Euro 1980 Top Goal Scorers

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Euro 1980 was held in Italy. West Germany could win the championship title winning over Belgium in the final match. In this article we will have a look at the Euro 1980 top goal scorers in order to know the top scorers in UEFA Euro 1980.

The 1980 UEFA European Football Championship final competition was held in


. It was the sixth UEFA European Championship, which is organised every four years in different countries by UEFA. 

It was the first edition which was held with eight teams, taking place between 11 and 22 June 1980. West Germany won the final 2–1 against Belgium and lifted their second title. It was the last Euro tournament with a third place match.

On 17 October 1977 UEFA declared that England, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and

West Germany

had expressed interest in hosting this edition of the tournament. 

On 19 October UEFA's Organising Committee decided to give the hosting to England or Italy, and on 12 November the Organising Committee and the Executive Committee said that Italy had been selected unanimously. Seven countries had to qualify for the final competition, and the draw for the qualifying round was held in Rome on 30 November 1977. Also it was for the first time that the hosts, in this case Italy, qualified for the final tournament.

Due to the expanded plan, the final competition went through some changes as well. Two groups of four teams each were made; each team would play all other teams within their own group. The first team of the groups would go straight to the final (without playing in semi-finals), while the runners-up played the third place play-off.

The competition in general failed to draw much interest from spectators and TV audiences. Attendance was mostly poor except for the games involving the Italy national team.

The defensive style of play of many teams led to a series of boring matches. Hooliganism, was already a rising problem in the 1970s, drew the attention of the media again at the first-round match between England and Belgium where riot police used tear gas, causing the match to be suspended for five minutes in the first half. 

The only positive spots were the appearance of a new generation of gifted German stars such as Bernd Schuster, Hans-Peter Briegel, Horst Hrubesch, Hansi Müller and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, and the motivating performance of Belgium and rising stars such as Jan Ceulemans, Eric Gerets, Jean-Marie Pfaff, and Erwin Vandenbergh, who reached the final, where they lost to West Germany (2–1) by a Hrubesch goal two minutes before time.

One of the rules of this edition of Euro was that each national team had to submit a squad of 22 players.

There were 27 goals netted in 14 matches of

UEFA Euro 1980

, for an average of 1.93 goals per match. Now, let’s

know the top scorers in UEFA Euro 1980


3 goals

  • Klaus Allofs – West Germany

2 goals

  • Zdeněk Nehoda – Czechoslovakia

  • Kees Kist - Netherlands

  • Horst Hrubesch – West Germany

1 goal

  • Jan Ceulemans – Belgium

  • Ladislav Vízek - Czechoslovakia

  • Marco Tardelli - Italy          

  • Julien Cools - Belgium

  • Eric Gerets - Belgium

  • René Vandereycken - Belgium

  • Ladislav Jurkemik - Czechoslovakia

  • Antonín Panenka - Czechoslovakia

  • Trevor Brooking - England

  • Ray Wilkins - England

  • Tony Woodcock - England

  • Nikos Anastopoulos - Greece

  • Francesco Graziani - Italy

  • Johnny Rep - Netherlands

  • Willy van de Kerkhof - Netherlands

  • Dani - Spain

  • Quini - Spain

  • Karl-Heinz Rummenigge – West Germany

Euro 1980 Top Goal Scorers

As you can see, 18 players scored 1 goal in

UEFA Euro 1980

. So, in addition to introducing players with 3 and 2 goals, we introduce 3 of those who scored 1 goal in the

top goal scorers of Euro 1980

. It's time to know the top scorers in

UEFA Euro 1980


Marco Tardelli – Italy (1 goal)

One of the

Euro top goal scorers

was Marco Tardelli, an Italian former football player and manager. He was born on 24 September 1954.

At club level, he played as a midfielder for several Italian teams; he started his professional career with Pisa, and later played for Como, Juventus, and 

Inter Milan

, before retiring with Swiss team St. Gallen. Marco Tardelli enjoyed a highly fruitful professional career with Juventus, winning five league trophies, as well as multiple Coppa Italia titles, and four major UEFA tournaments (European Cup, Cup Winner's Cup, UEFA Cup and UEFA Super Cup).

Marco Tardelli became one of the first three football players ever to win all three major UEFA club tournaments, along with Italy and


teammates Antonio Cabrini and Gaetano Scirea.

Furthermore, Marco Tardelli achieved success with the Italian national side. He played for his nation at a total of three FIFA World Cups in 1978, 1982 and 1986, winning the 1982 edition of the competition.

Marco Tardelli netted the winner in 1-0 victory over England in UEFA Euro 1980 stage group.

Marco Tardelli’s goal celebration in the 1982 final, where he ran away shaking his fists, tears pouring down his face, screaming "Gol! Gol!" as he shook his head excitedly, is considered as one of the most iconic minutes in World Cup history. He also played at UEFA Euro 1980, in which he came fourth on home soil with Italy, and was named as one of the players of the team of the tournament.

Considered as one of Italy's best midfielders, and one of the greatest players of his generation, Marco Tardelli was an energetic and hard-tackling however technically skilful two-way midfielder, who was known for his talent to help his team both offensively and defensively. 

Marco Tardelli was named 37th in the UEFA Golden Jubilee Poll In 2004. He was also inducted into the Italian Football Hall of Fame in 2015.

As a manager, Marco Tardelli primarily worked with the Italy U-16 team, and later worked as an assistant manager to Cesare Maldini for the U-21 team. He consequently led several teams in Italy before he served as head coach of the Italy national U-21 football team, winning the 1997 Mediterranean Games and the 2000 UEFA European U-21 Football Championship, before he returned to coach at club level.

In 2004 and 2005 Marco Tardelli was also the manager of the Egypt national football team, while he served as an assistant manager to Giovanni Trapattoni with the Republic of Ireland national football team from 2008 to 2013.

Ladislav Vízek - Czechoslovakia (1 goal)

Another player who scored one goal in UEFA Euro 1980 was a Czech football player whose name is Ladislav Vízek. He was born on 22 January 1955 in Chlumec nad Cidlinou.. Ladislav Vízek played 55 matches for Czechoslovakia and netted 13 goals.

Ladislav Vízek played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup, and was sent off in Czechoslovakia's last match, a 1–1 draw with 


 in Valladolid, Spain.

Ladislav Vízek was a football player of the gold Czechoslovakia team at the 1980 Olympic Games and the third-placed team at UEFA Euro 1980.

At club level, Ladislav Vízek played for Dukla Prague for many years.

It is worth mentioning that Vízek's daughter Pavlína married another Czech footballer, Vladimír Šmicer, in 1996.

Jan Anna Gumaar Ceulemans – Belgium (1 goal)

Jan Anna Gumaar Ceulemans was born on 28 February 1957. He is a Belgian former professional football player who played as an attacking midfielder. A prolific goal scorer, Ceulemans was famous for his strength, aerial skill and technique. He was also known for his control, imposing frame and natural authority.

Jan Anna Gumaar Ceulemans is Belgium's fourth most capped player appearing in 96 international matches. Most of his time with Belgium national team took place under the guidance of Guy Thys. This period saw the


team record some of their best results, which include reaching the final of UEFA Euro 80 and fourth place at the 1986 FIFA World Cup.

Horst Hrubesch – West Germany (2 goals)

Looking at top goal scorers of Euro 1980, the name of Horst Hrubesch is also seen. Horst Hrubesch was born on 17 April 1951. He is now a German professional football manager and former football player who currently is the coach of Hamburger SV.

Horst Hrubesch, as a player, won three West German championships with his team, Hamburger SV, as well as the European Cup trophy in 1983. He was a key player of the West Germany side that reached to the final of the 1982 World Cup, losing to Italy. His nickname was Das Kopfball-Ungeheuer, meaning the Header Beast, due to his heading talents as a centre forward.

Horst Hrubesch played in small teams until he was 24 years old when he was signed by Rot-Weiss Essen. In that club, he played well enough that Hamburger SV (HSV) bought him in 1978. At Hamburg he thrived into one of the most prolific forwards of the Bundesliga and was soon called up for the West German national team.

Horst Hrubesch formed an attacking partnership with fellow HSV player Manfred Kaltz, a right wingback whose excellent crosses Hrubesch often headed in, or headed to his teammates to provide them with scoring opportunities.

Horst Hrubesch won the West German league three times with Hamburg SV, in 1979, 1982 and 1983; and his team finished second in the league standings twice, in 1980 and 1982. Overall, Horst Hrubesch netted 96 goals in 159 games for the team.

Horst Hrubesch won the European Championship in 1983, captaining the club to a 1–0 victory over the favourite team Juventus in the final in the city of Athens.

Three years earlier he was a member of the team that lost the 1980 European Cup Final against Nottingham Forest, though he was injured shortly before the match and could only play as a half time substitute. Hamburg SV reached all of the major European finals while Horst Hrubesch was on the team. They lost the 1982 UEFA Cup final against IFK Göteborg.

Horst Hrubesch left Hamburg SV after the 1983 season to move to Belgian team Standard Liège. After two years he played away, he returned to the Bundesliga to play for Borussia Dortmund, playing in about half the team's matches during his one season at the club. Over the spell of his entire career he netted 136 goals in 224 matches in the Bundesliga.

Horst Hrubesch was thae hero of West Germany's match-winning in the UEFA Euro 1980 Final in Rome against Belgium. Horst Hrubesch netted two goals; the second was an excellent header, in the 89th minute. It was a day of improvement for the great Hamburger SV centre forward who a few weeks earlier could hardly walk around the field with an ankle injury as his team lost the European Champion Clubs' Cup final to Nottingham Forest FC.

As he was a latecomer to the international team, Horst Hrubesch had only been called into the West Germany squad after Klaus Fischer broke his leg, and the match against Belgium was only his fifth international match.

He could play for West Germany in 21 games, scoring 6 goals, while his last match was the losing 1982 FIFA World Cup final against Italy.

Horst Hrubesch is also well-known for having netted the winning penalty which defeated France in the 1982 FIFA World Cup semi-final, after an marathon match which was tied 3–3 after extra-time.

Minutes earlier, in the second extra-time period with France leading 3–2, it was Horst Hrubesch who headed a cross from the left wing to his teammate Klaus Fischer, allowing his remarkable overhead kick equalizer.

During the shoot-outs, Irish television commentator Jimmy Magee coined the nickname that made Horst Hrubesch best recognised in the English-speaking world: "The man they call 'The Monster'."

Regarding Horst Hrubesch’s coaching career, it is worthe mentioning that at the 2016 Summer Olympics, he was the coach when Germany won the silver medal.

Moreover, on 13 March 2018, Horst Hrubesch was appointed as the head coach for the German women's national team.

Cornelis Kist – Netherlands (2 goals)

Cornelis Kist  is among the top goal scorers of Euro 1980. Cornelis Kist was born on 7 August 1952. He is a Dutch former professional football player and manager. Cornelis Kist played as an attacker, and most particularly won the European Golden Shoe for the 1978–79 season.

Cornelis Kist began his career at SC Heerenveen after coming over from youth team club VV Steenwijk in 1970. 

Cornelis Kist later mainly played for AZ. He was the best goal scorer of AZ, who during six successive seasons from 1976–77 to 1981–82 finished in the top 4 in the league table of the Eredivisie.

Together with Austrian Kurt Welzl and Pier Tol, Cornelis Kist led the AZ offense to a league title in the 1980–81 season; twelve points ahead of Ajax and also outperforming the Dutch giants on goal difference by +71 against +34.

Cornelis Kist was renowned for his excellent shots. He also won the European Golden Shoe of the 1978–79 season with 34 goals in the Eredivisie, making him the first Dutch football player to win this prize. Kist also won the Eredivisie Golden Boot twice. In the summer of 1982, Cornelis Kist left AZ to join French team Paris Saint-Germain, and was immediately sent on loan to newly relegated FC Mulhouse for the 1983–84 season. 

Cornelis Kist returned to his former club AZ in late summer 1984, before he retired as a member of his first senior club, Heerenveen, under head coach Foppe de Haan. Kist scored a total of 212 goals in the Eredivisie, which puts him in the fourth place on the all-time best goal scorers list, behind Willy van der Kuijlen, Ruud Geels and Johan Cruijff.

After Cornelis Kist ended his professional career, he has worked as a correspondent for De Telegraaf, and sells shoes as well.

Cornelis Kist has played in 21 matches for the Netherlands national team, in which he netted four goals, between 1975 and 1980.

From 2000 to 2005 Cornelis Kist was the manager of HSV Hoek. Additionally, he has coached Steenwijker Boys and Tolbert.

Zdeněk Nehoda - Czechoslovakia (2 goals)

One of the Euro top goal scorers is Zdeněk Nehoda who scored 2 goals in UEFA Euro 1980. Zdeněk Nehoda was born 9 May 1952, in Hulín. Zdeněk Nehoda is a former Czech football player who played as a forward. At international level, he played for Czechoslovakia, playing in 91 matches and netting 31 goals. Zdeněk Nehoda usually played as a right-winger. He was a participant in the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

He won a gold medal in the UEFA Euro 1976 and a bronze medal in the UEFA Euro 1980 becoming one of the top goal scorers of Euro 1980. He is now an agent and represents a number of Czech and foreign football players.

Klaus Allofs – West Germany (3 goals)

Klaus Allofs who was born on 5 December 1956 is a German former professional footballer, manager, and executive.

Klaus Allofs was a prolific goalscorer forward for his club and country. He played in 424 matches in Bundesliga  and scored 177 goals over the spell of 15 seasons. He finished as the league's top scorer on two seasons, playing mainly for Fortuna Düsseldorf and 1. FC Köln. Klaus Allofs’s younger brother, Thomas, was also a professional football player and also a forward, sometimes on the same team.

Klaus Allofs played for West Germany, representing the nation in one World Cup and two European Championships, including the triumphant UEFA Euro 1980.

In 1999, after temporarily working as a coach at Fortuna Düsseldorf, he became general manager at his former team Werder Bremen, where he, along with head coach Thomas Schaaf, helped the team to great glory, winning the double of Bundesliga and DFB-Pokal in 2004, reaching the 2009 UEFA Cup Final and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League for six years.

Klaus Allofs played for West Germany in a total of 56 matches, netting 17 goals. His first match was on 11 October 1978 in Prague, against 


, a 4–3 friendly victory.

Klaus Allofs also played for the West Germany national team at the triumphant UEFA Euro 1980, where he netted three times to become the best goal scorers in the Euro top goal scorers chart, all in a 3–2 group stage victory against the Netherlands. Moreover he played for West Germany in Euro 1984 and 1986 FIFA World Cup. When the stars including Rudi Völler and Jürgen Klinsmann emerged, he retired from international play on 31 March 1988, netting in a friendly with Sweden.

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