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UEFA Euro 1960

1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
Tournament details
Host country France 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) Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
France François Heutte
(2 goals)

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


Main article: 1960 European Nations' Cup qualifying

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

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)



There were 17 goals scored in 4 games, for an average of 4.25 goals per game.

2 goals

1 goal

Fastest goal


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


External links

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