UEFA Euro 1968

1968 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia '68
UEFA Euro 1968 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates 5–10 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) 3 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Italy (1st title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  England
Fourth place  Soviet Union
Tournament statistics
Matches played 5
Goals scored 7 (1.4 per match)
Attendance 260,916 (52,183 per match)
Top scorer(s) 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, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final.

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]


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.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[upper-alpha 1]
 Italy (host)Play-off winner20 April 19680 (debut)
 YugoslaviaPlay-off winner24 April 19681 (1960)
 EnglandPlay-off winner8 May 19680 (debut)
 Soviet UnionPlay-off winner11 May 19682 (1960, 1964)
  1. Bold indicates champion for that year.


Rome Naples Florence
Stadio Olimpico Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 80,000 Capacity: 82,000 Capacity: 52,000


Match officials

Country Referee
Switzerland Gottfried Dienst
Spain José María Ortiz de Mendíbil
West Germany Kurt Tschenscher
Hungary István Zsolt

Final tournament

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, CEST (UTC+2).


5 June – Naples
 Italy (coin toss)0
8 June / 10 June – Rome
 Soviet Union0
 Italy (replay)1 / 2
5 June – Florence
 Yugoslavia1 / 0
Third place play-off
8 June – Rome
 Soviet Union0


Italy  0–0 (a.e.t.)
Italy won on coin toss
 Soviet Union
Attendance: 68,582

Yugoslavia  1–0  England
Džajić  86' Report

Third place play-off

England  2–0  Soviet Union
Attendance: 68,817


Italy  1–1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Domenghini  80' Report Džajić  39'
Attendance: 68,817[3]

Italy  2–0  Yugoslavia



There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Dino Zoff Bobby Moore
Giacinto Facchetti
Albert Shesternyov
Mirsad Fazlagić
Angelo Domenghini
Sandro Mazzola
Ivica Osim
Geoff Hurst
Luigi Riva
Dragan Džajić


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  3. "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL". UEFA euro2000.org. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 5 July 2012.
  4. "European Football Championship 1968 FINAL Replay". UEFA euro2000.org. 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.
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