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1964 European Nations' Cup

2nd European association football championship

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1964 European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates17–21 June
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) Ferenc Bene
Dezső Novák
Jesús María Pereda
(2 goals each)

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

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn against Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes to the quarter-finals. 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 been disqualified for refusing to travel to Moscow in 1960 to play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion, General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 people, including Franco himself, at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.[2]

1964 European Nations' Cup Intro articles: 6


Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Denmark Quarter-final winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Spain (host) Quarter-final winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-final winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


Madrid Barcelona
Santiago Bernabéu Camp Nou
Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 93,053


Match officials

Country Referee Matches refereed
Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Final tournament

1964 European Nations' Cup finalists.

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, CET (UTC+1).


17 June – Madrid
 Spain (a.e.t.)2
21 June – Madrid
17 June – Barcelona
 Soviet Union1
 Soviet Union3
Third place play-off
20 June – Barcelona
 Hungary (a.e.t.)3


Spain  2–1 (a.e.t.)  Hungary
Attendance: 34,713

Denmark  0–3  Soviet Union
Attendance: 38,556

Third place play-off

Hungary  3–1 (a.e.t.)  Denmark
Attendance: 3,869


Spain  2–1  Soviet Union
Attendance: 79,115[3]

1964 European Nations' Cup Qualification articles: 23



There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Lev Yashin Dezső Novák
Ferran Olivella
Feliciano Rivilla
Ignacio Zoco
Valentin Ivanov
Amancio Amaro
Luis Suárez
Flórián Albert
Ferenc Bene
Jesús María Pereda

1964 European Nations' Cup Statistics articles: 6


  1. ^ "Spain's Marcelino stoops to conquer Europe". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "Spain 2–1 USSR". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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