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.
|Coupe d'Europe des nations de football |
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Soviet Union (1st title)|
|Goals scored||17 (4.25 per match)|
|Attendance||78,958 (19,740 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| François Heutte|
(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. 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.
|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|
- 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.
|Parc des Princes||Stade Vélodrome|
|Capacity: 40,000||Capacity: 40,000|
|6 July – Marseille|
|10 July – Paris|
|Soviet Union (a.e.t.)||2|
|6 July – Paris|
|Third place play-off|
|9 July – Marseille|
Third place play-offEdit
There were 17 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.25 goals per match.
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Lev Yashin|| Ladislav Novák
| Josef Masopust
| Slava Metreveli|
- Муртазин, Салават (10 July 2020). "Первая и последняя победа сборной СССР на Евро. Как это было". Championat.com (in Russian). Retrieved 15 July 2021.
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- "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.
- "1960 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 1 January 2020. Retrieved 15 July 2021.
- 1960 European Nations' Cup at UEFA.com