UEFA Euro 1996 qualifying

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Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 1996 final tournament took place throughout 1994 and 1995. Forty-seven teams were divided into eight groups. All teams played against each other, within their groups, in a home-and-away basis. The winner of each group along with the six best runners-up automatically qualified, while the two worst runners-up were involved in a play-off on a neutral ground. England qualified automatically as hosts of the event.

This was the first time for the qualifying phase for the European Football Championship which awarded three points instead of two for a win.

Qualified teams[edit]

  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Country Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances[A]
 England 00Hosts 5 May 1992 4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992)
 Romania 10Group 1 winner 15 November 1995 1 (1984)
 France 05Group 1 runners-up 15 November 1995 3 (1960, 1984, 1992)
 Spain 13Group 2 winner 15 November 1995 4 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988)
 Denmark 04Group 2 runners-up 15 November 1995 4 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992)
  Switzerland 14Group 3 winner 11 October 1995 0 (debut)
 Turkey 15Group 3 runners-up 15 November 1995 0 (debut)
 Croatia 02Group 4 winner 15 November 1995 0 (debut)
 Italy 07Group 4 runners-up 15 November 1995 3 (1968, 1980, 1988)
 Czech Republic[B] 03Group 5 winner 15 November 1995 3 (1960, 1976, 1980)
 Portugal 09Group 6 winner 15 November 1995 1 (1984)
 Germany[C] 06Group 7 winner 15 November 1995 6 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992)
 Bulgaria 01Group 7 runners-up 15 November 1995 0 (debut)
 Russia[D] 11Group 8 winner 15 November 1995 6 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988, 1992)
 Scotland 12Group 8 runners-up 15 November 1995 1 (1992)
 Netherlands 08Play-off winner 13 December 1995 4 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ from 1960 to 1992, Czech Republic competed in the European Championship final tournament as Czechoslovakia
  3. ^ from 1972 to 1988, Germany competed in the European Championship final tournament as West Germany
  4. ^ from 1960 to 1988, Russia competed in the European Championship final tournament as the Soviet Union and in 1992 as the Commonwealth of Independent States

Seedings[edit]

The draw was made on 22 January 1994 in Manchester. Denmark were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 1992 European Championship and the 1994 World Cup. Other points to note:

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3
Pool 4 Pool 5 Pool 6
New entrants

New teams that joined UEFA's qualification games after the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualification (UEFA):

  • From the former  Soviet Union (dissolved): Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.
  • From the former  Czechoslovakia (dissolved): Czech Republic and Slovakia.
  • From the former  Yugoslavia: Slovenia, Croatia and Macedonia.
  • Liechtenstein.

Summary[edit]

  Winner of each group and the six best runners-up qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 1996
  The two worst runners-up advanced to a play-off
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

Hosts

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8

Romania

Spain

Switzerland

Croatia

Czech Republic

Portugal

Germany

Russia

France

Denmark

Turkey

Italy

Netherlands

Republic of Ireland

Bulgaria

Scotland

Slovakia

Poland

Israel

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Macedonia

Cyprus

Armenia

Sweden

Hungary

Iceland

Lithuania

Ukraine

Slovenia

Estonia

Norway

Belarus

Luxembourg

Malta

Northern Ireland

Austria

Latvia

Liechtenstein

Georgia

Moldova

Albania

Wales

Greece

Finland

Faroe Islands

San Marino

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]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  5. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Fair play conduct in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Romania France Slovakia Poland Israel Azerbaijan
1  Romania 10 6 3 1 18 9 +9 21 Qualify for final tournament 1–3 3–2 2–1 2–1 3–0
2  France 10 5 5 0 22 2 +20 20 0–0 4–0 1–1 2–0 10–0
3  Slovakia 10 4 2 4 14 18 −4 14 0–2 0–0 4–1 1–0 4–1
4  Poland 10 3 4 3 14 12 +2 13 0–0 0–0 5–0 4–3 1–0
5  Israel 10 3 3 4 13 13 0 12 1–1 0–0 2–2 2–1 2–0
6  Azerbaijan 10 0 1 9 2 29 −27 1 1–4 0–2 0–1 0–0 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Denmark Belgium Republic of Macedonia Cyprus Armenia
1  Spain 10 8 2 0 25 4 +21 26 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 1–1 3–0 6–0 1–0
2  Denmark 10 6 3 1 19 9 +10 21 1–1 3–1 1–0 4–0 3–1
3  Belgium 10 4 3 3 17 13 +4 15 1–4 1–3 1–1 2–0 2–0
4  Macedonia 10 1 4 5 9 18 −9 7 0–2 1–1 0–5 3–0 1–2
5  Cyprus 10 1 4 5 6 20 −14 7 1–2 1–1 1–1 1–1 2–0
6  Armenia 10 1 2 7 5 17 −12 5 0–2 0–2 0–2 2–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Switzerland Turkey Sweden Hungary Iceland
1   Switzerland 8 5 2 1 15 7 +8 17 Qualify for final tournament 1–2 4–2 3–0 1–0
2  Turkey 8 4 3 1 16 8 +8 15 1–2 2–1 2–0 5–0
3  Sweden 8 2 3 3 9 10 −1 9 0–0 2–2 2–0 1–1
4  Hungary 8 2 2 4 7 13 −6 8 2–2 2–2 1–0 1–0
5  Iceland 8 1 2 5 3 12 −9 5 0–2 0–0 0–1 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Croatia Italy Lithuania Ukraine Slovenia Estonia
1  Croatia 10 7 2 1 22 5 +17 23 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 2–0 4–0 2–0 7–1
2  Italy 10 7 2 1 20 6 +14 23 1–2 4–0 3–1 1–0 4–1
3  Lithuania 10 5 1 4 13 12 +1 16 0–0 0–1 1–3 2–1 5–0
4  Ukraine 10 4 1 5 11 15 −4 13 1–0 0–2 0–2 0–0 3–0
5  Slovenia 10 3 2 5 13 13 0 11 1–2 1–1 1–2 3–2 3–0
6  Estonia 10 0 0 10 3 31 −28 0 0–2 0–2 0–1 0–1 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Czech Republic Netherlands Norway Belarus Luxembourg Malta
1  Czech Republic 10 6 3 1 21 6 +15 21 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 2–0 4–2 3–0 6–1
2  Netherlands 10 6 2 2 23 5 +18 20 Advance to play-off 0–0 3–0 1–0 5–0 4–0
3  Norway 10 6 2 2 17 7 +10 20 1–1 1–1 1–0 5–0 2–0
4  Belarus 10 3 2 5 8 13 −5 11 0–2 1–0 0–4 2–0 1–1
5  Luxembourg 10 3 1 6 3 21 −18 10 1–0 0–4 0–2 0–0 1–0
6  Malta 10 0 2 8 2 22 −20 2 0–0 0–4 0–1 0–2 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Portugal Republic of Ireland Northern Ireland Austria Latvia Liechtenstein
1  Portugal 10 7 2 1 29 7 +22 23 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–2 8–0
2  Republic of Ireland 10 5 2 3 17 11 +6 17 Advance to play-off 1–0 1–1 1–3 2–1 4–0
3  Northern Ireland 10 5 2 3 20 15 +5 17 1–2 0–4 5–3 1–2 4–1
4  Austria 10 5 1 4 29 14 +15 16 1–1 3–1 1–2 5–0 7–0
5  Latvia 10 4 0 6 11 20 −9 12 1–3 0–3 0–1 3–2 1–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 0 1 9 1 40 −39 1 0–7 0–0 0–4 0–4 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Bulgaria Georgia (country) Moldova Albania Wales
1  Germany 10 8 1 1 27 10 +17 25 Qualify for final tournament 3–1 4–1 6–1 2–1 1–1
2  Bulgaria 10 7 1 2 24 10 +14 22 3–2 2–0 4–1 3–0 3–1
3  Georgia 10 5 0 5 14 13 +1 15 0–2 2–1 0–1 2–0 5–0
4  Moldova 10 3 0 7 11 27 −16 9 0–3 0–3 3–2 2–3 3–2
5  Albania 10 2 2 6 10 16 −6 8 1–2 1–1 0–1 3–0 1–1
6  Wales 10 2 2 6 9 19 −10 8 1–2 0–3 0–1 1–0 2–0
Source: UEFA

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Russia Scotland Greece Finland Faroe Islands San Marino
1  Russia 10 8 2 0 34 5 +29 26 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–1 3–1 3–0 4–0
2  Scotland 10 7 2 1 19 3 +16 23 1–1 1–0 1–0 5–1 5–0
3  Greece 10 6 0 4 23 9 +14 18 0–3 1–0 4–0 5–0 2–0
4  Finland 10 5 0 5 18 18 0 15 0–6 0–2 2–1 5–0 4–1
5  Faroe Islands 10 2 0 8 10 35 −25 6 2–5 0–2 1–5 0–4 3–0
6  San Marino 10 0 0 10 2 36 −34 0 0–7 0–2 0–4 0–2 1–3
Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teams[edit]

The runners-up of each of the eight groups were placed in a table to decide which seven of them would qualify. The best six runners-up would qualify automatically, while the two worst would play-off on a neutral ground to determine the final qualifier. To determine the two worst runners-up, a comparison was made between all of them. Only matches played against teams that finished first, third and fourth were regarded.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 4  Italy 6 4 1 1 12 4 +8 13 Qualify for final tournament
2 7  Bulgaria 6 4 0 2 14 8 +6 12
3 3  Turkey 6 3 2 1 11 8 +3 11
4 8  Scotland 6 3 2 1 5 2 +3 11
5 2  Denmark 6 3 2 1 9 7 +2 11
6 1  France 6 2 4 0 8 2 +6 10
7 5  Netherlands 6 2 2 2 6 5 +1 8 Advance to play-off
8 6  Republic of Ireland 6 2 1 3 8 10 −2 7
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Drawing of lots.

Play-off[edit]

The bottom two runners-up, the Republic of Ireland and the Netherlands, took part in a play-off on a neutral ground to determine the last team to qualify for the final tournament.

Team 1  Score  Team 2
Republic of Ireland  0–2  Netherlands

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Championship 1996". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 

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