1960 European Nations' Cup

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1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup
UEFA Championnat Européen du Football
France 1960
UEFA Euro 1960 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1960 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryFrance
Dates6–10 July
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Soviet Union (1st title)
Runners-up Yugoslavia
Third place Czechoslovakia
Fourth place France
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored17 (4.25 per match)
Attendance78,958 (19,740 per match)
Top scorer(s)France François Heutte
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dražan Jerković
(2 goals each)

The 1960 UEFA European Nations' Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The first 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 then move on to the final tournament, whose host was selected after the teams became known.

In the quarter-finals, Spain, who were under Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship at the time, refused to travel to the Soviet Union (the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War) for the first leg. Spain were disqualified and, accordingly, three of the final four teams were from 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 after coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralised French 2–0 for third place.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalised 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]


Qualified teams[edit]

Team Qualified as Qualified on
 France (host) Second round winner 27 March 1960
 Yugoslavia Second round winner 22 May 1960
 Czechoslovakia Second round winner 29 May 1960
 Soviet Union Second round winner[A] 29 May 1960
  1. ^ The Soviet Union advanced to the main tournament as Spain were disqualified after they refused to travel to the Soviet Union for the first leg of their quarter-final.


Paris Marseille
Parc des Princes Stade Vélodrome
Capacity: 40,000 Capacity: 40,000
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Match officials[edit]

Country Referee
England England Arthur Ellis
Belgium Belgium Gaston Grandain
Italy Italy Cesare Jonni

Final tournament[edit]

1960 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).


6 July – Marseille
10 July – Paris
 Soviet Union3
 Soviet Union (a.e.t.)2
6 July – Paris
Third place play-off
9 July – Marseille


France 4–5 Yugoslavia
Attendance: 26,370

Czechoslovakia 0–3 Soviet Union
Attendance: 25,184
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)

Third place play-off[edit]

Czechoslovakia 2–0 France
Attendance: 9,438
Referee: Cesare Jonni (Italy)


Soviet Union 2–1 (a.e.t.) Yugoslavia
Attendance: 17,966[2]



There were 17 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 4.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[3]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Czechoslovakia Ladislav Novák
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Vladimir Durković
Czechoslovakia Josef Masopust
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Soviet Union Igor Netto
Soviet Union Slava Metreveli
Soviet Union Viktor Ponedelnik
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Milan Galić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Bora Kostić
Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragoslav Šekularac


  1. ^ Rostance, Tom (21 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1960: Lev Yashin leads Soviets to glory in France". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Soviet Union 2–1 Yugoslavia". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 1 July 2012.
  3. ^ "1960 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. 1 February 2011. Retrieved 2 October 2012.

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