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1960 European Nations' Cup


1960 European Nations' Cup

1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 6 July – 10 July
Teams 4
Venue(s) (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Soviet Union (1st title)
Runners-up  Yugoslavia
Third place  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  France
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance 78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s) Viktor Ponedelnik
Milan Galić
Dražan Jerković
Valentin Ivanov
François Heutte
(2 goals each)

The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final 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.

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.

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.[1]


Parc des Princes
Capacity: 40,000
Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000


Qualified teams

Country Qualified as1 Date of qualification Previous appearances
 Czechoslovakia Quarter-finals winner 29 May 1960 0 (debut)
 France (hosts) Quarter-finals winner 27 March 1960 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Bye 0 (debut)
 Yugoslavia Quarter-finals winner 22 May 1960 0 (debut)
1Soviet Union qualified as a result, after Spain refused to travel to the country.

Final tournament

1960 European Nations' Cup finalists.
Semi-finals Final
6 July – Marseille
  Czechoslovakia  0  
  Soviet Union  3  
10 July – Paris
      Soviet Union (a.e.t.)  2
    Yugoslavia  1
Third place
6 July – Paris 9 July – Marseille
  France  4   Czechoslovakia  2
  Yugoslavia  5     France  0


6 July 1960
France  4–5  Yugoslavia
Vincent Goal 12'
Heutte Goal 43'62'
Wisnieski Goal 53'
Report Galić Goal 11'
Žanetić Goal 55'
Knez Goal 75'
Jerković Goal 78'79'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 26,370
Referee: Gaston Grandain (Belgium)

6 July 1960
Czechoslovakia  0–3  Soviet Union
Report Ivanov Goal 34'56'
Ponedelnik Goal 66'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

Third place play-off

9 July 1960
Czechoslovakia  2–0  France
Bubník Goal 58'
Pavlovič Goal 88'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)


10 July 1960
Soviet Union  2 – 1 (a.e.t.)  Yugoslavia
Metreveli Goal 49'
Ponedelnik Goal 113'
Report Galić Goal 43'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 17,966
Referee: Arthur Edward Ellis (England)



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 is credited as own goal.

2 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[2]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Lev Yashin Vladimir Durković Igor Netto Slava Metreveli
Ladislav Novák Josef Masopust Milan Galić
Valentin Ivanov Viktor Ponedielnik
Dragoslav Šekularac
Bora Kostić


  1. ^ Rostance, Tom (2012-05-21). "BBC Sport - Euro 1960: Lev Yashin leads Soviets to glory in France". Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  2. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 

External links

  • 1960 Nations Cup Review with images and video from the tournament
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