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The 1960 UEFA European Nations Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament was held in France. It was won by the Soviet Union, who beat Yugoslavia 2–1 in Paris after extra time.

The tournament was a knockout competition; just 17 teams entered with some notable absences, West Germany, Italy and England among them. The teams would play 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.

Spain, still under Francisco Franco's far-right dictatorship, refused to travel to the Soviet Unionmarker, the main supporter of the Second Spanish Republic in the Spanish Civil War, and withdrew from the tournament, so the final four had three Communist countries: USSR, Czechoslovakia, and Yugoslavia, to go with hosts France. In the semi-finals, the Soviets made easy work of the Czechoslovaks in Marseillemarker, beating them 3–0. The other match saw a nine-goal thriller as Yugoslavia came on top 5–4, coming back from a two-goal deficit twice. Czechoslovakia beat the demoralized French 2–0 for third place.

In the final, Yugoslavia scored first, but the Soviet Union, led by legendary goalkeeper Lev Yashin, equalized in the 49th minute. After 90 minutes the score was 1–1, and Viktor Ponedelnik scored with seven minutes left in extra time to give the Soviets the inaugural European Championship.


See: 1960 European Nations' Cup squads

Qualifying rounds

Preliminary round

Czechoslovakia won 4–2 on aggregate.

Round of 16

First leg

Second leg

France won 8–2 on aggregate.

Romania won 3–2 on aggregate.

Portugal won 5–2 on aggregate.

Austria won 6–2 on aggregate.

Soviet Union won 4–1 on aggregate.

Spain won 7–2 on aggregate.

Czechoslovakia won 7–3 on aggregate.

Yugoslavia won 3–1 on aggregate.


Spain refused to travel to the Soviet Union for their quarter-final, so the USSR were awarded a walkover victory.

First leg

Second leg

France won 9–4 on aggregate.

Yugoslavia won 6–3 on aggregate.

Czechoslovakia won 5–0 on aggregate.

Final tournament

1960 European Nations' Cup finalists.


Third place play-off



Top goalscorers

2 goals

1 goal

Fastest goal

11 minutes: Milan Galić (Yugoslavia vs France)

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