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England in the European Championship 1976
Preliminary Competition

European Championship 1976 Preliminary Competition


 Group 1 Table
Team P W D L F A GD Pts
Czechoslovakia 6 4 1 1 15 5 +10 9
England 6 3 2 1 11 3 +8 8
Portugal 6 2 3 1 5 7 -2 7
Cyprus 6 0 0 6 0 16 -16 0


Group 1 Matches
Date Match Score H.T. Venue Att.
30-Oct-1974 England 3 Czechoslovakia 0 [0-0] Empire Stadium, Wembley, London 83,858
20-Nov-1974 England 0 Portugal 0 [0-0[ Empire Stadium, Wembley, London 84,461
16-Apr-1975 England 5 Cyprus 0 [2-0] Empire Stadium, Wembley, London 68,245
20-Apr-1975 Czechoslovakia 4 Cyprus 0 [2-0] Letná Stadium, Praha 4,994
30-Apr-1975 Czechoslovakia 5 Portugal 0 [3-0] Letná Stadium, Praha 12,034
11-May-1975 Cyprus 0 England 1 [0-1] Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol 15,708
08-Jun-1975 Cyprus 0 Portugal 2 [0-1] Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol 8,615
30-Oct-1975 Czechoslovakia 2 England 1 [1-1] Štadión Tehelné pole, Bratislava 50,651
12-Nov-1975 Portugal 1 Czechoslovakia 1 [1-1] Estádio das Antas, Oporto 21,978
19-Nov-1975 Portugal 1 England 1 [1-1] Estádio José Alvalade, Lisboa 13,912
23-Nov-1975 Cyprus 0 Czechoslovakia 3 [0-3] Tsirion Athletic Centre, Limassol 8,636
03-Dec-1975 Portugal 1 Cyprus 0 [1-0] Estádio do Bonfim, Setubal 4,994


In the wake of failure to qualify for the World Cup 1974 finals in West Germany, England began their first competitive campaign under new manager Don Revie with a convincing 3-0 defeat of Czechoslovakia.  But it, too, ended in great disappointment with a second-place finish in the qualifying group and consequent failure to advance to the 1976 European Championship finals.  The matches against Portugal were decisive in the qualifying group, England stumbling to two draws while Czechoslovakia, which won the group by a single point, thrashed Portugal at home, 5-0, and drew away.  Thus, in what was proving to be a most dismal decade, England fell short in the qualifying rounds of a major competition for the second time in succession, and English fans had to content themselves with international successes at the club level.

In fairness, it must be said that while none of the teams had qualified for the World Cup 1974 finals, the group was perhaps the most difficult in the qualifying stage since it included three strong teams.  And, in one of international football's more pleasant surprises,  Czechoslovakia, the team that ousted England, went on to win the 1976 European Championship, besting West Germany on penalty kicks after an extra time 2-2 draw in the final match in Belgrade.

Further Information

The UEFA website has the results, match summaries and tables for all qualifying groups, although its tables are incorrect in awarding three points for a win instead of two and its summaries do not include lineups, goalscorers or goal times.  A correct version of the tables, along with the bare results, may be found in the Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistical Foundation Archive.  Match summaries that include goalscorers and goal times but not lineups are available from the archives of La Gazetta della Sport.  We are not aware of any website that offers complete match summaries for the 1976 preliminary competition.