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1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68
File:UEFA Euro 1968 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryItaly
Dates5 – 10 June
Venue(s)3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Italy.svg Italy (1st title)
Runners-upFile:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia
Third placeFlag of England.svg England
Fourth placeFile:Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played5
Goals scored7 (1.4 per match)
Attendance260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s)File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dragan Džajić (2 goals)

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.[1]

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.[2]


Rome Naples
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000
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Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 52,000
File:Soccer in Florence, Italy, 2007.jpg


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
Country Qualified as Date of qualification Previous appearances1
Flag of England.svg England Play-off winner 0 (debut)
Flag of Italy.svg Italy (host) Play-off winner 0 (debut)
File:Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union Play-off winner 2 (1960, 1964)
File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia Play-off winner 1 (1960)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Final tournament[]

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1968 UEFA European Football Championship finalists.

File:Ajman 1968-09-15 stamp - UEFA Euro 1968 champions crop.jpg

The Italian team commemorated on a 1968 Ajman stamp

All time are CEST/UTC+2

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Italy Flag of Italy.svg0–0 (a.e.t.)File:Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 68,582
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)

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

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Yugoslavia File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg1–0Flag of England.svg England
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Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 21,834
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)

Third place play-off[]

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England Flag of England.svg2–0File:Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Soviet Union
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Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817
Referee: István Zsolt (Hungary)


Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 Final

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Italy Flag of Italy.svg1–1 (a.e.t.)File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia
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Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 68,817[3]
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

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

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Italy Flag of Italy.svg2–0File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Yugoslavia
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Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 32,866[4]
Referee: José María Ortiz de Mendíbil (Spain)


Top scorers[]

Seven goals were scored by six different players in the five matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per game. None of the goals were credited as own goals. Yugoslavia's Dragan Džajić was the top scorer by virtue of being the only player to score more than one goal.

2 goals
1 goal
  • Italy Luigi Riva
  • Italy Angelo Domenghini
  • Italy Pietro Anastasi
  • England Geoff Hurst
  • England Bobby Charlton


UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Italy Dino Zoff File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Mirsad Fazlagić File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Ivan Osim England Geoff Hurst
Italy Giacinto Facchetti Italy Sandro Mazzola Italy Luigi Riva
File:Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Albert Shesternyov Italy Angelo Domenghini File:Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg Dragan Džajić
England Bobby Moore


  1. John Brewin and Martin Williamson 29 April 2012 (29 April 2012). "Euro 2012: European Nations Cup 1968 | Live football and soccer news". Retrieved 23 August 2012.
  2. Sheringham, Sam (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1968: Alan Mullery's moment of madness". Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL". UEFA Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL Replay". UEFA Archived from the original on 29 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  5. "1968 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 April 2011. Archived from the original on 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (|url-status= suggested) (help)

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