The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third UEFA European Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968.

1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Campionato europeo di calcio
Italia 1968
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates5–10 June
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (1st title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place England
Fourth place Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played5
Goals scored7 (1.4 per match)
Attendance260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić (2 goals)

It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the "European Nations' Cup" to the "European Championship".[1] There were also some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase.

Four countries played in the final tournament, which consisted of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final. The host nation for the finals was selected from the four qualified nations.[2]

Qualification edit

The qualification competition was played in two stages: a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, and defeats 0 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.

As of 2024, this is the last European Championship finals not to feature a Germany team (united or West) in it, and the only time they failed to qualify.

Quarterfinal Play Offs edit

Team 1 Agg.Tooltip Aggregate score Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bulgaria   3–4   Italy 3–2 0–2
Hungary   2–3   Soviet Union 2–0 0–3
England   3–1   Spain 1–0 2–1
France   2–6   Yugoslavia 1–1 1–5

Qualified teams edit

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Italy (host) Quarter-final winner 20 April 1968 0 (debut)
  Yugoslavia Quarter-final winner 24 April 1968 1 (1960)
  England Quarter-final winner 8 May 1968 0 (debut)
  Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 11 May 1968 2 (1960, 1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

Venues edit

Rome Naples Florence
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000 Capacity: 52,000

Squads edit

Match officials edit

Country Referee
  Switzerland Gottfried Dienst
  Spain José María Ortiz de Mendíbil
  West Germany Kurt Tschenscher
  Hungary István Zsolt

Final tournament edit

1968 UEFA European Football Championship 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, CEST (UTC+2).

Bracket edit

5 June – Naples
  Italy (coin toss)0
8 and 10 June – Rome
  Soviet Union0
  Italy (replay)12
5 June – Florence
Third place play-off
8 June – Rome
  Soviet Union0

Semi-finals edit

Italy  0–0 (a.e.t.)
Italy won on coin toss
  Soviet Union

Yugoslavia  1–0  England
  • Džajić   86'

Third place play-off edit

England  2–0  Soviet Union
Attendance: 68,817

Final edit

Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia

Italy  2–0  Yugoslavia

Statistics edit

Goalscorers edit

There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

Awards edit

UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Dino Zoff   Bobby Moore
  Giacinto Facchetti
  Albert Shesternyov
  Mirsad Fazlagić
  Angelo Domenghini
  Sandro Mazzola
  Ivica Osim
  Geoff Hurst
  Gigi Riva
  Dragan Džajić

References edit

  1. ^ Brewin, John; Williamson, Martin (29 April 2012). "Euro 2012: European Nations Cup 1968". ESPN FC. ESPN. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. ^ Sheringham, Sam (12 May 2012). "Euro 1968: Alan Mullery's moment of madness". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL". Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL Replay". Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 29 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  5. ^ "1968 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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