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The qualifying round for the 1976 European Football Championship consisted of 32 teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group winner progressed to 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.[1]

UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates1 September 1974 – 22 May 1976
Teams32
Tournament statistics
Matches played104
Goals scored289 (2.78 per match)
Top scorer(s)Republic of Ireland Don Givens (8 goals)
1972
1980

Contents

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
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.

TiebreakersEdit

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Czechoslovakia 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 2–1 5–0 4–0
2   England 6 3 2 1 11 3 +8 8 3–0 0–0 5–0
3   Portugal 6 2 3 1 5 7 −2 7 1–1 1–1 1–0
4   Cyprus 6 0 0 6 0 16 −16 0 0–3 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Wales 6 5 0 1 14 4 +10 10 Advance to play-offs 2–0 1–0 5–0
2   Hungary 6 3 1 2 15 8 +7 7 1–2 2–1 8–1
3   Austria 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 7 2–1 0–0 6–2
4   Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 7 28 −21 0 1–3 2–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Yugoslavia 6 5 0 1 12 4 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 1–0 3–0 3–1
2   Northern Ireland 6 3 0 3 8 5 +3 6 1–0 1–2 3–0
3   Sweden 6 3 0 3 8 9 −1 6 1–2 0–2 3–1
4   Norway 6 1 0 5 5 15 −10 2 1–3 2–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Spain 6 3 3 0 10 6 +4 9 Advance to play-offs 1–1 1–1 2–0
2   Romania 6 1 5 0 11 6 +5 7 2–2 1–1 6–1
3   Scotland 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 7 1–2 1–1 3–1
4   Denmark 6 0 1 5 3 14 −11 1 1–2 0–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Netherlands 6 4 0 2 14 8 +6 8 Advance to play-offs 3–0 3–1 4–1
2   Poland 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 8 4–1 0–0 3–0
3   Italy 6 2 3 1 3 3 0 7 1–0 0–0 0–0
4   Finland 6 0 1 5 3 13 −10 1 1–3 1–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Soviet Union 6 4 0 2 10 6 +4 8 Advance to play-offs 2–1 3–0 4–1
2   Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 11 5 +6 7 3–0 4–0 2–1
3   Turkey 6 2 2 2 5 10 −5 6 1–0 1–1 2–1
4    Switzerland 6 1 1 4 5 10 −5 3 0–1 1–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   Belgium 6 3 2 1 6 3 +3 8 Advance to play-offs 1–2 2–1 1–0
2   East Germany 6 2 3 1 8 7 +1 7 0–0 2–1 1–1
3   France 6 1 3 2 7 6 +1 5 0–0 2–2 3–0
4   Iceland 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 4 0–2 2–1 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification        
1   West Germany 6 3 3 0 14 4 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 1–1 1–0 8–0
2   Greece 6 2 3 1 12 9 +3 7 2–2 2–1 4–0
3   Bulgaria 6 2 2 2 12 7 +5 6 1–1 3–3 5–0
4   Malta 6 1 0 5 2 20 −18 2 0–1 2–0 0–2
Source: UEFA

Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Yugoslavia   3–1   Wales 2–0 1–1
Czechoslovakia   4–2   Soviet Union 2–0 2–2
Spain   1–3   West Germany 1–1 0–2
Netherlands   7–1   Belgium 5–0 2–1

GoalscorersEdit

There were 289 goals scored in 104 matches, for an average of 2.78 goals per match.

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Tabeira, Martín (20 June 2013). "European Championship 1976". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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