1966 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The 31 teams were divided into 9 groups of 2, 3 or 4 teams each (one group with 2 teams, three groups with 3 teams and five groups with 4 teams). The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Belgium 6 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8
1=  Bulgaria 6 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3
3  Israel 0 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11
 Malta Withdrew

9 May 1965
Belgium  1–0  Israel
Jurion Goal 24' (pen.) Report
Heysel Stadium, Brussels, Belgium
Attendance: 21,699
Referee: Poulsen (Denmark)

13 June 1965
Bulgaria  4–0  Israel
Kotkov Goal 16'39'
Asparuhov Goal 67'
Kitov Goal 69'
Report
Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
Attendance: 18,770
Referee: Talu (Turkey)

26 September 1965
Bulgaria  3–0  Belgium
Kotkov Goal 30'60'
Asparuhov Goal 34'
Report
Slavia Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria
Attendance: 25,380
Referee: Zečevič (Yugoslavia)

27 October 1965
Belgium  5–0  Bulgaria
Van Himst Goal 18'55'
Thio Goal 75'80'
Stockman Goal 89'
Report
Parc Astrid, Brussels, Belgium
Attendance: 13,780
Referee: Bois (France)

10 November 1965
Israel  0–5  Belgium
Report Van Himst Goal 24'33'69'
Thio Goal 31'
Puis Goal 48'
Ramat Gan, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Attendance: 48,355
Referee: Sbardeua (Italy)

21 November 1965
Israel  1–2  Bulgaria
Talbi Goal 48' Report Kolev Goal 31'
Asparuhov Goal 81'
Ramat Gan, Tel-Aviv, Israel
Attendance: 28,213
Referee: Babauczek (Austria)


Belgium and Bulgaria finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify.

29 December 1965
Bulgaria  2–1  Belgium
Asparuhov Goal 18'19' Report Vutsov Goal 75' (o.g.)
Stadio Comunale, Florence, Italy
Attendance: 11,659
Referee: Sbardella (Italy)

Bulgaria qualified.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  West Germany 7 4 3 1 0 14 2 +12
2  Sweden 5 4 2 1 1 10 3 +7
3  Cyprus 0 4 0 0 4 0 19 −19
 Iceland Withdrew

4 November 1964
West Germany  1–1  Sweden
Brunnenmeier Goal 24' Report Hamrin Goal 86'
West Berlin
Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)

24 April 1965
West Germany  5–0  Cyprus
Overath Goal 22'85'
Sieloff Goal 16'35'
Strehl Goal 69'
Report

5 May 1965
Sweden  3–0  Cyprus
Simonsson Goal 25'73'
Jonsson Goal 55'
Report
Norrköping, Sweden
Referee: Petursson (Iceland)

26 September 1965
Sweden  1–2  West Germany
Jónsson Goal 44' Report Krämer Goal 45'
Seeler Goal 54'
Stockholm, Sweden
Referee: Dagnall (England)

7 November 1965
Cyprus  0–5  Sweden
Report Granström Goal 24'25'
Kindvall Goal 37'
B. Larsson Goal 40'87'
Famagusta, Cyprus
Referee: Zsengeller (Hungary)

14 November 1965
Cyprus  0–6  West Germany
Report Heiß Goal 30'
Krämer Goal 32'
Szymaniak Goal 57'
Brunnenmeier Goal 82'88'
Panayiotou Goal 87' (o.g.)
Nicosia, Cyprus
Referee: Francescon (Italy)

West Germany qualified.

Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  France 10 6 5 0 1 9 2 +7
2  Norway 7 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5
3  Yugoslavia 7 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2
4  Luxembourg 0 6 0 0 6 6 20 −14

29 September 1964
Yugoslavia  3–1  Luxembourg
Kovačević Goal 15'
Jerković Goal 25'
Galić Goal 86'
Report Schmit Goal 71'
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Referee: Tsouvaras (Greece)

4 October 1964
Luxembourg  0–2  France
Report Guy Goal 17'
Artelesa Goal 80'
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Referee: Loraux (Belgium)

8 November 1964
Luxembourg  0–2  Norway
Report E. Johansen Goal 28'
Berg Goal 72'
Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Referee: Poweu (Wales)

11 November 1964
France  1–0  Norway
Rambert Goal 17' Report
Paris, France
Referee: Adair (Northern Ireland)

18 April 1965
Yugoslavia  1–0  France
Galić Goal 59' Report
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Referee: Wlachojanis (Austria)

27 May 1965
Norway  4–2  Luxembourg
Pedersen Goal 16'
E. Johansen Goal 61'
Sjøberg Goal 66'
Kristoffersen Goal 77'
Report Brenner Goal 10' (pen)
Dublin Goal 26'
Trondheim, Norway
Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)

16 June 1965
Norway  3–0  Yugoslavia
Seemann Goal 9'
Nilsen Goal 60'
Berg Goal 87'
Report
Oslo, Norway
Referee: Lowry (Wales)

15 September 1965
Norway  0–1  France
Report Combin Goal 22'
Oslo, Norway
Referee: Phillips (Scotland)

19 September 1965
Luxembourg  2–5  Yugoslavia
Pilot Goal 39'Goal 50' Report Galić Goal 3'11'
Džajić Goal 37'58'
Mušović Goal 42'

9 October 1965
France  1–0  Yugoslavia
Gondet Goal 77' Report
Paris, France
Referee: Hansen (Denmark)

6 November 1965
France  4–1  Luxembourg
Gondet Goal 8'27'
Combin Goal 11'38'
Report Pilot Goal 53'
Marseille, France
Referee: Zariquiegui Izco (Spain)

7 November 1965
Yugoslavia  1–1  Norway
Vasović Goal 23' Report Stavrum Goal 8'
Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Referee: Ashkenazi (Israel)

France qualified.

Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Portugal 9 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5
2  Czechoslovakia 7 6 3 1 2 12 4 +8
3  Romania 6 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2
4  Turkey 2 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15

24 January 1965
Portugal  5–1  Turkey
Coluna Goal 16'
Eusébio Goal 21'63'77'
Graça Goal 52'
Report Fevzi Goal 33'
Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
Attendance: 33,237
Referee: Gardeazábal (Spain)

19 April 1965
Turkey  0–1  Portugal
Report Eusébio Goal 59'
19 Mayıs Stadı, Ankara, Turkey
Attendance: 27,625
Referee: Dachan (Syria)

25 April 1965
Czechoslovakia  0–1  Portugal
Report Eusébio Goal 20'
Tehelné Pole (Slovan), Bratislava, Czechoslovakia
Attendance: 56,975
Referee: Stavrev (Bulgaria)

2 May 1965
Romania  3–0  Turkey
Georgescu Goal 1'
Mateianu Goal 72' (pen.)
Creiniceanu Goal 75'
Report
Stadionul 23. August, Bucharest, Romania
Attendance: 31,219
Referee: Schiller (Austria)

30 May 1965
Romania  1–0  Czechoslovakia
Mateianu Goal 34' Report
Stadionul 23. August, Bucharest, Romania
Attendance: 44,615
Referee: Köpcke (East Germany)

14 June 1965
Portugal  2–1  Romania
Eusébio Goal 14'39' Report Avram Goal 71'
Estádio Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal
Attendance: 45,646
Referee: Kitabdjian (France)

19 September 1965
Czechoslovakia  3–1  Romania
Knebort Goal 3'66'
Jokl Goal 90'
Report Coe Goal 23'
Stadión dr. Vacka "Eden" (Slavia), Prague, Czechoslovakia
Attendance: 7,324
Referee: Storoniak (Poland)

9 October 1965
Turkey  0–6  Czechoslovakia
Report Jokl Goal 22'70'
Knebort Goal 41'54'
Kvašňák Goal 45'
Kabát Goal 61'
Ali Sami Yen Stadı, Istanbul, Turkey
Attendance: 12,757
Referee: Righi (Italy)

23 October 1965
Turkey  2–1  Romania
Fevzi Goal 13'
Nedim Goal 48'
Report Georgescu Goal 55'
19 Mayıs Stadı, Ankara, Turkey
Attendance: 27,364
Referee: Pregja (Albania)

31 October 1965
Portugal  0–0  Czechoslovakia
Report
Estádio das Antas, Porto, Portugal
Attendance: 31,432
Referee: Horn (Netherlands)

21 November 1965
Czechoslovakia  3–1  Turkey
Mráz Goal 3'15'
Horváth Goal 69'
Report Ayhan Goal 8'
Za Lužánkami, Brno, Czechoslovakia
Attendance: 3,133
Referee: Aranyosi (Hungary)

21 November 1965
Romania  2–0  Portugal
Pârcălab Goal 1'
Badea Goal 43'
Report
Stadionul 23. August, Bucharest, Romania
Attendance: 27,532
Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)

Portugal qualified.

Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1   Switzerland 9 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4
2  Northern Ireland 8 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4
3  Netherlands 6 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2
4  Albania 1 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10

24 May 1964
Netherlands  2–0  Albania
Muller Goal
Schrijvers Goal
Report
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Referee: Meighan (Republic of Ireland)

14 October 1964
Northern Ireland  1–0   Switzerland
Crossan Goal Report
Belfast, Northern Ireland
Referee: Burguet (Belgium)

25 October 1964
Albania  0–2  Netherlands
Report Geurtsen Goal
Van Nee Goal
Tirana, Albania
Referee: Dinow (Bulgaria)

14 November 1964
Switzerland   2–1  Northern Ireland
Quentin Goal 29'
Kuhn Goal 34'
Report Best Goal 31'
Lausanne, Switzerland
Referee: Schiller (Austria)


7 April 1965
Netherlands  0–0  Northern Ireland
Report
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Referee: Clements (England)

11 April 1965
Albania  0–2   Switzerland
Report Quentin Goal 21'
Kuhn Goal 88'
Tirana, Albania
Referee: Sbardella (Italy)

2 May 1965
Switzerland   1–0  Albania
Kuhn Goal Report
Geneva, Switzerland
Referee: Bueno Perales (Spain)


17 October 1965
Netherlands  0–0   Switzerland
Report
Amsterdam, Netherlands
Referee: Boström (Sweden)

14 November 1965
Switzerland   2–1  Netherlands
Allemann Goal
Hosp Goal
Report Laseroms Goal
Bern, Switzerland
Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)

24 November 1965
Albania  1–1  Northern Ireland
Haxhiu Goal Report Irvine Goal
Tirana, Albania
Referee: Sotir (Romania)

Switzerland qualified.

Group 6[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Hungary 7 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5
2  East Germany 4 4 1 2 1 5 5 0
3  Austria 1 4 0 1 3 1 6 −5

25 April 1965
Austria  1–1  East Germany
Hof Goal 46' Report Nöldner Goal 74'
Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria
Attendance: 57,312
Referee: Mihailescu (Romania)

23 May 1965
East Germany  1–1  Hungary
Vogel Goal 17' Report Bene Goal 28'
Zentralstadion, Leipzig, East Germany
Attendance: 98,765
Referee: Johansson (Sweden)

13 June 1965
Austria  0–1  Hungary
Report Fenyvesi Goal 44'
Praterstadion, Vienna, Austria
Attendance: 70,067
Referee: Schwinte (France)

5 September 1965
Hungary  3–0  Austria
Farkas Goal 4'
Fenyvesi Goal 35'
Mészöly Goal 70' (pen.)
Report
Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
Attendance: 71,950
Referee: Gorączniak (Poland)

9 October 1965
Hungary  3–2  East Germany
Rákosi Goal 41'
Novák Goal 53'
Farkas Goal 80'
Report P. Ducke Goal 31'71'
Népstadion, Budapest, Hungary
Attendance: 73,153
Referee: Andziulis (Soviet Union)

31 October 1965
East Germany  1–0  Austria
Nöldner Goal 1' Report
Zentralstadion, Leipzig, East Germany
Attendance: 86,584
Referee: Carswell (Republic of Ireland)

Hungary qualified. This is the first time Austria failed to qualify. The previous absences of the Austrian team at World Cup were all due to withdrawals (1938, 1950, and 1962).

Group 7[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Soviet Union 10 6 5 0 1 19 6 +13
2  Wales 6 6 3 0 3 11 9 +2
3  Greece 5 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4
4  Denmark 3 6 1 1 4 7 18 −11

21 October 1964
Denmark  1–0  Wales
Madsen Goal 47' Report
Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: Huber (Switzerland)

29 November 1964
Greece  4–2  Denmark
Sideris Goal 30'46'
Papaioannou Goal 71'85'
Report Berg Goal 60'
Madsen Goal 70'
Athens, Greece
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

9 December 1964
Greece  2–0  Wales
Papaemmanouil Goal
Papaioannou Goal
Report
Athens, Greece
Referee: Majdan (Poland)

17 March 1965
Wales  4–1  Greece
Allchurch GoalGoal
England Goal
Vernon Goal
Report Papaioannou Goal
Cardiff, Wales
Referee: Roomer (Netherlands)

23 May 1965
Soviet Union  3–1  Greece
Kazakov Goal 14'
Ivanov Goal 71'83'
Report Papaioannou Goal 60'
Moscow, Soviet Union
Referee: Beijar (Finland)

30 May 1965
Soviet Union  2–1  Wales
Ivanov Goal 39'
Williams Goal 48' (o.g.)
Report R. Davies Goal 69'
Central Lenin Stadium, Moscow, Soviet Union
Referee: Fritz (West Germany)

27 June 1965
Soviet Union  6–0  Denmark
Khusainov Goal 9'
Metreveli Goal 47'
Voronin Goal 64'
Barkaya Goal 69'77'
Meskhi Goal 72'
Report
Moscow, Soviet Union
Referee: Zečević (Yugoslavia)

3 October 1965
Greece  1–4  Soviet Union
Papaioannou Goal 27' Report Metreveli Goal 14'
Banişevski Goal 25'59'82'
Athens, Greece
Referee: Shoshany (Israel)

17 October 1965
Denmark  1–3  Soviet Union
Troelsen Goal 79' Report Metreveli Goal 47'
Banişevski Goal 62'
Sabo Goal 68'
Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: Webster (Scotland)

27 October 1965
Denmark  1–1  Greece
Fritsen Goal 12' Report Sideris Goal 45'
Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: McCarthy (Republic of Ireland)

27 October 1965
Wales  2–1  Soviet Union
Vernon Goal 20'
Allchurch Goal 77'
Report Banişevski Goal 17'
Cardiff, Wales
Referee: Nilsen (Norway)

1 December 1965
Wales  4–2  Denmark
W. Davies Goal 2'
Vernon Goal 11'79'
Rees Goal 18'
Report Poulsen Goal 4'
Fritsen Goal 48'
Wrexham, Wales
Referee: Kitabdjian (France)

Soviet Union qualified.

Group 8[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1  Italy 9 6 4 1 1 17 3 +14
2  Scotland 7 6 3 1 2 8 8 0
3  Poland 6 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1
4  Finland 2 6 1 0 5 5 20 −15

21 October 1964
Scotland  3–1  Finland
Chalmers Goal
Gibson Goal
Law Goal
Report Peltonen Goal
Glasgow, Scotland
Referee: Hannet (Belgium)

4 November 1964
Italy  6–1  Finland
Facchetti Goal 1'
Holmqvist Goal 8' (o.g.)
Rivera Goal 16'
Bulgarelli Goal 49'
Mazzola Goal 54'83'
Report Peltonen Goal 88'
Genoa, Italy
Referee: Rodrigues (Portugal)

18 April 1965
Poland  0–0  Italy
Report
Warsaw, Poland
Referee: Roomer (Netherlands)

23 May 1965
Poland  1–1  Scotland
Lentner Goal 52' Report Law Goal 76'
Warsaw, Poland
Referee: Alimov (Soviet Union)

27 May 1965
Finland  1–2  Scotland
Hyvärinen Goal Report Greig Goal
Wilson Goal
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Vetter (East Germany)

23 June 1965
Finland  0–2  Italy
Report Mazzola Goal 33'78'
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Bachramov (Soviet Union)

26 September 1965
Finland  2–0  Poland
Nuoranen Goal
Peltonen Goal
Report
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Grandlund (Norway)

13 October 1965
Scotland  1–2  Poland
McNeill Goal 13' Report Pol Goal 85'
Sadek Goal 86'
Glasgow, Scotland
Referee: Carlsson (Sweden)

24 October 1965
Poland  7–0  Finland
Lubański Goal 19'21'24'41'
Pol Goal 29'
Sadek Goal 35'79'
Report
Szczecin, Poland
Referee: Obtulović (Czechoslovakia)

1 November 1965
Italy  6–1  Poland
Mazzola Goal 5'
Barison Goal 25'65'87'
Rivera Goal 71'
Mora Goal 79'
Report Lubański Goal 84'
Rome, Italy
Referee: Klein (Israel)

9 November 1965
Scotland  1–0  Italy
Greig Goal 88' Report
Glasgow, Scotland
Referee: Kreitlein (West Germany)

7 December 1965
Italy  3–0  Scotland
Pascutti Goal 38'
Facchetti Goal 73'
Mora Goal 89'
Report
Naples, Italy
Referee: Zsolt (Hungary)

Italy qualified.

Group 9[edit]

Rank Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA GD
1=  Spain 2 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2
1=  Republic of Ireland 2 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2
Iraq Syria withdrew

5 May 1965
Republic of Ireland  1–0  Spain
Iribar Goal 61' (o.g.) Report
Dalymount Park, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
Attendance: 40,772
Referee: Callaghan (Wales)

27 October 1965
Spain  4–1  Republic of Ireland
Pereda Goal 40'43'58'
Lapetra Goal 63'
Report McEvoy Goal 26'
Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán, Seville, Spain
Attendance: 29,452
Referee: Freitas (Portugal)

Syria withdrew to support the African teams who withdrew in protest at the allocation of spots. Republic of Ireland and Spain finished level on points, and a play-off on neutral ground was played to decide who would qualify. This match was initially to be played in London, a city with a large Irish immigrant population, but the Spanish and Irish football associations later came to an agreement and moved the match to Paris.[1]

10 November 1965
Spain  1–0  Republic of Ireland
Ufarte Goal 80' Report
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Paris, France
Attendance: 35,731
Referee: Schwinte (France)

Spain qualified.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Doyle, Paul (13 November 2015). "The Joy of Six". The Guardian.