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1974 UEFA European Under-23 Championship

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The 1974 UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which spanned two years (1972–74) had 21 entrants. Hungary U-23 won the competition.

The 21 national teams were divided into eight groups (five groups of 3 + three group of 2). The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis until the winner was decided. There was no finals tournament or 3rd-place playoff.

Qualifying Stage

Draw

The allocation of teams into qualifying groups was based on that of 1974 FIFA World Cup qualification with several changes, reflecting the absence of some nations:

Qualifying Group 1 P W D L F A Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 4 3 0 1 9 3 6
2  Sweden 4 2 1 1 6 5 5
3  Austria 4 0 1 3 1 8 1
  • Austria 1–1 Sweden
  • Austria 0–1 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 4-0 Austria
  • Sweden 0–3 Czechoslovakia
  • Sweden 2–0 Austria
  • Czechoslovakia 1–3 Sweden

 Czechoslovakia qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 2 P W D L F A Pts
1  Italy 2 2 0 0 4 1 4
2  Turkey 2 0 0 2 1 4 0
  • Turkey 1–3 Italy
  • Italy 1–0 Turkey

 Italy qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1  Netherlands 2 2 0 0 4 1 4
2  Norway 2 0 0 2 1 4 0
  • Norway 1–3 Netherlands
  • Netherlands 1–0 Norway

 Netherlands qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 4 P W D L F A Pts
1  East Germany 4 3 0 1 10 3 6
2  Romania 4 1 1 2 5 6 3
3  Albania 4 1 1 2 3 9 3
  • Albania 1–1 Romania
  • Albania 1–0 East Germany
  • Romania 2–1 Albania
  • Romania 1–2 East Germany
  • East Germany 2–1 Romania
  • East Germany 6–0 Albania

 East Germany qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 5 P W D L F A Pts
1  Poland 4 3 1 0 9 3 7
2  West Germany 4 2 1 1 7 3 5
3  Denmark 4 0 0 4 1 11 0
  • Denmark 0–2 Poland
  • Denmark 0–2 West Germany
  • Poland 4–1 Denmark
  • West Germany 2–3 Poland
  • West Germany 3–0 Denmark
  • Poland 0–0 West Germany

 Poland qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 6 P W D L F A Pts
1  Bulgaria 2 1 1 0 2 1 3
2  Portugal 2 0 1 1 1 2 1
  • Portugal 0–0 Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria 2–1 Portugal

 Bulgaria qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 7 P W D L F A Pts
1  Hungary 4 3 0 1 6 6 6
2  Yugoslavia 4 2 0 2 6 3 4
3  Greece 4 1 0 3 4 7 2
  • Yugoslavia 4–0 Hungary
  • Greece 2–0 Yugoslavia
  • Hungary 2–0 Greece
  • Hungary 1–0 Yugoslavia
  • Greece 2–3 Hungary
  • Yugoslavia 2–0 Greece

 Hungary qualify as group winners

Qualifying Group 8 P W D L F A Pts
1  Soviet Union 4 3 1 0 8 1 7
2  Finland 4 1 1 2 3 8 3
3  France 4 1 0 3 5 7 2
  • Finland 1–3 France
  • Soviet Union 3–1 France
  • Soviet Union 4–0 Finland
  • France 0–1 Soviet Union
  • Finland 0–0 Soviet Union
  • France 1–2 Finland

 Soviet Union qualify as group winners

Knockout Stages

Quarter Finals

  • Netherlands 2-1 Hungary
  • Hungary 3-1 Netherlands

 Hungary win 4-3 on aggregate

  • Bulgaria 1-2 Poland
  • Poland 0-0 Bulgaria

 Poland win 2-1 on aggregate

  • Soviet Union 6-0 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 2-1 Soviet Union

 Soviet Union win 7-2 on aggregate

  • Italy 0-1 East Germany
  • East Germany 2-1 Italy

 East Germany win 3-1 on aggregate

 

Semi Finals

  • Soviet Union 2-0 Hungary
  • Hungary 2-0 Soviet Union [aet, pen]

2-2:  Hungary win 4-3 on penalties

  • East Germany 0-0 Poland
  • Poland 2-2 East Germany

2-2:  East Germany win on away goals rule

 

Final

  • East Germany 3-2 Hungary
  • Hungary 4-0 East Germany

Hungary win 6-3 on aggregate

 Hungary finish as Champions

See also

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