1960 European Nations' Cup
|UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
|Dates||6 – 10 July|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Soviet Union (1st title)|
|Goals scored||17 (4.25 per match)|
|Attendance||78,958 (19,740 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Milan Galić
(2 goals each)
The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The first tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in Paris after extra time.
The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would then move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.
In the quarter-finals, Spain, who were under Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship at the time, refused to travel to the Soviet Union (the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War) for the first leg. Spain were disqualified and, accordingly, three of the final four teams were from communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and SFR Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France.
In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseille, beating them 3–0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5–4 after coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralized French 2–0 for third place.
In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.
|Parc des Princes|
|Country||Qualified as||Date qualification was secured|
|Czechoslovakia||Quarter-finals winner||29 May 1960|
|France (hosts)||Quarter-finals winner||27 March 1960|
|Soviet Union||Quarter-finals winner[A]||29 May 1960|
|Yugoslavia||Quarter-finals winner||22 May 1960|
- The Soviet Union advanced to the main tournament as Spain were disqualifed after they refused to travel to the USSR for the first leg of their quarter-final.
|England||Arthur Edward Ellis|
|6 July – Marseille|
|10 July – Paris|
|Soviet Union (a.e.t.)||2|
|6 July – Paris|
|Third place play-off|
|9 July – Marseille|
6 July 1960
6 July 1960
Third place play-off
9 July 1960
10 July 1960
|Soviet Union||2–1 (a.e.t.)||Yugoslavia|
With two goals, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Ponedelnik, Milan Galić, Dražan Jerković, François Heutte are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, there were 17 goals scored by 12 different players in 4 games, for an average of 4.25 goals per game. None of the goals were credited as own goal.
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Tomislav Knez
- Ante Žanetić
- Vlastimil Bubník
- Ladislav Pavlovič
- Jean Vincent
- Maryan Wisnieski
- Slava Metreveli
- 11 minutes: Milan Galić (Yugoslavia vs France)
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Lev Yashin||Vladimir Durković||Igor Netto|
|Ladislav Novák||Josef Masopust||Milan Galić|
|Valentin Ivanov||Viktor Ponedielnik|
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- 1960 Nations Cup Review with images and video from the tournament