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The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football 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
Italia '68
UEFA Euro 1968 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates5–10 June
Teams4
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)
1964
1972

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.

Only four countries played in the final tournament, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final.

The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage.[2]

Contents

QualificationEdit

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.

Qualified teamsEdit

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

VenuesEdit

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

SquadsEdit

Match officialsEdit

Final tournamentEdit

 
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).

BracketEdit

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
5 June – Naples
 
 
  Italy (coin toss)0
 
8 June / 10 June – Rome
 
  Soviet Union0
 
  Italy (replay)1 / 2
 
5 June – Florence
 
  Yugoslavia1 / 0
 
  Yugoslavia1
 
 
  England0
 
Third place play-off
 
 
8 June – Rome
 
 
  England2
 
 
  Soviet Union0

Semi-finalsEdit

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

Yugoslavia  1–0  England
Report

Third place play-offEdit

England  2–0  Soviet Union
Report
Attendance: 68,817

FinalEdit

Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Report

Italy  2–0  Yugoslavia
Report

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

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

2 goals

1 goal

AwardsEdit

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
  Luigi Riva
  Dragan Džajić

ReferencesEdit

  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). "BBC Sport - Euro 1968: Alan Mullery's moment of madness". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL". UEFA euro2000.org. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL Replay". UEFA euro2000.org. 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. Archived from the original on 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.

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