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.
The draw took place on 2 February 1990. Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the competition. 34 teams entered the draw, but East Germany withdrew later due to its abolition 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 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.
Yugoslavia were placed under sanctions on 30 May 1992 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 after the outbreak of civil war. FIFA therefore immediately suspended the Yugoslav football team from competitive football, meaning they could not participate in the final tournament. Group runners-up Denmark were invited to take their place in the finals – and they went on to win the tournament against all odds.
Brussels, 1990: saluting the crowd after the last-ever match. The draw for 1992 UEFA European Football Championship qualifying took place on 2 February 1990, with East Germany drawn in Group 5 along with Belgium, Wales, Luxembourg - and West Germany. By 23 August that year, the East German parliament confirmed reunification for 3 October. The planning for the opening fixture away to Belgium on 12 September was too far along to be cancelled, and so it was played as a friendly.
East Germany were originally drawn into this group, alongside West Germany, but after reunification, a single German team participated in the qualification process. East Germany's game on 12 September in Belgium was re-classed as a friendly. This was East Germany's last ever international match, which it won 2–0.