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UEFA European Championship qualifying

This page is a summary of the UEFA European Championship qualifying, the process that UEFA-affiliated national association football teams go through in order to qualify for the UEFA European Championship.

Since 1960, the European Championship final tournament has been contested in the summer of every year that is divisible by 4. The qualifying procedure for each final tournament has usually included qualifying matches held during the two years preceding that year (for example, the Euro 2016 qualifying spans from September 2014 to November 2015). In this article, the years correspond to the eventual editions of the European Championship final tournament, and not to the actual dates when the qualification matches were played.

Contents

  • Format evolution 1
  • Overview 2
  • Team records 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5
  • See also 6

Format evolution

The 1960 and 1964 qualifications consisted of a knock-out tournament only. The four quarter-final-winning teams would qualify for the final stages, and one of them would be chosen to be the host of the tournament.

The 1968, 1972, and 1976 qualifying tournaments included a group stage of eight groups. The eight group winners would advance to a quarter-final stage, which was still part of the qualifying. The four quarter-final winners would progress to the finals. Again, the host nation would be chosen among one of the four finalists.

From 1980 onwards, the hosting rights would be assigned in advance to one or two countries, and the host teams would be guaranteed an automatic spot in the finals and wouldn't have to go through qualification. Also, the format was expanded to feature 8 teams. The 1980, 1984, 1988, and 1992 qualifications included seven qualifying groups, and the seven group winners would progress to the finals joining the host team.

Note: Yugoslavia won their 1992 qualifying group and were due to compete at UEFA Euro 1992, but were banned from participating as the country was under international sanctions by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 757.[1] Denmark, who had originally failed to qualify finishing second in Yugoslavia's qualifying group, replaced Yugoslavia in the finals. The legends and the footnotes explain how the tables below reflect this.

From 1996, the 16-team format was employed. The 1996 qualifying consisted of eight groups; the eight group winners and the six best runners-up would qualify directly, while the two worst runners-up would meet in a play-off to determine the last team to earn a spot in the finals, joining the host country.

In 2000, the winners of the nine qualifying groups would qualify for the finals, and so would the best runner-up. The remaining eight runners-up would enter a play-off round, where they would be paired off against each other; the winners of each pairing would qualify too. For the first time, there were two host countries; they both received automatic berths in the finals.

In 2004, along with the host team, the ten qualifying group winners would qualify, as would the winners of each of the five play-off ties which would be contested by the ten runners-up.

In 2008, the top two teams from each of the seven qualifying groups would join the two host teams to bring the number of finalists to 16.

The 2012 qualification used a format similar to that of 2000: spots would be given to nine group winners and the best runner-up, and the remaining eight runners-up would enter play-offs to determine the remaining four finalists, with automatic berths being guaranteed to the two host countries.

The 2016 tournament will be contested by 24 teams for the first time. The host nation has qualified automatically, and the remaining places are currently being determined by the 2016 qualifying. It includes nine groups; the winners, the runners-up, and the best third-placed team will qualify, while the remaining eight third-placed teams will form four play-off pairings to determine the last four finalists.

Overview

Team 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016
 Albania DNE r16 3/3 4/4 DNE DNE 5/5 4/4 5/5 5/6 5/6 4/5 5/7 5/6 TBD
 Andorra 6/6 5/5 7/7 6/6 TBD
 Armenia[A 1] 6/6 5/6 4/5 7/8 3/6 TBD
 Austria r8 r16 3/4 2/4 3/4 2/5 3/5 3/4 4/5 4/6 3/5 3/5 Qhost 4/6 TBD
 Azerbaijan[A 1] 6/6 5/6 5/5 8/8 5/6 TBD
 Belarus[A 1] 4/6 5/5 5/5 4/7 4/6 TBD
 Belgium DNE pr 2/4 1/4+QW 1/4+r8 1/5 1/4 3/5 3/4 3/6 Qhost 3/5 5/8 3/6 TBD
 Bosnia-Herzegovina[A 2] 3/6 4/5 4/7 2/6+p TBD
 Bulgaria r16 r16 1/4+r8 2/4 3/4 4/5 3/4 2/5 4/5 2/6 4/5 1/5 3/7 5/5 TBD
 Croatia[A 2] 1/6 3/5 2/5+p 1/7 2/6+p TBD
 Cyprus DNE 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 5/5 5/5 5/5 5/6 4/5 4/5 6/7 5/5 TBD
 Czech Republic (1996—)
 Czechoslovakia (1960–1992)
QW pr 2/4 2/4 1/4+QW 1/4 3/5 2/4 2/5 1/6 1/6 1/5 1/7 2/5+p TBD
 Denmark r16 QW 4/4 4/4 4/4 5/5 1/5 1/4 2/5 2/6 2/5+p 1/5 4/7 1/5 TBD
 East Germany[A 3] r16 r16 2/4 3/4 2/4 3/5 3/4 2/5 wdr
 England DNE pr 1/4+QW 1/4+r8 2/4 1/5 2/5 1/4 1/4 Qhost 2/5+p 1/5 3/7 1/5 TBD
 Estonia[A 1] 6/6 5/6 4/5 6/7 2/6+p TBD
 Faroe Islands 5/5 5/6 6/6 5/5 7/7 6/6 TBD
 Finland DNE DNE 4/4 4/4 4/4 3/4 4/4 4/4 4/5 4/6 3/5 4/5 4/8 4/6 TBD
 France QW r8 1/4+r8 3/4 3/4 2/4 Qhost 3/5 1/5 2/6 1/6 1/5 2/7 1/6 Qhost
  [A 1] 3/6 6/6 5/5 6/7 5/6 TBD
 Germany (1992—)
 West Germany (1968–1988)
DNE DNE 2/3 1/4+QW 1/4+QW 1/4 1/5 Qhost 1/4 1/6 1/5 1/5 2/7 1/6 TBD
 Gibraltar TBD
 Greece r16 wdr 2/4 3/4 2/4 1/4 3/5 2/5 3/5 3/6 3/6 1/5 1/7 1/6 TBD
 Hungary r16 QW 1/4+r8 1/4+QW 2/4 2/4 4/5 3/5 4/5 4/5 4/6 4/5 6/7 3/6 TBD
 Iceland DNE pr DNE DNE 4/4 5/5 4/5 4/5 4/5 5/5 4/6 3/5 6/7 4/5 TBD
 Republic of Ireland pr r8 3/4 4/4 2/4 3/5 3/5 1/5 2/4 2/6+p 2/5+p 3/5 3/7 2/6+p TBD
 Israel 5/6 2/5+p 3/5 4/7 3/6 TBD
 Italy DNE r16 1/4+QW 1/4+r8 3/4 Qhost 4/5 1/5 2/5 2/6 1/5 1/5 1/7 1/6 TBD
 Kazakhstan[A 1] 6/8 6/6 TBD
 Latvia[A 1] 5/6 4/6 2/5+p 5/7 4/6 TBD
 Liechtenstein DNE DNE DNE DNE DNE 6/6 6/6 5/5 7/7 5/5 TBD
 Lithuania[A 1] 3/6 4/6 4/5 5/7 4/5 TBD
 Luxembourg DNE r8 4/4 4/4 4/4 4/4 5/5 5/5 4/4 5/6 5/5 5/5 7/7 6/6 TBD
 Macedonia[A 2] 4/6 4/5 4/5 5/7 5/6 TBD
 Malta pr DNE 4/4 4/4 4/4 5/5 5/5 5/5 6/6 5/5 5/5 7/7 6/6 TBD
 Moldova[A 1] 4/6 5/5 4/5 5/7 5/6 TBD
 Montenegro[A 4] 2/5+p TBD
 Netherlands DNE r16 3/4 2/4 1/4+QW 1/5 2/5 1/5 1/5 2/6+p Qhost 2/5+p 2/7 1/6 TBD
 Northern Ireland DNE r16 4/4 3/4 2/4 2/5 2/5 3/4 3/5 3/6 4/5 5/5 3/7 5/6 TBD
 Norway r16 pr 4/4 4/4 4/4 5/5 4/4 5/5 3/5 3/6 1/6 2/5+p 3/7 3/5 TBD
 Poland r16 pr 3/4 2/4 2/4 2/5 3/4 4/5 3/4 4/6 3/5 3/5 1/8 Qhost TBD
 Portugal r8 pr 2/4 2/4 3/4 3/5 1/4 3/5 2/5 1/6 2/6 Qhost 2/8 2/5+p TBD
 Romania r8 pr 2/4 1/4+r8 2/4 3/4 1/5 2/4 3/5 1/6 1/6 3/5 1/7 3/6 TBD
 Russia (1996—)
 Soviet Union (1960–1992)
QW QW 1/4+QW 1/4+QW 1/4+r8 4/4 2/4 1/5 1/5 1/6 3/6 2/5+p 2/7 1/6 TBD
 San Marino 5/5 6/6 5/5 5/5 7/7 6/6 TBD
 Scotland DNE DNE 2/4 3/4 3/4 4/5 4/4 4/5 1/5 2/6 2/6+p 2/5+p 3/7 3/5 TBD
 Serbia (2008—)
 Serbia and Montenegro (2004)
 FR Yugoslavia (2000–2004)
 SFR Yugoslavia (1960–1992)
QW r16 1/3+QW 1/4+r8 1/4+QW 2/4 1/4 2/4 1/5
(susp)
susp 1/5 3/5 3/8 3/6 TBD
 Slovakia[A 5] 3/6 3/6 3/5 4/7 4/6 TBD
 Slovenia[A 2] 5/6 2/6+p 2/5+p 6/7 4/6 TBD
 Spain r8 QW 1/4+r8 2/4 1/4+r8 1/4 1/5 1/4 3/5 1/6 1/5 2/5+p 1/7 1/5 TBD
 Sweden DNE r8 3/4 3/4 3/4 3/4 2/5 2/5 Qhost 3/5 1/5 1/5 2/7 2/6 TBD
 Switzerland DNE pr 3/4 2/4 4/4 4/5 2/4 4/5 2/5 1/5 3/5 1/5 Qhost 3/5 TBD
 Turkey r16 pr 4/4 3/4 3/4 2/4 4/5 4/4 4/4 2/5 2/5+p 2/5+p 2/7 2/6+p TBD
 Ukraine[A 1] 4/6 2/6+p 3/5 4/7 Qhost TBD
 Wales DNE pr 3/4 3/4 1/4+r8 3/4 2/4 3/4 2/4 6/6 4/5 2/5+p 5/7 4/5 TBD
Team 1960 1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

Key

  • (golden background) = Team completed a successful qualifying campaign. Excludes automatic qualifiers; includes Yugoslavia in 1992; excludes Denmark in 1992 (see above)
  • (red font colour) = Team participated in the final tournament. Includes automatic qualifiers; includes Denmark in 1992; excludes Yugoslavia in 1992 (see above)
  • Qhost = Team qualified automatically as host
  • QW = Team qualified for the final tournament as quarter-final winner
  • r8 = Team was eliminated in the quarter-finals
  • r16 = Team was eliminated in the round of 16
  • pr = Team was eliminated in the preliminary round
  • X/Y = Team came Xth in a qualifying group of Y teams
  • X/Y+r8 = Team came Xth in a qualifying group of Y teams and then was eliminated in the quarter-finals
  • X/Y+QW = Team came Xth in a qualifying group of Y teams and then qualified for the final tournament as winner of a subsequent quarter-final
  • X/Y+p = Team came Xth in a qualifying group of Y teams and then entered a play-off round
  • (grey background) = Team did not take part in qualifying
    • (no caption) = Association was not a UEFA member
    • DNE = Team did not enter despite association being a UEFA member
    • wdr = Team entered but withdrew before playing any matches
    • susp = Team was banned from participation

Footnotes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Competed as a part of the  Soviet Union (1960–1992).
  2. ^ a b c d Competed as a part of  SFR Yugoslavia (1960–1992).
  3. ^ Competes as a part of  Germany (1992—).
  4. ^ Competed as a part of  SFR Yugoslavia (1960–1992), then as a part of  FR Yugoslavia (2000–2004), then as a part of  Serbia and Montenegro (2004).
  5. ^ Competed as a part of  Czechoslovakia (1960–1992).

Team records

Legend
Team has won the European Championship
Team has qualified for the main tournament through a qualifying process
Team has qualified for the main tournament only automatically as (co-)host
Team hasn't qualified for the main tournament
Team is defunct (and hasn't qualified for the main tournament)

The Euro 2016 qualification is currently in progress. The table below is updated to qualifying games played on 16 November 2014.

Notes:

Team Total Successful[B 1] Appearances
in the finals[B 2]
Pld W D L GF GA GD Points[B 3]
Qualifying attempts[B 4] Overall qualification record
 Spain 15 9 9 109 75 16 18 273 86 +187 241
 Czech Republic
 Czechoslovakia
15 8 8 110 73 20 17 229 82 +147 239
 Russia
 Soviet Union
15 10 10 114 68 29 17 220 84 +136 233
 Netherlands 13 8 9 103 69 14 20 243 76 +167 221
 Germany
 West Germany
12 10 11 92 64 20 8 220 56 +164 212
 Italy 13 7 8 102 60 28 14 177 67 +110 208
 England 13 7 8 94 60 24 10 201 56 +145 204
 France 13 7 9 102 59 26 17 206 85 +121 203
 Romania 15 4 4 109 57 31 21 203 100 +103 202
 Portugal 14 5 6 102 56 24 22 185 97 +88 192
 Serbia
 Serbia and Montenegro
 FR Yugoslavia
 SFR Yugoslavia
14 6 5 99 54 25 20 183 100 +83 184
 Denmark 15 7 8 109 52 23 34 180 134 +46 179
 Scotland 13 2 2 104 50 24 30 149 111 +38 174
 Greece 14 4 4 103 51 20 32 152 113 +39 173
 Sweden 13 4 5 96 50 22 24 160 93 +67 172
 Republic of Ireland 15 2 2 113 46 33 34 171 131 +40 171
 Hungary 15 2 2 113 48 23 42 187 154 +33 167
 Bulgaria 15 2 2 107 47 25 35 152 113 +39 166
 Belgium 13 3 4 97 43 26 28 153 108 +45 155
 Poland 14 1 2 94 41 25 28 146 102 +44 148
 Turkey 15 3 3 104 40 25 39 125 147 −22 145
 Norway 15 1 1 106 40 19 47 139 148 −9 139
 Austria 14 0 1 93 39 16 38 166 143 +23 133
 Northern Ireland 14 0 0 104 37 22 45 110 133 −23 133
 Wales 14 0 0 98 37 20 41 118 131 −13 131
 Switzerland 13 2 3 86 34 22 30 137 111 +26 124
 Croatia 6 4 4 56 37 12 7 108 35 +73 123
 Finland 13 0 0 98 25 22 51 104 157 −53 97
 Slovakia 6 0 0 54 25 9 20 85 71 +14 84
 Israel 6 0 0 53 24 10 19 89 66 +23 82
 Slovenia 6 1 1 58 22 12 24 68 70 −2 78
 Iceland 12 0 0 90 21 15 54 73 138 −65 78
 East Germany 8 0 0 46 20 12 14 76 57 +19 72
 Ukraine 5 0 1 46 19 13 14 62 49 +13 70
 Latvia 6 1 1 56 20 10 26 62 79 −17 70
 Lithuania 6 0 0 52 19 7 26 46 71 −25 64
 Bosnia-Herzegovina 5 0 0 46 17 9 20 58 67 −9 60
 Albania 12 0 0 86 13 21 52 64 158 −94 60
 Cyprus 13 0 0 98 14 14 70 76 256 −180 56
 Georgia 6 0 0 54 14 8 32 57 80 −23 50
 Armenia 6 0 0 53 12 11 30 48 75 −27 47
 Estonia 6 0 0 56 13 8 35 44 96 −52 47
 Macedonia 6 0 0 52 11 13 28 57 82 −25 46
 Belarus 6 0 0 52 11 11 30 43 82 −39 44
 Moldova 6 0 0 52 11 8 33 49 104 −55 41
 Luxembourg 14 0 0 103 6 10 87 41 287 −246 28
 Malta 13 0 0 96 3 13 80 47 279 −232 22
 Azerbaijan 6 0 0 54 5 6 43 31 140 −109 21
 Faroe Islands 7 0 0 62 5 6 51 36 171 −135 21
 Liechtenstein 6 0 0 52 5 6 41 18 156 −138 21
 Montenegro 2 0 0 14 4 5 5 10 12 −2 17
 Kazakhstan 3 0 0 28 3 6 19 21 55 −34 15
 San Marino 7 0 0 60 0 1 59 6 264 −258 1
 Gibraltar 1 0 0 4 0 0 4 0 21 −21 0
 Andorra 5 0 0 44 0 0 44 9 130 −121 0

Footnotes

  1. ^ Includes Yugoslavia in 1992; excludes Denmark in 1992 (see above). Includes teams that have secured qualification for Euro 2016.
  2. ^ Includes automatic qualifiers. Includes Denmark in 1992; excludes Yugoslavia in 1992 (see above). Includes teams that have secured qualification for Euro 2016.
  3. ^ The three points for a win system is used. This column exists for comparison purposes only, and does not represent any official rankings.
  4. ^ Excludes automatic qualifiers. Includes teams that have entered the Euro 2016 qualification.

References

  1. ^ "United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 (Implementing Trade Embargo on Yugoslavia)". University of Minnesota Human Rights Center. Retrieved 27 July 2014. 
  2. ^ European Championship 1968, rsssf.com

External links

  • European Championship, RSSSF

See also

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