UEFA Euro 1976

The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth UEFA European 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 Jugoslavija 1976. (in Croatian)
Европско првенство во фудбал Jугославиjа 1976 (in Macedonian)
Европско првенство у фудбалу Jугославиjа 1976 (in Serbian)
Evropsko prvenstvo v nogometu Jugoslavija 1976 (in Slovene)
UEFA Euro 1976 official logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countryYugoslavia
Dates16–20 June
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)

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, and to date only, European Championship title.[1]


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 Quarter-final winner 22 May 1976 1 (1960)
  Netherlands Quarter-final winner 22 May 1976 0 (debut)
  West Germany Quarter-final winner 22 May 1976 1 (1972)
  Yugoslavia (host) Quarter-final winner 22 May 1976 2 (1960, 1968)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


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


Match officialsEdit

Alternative tournament logo
Country Referee
  Belgium Alfred Delcourt
  Italy Sergio Gonella
  Switzerland Walter Hungerbühler
  Wales Clive Thomas

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).


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


Czechoslovakia  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Netherlands
  • Ondruš   19'
  • Nehoda   114'
  • Veselý   118'
Attendance: 17,879
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

Yugoslavia  2–4 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Attendance: 50,652

Third place play-offEdit

Netherlands  3–2 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia


Czechoslovakia  2–2 (a.e.t.)  West Germany
Attendance: 30,790



There were 19 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.75 goals per match.

4 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[3]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Ivo Viktor   Anton Ondruš
  Ján Pivarník
  Ruud Krol
  Franz Beckenbauer
  Antonín Panenka
  Jaroslav Pollák
  Rainer Bonhof
  Dragan Džajić
  Zdeněk Nehoda
  Dieter Müller


  1. ^ Smallwood, Jimmy (12 May 2012). "Euro 1976: The year the Welsh Dragon roared again". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ Kier 2018, pp. 396–399.
  3. ^ "1976 team of the tournament". UEFA.com. 21 March 2016. Retrieved 2 January 2015.


  • Kier, Richard (2018). The European Championship – A Complete History (Part 1: 1960–1976). Rowanvale Books Ltd. ISBN 978-1-9115-6967-1.

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