|Campionato europeo di calcio |
|Venue(s)||3 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||Italy (1st title)|
|Fourth place||Soviet Union|
|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 UEFA European 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". 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.
Four countries played in the final tournament, which consisted of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final. The host nation for the finals was selected from the four qualified nations.
Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 qualifying
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.
As of 2024, this is the last European Championship finals not to feature a Germany team (united or West) in it, and the only time they failed to qualify.
|Team||Qualified as||Qualified on||Previous appearances in tournament[A]|
|Italy (host)||Quarter-final winner||20 April 1968||0 (debut)|
|Yugoslavia||Quarter-final winner||24 April 1968||1 (1960)|
|England||Quarter-final winner||8 May 1968||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Quarter-final winner||11 May 1968||2 (1960, 1964)|
|Stadio Olimpico||Stadio San Paolo||Stadio Comunale|
|Capacity: 80,000||Capacity: 82,000||Capacity: 52,000|
Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 squads
|Spain||José María Ortiz de Mendíbil|
|West Germany||Kurt Tschenscher|
Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 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 and 10 June – Rome|
|5 June – Florence|
|Third place play-off|
|8 June – Rome|
Italy won on coin toss
Main article: UEFA Euro 1968 final
There were 7 goals scored in 5 matches, for an average of 1.4 goals per match.
|Dino Zoff|| Bobby Moore
| Angelo Domenghini
| Geoff Hurst|