UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
|UEFA European Qualifiers|
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.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament[A]|
|Sweden||Host||16 December 1988||0 (debut)|
|France||Group 1 winner||12 October 1991||2 (1960, 1984)|
|England||Group 7 winner||13 November 1991||3 (1968, 1980, 1988)|
|CIS[B]||Group 3 winner[C]||13 November 1991||5 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988)|
|Scotland||Group 2 winner||13 November 1991||0 (debut)|
|Germany[D]||Group 5 winner||20 November 1991||5 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988)|
|Netherlands||Group 6 winner||4 December 1991||3 (1976, 1980, 1988)|
|Denmark||Group 4 runner-up[E]||31 May 1992||3 (1964, 1984, 1988)|
- Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
- From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union.
- Replaced the Soviet Union.
- From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
- Replaced Yugoslavia, who were subject to sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 757 and thus banned from appearing.
|Pool One||Pool Two||Pool Three||Pool Four||Pool Five|
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:
- Greater number of points in all group matches
- Goal difference in all group matches
- Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
- Drawing of lots
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 Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the competition. 34 teams entered the draw, but East Germany were withdrawn as the country ceased to exist as a result of German reunification on 3 October 1990.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 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.
|1||France||8||8||0||0||20||6||+14||16||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–1||3–1||3–1||5–0|
- The match was cancelled due to the prevailing political situation in Albania, and both countries were already eliminated.
|1||Scotland||8||4||3||1||14||7||+7||11||Qualify for final tournament||—||2–1||2–1||1–1||4–0|
|1||Soviet Union[a]||8||5||3||0||13||2||+11||13||Qualify for final tournament||—||0–0||2–0||2–2||4–0|
|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|
- Yugoslavia were placed under sanctions on 30 May 1992 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 after the outbreak of civil war. FIFA and UEFA therefore suspended Yugoslavia from competitive football on 31 May 1992, meaning they could not participate in the final tournament. Group runners-up Denmark instead took the spot at the final tournament.
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.
|1||Germany||6||5||0||1||13||4||+9||10||Qualify for final tournament||—||4–1||1–0||4–0|
|1||Netherlands||8||6||1||1||17||2||+15||13||Qualify for final tournament||—||1–0||2–0||2–0||1–0|
|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|
|Darko Pančev||10||Yugoslavia||Red Star Belgrade|
|Jean-Pierre Papin||9||France||Olympique Marseille|
|Marco van Basten||8||Netherlands||Milan|
- "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". United Nations. University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. 30 May 1992. Retrieved 18 August 2008.
- "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.
- "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. Retrieved 18 August 2008.