UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying

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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.

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

Qualification seeding[edit]

The draw was made on 18 January 1998, in Ghent, Belgium. Germany were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 1996 European Championship and the 1998 World Cup. Other points to note:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

 Germany
 Spain
 Romania
 Russia
 England
 Scotland
 FR Yugoslavia
 Italy
 Norway

 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Denmark
 Portugal
 Austria
 France
 Czech Republic
 Turkey
 Greece

 Republic of Ireland
  Switzerland
 Sweden
 Lithuania
 Ukraine
 Slovakia
 Finland
 Israel
 Georgia

 Poland
 Hungary
 Northern Ireland
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Latvia
 Macedonia
 Cyprus
 Wales
 Iceland

 Belarus
 Slovenia
 Armenia
 Albania
 Faroe Islands
 Luxembourg
 Moldova
 Azerbaijan
 Estonia
 Malta
 Liechtenstein
 San Marino
 Andorra

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 8 4 3 1 13 5 +8 15
 Denmark 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 14
  Switzerland 8 4 2 2 9 5 +4 14
 Wales 8 3 0 5 7 16 −9 9
 Belarus 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6 3
  Belarus Denmark Italy Switzerland Wales
Belarus  0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Denmark  1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2
Italy  1–1 2–3 2–0 4–0
Switzerland   2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Wales  3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2

Group 2[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 10 8 1 1 21 9 +12 25
 Slovenia 10 5 2 3 12 14 −2 17
 Greece 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5 15
 Latvia 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1 13
 Albania 10 1 4 5 8 14 −6 7
 Georgia 10 1 2 7 8 18 −10 5
  Albania Georgia (country) Greece Latvia Norway Slovenia
Albania  2–1 0–0 3–3 1–2 0–1
Georgia  1–0 1–2 2–2 1–4 1–1
Greece  2–0 3–0 1–2 0–2 2–2
Latvia  0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Norway  2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 4–0
Slovenia  2–0 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–2

Group 3[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 8 6 1 1 20 4 +16 19
 Turkey 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
 Finland 8 3 1 4 13 13 +0 10
 Northern Ireland 8 1 2 5 4 19 −15 5
 Moldova 8 0 4 4 7 17 −10 4
  Finland Germany Moldova Northern Ireland Turkey
Finland  1–2 3–2 4–1 2–4
Germany  2–0 6–1 4–0 0–0
Moldova  0–0 1–3 0–0 1–1
Northern Ireland  1–0 0–3 2–2 0–3
Turkey  1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0

Group 4[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 6 3 1 17 10 +7 21
 Ukraine 10 5 5 0 14 4 +10 20
 Russia 10 6 1 3 22 12 +10 19
 Iceland 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15
 Armenia 10 2 2 6 8 15 −7 8
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 3 28 −25 0
  Andorra Armenia France Iceland Russia Ukraine
Andorra  0–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2
Armenia  3–1 2–3 0–0 0–3 0–0
France  2–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 0–0
Iceland  3–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Russia  6–1 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–1
Ukraine  4–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–2

Group 5[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 8 7 1 0 10 1 +9 22
 England 8 3 4 1 14 4 +10 13
 Poland 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13
 Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 6 8 −2 8
 Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 23 −21 0
  Bulgaria England Luxembourg Poland Sweden
Bulgaria  1–1 3–0 0–3 0–1
England  0–0 6–0 3–1 0–0
Luxembourg  0–2 0–3 2–3 0–1
Poland  2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1
Sweden  1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0

Group 6[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 7 0 1 42 5 +37 21
 Israel 8 4 1 3 25 9 +16 13
 Austria 8 4 1 3 19 20 −1 13
 Cyprus 8 4 0 4 12 21 −9 12
 San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 44 −43 0
  Austria Cyprus Israel San Marino Spain
Austria  3–1 1–1 7–0 1–3
Cyprus  0–3 3–2 4–0 3–2
Israel  5–0 3–0 8–0 1–2
San Marino  1–4 0–1 0–5 0–6
Spain  9–0 8–0 3–0 9–0

Group 7[edit]

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

Group 8[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 8 5 2 1 18 8 +10 17
 Republic of Ireland 8 5 1 2 14 6 +8 16
 Croatia 8 4 3 1 13 9 +4 15
 Macedonia 8 2 2 4 13 14 −1 8
 Malta 8 0 0 8 6 27 −21 0
  Croatia Republic of Macedonia Malta Republic of Ireland Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Croatia  3–2 2–1 1–0 2–2
Macedonia  1–1 4–0 1–1 2–4
Malta  1–4 1–2 2–3 0–3
Republic of Ireland  2–0 1–0 5–0 2–1
Yugoslavia  0–0 3–1 4–1 1–0

Group 9[edit]

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 10 10 0 0 26 5 +21 30
 Scotland 10 5 3 2 15 10 +5 18
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 3 2 5 14 17 −3 11
 Lithuania 10 3 2 5 8 16 −8 11
 Estonia 10 3 2 5 15 17 −2 11
 Faroe Islands 10 0 3 7 4 17 −13 3
  Bosnia and Herzegovina Czech Republic Estonia Faroe Islands Lithuania Scotland
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2
Czech Republic  3–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–2
Estonia  1–4 0–2 5–0 1–2 0–0
Faroe Islands  2–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1
Lithuania  4–2 0–4 1–2 0–0 0–0
Scotland  1–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 3–0

Best runner-up[edit]

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.

Legend
Country that advanced to the final tournament
Countries that advanced to the play-offs
Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7  Portugal 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
3  Turkey 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
9  Scotland 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
1  Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
8  Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
4  Ukraine 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10
6  Israel 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 7
5  England 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
2  Slovenia 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7

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

Play-offs[edit]

The remaining eight runners-up entered a random playoff, disputed in two legs, home and away. Four more teams qualified for the final tournament.

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

Qualified teams[edit]

Top goalscorers[edit]

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals

Notes[edit]

  • As of 2012, this was the last time that Croatia, Greece and Russia failed to qualify for the final tournament.
  • Similarly, as of 2012, this was the last time that Belgium, Norway and Slovenia qualified for the final tournament (though the latter two's participations were also their first).

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