UEFA Euro 1976
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.
|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
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Czechoslovakia (1st title)|
|Goals scored||19 (4.75 per match)|
|Attendance||106,087 (26,522 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Dieter Müller (4 goals)|
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.
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.
|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)|
- Bold indicates champion for that year.
|16 June – Zagreb|
|20 June – Belgrade|
|Czechoslovakia (p)||2 (5)|
|17 June – Belgrade|
|West Germany||2 (3)|
|West Germany (a.e.t.)||4|
|Third place play-off|
|19 June – Zagreb|
|Yugoslavia||2–4 (a.e.t.)||West Germany|
Third place play-offEdit
There were 19 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.75 goals per match.
1 own goal
- Anton Ondruš (against Netherlands)
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Ivo Viktor|| Anton Ondruš
| Antonín Panenka
| Zdeněk Nehoda|
- Smallwood, Jimmy (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1976: The year the Welsh Dragon roared again". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
- "European Football Championship 1976 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
- "1976 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2015.