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Group B of UEFA Euro 1996 was one of four groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 9 June and was completed on 18 June. The group consisted of France, Spain, Bulgaria and Romania.[1]

France won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with Spain. Bulgaria and Romania failed to advance.

Contents

TeamsEdit

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
May 1996
B1 (seed)   Spain Group 2 winner 15 November 1995 5th 1988 Winners (1964) 6
B2   Bulgaria Group 7 runner-up (2nd best runner-up) 15 November 1995 1st Debut 28
B3   Romania Group 1 winner 15 November 1995 2nd 1984 Group stage (1984) 16
B4   France Group 1 runner-up (6th best runner-up) 15 November 1995 4th 1992 Winners (1984) 5

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   France 3 2 1 0 5 2 +3 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Spain 3 1 2 0 4 3 +1 5
3   Bulgaria 3 1 1 1 3 4 −1 4
4   Romania 3 0 0 3 1 4 −3 0
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group B, France, advanced to play the runner-up of Group A, Netherlands.
  • The runner-up of Group B, Spain, advanced to play the winner of Group A, England.

MatchesEdit

Spain vs BulgariaEdit

Spain  1–1  Bulgaria
Report
Attendance: 24,006
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB 3 Alberto Belsué
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
CB 5 Abelardo   90'
LB 12 Sergi   39'
DM 6 Fernando Hierro
RM 15 José Luis Caminero   27'   82'
LM 18 Guillermo Amor   42'   70'
AM 8 Julen Guerrero   51'
AM 21 Luis Enrique
CF 9 Juan Antonio Pizzi   75'
Substitutions:
FW 7 José Emilio Amavisca   51'
FW 11 Alfonso   70'
MF 10 Donato   82'
Manager:
Javier Clemente
 
GK 1 Borislav Mihaylov (c)
SW 5 Petar Hubchev   72'
RB 2 Radostin Kishishev   55'
CB 3 Trifon Ivanov
LB 4 Iliyan Kiryakov   72'
DM 6 Zlatko Yankov   77'
RM 7 Emil Kostadinov   73'
LM 11 Yordan Letchkov
AM 10 Krasimir Balakov
CF 8 Hristo Stoichkov   29'
CF 9 Lyuboslav Penev   78'
Substitutions:
DF 18 Tsanko Tsvetanov   72'
MF 15 Ivaylo Yordanov   73'
MF 16 Daniel Borimirov   78'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Man of the Match:
Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)[2]

Assistant referees:
Enrico Preziosi (Italy)
Fabrizio Zanforlin (Italy)
Fourth official:
Alfredo Trentalange (Italy)

Romania vs FranceEdit

Romania  0–1  France
Report
Attendance: 26,323
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Romania
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
GK 1 Bogdan Stelea
SW 6 Gheorghe Popescu
CB 4 Miodrag Belodedici
CB 16 Gheorghe Mihali   49'
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu   78'
LWB 13 Tibor Selymes   71'
CM 5 Ioan Lupescu
CM 11 Dorinel Munteanu
AM 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)
CF 7 Marius Lăcătuș   56'
CF 9 Florin Răducioiu   46'
Substitutions:
FW 20 Viorel Moldovan   46'
FW 19 Adrian Ilie   90'   56'
DF 17 Iulian Filipescu   78'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu
 
GK 1 Bernard Lama
RB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly
CB 5 Laurent Blanc
LB 3 Éric Di Meco   20'   68'
CM 7 Didier Deschamps (c)
CM 6 Vincent Guérin
CM 19 Christian Karembeu
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane   80'
AM 9 Youri Djorkaeff
CF 13 Christophe Dugarry   68'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Patrice Loko   68'
DF 12 Bixente Lizarazu   68'
DF 20 Alain Roche   80'
Manager:
Aimé Jacquet

Man of the Match:
Youri Djorkaeff (France)[2]

Assistant referees:
Klaus Plettenberg (Germany)
Egbert Engler (Germany)
Fourth official:
Hermann Albrecht (Germany)

Bulgaria vs RomaniaEdit

Bulgaria  1–0  Romania
Report
Attendance: 19,107
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Romania
GK 1 Borislav Mihaylov (c)
RB 2 Radostin Kishishev   48'
CB 3 Trifon Ivanov
LB 18 Tsanko Tsvetanov
DM 6 Zlatko Yankov
RM 7 Emil Kostadinov   32'
LM 11 Yordan Letchkov   90'
AM 15 Ivaylo Yordanov
AM 10 Krasimir Balakov
CF 8 Hristo Stoichkov
CF 9 Lyuboslav Penev   72'
Substitutions:
MF 16 Daniel Borimirov   64'   32'
FW 14 Nasko Sirakov   72'
MF 13 Boncho Genchev   90'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev
 
GK 1 Bogdan Stelea
SW 6 Gheorghe Popescu   78'
CB 3 Daniel Prodan
CB 4 Miodrag Belodedici
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu
LWB 13 Tibor Selymes
CM 5 Ioan Lupescu   46'
CM 11 Dorinel Munteanu
AM 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)
CF 7 Marius Lăcătuș   29'
CF 9 Florin Răducioiu
Substitutions:
FW 20 Viorel Moldovan   29'
MF 14 Constantin Gâlcă   46'
FW 19 Adrian Ilie   78'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu

Man of the Match:
Hristo Stoichkov (Bulgaria)[2]

Assistant referees:
Jens Larsen (Denmark)
Henning Knudsen (Denmark)
Fourth official:
Knud Erik Fisker (Denmark)

France vs SpainEdit

France  1–1  Spain
Report
Attendance: 35,626
Referee: Vadim Zhuk (Belarus)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
GK 1 Bernard Lama
RB 2 Jocelyn Angloma   65'
CB 8 Marcel Desailly
CB 5 Laurent Blanc   43'
LB 12 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 7 Didier Deschamps (c)
CM 6 Vincent Guérin   81'
CM 19 Christian Karembeu   60'
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane
AM 9 Youri Djorkaeff   63'
CF 11 Patrice Loko   74'
Substitutions:
DF 20 Alain Roche   65'
FW 13 Christophe Dugarry   74'
DF 15 Lilian Thuram   81'
Manager:
Aimé Jacquet
 
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
CB 2 Juan Manuel López
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
CB 5 Abelardo
RWB 16 Jorge Otero   56'   59'
LWB 12 Sergi
DM 6 Fernando Hierro
CM 15 José Luis Caminero
RW 21 Luis Enrique   12'   55'
LW 7 José Emilio Amavisca   53'
CF 11 Alfonso   83'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Javier Manjarín   55'
FW 14 Kiko   59'
FW 19 Julio Salinas   83'
Manager:
Javier Clemente

Man of the Match:
José Luis Caminero (Spain)[2]

Assistant referees:
Yury Dupanau (Belarus)
Aleh Chykun (Belarus)
Fourth official:
Kazimir Znaydinsky (Belarus)

France vs BulgariaEdit

France  3–1  Bulgaria
Report
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
France
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Bulgaria
GK 1 Bernard Lama
RB 15 Lilian Thuram
CB 8 Marcel Desailly   3'
CB 5 Laurent Blanc
LB 12 Bixente Lizarazu
CM 7 Didier Deschamps (c)
CM 6 Vincent Guérin
CM 19 Christian Karembeu
AM 10 Zinedine Zidane   62'
AM 9 Youri Djorkaeff
CF 13 Christophe Dugarry   36'   70'
Substitutions:
MF 18 Reynald Pedros   62'
FW 11 Patrice Loko   70'
Manager:
Aimé Jacquet
 
GK 1 Borislav Mihaylov (c)
SW 5 Petar Hubchev
RB 17 Emil Kremenliev   14'
CB 3 Trifon Ivanov   8'
LB 18 Tsanko Tsvetanov
DM 6 Zlatko Yankov   79'
RM 15 Ivaylo Yordanov
LM 11 Yordan Letchkov
AM 10 Krasimir Balakov   82'
CF 8 Hristo Stoichkov
CF 9 Lyuboslav Penev
Substitutions:
MF 16 Daniel Borimirov   79'
FW 20 Georgi Donkov   82'
Manager:
Dimitar Penev

Man of the Match:
Laurent Blanc (France)[2]

Assistant referees:
Philip Joslin (England)
Mark Warren (England)
Fourth official:
Paul Durkin (England)[note 1]

Romania vs SpainEdit

Romania  1–2  Spain
Report
Attendance: 32,719
Referee: Ahmet Çakar (Turkey)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Romania
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Spain
GK 12 Florian Prunea
SW 6 Gheorghe Popescu
CB 15 Anton Doboș
CB 3 Daniel Prodan   86'
RWB 2 Dan Petrescu
LWB 13 Tibor Selymes
CM 18 Ovidiu Stângă
CM 14 Constantin Gâlcă   77'
AM 10 Gheorghe Hagi (c)   21'
CF 19 Adrian Ilie   47'   66'
CF 9 Florin Răducioiu   77'
Substitutions:
MF 11 Dorinel Munteanu   66'
FW 21 Ion Vlădoiu   77'
MF 5 Ioan Lupescu   86'
Manager:
Anghel Iordănescu
 
GK 1 Andoni Zubizarreta (c)
RB 2 Juan Manuel López
CB 4 Rafael Alkorta
CB 5 Abelardo   64'
LB 12 Sergi
CM 20 Miguel Ángel Nadal   59'
CM 6 Fernando Hierro
RW 17 Javier Manjarín
LW 7 José Emilio Amavisca   72'
CF 14 Kiko   36'
CF 9 Juan Antonio Pizzi   57'
Substitutions:
FW 11 Alfonso   57'
FW 14 Guillermo Amor   64'
FW 8 Julen Guerrero   72'
Manager:
Javier Clemente

Man of the Match:
Sergi (Spain)[2]

Assistant referees:
Akif Ugurdur (Turkey)
Turgay Güdü (Turkey)
Fourth official:
Oğuz Sarvan (Turkey)

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b Gallagher suffered an injury in the 28th minute and was replaced by fourth official Paul Durkin (England).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Championship 1996". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Full Statistical Info on Euro '96". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 3 July 1996. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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