1956 European Nations Cup
Tournament details
Host country France
Dates 26–30 May
Teams 4 (from 1 confederation)
Venue(s) 2 (in 2 host cities)
Final positions
Champions Flag of France.svg France (1st title)
Runners-up 23x15px Romania
Third place Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Fourth place 23x15px Turkey
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance 80,754 (20,189 per match)
Top scorer(s) France Michel Leblond (3 goals)

The 1956 UEFA European Nations Cup was the first European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The first tournament was held in France.

The tournament was a knockout competition with twenty-one teams entering the final four nations would come to France to see who would take out the title. In the end it was the hosts that would take out the title after they defeated Romania 2-0 in the final.


Main article: 1956 European Nations Cup qualifying

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on
Flag of France.svg France (host) Quarter Finals winner 28 March 1956
23x15px Turkey Quarter Finals winner 22 April 1956
Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia Quarter Finals winner 29 April 1956
23x15px Romania Quarter Finals winner 29 April 1956

Final tournament

In all matches but the final, extra time and a coin toss were used to decide the winner if necessary. If the final remained level after extra time, a replay would be used to determine the winner.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).


Semi-finals Final
26 May – Paris
 Flag of France.svg France  3  
 23x15px Turkey  0  
30 May – Paris
     Flag of France.svg France  2
   23x15px Romania  0
Third place
26 May – Marseille 29 May – Marseille
 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  3  23x15px Turkey  0
 23x15px Romania (a.e.t)  4    Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia  1


26 May 1956
France Flag of France.svg 3–0 23x15px Turkey
Leblond Soccerball shade 58'77'
Vincent Soccerball shade 36'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 25,277

26 May 1956
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3–4 (a.e.t) 23x15px Romania
Vukas Soccerball shade 15'
Zebec Soccerball shade 56'
Horvat Soccerball shade 86'
David Soccerball shade 31'74'
Constantin Soccerball shade 47'102'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 21,552

Third place play-off

29 May 1956
Turkey 23x15px 0–1 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Vukas Soccerball shade 62'
Stade Vélodrome, Marseille
Attendance: 10,411


30 May 1956
France Flag of France.svg 2–0 23x15px Romania
Foix Soccerball shade 57'
Leblond Soccerball shade 88'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 23,514

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