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Qualification for the 2004 UEFA European Football Championship took place between September 2002 and November 2003.

UEFA Euro 2004 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates7 September 2002 – 19 November 2003
Teams50
Tournament statistics
Matches played211[note 1]
Goals scored566 (2.68 per match)
Top scorer(s)Slovenia Ermin Šiljak (9 goals)
2000
2008

Fifty teams were divided into ten groups, with each team playing the others in their group twice, once at home and once away. The top team in each group automatically qualified for Euro 2004, and the ten group runners-up were paired off against each other to determine another five places in the finals.[1]

Portugal qualified automatically as hosts of the event.

Qualified teamsEdit

 
  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  Portugal Host 12 October 1999 3 (1984, 1996, 2000)
  France Group 1 winner 10 September 2003 5 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996, 2000)
  Czech Republic[B] Group 3 winner 10 September 2003 5 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996, 2000)
  Sweden Group 4 winner 10 September 2003 2 (1992, 2000)
  Bulgaria Group 8 winner 10 September 2003 1 (1996)
  Denmark Group 2 winner 11 October 2003 6 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
  Germany[C] Group 5 winner 11 October 2003 8 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
  Greece Group 6 winner 11 October 2003 1 (1980)
  England Group 7 winner 11 October 2003 6 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
  Italy Group 9 winner 11 October 2003 5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2000)
   Switzerland Group 10 winner 11 October 2003 1 (1996)
  Croatia Play-off winner 19 November 2003 1 (1996)
  Latvia Play-off winner 19 November 2003 0 (debut)
  Netherlands Play-off winner 19 November 2003 6 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000)
  Spain Play-off winner 19 November 2003 6 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996, 2000)
  Russia[D] Play-off winner 19 November 2003 7 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992, 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 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.

TiebreakersEdit

If two or more teams were equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria were applied to determine the rankings:

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question.
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  5. If two or more teams still had an equal ranking, criteria 1) to 4) would be reapplied. If this procedure did not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) would apply.
  6. Results of all group matches: 1. Superior goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored 3. Higher number of goals scored away from home 4. Fair play conduct.
  7. Drawing of lots.

SeedingsEdit

The draw was made on 25 January 2002, in Porto, Portugal. France were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 2000 and 2002 FIFA World Cup. Belgium and Netherlands qualified automatically for UEFA Euro 2000 as co-hosts, so only their record in 2002 FIFA World Cup was used. France qualified automatically for 2002 FIFA World Cup as 1998 FIFA World Cup Champions, so only their record in UEFA Euro 2000 was used.

Portugal qualified automatically as hosts of the tournament and therefore did not take part in the qualification process. Teams in bold qualified for the finals.

Pot A Pot B Pot C Pot D Pot E

  France 2.10
  Sweden 2.67
  Spain 2.56
  Czech Republic 2.50
  Germany 2.25
  Republic of Ireland 2.22
  Romania 2.22
  Italy 2.19
  Belgium 2.12
  Turkey 2.11

  Russia 2.10
  Croatia 2.06
  FR Yugoslavia 2.00
  Netherlands 2.00
  Denmark 2.00
  Poland 1.89
  England 1.88
  Ukraine 1.85
  Slovenia 1.85
  Scotland 1.83

  Norway 1.75
  Austria 1.75
  Slovakia 1.70
  Israel 1.56
   Switzerland 1.55
  Iceland 1.40
  Bulgaria 1.39
  Finland 1.37
  Greece 1.22
  Hungary 1.11

  Cyprus 1.11
  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.05
  Belarus 1.00
  Wales 1.00
  Estonia 0.95
  Latvia 0.94
  Northern Ireland 0.89
  Macedonia 0.83
  Georgia 0.83
  Lithuania 0.72

  Armenia 0.65
  Albania 0.55
  Moldova 0.55
  Faroe Islands 0.50
  Azerbaijan 0.45
  Liechtenstein 0.22
  Malta 0.05
  San Marino 0.05
  Luxembourg 0.00
  Andorra 0.00

SummaryEdit

  Winner of each group qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 2004
  The Runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

Hosts

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9 Group 10
 
France
 
Denmark
 
Czech Republic
 
Sweden
 
Germany
 
Greece
 
England
 
Bulgaria
 
Italy
 
Switzerland
 
Slovenia
 
Norway
 
Netherlands
 
Latvia
 
Scotland
 
Spain
 
Turkey
 
Croatia
 
Wales
 
Russia
 
Israel
 
Cyprus
 
Malta
 
Romania
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina
 
Luxembourg
 
Austria
 
Moldova
 
Belarus
 
Poland
 
Hungary
 
San Marino
 
Iceland
 
Lithuania
 
Faroe Islands
 
Ukraine
 
Armenia
 
Northern Ireland
 
Slovakia
 
Macedonia
 
Liechtenstein
 
Belgium
 
Estonia
 
Andorra
 
Serbia and Montenegro
 
Finland
 
Azerbaijan
 
Republic of Ireland
 
Albania
 
Georgia

GroupsEdit

Group 1Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   France 8 8 0 0 29 2 +27 24 Qualify for final tournament 5–0 3–0 5–0 6–0
2   Slovenia 8 4 2 2 15 12 +3 14 Advance to play-offs 0–2 3–1 4–1 3–0
3   Israel 8 2 3 3 9 11 −2 9 1–2 0–0 2–0 2–2
4   Cyprus 8 2 2 4 9 18 −9 8 1–2 2–2 1–1 2–1
5   Malta 8 0 1 7 5 24 −19 1 0–4 1–3 0–2 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 2Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Denmark 8 4 3 1 15 9 +6 15 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–2 0–2 2–0
2   Norway 8 4 2 2 9 5 +4 14 Advance to play-offs 2–2 1–1 2–0 1–0
3   Romania 8 4 2 2 21 9 +12 14 2–5 0–1 2–0 4–0
4   Bosnia and Herzegovina 8 4 1 3 7 8 −1 13 1–1 1–0 0–3 2–0
5   Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 0 21 −21 0 0–2 0–2 0–7 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 3Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Czech Republic 8 7 1 0 23 5 +18 22 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 4–0 5–0 2–0
2   Netherlands 8 6 1 1 20 6 +14 19 Advance to play-offs 1–1 3–1 5–0 3–0
3   Austria 8 3 0 5 12 14 −2 9 2–3 0–3 2–0 5–0
4   Moldova 8 2 0 6 5 19 −14 6 0–2 1–2 1–0 2–1
5   Belarus 8 1 0 7 4 20 −16 3 1–3 0–2 0–2 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Sweden 8 5 2 1 19 3 +16 17 Qualify for final tournament 0–1 3–0 1–1 5–0
2   Latvia 8 5 1 2 10 6 +4 16 Advance to play-offs 0–0 0–2 3–1 3–0
3   Poland 8 4 1 3 11 7 +4 13 0–2 0–1 0–0 5–0
4   Hungary 8 3 2 3 15 9 +6 11 1–2 3–1 1–2 3–0
5   San Marino 8 0 0 8 0 30 −30 0 0–6 0–1 0–2 0–5
Source: UEFA

Group 5Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Germany 8 5 3 0 13 4 +9 18 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–0 1–1 2–1
2   Scotland 8 4 2 2 12 8 +4 14 Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–1 1–0 3–1
3   Iceland 8 4 1 3 11 9 +2 13 0–0 0–2 3–0 2–1
4   Lithuania 8 3 1 4 7 11 −4 10 0–2 1–0 0–3 2–0
5   Faroe Islands 8 0 1 7 7 18 −11 1 0–2 2–2 1–2 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group 6Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Greece 8 6 0 2 8 4 +4 18 Qualify for final tournament 0–2 1–0 2–0 1–0
2   Spain 8 5 2 1 16 4 +12 17 Advance to play-offs 0–1 2–1 3–0 3–0
3   Ukraine 8 2 4 2 11 10 +1 10 2–0 2–2 4–3 0–0
4   Armenia 8 2 1 5 7 16 −9 7 0–1 0–4 2–2 1–0
5   Northern Ireland 8 0 3 5 0 8 −8 3 0–2 0–0 0–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   England 8 6 2 0 14 5 +9 20 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 2–1 2–2 2–0
2   Turkey 8 6 1 1 17 5 +12 19 Advance to play-offs 0–0 3–0 3–2 5–0
3   Slovakia 8 3 1 4 11 9 +2 10 1–2 0–1 1–1 4–0
4   Macedonia 8 1 3 4 11 14 −3 6 1–2 1–2 0–2 3–1
5   Liechtenstein 8 0 1 7 2 22 −20 1 0–2 0–3 0–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 8Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Bulgaria 8 5 2 1 13 4 +9 17 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 2–2 2–0 2–1
2   Croatia 8 5 1 2 12 4 +8 16 Advance to play-offs 1–0 4–0 0–0 2–0
3   Belgium 8 5 1 2 11 9 +2 16 0–2 2–1 2–0 3–0
4   Estonia 8 2 2 4 4 6 −2 8 0–0 0–1 0–1 2–0
5   Andorra 8 0 0 8 1 18 −17 0 0–3 0–3 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 9Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1   Italy 8 5 2 1 17 4 +13 17 Qualify for final tournament 4–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
2   Wales 8 4 1 3 13 10 +3 13 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–3 1–1 4–0
3   Serbia and Montenegro[a] 8 3 3 2 11 11 0 12 1–1 1–0 2–0 2–2
4   Finland 8 3 1 4 9 10 −1 10 0–2 0–2 3–0 3–0
5   Azerbaijan 8 1 1 6 5 20 −15 4 0–2 0–2 2–1 1–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The official name of the country was changed from FR Yugoslavia to Serbia and Montenegro on 4 February 2003, during the qualifying process.

Group 10Edit

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification          
1    Switzerland 8 4 3 1 15 11 +4 15 Qualify for final tournament 2–2 2–0 3–2 4–1
2   Russia 8 4 2 2 19 12 +7 14 Advance to play-offs 4–1 4–2 4–1 3–1
3   Republic of Ireland 8 3 2 3 10 11 −1 11 1–2 1–1 2–1 2–0
4   Albania 8 2 2 4 11 15 −4 8 1–1 3–1 0–0 3–1
5   Georgia 8 2 1 5 8 14 −6 7 0–0 1–0[a] 1–2 3–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Georgia v Russia match originally was played on 12 October 2002, but was abandoned at half-time with the score 0–0 due to floodlight failure and rescheduled.

Play-offsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Latvia   3–2   Turkey 1–0 2–2
Scotland   1–6   Netherlands 1–0 0–6
Croatia   2–1   Slovenia 1–1 1–0
Russia   1–0   Wales 0–0 1–0
Spain   5–1   Norway 2–1 3–0

GoalscorersEdit

There were 566 goals scored in 211 matches, for an average of 2.68 goals per match.[note 1]

9 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

NotesEdit

  1. ^ a b The matches tally takes into account fixtures that were subsequently abandoned.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Burkert, Sturmius; Sivritepe, Erdinç (7 July 2004). "European Championship 2004". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2018.

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