UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying

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UEFA Euro 1992 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates30 May 1990 – 22 December 1991
Teams33
Tournament statistics
Matches played123
Goals scored333 (2.71 per match)
Top scorer(s)Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Darko Pančev (10 goals)

The qualifying competition for UEFA Euro 1992 was a series of parallel association football competitions to be held over 1990 and 1991 to decide the qualifiers for UEFA Euro 1992, to be held in Sweden. The draw for the qualifying rounds was held on 2 February 1990.

There were a total of seven groups. At the conclusion of qualifying, the team at the top of each group qualified for the final tournament, to join the hosts in completing the eight participants. This was the last European Championship to feature eight teams, as the competition was expanded to 16 teams for 1996.

Qualified teams

  Qualified for the tournament   Expelled after qualification   Did not qualify   Withdrew before playing any matches   Did not enter   Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
 Sweden Host 16 December 1988 0 (debut)
 France Group 1 winner 12 October 1991 2 (1960, 1984)
 England Group 7 winner 13 November 1991 3 (1968, 1980, 1988)
 CIS Group 3 winner 13 November 1991 5 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972, 1988)
 Scotland Group 2 winner 13 November 1991 0 (debut)
 Germany Group 5 winner 20 November 1991 5 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984, 1988)
 Netherlands Group 6 winner 4 December 1991 3 (1976, 1980, 1988)
 Denmark Group 4 runner-up 31 May 1992 3 (1964, 1984, 1988)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.
  2. ^ From 1960 to 1988, CIS competed as the Soviet Union.
  3. ^ Replaced the Soviet Union.
  4. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  5. ^ Replaced FR Yugoslavia (after qualifying as Yugoslavia), who were subject to sanctions under UN Security Council Resolution 757 and thus banned from appearing.

Seedings

The draw took place on 2 February 1990. Sweden qualified automatically as hosts of the competition, and 34 teams entered the draw, with the Faroe Islands and San Marino participating in a European qualifying tournament for the first time.

As initially made, the draw placed East Germany and West Germany in the same qualifying group; this would have been the first time the two sides had met since the 1974 World Cup. However, following German reunification on 3 October 1990, the East German team was withdrawn and its fixtures scrapped, while the unified German team took over the fixtures of West Germany.

The qualifiers thus consisted of 33 teams divided into seven groups (two of four teams and five of five teams) were played in 1990 and 1991. Each group winner progressed to the finals. This was the last European Championship qualifying phase which awarded two points for a win; from 1996 onward, teams earned 3 points for a win.

Pool 1 Pool 2 Pool 3 Pool 4 Pool 5

 Netherlands
 England
 Spain
 Italy
 Yugoslavia
 West Germany
 Romania

 Soviet Union
 Republic of Ireland
 Czechoslovakia
 Denmark
 Belgium
 Scotland
 Portugal

 East Germany
 Hungary
 Austria
 France
 Bulgaria
 Poland
 Greece

  Switzerland
 Iceland
 Wales
 Turkey
 Norway
 Northern Ireland
 Finland

 Malta
 Cyprus
 Luxembourg
 Albania
 San Marino
 Faroe Islands

Summary

  Six group winners and one runner-up (replacing a banned team) qualified directly for UEFA Euro 1992   Group winner was banned from UEFA Euro 1992   Other teams were eliminated
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7

France

Scotland

Soviet Union

Yugoslavia

Germany

Netherlands

England

Czechoslovakia

Switzerland

Italy

Denmark

Wales

Portugal

Republic of Ireland

Spain

Iceland

Albania

Romania

Bulgaria

San Marino

Norway

Hungary

Cyprus

Northern Ireland

Austria

Faroe Islands

Belgium

Luxembourg

Greece

Finland

Malta

Poland

Turkey

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification France Czechoslovakia Spain Iceland Albania
1  France 8 8 0 0 20 6 +14 16 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–1 3–1 5–0
2  Czechoslovakia 8 5 0 3 12 9 +3 10 1–2 3–2 1–0 2–1
3  Spain 7 3 0 4 17 12 +5 6 1–2 2–1 2–1 9–0
4  Iceland 8 2 0 6 7 10 −3 4 1–2 0–1 2–0 2–0
5  Albania 7 1 0 6 2 21 −19 2 0–1 0–2 Canc. 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The match was cancelled due to the political crisis in Albania; both countries were already eliminated.

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Scotland Switzerland Romania Bulgaria San Marino
1  Scotland 8 4 3 1 14 7 +7 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 2–1 1–1 4–0
2   Switzerland 8 4 2 2 19 7 +12 10 2–2 0–0 2–0 7–0
3  Romania 8 4 2 2 13 7 +6 10 1–0 1–0 0–3 6–0
4  Bulgaria 8 3 3 2 15 8 +7 9 1–1 2–3 1–1 4–0
5  San Marino 8 0 0 8 1 33 −32 0 0–2 0–4 1–3 0–3
Source: UEFA

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Soviet Union Italy Norway Hungary Cyprus
1  Soviet Union 8 5 3 0 13 2 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament 0–0 2–0 2–2 4–0
2  Italy 8 3 4 1 12 5 +7 10 0–0 1–1 3–1 2–0
3  Norway 8 3 3 2 9 5 +4 9 0–1 2–1 0–0 3–0
4  Hungary 8 2 4 2 10 9 +1 8 0–1 1–1 0–0 4–2
5  Cyprus 8 0 0 8 2 25 −23 0 0–3 0–4 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ The Soviet Union team was replaced by CIS in the final tournament due to the dissolution of the Soviet Union just after the end of the qualifying stages.

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Denmark Northern Ireland Austria Faroe Islands
1  Yugoslavia 8 7 0 1 24 4 +20 14 Banned from final tournament 1–2 4–1 4–1 7–0
2  Denmark 8 6 1 1 18 7 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament 0–2 2–1 2–1 4–1
3  Northern Ireland 8 2 3 3 11 11 0 7 0–2 1–1 2–1 1–1
4  Austria 8 1 1 6 6 14 −8 3 0–2 0–3 0–0 3–0
5  Faroe Islands 8 1 1 6 3 26 −23 3 0–2 0–4 0–5 1–0
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. ^ a b Yugoslavia were to participate in the final tournament as FR Yugoslavia. However, the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was placed under sanctions on 30 May 1992 by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 757 after the outbreak of Yugoslav Wars. FIFA and UEFA therefore suspended FR Yugoslavia from competitive football on 31 May 1992, meaning they could not participate in the final tournament. Group runners-up Denmark instead took the spot at the final tournament.

Group 5

East Germany were originally drawn into this group alongside West Germany, but after reunification, a single German team participated in the qualification process, taking over the fixtures of West Germany.

Subsequently, East Germany's game on 12 September 1990 against Belgium was reclassified as a friendly, and was also East Germany's final international match, which it won 2–0: the remaining seven fixtures of East Germany were scratched.

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Germany Wales Belgium Luxembourg
1  Germany 6 5 0 1 13 4 +9 10 Qualify for final tournament 4–1 1–0 4–0
2  Wales 6 4 1 1 8 6 +2 9 1–0 3–1 1–0
3  Belgium 6 2 1 3 7 6 +1 5 0–1 1–1 3–0
4  Luxembourg 6 0 0 6 2 14 −12 0 2–3 0–1 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Netherlands Portugal Greece Finland Malta
1  Netherlands 8 6 1 1 17 2 +15 13 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–0 2–0 1–0
2  Portugal 8 5 1 2 11 4 +7 11 1–0 1–0 1–0 5–0
3  Greece 8 3 2 3 11 9 +2 8 0–2 3–2 2–0 4–0
4  Finland 8 1 4 3 5 8 −3 6 1–1 0–0 1–1 2–0
5  Malta 8 0 2 6 2 23 −21 2 0–8 0–1 1–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Republic of Ireland Poland Turkey
1  England 6 3 3 0 7 3 +4 9 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 2–0 1–0
2  Republic of Ireland 6 2 4 0 13 6 +7 8 1–1 0–0 5–0
3  Poland 6 2 3 1 8 6 +2 7 1–1 3–3 3–0
4  Turkey 6 0 0 6 1 14 −13 0 0–1 1–3 0–1
Source: UEFA

Goalscorers

There were 333 goals scored in 123 matches, for an average of 2.71 goals per match.

10 goals

9 goals

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

1 own goal

Notes

  1. ^ 34 teams entered the competition: due to German reunification on 3 October 1990, West Germany's place was taken by unified Germany, while East Germany were withdrawn as they had ceased to exist.

References

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