1964 European Nations' Cup

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1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Spain Spain
Dates 17 – 21 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (1st title)
Runners-up  Soviet Union
Third place  Hungary
Fourth place  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance 156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s) Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Dezső Novák
Spain Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)

The 1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the second European Football Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2–1 over defending champions Soviet Union.

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria, and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. The teams played home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.

In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated the Danes 3–0 in Barcelona and Spain beat Hungary 2–1 in extra time in Madrid, the winning goal being scored by Amancio. Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.[1]


Flag-map of Spain (1945-1977).svg

Soccer ball.svg
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Venue map
Santiago Bernabéu
Capacity: 110,000
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Camp Nou
Capacity: 93,053
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Qualified teams[edit]

Country Qualified as Date of qualification Previous appearances1
 Denmark Quarter-finals winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-finals winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Spain (hosts) Quarter-finals winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Match officials[edit]

Country Referee Matches refereed
Belgium Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
England England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Italy Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Final tournament[edit]

1964 European Nations' Cup finalists.

In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary. If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).


Semi-finals Final
17 June – Madrid
 Spain (a.e.t.) 2
17 June – Madrid
 Hungary 1
 Spain 2
17 June – Barcelona
 Soviet Union 1
 Denmark 0
 Soviet Union 3
Third place play-off
17 June – Barcelona
 Hungary (a.e.t.) 3
 Denmark 1


17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)
Spain  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Hungary
Report Bene Goal 84'

17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)
Denmark  0–3  Soviet Union
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 38,556
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)

Third place play-off[edit]

20 June 1964 (1964-06-20)
Hungary  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Denmark
Report Bertelsen Goal 82'
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 3,869
Referee: Daniel Mellet (Switzerland)


21 June 1964 (1964-06-21)
Spain  2–1  Soviet Union
Report Khusainov Goal 8'



With two goals, Ferenc Bene, Dezső Novák, Jesús María Pereda are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 13 goals were scored by 10 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

2 goals
1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[3]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Spain Feliciano Rivilla Spain Amancio Amaro Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Dezső Novák Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov Spain Jesús María Pereda
Spain Ignacio Zoco Spain Luis Suárez Hungary Flórián Albert
Spain Fernando Olivella
Golden Boot


  1. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Spain 2–1 USSR". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  3. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

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