UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying

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Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2000 final tournament, took place throughout 1998 and 1999. Forty-nine teams were divided into nine groups. All teams played against each other, within their groups, in a home-and-away basis. The winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified automatically for the final tournament. The rest of the runners-up played an additional set of playoff matches amongst each other.

Belgium and the Netherlands qualified automatically as co-hosts of the event.

Qualified teams

  Qualified – directly
  Qualified – after Play-offs
  Did not qualify – Play-offs
  Did not qualify – First Round
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Belgium Co-host 14 July 1995 3 (1972, 1980, 1984)
 Netherlands Co-host 14 July 1995 5 (1976, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Czech Republic[B] Group 9 winner 9 June 1999 4 (1960, 1976, 1980, 1996)
 Norway Group 2 winner 8 September 1999 0 (debut)
 Sweden Group 5 winner 8 September 1999 1 (1992)
 Spain Group 6 winner 8 September 1999 5 (1964, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1996)
 Italy Group 1 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1996)
 Germany[C] Group 3 winner 9 October 1999 7 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 France Group 4 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1984, 1992, 1996)
 Romania Group 7 winner 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
 FR Yugoslavia[D] Group 8 winner 9 October 1999 4 (1960, 1968, 1976, 1984)[E]
 Portugal Best runner-up 9 October 1999 2 (1984, 1996)
 Denmark Play-off winner 17 November 1999 5 (1964, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 England Play-off winner 17 November 1999 5 (1968, 1980, 1988, 1992, 1996)
 Slovenia Play-off winner 17 November 1999 0 (debut)
 Turkey Play-off winner 17 November 1999 1 (1996)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  3. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  4. ^ From 1960 to 1984, FR Yugoslavia competed as Yugoslavia.
  5. ^ Yugoslavia qualified in 1992, but was banned by the United Nations from all international sport.

Qualification seeding

The draw was made on 18 January 1998, in Ghent, Belgium. Germany were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 1996 European Championship and the 1998 World Cup.[1][2] Other points to note:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

 Germany
 Spain
 Romania
 Russia
 England
 Scotland
 FR Yugoslavia
 Italy
 Norway

 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Denmark
 Portugal
 Austria
 France
 Czech Republic
 Turkey
 Greece

 Republic of Ireland
  Switzerland
 Sweden
 Lithuania
 Ukraine
 Slovakia
 Finland
 Israel
 Georgia

 Poland
 Hungary
 Northern Ireland
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Latvia
 Macedonia
 Cyprus
 Wales
 Iceland

 Belarus
 Slovenia
 Armenia
 Albania
 Faroe Islands
 Luxembourg
 Moldova
 Azerbaijan
 Estonia
 Malta
 Liechtenstein
 San Marino
 Andorra

Summary

  Winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 2000
  The Runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

Hosts

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9

Italy

Norway

Germany

France

Sweden

Spain

Romania

FR Yugoslavia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Slovenia

Turkey

Ukraine

England

Israel

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Scotland

Switzerland

Wales

Belarus

Greece

Latvia

Albania

Georgia

Finland

Northern Ireland

Moldova

Russia

Iceland

Armenia

Andorra

Poland

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Austria

Cyprus

San Marino

Slovakia

Hungary

Azerbaijan

Liechtenstein

Croatia

Macedonia

Malta

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lithuania

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:[3]

  1. Higher number of points obtained in the matches played among the teams in question;
  2. Superior goal difference in matches played among the teams in question;
  3. Higher number of goals scored away from home in the matches played among the teams in question;
  4. Superior goal difference in all group matches;
  5. Higher number of goals scored in all group matches;
  6. Higher number of away goals scored in all group matches;
  7. Fair play conduct in all group matches (1 point for a single yellow card, 3 points for a red card as a consequence of two yellow cards, 3 points for a direct red card, 4 points for a yellow card followed by a direct red card).

Groups

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Denmark Switzerland Wales Belarus
1  Italy 8 4 3 1 13 5 +8 15 Qualify for final tournament 2–3 2–0 4–0 1–1
2  Denmark 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 14 Advance to play-offs 1–2 2–1 1–2 1–0
3   Switzerland 8 4 2 2 9 5 +4 14 0–0 1–1 2–0 2–0
4  Wales 8 3 0 5 7 16 −9 9 0–2 0–2 0–2 3–2
5  Belarus 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6 3 0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Norway Slovenia Greece Latvia Albania Georgia (country)
1  Norway 10 8 1 1 21 9 +12 25 Qualify for final tournament 4–0 1–0 1–3 2–2 1–0
2  Slovenia 10 5 2 3 12 14 −2 17 Advance to play-offs 1–2 0–3 1–0 2–0 2–1
3  Greece 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5 15 0–2 2–2 1–2 2–0 3–0
4  Latvia 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1 13 1–2 1–2 0–0 0–0 1–0
5  Albania 10 1 4 5 8 14 −6 7 1–2 0–1 0–0 3–3 2–1
6  Georgia 10 1 2 7 8 18 −10 5 1–4 1–1 1–2 2–2 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Turkey Finland Northern Ireland Moldova
1  Germany 8 6 1 1 20 4 +16 19 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 4–0 6–1
2  Turkey 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17 Advance to play-offs 1–0 1–3 3–0 2–0
3  Finland 8 3 1 4 13 13 0 10 1–2 2–4 4–1 3–2
4  Northern Ireland 8 1 2 5 4 19 −15 5 0–3 0–3 1–0 2–2
5  Moldova 8 0 4 4 7 17 −10 4 1–3 1–1 0–0 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Ukraine Russia Iceland Armenia Andorra
1  France 10 6 3 1 17 10 +7 21 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–3 3–2 2–0 2–0
2  Ukraine 10 5 5 0 14 4 +10 20 Advance to play-offs 0–0 3–2 1–1 2–0 4–0
3  Russia 10 6 1 3 22 12 +10 19 2–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 6–1
4  Iceland 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15 1–1 0–1 1–0 2–0 3–0
5  Armenia 10 2 2 6 8 15 −7 8 2–3 0–0 0–3 0–0 3–1
6  Andorra 10 0 0 10 3 28 −25 0 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 5

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Sweden England Poland Bulgaria Luxembourg
1  Sweden 8 7 1 0 10 1 +9 22 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 2–0 1–0 2–0
2  England 8 3 4 1 14 4 +10 13 Advance to play-offs 0–0 3–1 0–0 6–0
3  Poland 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–0
4  Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 6 8 −2 8 0–1 1–1 0–3 3–0
5  Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 23 −21 0 0–1 0–3 2–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Israel Austria Cyprus San Marino
1  Spain 8 7 0 1 42 5 +37 21 Qualify for final tournament 3–0 9–0 8–0 9–0
2  Israel 8 4 1 3 25 9 +16 13 Advance to play-offs 1–2 5–0 3–0 8–0
3  Austria 8 4 1 3 19 20 −1 13 1–3 1–1 3–1 7–0
4  Cyprus 8 4 0 4 12 21 −9 12 3–2 3–2 0–3 4–0
5  San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 44 −43 0 0–6 0–5 1–4 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Romania Portugal Slovakia Hungary Azerbaijan Liechtenstein
1  Romania 10 7 3 0 25 3 +22 24 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 0–0 2–0 4–0 7–0
2  Portugal 10 7 2 1 32 4 +28 23 0–1 1–0 3–0 7–0 8–0
3  Slovakia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17 1–5 0–3 0–0 3–0 2–0
4  Hungary 10 3 3 4 14 10 +4 12 1–1 1–3 0–1 3–0 5–0
5  Azerbaijan 10 1 1 8 6 26 −20 4 0–1 1–1 0–1 0–4 4–0
6  Liechtenstein 10 1 1 8 2 39 −37 4 0–3 0–5 0–4 0–0 2–1
Source: UEFA

Group 8

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Republic of Ireland Croatia Republic of Macedonia Malta
1  FR Yugoslavia 8 5 2 1 18 8 +10 17 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 0–0 3–1 4–1
2  Republic of Ireland 8 5 1 2 14 6 +8 16 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 1–0 5–0
3  Croatia 8 4 3 1 13 9 +4 15 2–2 1–0 3–2 2–1
4  Macedonia 8 2 2 4 13 14 −1 8 2–4 1–1 1–1 4–0
5  Malta 8 0 0 8 6 27 −21 0 0–3 2–3 1–4 1–2
Source: UEFA

Group 9

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Czech Republic Scotland Bosnia and Herzegovina Lithuania Estonia Faroe Islands
1  Czech Republic 10 10 0 0 26 5 +21 30 Qualify for final tournament 3–2 3–0 2–0 4–1 2–0
2  Scotland 10 5 3 2 15 10 +5 18 Advance to play-offs 1–2 1–0 3–0 3–2 2–1
3  Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 3 2 5 14 17 −3 11 1–3 1–2 2–0 1–1 1–0
4  Lithuania 10 3 2 5 8 16 −8 11 0–4 0–0 4–2 1–2 0–0
5  Estonia 10 3 2 5 15 17 −2 11 0–2 0–0 1–4 1–2 5–0
6  Faroe Islands 10 0 3 7 4 17 −13 3 0–1 1–1 2–2 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Ranking of second-placed teams

The best runner-up of the entire group phase qualified automatically for the final tournament. To determine the best runner-up, a comparison was made between all of them. Only matches played against teams that finished first, third and fourth were regarded. Matches played against fifth and sixth placed teams were discarded, because some groups had more teams than others. After the best runner-up was found, all the others (eight of them) entered a random playoff to determine four more teams to qualify.

Portugal qualified automatically as best runner-up, beating Turkey on goal difference.

Pos Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 7  Portugal 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13 Qualify for final tournament
2 3  Turkey 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13 Advance to play-offs
3 9  Scotland 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
4 1  Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
5 4  Ukraine 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10
6 8  Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
7 6  Israel 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 7
8 5  England 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
9 2  Slovenia 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7
Source: RSSSF
Rules for classification: 1) Points; 2) Goal difference; 3) Goals scored; 4) Away goals scored; 5) Drawing of lots.

Play-offs

The remaining eight runners-up entered a random playoff, disputed in two legs, home and away.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland  1–2  England 0–2 1–0
Israel  0–8  Denmark 0–5 0–3
Slovenia  3–2  Ukraine 2–1 1–1
Republic of Ireland  1–1 (a)  Turkey 1–1 0–0

Top goalscorers

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals

References

  1. ^ "Football: Andorra and Bosnia join the long march to Euro 2000". independent. 17 January 1998. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "European Championship 2000 Preliminary Competition". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  3. ^ "European Championship 2000". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 17 January 2004. Retrieved 17 July 2017. 
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