manoeuvre to your advantage is the tricky part. The Fake Shot, stalls the goalkeeper’s actions, but it also halts yours. It is useful if you are a considerable distance from the goalkeeper, as you should then be able to pick your shot. The main advantage of the Fake Shot is to put off the goalkeeper, allowing better shot selection.

L1+O = Chip Shot

The Chip Shot is most effectively used, when the goalkeeper is close to the attacker and there is a large space between the attacker and the goal. The Chip Shot is difficult to control, but played from a long distance, the ball is likely to edge in. Chipping the ball, is likely to sore over the bar, so only quickly tap L1 and never attempt the Chip Shot in the six yard box. The other function of the Chip Shot, is when assisting other players and the result of this, is often a tap in, on the line, the Chip Shot has great potential, for you and your team.

RIGHT ANALOG STICK = Skill Moves including nutmegs, etc.

The Skill Moves included in UEFA 2004 are mainly for show, when you are 3-0 ahead, with five minutes on the clock and want to try something fancy, but moves like the nutmeg, can help you, when trying to go past a quicker opposing player. The Bicycle Kicks and Diving Headers are virtually impossible, but on the rare occasions, you can pull it off, the results can be stunning, especially if it ends up in the back of the net. My advice; practice, practice, practise.

*****PART THREE*****

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|Master It|
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--Passing--

The Through Ball (TRIANGLE) - The Through Ball is the most efficient way of moving the ball from point A to point B, fast. It looks neat too, and can cut open defences, like a hot knife through butter and is very useful, when starting a counter attack, before the opposition know what has hit them. When opposing the goalkeeper, with at least two other men to call upon, this movement is sure to isolate the goalkeeper and have him throwing his hands up in no time.

Straight Forward Passing (X) - Passing, the traditional way, is almost a guaranteed delivery, as it passed straight to the feet and not ahead of the player. This type of passing is slower, as it rolls along the ground and is best for planned attacks. One-two’s are easier, but the temptation is always to play the ball to fast and be intercepted.

Weighted Passing (L1+ X) - Weighted Passing is the most accurate type of passing, as you can customise where it goes and how fast it travels. Long balls, can be played incredibly fast with the Weighted Pass, but usually stick to the ground, increasing the probability that the opponents will break up the passing move. For fast moves, this is probably not advised, as you could weigh it up all wrong, in the heat of the moment. It is best used, when pin pointing a player, in a good position.

--Crossing--

Lobbed Passing (SQUARE) - Lobbed Crossing is the slowest and least accurate of all the passing modules. However, don’t write off lobbing yet, as it does have its advantages. Lobbing is a very good way, of elevating the ball and this can lead to deeper attacks, such as volleys and headers and can help confuse the goalkeeper, with the unknown flight of the ball.

Off the Ball Control (L2+RIGHT ANALOG STICK) - Off the Ball Control is one of the hardest actions to learn, but once learnt, you can be controlling players off the ball easier than anything, At all times, have your finger poised on the R2 button, give it a quick flick when needed, drag the Right Analog stick where appropriate and then decide whether you want a straight pass (X) or a lobbed pass (SQUARE). Useful in all circumstances, Off the Ball Control helps when breaking and trying to beat the offside trap, as you squeeze your attacker in the right place.

--Set Pieces--

Corners - EA must have seen how easy it was to score from driven corners and done something about it. Corners in UEFA 2004 are a mile from what they were in the last FIFA. The basic idea is still the same, apart from a nice extra cut scene, the focus remains on running your player into space and that isn’t easy. The best thing to do, is play the ball to the near post, run in just before the goalkeeper, so he chases you and attempt a little flick over his head and into the goal.

Direct Free Kicks – The new free kick module EA implemented in FIFA 2004, is pretty simple and easy to use and above all, a great way to score! The best advice when looking to score from a free-kick, is to put the player with the best shooting attribute as your free-kick taker and aim in the top corner, putting maximum spin, towards the side where you hope the ball will curl into. Just to make things more complicated, you also have to worry about power, which you just increase if the distance from goal is greater and you have to contend with downspin, striking the bar somewhere in the middle should sort that one out.

Indirect Free Kicks – This is about the hardest aspect of the game and appears quite regularly in the match, so you’ll need to know how to master it. Like with corners, the best advice is to play near post, this way you will not run the risk of the goalkeeper claiming the ball and you’ll lessen the risk of him even punching it. But you haven’t just got the goalkeeper to worry about, the defenders stick to you like glue and aren’t worried about a little bit of tugging either. The most effective strategy, is to do a fast, late, sudden run where the defender can’t keep up to you and the rest is just luck!

Penalties – We all know how terrifying penalties are, but EA took that to a whole new level when they included a heart beat whenever there was a possible decisive penalty, by allowing the bear through the analog controller in the last FIFA and they’ve stuck with it. There is no real formula to taking the penalty, except to keep in mind the factors behind it, your positioning, your power and the goalkeeper’s positioning. A good mentality is to have your penalty pre-destined in your mind and stick to it. Never change your mind (penalty taker or goalkeeper), as you could end up getting everything wrong. As far as position is concerned, the bottom corners are the best idea, as too much power shouldn’t dent your chances and send the ball over the bar.

*****PART FOUR****

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|Twenty Best|
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The twenty best of every position from goalkeeper to striker are listed here…

--Teams--

1) France
2) Italy
3) Netherlands
4) Spain
5) Czech Republic
6) England
7) Portugal
8) Germany
9) Sweden
10) Turkey
11) Romania
12) Bulgaria
13) Croatia
14) Denmark
15) Republic of Ireland
16) Norway
17) Switzerland
18) Ukraine
19) Belgium
20) Finland

--Goalkeepers--

1) Oliver Kahn (Germany)
2) Francesco Toldo (Italy)
3) Jens Lehmann (Germany)
4) NED16 (Netherlands)
5) Iker Casillas (Spain)
6) Ulrich Rame (France)
7) Recber Rustu (Turkey)
8) Santiago Canizares (Spain)
9) Jerzy Dudek (Poland)
10) Gianluigi Buffon (Italy)
11) NED30 (Netherlands)
12) Paul Jones (Wales)
13) Petr Cech (Czech Republic)
14) Fabien Bathez (France)
15) Sharalat (Albania)
16) Shay Given (Republic of Ireland)
17) Ruslan Nigmatullin (Russia)
18) Stipe Pletikosa (Croatia)
19) Pedro Contreras (Spain)
20) Mart Poom (Estonia)

--Left Backs--

1) Mikael Silvestre (France)
2) Cristian Chivu (Romania)
3) Francesco Coco (Italy)
4) Ashley Cole (England)
5) John Arne Riise (Norway)
6) Bixente Lizarazu (France)
7) Olivier Deschacht (Belgium)
8) Phil Neville (England)
9) Yuri Kovtun (Russia)
10) Christos Patsatzoglou
11) Ian Harte (Republic of Ireland)
12) Raul Bravo (Spain)
13) Christian Poulsen (Denmark)
14) Vratislav Gresko (Solvakia)
15) Wayne Bridge (England)
16) Gareth Barry (England)
17) Stylianos Venetidis (Greece)
18) Rui Jorge (Portugal)
19) Anthony Reveillere (France)
20) Juanfran (Spain)

--Centre Backs--

1) Lilian Thuram (France)
2) Alessandro Nesta (Italy)
3) Christoph Metzelder (Germany)
4) Jens Nowotny (Germany)
5) Ivan Helguera (Spain)
6) NED 13 (Netherlands)
7) Sami Hyypia (Finland)
8) Marcel Desailly (France)
9) Sol Campbell (England)
10) William Gallas (France)
11) Philippe Mexes (France)
12) Vasile Miriuta (Hungary)
13) John Terry (England)
14) Marco Caneira (Portugal)
15) Johan Mjallby (Sweden)
16) Stephane Henchoz (Switzerland)
17) Christian Worns (Germany)
18) Marco Materazzi (Italy)
19) Igor Tudor (Croatia)
20) Daniele Adani (Italy)

--Right Backs--

1) Michel Salgado (Spain)
2) Graham Alexander (Scotland)
3) Thomas Helveg (Denmark)
4) NED 5 (Netherlands)
5) Willy Sagnol (France)
6) Carles Puyol (Spain)
7) Gary Neville (England)
8) NED 29 (Netherlands)
9) Olivier Doll (Belgium)
10) Arne Friedrich (Germany)
11) Steve Finnan (Republic of Ireland)
12) Gary Kelly (Republic of Ireland)
13) Jamie Carragher (England)
14) Eric Deflandre (Belgium)
15) Danny Mills (England)
16) Stephen Carr (Republic of Ireland)
17) NED 14 (Netherlands)
18) Rebs (Macedonia)
19) Muamer Vugdalic (Slovenia)
20) Fabijan Cipot (Slovenia)

--Left Midfielders--

1) Ryan Giggs (Wales)
2) Vicente (Spain)
3) Hasan Sas (Turkey)
4) Milan Rapaic (Croatia)
5) Hugo Viana (Portugal)
6) Steve McManaman (England)
7) Maxim Kalinichenko (Ukraine)
8) NED 15 (Netherlands)
9) Luis Boa Morte (Portugal)
10) Koen Daerden (Belgium)
11) Damien Duff (Republic of Ireland)
12) Jorg Bohme (Germany)
13) Kamil Kosowski (Poland)
14) Jerome Rothen (France)
15) Arnar Vidarsson (Iceland)
16) Kevin Kilbane (Republic of Ireland)
17) Godechov (Macedonia)
18) Christoph Spycher (Switzerland)
19) Olivier Kapo (France)
20) Tskamadze (Georgia)

--Centre Midfielders--

1) NED 6 (Netherlands)
2) Pavel Nedved (Czech Republic)
3) Steven Gerrard (England)
4) Paul Scholes (England)
5) Michael Ballack (Germany)
6) NED 1 (Netherlands)
7) Emre Belozoglu (Turkey)
8) Juan Carlos Valeron (Spain)
9) Kieron Dyer (England)
10) Agustín Aranzabal (Spain)
11) Frank Lampard (England)
12) Gianluca Zambrotta (Italy)
13) Claude Makelele (France)
14) Xavi (Spain)
15) Danny Murphy (England)
16) Walter Baseggio (Belgium)
17) Gennaro Gattuso (Italy)
18) Gary Speed (Wales)
19) NED 10 (Netherlands)
20) Nicky Butt (England)

--Right Midfielders--

1) David Beckham (England)
2) Sebastian Deisler (Germany)
3) Robert Pires (France)
4) Joaquin (Spain)
5) Gaizka Mendieta (Sapin)
6) Frederik Ljungeberg (Sweden)
7) NED 3 (Netherlands)
8) Torsten Frings (Germany)
9) Bernd Schneider (Germany)
10) Okan Buruk (Turkey)
11) Cristiano Ronaldo (Portugal)
12) Tomas Razanauskas (Lithuania)
13) Dennis Rommedahl (Denmark)
14) Marat Izmailov (Russia)
15) Andrejs Rubins (Latvia)
16) Haghaj (Albania)
17) Krassimir Balakov (Bulgaria)
18) Darijo Srna (Croatia)
19) Glikevia (Georgia)
20) Milen Petkov (Bulgaria)

--Strikers--

1) Andriy Shevchenko (Ukraine)
2) Christian Vieri (Italy)
3) Thierry Henry (France)
4) NED 20 (Netherlands)
5) David Trezeguet (France)
6) Michael Owen (England)
7) Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden)
8) NED 7 (Netherlands)
9) Flippo Inzaghi (Italy)
10) Emile Heskey (England)
11) NED 21 (Netherlands)
12) NED 4 (Netherlands)
13) Ilhan Mansiz (Turkey)
14) Fernando Morientes (Spain)
15) Miroslav Klose (Germany)
16) Sylvain Wiltord (France)
17) Oliver Neuville (Germany)
18) Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Norway)
19) Vincenzo Montella (Italy)
20) Kevin Kuranyi (Germany)

*****PART FIVE*****

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|The Music|
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Although a minor point it is always worth noting the music list EA include, as there are usually a few nice tunes there. There are a few less for UEFA 2004 but above all, thankfully the ones they have chosen are not that bad. There’s a nice hyped up tune in Spain’s ‘Baby’s Come Back’, a laid back Swedish song by band Stakka Bo ‘Here we go’ and a nice jazz piece by Minus of Iceland ‘The Long Face’; probably the best song on the game. You can customise the list as usual and you might want to after a hearing a few of the tracks. Here is the complete 11 track list featured on UEFA 2004, so you can make up your own mind…

Artist Song
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Parva Panic Attack
Spain Baby’s Come Back
Boxer Rebellion Watermelon
The Walls Bright and Shining Sun
Glitterati Do You Love Yourself
Junkie XL Billy Club
Nelly Furtado Forca
Stakka Bo Here We Go
Dave Clarke Way Of Life
Freq Nasty Come Let Me Know
Minus The Long Face

***** PART SIX*****

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|A Note From Me|
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So even if England aren’t celebrating on the 4th July, you can always dream… or alternatively turn on your Playstation and do the hard work yourself!

Adeus and good luck.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Weissman



This guide was written entirely by myself; Jonathan Weissman or Forest Fan as most of you know me and is meant solely for Special Reserve. If you would like to use any/all of this guide, you must first write to me at [email protected] and credit myself and all copyrights.
© Jonathan Weissman 2004 ® All Rights Reserved.

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