UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying

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The qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 1992 was a series of parallel association football competitions to be held over 1990 and 1991 to decide the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1992, to be held in Sweden. The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 2 February 1990.

There were a total of seven groups. At the conclusion of qualifying, the team at the top of each group qualified for the final tournament, to join the hosts in completing the eight participants. This was the final time the European Championship only featured eight teams, as the competition was expanded to 16 for the 1996 event.

Qualified nations[edit]

  Qualified
  Qualified, replace suspended
  Suspended after qualification
  Did not qualify
  Withdrew before playing any matches
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member

Seedings[edit]

Pool One Pool Two Pool Three Pool Four Pool Five

 Netherlands
 England
 Spain
 Italy
 Yugoslavia
 West Germany
 Romania

 Soviet Union
 Republic of Ireland
 Czechoslovakia
 Denmark
 Belgium
 Scotland
 Portugal

 East Germany
 Hungary
 Austria
 France
 Bulgaria
 Poland
 Greece

  Switzerland
 Iceland
 Wales
 Turkey
 Norway
 Northern Ireland
 Finland

 Malta
 Cyprus
 Luxembourg
 Albania
 San Marino
 Faroe Islands

Tiebreakers[edit]

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups[edit]

The draw took place on 2 February 1990. Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the competition. 34 teams entered the draw, but East Germany were withdrawn as the country ceased to exist as a result of German reunification on 3 October 1990. The new unified German team took over the fixtures of West Germany, while those of East Germany were scratched.

The Faroe Islands and San Marino participated in a European qualifying tournament for the first time.

The qualifiers, consisting of 33 teams divided into seven groups (two of four teams and five of five teams) were played in 1990 and 1991. Each group winner progressed to the finals. This was the last European Championship qualifying phase which awarded two points for a win; from 1996 onward, teams earned 3 points for a win.

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Czechoslovakia Spain Iceland Albania
1  France 8 8 0 0 20 6 +14 16 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–1 3–1 5–0
2  Czechoslovakia 8 5 0 3 12 9 +3 10 1–2 3–2 1–0 2–1
3  Spain 7 3 0 4 17 12 +5 6 1–2 2–1 2–1 9–0
4  Iceland 8 2 0 6 7 10 −3 4 1–2 0–1 2–0 2–0
5  Albania 7 1 0 6 2 21 −19 2 0–1 0–2 Canc.[a] 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The match was cancelled due to the prevailing political situation in Albania, and both countries were already eliminated.[1]

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Scotland Switzerland Romania Bulgaria San Marino
1  Scotland 8 4 3 1 14 7 +7 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 2–1 1–1 4–0
2   Switzerland 8 4 2 2 19 7 +12 10 2–2 0–0 2–0 7–0
3  Romania 8 4 2 2 13 7 +6 10 1–0 1–0 0–3 6–0
4  Bulgaria 8 3 3 2 15 8 +7 9 1–1 2–3 1–1 4–0
5  San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 33 −32 0 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Soviet Union Italy Norway Hungary Cyprus
1  Soviet Union[a] 8 5 3 0 13 2 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 2–2 4–0
2  Italy 8 3 4 1 12 5 +7 10 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–0
3  Norway 8 3 3 2 9 5 +4 9 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–0
4  Hungary 8 2 4 2 10 9 +1 8 0–1 1–1 0–0 4–2
5  Cyprus 8 0 0 8 2 25 −23 0 0–3 0–4 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Soviet Union team was replaced by CIS in the final tournament due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union just after the end of the qualifying stages.

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Denmark Northern Ireland Austria Faroe Islands
1  Yugoslavia 8 7 0 1 24 4 +20 14 Banned from final tournament[a] 1–2 4–1 4–1 7–0
2  Denmark 8 6 1 1 18 7 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament[a] 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–1
3  Northern Ireland 8 2 3 3 11 11 0 7 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
4  Austria 8 1 1 6 6 14 −8 3 0–2 0–3 0–0 3–0
5  Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 3 26 −23 3 0–2 0–4 0–5 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Yugoslavia were placed under sanctions on 30 May 1992 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 after the outbreak of civil war.[2] FIFA therefore immediately suspended Yugoslavia from competitive football, meaning they could not participate in the final tournament. Group runners-up Denmark instead took the spot at the final tournament.

Group 5[edit]

East Germany were originally drawn into this group alongside West Germany, but after reunification, a single German team participated in the qualification process, taking over the fixtures of West Germany. East Germany's game on 12 September 1990 in Belgium was re-classed as a friendly, which was East Germany's last ever international match, which it won 2–0.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Wales Belgium Luxembourg
1  Germany 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 10 Qualify for final tournament 4–1 1–0 4–0
2  Wales 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 9 1–0 3–1 1–0
3  Belgium 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 5 0–1 1–1 3–0
4  Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2 14 −12 0 2–3 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Netherlands Portugal Greece Finland Malta
1  Netherlands 8 6 1 1 17 2 +15 13 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
2  Portugal 8 5 1 2 11 4 +7 11 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–0
3  Greece 8 3 2 3 11 9 +2 8 0–2 3–2 2–0 4–0
4  Finland 8 1 4 3 5 8 −3 6 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–0
5  Malta 8 0 2 6 2 23 −21 2 0–8 0–1 1–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Republic of Ireland Poland Turkey
1  England 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 9 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 2–0 1–0
2  Republic of Ireland 6 2 4 0 13 6 +7 8 1–1 0–0 5–0
3  Poland 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 7 1–1 3–3 3–0
4  Turkey 6 0 0 6 1 14 −13 0 0–1 1–3 0–1
Source: UEFA

Top goalscorers[edit]

Scorer Goals Nation Club
Darko Pančev 10  Yugoslavia Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade
Jean-Pierre Papin 9  France France Olympique Marseille
Marco van Basten 8  Netherlands Italy Milan

References[edit]

  1. ^ "La UEFA suspende el Albania-España por el clima de inestabilidad que padece el país" [UEFA suspends Albania-Spain match due to climate of instability in the country]. elpais.com (in Spanish). El País. 17 December 1991. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  2. ^ "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. Retrieved 18 August 2008. 

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