The excitement of this year's Euro 2004 football tournament on the pitch has been mirrored by unprecedented activity on the web, the event's organisers have claimed.
Uefa New Media, the organisation behind euro2004.com, said that over half a billion page views and over 40 million visits have been registered on the contest's official site since it launched on 31 March.
This marks a record for an official Uefa Euro website and an increase of over 285 per cent on the 128.8 million page views registered by euro2000.org.
The site has received visitors from 230 countries, with over 50 per cent coming from outside Europe. Some 27 per cent came from Asia, 20 per cent from North America and 45 per cent from Europe.
"Uefa Euro 2004 is a European event, but the euro2004.com traffic figures show that the tournament is followed by a global audience," said Alexandre Fourtoy, Uefa New Media chief executive, in a statement..
"We are delighted that the site has been used by millions of fans around the world to keep up with all the action in Portugal."
For the first time at the tournament, fans had access to live text commentary, real-time statistics and photos, an interactive expert chat, and the chance to vote for the official Man of the Match through euro2004.com's MatchCentre console.
This service was responsible for the site's highest peak during the England v Portugal quarter final on 24 June, when 16.7 million page views were recorded.
A team of 40 journalists and technicians from 20 nations produced euro2004.com, the first time an official Uefa Euro tournament website has been produced completely in-house.
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