UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

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The qualifying round for the 1968 European Football Championship consisted of 31 teams divided into eight groups; seven of four teams and one of three teams. Each group winner progressed to the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through, to the final tournament.

Qualified nations[edit]

  Qualified
  Did not qualify – First Round
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Country Method of qualification Finals appearance Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
 Italy Quarter-finals winner 1st 20 April 1968 0 (debut)
 Yugoslavia Quarter-finals winner 2nd 24 April 1968 1 (1960)
 England Quarter-finals winner 1st 8 May 1968 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner 3rd 11 May 1968 2 (1960, 1964)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 6 3 2 1 6 2 +4 8
 Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7
 Republic of Ireland 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 5
 Turkey 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 4
Czechoslovakia Republic of Ireland Spain Turkey
Czechoslovakia  1–2 1–0 3–0
Republic of Ireland  0–2 0–0 2–1
Spain  2–1 2–0 2–0
Turkey  0–0 2–1 0–0

Group 2[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10
 Portugal 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 6
 Sweden 6 2 1 3 9 12 −3 5
 Norway 6 1 1 4 9 14 −5 3
Bulgaria Norway Portugal Sweden
Bulgaria  4–2 1–0 3–0
Norway  0–0 1–2 3–1
Portugal  0–0 2–1 1–2
Sweden  0–2 5–2 1–1

Group 3[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 10
 Greece 5 2 1 2 7 8 −1 5
 Austria 5 2 1 2 7 9 −2 5
 Finland 6 0 2 4 5 12 −7 2
Austria Finland Greece Soviet Union
Austria  2–1 annulled 1–0
Finland  0–0 1–1 2–5
Greece  4–1 2–1 0–1
Soviet Union  4–3 2–0 4–0

RSSSF reports that the Austria vs Greece match was abandoned at 1–1 and declared void, and does not include it in the final group standings.[1] On the other hand, however, UEFA's website accounts the match as having finished as a 1–1 draw[2] and includes it as such in the final group standings.[3]

Group 4[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 6
 West Germany 4 2 1 1 9 2 +7 5
 Albania 4 0 1 3 0 12 −12 1
Albania West Germany Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
Albania  0–0 0–2
West Germany  6–0 3–1
Yugoslavia  4–0 1–0

Group 5[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9
 East Germany 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 7
 Netherlands 6 2 1 3 11 11 0 5
 Denmark 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10 3
Denmark East Germany Hungary Netherlands
Denmark  1–1 0–2 3–2
East Germany  3–2 1–0 4–3
Hungary  6–0 3–1 2–1
Netherlands  2–0 1–0 2–2

Group 6[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 6 5 1 0 17 3 +14 11
 Romania 6 3 0 3 18 14 +4 6
  Switzerland 6 2 1 3 17 13 +4 5
 Cyprus 6 1 0 5 3 25 −22 2
Cyprus Italy Romania Switzerland
Cyprus  0–2 1–5 2–1
Italy  5–0 3–1 4–0
Romania  7–0 0–1 4–2
Switzerland   5–0 2–2 7–1

Group 7[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 9
 Belgium 6 3 1 2 14 9 +5 7
 Poland 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 7
 Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17 1
Belgium France Luxembourg Poland
Belgium  2–1 3–0 2–4
France  1–1 3–1 2–1
Luxembourg  0–5 0–3 0–0
Poland  3–1 1–4 4–0

Group 8[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9
 Scotland 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 8
 Wales 6 1 2 3 6 12 −6 4
 Northern Ireland 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6 3
England Northern Ireland Scotland Wales
England  2–0 2–3 5–1
Northern Ireland  0–2 1–0 0–0
Scotland  1–1 2–1 3–2
Wales  0–3 2–0 1–1

Group 8's results were formed by combining the results of the 1966–67 and 1967–68 editions of the British Home Championship.

Play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Bulgaria  3–4  Italy 3–2 0–2
Hungary  2–3  Soviet Union 2–0 0–3
England  3–1  Spain 1–0 2–1
France  2–6  Yugoslavia 1–1 1–5

References[edit]

  1. ^ "European Championship 1968". RSSSF. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  2. ^ "UEFA EURO 1968 - History - Austria-Greece". UEFA. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "UEFA EURO 1968 - History - Standings". UEFA. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 

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