1956 European Nations' Cup qualifying

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This article describes the qualifying procedure for the 1956 European Nations' Cup, the inaugural edition of the European Nations Cup tournament.

Format[edit | edit source]

The qualification was a knockout tournament where the teams would play a two-legged tie on a home-and-away basis. If the aggregate scores were level at the end of the tie, a third leg was played at a neutral venue to decide the winners. It consisted of a preliminary round, a round of 16, and a quarter-final round. The four quarter-final winners would qualify for the tournament proper; one of those four countries would then be chosen to host it.

Twenty-one teams entered the competition with some noticeable absent teams being Spain, Italy and West Germany. The first ever qualifying match was between the Republic of Ireland and Saarland which ended in a 3-0 win to the Irish.

Qualified teams[edit | edit source]

Team Qualified as Qualified on
 France (host) Quarter Finals winner 28 March 1956
 Turkey Quarter Finals winner 22 April 1956
 Yugoslavia Quarter Finals winner 29 April 1956
 Romania Quarter Finals winner 29 April 1956


First Round[edit | edit source]

First Leg[edit | edit source]

May 7, 1955
Republic of Ireland  3-0  Saar
GavinGoal 22'
CurtisGoal 33'62'
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Attendance: 14,158


May 7, 1955
Portugal  6-0  Brittany
MatateuGoal 3'
ColunaGoal 25'
VasquesGoal 32'
TeixeiraGoal 38'54'68'
Estádio Nacional do Jamor, Oeiras
Attendance: 13,591


May 8, 1955
Belgium  1-1  Bulgaria
HoufGoal 23' YanevGoal 31'
Stade du Heysel, Brussels
Attendance: 23,558


May 8, 1955
Switzerland   1-2  Turkey
RivaGoal 12' KeskinGoal 35'
SarginGoal 43'
Wankdorfstadion, Bern
Attendance: 35,691


May 8, 1955
Luxembourg  0-2  Czechoslovakia
NovákGoal 56'
KrausGoal 79'
Stade Municipal, Luxembourg City
Attendance: 5,155

Second Leg[edit | edit source]

May 14, 1955
Saar  0-2  Republic of Ireland
CurtisGoal 20'76'
Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken
Attendance: 25,000

Republic of Ireland won 5-0 on aggregate and advances to the second round


May 21, 1955
Czechoslovakia  4-0  Luxembourg
MasopustGoal 25'79'
MoravčíkGoal 51'
KrausGoal 67'
Stadion Československé Armády, Prague
Attendance: 24,683

Czechoslovakia won 6-1 on aggregate and advances to the second round


May 21, 1955
Turkey  2-2   Switzerland
Küçükandonyadis Goal 47'
MamatGoal 78'
BallamanGoal 26'
VonlanthenGoal 80'
Mithatpaşa Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 25,000

Turkey won 4-3 on aggregate and advances to the second round


May 22, 1955
Brittany  0-4  Portugal
ÁguasGoal 13'
MatateuGoal 24'73'
VasquesGoal 57'
Park dro Sportou, Rennes
Attendance: 19,000

Portugal won 10-0 on aggregate and advances to the second round


May 28, 1955
Bulgaria  2-1  Belgium
IlievGoal 19'46' VandenbergGoal 74'
National Stadium Vasil Levski, Sofia
Attendance: 20,593

Bulgaria won 3-2 on aggregate and advances to the second round

Second Round[edit | edit source]

First Leg[edit | edit source]

May 8, 1955
Hungary  4-0  Norway
PuskásGoal 22'66'74'83'
Népstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 46,000


September 25, 1955
Denmark  0-2  Czechoslovakia
MolnárGoal 15'
BubnikGoal 31'
Københavns Idrætspark, Copenhagen
Attendance: 37,500


November 15, 1955
Romania  2-0  Portugal
EneGoal 33'85'
Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest
Attendance: 68,000


October 2, 1955
Great Britain  1-1  Bulgaria
AllchurchGoal 39' IlievGoal 80'
British Empire Exhibition Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,000


October 16, 1955
Netherlands  0-0  Republic of Ireland
Stadion de Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 50,000


June 5, 1955
Yugoslavia  3-1  Finland
MujićGoal 51'
PapecGoal 70'
KrstićGoal 75'
LahtinenGoal 88'
Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Belgrade
Attendance: 35,533


October 9, 1955
France  2-0  Austria
CisowskiGoal 44'72'
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 47,000


July 11, 1955
Sweden  0-0  Turkey
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
Attendance: 25,262

Second Leg[edit | edit source]

May 22, 1955
Norway  1-0  Hungary
KristiansenGoal 20'
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 36,000

Hungary won 4-1 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


October 15, 1955
Czechoslovakia  3-0  Denmark
MoravčíkGoal 58'69'
MasopustGoal 84'
Stadion Československé Armády, Prague
Attendance: 42,000

Czechoslovakia won 5-0 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


December 18, 1955
Portugal  1-2  Romania
SantanaGoal 66' OzonGoal 21'
TataruGoal 38'
Estádio Nacional do Jamor, Oeiras
Attendance: 45,000

Romania won 4-1 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


October 22, 1955
Bulgaria  3-2 (a.e.t.)  Great Britain
DimitrovGoal 24'86'104' MatthewsGoal 38'
McParlandGoal 45'
National Stadium Vasil Levski, Sofia
Attendance: 40,000

Bulgaria won 4-3 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


October 30, 1955
Republic of Ireland  0-1  Netherlands
LenstraGoal 8'
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Attendance: 20,000

Netherlands won 1-0 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


June 19, 1955
Finland  0-2  Yugoslavia
KrstićGoal 15'48'
Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 28,000

Yugoslavia won 5-1 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


October 16, 1955
Austria  1-0  France
StotzGoal 29'
Praterstadion (Wiener Stadion), Vienna
Attendance: 60,000

France won 2-1 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals


August 3, 1955
Turkey  2-0  Sweden
MamatGoal 33'36'
Mithatpaşa Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 21,551

Turkey won 2-0 on aggregate and advances to the quarter finals

Quarter Finals[edit | edit source]

First Leg[edit | edit source]

April 8, 1956
Turkey  2-2  Czechoslovakia
ErtonGoal 16'
BermanGoal 87'
Pospíchal Goal 77'
MasopustGoal 87'


April 8, 1956
Yugoslavia  1-0  Hungary
Zebec Goal 33'
Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Belgrade
Attendance: 41,140


March 14, 1956
France  2-0  Netherlands
KopaGoal 17'37'
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 37,375


April 15, 1956
Bulgaria  1-3  Romania
DimitrovGoal 37' EneGoal 22'
CacoveanuGoal 38'
OzonGoal 47'

Second Leg[edit | edit source]

April 22, 1956
Czechoslovakia  2-3 (a.e.t.)  Turkey
Feureisl Goal 15'
Pazdera Goal 61'
BuğekerGoal 13'28'
Küçükandonyadis Goal 108'

Turkey won 5-4 on aggregate and advances to the final tournament


April 29, 1956
Hungary  2-3  Yugoslavia
HidegkutiGoal 19'
PuskásGoal 66'
Milutinović Goal 55'84'
Zebec Goal 76'
Népstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 80,000

Yugoslavia won 4-2 on aggregate and advances to the final tournament


March 28, 1956
Netherlands  0-0  France
Stadion de Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 56,700

France won 2-0 on aggregate and advanced to the final tournament


April 29, 1956
Romania  0-0  Bulgaria
Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest
Attendance: 56,500

Romania won 3-1 on aggregate and advanced to the final tournament

External links[edit | edit source]

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