1964 European Nations' Cup

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1964 European Nations' Cup
Eurocopa España 1964
Tournament details
Host countrySpain
Dates17–21 June
Venue(s)2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Spain (1st title)
Runners-up Soviet Union
Third place Hungary
Fourth place Denmark
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored13 (3.25 per match)
Attendance156,253 (39,063 per match)
Top scorer(s)Hungary Ferenc Bene
Hungary Dezső Novák
Spain Chus Pereda
(2 goals each)

The 1964 European Nations' Cup was the second edition of the UEFA European Championship. The final tournament was held in Spain. It was won by the hosts 2–1 over the defending champions, the Soviet Union.

The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after the draw after refusing to play Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria and Luxembourg received byes to the round of 16. The teams played 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.

Luxembourg proved to be the giant-killers of the qualifying rounds; they beat the Netherlands 3–2 on aggregate (1–1 and 2–1), and then drew with Denmark 3–3 and 2–2, before losing the replay 1–0. Denmark thus became the most surprising of the qualifiers for the final tournament, joining the Soviet Union, Spain, and Hungary.

In the semi-finals, the Soviet Union defeated the Danes 3–0 in Barcelona, and Spain beat Hungary 2–1 in extra time in Madrid, the winning goal being scored by Amancio.

This set up a showdown between Spain and the Soviet Union in the final, only four years after Spain had been disqualified for refusing to travel to Moscow to play the Soviet Union. On this occasion – and with the championship of Europe on the line – General Franco let his team play the Soviets.

In front of more than 79,000 people, including Franco himself, at the Santiago Bernabéu in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
 Denmark Quarter-final winner 18 December 1963 0 (debut)
 Spain (host) Quarter-final winner 8 April 1964 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-final winner 23 May 1964 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 27 May 1964 1 (1960)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


1964 European Nations' Cup is located in SpainMadridMadridBarcelonaBarcelona Madrid Barcelona
Santiago Bernabéu Camp Nou
Capacity: 110,000 Capacity: 93,053


Match officials

Country Referee Matches refereed
Belgium Belgium Arthur Blavier Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary
England England Arthur Holland Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Italy Italy Concetto Lo Bello Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Switzerland Switzerland Daniel Mellet Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark

Final tournament

1964 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).


 17 June – Madrid
  Spain (a.e.t.)2
 21 June – Madrid
 17 June – Barcelona
  Soviet Union1
  Soviet Union3
 Third place play-off
 20 June – Barcelona
  Hungary (a.e.t.)3


17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)20:00
Spain 2–1 (a.e.t.) Hungary
Santiago Bernabéu, MadridAttendance: 34,713Referee: Arthur Blavier (Belgium) 17 June 1964 (1964-06-17)22:30
Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union
Camp Nou, BarcelonaAttendance: 38,556Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)

Third place play-off

20 June 1964 (1964-06-20)20:30
Hungary 3–1 (a.e.t.) Denmark
Camp Nou, BarcelonaAttendance: 3,869Referee: Daniel Mellet (Switzerland)


21 June 1964 (1964-06-21)18:30
Spain 2–1 Soviet Union
Report, lineups
Santiago Bernabéu, MadridAttendance: 79,115Referee: Arthur Holland (England)



There were 13 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 3.25 goals per match.

2 goals

1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Soviet Union Lev Yashin Hungary Dezső Novák
Spain Ferran Olivella
Spain Feliciano Rivilla
Spain Ignacio Zoco
Soviet Union Valentin Ivanov
Spain Amancio Amaro
Spain Luis Suárez
Hungary Flórián Albert
Hungary Ferenc Bene
Spain Chus Pereda


  1. ^ "Spain's Marcelino stoops to conquer Europe". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 2 October 2003. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ Sanghera, Mandeep (12 May 2012). "Euro 1964: A forgotten Spanish triumph". BBC Sport. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  3. ^ "1964 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 14 May 2020.

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