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This page describes the qualifying procedure for the UEFA Euro 2008.

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Seedings

Qualification coefficients were used to rank the teams according to their results in both UEFA Euro 2004 and FIFA World Cup 2006 qualifying stages. Only the group matches, and not any additional playoffs, counted towards the coefficients, also determining which pot a national team was put in. Some points to note:

The draw took place on 27 January 2006 in Montreux, Switzerland.[1]

Pot Team Coefficient rating Pot Team Coefficient rating
1  Greece1 1.950 5  Hungary 1.389
 Netherlands 2.550  Finland 1.300
 Portugal 2.500  Estonia 1.250
 England 2.500  Wales 1.167
 Czech Republic 2.450  Lithuania 1.111
 France 2.444  Albania 1.050
 Sweden 2.278  Iceland 0.944
2  Germany 2.250 6  Georgia 0.850
 Croatia 2.222  Macedonia 0.750
 Italy 2.222  Belarus 0.722
 Turkey 2.100  Armenia 0.700
 Poland 2.056  Northern Ireland 0.667
 Spain 2.056  Cyprus 0.667
 Romania 1.950  Moldova 0.611
3  Serbia 1.889 7  Liechtenstein 0.450
 Russia 1.850  Azerbaijan 0.389
 Denmark 1.850  Andorra 0.250
 Norway 1.778  Malta 0.222
 Bulgaria 1.778  Faroe Islands 0.111
 Ukraine 1.750  Kazakhstan 0.083
 Slovakia 1.650  Luxembourg 0.000
4  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.611  San Marino 0.000
 Republic of Ireland 1.556
 Belgium 1.556
 Latvia 1.550
 Israel 1.500
 Scotland 1.500
 Slovenia 1.444

1 Greece were first seeded, as European champions

 Austria (1.333) and  Switzerland (1.833) were already assured of places at Euro 2008 as host nations.

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams are equal on points on completion of the group matches, the following criteria are applied to determine the rankings.

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  2. Superior goal difference from the group matches played among the teams in question.
  3. Higher number of goals scored in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  4. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the group matches played among the teams in question.
  5. If, after applying criteria 1) to 4) to several teams, two or more teams still have an equal ranking, the criteria 1) to 4) will be reapplied to determine the ranking of these teams. If this procedure does not lead to a decision, criteria 6) and 7) will apply.
  6. Results of all group matches: 1. Superior goal difference 2. Higher number of goals scored 3. Higher number of goals scored away from home 4. Fair play conduct.
  7. Drawing of lots.

Summary

Below is a table containing all seven qualifying groups. Teams that have secured a place in the final tournament are highlighted in green. The order of teams is by final group position.

Group A Group B Group C Group D Group E Group F Group G
 Poland
 Portugal
 Italy
 France
 Greece
 Turkey
 Czech Republic
 Germany
 Croatia
 Russia
 Spain
 Sweden
 Romania
 Netherlands
 Serbia
 Finland
 Belgium
 Kazakhstan
 Armenia
 Azerbaijan
 Scotland
 Ukraine
 Lithuania
 Georgia
 Faroe Islands
 Norway
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Moldova
 Hungary
 Malta
 Republic of Ireland
 Slovakia
 Wales
 Cyprus
 San Marino
 England
 Israel
 Macedonia
 Estonia
 Andorra
 Northern Ireland
 Denmark
 Latvia
 Iceland
 Liechtenstein
 Bulgaria
 Belarus
 Albania
 Slovenia
 Luxembourg

Groups

The qualifying process started in August 2006. Austria and Switzerland were granted places in the tournament finals as host nations.

The qualifying format had been changed compared to the previous tournament. The winners and runners-up from seven groups will automatically qualify for the Championship, with the hosts filling the other two slots in the 16-team tournament. The move means there will no longer be play-offs between teams finishing in second place in the groups. Six of the qualifying groups contain seven teams, and the other, eight.

As the official successor of the previous football association, Serbia inherited the position originally allotted to Serbia and Montenegro in Group A prior to the dissolution of the state union. Montenegro were granted UEFA membership after qualifying had started and thus were not able to participate in this European Championship.

Key:

  • Teams highlighted in green qualified for the finals.
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Group A

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Poland 14 8 4 2 24 12 +12 28
 Portugal 14 7 6 1 24 10 +14 27
 Serbia 14 6 6 2 22 11 +11 24
 Finland 14 6 6 2 13 7 +6 24
 Belgium 14 5 3 6 14 16 −2 18
 Kazakhstan 14 2 4 8 11 21 −10 10
 Armenia 12* 2 3 7 4 13 −9 9
 Azerbaijan 12* 1 2 9 6 28 −22 5
  ARM AZE BEL FIN KAZ POL POR SER
Armenia Canc.* 0–1 0–0 0–1 1–0 1–1 0–0
Azerbaijan Canc.* 0–1 1–0 1–1 1–3 0–2 1–6
Belgium 3–0 3–0 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2 3–2
Finland 1–0 2–1 2–0 2–1 0–0 1–1 0–2
Kazakhstan 1–2 1–1 2–2 0–2 0–1 1–2 2–1
Poland 1–0 5–0 2–0 1–3 3–1 2–1 1–1
Portugal 1–0 3–0 4–0 0–0 3–0 2–2 1–1
Serbia 3–0 1–0 1–0 0–0 1–0 2–2 1–1

(*) Armenia and Azerbaijan played only 12 matches due to UEFA's decision to cancel the two fixtures between these countries, with no points awarded to either team for the cancelled matches.[1]

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Serbia and Finland are ranked by their head-to-head records:
    • Serbia – 4 pts (0–0 H vs Finland, 2–0 A vs Finland)
    • Finland – 1 pt (0–2 H vs Serbia, 0–0 A vs Serbia)

Group B

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 12 9 2 1 22 9 +13 29
 France 12 8 2 2 25 5 +20 26
 Scotland 12 8 0 4 21 12 +9 24
 Ukraine 12 5 2 5 18 16 +2 17
 Lithuania 12 5 1 6 11 13 −2 16
 Georgia 12 3 1 8 16 19 −3 10
 Faroe Islands 12 0 0 12 4 43 −39 0
  FRO FRA GEO ITA LTU SCO UKR
Faroe Islands 0–6 0–6 1–2 0–1 0–2 0–2
France 5–0 1–0 3–1 2–0 0–1 2–0
Georgia 3–1 0–3 1–3 0–2 2–0 1–1
Italy 3–1 0–0 2–0 1–1 2–0 2–0
Lithuania 2–1 0–1 1–0 0–2 1–2 2–0
Scotland 6–0 1–0 2–1 1–2 3–1 3–1
Ukraine 5–0 2–2 3–2 1–2 1–0 2–0

Group C

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Greece 12 10 1 1 25 10 +15 31
 Turkey 12 7 3 2 25 11 +14 24
 Norway 12 7 2 3 27 11 +16 23
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 12 4 1 7 16 22 −6 13
 Moldova 12 3 3 6 12 19 −7 12
 Hungary 12 4 0 8 11 22 −11 12
 Malta 12 1 2 9 10 31 −21 5
  BIH GRE HUN MLT MDA NOR TUR
Bosnia and Herzegovina 0–4 1–3 1–0 0–1 0–2 3–2
Greece 3–2 2–0 5–0 2–1 1–0 1–4
Hungary 1–0 1–2 2–0 2–0 1–4 0–1
Malta 2–5 0–1 2–1 2–3 1–4 2–2
Moldova 2–2 0–1 3–0 1–1 0–1 1–1
Norway 1–2 2–2 4–0 4–0 2–0 1–2
Turkey 1–0 0–1 3–0 2–0 5–0 2–2

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Moldova and Hungary are ranked by their head-to-head records:
    • Moldova – 3 pts, +1 GD (3–0 H vs Hungary, 0–2 A vs Hungary)
    • Hungary – 3 pts, −1 GD (2–0 H vs Moldova, 0–3 A vs Moldova)

Group D

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 12 9 2 1 27 5 +22 29
 Germany 12 8 3 1 35 7 +28 27
 Republic of Ireland 12 4 5 3 17 14 +3 17
 Slovakia 12 5 1 6 33 23 +10 16
 Wales 12 4 3 5 18 19 −1 15
 Cyprus 12 4 2 6 17 24 −7 14
 San Marino 12 0 0 12 2 57 −55 0
  CYP CZE GER IRL SMR SVK WAL
Cyprus 0–2 1–1 5–2 3–0 1–3 3–1
Czech Republic 1–0 1–2 1–0 7–0 3–1 2–1
Germany 4–0 0–3 1–0 6–0 2–1 0–0
Republic of Ireland 1–1 1–1 0–0 5–0 1–0 1–0
San Marino 0–1 0–3 0–13 1–2 0–5 1–2
Slovakia 6–1 0–3 1–4 2–2 7–0 2–5
Wales 3–1 0–0 0–2 2–2 3–0 1–5

Group E

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Croatia 12 9 2 1 28 8 +20 29
 Russia 12 7 3 2 18 7 +11 24
 England 12 7 2 3 24 7 +17 23
 Israel 12 7 2 3 20 12 +8 23
 Macedonia 12 4 2 6 12 12 0 14
 Estonia 12 2 1 9 5 21 −16 7
 Andorra 12 0 0 12 2 42 −40 0
  AND CRO ENG EST MKD ISR RUS
Andorra 0–6 0–3 0–2 0–3 0–2 0–1
Croatia 7–0 2–0 2–0 2–1 1–0 0–0
England 5–0 2–3 3–0 0–0 3–0 3–0
Estonia 2–1 0–1 0–3 0–1 0–1 0–2
FYR Macedonia 3–0 2–0 0–1 1–1 1–2 0–2
Israel 4–1 3–4 0–0 4–0 1–0 2–1
Russia 4–0 0–0 2–1 2–0 3–0 1–1

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • England and Israel are ranked by their head-to-head records:
    • England – 4 pts (3–0 H vs Israel, 0–0 A vs Israel)
    • Israel – 1 pt (0–0 H vs England, 0–3 A vs England)

Group F

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 12 9 1 2 23 8 +15 28
 Sweden 12 8 2 2 23 9 +14 26
 Northern Ireland 12 6 2 4 17 14 +3 20
 Denmark 12 6 2 4 21 11 +10 20
 Latvia 12 4 0 8 15 17 −2 12
 Iceland 12 2 2 8 10 27 −17 8
 Liechtenstein 12 2 1 9 9 32 −23 7
  DEN ISL LVA LIE NIR ESP SWE
Denmark 3–0 3–1 4–0 0–0 1–3 0–3*
Iceland 0–2 2–4 1–1 2–1 1–1 1–2
Latvia 0–2 4–0 4–1 1–0 0–2 0–1
Liechtenstein 0–4 3–0 1–0 1–4 0–2 0–3
Northern Ireland 2–1 0–3 1–0 3–1 3–2 2–1
Spain 2–1 1–0 2–0 4–0 1–0 3–0
Sweden 0–0 5–0 2–1 3–1 1–1 2–0

(*) The abandoned match between Denmark and Sweden was a 3–0 win awarded to Sweden, after a UEFA hearing on 8 June 2007. [2] [3]

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Northern Ireland and Denmark are ranked by their head-to-head records:
    • Northern Ireland – 4 pts (2–1 H vs Denmark, 0–0 A vs Denmark)
    • Denmark – 1 pt (0–0 H vs Northern Ireland, 1–2 A vs Northern Ireland)

Group G

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 12 9 2 1 26 7 +19 29
 Netherlands 12 8 2 2 15 5 +10 26
 Bulgaria 12 7 4 1 18 7 +11 25
 Belarus 12 4 1 7 17 23 −6 13
 Albania 12 2 5 5 12 18 −6 11
 Slovenia 12 3 2 7 9 16 −7 11
 Luxembourg 12 1 0 11 2 23 −21 3
  ALB BLR BUL LUX NED ROU SVN
Albania 2–4 1–1 2–0 0–1 0–2 0–0
Belarus 2–2 0–2 0–1 2–1 1–3 4–2
Bulgaria 0–0 2–1 3–0 1–1 1–0 3–0
Luxembourg 0–3 1–2 0–1 0–1 0–2 0–3
Netherlands 2–1 3–0 2–0 1–0 0–0 2–0
Romania 6–1 3–1 2–2 3–0 1–0 2–0
Slovenia 0–0 1–0 0–2 2–0 0–1 1–2

Notes on the tie-breaking situation:

  • Albania and Slovenia are tied on their head-to-head records, and are thus ranked by their overall goal difference in the group:
    • Albania – 2 pts, 0GD, 0GF, 0 away goals (0–0 H vs Slovenia, 0–0 A vs Slovenia) – Overall GD = −6
    • Slovenia – 2 pts, 0GD, 0GF, 0 away goals (0–0 H vs Albania, 0–0 A vs Albania) – Overall GD = −7

Top goalscorers

Scorer Goals Mins played Nation Club
David Healy 13 1075'  Northern Ireland England Leeds United/Fulham
Eduardo 10 1061'  Croatia England Arsenal
Euzebiusz Smolarek 9 824'  Poland Spain Racing Santander
Lukas Podolski 8 660'  Germany Germany Bayern Munich
Jon Dahl Tomasson 8 989'  Denmark Spain Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo 8 1153'  Portugal England Manchester United
Steffen Iversen 7 669'  Norway Norway Rosenborg
Mladen Petrić 7 677'  Croatia Germany Borussia Dortmund
Nikola Žigić 7 867'  Serbia Spain Valencia
David Villa 7 896'  Spain Spain Valencia

Source: UEFA

Qualified nations

Host nations Qualifiers
  1.  Austria
  2.  Switzerland
  1.  Germany
  2.  Greece
  3.  Czech Republic
  4.  Romania
  5.  Italy
  1.  France
  2.  Croatia
  3.  Poland
  4.  Netherlands
  5.  Spain
  1.  Sweden
  2.  Turkey
  3.  Portugal
  4.  Russia

Trivia

  • Germany's 13-0 away victory against San Marino became the biggest win in UEFA European Championship qualifying history, beating the previous record of Spain's 12-1 win against Malta in 1983.[2]
  • Gary Caldwell scored the winner, as Scotland inflicted a first defeat upon France in competitive qualifiers, with a 1-0 win against Les Bleus being the first team to do so since Russia won 3-2 in Paris in the Euro 2000 qualifiers.[3]
  • Luxembourg ended their 12 year wait for a victory, with a 1-0 victory in Belarus, Fons Leweck scoring in the 5th minute of injury time.[4]
  • Poland got through the qualifying round for the first time in its history.[5]
  • David Healy became the record goalscorer in a single UEFA European Championship qualifying campaign when he scored his 13th goal for Northern Ireland (in 11 games) against Denmark on 17 November 2007, overtaking the previous best of 12 goals in 10 games by Croatia's Davor Šuker. Despite this feat, which saw his countrymen defeat three teams ranked in the World's top ten at the time, Spain, Denmark and Sweden, Northern Ireland crucially lost both fixtures against an Iceland side who failed to win any of their other twelve fixtures in the group and missed out on qualification in third place.[6]
  • England was the only seeded team not to qualify, whereas Russia was the only unseeded one to qualify.
  • In the match between England and Croatia at Wembley, Tony Henry made a comical error whilst singing the national anthem of Croatia. He meant to sing "Mila kuda si planina" which roughly tanslates into English as "You know my dear how we love your mountains." He incorrectly sang "Mila kura si planina" which can be interpreted as "My dear, my penis is a mountain."[7]
  • Germany were the qualifiers' biggest goalscorers with 35 goals. Slovakia finished 2nd with 33, despite missing out on qualification.
  • The team with the highest FIFA ranking[8] to fail to qualify was England, ranked #9. The lowest ranked team (other than the hosts) which did qualify for the tournament was Sweden, ranked #30.
  • Euro 2008 marked the first time since the 1994 FIFA World Cup that none of the home nations had qualified for a major tournament & the first time since Euro 84 that no teams from the Isles (England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland) had qualified for a major tournament.

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