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1968 European Football Championship

1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates 5 June – 10 June
Teams 4
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (1st title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  England
Fourth place  Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played 5
Goals scored(1.4 per match)
Attendance 260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s) Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić (2 goals)

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 European Nations' Cup to 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.

At the time, only four countries could play the final tournament which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third place match.

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]


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Rome Naples
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo
Capacity: 86,500 Capacity: 72,800
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Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 47,000


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.

The following teams participated in the final tournament (see also: UEFA Euro 1968 squads):

Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

Semi-finals Final
5 June – Naples (Stadio San Paolo)
  Soviet Union  0  
  Italy (coin toss)  0  
8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico) (replayed 10 June)
      Italy  2 (1)
    Yugoslavia  0 (1)
Third place
5 June – Florence (Stadio Comunale) 8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
  England  0   England  2
  Yugoslavia  1     Soviet Union  0


5 June 1968
Italy  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)[3]  Soviet Union
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 68,582
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)

5 June 1968
Yugoslavia  1 – 0  England
Džajić Goal 87'
Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 21,834
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)

Third place play-off

8 June 1968
England  2 – 0  Soviet Union
Charlton Goal 39'
Hurst Goal 63'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)


Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 Final
8 June 1968
Italy  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Domenghini Goal 80' Džajić Goal 32'


10 June 1968
Italy  2 – 0  Yugoslavia
Riva Goal 12'
Anastasi Goal 31'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 32,866[5]
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)


Top scorers

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

2 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal

12 minutes: Luigi Riva (Italy vs Yugoslavia, Replay)

Average goals

1.4 goals per game


UEFA Team of the Tournament[6]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Italy Dino Zoff Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Mirsad Fazlagić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Osim England Geoff Hurst
Italy Giacinto Facchetti Italy Sandro Mazzola Italy Luigi Riva
Soviet Union Albert Shesternyov Italy Angelo Domenghini Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić
England Bobby Moore


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