UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates10 September 1986 – 20 December 1987
Teams32
Tournament statistics
Matches played117[note 1]
Goals scored287 (2.45 per match)[note 1]
Top scorer(s)Netherlands John Bosman (9 goals)[note 1]
1984
1992

This page describes the qualifying procedure for UEFA Euro 1988.[1]

Qualified teams

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  Qualified
  Did not qualify
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances
in tournament[A]
 West Germany Host 14 March 1985 4 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984)
 Denmark Group 6 winner 14 October 1987 2 (1964, 1984)
 Soviet Union Group 3 winner 28 October 1987 4 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972)
 England Group 4 winner 11 November 1987 2 (1968, 1980)
 Republic of Ireland Group 7 winner 11 November 1987 0 (debut)
 Italy Group 2 winner 14 November 1987 2 (1968, 1980)
 Netherlands Group 5 winner 9 December 1987 2 (1976, 1980)
 Spain Group 1 winner 18 November 1987 3 (1964, 1980, 1984)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Seedings

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4 Pool 5

 France
 England
 Denmark
 Spain
 Netherlands
 Portugal
 Belgium

 Soviet Union
 Romania
 Northern Ireland
 Sweden
 Hungary
 Wales
 Bulgaria

 Austria
 Yugoslavia
 Czechoslovakia
 East Germany
 Poland
  Switzerland
 Republic of Ireland

 Scotland
 Greece
 Norway
 Finland
 Italy
 Turkey
 Albania

 Iceland
 Malta
 Cyprus
 Luxembourg

Summary

  Group winners qualified directly for UEFA Euro 1988
  Other teams were eliminated
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7

Spain

Italy

Soviet Union

England

Netherlands

Denmark

Republic of Ireland

Romania

Austria

Albania

Sweden

Portugal

Switzerland

Malta

East Germany

France

Iceland

Norway

Yugoslavia

Northern Ireland

Turkey

Greece

Hungary

Poland

Cyprus

Czechoslovakia

Wales

Finland

Bulgaria

Belgium

Scotland

Luxembourg

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:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups

The qualifying draw took place on 14 February 1986, in Frankfurt. West Germany qualified automatically as hosts of the competition. 32 teams entered the draw.

The qualifiers, consisting of 32 teams divided into seven groups; three of four teams and four of five teams, were played in 1986 and 1987. Each group winner progressed to the finals.

Group 1

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Spain Romania Austria Albania
1  Spain 6 5 0 1 14 6 +8 10 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–0 5–0
2  Romania 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 9 3–1 4–0 5–1
3  Austria 6 2 1 3 6 9 −3 5 2–3 0–0 3–0
4  Albania 6 0 0 6 2 17 −15 0 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Sweden Portugal Switzerland Malta
1  Italy 8 6 1 1 16 4 +12 13 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–0 3–2 5–0
2  Sweden 8 4 2 2 12 5 +7 10 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0
3  Portugal 8 2 4 2 6 8 −2 8 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–2
4   Switzerland 8 1 5 2 9 9 0 7 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–1
5  Malta 8 0 2 6 4 21 −17 2 0–2 0–5 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 3

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Soviet Union East Germany France Iceland Norway
1  Soviet Union 8 5 3 0 14 3 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
2  East Germany 8 4 3 1 13 4 +9 11 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1
3  France 8 1 4 3 4 7 −3 6 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–1
4  Iceland 8 2 2 4 4 14 −10 6 1–1 0–6 0–0 2–1
5  Norway 8 1 2 5 5 12 −7 4 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Northern Ireland Turkey
1  England 6 5 1 0 19 1 +18 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–0 8–0
2  Yugoslavia 6 4 0 2 13 9 +4 8 1–4 3–0 4–0
3  Northern Ireland 6 1 1 4 2 10 −8 3 0–2 1–2 1–0
4  Turkey 6 0 2 4 2 16 −14 2 0–0 2–3 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 5

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 5

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Netherlands Greece Hungary Poland Cyprus
1  Netherlands 8 6 2 0 15 1 +14 14 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–0[a]
2  Greece 8 4 1 3 12 13 −1 9 0–3 2–1 1–0 3–1
3  Hungary 8 4 0 4 13 11 +2 8 0–1 3–0 5–3 1–0
4  Poland 8 3 2 3 9 11 −2 8 0–2 2–1 3–2 0–0
5  Cyprus 8 0 1 7 3 16 −13 1 0–2 2–4 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Netherlands v Cyprus match originally finished as an 8–0 win for the Netherlands, but the match was marred because a handmade bomb exposed and injury the Cypriot goalkeeper Andreas Charitou. Therefore the result was annulled and the match was ordered to be replayed behind closed doors.

Group 6

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Denmark Czechoslovakia Wales Finland
1  Denmark 6 3 2 1 4 2 +2 8 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 1–0 1–0
2  Czechoslovakia 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 7 0–0 2–0 3–0
3  Wales 6 2 2 2 7 5 +2 6 1–0 1–1 4–0
4  Finland 6 1 1 4 4 10 −6 3 0–1 3–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7

Main article: UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Republic of Ireland Bulgaria Belgium Scotland Luxembourg
1  Republic of Ireland 8 4 3 1 10 5 +5 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1
2  Bulgaria 8 4 2 2 12 6 +6 10 2–1 2–0 0–1 3–0
3  Belgium 8 3 3 2 16 8 +8 9 2–2 1–1 4–1 3–0
4  Scotland 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–0
5  Luxembourg 8 0 1 7 2 23 −21 1 0–2 1–4 0–6 0–0
Source: UEFA

Goalscorers

There were 287 goals scored in 117 matches, for an average of 2.45 goals per match.[note 1]

9 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h The matches/goals tally takes into account fixtures that were subsequently annulled.

References

  1. ^ Stokkermans, Karel (22 June 2004). "European Championship 1988". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2018.