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1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Spain.png Spain
Dates17 June – 21 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain.png Spain (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
Third placeFlag of Hungary.png Hungary
Fourth placeFlag of Denmark.gif Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Spain Jesús María Pereda
Flag of Hungary Ferenc Bene
Flag of Hungary Dezső Novák
(2 goals each)
1960
1968

The 1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the second European Football Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2–1 over defending champions Soviet Union.

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria, and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. The teams played 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.

Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.

In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated the Danes 3–0 in Barcelona and Spain beat Hungary 2–1 in extra time in Madrid, the winning goal being scored by Amancio. Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.

Venues

Madrid
Santiago Bernabéu
Capacity: 110,000
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 05
Barcelona
Camp Nou
Capacity: 93,053
Camp Nou FC Barcelona

Qualifying

Main article: 1964 European Nations' Cup qualifying

Qualified teams

Country Qualified as Date of qualification Previous appearances1
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Quarter-finals winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Quarter-finals winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
Flag of Spain.png Spain (hosts) Quarter-finals winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Match officials

Country Referee Matches refereed
Belgium Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
England England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Flag of Italy Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Finals tournament

Semi-finals Final
17 June – Madrid
 Flag of Spain.png Spain (aet)  2  
 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary  1  
 
21 June – Madrid
     Flag of Spain.png Spain  2
   Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  1
Third place
17 June – Barcelona 20 June – Barcelona
 Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark  0  Flag of Hungary.png Hungary (aet)  3
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  3    Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark  1

Semi-finals

17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)
20:00
Spain Flag of Spain.png 2–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Hungary.png Hungary Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 34,713
Referee: Arthur Blavier (Belgium)
Pereda Soccerball 35'
Amancio Soccerball 112'
Report Bene Soccerball 84'

17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)
22:30
Denmark Flag of Denmark.gif 0–3 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 38,556
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)
Report Voronin Soccerball 19'
Ponedelnik Soccerball 40'
Ivanov Soccerball 87'

Third place play-off

20 June 1964 (1964-06-20)
20:00
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 3–1
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Denmark.gif Denmark Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 3,869
Referee: Daniel Mellet (Switzerland)
Bene Soccerball 11'
Novák Soccerball 107' (pen.)110'
Report Bertelsen Soccerball 82'

Final

Main article: 1964 European Nations' Cup Final
21 June 1964 (1964-06-21)
18:30
Spain Flag of Spain.png 2–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Santiago Bernabéu Stadium, Madrid
Attendance: 79,115
Referee: Arthur Holland (England)
Pereda Soccerball 6'
Marcelino Soccerball 84'
Report Khusainov Soccerball 8'

Statistics

Goalscorers

With two goals, Ferenc Bene, Dezső Novák, Jesús María Pereda are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 13 goals were scored by 10 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.

2 goals
1 goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of the Soviet Union Lev Yashin Flag of Spain Feliciano Rivilla Flag of Spain Amancio Amaro Flag of Hungary Ferenc Bene
Flag of Hungary Dezső Novák Flag of the Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov Flag of Spain Jesús María Pereda
Flag of Spain Ignacio Zoco Flag of Spain Luis Suárez Flag of Hungary Flórián Albert
Flag of Spain Fernando Olivella
Golden Boot

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