1960 European Nations' Cup
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1960 European Nations' Cup

1960 European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960
UEFA Euro 1960 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates6-10 July
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place Czechoslovakia
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s)France François Heutte
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Gali?
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dra?an Jerkovi?
(2 goals each)

The 1960 European Nations' Cup was the first edition of the UEFA European Championship, held every four years and organised by UEFA. The first tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2-1 in Paris after extra time.

The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would then move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

In the quarter-finals, Spain, who were under Francoist rule, refused to travel to the Soviet Union for political reasons. Proposals to play the tie in a one-legged format at a neutral venue were rejected by the Soviets.[1] Spain were disqualified and, accordingly, three of the final four teams were from communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and SFR Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France.

In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseille, beating them 3-0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5-4 after coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralised French 2-0 for third place.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalised in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1-1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.[2]


Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on
 France (host) Quarter-finals winner 27 March 1960
 Yugoslavia Quarter-finals winner 22 May 1960
 Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner[A] 28 May 1960
 Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals winner 29 May 1960
  1. ^ The Soviet Union advanced to the main tournament as Spain were disqualified after they refused to travel to the Soviet Union for the first leg of their quarter-final.[3]


Paris Marseille
Parc des Princes Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000
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Match officials

Final tournament

1960 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).


6 July - Marseille
10 July - Paris
 Soviet Union3
 Soviet Union (a.e.t.)2
6 July - Paris
Third place play-off
9 July - Marseille


France 4-5 Yugoslavia
Attendance: 26,370

Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

Third place play-off

Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)


Attendance: 17,966[4]



There were 17 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]


  1. ^ https://www.championat.com/football/article-4078277-pobeda-sbornoj-sssr-na-chempionate-evropy-1960-hronologija-foto-video.html
  2. ^ Rostance, Tom (21 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1960: Lev Yashin leads Soviets to glory in France". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "European Cup Committee - Meeting of May 28th, 1960, Francfort". Bulletin officiel de l'UEFA. No. 15. Union of European Football Associations. November 1960. In connection with the withdrawal of Spain (v. USSR) the Committee decided to apply Article 7 of the Regulations, namely, to qualify Russia for the Final Tournament.
  4. ^ "Soviet Union 2-1 Yugoslavia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2020.

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