european football championship 1996

The 1996 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was the tenth European Championships and was held in England between 8 and 30 June 1996. It was the first European Championship to feature 16 finalists, following UEFA's decision to expand the tournament from eight teams. The tournament was won by Germany beating the Czech Republic 2-1 after extra time at Wembley Stadium, London

Host selection

The hosting of the event was contested by Austria, England, Greece, the Netherlands and Portugal with the English bid selected by the UEFA Executive Committee at a meeting in Lisbon on 5 May 1992.


Forty seven UEFA members entered the qualification tournament for the 1996 UEFA European Football Championship with England qualifying automatically as hosts.

Estonia, Lithuania and Latvia participated in the European Championship qualifiers for the first time having participated in the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Following the break up of the Soviet Union, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia and Ukraine participated for the first time.

The Czech Republic and Slovakia participated as separate countries whilst Croatia, Macedonia and Slovenia took part following the break up of Yugoslavia, however FR Yugoslavia were still banned due to United Nations sanctions.

Liechtenstein, members of UEFA since 1974, participated for the very first time whilst Israel, who had moved from the Oceania Federation in 1994, also took part in the qualifying competition for the first time.

Wales were seeded in the second pot and were drawn into Group 7 alongside Germany, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania and Moldova. This was the first time Wales had played Albania, Georgia and Moldova.

Uefa qualifying group 7

no.datescorescorers (wales)venue 
 07/09/1994Georgia 0-1 Moldova Boris Paichadze Stadium, TbilisiECQ
45507/09/1994Wales 2-0 AlbaniaColeman, GiggsArms Park, CardiffECQ
45612/10/1994Moldova 3-2 WalesSpeed, BlakeStadionul Republican, ChişinăuECQ
 12/10/1994Bulgaria 2-0 Georgia Vasil Levski National Stadium, SofiaECQ
 16/11/1994Albania 1-2 Germany Qemal StafaStadium, TiranaECQ
 16/11/1994Bulgaria 4-1 Moldova Vasil Levski National Stadium, SofiaECQ
45716/11/1994Georgia 5-0 Wales Boris Paichadze National Stadium, TbilisiECQ
 14/12/1994Moldova 0-3 Germany Stadionul Republican, ChişinăuECQ
45814/12/1994Wales 0-3 Bulgaria Arms Park, CardiffECQ
 14/12/1994Albania 0-1 Georgia Qemal StafaStadium, TiranaECQ
 18/12/1994Germany 2-1 Albania Fritz-Walter-Stadion, KaiserslauternECQ
 29/03/1995Georgia 0-2 Germany Boris Paichadze Stadium, TbilisiECQ
45929/03/1995Bulgaria 3-1 WalesSaundersVasil Levski Stadium, SofiaECQ
 29/03/1995Albania 3-0 Moldova Qemal StafaStadium, TiranaECQ
 26/04/1995Georgia 2-0 Albania Boris Paichadze Stadium, TbilisiECQ
 26/04/1995Moldova 0-3 Bulgaria Stadionul Republican, ChişinăuECQ
46026/04/1995Germany 1-1 WalesSaundersRheinstadion, DusseldorfECQ
 07/06/1995Bulgaria 3-2 Germany Vasil Levski National Stadium, SofiaECQ
46107/06/1995Wales 0-1 Georgia Arms Park, CardiffECQ
 07/06/1995Moldova 2-3 Albania Stadionul Republican, ChişinăuECQ
 06/09/1995Albania 1-1 Bulgaria Qemal StafaStadium, TiranaECQ
 06/09/1995Germany 4-1 Georgia Frankenstadion, NurembergECQ
46206/09/1995Wales 1-0 MoldovaSpeedArms Park, CardiffECQ
 07/10/1995Bulgaria 3-0 Albania Vasil Levski National Stadium, SofiaECQ
 08/10/1995Germany 6-1 Moldova Ulrich Haberland Stadion, LeverkusenECQ
 11/10/1995Georgia 2-1 Bulgaria Boris Paichadze Stadium, TbilisiECQ
46311/10/1995Wales 1-2 Germanyown goalArms Park, CardiffECQ
 15/11/1995Germany 3-1 Bulgaria Olympiastadion, BerlinECQ
46415/11/1995Albania 1-1 WalesPembridgeQemal Stafa, TiranaECQ
 15/11/1995Moldova 3-2 Georgia Stadionul Republican, ChişinăuECQ


Wales and the 1996 European Championship

Wales were seeded in the second pot and were drawn into Group 7 alongside Germany, Bulgaria, Georgia, Albania and Moldova. This was the first time Wales had played Albania, Georgia and Moldova.

Following the dismissal of Terry Yorath as Wales team manager and John Toshack's one game in charge, the Football Association of Wales turned to former manager, Mike Smith, to lead Wales in to the 1996 UEFA European Championship campaign.

The opening match saw Wales meet Albania for the first time and goals from Chris Coleman and Ryan Giggs secured a relatively comfortable home win for Wales.

However, disaster struck as Wales travelled to the former Soviet Union to face newly independent Moldova in their first home competitive international match.