1964 European Nations' Cup
|Eurocopa España 1964|
UEFA Euro 1964 official logo
|Dates||17 – 21 June|
|Venue(s)||2 (in 2 host cities)|
|Champions||Spain (1st title)|
|Goals scored||13 (3.25 per match)|
|Attendance||156,253 (39,063 per match)|
Jesús María Pereda|
(2 goals each)
The tournament was a knockout competition; 29 teams entered (Greece withdrew after being drawn with Albania). The Soviet Union, Austria, and Luxembourg received byes into the second round. 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. Spain had withdrawn from the tournament in 1960 rather than play the Soviet Union, but on this occasion General Franco let his team play the Soviets. In front of more than 79,000 at the Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid, the hosts won 2–1 after a late goal from Marcelino.
|Country||Qualified as||Date of qualification||Previous appearances1|
|Denmark||Quarter-finals winner||18 December 1963||0 (debut)|
|Hungary||Quarter-finals winner||23 May 1964||0 (debut)|
|Spain (hosts)||Quarter-finals winner||8 April 1964||0 (debut)|
|Soviet Union||Quarter-finals winner||27 May 1964||1 (1960)|
- 1 Bold indicates champion for that year
|Belgium||Arthur Blavier||Semi-final: Spain 2–1 Hungary|
|England||Arthur Holland||Final: Spain 2–1 Soviet Union|
|Italy||Concetto Lo Bello||Semi-final: Denmark 0–3 Soviet Union|
|Switzerland||Daniel Mellet||Third place play-off: Hungary 3–1 Denmark|
|17 June – Madrid|
|21 June – Madrid|
|17 June – Barcelona||20 June – Barcelona|
17 June 1964
| Pereda 35'
17 June 1964
|Report|| Voronin 19'|
Third place play-off
20 June 1964
| Bene 11'
Novák 107' (pen.), 110'
21 June 1964
| Pereda 6'
With two goals, Ferenc Bene, Dezső Novák, Jesús María Pereda are the top scorers in the tournament. In total, 13 goals were scored by 10 different players, with none of them credited as own goal.
- 2 goals
- 1 goal
- Carl Bertelsen
- Galimzyan Khusainov
- Valery Voronin
- Viktor Ponedelnik
- Valentin Ivanov
|Lev Yashin||Feliciano Rivilla||Amancio Amaro||Ferenc Bene|
|Dezső Novák||Valentin Ivanov||Jesús María Pereda|
|Ignacio Zoco||Luis Suárez||Flórián Albert|
- Golden Boot