1964 European Nations' Cup

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

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

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria, and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. 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 Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.[2]

Qualification

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Denmark Second round winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Spain (host) Second round winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Hungary Second round winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Second round winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.
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asturianu: Eurocopa 1964
español: Eurocopa 1964
עברית: יורו 1964
norsk nynorsk: EM i fotball 1964