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 Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets.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 in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.
|1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup|
|Eurocopa España 1964|
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (1st title)|
|Goals scored||13 (3.25 per match)|
|Attendance||156,253 (39,063 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| Ferenc Bene|
Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament[A]|
|Denmark||Second round winner||18 December 1963||0 (debut)|
|Spain (host)||Second round winner||8 April 1964||0 (debut)|
|Hungary||Second round winner||23 May 1964||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Second round winner||27 May 1964||1 (1960)|
|Santiago Bernabéu||Camp Nou|
|Capacity: 110,000||Capacity: 93,053|
|Belgium||Arthur Blavier||Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary|
|England||Arthur Holland||Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union|
|Italy||Concetto Lo Bello||Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union|
|Switzerland||Daniel Mellet||Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark|
All times are local, CET (UTC+1).
|17 June – Madrid|
|17 June – Madrid|
|17 June – Barcelona|
|Third place play-off|
|17 June – Barcelona|
There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.
|Lev Yashin|| Dezső Novák
| Valentin Ivanov
| Flórián Albert|
Jesús María Pereda
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