1960 UEFA European Football Championship
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1960 UEFA European Football Championship

1960 UEFA 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
Teams4
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)
1964

The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed 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 Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship at the time, refused to travel to the Soviet Union (the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War) for the first leg. 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.[1]

Qualification

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on
 France (host) Second round winner 27 March 1960
 Yugoslavia Second round winner 22 May 1960
 Czechoslovakia Second round winner 29 May 1960
 Soviet Union Second round winner[A] 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.

Venues

Squads

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).

Bracket

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
6 July - Marseille
 
 
 Czechoslovakia0
 
10 July - Paris
 
 Soviet Union3
 
 Soviet Union (a.e.t.)2
 
6 July - Paris
 
 Yugoslavia1
 
 France4
 
 
 Yugoslavia5
 
Third place play-off
 
 
9 July - Marseille
 
 
 Czechoslovakia2
 
 
 France0

Semi-finals

France 4-5 Yugoslavia
Report
Attendance: 26,370

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

Third place play-off

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

Final

Attendance: 17,966[2]

Statistics

Goalscorers

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

2 goals

1 goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament[3]

References

  1. ^ Rostance, Tom (21 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1960: Lev Yashin leads Soviets to glory in France". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Soviet Union 2-1 Yugoslavia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2012.

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