1964 European Nations' Cup

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1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Spain
Dates 17–21 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Spain (1st title)
Runners-up  Soviet Union
Third place  Hungary
Fourth place  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance 156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s) Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Dezső Novák
Spain Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)
1960
1968

The 1964 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the second European Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2–1 over defending champions Soviet Union.[1]

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria, and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. The teams played home-and-away matches until the semi-finals; the final four teams would move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.

In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated the Danes 3–0 in Barcelona and Spain beat Hungary 2–1 in extra time in Madrid, the winning goal being scored by Amancio. Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.[2]

Qualification

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Denmark Second round winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Spain (host) Second round winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Hungary Second round winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Second round winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

Venues

Madrid Barcelona
Santiago Bernabéu Camp Nou
Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 93,053
Estadio Santiago Bernabéu 05.jpg Camp Nou FC Barcelona.JPG

Squads

Match officials

Country Referee Matches refereed
Belgium Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
England England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Italy Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Final tournament

1964 European Nations' Cup finalists.

In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary. If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).

Bracket

 
Semi-finals Final
 
           
 
17 June – Madrid
 
 
 Spain (a.e.t.) 2
 
17 June – Madrid
 
 Hungary 1
 
 Spain 2
 
17 June – Barcelona
 
 Soviet Union 1
 
 Denmark 0
 
 
 Soviet Union 3
 
Third place play-off
 
 
17 June – Barcelona
 
 
 Hungary (a.e.t.) 3
 
 
 Denmark 1

Semi-finals

Spain  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Hungary
Report Bene Goal 84'
Attendance: 34,713

Denmark  0–3  Soviet Union
Report
Attendance: 38,556

Third place play-off

Hungary  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Denmark
Report Bertelsen Goal 82'
Attendance: 3,869

Final

Spain  2–1  Soviet Union
Report Khusainov Goal 8'
Attendance: 79,115[3]

Statistics

Goalscorers

There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal

Awards

UEFA Team of the Tournament[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Hungary Dezső Novák
Spain Ferran Olivella
Spain Feliciano Rivilla
Spain Ignacio Zoco
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Spain Amancio Amaro
Spain Luis Suárez
Hungary Flórián Albert
Hungary Ferenc Bene
Spain Jesús María Pereda

References

  1. ^ "Russia's clash with Spain evokes memories of 1964 European Championship final, one of the most politicised matches ever". Retrieved 3 July 2018. 
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Spain 2–1 USSR". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2017. 
  4. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 17 January 2015. 

External links

  • 1964 European Nations' Cup at UEFA.com
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