1976 UEFA European Football Championship

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Tournament details
Host country Yugoslavia
Dates16 June – 20 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runner-up West Germany
Third place Netherlands
Fourth place Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored19 (4.75 per match)
Attendance106,087 (26,522 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Germany Dieter Müller (4 goals)
1972
1980

The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 16 and 20 June 1976.

At the time, only four countries could play the final tournament which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third place match. This was the last tournament to have this format, as the tournament was expanded to include eight teams four years later.

It was the first and only time that all four matches in the final tournament were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored.

This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage.

Czech player Antonin Panenka gained fame for his delicately chipped penalty that gave his country victory in the tournament's final against holders West Germany.

Venues

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Zagreb
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Belgrade
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Belgrade
Crvena Zvezda Stadium
Capacity: 90,000
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Zagreb
Maksimir Stadium
Capacity: 55,000
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Qualifying round

Main article: UEFA Euro 1976 qualifying

The qualifying round was played throughout 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth two points, draws one point, and defeats no 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. This was the first time the Soviet Union did not qualify for the finals tournament.

The following teams participated in the final tournament:

For a list of squads, see UEFA Euro 1976 squads..

Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

Semi-finals Final
16 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Czechoslovakia (a.e.t.)  3  
  Netherlands  1  
 
20 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)
      Czechoslovakia (pen.)  2 (5)
    West Germany  2 (3)
Third place
17 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium) 19 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Yugoslavia  2   Netherlands (a.e.t.)  3
  West Germany (a.e.t.)  4     Yugoslavia  2

Semi-finals

16 June 1976
20:15
Czechoslovakia  3 – 1
(a.e.t.)
 Netherlands Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 17,969
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)
Ondruš Goal 19'
Nehoda Goal 114'
Veselý Goal 118'
Report Ondruš Goal 77' (o.g.)

17 June 1976
20:15
Yugoslavia  2 – 4
(a.e.t.)
 West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 50,562
Referee: Alfred Delcourt (Belgium)
Popivoda Goal 19'
Džajić Goal 30'
Report Flohe Goal 64'
D. Müller Goal 82'115'119'

Third place play-off

19 June 1976
20:15
Netherlands  3 – 2
(a.e.t.)
 Yugoslavia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,766
Referee: Walter Hungerbühler (Switzerland)
Geels Goal 27'107'
Van de Kerkhof Goal 39'
Report Katalinski Goal 43'
Džajić Goal 82'

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 1976 Final
20 June 1976
20:15
Czechoslovakia  2 – 2
(a.e.t.)
 West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 30,790
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Švehlík Goal 8'
Dobiaš Goal 25'
Report D. Müller Goal 28'
Hölzenbein Goal 89'
  Penalties  
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Panenka Soccerball shad check.png
5 – 3 Soccerball shad check.png Bonhof
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Soccerball shad check.png Bongartz
Missed Hoeneß

Statistics

  • Fastest goal: 8 minutesJán Švehlík (Czechoslovakia vs West Germany)

Top scorers

With four goals, Dieter Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 19 goals were scored by 13 different players in 4 games for an average of 4.75 goals per game. One of the goals is credited as own goal.

4 goals
2 goals
1 goal

Own goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Czechoslovakia Ivo Viktor Flag of Czechoslovakia Ján Pivarník Flag of West Germany Rainer Bonhof Flag of Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Nehoda
Flag of Netherlands Ruud Krol Flag of Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Pollák Flag of West Germany Dieter Müller
Flag of Czechoslovakia Anton Ondruš Flag of Czechoslovakia Antonín Panenka
Flag of West Germany Franz Beckenbauer Flag of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić

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