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1976 UEFA European Football Championship
Evropsko prvenstvo u fudbalu 1976.
Европско првенство у фудбалу 1976.

UEFA Euro 1976 official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Yugoslavia
Dates 16 June – 20 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runner-up  West Germany
Third place  Netherlands
Fourth place  Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 19 (4.75 per match)
Top scorer(s) Germany Dieter Müller (4 goals)

The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 16 June and 20 June 1976.

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. This was the last tournament to have this format, as the tournament was expanded to include eight teams four years later.

It was the first and only time that all four matches in the final tournament were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored.

This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage.



Belgrade Zagreb
Crvena Zvezda Stadium Maksimir Stadium
Capacity: 54,000 Capacity: 45,000
Fk Red Star stadium.jpg Maksimirski stadion Zagreb.jpg


For a list of all squads that played in the final tournament, see UEFA Euro 1976 squads.

Qualifying Round

1976 UEFA European Football Championship finalists.

The qualifying round was played throughout 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. 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:

Final tournament

All Time are CET/UTC+1

  Semifinals Final
16 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Netherlands  1  
  Czechoslovakia (a.e.t.)  3  
20 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)
      Czechoslovakia (pen.)  2 (5)
    West Germany  2 (3)
Third place
17 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium) 19 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Yugoslavia  2   Netherlands (a.e.t.)  3
  West Germany (a.e.t.)  4     Yugoslavia  2


16 June 1976
Czechoslovakia  3 – 1
 Netherlands Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 17,969
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)
Ondruš Goal 19'
Nehoda Goal 114'
Veselý Goal 118'
Report Ondruš Goal 77' (o.g.)

17 June 1976
Yugoslavia  2 – 4
 West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 50,562
Referee: Alfred Delcourt (Belgium)
Popivoda Goal 19'
Džajić Goal 30'
Report Flohe Goal 64'
D. Müller Goal 82' Goal 115' Goal 119'

Third place play-off

19 June 1976
Netherlands  3 – 2
 Yugoslavia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,766
Referee: Walter Hungerbühler (Switzerland)
Geels Goal 27' Goal 107'
van de Kerkhof Goal 39'
Report Katalinski Goal 43'
Džajić Goal 82'


20 June 1976
Czechoslovakia  2 – 2
 West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 30,790
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Švehlík Goal 8'
Dobiaš Goal 25'
Report D. Müller Goal 28'
Hölzenbein Goal 89'
Masný Scored
Nehoda Scored
Ondruš Scored
Jurkemik Scored
Panenka Scored
5 – 3 Scored Bonhof
Scored Flohe
Scored Bongartz
Missed (over the bar) Hoeneß
 Euro 1976 Champions 

First title


Top scorers

4 goals

2 goals

Fastest goal

8 minutes: Ján Švehlík (Czechoslovakia vs West Germany)

Average goals

4.25 goals per game


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