1964 European Nations' Cup
The 1964 European Nations' Cup was the second edition of the UEFA European Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2–1 over the defending champions, the Soviet Union.
|Eurocopa España 1964|
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (1st title)|
|Goals scored||13 (3.25 per match)|
|Attendance||156,253 (39,063 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ferenc Bene|
Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)
The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn against Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes to the quarter-finals. The teams played home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.
Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.
Spain had been disqualified for refusing to travel to Moscow in 1960 to play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion, General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 people, including Franco himself, at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament[A]|
|Denmark||Quarter-final winner||18 December 1963||0 (debut)|
|Spain (host)||Quarter-final winner||8 April 1964||0 (debut)|
|Hungary||Quarter-final winner||23 May 1964||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Quarter-final winner||27 May 1964||1 (1960)|
- Bold indicates champion for that year.
|Santiago Bernabéu||Camp Nou|
|Capacity: 110,000||Capacity: 93,053|
|Belgium||Arthur Blavier||Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary|
|England||Arthur Holland||Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union|
|Italy||Concetto Lo Bello||Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union|
|Switzerland||Daniel Mellet||Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark|
|17 June – Madrid|
|21 June – Madrid|
|17 June – Barcelona|
|Third place play-off|
|20 June – Barcelona|
Third place play-offEdit
There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Lev Yashin|| Dezső Novák
| Valentin Ivanov
| Flórián Albert|
Jesús María Pereda
- "Spain's Marcelino stoops to conquer Europe". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
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- "Spain 2–1 USSR". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
- "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 May 2020.
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