UEFA Euro 1976

1976 UEFA European Football Championship
Evropsko prvenstvo u nogometu 1976. (Bosnian) (Croatian)
1976 Европското фудбалско првенство (Macedonian)
Европско првенство у фудбалу 1976 (Serbian)
Evropsko prvenstvo v nogometu 1976 (Slovene)

UEFA Euro 1976 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Yugoslavia
Dates 16 – 20 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  Czechoslovakia (1st title)
Runners-up  West Germany
Third place  Netherlands
Fourth place  Yugoslavia
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 19 (4.75 per match)
Attendance 106,087 (26,522 per match)
Top scorer(s) Germany Dieter Müller (4 goals)

The 1976 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Yugoslavia. This was the fifth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 16 and 20 June 1976.

At the time, only four countries played the final tournament, which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third-place match. This was the last tournament to have this format, as the tournament was expanded to include eight teams four years later.

It was the first and only time that all four matches in the final tournament were decided after extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored.

This was also the last tournament in which the hosts had to qualify for the final stage.

Czech player Antonin Panenka gained fame for his delicately chipped penalty that gave his country victory in the tournament's final against holders West Germany.[1]


Alternate tournament logo

Crvena Zvezda Stadium
Capacity: 90,000
Maksimir Stadium
Capacity: 55,000

Qualifying round

1976 UEFA European Football Championship finalists

The qualifying round was played throughout 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth two points, draws one point, and defeats no points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through, to the final tournament. This was the first time the Soviet Union did not qualify for the finals tournament.

The following teams participated in the final tournament:

For a list of squads, see UEFA Euro 1976 squads.


Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

Semi-finals Final
16 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Czechoslovakia (a.e.t.)  3  
  Netherlands  1  
20 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium)
      Czechoslovakia (pen.)  2 (5)
    West Germany  2 (3)
Third place
17 June – Belgrade (Crvena Zvezda Stadium) 19 June – Zagreb (Maksimir Stadium)
  Yugoslavia  2   Netherlands (a.e.t.)  3
  West Germany (a.e.t.)  4     Yugoslavia  2


16 June 1976
Czechoslovakia  3 – 1
Ondruš  19'
Nehoda  114'
Veselý  118'
Report Ondruš  77' (o.g.)
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 17,969
Referee: Clive Thomas (Wales)

17 June 1976
Yugoslavia  2 – 4
 West Germany
Popivoda  19'
Džajić  30'
Report Flohe  64'
D. Müller  82', 115', 119'
Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 50,562
Referee: Alfred Delcourt (Belgium)

Third place play-off

19 June 1976
Netherlands  3 – 2
Geels  27', 107'
Van de Kerkhof  39'
Report Katalinski  43'
Džajić  82'
Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
Attendance: 6,766
Referee: Walter Hungerbühler (Switzerland)


Main article: UEFA Euro 1976 Final

20 June 1976
Czechoslovakia  2 – 2
 West Germany
Švehlík  8'
Dobiaš  25'
Report D. Müller  28'
Hölzenbein  89'
5 – 3 Bonhof
Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Attendance: 30,790
Referee: Sergio Gonella (Italy)


Top scorers

With four goals, Dieter Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 19 goals were scored by 13 different players in 4 games for an average of 4.75 goals per game. One of the goals is credited as own goal.

4 goals
2 goals
1 goal
Own goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[2]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Czechoslovakia Ivo Viktor Czechoslovakia Ján Pivarník West Germany Rainer Bonhof Czechoslovakia Zdeněk Nehoda
Netherlands Ruud Krol Czechoslovakia Jaroslav Pollák West Germany Dieter Müller
Czechoslovakia Anton Ondruš Czechoslovakia Antonín Panenka
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dragan Džajić


  1. Smallwood, Jimmy (12 May 2012). "BBC Sport - Euro 1976: The year the Welsh Dragon roared again". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. "1976 team of the tournament". Retrieved 2 January 2015.
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