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The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the sixth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and endorsed by UEFA.[1] With eight teams competing, the final tournament took place between 11 and 22 June 1980. Previously, the final tournament of the European Championships was played among four teams. Champions were West Germany who won their second title. It was the last Euro tournament with a competition for third place.

1980 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia 1980
Campionato Europeo di Calcio 1980 (in Italian)
UEFA Euro 1980 official logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1980 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates 11–22 June
Teams 8
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Belgium
Third place  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 27 (1.93 per match)
Attendance 345,463 (24,676 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Klaus Allofs (3 goals)
1976
1984

Contents

Bid processEdit

This was the first European Championship in which eight teams, rather than four, contested the final tournament.[2][3] On 17 October 1977 UEFA announced that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany had expressed interest in hosting this event.[4] On 19 October UEFA's Organizing Committee decided to assign the hosting to England or Italy (expressing its favour to the latter, the former having already hosted the FIFA World Cup just 11 years earlier), and on 12 November the Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee announced that Italy had been chosen unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final tournament, and the draw for the qualifying round took place in Rome on 30 November 1977. Also for the first time, the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified automatically for the finals.

OverviewEdit

 
Alternate tournament logo

Because of the expanded format, the final tournament went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were created; each team would play all others within their group. The winners of the groups would go straight to the final (there were no semi-finals), while the runners-up disputed the third place match.

The tournament generally failed to draw much enthusiasm from spectators and TV viewers. Attendance was generally poor except for matches involving the Italian team. The defensive style of play of many teams led to a succession of dull matches. Hooliganism, already a rising problem in the 1970s, made headlines again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police had to use tear gas, causing the match to be held up for five minutes in the first half.[5] The only bright spots were the emergence of a new generation of talented German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the inspirational performance of Belgium (around rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh) who reached the final, only losing to West Germany (2–1) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.[6]

QualificationEdit

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Italy Host 12 November 1977 1 (1968)
  Greece Group 6 winner 31 October 1979 0 (debut)
  England Group 1 winner 21 November 1979 1 (1968)
  Netherlands Group 4 winner 21 November 1979 1 (1976)
  Czechoslovakia Group 5 winner 24 November 1979 2 (1960, 1976)
  Spain Group 3 winner 9 December 1979 1 (1964)
  Belgium Group 2 winner 19 December 1979 1 (1972)
  West Germany Group 7 winner 22 December 1979 2 (1972, 1976)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

VenuesEdit

 
 
 
 
 
Rome Milan
Stadio Olimpico San Siro
Capacity: 66,341 Capacity: 83,141
   
Naples Turin
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 81,101 Capacity: 71,180
   

SquadsEdit

Each national team had to submit a squad of 22 players.

Match officialsEdit

Group stageEdit

 
UEFA Euro 1980 Finalists and their result

The teams finishing in the top position in each of the two groups progress to the finals, while the second placed teams advanced to the third place play-off, and bottom two teams were eliminated from the tournament.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

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

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to final
2   Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3 Advance to third place play-off
3   Netherlands 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3
4   Greece 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: UEFA

11 June 1980 (1980-06-11)
17:45
Czechoslovakia   0–1   West Germany
Report Rummenigge   57'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,059
Referee: Alberto Michelotti (Italy)

11 June 1980 (1980-06-11)
20:30
Netherlands   1–0   Greece
Kist   65' (pen.) Report
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,990
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)

14 June 1980 (1980-06-14)
17:45
West Germany   3–2   Netherlands
Allofs   20'60'65' Report
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 26,546
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)

14 June 1980 (1980-06-14)
20:30
Greece   1–3   Czechoslovakia
Anastopoulos   14' Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 4,726
Referee: Pat Partridge (England)

17 June 1980 (1980-06-17)
17:45
Netherlands   1–1   Czechoslovakia
Kist   59' Report Nehoda   16'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,889
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)

17 June 1980 (1980-06-17)
20:30
Greece   0–0   West Germany
Report
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 13,901
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Scotland)

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Belgium 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to final
2   Italy (H) 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to third place play-off
3   England 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
4   Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.

12 June 1980 (1980-06-12)
17:45
Belgium   1–1   England
Ceulemans   29' Report Wilkins   26'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 15,186
Referee: Heinz Aldinger (West Germany)

12 June 1980 (1980-06-12)
20:30
Spain   0–0   Italy
Report
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 46,816
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)

15 June 1980 (1980-06-15)
17:45
Belgium   2–1   Spain
Report Quini   36'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,430
Referee: Charles Corver (Netherlands)

15 June 1980 (1980-06-15)
20:30
England   0–1   Italy
Report Tardelli   79'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 59,646
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)

18 June 1980 (1980-06-18)
17:45
Spain   1–2   England
Dani   48' (pen.) Report
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,440
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

18 June 1980 (1980-06-18)
20:30
Italy   0–0   Belgium
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 42,318
Referee: António Garrido (Portugal)

Knockout stageEdit

In the final, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. However, the third place play-off would go straight to a penalty shoot-out if the scores were level after 90 minutes.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

BracketEdit

 
Final
 
   
 
22 June – Rome
 
 
  Belgium 1
 
 
  West Germany 2
 
 
 
 
 
Third place play-off
 
 
21 June – Naples
 
 
  Czechoslovakia (p) 1 (9)
 
 
  Italy 1 (8)
 

Third place play-offEdit

21 June 1980 (1980-06-21)
20:30
Czechoslovakia   1–1   Italy
Jurkemik   54' Report Graziani   73'
  Penalties  
9–8
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 24,652
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

FinalEdit

22 June 1980 (1980-06-22)
20:30
Belgium   1–2   West Germany
Vandereycken   75' (pen.) Report Hrubesch   10'88'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 47,864
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)

StatisticsEdit

GoalscorersEdit

With three goals, Klaus Allofs was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 27 goals were scored by 22 different players in 14 games for an average of 1.93 goals per game. None of the goals are credited as own goal.

AwardsEdit

UEFA Team of the Tournament[7]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Dino Zoff   Claudio Gentile   Marco Tardelli   Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
  Gaetano Scirea   Jan Ceulemans   Horst Hrubesch
  Karlheinz Forster   Bernd Schuster
  Hans-Peter Briegel   Hansi Müller

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | History | Italy 1980". BBC News. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "1980 at a glance". uefa.com. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  3. ^ Barreca, Vincenzo (December 1999). "La storia degli Europei - 1980 Germania Ovest" [The history of Euro Cup - 1980]. Calcio 2000 (in Italian). Action Group S.r.l. pp. 50–57. 
  4. ^ Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt,ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
  5. ^ Daniel Ruiz (14 June 2016). "Squad rotation, tear gas and a bucketload of medals: How England flopped at Euro 80". FourFourTwo.com. Retrieved 24 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Higginson, Marc (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1980: How Belgium defied the odds to reach final". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "1980 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2 January 2015. 

External linksEdit