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UEFA Euro 2000 qualifying

Qualifying for the UEFA Euro 2000 final tournament, took place throughout 1998 and 1999. Forty-nine teams were divided into nine groups. All teams played against each other, within their groups, in a home-and-away basis. The winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified automatically for the final tournament. The rest of the runners-up played an additional set of playoff matches amongst each other.

Belgium and the Netherlands qualified automatically as co-hosts of the event.

Contents

  • Qualification seeding 1
    • Summary 1.1
  • Groups 2
    • Group 1 2.1
    • Group 2 2.2
    • Group 3 2.3
    • Group 4 2.4
    • Group 5 2.5
    • Group 6 2.6
    • Group 7 2.7
    • Group 8 2.8
    • Group 9 2.9
  • Best runner-up 3
  • Play-offs 4
  • Qualified teams 5
  • Top goalscorers 6
  • References 7

Qualification seeding

  Qualified — directly
  Qualified — after Play offs
  Did not qualify — Play offs
  Did not qualify — First Round
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member

The draw was made on 18 January 1998, in Ghent, Belgium. Germany were seeded first as holders. The other seedings were determined by points per game in the qualifiers for 1996 European Championship and the 1998 World Cup.[1][2] Other points to note:

Pot 1 Pot 2 Pot 3 Pot 4 Pot 5

 Germany
 Spain
 Romania
 Russia
 England
 Scotland
 FR Yugoslavia
 Italy
 Norway

 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Denmark
 Portugal
 Austria
 France
 Czech Republic
 Turkey
 Greece

 Republic of Ireland
  Switzerland
 Sweden
 Lithuania
 Ukraine
 Slovakia
 Finland
 Israel
 Georgia

 Poland
 Hungary
 Northern Ireland
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Latvia
 Macedonia
 Cyprus
 Wales
 Iceland

 Belarus
 Slovenia
 Armenia
 Albania
 Faroe Islands
 Luxembourg
 Moldova
 Azerbaijan
 Estonia
 Malta
 Liechtenstein
 San Marino
 Andorra

Summary

  Winner of each group and the best runner-up qualified directly for the UEFA Euro 2000
  The Runners-up advanced to the second round (play-offs)
  Other teams were eliminated after the first round

Hosts

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7 Group 8 Group 9

Italy

Norway

Germany

France

Sweden

Spain

Romania

Yugoslavia

Czech Republic

Denmark

Slovenia

Turkey

Ukraine

England

Israel

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Scotland

Switzerland

Wales

Belarus

Greece

Latvia

Albania

Georgia

Finland

Northern Ireland

Moldova

Russia

Iceland

Armenia

Andorra

Poland

Bulgaria

Luxembourg

Austria

Cyprus

San Marino

Slovakia

Hungary

Azerbaijan

Liechtenstein

Croatia

Macedonia

Malta

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Lithuania

Estonia

Faroe Islands

Groups

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 8 4 3 1 13 5 +8 15
 Denmark 8 4 2 2 11 8 +3 14
  Switzerland 8 4 2 2 9 5 +4 14
 Wales 8 3 0 5 7 16 −9 9
 Belarus 8 0 3 5 4 10 −6 3
 
Belarus  0–0 0–0 0–1 1–2
Denmark  1–0 1–2 2–1 1–2
Italy  1–1 2–3 2–0 4–0
Switzerland   2–0 1–1 0–0 2–0
Wales  3–2 0–2 0–2 0–2

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Norway 10 8 1 1 21 9 +12 25
 Slovenia 10 5 2 3 12 14 −2 17
 Greece 10 4 3 3 13 8 +5 15
 Latvia 10 3 4 3 13 12 +1 13
 Albania 10 1 4 5 8 14 −6 7
 Georgia 10 1 2 7 8 18 −10 5
 
Albania  2–1 0–0 3–3 1–2 0–1
  1–0 1–2 2–2 1–4 1–1
Greece  2–0 3–0 1–2 0–2 2–2
Latvia  0–0 1–0 0–0 1–2 1–2
Norway  2–2 1–0 1–0 1–3 4–0
Slovenia  2–0 2–1 0–3 1–0 1–2

Group 3

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Germany 8 6 1 1 20 4 +16 19
 Turkey 8 5 2 1 15 6 +9 17
 Finland 8 3 1 4 13 13 +0 10
 Northern Ireland 8 1 2 5 4 19 −15 5
 Moldova 8 0 4 4 7 17 −10 4
 
Finland  1–2 3–2 4–1 2–4
Germany  2–0 6–1 4–0 0–0
Moldova  0–0 1–3 0–0 1–1
Northern Ireland  1–0 0–3 2–2 0–3
Turkey  1–3 1–0 2–0 3–0

Group 4

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 France 10 6 3 1 17 10 +7 21
 Ukraine 10 5 5 0 14 4 +10 20
 Russia 10 6 1 3 22 12 +10 19
 Iceland 10 4 3 3 12 7 +5 15
 Armenia 10 2 2 6 8 15 −7 8
 Andorra 10 0 0 10 3 28 −25 0
 
Andorra  0–3 0–1 0–2 1–2 0–2
Armenia  3–1 2–3 0–0 0–3 0–0
France  2–0 2–0 3–2 2–3 0–0
Iceland  3–0 2–0 1–1 1–0 0–1
Russia  6–1 2–0 2–3 1–0 1–1
Ukraine  4–0 2–0 0–0 1–1 3–2

Group 5

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Sweden 8 7 1 0 10 1 +9 22
 England 8 3 4 1 14 4 +10 13
 Poland 8 4 1 3 12 8 +4 13
 Bulgaria 8 2 2 4 6 8 −2 8
 Luxembourg 8 0 0 8 2 23 −21 0
 
Bulgaria  1–1 3–0 0–3 0–1
England  0–0 6–0 3–1 0–0
Luxembourg  0–2 0–3 2–3 0–1
Poland  2–0 0–0 3–0 0–1
Sweden  1–0 2–1 2–0 2–0

Group 6

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Spain 8 7 0 1 42 5 +37 21
 Israel 8 4 1 3 25 9 +16 13
 Austria 8 4 1 3 19 20 −1 13
 Cyprus 8 4 0 4 12 21 −9 12
 San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 44 −43 0
 
Austria  3–1 1–1 7–0 1–3
Cyprus  0–3 3–2 4–0 3–2
Israel  5–0 3–0 8–0 1–2
San Marino  1–4 0–1 0–5 0–6
Spain  9–0 8–0 3–0 9–0

Group 7

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 10 7 3 0 25 3 +22 24
 Portugal 10 7 2 1 32 4 +28 23
 Slovakia 10 5 2 3 12 9 +3 17
 Hungary 10 3 3 4 14 10 +4 12
 Azerbaijan 10 1 1 8 6 26 −20 4
 Liechtenstein 10 1 1 8 2 39 −37 4
 
Azerbaijan  0–4 4–0 1–1 0–1 0–1
Hungary  3–0 5–0 1–3 1–1 0–1
Liechtenstein  2–1 0–0 0–5 0–3 0–4
Portugal  7–0 3–0 8–0 0–1 1–0
Romania  4–0 2–0 7–0 1–1 0–0
Slovakia  3–0 0–0 2–0 0–3 1–5

Group 8

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 8 5 2 1 18 8 +10 17
 Republic of Ireland 8 5 1 2 14 6 +8 16
 Croatia 8 4 3 1 13 9 +4 15
 Macedonia 8 2 2 4 13 14 −1 8
 Malta 8 0 0 8 6 27 −21 0
 
Croatia  3–2 2–1 1–0 2–2
Macedonia  1–1 4–0 1–1 2–4
Malta  1–4 1–2 2–3 0–3
Republic of Ireland  2–0 1–0 5–0 2–1
Yugoslavia  0–0 3–1 4–1 1–0

Group 9

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Czech Republic 10 10 0 0 26 5 +21 30
 Scotland 10 5 3 2 15 10 +5 18
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 10 3 2 5 14 17 −3 11
 Lithuania 10 3 2 5 8 16 −8 11
 Estonia 10 3 2 5 15 17 −2 11
 Faroe Islands 10 0 3 7 4 17 −13 3
 
Bosnia and Herzegovina  1–3 1–1 1–0 2–0 1–2
Czech Republic  3–0 4–1 2–0 2–0 3–2
Estonia  1–4 0–2 5–0 1–2 0–0
Faroe Islands  2–2 0–1 0–2 0–1 1–1
Lithuania  4–2 0–4 1–2 0–0 0–0
Scotland  1–0 1–2 3–2 2–1 3–0

Best runner-up

The best runner-up of the entire group phase qualified automatically for the final tournament. To determine the best runner-up, a comparison was made between all of them. Only matches played against teams that finished first, third and fourth were regarded. Matches played against fifth and sixth placed teams were discarded, because some groups had more teams than others. After the best runner-up was found, all the others (eight of them) entered a random playoff to determine four more teams to qualify.

Legend
Country that advanced to the final tournament
Countries that advanced to the play-offs
Grp Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
7  Portugal 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 13
3  Turkey 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 13
9  Scotland 6 3 1 2 9 6 +3 10
1  Denmark 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 10
8  Republic of Ireland 6 3 1 2 6 4 +2 10
4  Ukraine 6 2 4 0 6 4 +2 10
6  Israel 6 2 1 3 12 9 +3 7
5  England 6 1 4 1 5 4 +1 7
2  Slovenia 6 2 1 3 6 12 −6 7

Portugal qualified automatically as best runner-up, beating Turkey on goal difference.

Play-offs

The remaining eight runners-up entered a random playoff, disputed in two legs, home and away.

Four more teams qualified for the final tournament.

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland  1–2  England 0–2 1–0
Israel  0–8  Denmark 0–5 0–3
Slovenia  3–2  Ukraine 2–1 1–1
Republic of Ireland  1–1 (a)  Turkey 1–1 0–0

Qualified teams

Top goalscorers

11 goals
9 goals
8 goals

References

  1. ^ "Football: Andorra and Bosnia join the long march to Euro 2000". independent.co.uk. 17 January 1998. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "European Championship 2000 Preliminary Competition". englandfootballonline.com. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
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