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Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2000 final tournament, took place throughout 1998 and 1999. Forty-nine teams were divided into nine groups. All teams played against each other, within their groups, in a home-and-away basis. The winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified automatically for the final tournament. The rest of the runners-up played an additional set of playoff matches amongst each other.

UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates4 June 1998 – 17 November 1999
Teams49
Tournament statistics
Matches played228
Goals scored652 (2.86 per match)
Top scorer(s)Spain Raúl (11 goals)
1996
2004

Belgium and the Netherlands qualified automatically as co-hosts of the event.

Contents

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Belgium Co-host 14 July 1995 3 (1972, 1980, 1984)
  Netherlands Co-host 14 July 1995 5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  Czech Republic[B] Group 9 winner 9 June 1999 4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996)
  Norway Group 2 winner 8 September 1999 0 (debut)
  Sweden Group 5 winner 8 September 1999 1 (1992)
  Spain Group 6 winner 8 September 1999 5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
  Italy Group 1 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)
  Germany[C] Group 3 winner 9 October 1999 7 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  France Group 4 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)
  Romania Group 7 winner 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
  FR Yugoslavia[D] Group 8 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984)[E]
  Portugal Best runner-up 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
  Denmark Play-off winner 17 November 1999 5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  England Play-off winner 17 November 1999 5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
  Slovenia Play-off winner 17 November 1999 0 (debut)
  Turkey Play-off winner 17 November 1999 1 (1996)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  3. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  4. ^ From 1960 to 1984, FR Yugoslavia competed as Yugoslavia.
  5. ^ Yugoslavia qualified in 1992, but was banned by the United Nations from all international sport.

Qualification seedingEdit

The draw was made on 18 January 1998, in Ghent, Belgium. Germany were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined based on 1997 UEFA coefficient found by points per game in the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1996 and the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1][2] Since France qualified automatically for the 1998 FIFA World Cup as hosts, only their record in UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying was used. England qualified automatically for UEFA Euro 1996 as hosts, therefore only their record in 1998 FIFA World Cup qualification was used, as well as Bosnia and Herzegovina that had never competed in the European Championships, and FR Yugoslavia that were banned from UEFA Euro 1996. Andorra made their debut after admitted to UEFA in November 1996.

Team highlighted in bold qualified and italic participated in play-off.

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

  Germany 2.35
  Spain 2.60
  Romania 2.45
  Russia 2.39
  England 2.37
  Scotland 2.30
  FR Yugoslavia 2.30
  Italy 2.28
  Norway 2.22

  Bulgaria 2.22
  Croatia 2.11
  Denmark 2.11
  Portugal 2.10
  Austria 2.05
  France 2.00
  Czech Republic 1.85
  Turkey 1.81
  Greece 1.78

  Republic of Ireland 1.75
   Switzerland 1.69
  Sweden 1.67
  Lithuania 1.65
  Ukraine 1.65
  Slovakia 1.50
  Finland 1.44
  Israel 1.34
  Georgia 1.34

  Poland 1.28
  Hungary 1.25
  Northern Ireland 1.20
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.12
  Latvia 1.10
  Macedonia 1.00
  Cyprus 0.94
  Wales 0.83
  Iceland 0.78

  Belarus 0.75
  Slovenia 0.67
  Armenia 0.65
  Albania 0.60
  Faroe Islands 0.60
  Luxembourg 0.55
  Moldova 0.50
  Azerbaijan 0.22
  Estonia 0.20
  Malta 0.10
  Liechtenstein 0.05
  San Marino 0.00
  Andorra

SummaryEdit

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:[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  5. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Fair play conduct in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Italy 8 4 3 1 13 5 +8 15 Qualify for final tournament 2–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
2   Denmark 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 14 Advance to play-offs 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0
3    Switzerland 8 4 2 2 9 5 +4 14 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0
4   Wales 8 3 0 5 7 16 −9 9 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
5   Belarus 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6 3 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Norway 10 8 1 1 21 9 +12 25 Qualify for final tournament 4–0 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–0
2   Slovenia 10 5 2 3 12 14 −2 17 Advance to play-offs 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–0 2–1
3   Greece 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5 15 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–0
4   Latvia 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1 13 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
5   Albania 10 1 4 5 8 14 −6 7 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–3 2–1
6   Georgia 10 1 2 7 8 18 −10 5 1–4 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Germany 8 6 1 1 20 4 +16 19 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 4–0 6–1
2   Turkey 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 Advance to play-offs 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–0
3   Finland 8 3 1 4 13 13 0 10 1–2 2–4 4–1 3–2
4   Northern Ireland 8 1 2 5 4 19 −15 5 0–3 0–3 1–0 2–2
5   Moldova 8 0 4 4 7 17 −10 4 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   France 10 6 3 1 17 10 +7 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–3 3–2 2–0 2–0
2   Ukraine 10 5 5 0 14 4 +10 20 Advance to play-offs 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
3   Russia 10 6 1 3 22 12 +10 19 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 6–1
4   Iceland 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
5   Armenia 10 2 2 6 8 15 −7 8 2–3 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–1
6   Andorra 10 0 0 10 3 28 −25 0 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Sweden 8 7 1 0 10 1 +9 22 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
2   England 8 3 4 1 14 4 +10 13 Advance to play-offs 0–0 3–1 0–0 6–0
3   Poland 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–0
4   Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 6 8 −2 8 0–1 1–1 0–3 3–0
5   Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 23 −21 0 0–1 0–3 2–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Spain 8 7 0 1 42 5 +37 21 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 9–0 8–0 9–0
2   Israel 8 4 1 3 25 9 +16 13 Advance to play-offs 1–2 5–0 3–0 8–0
3   Austria 8 4 1 3 19 20 −1 13 1–3 1–1 3–1 7–0
4   Cyprus 8 4 0 4 12 21 −9 12 3–2 3–2 0–3 4–0
5   San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 44 −43 0 0–6 0–5 1–4 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Romania 10 7 3 0 25 3 +22 24 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 7–0
2   Portugal 10 7 2 1 32 4 +28 23 0–1 1–0 3–0 7–0 8–0
3   Slovakia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17 1–5 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–0
4   Hungary 10 3 3 4 14 10 +4 12 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–0 5–0
5   Azerbaijan 10 1 1 8 6 26 −20 4 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–4 4–0
6   Liechtenstein 10 1 1 8 2 39 −37 4 0–3 0–5 0–4 0–0 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   FR Yugoslavia 8 5 2 1 18 8 +10 17 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 0–0 3–1 4–1
2   Republic of Ireland 8 5 1 2 14 6 +8 16 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 1–0 5–0
3   Croatia 8 4 3 1 13 9 +4 15 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–1
4   Macedonia 8 2 2 4 13 14 −1 8 2–4 1–1 1–1 4–0
5   Malta 8 0 0 8 6 27 −21 0 0–3 2–3 1–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 9Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification            
1   Czech Republic 10 10 0 0 26 5 +21 30 Qualify for final tournament 3–2 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0
2   Scotland 10 5 3 2 15 10 +5 18 Advance to play-offs 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
3   Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 3 2 5 14 17 −3 11 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0
4   Lithuania 10 3 2 5 8 16 −8 11 0–4 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–0
5   Estonia 10 3 2 5 15 17 −2 11 0–2 0–0 1–4 1–2 5–0
6   Faroe Islands 10 0 3 7 4 17 −13 3 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teamsEdit

The best runner-up of the entire group phase qualified automatically for the final tournament. To determine the best runner-up, a comparison was made between all of them. Only matches played against teams that finished first, third and fourth were regarded. Matches played against fifth and sixth placed teams were discarded, because some groups had more teams than others. After the best runner-up was found, all the others (eight of them) entered a random playoff to determine four more teams to qualify.

Portugal qualified automatically as best runner-up, beating Turkey on goal difference.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 7   Portugal 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13 Qualify for final tournament
2 3   Turkey 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 Advance to play-offs
3 9   Scotland 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
4 1   Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
5 4   Ukraine 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10
6 8   Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
7 6   Israel 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 7
8 5   England 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
9 2   Slovenia 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Drawing of lots.

Play-offsEdit

The remaining eight runners-up entered a random playoff, disputed in two legs, home and away.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland   1–2   England 0–2 1–0
Israel   0–8   Denmark 0–5 0–3
Slovenia   3–2   Ukraine 2–1 1–1
Republic of Ireland   1–1 (a)   Turkey 1–1 0–0

GoalscorersEdit

There were 652 goals scored in 228 matches, for an average of 2.86 goals per match.

11 goals

9 goals

8 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Football: Andorra and Bosnia join the long march to Euro 2000". independent. 17 January 1998. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  2. ^ "European Championship 2000 Preliminary Competition". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014.
  3. ^ "European Championship 2000". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 17 January 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2017.

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