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|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Fourth place||Soviet Union|
|Goals scored||7 (1.4 per match)|
|Attendance||260,916 (52,183 per match)|
|Top scorer(s)||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".
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.
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.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament[A]|
|Italy (host)||Play-off winner||20 April 1968||0 (debut)|
|Yugoslavia||Play-off winner||24 April 1968||1 (1960)|
|England||Play-off winner||8 May 1968||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Play-off winner||11 May 1968||2 (1960, 1964)|
|Stadio Olimpico||Stadio San Paolo||Stadio Comunale|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 82,000||Capacity: 52,000|
|Spain||José María Ortiz de Mendíbil|
|West Germany||Kurt Tschenscher|
|5 June - Naples|
|Italy (coin toss)||0|
|8 June / 10 June - Rome|
|Italy (replay)||1 / 2|
|5 June - Florence|
|Yugoslavia||1 / 0|
|Third place play-off|
|8 June - Rome|
There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.
|Dino Zoff|| Bobby Moore
| Angelo Domenghini
| Geoff Hurst|