1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68

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Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates5 June – 10 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Italy (1st title)
Runner-up Yugoslavia
Third place England
Fourth place Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played5
Goals scored(1.4 per match)
Attendance260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Yugoslavia 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

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Florence
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Rome
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Naples
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Rome Naples
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000
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Florence
Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 52,000
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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)
  Italy (coin toss)  0  
  Soviet Union  0  
 
8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico) (replayed 10 June)
      Italy  2 (1)
    Yugoslavia  0 (1)
Third place
5 June – Florence (Stadio Comunale) 8 June – Rome (Stadio Olimpico)
  Yugoslavia  1   England  2
  England  0     Soviet Union  0

Semi-finals

5 June 1968
18:00
Italy  0–0 (a.e.t.)  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  1–0  England Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 21,834
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Džajić Goal 87' Report

Third place play-off

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

Final

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

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

10 June 1968
21:15
Replay
Italy  2–0  Yugoslavia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 32,866
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)
Riva Goal 12'
Anastasi Goal 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 Yugoslavia Mirsad Fazlagić Flag of Yugoslavia Ivan Osim Flag of England Geoff Hurst
Flag of Italy Giacinto Facchetti Flag of Italy Sandro Mazzola Flag of Italy Luigi Riva
Flag of Soviet Union Albert Shesternyov Flag of Italy Angelo Domenghini Flag of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić
Flag of England Bobby Moore

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