UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
|Dates||5 June – 10 June|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Italy (1st title)|
|Fourth place||Soviet Union|
|Goals scored||7 (1.4 per match)|
|Attendance||260,916 (52,183 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Dragan Džajić (2 goals)|
The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968.
It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the European Nations' Cup to the European Championship.
There were also some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase.
At the time, only four countries could play the final tournament which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third place match.
The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage.
|Stadio Olimpico||Stadio San Paolo|
|Capacity: 86,500||Capacity: 72,800|
The qualification competition was played in two stages: a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, and defeats 0 points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through to the final tournament.
The following teams participated in the final tournament (see also: UEFA Euro 1968 squads):
|5 June – Naples (Stadio San Paolo)|
|Italy (coin toss)||0|
|8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico) (replayed 10 June)|
|5 June – Florence (Stadio Comunale)||8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico)|
5 June 1968
|Italy||0 – 0 (a.e.t.)||Soviet Union|
5 June 1968
|Yugoslavia||1 – 0||England|
Third place play-off
8 June 1968
|England||2 – 0||Soviet Union|
8 June 1968
|Italy||1 – 1 (a.e.t.)||Yugoslavia|
|Domenghini 80'||Džajić 32'|
10 June 1968
|Italy||2 – 0||Yugoslavia|
There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per game.
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
12 minutes: Luigi Riva (Italy vs Yugoslavia, Replay)
1.4 goals per game
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Dino Zoff||Mirsad Fazlagić||Ivan Osim||Geoff Hurst|
|Giacinto Facchetti||Sandro Mazzola||Luigi Riva|
|Albert Shesternyov||Angelo Domenghini||Dragan Džajić|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to UEFA Euro 1968.|
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