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France won theirfirst major international tournament in 1984 taking the title bebeating Spain 2 聳 0 in the final. On the way, captain MichelPlatini scored and incredible nine goals in five games and he remainsthe tournament's all time top scorer. Platini is now the President ofUEFA.
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