UEFA Euro 1968
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
|Dates||5 June – 10 June|
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Italy (1st title)|
|Fourth place||Soviet Union|
|Goals scored||7 (1.4 per match)|
|Attendance||260,916 (52,183 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Dragan Džajić (2 goals)|
The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968.
It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the European Nations' Cup to the European Championship.
There were also some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase.
Only four countries played in the final tournament. There were semi-finals, the final and a third place match.
The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage.
|Stadio Olimpico||Stadio San Paolo|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 82,000|
The qualification competition was played in two stages: a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, and defeats 0 points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through to the final tournament.
The following teams participated in the final tournament:
|Country||Qualified as||Date of qualification||Previous appearances1|
|England||Play-off winner||8 May 1968||0 (debut)|
|Italy (host)||Play-off winner||20 April 1968||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Play-off winner||11 May 1968||2 (1960, 1964)|
|Yugoslavia||Play-off winner||24 April 1968||1 (1960)|
1 Bold indicates champion for that year
|5 June – Naples (Stadio San Paolo)|
|Italy (coin toss)||0|
|8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico) (replayed 10 June)|
|5 June – Florence (Stadio Comunale)||8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico)|
5 June 1968
|Italy||0–0 (a.e.t.)||Soviet Union|
Match decided by toss of coin: Italy captain Giacinto Facchetti called correctly.
5 June 1968
Third place play-off
8 June 1968
8 June 1968
|Domenghini 80'||Report||Džajić 32'|
As the match ended in a draw, a replay was played to determine the winner.
10 June 1968
Seven goals were scored by six different players in the five matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per game. None of the goals were credited as own goals. Yugoslavia's Dragan Džajić was the top scorer by virtue of being the only player to score more than one goal.
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- UEFA Team of the Tournament
|Dino Zoff||Mirsad Fazlagić||Ivan Osim||Geoff Hurst|
|Giacinto Facchetti||Sandro Mazzola||Luigi Riva|
|Albert Shesternyov||Angelo Domenghini||Dragan Džajić|
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