UEFA Euro 1968
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UEFA Euro 1968

1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68
UEFA Euro 1968 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates5-10 June
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place England
Fourth place Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played5
Goals scored7 (1.4 per match)
Attendance260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan D?aji?

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".[1]

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.[2]


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.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Italy (host) Quarter-final winner 20 April 1968 0 (debut)
 Yugoslavia Quarter-final winner 24 April 1968 1 (1960)
 England Quarter-final winner 8 May 1968 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 11 May 1968 2 (1960, 1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


Rome Naples Florence
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000 Capacity: 52,000
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG Stadio San Paolo Serie A.jpg Soccer in Florence, Italy, 2007.jpg


Match officials

Final tournament

1968 UEFA European Football Championship 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, CEST (UTC+2).


5 June - Naples
 Italy (coin toss)0
8 June / 10 June - Rome
 Soviet Union0
 Italy (replay)1 / 2
5 June - Florence
 Yugoslavia1 / 0
Third place play-off
8 June - Rome
 Soviet Union0


Third place play-off

Attendance: 68,817




There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]


  1. ^ Brewin, John; Williamson, Martin (29 April 2012). "Euro 2012: European Nations Cup 1968". ESPN FC. ESPN. Archived from the original on 8 October 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ Sheringham, Sam (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1968: Alan Mullery's moment of madness". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012.
  3. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL". UEFA euro2000.org. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  4. ^ "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL Replay". UEFA euro2000.org. Archived from the original on 29 August 2000. Retrieved 2012.
  5. ^ "1968 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2011. Retrieved 2020.

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