1964 European Nations' Cup
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1964 European Nations' Cup

1964 European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates17-21 June
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain
Runners-up Soviet Union
Third place Hungary
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s)Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Dezs? Novák
Spain Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)

The 1964 European Nations' Cup was the second edition of the UEFA European Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2-1 over the defending champions, the Soviet Union.[1]

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn against Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes to the quarter-finals. 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 been disqualified for refusing to travel to Moscow in 1960 to play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion, General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 people, including Franco himself, at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2-1 after a late goal from Marcelino.[2]


Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Denmark Quarter-final winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Spain (host) Quarter-final winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-final winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


Madrid Barcelona
Santiago Bernabéu Camp Nou
Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 93,053
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 05.jpg Camp Nou FC Barcelona.JPG


Match officials

Final tournament

1964 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).


17 June - Madrid
 Spain (a.e.t.)2
21 June - Madrid
17 June - Barcelona
 Soviet Union1
 Soviet Union3
Third place play-off
20 June - Barcelona
 Hungary (a.e.t.)3


Attendance: 34,713

Attendance: 38,556

Third place play-off

Hungary 3-1 (a.e.t.) Denmark
Attendance: 3,869


Attendance: 79,115[3]



There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[4]


  1. ^ "Spain's Marcelino stoops to conquer Europe". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "Spain 2-1 USSR". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2017.
  4. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2020.

External links

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