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Euro 1976 Top Goal Scorers

Euro 2020 has been the big new event, but if we go back in time to the previous Euros, Euro 1976 particularly, who were the stars of that championship? Who were the euro 1976 top goal scorers? The sole purpose of this article is to answer these questions.

Yugoslavia hosted the final of the 1976 UEFA European Football Championship. This was the fifth year of the UEFA European Championship, which takes place every four years and is organized by UEFA. The final tournament was held between June 16 and June 20, 1976.

Only four countries competed in the final competition, which featured semi-finals, a third-place play-off, and the championship match. This was the final tournament under this format, as the event was enlarged four years later to include eight teams.

It was the only occasion in tournament history that all four matches were settled in extra time, either on penalties or by goals scored. This was also the final event in which the hosts were required to qualify for the final stage.

After a 2–2 tie after extra time, Czechoslovakia won the tournament on penalties after defeating holders West Germany in the championship match. Antonin Panenka is best known for his deftly chipped penalty that helped Czechoslovakia win the competition, the country's first European Championship title.

Czechoslovakia’s win was an amazing one, but who scored the goal? Let’s find out in

Euro 1976 top goal scorers


The complete list of Euro 1976 Top Goal Scorers

The qualifying round was held in 1974 and 1975 (group phase) and 1976 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups, each consisting of four teams. The games were held in a home-and-away format. Victories were worth two points, draws were for one point, while losses were worth nothing. Only the winners of each group could advance to the quarterfinals.

The quarter-finals were split into two legs and were contested at home and away. The quarter-finals winners would advance to the final tournament. The Soviet Union did not qualify for the finals for the first time in its history.

In this article we would take a look at the

UEFA Euro 1976

 goal scorers, the only reason that we are unable to limit the

top goal scorers of Euro 1976

 is that there were less than the required number of players which managed to score more than 2 goals in this tournament to be counted as a top goal scorer, thus we would look at all of the players which scored goals in this tournament.

Let’s get down to the details of Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers.

Danilo Popivoda (1 goal)

Let’s get to Know the top scorers in UEFA Euro 1976. First on the 

Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers

 list is Danilo Popivoda with 1 goal.

On a national level, he represented Yugoslavia in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, appearing in 20 matches and scoring five goals. He also played in the 1976 UEFA Euros, scoring a goal in a match against West Germany.

Next, we would still take a look at the 

UEFA Euro 1976 goal scorers

 who scored just 1 goal.

Bernd Holzenbein (1 goals)

Bernd Hölzenbein was one of the Euro 1976 top goal scorers.

This player made forty appearances for West Germany between 1973 and 1978, scoring five goals in the process.

His equalizing goal in a 2–2 draw against Czechoslovakia in the UEFA Euro 1976 Final, which West Germany lost on penalties, was one of his international goals. However, at the age of 30 years and 103 days, he became the oldest player to score in a Euro final.

Let’s see who is the next player of Euro Top Goal Scorers article.

Willy van de Kerkhof (1 goal)

For the one goal Willy van de Kerkhof scored in this tournament, he found his way into our list of Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers.

The mentioned player and his twin brother René were members of the Dutch national team that reached the 1974 World Cup final and went on to play vital roles in the 1978 final. He also represented the Netherlands in the 1976 and 1980 Euros. Van de Kerkhof made 63 appearances for his country, scoring five goals.

In March 2004, Pelé rated him one of the top 125 best living footballers.

Karol Dobias (1 goal)

Karol Dobias was the one who scored the game-winning goal for Czechoslovakia. Although it was just one goal it was enough to give them a sweet victory and put him on our list of

Euro top goal scorers


He made 67 appearances for Czechoslovakia and scored six goals. He played in the 1970 FIFA World Cup and was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won the 1976 European Football Championship. Dobias scored the game-winning goal in 1976 final, giving Czechoslovakia a 2–0 lead over West Germany.

Anton Ondrus (1 goal)

Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers list has come down to Anton Ondrus.

Ondrus appeared in 58 games for Czechoslovakia, scoring nine goals. In the 1976 UEFA European Championship, he captained the national squad.

His outstanding performance in the semi-finals against Cruyff's Netherlands, in which he scored twice (one an own goal), helped his team advance to the final, where Czechoslovakia defeated then-world champion West Germany to win the gold medal in the legendary Belgrade Night game. He helped the national team win bronze at the 1980 UEFA European Championship.

František Veselý (1 goal)

He made 34 appearances for Czechoslovakia, scoring three goals in the process. He competed in the 1970 FIFA World Cup and the 1976 UEFA European Championship, in which Czechoslovakia won gold.

He provided a pass to Zdenek Nehoda in extra time of the Euro 1976 semi-final against the


, giving Czechoslovakia a 2–1 lead. As the game ended 3–1, he scored the final goal, and the squad advanced to the final.

Vesely died on October 30, 2009, at the age of 65, of heart failure.

Heinz Flohe (1 goal)

Heinz was a member of the West German national team, appeared with the jersey on in 39 games, and scored eight goals. In 1974, he was a member of the World Cup-winning squad.

He also competed in the European Football Championship and the FIFA World Cup in 1976 and 1978, respectively. After suffering a stroke on May 11, 2010, Flohe fell into a coma and died on June 15, 2013, at the age of 65.

Josip Katalinsk ( 1 goal)

A 1974 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off match versus Spain at Waldstadion in Frankfurt was one of his most renowned moments.

Katalinski scored the game's sole goal, securing Yugoslavia's place in the 1974 FIFA World Cup, and became a national hero almost immediately. He was a member of the Yugoslav national teams in the 1974 FIFA World Cup and the 1976 UEFA Euro. His final international match was against Romania in a FIFA World Cup qualification match in May 1977.

Let’s see who’s next on the Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers list.

Zdeněk Nehoda (1 goal)

We talked about this player before and how František Veselý assisted him in scoring a goal, and that goal is the reason why he is in our Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers list.

He played for Czechoslovakia at the international level, making 91 appearances and scored 31 goals, mostly as a right-winger. In 1982, he took part in the FIFA World Cup. He was a gold medalist in the 1976 UEFA Euro and a bronze medalist at the 1980 UEFA Euro. He is currently working as an agent for a variety of


and international footballers.

Ján Švehlík (1 goal)

Svehlik played 17 times for Czechoslovakia's full national team and became a member of our Euro 1976 top Goal Scorers list by the goal that he scored in the tournament. He was a member of the Czechoslovak team that won the UEFA European Championship in 1976. In the final versus Germany, he scored an important first goal.

Let’s move on to the players with 2 goals in the next sections of top goal scorers of Euro 1976.

Dragan Dzajic (2 goals)

Dragan scored 2 goals in the tournament thus we put him in the least as a goal scorer of UEFA Euro 1976.

Head coach Misa Pavic gave Dzajic his first-team debut in a Yugoslav First League match against FK Buducnost Titograd on 8 June 1963, despite the fact that he was only 17 years and 8 days old.

It was the final week of the 1962–63 league season, and FK Partizan had already clinched the league title, leaving 

Red Star

 in seventh place and out of European contention. Because Red Star's historic home Marakana was still under construction, the match was played at Omladinski Stadium in Karaburma.

Ruud Geels (2 goals)

Let’s take a look at Ruud Geels to 

know the top scorers in UEFA Euro 1976


He made 20 appearances for the Netherlands, scoring eleven goals in the process. On March 27, 1974, he made his international debut for the "Orange" team in a match against Austria in Rotterdam.

Geertruida was a member of the squad for the 1974 World Cup in Germany, although he did not play. He also competed in the 1976 European Championships in Yugoslavia, where he finished third with a 3-2 victory.

He was not part of the squad for the 1978 World Cup in Argentina, despite having won the top scorer's title four years in a row from 1975 to 1978. No wonder he is on our top goal scorers of Euro 1976 list. He left the national squad with his 20th appearance in a 3-0 win against 


 in Rotterdam on October 14, 1981.

Dieter Muller (4 goals)

We have reached the end of the

Euro 1976 Top Goal Scorers

article. The last candidate on the list of Euro Top Goal Scorers is Dieter Muller with 4 goals.

Müller was a key player in West Germany's penalty shootout loss to Czechoslovakia in the 1976 UEFA Euro final. In the 1978 FIFA World Cup, he was once again a member of the national squad, albeit the campaign ended in disappointment when the defending champions, West Germany, failed to qualify for the final.

This German set a record for the most goals scored by a player in a single 


 match during his time with 1. FC Köln. In front of a crowd of 19,000 at Köln's Müngersdorfer Stadion on August 17, 1977, he scored six goals (in the 12th, 23rd, 32nd, 52nd, 73rd, and 85th minutes) in Köln's 7–2 victory over Werder Bremen.

He spent several seasons in France and Switzerland after leaving 


 before returning to West Germany.

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