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The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 16 and 20 June 1976.

1976 UEFA European Football Championship
Europsko prvenstvo u nogometu 1976. (in Croatian)
Европско првенство во фудбал 1976 (in Macedonian)
Европско првенство у фудбалу 1976 (in Serbian)
Evropsko prvenstvo v nogometu 1976 (in Slovene)
UEFA Euro 1976 official logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1976 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryYugoslavia
Dates16–20 June
Teams4
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runners-up West Germany
Third place Netherlands
Fourth place Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored19 (4.75 per match)
Attendance106,087 (26,522 per match)
Top scorer(s)West Germany Dieter Müller (4 goals)
1972
1980

Only four countries played in the final tournament, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final. This was the last tournament to have this format, as the tournament was expanded to include eight teams four years later. It was the only time that all four matches in the final tournament were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored. This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage.

Czechoslovakia won the tournament after defeating holders West Germany in the final on penalties following a 2–2 draw after extra time. Antonín Panenka gained fame for his delicately chipped penalty which won the tournament for Czechoslovakia, the country's first European Championship title.[1]

Contents

QualificationEdit

The qualifying round was played throughout 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth two points, draws one point, and defeats no points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through, to the final tournament. This was the first time the Soviet Union did not qualify for the finals tournament.

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Czechoslovakia Play-off winner 22 May 1976 1 (1960)
  Netherlands Play-off winner 22 May 1976 0 (debut)
  West Germany Play-off winner 22 May 1976 1 (1972)
  Yugoslavia (host) Play-off winner 22 May 1976 2 (1960, 1968)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

VenuesEdit

Belgrade Zagreb
Red Star Stadium Stadion Maksimir
Capacity: 90,000 Capacity: 55,000
   

SquadsEdit

Match officialsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

 
1976 UEFA European Football Championship finalists

At the final tournament, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.

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

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
16 June – Zagreb
 
 
  Czechoslovakia (a.e.t.)3
 
20 June – Belgrade
 
  Netherlands1
 
  Czechoslovakia (p)2 (5)
 
17 June – Belgrade
 
  West Germany2 (3)
 
  Yugoslavia2
 
 
  West Germany (a.e.t.)4
 
Third place play-off
 
 
19 June – Zagreb
 
 
  Netherlands (a.e.t.)3
 
 
  Yugoslavia2

Semi-finalsEdit

Czechoslovakia  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
Report
Attendance: 17,969
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

Yugoslavia  2–4 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Report
Attendance: 50,562

Third place play-offEdit

Netherlands  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Report

FinalEdit

Czechoslovakia  2–2 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Report
Penalties
5–3
Attendance: 30,790[2]

StatisticsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Smallwood, Jimmy (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1976: The year the Welsh Dragon roared again". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ "European Football Championship 1976 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  3. ^ "1976 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2015.

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