|UEFA Championnat Européen du Football|
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Goals scored||17 (4.25 per match)|
|Attendance||78,958 (19,740 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)|| François Heutte|
(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. 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.
|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|
|6 July - Marseille|
|10 July - Paris|
|Soviet Union (a.e.t.)||2|
|6 July - Paris|
|Third place play-off|
|9 July - Marseille|
There were 17 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.25 goals per match.
|Lev Yashin|| Ladislav Novák
| Josef Masopust
| Slava Metreveli|
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.