1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960

UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates6 July – 10 July
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-up Yugoslavia
Third place Czechoslovakia
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Flag of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Flag of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Flag of Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Flag of France François Heutte
(2 goals each)
1964

The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in Paris after extra time.

The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

Spain, still under Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship, refused to travel to the Soviet Union, the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War, and withdrew from the tournament, so the final four had three communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and SFR Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France. In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseille, beating them 3–0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5–4, coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralized French 2–0 for third place.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.

Venues

Paris
Parc des Princes
Capacity: 40,000
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Marseille
Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000
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Qualifying

Main article: 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as1 Date of qualification Previous appearances
 Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals winner 29 May 1960 0 (debut)
 France (hosts) Quarter-finals winner 27 March 1960 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Bye 0 (debut)
 Yugoslavia Quarter-finals winner 22 May 1960 0 (debut)
1Soviet Union qualified after Spain refused to travel to the country.

Final tournament

Semi-finals Final
6 July – Marseille
  Czechoslovakia  0  
  Soviet Union  3  
 
10 July – Paris
      Soviet Union (a.e.t.)  2
    Yugoslavia  1
Third place
6 July – Paris 9 July – Marseille
  France  4   Czechoslovakia  2
  Yugoslavia  5     France  0

Semi-finals

6 July 1960
20:00
France  4–5  Yugoslavia Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 26,370
Referee: Gaston Grandain (Belgium)
Vincent Goal 12'
Heutte Goal 43'62'
Wisnieski Goal 53'
Report Galić Goal 11'
Žanetić Goal 55'
Knez Goal 75'
Jerković Goal 78'79'

6 July 1960
21:30
Czechoslovakia  0–3  Soviet Union Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)
Report Ivanov Goal 34'56'
Ponedelnik Goal 66'

Third place play-off

9 July 1960
18:00
Czechoslovakia  2–0  France Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)
Bubník Goal 58'
Pavlovič Goal 88'
Report

Final

Main article: 1960 European Nations' Cup Final
10 July 1960
21:30
Soviet Union  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 17,966
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Metreveli Goal 49'
Ponedelnik Goal 113'
Report Galić Goal 43'

Statistics

Goalscorers

With two goals, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Ponedelnik, Milan Galić, Dražan Jerković, François Heutte are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, there were 17 goals scored by 12 different players in 4 games, for an average of 4.25 goals per game. None of the goals is credited as own goal.

2 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Soviet Union Lev Yashin Flag of Yugoslavia Vladimir Durković Flag of Soviet Union Igor Netto Flag of Soviet Union Slava Metreveli
Flag of Czechoslovakia Ladislav Novák Flag of Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust Flag of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Flag of Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov Flag of Soviet Union Viktor Ponedielnik
Flag of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac
Flag of Yugoslavia Bora Kostić

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