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1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68
UEFA Euro 1968 logo.png
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Italy.gif Italy
Dates5 June – 10 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Italy.gif Italy (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
Third placeEngland.png England
Fourth placeFlag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played5
Goals scored(1.4 per match)
Attendance260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Dragan Džajić (2 goals)
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The 1968 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the third European Football Championship, an event held every four years and organised by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 5 and 10 June 1968.

It was in this year that the tournament changed its name from the European Nations' Cup to the European Championship.

There were also some changes in the tournament's qualifying structure, with the two-legged home-and-away knock-out stage being replaced by a group phase.

Only four countries played in the final tournament. There were semi-finals, the final and a third place match.

The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify along with all the others for the final stage.

Venues

Flag map of Italy

Florence
Soccer ball
Rome
Soccer ball
Naples
Soccer ball
Rome Naples
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000
Stadio Olimpico 2008 19870510 sanpaolo
Florence
Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 52,000
Soccer in Florence, Italy, 2007

Qualification

Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying

The qualification competition was played in two stages: a group stage (taking place from 1966 until 1968) and the quarter-finals (played in 1968). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each with the exception of group 4, which only had three. 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 (see also: UEFA Euro 1968 squads):

Final tournament

All time are CEST/UTC+2

Semi-finals Final
5 June – Naples (Stadio San Paolo)
 Flag of Italy.gif Italy (coin toss)  0  
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  0  
 
8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico) (replayed 10 June)
     Flag of Italy.gif Italy  2 (1)
   Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  0 (1)
Third place
5 June – Florence (Stadio Comunale) 8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  1  England.png England  2
 England.png England  0    Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  0

Semi-finals

5 June 1968
18:00
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 0–0 (a.e.t.) Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 68,582
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)
Report

Match decided by toss of coin: Italy captain Giacinto Facchetti called correctly.


5 June 1968
21:15
Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png 1–0 England.png England Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 21,834
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Džajić Soccerball 87' Report

Third place play-off

8 June 1968
18:45
England England.png 2–0 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)
Charlton Soccerball 39'
Hurst Soccerball 63'
Report

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 Final
8 June 1968
21:15
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 1–1 (a.e.t.) Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
Domenghini Soccerball 80' Report Džajić Soccerball 32'

As the match ended in a draw, a replay was played to determine the winner.

10 June 1968
21:15
Replay
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 2–0 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 32,866
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Riva Soccerball 12'
Anastasi Soccerball 31'
Report

Statistics

Top scorers

With two goals, Dragan Džajić is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 7 goals were scored by 6 different players in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per game. None of the goals is credited as own goal.

2 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal

12 minutes: Luigi Riva (Italy vs Yugoslavia, Replay)

Average goals

1.4 goals per game

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Italy Dino Zoff Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Mirsad Fazlagić Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Ivan Osim England Geoff Hurst
Flag of Italy Giacinto Facchetti Flag of Italy Sandro Mazzola Flag of Italy Luigi Riva
Flag of the Soviet Union Albert Shesternyov Flag of Italy Angelo Domenghini Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Dragan Džajić
England Bobby Moore

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