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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)
Runner-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  England
Fourth place  Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played 5
Goals scored (1.4 per match)
Top scorer(s) Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić (2 goals)
1964
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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 endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 June and 10 June 1968.

It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from European Nations Cup to 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.

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.

Contents

Venues

Rome Naples Florence
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 86,500 Capacity: 72,800 Capacity: 47,000
Roma stadio olimpico3.JPG 19870510 sanpaolo.jpg Soccer in Florence, Italy, 2007.jpg

Qualification

1968 UEFA European Football Championship finalists.

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:

Squads

For a list of all the squads that took part in the 1968 tournament, go to UEFA Euro 1968 squads.

Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

  Semifinals 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
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Semi-finals

5 June 1968
18:00
Italy  0 – 0 (a.e.t.)[1]  Soviet Union Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 68,582
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)

5 June 1968
21:15
Yugoslavia  1 – 0  England Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 21,834
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Džajić Goal 87'

Third place play-off

8 June 1968
16:45
England  2 – 0  Soviet Union Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)
Charlton Goal 39'
Hurst Goal 63'

Final

8 June 1968
21:15
Italy  1 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 85,000
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
Domenghini Goal 80' Džajić Goal 39'

Replay

10 June 1968
21:15
Italy  2 – 0  Yugoslavia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 55,000
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Riva Goal 12'
Anastasi Goal 31'
 Euro 1968 Champions 

Italy
First title

Statistics

Top scorers

2 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal

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

Average goals

1.4 goals per game

References

  1. ^ Match decided by toss of coin: USSR captain Albert Shesternyov called incorrectly.

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