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1960 European Nations' Cup

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Host country  France
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Matches played  4
Teams  4
Goals scored  17
Venue(s)  2 (in 2 host cities)
Fourth place  France
Dates  6 Jul 1960 – 10 Jul 1960
Attendance  78,958
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Champions  Soviet Union (1st title)
Champion  Soviet Union national football team
Third place  Czechoslovakia national football team
Similar  UEFA Euro 1972, UEFA Euro 1984, UEFA Euro 1980, UEFA Euro 2000, UEFA Euro 2000 Final

The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The first tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in Paris after extra time.


The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play 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.

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Spain, still under Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship, refused to travel to the Soviet Union, the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War, and withdrew from the tournament, so the final four had three communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and SFR Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France. In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseille, beating them 3–0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5–4, coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralized French 2–0 for third place.

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In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.

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Qualified teams



With two goals, Valentin Ivanov, Viktor Ponedelnik, Milan Galić, Dražan Jerković, François Heutte are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, there were 17 goals scored by 12 different players in 4 games, for an average of 4.25 goals per game. None of the goals were credited as own goal.

2 goals
  • Valentin Ivanov
  • Viktor Ponedelnik
  • Milan Galić
  • Dražan Jerković
  • François Heutte
  • 1 goal
  • Tomislav Knez
  • Ante Žanetić
  • Vlastimil Bubník
  • Ladislav Pavlovič
  • Jean Vincent
  • Maryan Wisnieski
  • Slava Metreveli
  • Fastest goal

  • 11 minutes: Milan Galić (Yugoslavia vs France)
  • Awards

    UEFA Team of the Tournament
    1960 European Nations' Cup Diaporama Football European Nations Cup France Euro 1960


    1960 European Nations' Cup Wikipedia

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