1964 European Nations' Cup

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1964 European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 logo.svg
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates17–21 June
Teams4
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain (1st title)
Runners-upFlag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Third placeFlag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Fourth placeFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s) Flag of Hungary.svg Ferenc Bene
Flag of Hungary.svg Dezső Novák
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Chus Pereda
(2 goals each)
1960
1968

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

Contents

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn against Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes to the round of 16. 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 been disqualified for refusing to travel to Moscow in 1960 to play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion, General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 people, including Franco himself, at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino. [2]

Qualification

Qualified teams

TeamQualified asQualified onPrevious appearances in tournament [upper-alpha 1]
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark Quarter-final winner18 December 19630 (debut)
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain (host) Quarter-final winner8 April 19640 (debut)
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary Quarter-final winner23 May 19640 (debut)
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union Quarter-final winner27 May 19641 ( 1960 )
  1. Bold indicates champion for that year.

Venues

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

Squads

Match officials

CountryRefereeMatches refereed
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
Flag of England.svg England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Flag of Italy.svg Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Flag of Switzerland.svg Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Final tournament

1964 European Nations' Cup finalists. Euro 1964.png
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
 
 
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain (a.e.t.)2
 
21 June – Madrid
 
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1
 
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain 2
 
17 June – Barcelona
 
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 1
 
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 0
 
 
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 3
 
Third place play-off
 
 
20 June – Barcelona
 
 
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary (a.e.t.)3
 
 
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1

Semi-finals

Spain  Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 2–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary
Report
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 34,713
Referee: Arthur Blavier (Belgium)

Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg 0–3 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Report
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 38,556
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)

Third place play-off

Hungary  Flag of Hungary.svg 3–1 (a.e.t.)Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Report
Camp Nou, Barcelona
Attendance: 3,869
Referee: Daniel Mellet (Switzerland)

Final

Spain  Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg 2–1 Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Report
Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid
Attendance: 79,115
Referee: Arthur Holland (England)

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 [3]
GoalkeeperDefendersMidfieldersForwards
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Lev Yashin Flag of Hungary.svg Dezső Novák
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Ferran Olivella
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Feliciano Rivilla
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Ignacio Zoco
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Valentin Ivanov
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Amancio Amaro
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Luis Suárez
Flag of Hungary.svg Flórián Albert
Flag of Hungary.svg Ferenc Bene
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg Chus Pereda

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References

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  2. Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 May 2020.