UEFA Euro 1976
|Europsko prvenstvo u nogometu 1976 (Croatian)
Европско првенство у фудбалу 1976 (Serbian)
Evropsko prvenstvo v nogometu 1976 (Slovene)
1976 УЕФА Европското фудбалско првенство (Macedonian)
UEFA Euro 1976 official logo
|Dates||16 June – 20 June|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Czechoslovakia (1st title)|
|Goals scored||19 (4.75 per match)|
|Attendance||106,087 (26,522 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Dieter Müller (4 goals)|
The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 16 and 20 June 1976.
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. This was the last tournament to have this format, as the tournament was expanded to include eight teams four years later.
It was the first and only time that all four matches in the final tournament were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored.
This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage.
|Crvena Zvezda Stadium|
The qualifying round was played throughout 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth two points, draws one point, and defeats no 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. This was the first time the Soviet Union did not qualify for the finals tournament.
The following teams participated in the final tournament:
|16 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)|
|20 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)|
|Czechoslovakia (pen.)||2 (5)|
|West Germany||2 (3)|
|17 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)||19 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)|
|West Germany (a.e.t.)||4||Yugoslavia||2|
16 June 1976
|Czechoslovakia||3 – 1
|Report||Ondruš 77' (o.g.)|
17 June 1976
|Yugoslavia||2 – 4
D. Müller 82', 115', 119'
Third place play-off
19 June 1976
|Netherlands||3 – 2
|Geels 27', 107'
Van de Kerkhof 39'
20 June 1976
|Czechoslovakia||2 – 2
|Report||D. Müller 28'
|5 – 3|| Bonhof
- Fastest goal: 8 minutes – Ján Švehlík (Czechoslovakia vs West Germany)
19 goals were scored in 4 games for an average of 4.75 goals per game.
- 4 goals
- 2 goals
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Ivo Viktor||Ján Pivarník||Rainer Bonhof||Zdeněk Nehoda|
|Ruud Krol||Jaroslav Pollák||Dieter Müller|
|Anton Ondruš||Antonín Panenka|
|Franz Beckenbauer||Dragan Džajić|
- Smallwood, Jimmy (2012-05-12). "BBC Sport - Euro 1976: The year the Welsh Dragon roared again". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-17.
- "1976 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 June 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
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