1960 European Nations' Cup

The 1960 European Nations' Cup was the first edition of the UEFA European Championship, held every four years and organised by UEFA. The first tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in Paris after extra time.

1960 European Nations' Cup
Coupe d'Europe des nations de football
France 1960
(in French)
UEFA Euro 1960 logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates6–10 July
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (1st title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place Czechoslovakia
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s)France François Heutte
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
(2 goals each)

The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would then move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

In the quarter-finals, Spain, who were under Francoist rule, refused to travel to the Soviet Union for political reasons. Proposals to play the tie in a one-legged format at a neutral venue were rejected by the Soviets.[1] Spain were disqualified and, accordingly, three of the final four teams were from communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and SFR Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France.

In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseille, beating them 3–0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5–4 after coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralised French 2–0 for third place.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalised in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.[2]


Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualified as Qualified on
  France (host) Quarter-finals winner 27 March 1960
  Yugoslavia Quarter-finals winner 22 May 1960
  Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner[A] 28 May 1960
  Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals winner 29 May 1960
  1. ^ The Soviet Union advanced to the main tournament as Spain were disqualified after they refused to travel to the Soviet Union for the first leg of their quarter-final.[3]


Paris Marseille
Parc des Princes Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000


Match officialsEdit

Country Referee
  England Arthur Ellis
  Belgium Gaston Grandain
  Italy Cesare Jonni

Final tournamentEdit

1960 European Nations' Cup finalists.

In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary. If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).


6 July – Marseille
10 July – Paris
  Soviet Union3
  Soviet Union (a.e.t.)2
6 July – Paris
Third place play-off
9 July – Marseille


France  4–5  Yugoslavia
  • Vincent   12'
  • Heutte   43', 62'
  • Wisniewski   53'
Attendance: 26,370

Czechoslovakia  0–3  Soviet Union
Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

Third place play-offEdit

Czechoslovakia  2–0  France
Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)


Soviet Union  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Attendance: 17,966



There were 17 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Lev Yashin   Ladislav Novák
  Vladimir Durković
  Josef Masopust
  Valentin Ivanov
  Igor Netto
  Slava Metreveli
  Viktor Ponedelnik
  Milan Galić
  Bora Kostić
  Dragoslav Šekularac


  1. ^ Муртазин, Салават (10 July 2020). "Первая и последняя победа сборной СССР на Евро. Как это было". Championat.com (in Russian). Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  2. ^ Rostance, Tom (21 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1960: Lev Yashin leads Soviets to glory in France". BBC Sport. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
  3. ^ "European Cup Committee – Meeting of May 28th, 1960, Francfort". Bulletin officiel de l'UEFA. No. 15. Union of European Football Associations. November 1960. In connection with the withdrawal of Spain (v. USSR) the Committee decided to apply Article 7 of the Regulations, namely, to qualify Russia for the Final Tournament.
  4. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2021.

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