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The qualifying round for the 1984 European Football Championship consisted of 32 teams divided into seven groups; three of four teams and four of five teams. The qualifying round was played at various times between May 1982 and December 1983, with some groups concluding earlier than others.

Summary

There were a number of extremely close finishes in some of the qualifying groups. In Group 2, Portugal edged out the USSR by beating them narrowly 1-0 on a phantom penalty by Rui Jordão in Lisbon on the final day (the infraction for the 83rd minute penalty occurred a meter and a half outside the penalty box). Meanwhile, in Group 5, again on the final day, Romania managed to hold on for a tense 1-1 draw in Bratislavamarker and qualify at the expense of Czechoslovakia. A major surprise in this group was the poor performance of then-World Cup holders Italy, who were rebuilding after the retirement of many of their 1982 heroes and quickly dropped out of contention.

Another surprise was the qualification of Denmark in Group 3 at the expense of England. Having conceded a 2-2 draw at home against the Three Lions, the hitherto unknown Danes performed well in their other qualifiers and capped their impressive campaign with a 1-0 win at Wembleymarker, while England dropped a point at home against Greece that ultimately cost them the qualifying berth.

There was also heartbreak for Northern Ireland in Group 6. After managing to beat hot favourites West Germany both home and away earlier in the campaign, they came within 11 minutes of making it to France, but could only look on as Gerd Strack scored a crucial late winning goal for the West Germans in their own final fixture at home to Albania.

In Group 7, The Netherlands thought they had done enough to qualify, given that their closest rivals Spain went into the very last match needing to beat Malta by eleven goals in order to qualify. And when Spain went in at half-time in Sevillemarker leading the Maltese minnows by a margin of only 3-1, the Dutch could have been forgiven for assuming they were home and dry. Spain, incredibly, then proceeded to score nine more goals in the second half, the last of them coming in the 86th minute from Juan Señor, to book an unlikely passage to the finals. UEFA has since changed its rules: all teams now play their final game at the exact same time and date, so that none of the teams has an advantage. Also, overall goal difference is now de-emphasized in the tie-breakers in favour of head-to-head results.

Things were tightest of all in Group 4, where Wales, Bulgaria and Yugoslavia were all in contention until the final few seconds of the last match in the group, between the latter two teams in Splitmarker. A draw would have put the onlooking Welsh through to the finals, but just moments after Bulgaria had squandered a glorious chance to score the winning goal and seal their own qualification, Yugoslavian defender Ljubomir Radanović wrote himself into Balkan footballing history with the 90th-minute header that sent him and his team-mates to France.

Format

Four groups of five teams and three groups of four teams competed for qualification for UEFA Euro 1984. The teams played home and away matches against the other teams nations in their group. The seven teams that acquired the most points to win their respective group qualified for the main tournament, joining the host nation France.

Groups

Legend
Qualified for UEFA Euro 1984


Group 1

Team
6 4 1 1 12 8 9
6 2 2 2 7 9 6
6 2 1 3 7 7 5
6 1 2 3 8 10 4


6 October 1982, Belgium 3 – 0 Switzerland

13 October 1982, Scotland 2 – 0 East Germany

17 November 1982, Switzerland 2 – 0 Scotland

15 December 1982, Belgium 3 – 2 Scotland

30 March 1983, East Germany 1 – 2 Belgium

30 March 1983, Scotland 2 – 2 Switzerland

27 April 1983, Belgium 2 – 1 East Germany

14 May 1983, Switzerland 0 – 0 East Germany

12 October 1983, East Germany 3 – 0 Switzerland

12 October 1983, Scotland 1 – 1 Belgium

9 November 1983, Switzerland 3 – 1 Belgium

16 November 1983, East Germany 2 – 1 Scotland


Group 2

Team
6 5 0 1 11 6 10
6 4 1 1 11 2 9
6 1 2 3 6 9 4
6 0 1 5 3 14 1


8 September 1982, Finland 2 – 3 Poland

22 September 1982, Finland 0 – 2 Portugal

10 October 1982, Portugal 2 – 1 Poland

13 October 1982, USSR 2 – 0 Finland

17 April 1983, Poland 1 – 1 Finland

27 April 1983, USSR 5 – 0 Portugal

22 May 1983, Poland 1 – 1 USSR

1 June 1983, Finland 0 – 1 USSR

21 September 1983, Portugal 5 – 0 Finland

9 October 1983, USSR 2 – 0 Poland

28 October 1983, Poland 0 – 1 Portugal

13 November 1983, Portugal 1 – 0 USSR


Group 3

Team
8 6 1 1 17 5 13
8 5 2 1 23 3 12
8 3 2 3 8 10 8
8 3 1 4 18 17 7
8 0 0 8 5 36 0


22 September 1982, Denmark 2 – 2 England

9 October 1982, Luxembourg 0 – 2 Greece

10 November 1982, Luxembourg 1 – 2 Denmark

17 November 1982, Greece 0 – 3 England

15 December 1982, England 9 – 0 Luxembourg

27 March 1983, Luxembourg 2 – 6 Hungary

30 March 1983, England 0 – 0 Greece

17 April 1983, Hungary 6 – 2 Luxembourg

27 April 1983, Denmark 1 – 0 Greece

27 April 1983, England 2 – 0 Hungary

15 May 1983, Hungary 2 – 3 Greece

1 June 1983, Denmark 3 – 1 Hungary

21 September 1983, England 0 – 1 Denmark

12 October 1983, Hungary 0 – 3 England

12 October 1983, Denmark 6 – 0 Luxembourg

26 October 1983, Hungary 1 – 0 Denmark

16 November 1983, Greece 0 – 2 Denmark

16 November 1983, Luxembourg 0 – 4 England

3 December 1983, Greece 2 – 2 Hungary

14 December 1983, Greece 1 – 0 Luxembourg


Group 4

Team
6 3 2 1 12 11 8
6 2 3 1 7 6 7
6 2 1 3 7 8 5
6 1 2 3 7 8 4


22 September 1982, Wales 1 – 0 Norway

13 October 1982, Norway 3 – 1 Yugoslavia

27 October 1982, Bulgaria 2 – 2 Norway

17 November 1982, Bulgaria 0 – 1 Yugoslavia

15 December 1982, Yugoslavia 4 – 4 Wales

27 April 1983, Wales 1 – 0 Bulgaria

7 September 1983, Norway 1 – 2 Bulgaria

21 September 1983, Norway 0 – 0 Wales

12 October 1983, Yugoslavia 2 – 1 Norway

16 November 1983, Bulgaria 1 – 0 Wales

14 December 1983, Wales 1 – 1 Yugoslavia

21 December 1983, Yugoslavia 3 – 2 Bulgaria


Group 5

Team
8 5 2 1 9 3 12
8 5 1 2 14 5 11
8 3 4 1 15 7 10
8 1 3 4 6 12 5
8 0 2 6 4 21 2


1 May 1982, Romania 3 – 1 Cyprus

8 September 1982, Romania 2 – 0 Sweden

6 October 1982, Czechoslovakia 2 – 2 Sweden

13 November 1982, Italy 2 – 2 Czechoslovakia

13 November 1982, Cyprus 0 – 1 Sweden

4 December 1982, Italy 0 – 0 Romania

12 February 1983, Cyprus 1 – 1 Italy

27 March 1983, Cyprus 1 – 1 Czechoslovakia

16 April 1983, Romania 1 – 0 Italy

16 April 1983, Czechoslovakia 6 – 0 Cyprus

15 May 1983, Sweden 5 – 0 Cyprus

15 May 1983, Romania 0 – 1 Czechoslovakia

29 May 1983, Sweden 2 – 0 Italy

9 June 1983, Sweden 0 – 1 Romania

21 September 1983, Sweden 1 – 0 Czechoslovakia

15 October 1983, Italy 0 – 3 Sweden

12 November 1983, Cyprus 0 – 1 Romania

16 November 1983, Czechoslovakia 2 – 0 Italy

30 November 1983, Czechoslovakia 1 – 1 Romania

22 December 1983, Italy 3 – 1 Cyprus


Group 6

Team
8 5 1 2 15 5 11
8 5 1 2 8 5 11
8 4 1 3 15 10 9
8 3 1 4 8 16 7
8 0 2 6 4 14 2


22 September 1982, Austria 5 – 0 Albania

13 October 1982, Austria 2 – 0 Northern Ireland

27 October 1982, Turkey 1 – 0 Albania

17 November 1982, Northern Ireland 1 – 0 West Germany

17 November 1982, Austria 4 – 0 Turkey

15 December 1982, Albania 0 – 0 Northern Ireland

30 March 1983, Northern Ireland 2 – 1 Turkey

30 March 1983, Albania 1 – 2 West Germany

23 April 1983, Turkey 0 – 3 West Germany

27 April 1983, Austria 0 – 0 West Germany

27 April 1983, Northern Ireland 1 – 0 Albania

11 May 1983, Albania 1 – 1 Turkey

8 June 1983, Albania 1 – 2 Austria

21 September 1983, Northern Ireland 3 – 1 Austria

5 October 1983, West Germany 3 – 0 Austria

12 October 1983, Turkey 1 – 0 Northern Ireland

26 October 1983, West Germany 5 – 1 Turkey

16 November 1983, West Germany 0 – 1 Northern Ireland

16 November 1983, Turkey 3 – 1 Austria

20 November 1983, West Germany 2 – 1 Albania


Group 7

Team
8 6 1 1 24 8 13
8 6 1 1 22 6 13
8 4 1 3 20 10 9
8 1 1 6 3 13 3
8 1 0 7 5 37 2


5 June 1982, Malta 2 – 1 Iceland

1 September 1982, Iceland 1 – 1 Netherlands

22 September 1982, Netherlands 2 – 1 Republic of Ireland

13 October 1982, Republic of Ireland 2 – 0 Iceland

27 October 1982, Spain 1 – 0 Iceland

17 November 1982, Republic of Ireland 3 – 3 Spain

19 December 1982, Malta 0 – 6 Netherlands

16 February 1983, Spain 1 – 0 Netherlands

30 March 1983, Malta 0 – 1 Republic of Ireland

27 April 1983, Spain 2 – 0 Republic of Ireland

15 May 1983, Malta 2 – 3 Spain

29 May 1983, Iceland 0 – 1 Spain

5 June 1983, Iceland 1 – 0 Malta

7 September 1983, Netherlands 3 – 0 Iceland

21 September 1983, Iceland 0 – 3 Republic of Ireland

12 October 1983, Republic of Ireland 2 – 3 Netherlands

16 November 1983, Netherlands 2 – 1 Spain

16 November 1983, Republic of Ireland 8 – 0 Malta

17 December 1983, Netherlands 5 – 0 Malta

21 December 1983, Spain 12 – 1 Malta


Goalscorers

During the qualification stage, 341 goals were scored over 116 matches, for an average of 2.94 goals per game.

7 goals




6 goals




5 goals








4 goals








3 goals








2 goals








1 goal








1 own goal








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