1980 UEFA European Football Championship
UEFA Euro 1980 logo.png
Tournament details
Host countryFlag of Italy.gif Italy
Dates11 June – 22 June
Venue(s)(in 4 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg West Germany (2nd title)
Runner-upBelgium.png Belgium
Third placeFlag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia
Fourth placeFlag of Italy.gif Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played14
Goals scored27 (1.93 per match)
Attendance345,463 (24,676 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Germany Klaus Allofs (3 goals)

The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the sixth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. With eight teams competing, the final tournament took place between 11 and 22 June 1980. Previously, the final tournament of the European Championships were played among four teams. Champions were West Germany who won their second title. It was the last Euro tournament with a competition for third place.


This was the first European Championship in which eight teams, rather than four, contested the final tournament. On October 17, 1977 UEFA announced that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany had expressed interest in hosting this event. On October 19 UEFA's Organizing Committee decided to assign the hosting to England or Italy (expressing its favour to the latter, the former having already hosted the FIFA World Cup just 11 years earlier), and on November 12 the Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee announced that Italy had been chosen unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final tournament, and the draw for the qualifying round took place in Rome on November 30, 1977. Also for the first time, the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified automatically for the finals.

Because of the expanded format, the final tournament went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were created; each team would play all others within their group. The winners of the groups would go straight to the final (there were no semi-finals), while the runners-up disputed the third place match.

The tournament generally failed to draw much enthusiasm from spectators and TV viewers. Attendance was generally poor except for matches involving the Italian team. The defensive style of play of many teams led to a succession of dull matches. Hooliganism, already a rising problem in the 1970s, made headlines again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police had to use tear gas, causing the match to be held up for five minutes in the first half. The only bright spots were the emergence of a new generation of talented German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the inspirational performance of Belgium (around rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh) who reached the final, only losing to West Germany (2–1) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.


Main article: UEFA Euro 1980 qualifying

The following teams participated in the final tournament:

For a list of squads, see UEFA Euro 1980 squads.


Rome Milan
Stadio Olimpico Giuseppe Meazza
Capacity: 66,341 Capacity: 83,141
Stadio Olimpico 2008 Camerapics file 2 the rugby game
Naples Turin
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 81,101 Capacity: 71,180
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Olimpico Torino Italy

Match officials

Erich Linemayr (AUT)
Adolf Prokop (GDR)
Patrick Partridge (ENG)
Robert Wurtz (FRA)
Heinz Aldinger (FRG)
Károly Palotai (HUN)
Alberto Michelotti (ITA)
Charles Corver (NED)
António Garrido (POR)
Nicolae Rainea (ROU)
Brian McGinlay (SCO)
Hilmi Ok (TUR)


Group stage

All times are CEST/UTC+2

Group 1

Main article: UEFA Euro 1980 Group 1
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Flag of Germany.svg West Germany 321042+25
Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia 311143+13
Netherlands.png Netherlands 31114403
Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece 301214−31
11 June 1980
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czech.jpg 0–1 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,059
Referee: Alberto Michelotti (Italy)
Report Rummenigge Soccerball 57'

11 June 1980
Netherlands Netherlands.png 1–0 Flag of Greece.svg.png Greece Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,990
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)
Kist Soccerball 65' (pen.) Report

14 June 1980
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 3–2 Netherlands.png Netherlands Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 26,546
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)
Allofs Soccerball 20'60'65' Report Rep Soccerball 79' (pen.)
van de Kerkhof Soccerball 85'

14 June 1980
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png 1–3 Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 4,726
Referee: Pat Partridge (England)
Anastopoulos Soccerball 14' Report Panenka Soccerball 6'
Vízek Soccerball 26'
Nehoda Soccerball 63'

17 June 1980
Netherlands Netherlands.png 1–1 Flag of Czech.jpg Czechoslovakia San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,889
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)
Kist Soccerball 59' Report Nehoda Soccerball 16'

17 June 1980
Greece Flag of Greece.svg.png 0–0 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 13,901
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Scotland)

Group 2

Main article: UEFA Euro 1980 Group 2
Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
Belgium.png Belgium 312032+14
Flag of Italy.gif Italy 312010+14
England.png England 31113303
Flag of Spain.png Spain 301224−21
12 June 1980
Belgium Belgium.png 1–1 England.png England Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 15,186
Referee: Heinz Aldinger (West Germany)
Ceulemans Soccerball 29' Report Wilkins Soccerball 26'

12 June 1980
Spain Flag of Spain.png 0–0 Flag of Italy.gif Italy San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 46,816
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)

15 June 1980
Belgium Belgium.png 2–1 Flag of Spain.png Spain San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,430
Referee: Charles Corver (Netherlands)
Gerets Soccerball 17'
Cools Soccerball 65'
Report Quini Soccerball 36'

15 June 1980
England England.png 0–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 59,646
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
Report Tardelli Soccerball 79'

18 June 1980
Spain Flag of Spain.png 1–2 England.png England Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,440
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Dani Soccerball 48' (pen.) Report Brooking Soccerball 19'
Woodcock Soccerball 61'

18 June 1980
Italy Flag of Italy.gif 0–0 Belgium.png Belgium Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 42,318
Referee: António Garrido (Portugal)

Third place play-off

21 June 1980
Czechoslovakia Flag of Czech.jpg 1–1 Flag of Italy.gif Italy Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 24,652
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Jurkemik Soccerball 54' Report Graziani Soccerball 73'
Masný Soccerball shad check
Nehoda Soccerball shad check
Ondruš Soccerball shad check
Jurkemik Soccerball shad check
Panenka Soccerball shad check
Gögh Soccerball shad check
Gajdůšek Soccerball shad check
Kozák Soccerball shad check
Barmoš Soccerball shad check
9–8 Soccerball shad check Causio
Soccerball shad check Altobelli
Soccerball shad check Baresi
Soccerball shad check Cabrini
Soccerball shad check Benetti
Soccerball shad check Graziani
Soccerball shad check Scirea
Soccerball shad check Tardelli
-Soccerball shade cross Collovati


Main article: UEFA Euro 1980 Final
22 June 1980
Belgium Belgium.png 1–2 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 47,864
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)
Vandereycken Soccerball 75' (pen.) Report Hrubesch Soccerball 10'88'



With three goals, Klaus Allofs is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 27 goals were scored by 22 different players in 14 games for an average of 1.93 goals per game. None of the goals are credited as own goal.

3 goals
2 goals
1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Flag of Italy Dino Zoff Flag of Italy Claudio Gentile Flag of Italy Marco Tardelli Flag of Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Flag of Italy Gaetano Scirea Belgium Jan Ceulemans Flag of Germany Horst Hrubesch
Flag of Germany Karlheinz Forster Flag of Germany Bernd Schuster
Flag of Germany Hans-Peter Briegel Flag of Germany Hansi Müller

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