UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

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UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates7 September 1966 – 11 May 1968
Teams31
Tournament statistics
Matches played98[note 1]
Goals scored306 (3.12 per match)[note 1]
Top scorer(s)Hungary János Farkas
Italy Luigi Riva
(6 goals each)
1964
1972

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 teams[edit]

  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Italy (host) Play-off winner 20 April 1968 0 (debut)
 Yugoslavia Play-off winner 24 April 1968 1 (1960)
 England Play-off winner 8 May 1968 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Play-off winner 11 May 1968 2 (1960, 1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

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. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Czechoslovakia Republic of Ireland Turkey
1  Spain 6 3 2 1 6 2 +4 8 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 2–0
2  Czechoslovakia 6 3 1 2 8 4 +4 7 1–0 1–2 3–0
3  Republic of Ireland 6 2 1 3 5 8 −3 5 0–0 0–2 2–1
4  Turkey 6 1 2 3 3 8 −5 4 0–0 0–0 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Bulgaria Portugal Sweden Norway
1  Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 1–0 3–0 4–2
2  Portugal 6 2 2 2 6 6 0 6 0–0 1–2 2–1
3  Sweden 6 2 1 3 9 12 −3 5 0–2 1–1 5–2
4  Norway 6 1 1 4 9 14 −5 3 0–0 1–2 3–1
Source: UEFA

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Soviet Union Greece Austria Finland
1  Soviet Union 6 5 0 1 16 6 +10 10 Advance to play-offs 4–0 4–3 2–0
2  Greece 5 2 1 2 7 8 −1 5 0–1 4–1 2–1
3  Austria 5 2 1 2 7 9 −2 5 1–0 Annulled[a] 2–1
4  Finland 6 0 2 4 5 12 −7 2 2–5 1–1 0–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Austria v Greece match was abandoned in the 86th minute at 1–1 due to a crowd disturbance and declared void.[1]

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia West Germany Albania
1  Yugoslavia 4 3 0 1 8 3 +5 6 Advance to play-offs 1–0 4–0
2  West Germany 4 2 1 1 9 2 +7 5 3–1 6–0
3  Albania 4 0 1 3 0 12 −12 1 0–2 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Hungary East Germany Netherlands Denmark
1  Hungary 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 3–1 2–1 6–0
2  East Germany 6 3 1 2 10 10 0 7 1–0 4–3 3–2
3  Netherlands 6 2 1 3 11 11 0 5 2–2 1–0 2–0
4  Denmark 6 1 1 4 6 16 −10 3 0–2 1–1 3–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Romania Switzerland Cyprus
1  Italy 6 5 1 0 17 3 +14 11 Advance to play-offs 3–1 4–0 5–0
2  Romania 6 3 0 3 18 14 +4 6 0–1 4–2 7–0
3   Switzerland 6 2 1 3 17 13 +4 5 2–2 7–1 5–0
4  Cyprus 6 1 0 5 3 25 −22 2 0–2 1–5 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Belgium Poland Luxembourg
1  France 6 4 1 1 14 6 +8 9 Advance to play-offs 1–1 2–1 3–1
2  Belgium 6 3 1 2 14 9 +5 7 2–1 2–4 3–0
3  Poland 6 3 1 2 13 9 +4 7 1–4 3–1 4–0
4  Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 18 −17 1 0–3 0–5 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 8[edit]

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

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Scotland Wales Northern Ireland
1  England 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9 Advance to play-offs 2–3 5–1 2–0
2  Scotland 6 3 2 1 10 8 +2 8 1–1 3–2 2–1
3  Wales 6 1 2 3 6 12 −6 4 0–3 1–1 2–0
4  Northern Ireland 6 1 1 4 2 8 −6 3 0–2 1–0 0–0
Source: UEFA

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

Goalscorers[edit]

There were 306 goals scored in 98 matches, for an average of 3.12 goals per match.[note 1]

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e The matches/goals tally takes into account fixtures that were subsequently annulled.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel; Tabeira, Martín (7 February 2007). "European Championship 1968". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 26 May 2016.

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