UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying

This page describes the qualifying procedure for UEFA Euro 1988.[1]

UEFA Euro 1988 qualifying
Tournament details
Dates10 September 1986 – 20 December 1987
Teams32
Tournament statistics
Matches played117[note 1]
Goals scored287 (2.45 per match)[note 1]
Top scorer(s) John Bosman (9 goals)[note 1]

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[upper-alpha 1]
 West GermanyHost14 March 19854 (1972, 1976, 1980, 1984)
 DenmarkGroup 6 winner14 October 19872 (1964, 1984)
 Soviet UnionGroup 3 winner28 October 19874 (1960, 1964, 1968, 1972)
 EnglandGroup 4 winner11 November 19872 (1968, 1980)
 Republic of IrelandGroup 7 winner11 November 19870 (debut)
 ItalyGroup 2 winner14 November 19872 (1968, 1980)
 NetherlandsGroup 5 winner9 December 19872 (1976, 1980)
 SpainGroup 1 winner18 December 19873 (1964, 1980, 1984)
  1. Bold indicates champion for that year. Italic indicates host for that year.

Seedings

Pool One Pool Two Pool Three Pool Four Pool Five

 France
 England
 Denmark
 Spain
 Netherlands
 Portugal
 Belgium

 Soviet Union
 Romania
 Northern Ireland
 Sweden
 Hungary
 Wales
 Bulgaria

 Austria
 Yugoslavia
 Czechoslovakia
 East Germany
 Poland
  Switzerland
 Republic of Ireland

 Scotland
 Greece
 Norway
 Finland
 Italy
 Turkey
 Albania

 Iceland
 Malta
 Cyprus
 Luxembourg

Summary

  Group winners qualified directly for UEFA Euro 1988
  Other teams were eliminated
Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4 Group 5 Group 6 Group 7

Spain

Italy

Soviet Union

England

Netherlands

Denmark

Republic of Ireland

Romania

Austria

Albania

Sweden

Portugal

Switzerland

Malta

East Germany

France

Iceland

Norway

Yugoslavia

Northern Ireland

Turkey

Greece

Hungary

Poland

Cyprus

Czechoslovakia

Wales

Finland

Bulgaria

Belgium

Scotland

Luxembourg

Tiebreakers

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups

The qualifying draw took place on 14 February 1986, in Frankfurt. West Germany qualified automatically as hosts of the competition. 32 teams entered the draw.

The qualifiers, consisting of 32 teams divided into seven groups; three of four teams and four of five teams, were played in 1986 and 1987. Each group winner progressed to the finals.

Group 1

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Spain 6 5 0 1 14 6 +8 10 Qualify for final tournament 1–0 2–0 5–0
2  Romania 6 4 1 1 13 3 +10 9 3–1 4–0 5–1
3  Austria 6 2 1 3 6 9 3 5 2–3 0–0 3–0
4  Albania 6 0 0 6 2 17 15 0 1–2 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Italy 8 6 1 1 16 4 +12 13 Qualify for final tournament 2–1 3–0 3–2 5–0
2  Sweden 8 4 2 2 12 5 +7 10 1–0 0–1 2–0 1–0
3  Portugal 8 2 4 2 6 8 2 8 0–1 1–1 0–0 2–2
4   Switzerland 8 1 5 2 9 9 0 7 0–0 1–1 1–1 4–1
5  Malta 8 0 2 6 4 21 17 2 0–2 0–5 0–1 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 3

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Soviet Union 8 5 3 0 14 3 +11 13 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 1–1 2–0 4–0
2  East Germany 8 4 3 1 13 4 +9 11 1–1 0–0 2–0 3–1
3  France 8 1 4 3 4 7 3 6 0–2 0–1 2–0 1–1
4  Iceland 8 2 2 4 4 14 10 6 1–1 0–6 0–0 2–1
5  Norway 8 1 2 5 5 12 7 4 0–1 0–0 2–0 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  England 6 5 1 0 19 1 +18 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 3–0 8–0
2  Yugoslavia 6 4 0 2 13 9 +4 8 1–4 3–0 4–0
3  Northern Ireland 6 1 1 4 2 10 8 3 0–2 1–2 1–0
4  Turkey 6 0 2 4 2 16 14 2 0–0 2–3 0–0
Source: UEFA

Group 5

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Netherlands 8 6 2 0 15 1 +14 14 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 2–0 0–0 4–0[lower-alpha 1]
2  Greece 8 4 1 3 12 13 1 9 0–3 2–1 1–0 3–1
3  Hungary 8 4 0 4 13 11 +2 8 0–1 3–0 5–3 1–0
4  Poland 8 3 2 3 9 11 2 8 0–2 2–1 3–2 0–0
5  Cyprus 8 0 1 7 3 16 13 1 0–2 2–4 0–1 0–1
Source: UEFA
Notes:
  1. The Netherlands v Cyprus match originally finished as an 8–0 win for the Netherlands, but the match was marred by crowd violence. Therefore the result was annulled and the match was ordered to be replayed behind closed doors.

Group 6

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Denmark 6 3 2 1 4 2 +2 8 Qualify for final tournament 1–1 1–0 1–0
2  Czechoslovakia 6 2 3 1 7 5 +2 7 0–0 2–0 3–0
3  Wales 6 2 2 2 7 5 +2 6 1–0 1–1 4–0
4  Finland 6 1 1 4 4 10 6 3 0–1 3–0 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Republic of Ireland 8 4 3 1 10 5 +5 11 Qualify for final tournament 2–0 0–0 0–0 2–1
2  Bulgaria 8 4 2 2 12 6 +6 10 2–1 2–0 0–1 3–0
3  Belgium 8 3 3 2 16 8 +8 9 2–2 1–1 4–1 3–0
4  Scotland 8 3 3 2 7 5 +2 9 0–1 0–0 2–0 3–0
5  Luxembourg 8 0 1 7 2 23 21 1 0–2 1–4 0–6 0–0
Source: UEFA

Goalscorers

There were 287 goals scored in 117 matches, for an average of 2.45 goals per match.[note 1]

9 goals

7 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

3 goals

2 goals

1 goal

Notes

  1. The matches/goals tally takes into account fixtures that were subsequently annulled.

References

  1. Stokkermans, Karel (22 June 2004). "European Championship 1988". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. Retrieved 5 March 2018.
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