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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

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

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


First Round

First Leg

May 7, 1955
Republic of Ireland Flag of Ireland.svg 3-0 23x15px Saar
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Attendance: 14,158


May 7, 1955
Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg 6-0 23x15px Brittany
Estádio Nacional do Jamor, Oeiras
Attendance: 13,591


May 8, 1955
Belgium Flag of Belgium (civil).svg 1-1 23x15px Bulgaria
Stade du Heysel, Brussels
Attendance: 23,558


May 8, 1955
Switzerland  Flag of Switzerland.svg 1-2 23x15px Turkey
Wankdorfstadion, Bern
Attendance: 35,691


May 8, 1955
Luxembourg Flag of Luxembourg.svg 0-2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
Stade Municipal, Luxembourg City
Attendance: 5,155

Second Leg

May 14, 1955
Saar 23x15px 0-2 Flag of Ireland.svg Republic of Ireland
Ludwigsparkstadion, Saarbrücken
Attendance: 25,000

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


May 21, 1955
Czechoslovakia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 4-0 Flag of Luxembourg.svg Luxembourg
Stadion Československé Armády, Prague
Attendance: 24,683

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


May 21, 1955
Turkey 23x15px 2-2 Flag of Switzerland.svg  Switzerland
Mithatpaşa Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 25,000

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


May 22, 1955
Brittany 23x15px 0-4 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Brittany

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


May 28, 1955
Bulgaria 23x15px 2-1 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Belgium
National Stadium Vasil Levski, Sofia
Attendance: 20,593

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

Second Round

First Leg

May 8, 1955
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 4-0 Flag of Norway.svg Norway
Népstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 46,000


September 25, 1955
Denmark Flag of Denmark.svg 0-2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia
Københavns Idrætspark, Copenhagen
Attendance: 37,500


November 15, 1955
Romania 23x15px 2-0 Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal
Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest
Attendance: 68,000


October 2, 1955
Great Britain Flag of the United Kingdom.svg 1-1 Flag of Bulgaria.svg Bulgaria
British Empire Exhibition Stadium, London
Attendance: 55,000


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


June 5, 1955
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 3-1 23x15px Finland
Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Belgrade
Attendance: 35,533


October 9, 1955
France Flag of France.svg 2-0 Flag of Austria.svg Austria
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 47,000


July 11, 1955
Sweden Flag of Sweden.svg 0-0 23x15px Turkey
Råsunda Fotbollstadion, Solna
Attendance: 25,262

Second Leg

May 22, 1955
Norway Flag of Norway.svg 1-0 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary
Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo
Attendance: 36,000

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


October 15, 1955
Czechoslovakia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 3-0 Flag of Denmark.svg Denmark
Stadion Československé Armády, Prague
Attendance: 42,000

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


December 18, 1955
Portugal Flag of Portugal.svg 1-2 23x15px Romania
Estádio Nacional do Jamor, Oeiras
Attendance: 45,000

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


October 22, 1955
Bulgaria 23x15px 3-2 (a.e.t.) Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Great Britain
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 Flag of Ireland.svg 0-1 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Dalymount Park, Dublin
Attendance: 20,000

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


June 19, 1955
Finland 23x15px 0-2 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Helsingin Olympiastadion, Helsinki
Attendance: 28,000

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


October 16, 1955
Austria Flag of Austria.svg 1-0 Flag of France.svg France
Praterstadion (Wiener Stadion), Vienna
Attendance: 60,000

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


August 3, 1955
Turkey 23x15px 2-0 Flag of Sweden.svg Sweden
Mithatpaşa Stadyumu, Istanbul
Attendance: 21,551

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

Quarter Finals

First Leg

April 8, 1956
Turkey 23x15px 2-2 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czechoslovakia


April 8, 1956
Yugoslavia Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg 1-0 Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg Hungary
Stadion Jugoslovenska Narodna Armija, Belgrade
Attendance: 41,140


March 14, 1956
France Flag of France.svg 2-0 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands
Stade Olympique Yves-du-Manoir, Colombes
Attendance: 37,375


Second Leg

April 22, 1956
Czechoslovakia Flag of the Czech Republic.svg 2-3 (aet) 23x15px Turkey

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


April 29, 1956
Hungary Flag of Hungary (1949-1956).svg 2-3 Flag of Yugoslavia (1943–1992).svg Yugoslavia
Népstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 80,000

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


March 28, 1956
Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 0-0 Flag of France.svg France
Stadion de Kuip, Rotterdam
Attendance: 56,700

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


April 29, 1956
Romania 23x15px 0-0 23x15px Bulgaria
Stadionul 23 August, Bucharest
Attendance: 57,000

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

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