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1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960
UEFA Euro 1960 logo.png
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Tournament details
Host countryFlag of France.png France
Dates6 July – 10 July
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
Third placeFlag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia
Fourth placeFlag of France.png France
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of the Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Milan Galić
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Dražan Jerković
Flag of the 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
Paris-Parc-des-Princes
Marseille
Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000
Vue du virage Depé

Qualifying

Main article: 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as1Date of qualification Previous appearances
Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals winner 29 May 1960 0 (debut)
Flag of France.png France (hosts) Quarter-finals winner 27 March 1960 0 (debut)
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Bye 0 (debut)
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png 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
 Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia  0  
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  3  
 
10 July – Paris
     Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union (a.e.t.)  2
   Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  1
Third place
6 July – Paris 9 July – Marseille
 Flag of France.png France  4  Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia  2
 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  5    Flag of France.png France  0

Semi-finals

6 July 1960
20:00
France Flag of France.png 4–5 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 26,370
Referee: Gaston Grandain (Belgium)
Vincent Soccerball 12'
Heutte Soccerball 43'62'
Wisnieski Soccerball 53'
Report Galić Soccerball 11'
Žanetić Soccerball 55'
Knez Soccerball 75'
Jerković Soccerball 78'79'

6 July 1960
21:30
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czech.jpg 0–3 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)
Report Ivanov Soccerball 34'56'
Ponedelnik Soccerball 66'

Third place play-off

9 July 1960
18:00
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czech.jpg 2–0 Flag of France.png France Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)
Bubník Soccerball 58'
Pavlovič Soccerball 88'
Report

Final

Main article: 1960 European Nations' Cup Final
10 July 1960
21:30
Soviet Union Flag of the Soviet Union.png 2 – 1 (a.e.t.) Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 17,966
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)
Metreveli Soccerball 49'
Ponedelnik Soccerball 113'
Report Galić Soccerball 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 the Soviet Union Lev Yashin Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Vladimir Durković Flag of the Soviet Union Igor Netto Flag of the Soviet Union Slava Metreveli
Flag of Czech Ladislav Novák Flag of Czech Josef Masopust Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Milan Galić
Flag of the Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov Flag of the Soviet Union Viktor Ponedielnik
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Dragoslav Šekularac
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Bora Kostić

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