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1976 UEFA European Football Championship
UEFA Euro 1976 logo.png
UEFA Euro 1976 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
Dates16 June – 20 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of Germany.svg West Germany
Third placeNetherlands.png Netherlands
Fourth placeFlag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored19 (4.75 per match)
Attendance106,087 (26,522 per match)
Top scorer(s)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

Flag-map of Yugoslavia

Zagreb
Soccer ball
Belgrade
Soccer ball
Belgrade
Crvena Zvezda Stadium
Capacity: 90,000
Fk Red Star stadium
Zagreb
Maksimir Stadium
Capacity: 55,000
Maksimirski stadion Zagreb

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)
 Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia (a.e.t.)  3  
 Netherlands.png Netherlands  1  
 
20 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)
     Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia (pen.)  2 (5)
   Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  2 (3)
Third place
17 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium) 19 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
 Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  2  Netherlands.png Netherlands (a.e.t.)  3
 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany (a.e.t.)  4    Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia  2

Semi-finals

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

17 June 1976
20:15
Yugoslavia Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png 2 – 4
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 50,562
Referee: Alfred Delcourt (Belgium)
Popivoda Soccerball 19'
Džajić Soccerball 30'
Report Flohe Soccerball 64'
D. Müller Soccerball 82'115'119'

Third place play-off

19 June 1976
20:15
Netherlands Netherlands.png 3 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001.png Yugoslavia Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,766
Referee: Walter Hungerbühler (Switzerland)
Geels Soccerball 27'107'
Van de Kerkhof Soccerball 39'
Report Katalinski Soccerball 43'
Džajić Soccerball 82'

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 1976 Final
20 June 1976
20:15
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czech.jpg 2 – 2
(a.e.t.)
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 30,790
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)
Švehlík Soccerball 8'
Dobiaš Soccerball 25'
Report D. Müller Soccerball 28'
Hölzenbein Soccerball 89'
  Penalties  
Masný Soccerball shad check
Nehoda Soccerball shad check
Ondruš Soccerball shad check
Jurkemik Soccerball shad check
Panenka Soccerball shad check
5 – 3 Soccerball shad check Bonhof
Soccerball shad check Flohe
Soccerball shad check Bongartz
-Soccerball shade cross 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 Czech Ivo Viktor Flag of Czech Ján Pivarník Flag of Germany Rainer Bonhof Flag of Czech Zdeněk Nehoda
Netherlands Ruud Krol Flag of Czech Jaroslav Pollák Flag of Germany Dieter Müller
Flag of Czech Anton Ondruš Flag of Czech Antonín Panenka
Flag of Germany Franz Beckenbauer Flag of SFR Yugoslavia 001 Dragan Džajić

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