The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968.
It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the European Nations' Cup to the European Championship.
There were also some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase.
Only four countries played in the final tournament, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final.
The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage.
|1968 UEFA European Football Championship|
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Italy (1st title)|
|Fourth place||Soviet Union|
|Goals scored||7 (1.4 per match)|
|Attendance||260,916 (52,183 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||Dragan Džajić (2 goals)|
The qualification competition was played in two stages: a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, and defeats 0 points. Only group winners could qualify for 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.
|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)|
|Stadio Olimpico||Stadio San Paolo||Stadio Comunale|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 82,000||Capacity: 52,000|
|Spain||José María Ortiz de Mendíbil|
|West Germany||Kurt Tschenscher|
All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).
|5 June – Naples|
|Italy (coin toss)||0|
|8 June / 10 June – Rome|
|Italy (replay)||1 / 2|
|5 June – Florence|
|Yugoslavia||1 / 0|
|Third place play-off|
|8 June – Rome|
Italy won on coin toss
There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.
|Dino Zoff|| Bobby Moore
| Angelo Domenghini
| Geoff Hurst|
The 1966–67 British Home Championship has remained famous in the memories of British Home Nations football fans ever since the dramatic climatic match at Wembley Stadium, where an unfancied Scottish team beat England on the same turf they had won the 1966 FIFA World Cup a year before. England had comfortably disposed of Wales and Ireland in the earlier matches, whilst Scotland had struggled, drawing with Wales and only just beating the Irish. In the final match however, the Scots outplayed their illustrious opponents who were effectively reduced to 10 men with Jack Charlton hobbling and no substitutes allowed claiming a 3–2 victory, thus resulting in some over-enthusiastic Scottish supporters claiming to be "world champions with many of them invading the pitch, digging up much of the turf and stealing the goal woodwork after the game. In contrast to later pitch invasions, this was non-violent and resulted in no significant police action. The "World Champions" idea has since taken more tangible form in the Unofficial Football World Championships.
The contest was also important as it formed the first half of the qualifying stages for the 1968 UEFA European Football Championship, a competition England would eventually qualify for in the following 1967–68 British Home Championship and reach the semi-finals, ultimately securing third position overall.1967–68 British Home Championship
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UEFA Euro 1968
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