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UEFA Euro 1980

1980 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia 1980
Campionato Europeo di Calcio 1980 (in Italian)
UEFA Euro 1980 official logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1980 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates11-22 June
Teams8
Venue(s)4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions West Germany
Runners-up Belgium
Third place Czechoslovakia
Fourth place Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored27 (1.93 per match)
Attendance345,463 (24,676 per match)
Top scorer(s)West Germany Klaus Allofs
1976
1984

The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the sixth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and endorsed by UEFA.[1] It was the first edition to feature eight teams, taking place between 11 and 22 June 1980. West Germany won the final 2-1 for their second title. This was the last European Championship with a third place play-off.

Bid process

This was the first European Championship in which eight teams, rather than four, contested the final tournament.[2][3] On 17 October 1977 UEFA announced that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany had expressed interest in hosting this event.[4] On 19 October UEFA's Organizing Committee decided to assign the hosting to England or Italy (expressing its favour to the latter, the former having already hosted the FIFA World Cup just 11 years earlier), and on 12 November the Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee announced that Italy had been chosen unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final tournament, and the draw for the qualifying round took place in Rome on 30 November 1977. Also for the first time, the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified automatically for the finals.

Overview

Alternate tournament logo

Because of the expanded format, the final tournament went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were created; each team would play all others within their group. The winners of the groups would go straight to the final (there were no semi-finals), while the runners-up disputed the third place play-off.

The tournament generally failed to draw much enthusiasm from spectators and TV viewers. Attendance was generally poor except for matches involving the Italian team. The defensive style of play of many teams led to a succession of dull matches. Hooliganism, already a rising problem in the 1970s, made headlines again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police had to use tear gas, causing the match to be held up for five minutes in the first half.[5] The only bright spots were the emergence of a new generation of talented German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the inspirational performance of Belgium (around rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh) who reached the final, only losing to West Germany (2-1) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.[6]

Qualification

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Italy Host 12 November 1977 1 (1968)
 Greece Group 6 winner 31 October 1979 0 (debut)
 England Group 1 winner 21 November 1979 1 (1968)
 Netherlands Group 4 winner 21 November 1979 1 (1976)
 Czechoslovakia Group 5 winner 24 November 1979 2 (1960, 1976)
 Spain Group 3 winner 9 December 1979 1 (1964)
 Belgium Group 2 winner 19 December 1979 1 (1972)
 West Germany Group 7 winner 22 December 1979 2 (1972, 1976)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Venues

Rome Milan
Stadio Olimpico San Siro
Capacity: 66,341 Capacity: 83,141
Stadio Olimpico 2008.JPG Camerapics file 2 the rugby game.jpg
Naples Turin
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 81,101 Capacity: 71,180
Stadio San Paolo.jpg Stadio Olimpico Torino Italy.jpg

Squads

Each national team had to submit a squad of 22 players.

Match officials

Group stage

UEFA Euro 1980 Finalists and their result

The teams finishing in the top position in each of the two groups progress to the finals, while the second placed teams advanced to the third place play-off, and bottom two teams were eliminated from the tournament.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  West Germany 3 2 1 0 4 2 +2 5 Advance to final
2  Czechoslovakia 3 1 1 1 4 3 +1 3 Advance to third place play-off
3  Netherlands 3 1 1 1 4 4 0 3
4  Greece 3 0 1 2 1 4 −3 1
Source: UEFA
Attendance: 10,500
Attendance: 14,990

Attendance: 29,889
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
Attendance: 7,614

Attendance: 11,889
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)
Attendance: 13,901

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Belgium 3 1 2 0 3 2 +1 4 Advance to final
2  Italy (H) 3 1 2 0 1 0 +1 4 Advance to third place play-off
3  England 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 3
4  Spain 3 0 1 2 2 4 −2 1
Source: UEFA
(H) Host.
Attendance: 15,186
Attendance: 46,337

Attendance: 11,430
Attendance: 59,649

Attendance: 14,440
Attendance: 42,318

Knockout stage

In the final, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary. However, the third place play-off would go straight to a penalty shoot-out if the scores were level after 90 minutes.

All times are local, CEST (UTC+2).

Bracket

 
Final
 
  
 
22 June - Rome
 
 
 Belgium1
 
 
 West Germany2
 
 
 
 
 
Third place play-off
 
 
21 June - Naples
 
 
 Czechoslovakia (p)1 (9)
 
 
 Italy1 (8)
 

Third place play-off

Final

Attendance: 47,860[7]

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 27 goals scored in 14 matches, for an average of 1.93 goals per match.

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament[8]

References

  1. ^ "BBC SPORT | Football | Euro 2004 | History | Italy 1980". BBC News. 17 May 2004. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "1980 at a glance". uefa.com. 1 July 2011. Retrieved 2016.
  3. ^ Barreca, Vincenzo (December 1999). "La storia degli Europei - 1980 Germania Ovest" [The history of Euro Cup - 1980]. Calcio 2000 (in Italian). Action Group S.r.l. pp. 50-57.
  4. ^ Dietrich Schulze-Marmeling: Die Geschichte der Fußball-Europameisterschaft, Verlag Die Werkstatt,ISBN 978-3-89533-553-2
  5. ^ Daniel Ruiz (14 June 2016). "Squad rotation, tear gas and a bucketload of medals: How England flopped at Euro 80". FourFourTwo.com. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ Higginson, Marc (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1980: How Belgium defied the odds to reach final". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012.
  7. ^ "European Football Championship 1980 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 2017.
  8. ^ "1980 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 2015.

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