UEFA Euro 1980

1980 UEFA European Football Championship
Italia 1980
Campionato Europeo di Calcio 1980 (Italian)

UEFA Euro 1980 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Italy
Dates 11 – 22 June
Teams 8
Venue(s) 4 (in 4 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (2nd title)
Runners-up  Belgium
Third place  Czechoslovakia
Fourth place  Italy
Tournament statistics
Matches played 14
Goals scored 27 (1.93 per match)
Attendance 345,463 (24,676 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Klaus Allofs (3 goals)

The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Italy. This was the sixth European Football Championship, which is held every four years and endorsed by UEFA.[1] With eight teams competing, the final tournament took place between 11 and 22 June 1980. Previously, the final tournament of the European Championships was played among four teams. Champions were West Germany who won their second title. It was the last Euro tournament with a competition for third place.


Alternate tournament logo

This was the first European Championship in which eight teams, rather than four, contested the final tournament.[2] On 17 October 1977 UEFA announced that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and West Germany had expressed interest in hosting this event.[3] On 19 October UEFA's Organizing Committee decided to assign the hosting to England or Italy (expressing its favour to the latter, the former having already hosted the FIFA World Cup just 11 years earlier), and on 12 November the Organizing Committee and the Executive Committee announced that Italy had been chosen unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final tournament, and the draw for the qualifying round took place in Rome on 30 November 1977. Also for the first time, the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified automatically for the finals.

Because of the expanded format, the final tournament went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were created; each team would play all others within their group. The winners of the groups would go straight to the final (there were no semi-finals), while the runners-up disputed the third place match.

The tournament generally failed to draw much enthusiasm from spectators and TV viewers. Attendance was generally poor except for matches involving the Italian team. The defensive style of play of many teams led to a succession of dull matches. Hooliganism, already a rising problem in the 1970s, made headlines again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police had to use tear gas, causing the match to be held up for five minutes in the first half.[4] The only bright spots were the emergence of a new generation of talented German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the inspirational performance of Belgium (around rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh) who reached the final, only losing to West Germany (2–1) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.[5]


The following teams participated in the final tournament:

For a list of squads, see UEFA Euro 1980 squads.


Rome Milan
Stadio Olimpico Giuseppe Meazza
Capacity: 66,341 Capacity: 83,141
Naples Turin
Stadio San Paolo Stadio Comunale
Capacity: 81,101 Capacity: 71,180

Match officials

Erich Linemayr (AUT)
Adolf Prokop (GDR)
Patrick Partridge (ENG)
Robert Wurtz (FRA)
Heinz Aldinger (FRG)
Károly Palotai (HUN)
Alberto Michelotti (ITA)
Charles Corver (NED)
António Garrido (POR)
Nicolae Rainea (ROU)
Brian McGinlay (SCO)
Hilmi Ok (TUR)


UEFA Euro 1980 Finalists and their result

Group stage

All times are CEST/UTC+2

Group 1

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 321042+25
 Czechoslovakia 311143+13
 Netherlands 31114403
 Greece 301214−31

11 June 1980
Czechoslovakia  0–1  West Germany
Report Rummenigge  57'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 11,059
Referee: Alberto Michelotti (Italy)

11 June 1980
Netherlands  1–0  Greece
Kist  65' (pen.) Report
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,990
Referee: Adolf Prokop (East Germany)

14 June 1980
West Germany  3–2  Netherlands
Allofs  20', 60', 65' Report Rep  79' (pen.)
van de Kerkhof  85'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 26,546
Referee: Robert Wurtz (France)

14 June 1980
Greece  1–3  Czechoslovakia
Anastopoulos  14' Report Panenka  6'
Vízek  26'
Nehoda  63'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 4,726
Referee: Pat Partridge (England)

17 June 1980
Netherlands  1–1  Czechoslovakia
Kist  59' Report Nehoda  16'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,889
Referee: Hilmi Ok (Turkey)

17 June 1980
Greece  0–0  West Germany
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 13,901
Referee: Brian McGinlay (Scotland)

Group 2

Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 312032+14
 Italy 312010+14
 England 31113303
 Spain 301224−21

12 June 1980
Belgium  1–1  England
Ceulemans  29' Report Wilkins  26'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 15,186
Referee: Heinz Aldinger (West Germany)

12 June 1980
Spain  0–0  Italy
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 46,816
Referee: Károly Palotai (Hungary)

15 June 1980
Belgium  2–1  Spain
Gerets  17'
Cools  65'
Report Quini  36'
San Siro, Milan
Attendance: 11,430
Referee: Charles Corver (Netherlands)

15 June 1980
England  0–1  Italy
Report Tardelli  79'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 59,646
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)

18 June 1980
Spain  1–2  England
Dani  48' (pen.) Report Brooking  19'
Woodcock  61'
Stadio San Paolo, Naples
Attendance: 14,440
Referee: Erich Linemayr (Austria)

18 June 1980
Italy  0–0  Belgium
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 42,318
Referee: António Garrido (Portugal)

Third place play-off


Main article: UEFA Euro 1980 Final

22 June 1980
Belgium  1–2  West Germany
Vandereycken  75' (pen.) Report Hrubesch  10', 88'
Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Attendance: 47,864
Referee: Nicolae Rainea (Romania)



With three goals, Klaus Allofs was the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 27 goals were scored by 22 different players in 14 games for an average of 1.93 goals per game. None of the goals are credited as own goal.


UEFA Team of the Tournament[6]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Italy Dino Zoff Italy Claudio Gentile Italy Marco Tardelli West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Italy Gaetano Scirea Belgium Jan Ceulemans West Germany Horst Hrubesch
West Germany Karlheinz Forster West Germany Bernd Schuster
West Germany Hans-Peter Briegel West Germany Hansi Müller


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