1966 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA)

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The 31 teams were drawn into nine groups of three or four teams each; however, after the withdrawals of Malta, Iceland and Syria, one group had just two teams, three groups had three teams and the remaining five groups had four teams. The teams played against each other on a home-and-away basis. The group winners would qualify.

Group 1[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=  Belgium 4 3 0 1 11 3 +8 6
1=  Bulgaria 4 3 0 1 9 6 +3 6
3  Israel 4 0 0 4 1 12 −11 0
 Malta Withdrew
Belgium 1–0 Israel
Jurion Goal 24' (pen.) Report
Attendance: 21,699
Referee: Poulsen (Denmark)

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

Bulgaria 3–0 Belgium
Kotkov Goal 30'60'
Asparuhov Goal 34'
Report
Attendance: 25,380
Referee: Zečevič (Yugoslavia)

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

Israel 0–5 Belgium
Report Van Himst Goal 24'33'69'
Thio Goal 31'
Puis Goal 48'
Attendance: 48,355
Referee: Sbardeua (Italy)

Israel 1–2 Bulgaria
Talbi Goal 48' Report Kolev Goal 31'
Asparuhov Goal 81'
Attendance: 28,213
Referee: Eduard Babauczek (Austria)


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

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

Bulgaria qualified.

Group 2[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  West Germany 4 3 1 0 14 2 +12 7
2  Sweden 4 2 1 1 10 3 +7 5
3  Cyprus 4 0 0 4 0 19 −19 0
 Iceland Withdrew
West Germany 1–1 Sweden
Brunnenmeier Goal 24' Report Hamrin Goal 86'
Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)

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

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

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

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

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

West Germany qualified.

Group 3[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  France 6 5 0 1 9 2 +7 10
2  Norway 6 3 1 2 10 5 +5 7
3  Yugoslavia 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 7
4  Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 6 20 −14 0
Yugoslavia 3–1 Luxembourg
Kovačević Goal 15'
Jerković Goal 25'
Galić Goal 86'
Report Schmit Goal 71'
Referee: Tsouvaras (Greece)

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

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

France 1–0 Norway
Rambert Goal 17' Report
Referee: Adair (Northern Ireland)

Yugoslavia 1–0 France
Galić Goal 59' Report
Referee: Wlachojanis (Austria)

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'
Referee: Hirviniemi (Finland)

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

Norway 0–1 France
Report Combin Goal 22'
Referee: Phillips (Scotland)

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

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

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

Yugoslavia 1–1 Norway
Vasović Goal 23' Report Stavrum Goal 8'
Referee: Ashkenazi (Israel)

France qualified.

Group 4[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Portugal 6 4 1 1 9 4 +5 9
2  Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 12 4 +8 7
3  Romania 6 3 0 3 9 7 +2 6
4  Turkey 6 1 0 5 4 19 −15 2
Portugal 5–1 Turkey
Coluna Goal 16'
Eusébio Goal 21'63'77'
Graça Goal 52'
Report Fevzi Goal 33'
Attendance: 33,237
Referee: Gardeazábal (Spain)

Turkey 0–1 Portugal
Report Eusébio Goal 59'
Attendance: 27,625
Referee: Dachan (Syria)

Czechoslovakia 0–1 Portugal
Report Eusébio Goal 20'
Attendance: 56,975
Referee: Stavrev (Bulgaria)

Romania 3–0 Turkey
Georgescu Goal 1'
Mateianu Goal 72' (pen.)
Creiniceanu Goal 75'
Report
Attendance: 31,219
Referee: Schiller (Austria)

Romania 1–0 Czechoslovakia
Mateianu Goal 34' Report
Attendance: 44,615
Referee: Köpcke (East Germany)

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

Czechoslovakia 3–1 Romania
Knebort Goal 3'66'
Jokl Goal 90'
Report Coe Goal 23'
Attendance: 7,324
Referee: Storoniak (Poland)

Turkey 0–6 Czechoslovakia
Report Jokl Goal 22'70'
Knebort Goal 41'54'
Kvašňák Goal 45'
Kabát Goal 61'
Attendance: 12,757
Referee: Righi (Italy)

Turkey 2–1 Romania
Fevzi Goal 13'
Nedim Goal 48'
Report Georgescu Goal 55'
Attendance: 27,364
Referee: Pregja (Albania)

Portugal 0–0 Czechoslovakia
Report
Attendance: 31,432
Referee: Horn (Netherlands)

Czechoslovakia 3–1 Turkey
Mráz Goal 3'15'
Horváth Goal 69'
Report Ayhan Goal 8'
Attendance: 3,133
Referee: Aranyosi (Hungary)

Romania 2–0 Portugal
Pârcălab Goal 1'
Badea Goal 43'
Report
Attendance: 27,532
Referee: Dienst (Switzerland)

Portugal qualified.

Group 5[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1   Switzerland 6 4 1 1 7 3 +4 9
2  Northern Ireland 6 3 2 1 9 5 +4 8
3  Netherlands 6 2 2 2 6 4 +2 6
4  Albania 6 0 1 5 2 12 −10 1
Netherlands 2–0 Albania
Schrijvers Goal 48' (pen.)
Muller Goal 52'
Report
Rotterdam, Netherlands
Referee: Meighan (Republic of Ireland)

Northern Ireland 1–0  Switzerland
Crossan Goal 64' (pen.) Report
Referee: Burguet (Belgium)

Albania 0–2 Netherlands
Report Van Nee Goal 2'
Geurtsen Goal 87'
Referee: Dinow (Bulgaria)

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

Northern Ireland 2–1 Netherlands
Crossan Goal 11'
Neill Goal 62'
Report Van Nee Goal 6'
Referee: Sörensen (Denmark)

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

Albania 0–2  Switzerland
Report Quentin Goal 21'
Kuhn Goal 88'
Referee: Sbardella (Italy)

Switzerland  1–0 Albania
Kuhn Goal 10' (pen.) Report
Geneva, Switzerland
Referee: Bueno Perales (Spain)

Northern Ireland 4–1 Albania
Crossan Goal 16'30'61' (pen.)
Best Goal 85'
Report Jashari Goal 49'

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

Switzerland  2–1 Netherlands
Hosp Goal 10'
Allemann Goal 87'
Report Laseroms Goal 64'
Bern, Switzerland
Referee: Tschenscher (West Germany)

Albania 1–1 Northern Ireland
Haxhiu Goal 77' Report Irvine Goal 58'
Referee: Sotir (Romania)

Switzerland qualified.

Group 6[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Hungary 4 3 1 0 8 3 +5 7
2  East Germany 4 1 2 1 5 5 0 4
3  Austria 4 0 1 3 1 6 −5 1
Austria 1–1 East Germany
Hof Goal 46' Report Nöldner Goal 74'
Attendance: 57,312
Referee: Mihailescu (Romania)

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

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

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

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

East Germany 1–0 Austria
Nöldner Goal 1' Report
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 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Soviet Union 6 5 0 1 19 6 +13 10
2  Wales 6 3 0 3 11 9 +2 6
3  Greece 6 2 1 3 10 14 −4 5
4  Denmark 6 1 1 4 7 18 −11 3
Denmark 1–0 Wales
Madsen Goal 47' Report
Copenhagen, Denmark
Referee: Huber (Switzerland)

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

Greece 2–0 Wales
Papaioannou Goal 4'
Papaemmanouil Goal 47'
Report
Athens, Greece
Referee: Majdan (Poland)

Wales 4–1 Greece
Allchurch Goal 26'74'
England Goal 51'
Vernon Goal 65'
Report Papaioannou Goal 60'
Referee: Roomer (Netherlands)

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

Soviet Union 2–1 Wales
Ivanov Goal 39'
Williams Goal 48' (o.g.)
Report R. Davies Goal 69'

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soviet Union qualified.

Group 8[edit]

Rank Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1  Italy 6 4 1 1 17 3 +14 9
2  Scotland 6 3 1 2 8 8 0 7
3  Poland 6 2 2 2 11 10 +1 6
4  Finland 6 1 0 5 5 20 −15 2
Scotland 3–1 Finland
Law Goal 2'
Chalmers Goal 38'
Gibson Goal 42'
Report Peltonen Goal 70'
Referee: Hannet (Belgium)

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)

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

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

Finland 1–2 Scotland
Hyvärinen Goal 5' Report Wilson Goal 37'
Greig Goal 50'
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Vetter (East Germany)

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

Finland 2–0 Poland
Peltonen Goal 1'
Nuoranen Goal 27'
Report
Helsinki, Finland
Referee: Grandlund (Norway)

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

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

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)

Scotland 1–0 Italy
Greig Goal 88' Report
Referee: Kreitlein (West Germany)

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 Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1=  Spain 2 1 0 1 4 2 +2 2
1=  Republic of Ireland 2 1 0 1 2 4 −2 2
 Syria Withdrew
Republic of Ireland 1–0 Spain
Iribar Goal 61' (o.g.) Report
Attendance: 40,772
Referee: Callaghan (Wales)

Spain 4–1 Republic of Ireland
Pereda Goal 40'43'58'
Lapetra Goal 63'
Report McEvoy Goal 26'
Attendance: 29,452
Referee: Freitas (Portugal)

Syria withdrew to support the African teams who had withdrawn 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]

Spain 1–0 Republic of Ireland
Ufarte Goal 80' Report
Attendance: 35,731
Referee: Schwinte (France)

Spain qualified.

Goalscorers[edit]

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

References[edit]

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