Let’s all just rise from all our seats, put our hands together, and give the Czech Republic the ovation it is properly due for the Best Choke of the 2008 UEFA European Championships. Up 2-0 with less that 20 minutes to go, it takes a certain vast degree of mental frailty to allow three goals to Turkey.
The Czechs, with one of the best goalkeepers in the world and four Serie A defenders, have no one to blame but themselves. The Turks’ final goal was onside, barely and even so, there is no excuse for that kind of capitulation, which has to rank amongst the worst chokes in recent international soccer history. I personally cannot think of any worse single-game collapses. Yugoslavia-Spain in Euro 2000 comes close but Yugoslavia had already qualified from the group when they blew a stoppage-time lead so it was Norway, and not the choke artists themselves, that paid the price.
Can any of you out there think of any better single-game chokes in a major international tournament?