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Group C 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 19 June. The group consisted of Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia.[1]

Using FIFA World Rankings as a measure of the strength of the teams, The Guardian calculated in 2007 that the strongest "Group of Death" of all time was the Euro 1996 Group C. The teams (and world rankings) were Germany (2), Russia (3), Italy (7) and the Czech Republic (10).[2][3][4] This record was surpassed by the May 2012 rankings for Euro 2012 Group B, with Germany (2), the Netherlands (4), Portugal (5) and Denmark (10),[5] but not the June rankings immediately before the tournament (3, 4, 10 and 9 respectively).[6][7]

Germany won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with the Czech Republic. Italy and Russia 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
C1 (seed)   Germany[nb 1] Group 7 winner 15 November 1995 7th 1992 Winners (1972, 1980) 2
C2   Czech Republic[nb 2] Group 5 winner 15 November 1995 4th 1980 Winners (1976) 10
C3   Italy Group 4 runner-up (1st best runner-up) 15 November 1995 4th 1988 Winners (1968) 7
C4   Russia[nb 3] Group 8 winner 15 November 1995 7th 1992 Winners (1960) 3
Notes
  1. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  2. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.

StandingsEdit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1   Germany 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2   Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
3   Italy 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4   Russia 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group C, Germany, advanced to play the runner-up of Group D, Croatia.
  • The runner-up of Group C, Czech Republic, advanced to play the winner of Group D, Portugal.

MatchesEdit

Germany vs Czech RepublicEdit

Germany  2–0  Czech Republic
Report
Attendance: 37,300
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Czech Republic
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
CB 15 Jürgen Kohler (c)   14'
RWB 2 Stefan Reuter   69'
LWB 17 Christian Ziege   28'
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
CM 10 Thomas Häßler   77'
AM 7 Andreas Möller   58'
CF 9 Fredi Bobic   65'
CF 11 Stefan Kuntz   52'   83'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Markus Babbel   59'   14'
MF 19 Thomas Strunz   65'
FW 20 Oliver Bierhoff   83'
Manager:
Berti Vogts
 
GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 15 Michal Horňák
CB 5 Miroslav Kadlec (c)   67'
LB 3 Jan Suchopárek
RM 2 Radoslav Látal
CM 7 Jiří Němec
CM 13 Radek Bejbl   19'
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd   45'
AM 11 Martin Frýdek   46'
CF 8 Karel Poborský   46'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka
Substitutions:
MF 14 Patrik Berger   46'
FW 10 Radek Drulák   67'   46'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin

Man of the Match:
Matthias Sammer (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Anthony Bates (England)
Peter Walton (England)
Fourth official:
Stephen Lodge (England)

Italy vs RussiaEdit

Italy  2–1  Russia
Report
Attendance: 35,120
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 2 Luigi Apolloni
LB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
DM 15 Angelo Di Livio   62'
CM 16 Roberto Di Matteo
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini   14'
SS 14 Alessandro Del Piero   46'
CF 21 Gianfranco Zola
CF 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi   80'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Roberto Donadoni   83'   46'
MF 17 Diego Fuser   62'
FW 20 Fabrizio Ravanelli   80'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi
 
GK 12 Stanislav Cherchesov
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 7 Viktor Onopko (c)   8'
CB 5 Yuri Kovtun   82'
LB 13 Yevgeni Bushmanov   46'
RM 8 Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 6 Valery Karpin   63'
CM 19 Vladislav Radimov
LM 4 Ilya Tsymbalar   71'
SS 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov   31'
Substitutions:
DF 18 Igor Yanovski   46'
FW 11 Sergei Kiriakov   63'
MF 14 Igor Dobrovolski   71'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev

Man of the Match:
Pierluigi Casiraghi (Italy)[8]

Assistant referees:
Robert Orr (Scotland)
John Fleming (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

Czech Republic vs ItalyEdit

Czech Republic  2–1  Italy
Report
Attendance: 37,320
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Czech Republic
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 3 Jan Suchopárek   20'
CB 5 Miroslav Kadlec (c)   90'
LB 15 Michal Horňák
RM 2 Radoslav Látal   50'   88'
CM 13 Radek Bejbl
CM 7 Jiří Němec
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd
AM 8 Karel Poborský
AM 14 Patrik Berger   64'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka   59'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Vladimír Šmicer   64'
MF 6 Václav Němeček   88'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin
 
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 2 Luigi Apolloni   29'
LB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
DM 17 Diego Fuser   90'
CM 11 Dino Baggio   39'
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini
AM 7 Roberto Donadoni
CF 20 Fabrizio Ravanelli   58'
CF 19 Enrico Chiesa   78'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Amedeo Carboni   39'
FW 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi   58'
FW 21 Gianfranco Zola   78'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi

Man of the Match:
Radek Bejbl (Czech Republic)[8]

Assistant referees:
Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (Spain)
Manuel Lopez Fernandez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Juan Ansuategui Roca (Spain)

Russia vs GermanyEdit

Russia  0–3  Germany
Report
Attendance: 50,760
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
GK 1 Dmitri Kharine
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 7 Viktor Onopko (c)   30'
CB 3 Yuri Nikiforov
LB 5 Yuri Kovtun   70'
RM 8 Andrei Kanchelskis   13'
CM 19 Vladislav Radimov   46'
CM 21 Dmitri Khokhlov   66'
LM 4 Ilya Tsymbalar
SS 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov
Substitutions:
MF 6 Valeri Karpin   46'
MF 16 Igor Simutenkov   66'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev
 
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 14 Markus Babbel   16'
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
RWB 2 Stefan Reuter
LWB 17 Christian Ziege
CM 10 Thomas Häßler   67'
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
AM 7 Andreas Möller   87'
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann (c)
CF 20 Oliver Bierhoff   31'   85'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Steffen Freund   67'
FW 11 Stefan Kuntz   85'
MF 19 Thomas Strunz   87'
Manager:
Berti Vogts

Man of the Match:
Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Carl-Johan Christensen Meyer (Denmark)
Torben Siersen (Denmark)
Fourth official:
Lars Gerner (Denmark)

Russia vs Czech RepublicEdit

Russia  3–3  Czech Republic
Report
Attendance: 21,128
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Russia
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Czech Republic
GK 12 Stanislav Cherchesov
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 3 Yuri Nikiforov   5'
CB 20 Sergei Gorlukovich
LB 18 Igor Yanovski   61'
CM 6 Valeri Karpin (c)
CM 21 Dmitri Khokhlov
RW 19 Vladislav Radimov   26'
LW 4 Ilya Tsymbalar   28'   67'
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov   46'
CF 16 Igor Simutenkov   46'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi   46'
FW 17 Vladimir Beschastnykh   46'
MF 15 Igor Shalimov   67'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev
 
GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 15 Michal Horňák
CB 12 Luboš Kubík (c)
LB 3 Jan Suchopárek
RM 2 Radoslav Látal
CM 13 Radek Bejbl
CM 7 Jiří Němec   77'
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd   60'
AM 8 Karel Poborský
AM 14 Patrik Berger   90'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka   69'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Vladimír Šmicer   69'
MF 6 Václav Němeček   90'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin

Man of the Match:
Vladimír Šmicer (Czech Republic)[9]

Assistant referees:
Mikael Nilsson (Sweden)
Sten Samuelsson (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Morgan Norman (Sweden)

Italy vs GermanyEdit

Italy  0–0  Germany
Report
Attendance: 53,740
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Italy
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Germany
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Amedeo Carboni   76'
DM 17 Diego Fuser   81'
CM 16 Roberto Di Matteo   67'
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini
AM 7 Roberto Donadoni
CF 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi   18'
CF 21 Gianfranco Zola
Substitutions:
FW 19 Enrico Chiesa   67'
DF 9 Moreno Torricelli   76'
MF 15 Angelo Di Livio   81'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi
 
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 4 Steffen Freund
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
RWB 19 Thomas Strunz   59'
LWB 17 Christian Ziege
CM 10 Thomas Häßler
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
AM 7 Andreas Möller   89'
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann (c)
CF 9 Fredi Bobic
Substitutions:
MF 3 Marco Bode   89'
Manager:
Berti Vogts

Man of the Match:
Andreas Köpke (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Marc Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
Stany Op De Beeck (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Michel Piraux (Belgium)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "European Championship 1996". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ Ashdown, John; Alan Gardner; James Dart (12 December 2007). "The Knowledge: the deadliest group of death ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  3. ^ Lacey, David (7 June 2004). "Dial D for death: Three previous winners in one group is a sign of the times". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Wilson, Paul (11 December 2005). "An easy group? Draw your own conclusions". The Observer. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (6 June 2012). "The Knowledge: Euro 2012 special, part one". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Spain still No. 1 in FIFA rankings". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Euro 2012 Group B: Bosses react to 'Group of Death' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK". Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Full Statistical Info on Euro '96". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 3 July 1996. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Russia vs Czech Rep. Euro 1996". Football-LineUps.com. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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