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UEFA Euro 1996 Group C

Stamp of Azerbaijan, 1996

Group C of UEFA Euro 1996 was one of four groups in the final tournament's initial group stage. It began on 9 June and was completed on 19 June. The group consisted of Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and Russia.[1]

Using FIFA World Rankings as a measure of the strength of the teams, The Guardian calculated in 2007 that the strongest "Group of Death" of all time was the Euro 1996 Group C. The teams (and world rankings) were Germany (2), Russia (3), Italy (7) and the Czech Republic (10).[2][3][4] This record was surpassed by the May 2012 rankings for Euro 2012 Group B, with Germany (2), the Netherlands (4), Portugal (5) and Denmark (10),[5] but not the June rankings immediately before the tournament (3, 4, 10 and 9 respectively).[6][7]

Germany won the group and advanced to the quarter-finals, along with the Czech Republic. Italy and Russia failed to advance.

Teams

Draw position Team Method of
qualification
Date of
qualification
Finals
appearance
Last
appearance
Previous best
performance
FIFA Rankings
May 1996
C1 (seed)  Germany[nb 1] Group 7 winner 15 November 1995 7th 1992 Winners (1972, 1980) 2
C2  Czech Republic[nb 2] Group 5 winner 15 November 1995 4th 1980 Winners (1976) 10
C3  Italy Group 4 runner-up (1st best runner-up) 15 November 1995 4th 1988 Winners (1968) 7
C4  Russia[nb 3] Group 8 winner 15 November 1995 7th 1992 Winners (1960) 3
Notes
  1. ^ From 1972 to 1988, Germany competed as West Germany.
  2. ^ From 1960 to 1980, the Czech Republic competed as Czechoslovakia.
  3. ^ From 1960 to 1988, Russia competed as the Soviet Union, and in 1992 as CIS.

Standings

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1  Germany 3 2 1 0 5 0 +5 7 Advance to knockout stage
2  Czech Republic 3 1 1 1 5 6 −1 4
3  Italy 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 4
4  Russia 3 0 1 2 4 8 −4 1
Source: UEFA
Rules for classification: Group stage tiebreakers

In the quarter-finals,

  • The winner of Group C, Germany, advanced to play the runner-up of Group D, Croatia.
  • The runner-up of Group C, Czech Republic, advanced to play the winner of Group D, Portugal.

Matches

Germany vs Czech Republic

Germany 2–0 Czech Republic
Report
Attendance: 37,300
Germany
Czech Republic
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
CB 15 Jürgen Kohler (c) Substituted off 14'
RWB 2 Stefan Reuter Yellow card 69'
LWB 17 Christian Ziege Yellow card 28'
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
CM 10 Thomas Häßler Yellow card 77'
AM 7 Andreas Möller Yellow card 58'
CF 9 Fredi Bobic Substituted off 65'
CF 11 Stefan Kuntz Yellow card 52' Substituted off 83'
Substitutions:
DF 14 Markus Babbel Yellow card 59' Substituted in 14'
MF 19 Thomas Strunz Substituted in 65'
FW 20 Oliver Bierhoff Substituted in 83'
Manager:
Berti Vogts
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GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 15 Michal Horňák
CB 5 Miroslav Kadlec (c) Yellow card 67'
LB 3 Jan Suchopárek
RM 2 Radoslav Látal
CM 7 Jiří Němec
CM 13 Radek Bejbl Yellow card 19'
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd Yellow card 45'
AM 11 Martin Frýdek Substituted off 46'
CF 8 Karel Poborský Substituted off 46'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka
Substitutions:
MF 14 Patrik Berger Substituted in 46'
FW 10 Radek Drulák Yellow card 67' Substituted in 46'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin

Man of the Match:
Matthias Sammer (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Anthony Bates (England)
Peter Walton (England)
Fourth official:
Stephen Lodge (England)

Italy vs Russia

Italy 2–1 Russia
Report
Attendance: 35,120
Italy
Russia
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 2 Luigi Apolloni
LB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
DM 15 Angelo Di Livio Substituted off 62'
CM 16 Roberto Di Matteo
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini Yellow card 14'
SS 14 Alessandro Del Piero Substituted off 46'
CF 21 Gianfranco Zola
CF 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi Substituted off 80'
Substitutions:
MF 7 Roberto Donadoni Yellow card 83' Substituted in 46'
MF 17 Diego Fuser Substituted in 62'
FW 20 Fabrizio Ravanelli Substituted in 80'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi
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GK 12 Stanislav Cherchesov
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 7 Viktor Onopko (c) Yellow card 8'
CB 5 Yuri Kovtun Yellow card 82'
LB 13 Yevgeni Bushmanov Substituted off 46'
RM 8 Andrei Kanchelskis
CM 6 Valery Karpin Substituted off 63'
CM 19 Vladislav Radimov
LM 4 Ilya Tsymbalar Substituted off 71'
SS 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov Yellow card 31'
Substitutions:
DF 18 Igor Yanovski Substituted in 46'
FW 11 Sergei Kiriakov Substituted in 63'
MF 14 Igor Dobrovolski Substituted in 71'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev

Man of the Match:
Pierluigi Casiraghi (Italy)[8]

Assistant referees:
Robert Orr (Scotland)
John Fleming (Scotland)
Fourth official:
Hugh Dallas (Scotland)

Czech Republic vs Italy

Czech Republic 2–1 Italy
Report
Attendance: 37,320
Czech Republic
Italy
GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 3 Jan Suchopárek Yellow card 20'
CB 5 Miroslav Kadlec (c) Yellow card 90'
LB 15 Michal Horňák
RM 2 Radoslav Látal Yellow card 50' Substituted off 88'
CM 13 Radek Bejbl
CM 7 Jiří Němec
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd
AM 8 Karel Poborský
AM 14 Patrik Berger Substituted off 64'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka Yellow card 59'
Substitutions:
MF 17 Vladimír Šmicer Substituted in 64'
MF 6 Václav Němeček Substituted in 88'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin
CZE-ITA 1996-06-14.svg
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 2 Luigi Apolloni Red card 29'
LB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
DM 17 Diego Fuser Yellow card 90'
CM 11 Dino Baggio Substituted off 39'
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini
AM 7 Roberto Donadoni
CF 20 Fabrizio Ravanelli Substituted off 58'
CF 19 Enrico Chiesa Substituted off 78'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Amedeo Carboni Substituted in 39'
FW 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi Substituted in 58'
FW 21 Gianfranco Zola Substituted in 78'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi

Man of the Match:
Radek Bejbl (Czech Republic)[8]

Assistant referees:
Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco (Spain)
Manuel Lopez Fernandez (Spain)
Fourth official:
Juan Ansuategui Roca (Spain)

Russia vs Germany

Russia 0–3 Germany
Report
Attendance: 50,760
Russia
Germany
GK 1 Dmitri Kharine
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 7 Viktor Onopko (c) Yellow card 30'
CB 3 Yuri Nikiforov
LB 5 Yuri Kovtun Red card 70'
RM 8 Andrei Kanchelskis Yellow card 13'
CM 19 Vladislav Radimov Substituted off 46'
CM 21 Dmitri Khokhlov Substituted off 66'
LM 4 Ilya Tsymbalar
SS 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov
Substitutions:
MF 6 Valeri Karpin Substituted in 46'
MF 16 Igor Simutenkov Substituted in 66'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev
RUS-GER 1996-06-16.svg
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 14 Markus Babbel Yellow card 16'
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
RWB 2 Stefan Reuter
LWB 17 Christian Ziege
CM 10 Thomas Häßler Substituted off 67'
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
AM 7 Andreas Möller Substituted off 87'
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann (c)
CF 20 Oliver Bierhoff Yellow card 31' Substituted off 85'
Substitutions:
MF 4 Steffen Freund Substituted in 67'
FW 11 Stefan Kuntz Substituted in 85'
MF 19 Thomas Strunz Substituted in 87'
Manager:
Berti Vogts

Man of the Match:
Jürgen Klinsmann (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Carl-Johan Christensen Meyer (Denmark)
Torben Siersen (Denmark)
Fourth official:
Lars Gerner (Denmark)

Russia vs Czech Republic

Russia 3–3 Czech Republic
Report
Attendance: 21,128
Referee: Anders Frisk (Sweden)
Russia
Czech Republic
GK 12 Stanislav Cherchesov
RB 2 Omari Tetradze
CB 3 Yuri Nikiforov Yellow card 5'
CB 20 Sergei Gorlukovich
LB 18 Igor Yanovski Yellow card 61'
CM 6 Valeri Karpin (c)
CM 21 Dmitri Khokhlov
RW 19 Vladislav Radimov Yellow card 26'
LW 4 Ilya Tsymbalar Yellow card 28' Substituted off 67'
CF 9 Igor Kolyvanov Substituted off 46'
CF 16 Igor Simutenkov Substituted off 46'
Substitutions:
FW 10 Aleksandr Mostovoi Substituted in 46'
FW 17 Vladimir Beschastnykh Substituted in 46'
MF 15 Igor Shalimov Substituted in 67'
Manager:
Oleg Romantsev
RUS-CZE 1996-06-19.svg
GK 1 Petr Kouba
RB 15 Michal Horňák
CB 12 Luboš Kubík (c)
LB 3 Jan Suchopárek
RM 2 Radoslav Látal
CM 13 Radek Bejbl
CM 7 Jiří Němec Yellow card 77'
LM 4 Pavel Nedvěd Yellow card 60'
AM 8 Karel Poborský
AM 14 Patrik Berger Substituted off 90'
CF 9 Pavel Kuka Substituted off 69'
Substitutions:
FW 17 Vladimír Šmicer Substituted in 69'
MF 6 Václav Němeček Substituted in 90'
Manager:
Dušan Uhrin

Man of the Match:
Vladimír Šmicer (Czech Republic)[9]

Assistant referees:
Mikael Nilsson (Sweden)
Sten Samuelsson (Sweden)
Fourth official:
Morgan Norman (Sweden)

Italy vs Germany

Italy 0–0 Germany
Report
Attendance: 53,740
Italy
Germany
GK 1 Angelo Peruzzi
RB 8 Roberto Mussi
CB 5 Alessandro Costacurta
CB 3 Paolo Maldini (c)
LB 4 Amedeo Carboni Substituted off 76'
DM 17 Diego Fuser Substituted off 81'
CM 16 Roberto Di Matteo Substituted off 67'
CM 10 Demetrio Albertini
AM 7 Roberto Donadoni
CF 18 Pierluigi Casiraghi Yellow card 18'
CF 21 Gianfranco Zola
Substitutions:
FW 19 Enrico Chiesa Substituted in 67'
DF 9 Moreno Torricelli Substituted in 76'
MF 15 Angelo Di Livio Substituted in 81'
Manager:
Arrigo Sacchi
ITA-GER 1996-06-19.svg
GK 1 Andreas Köpke
SW 6 Matthias Sammer
CB 4 Steffen Freund
CB 5 Thomas Helmer
RWB 19 Thomas Strunz Red card 59'
LWB 17 Christian Ziege
CM 10 Thomas Häßler
CM 21 Dieter Eilts
AM 7 Andreas Möller Substituted off 89'
CF 18 Jürgen Klinsmann (c)
CF 9 Fredi Bobic
Substitutions:
MF 3 Marco Bode Substituted in 89'
Manager:
Berti Vogts

Man of the Match:
Andreas Köpke (Germany)[8]

Assistant referees:
Marc Van Den Broeck (Belgium)
Stany Op De Beeck (Belgium)
Fourth official:
Michel Piraux (Belgium)

References

  1. ^ "European Championship 1996". rsssf.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 18 January 2000. Retrieved 1 March 2017.
  2. ^ Ashdown, John; Alan Gardner; James Dart (12 December 2007). "The Knowledge: the deadliest group of death ever". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  3. ^ Lacey, David (7 June 2004). "Dial D for death: Three previous winners in one group is a sign of the times". The Guardian.
  4. ^ Wilson, Paul (11 December 2005). "An easy group? Draw your own conclusions". The Observer. Retrieved 3 December 2009.
  5. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (6 June 2012). "The Knowledge: Euro 2012 special, part one". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 June 2012.
  6. ^ "Spain still No. 1 in FIFA rankings". ESPN.com. Associated Press. 6 June 2012. Archived from the original on 8 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  7. ^ "Euro 2012 Group B: Bosses react to 'Group of Death' - Yahoo! Eurosport UK". Uk.eurosport.yahoo.com. Archived from the original on 8 April 2012. Retrieved 23 June 2014.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Full Statistical Info on Euro '96". RSSSF.com. Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation. 3 July 1996. Retrieved 14 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Russia vs Czech Rep. Euro 1996". Football-LineUps.com. Retrieved 14 April 2017.

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