UEFA Euro 1980

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1980 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia 1980
Campionato Europeo di Calcio 1980 (Italian)

UEFA Euro 1980 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates 11 June – 22 June
Teams 8
Venue(s) (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Belgium
Third place  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 27 (1.93 per match)
Attendance 345,463 (24,676 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Klaus Allofs (3 goals)
1976
1984

The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the sixth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and endorsed by UEFA.[1] With eight teams competing, the final tournament took place between 11 and 22 June 1980. Previously, the final tournament of the European Championships were played among four teams. Champions were West Germany who won their second title. It was the last Euro tournament with a competition for third place.

Overview[edit]

This was the first European Championship in which eight teams, rather than four, contested the final tournament. On October 17, 1977 UEFA announced that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany had expressed interest in hosting this event.[2] On October 19 UEFA's Organizing Committee decided to assign the hosting to England or Italy (expressing its favor to the latter, having the former already hosted the FIFA World Cup just 11 years earlier), and on November 12 the Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee announced that Italy had been chosen unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final tournament, and the draw for the qualifying round took place in Rome on November 30, 1977. Also for the first time, the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified automatically for the finals.

Because of the expanded format, the final tournament went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were created; each team would play all others within their group. The winners of the groups would go straight to the final (there were no semi-finals), while the runners-up disputed the third place match.

The tournament generally failed to draw much enthusiasm from spectators and TV viewers. Attendance was generally poor except for matches involving the Italian team. The defensive style of play of many teams led to a succession of dull matches. Hooliganism, already a rising problem in the 1970s, made headlines again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police had to use tear gas, causing the match to be held up for five minutes in the first half. The only bright spots were the emergence of a new generation of talented German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the inspired performance of offensively-minded Belgium (around rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh) who unexpectedly reached the final, only losing to West Germany (1–2) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.[3]

Qualification[edit]

The following teams participated in the final tournament:

Venues[edit]

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Turin
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Milan
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Rome
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Naples
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Rome Milan
Stadio Olimpico Giuseppe Meazza
Capacity: 86,500 Capacity: 85,700
Naples Turin
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 72,800 Capacity: 50,000
Stadio San Paolo.jpg Stadio Olimpico Torino Italy.jpg

Match officials[edit]

Results[edit]

UEFA Euro 1980 Finalists and their result

Group stage[edit]

All times are CEST/UTC+2

Group A[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5
 Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3
 Netherlands 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3
 Greece 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
11 June 1980
17:45
Czechoslovakia  0 – 1  West Germany
Report Rummenigge Goal 57'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,059
Referee: Alberto Michelotti (Italy)

11 June 1980
20:30
Netherlands  1 – 0  Greece
Kist Goal 65' (pen.) Report
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,990
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)

14 June 1980
17:45
West Germany  3 – 2  Netherlands
Allofs Goal 20'60'65' Report Rep Goal 79' (pen.)
van de Kerkhof Goal 85'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 26,546
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)

14 June 1980
20:30
Greece  1 – 3  Czechoslovakia
Anastopoulos Goal 14' Report Panenka Goal 6'
Vízek Goal 26'
Nehoda Goal 63'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 4,726
Referee: Pat Partridge (England)

17 June 1980
17:45
Netherlands  1 – 1  Czechoslovakia
Kist Goal 59' Report Nehoda Goal 16'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,889
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)

17 June 1980
20:30
Greece  0 – 0  West Germany
Report
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 13,901
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Scotland)

Group B[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 4
 Italy 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4
 England 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
 Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
12 June 1980
17:45
Belgium  1 – 1  England
Ceulemans Goal 29' Report Wilkins Goal 26'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 15,186
Referee: Heinz Aldinger ((West Germany)

12 June 1980
20:30
Spain  0 – 0  Italy
Report
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 46,816
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)

15 June 1980
17:45
Belgium  2 – 1  Spain
Gerets Goal 17'
Cools Goal 65'
Report Quini Goal 36'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,430
Referee: Charles Corver (Netherlands)

15 June 1980
20:30
England  0 – 1  Italy
Report Tardelli Goal 79'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 59,646
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)

18 June 1980
17:45
Spain  1 – 2  England
Dani Goal 48' (pen.) Report Brooking Goal 19'
Woodcock Goal 61'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,440
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

18 June 1980
20:30
Italy  0 – 0  Belgium
Report
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 42,318
Referee: António Garrido (Portugal)

Third place play-off[edit]

Final[edit]

22 June 1980
20:30
Belgium  1 – 2  West Germany
Vandereycken Goal 75' (pen.) Report Hrubesch Goal 10'88'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 47,864
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)

Statistics[edit]

Goalscorers[edit]

27 goals were scored in 14 games for an average of 1.93 goals per game.

Awards[edit]

UEFA Team of the Tournament[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Italy Dino Zoff Italy Claudio Gentile Italy Marco Tardelli West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Italy Gaetano Scirea Belgium Jan Ceulemans West Germany Horst Hrubesch
West Germany Karlheinz Forster West Germany Bernd Schuster
West Germany Hans-Peter Briegel West Germany Hansi Müller

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | History | Italy 1980". BBC News. 2004-05-17. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt,ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
  3. ^ Higginson, Marc (2012-05-12). "BBC Sport - Euro 1980: How Belgium defied the odds to reach final". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  4. ^ "1980 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

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