From the archives: Spain dominated the 1964 select XI, with playmaker Luis Suárez, of Internazionale Milano, among six of José Villalonga's victorious team who made the cut.
GK: Lev Yashin (USSR)
One of the best goalkeepers the game has ever seen and the only custodian awarded the Ballon d'Or. Yashin claimed that trophy in 1963 after winning a sixth Soviet League title with his one and only club, Dinamo Moskva. Always dressed in black, he was imposing and extraordinarily agile. The UEFA European Championship contributed considerably to his legend and he was in especially brilliant form against Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia as the USSR won the inaugural title in 1960. He was greatly mourned, both inside and outside Russia, when he died in 1990.
DF: Feliciano Rivilla (Spain)
Right-back Rivilla played every match of Spain's triumphant campaign bar the 6-0 victory against Romania in the opening leg of the first round. A winner of the UEFA Cup Winners' Cup with Atlético Madrid two years earlier, overcoming Fiorentina 3-0 in the final replay, Muñoz also earned a Liga championship medal in 1966. A member of Spain's FIFA World Cup party that summer – as he had been in 1962 – he retired two years later having made 356 appearances for Atlético and 26 for Spain. His contribution was recognised with a benefit match against Pelé's Santos.
DF: Dezsö Novák (Hungary)
Novák is the most successful footballing Olympian of them all, having won a bronze medal at the 1960 games then gold in 1964 and 1968 – but his international prowess for Hungary did not stop there. The Ferencváros defender warmed up for the Tokyo Olympics by helping his country to third place at the 1964 UEFA European Championship, scoring both of his team's extra-time goals against Denmark in the third-place play-off. A Ferencváros stalwart for 15 years, Novák later coached the club in three decades – the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s.
DF: Ignacio Zoco (Spain)
Zoco hailed from the foothills of the Pyrenees but he went on to make it big in the city, amassing 538 appearances for Real Madrid between 1962 and 1974. A stout, unflustered defender, he won seven Spanish league titles and was a member of the so-called 'Yé-Yé' side that captured the 1966 European Champion Clubs' Cup. The 1964 UEFA European Championship tasted especially sweet for him as the trophy was claimed at his home stadium, the Santiago Bernabéu. Two years later he played all three matches for Spain at the FIFA World Cup.
DF: Ferran Olivella (Spain)
Although he won only 18 caps, Olivella had the honour and privilege of doing what only one Spain captain has managed since – lifting a major international trophy. The Barcelona defender was Spain's skipper at the 1964 UEFA European Championship and carried out the role with discipline and authority. A Catalan born and bred, he spent his entire career with Barcelona, making 513 competitive appearances from 1956 to 1969 and helping them to two league titles, four Spanish Cups and three Inter-Cities Fairs Cup triumphs.
MF: Amancio Amaro (Spain)
Amaro joined Real Madrid aged 22 and starred in the post-Di Stefano/Puskás era. A skilful, pacy attacking midfielder, he won nine Spanish titles as Madrid dominated the 1960s on the domestic front and scored in the 2-1 win against Partizan in the 1966 European Champion Clubs' Cup final. His greatest triumph, however, came two years earlier when he helped Spain to victory at the 1964 UEFA European Championship, registering the late extra-time winner in the semi-final against Hungary. Amancio also played in the 1966 FIFA World Cup and managed 11 goals in 42 caps.
MF: Valentin Ivanov (USSR)
Ivanov was a midfielder-cum-support striker whose blistering pace and technique meant he created as many goals as he scored. A loyal servant to Torpedo Moskva, twice lifting the Soviet title, he was probably more famous for his international exploits. He scored 26 goals in 59 appearances for the USSR, including four at the 1962 FIFA World Cup, where he was the joint-leading scorer. He won the inaugural UEFA European Championship in 1960 and helped them to the final again four years later. He later had four spells as Torpedo coach, winning one league title and two domestic cups.
MF: Luis Suárez (Spain)
Internazionale Milano inside-forward Suárez was the undisputed man of the match in the 1964 UEFA European Championship final against the USSR. He controlled the game in the stylish, swaggering manner of a player full of confidence after inspiring Inter to a 3-1 victory against Real Madrid in the European Champion Clubs' Cup final a few weeks earlier. Winner of the Ballon d'Or in 1960, he was an international for 15 years, managing 32 appearances and 14 goals. The Galicia-born midfield general later coached Spain at the 1990 FIFA World Cup.
FW: Ferenc Bene (Hungary)
Bene found the net in the semi-final and the third-place play-off at the 1964 UEFA European Championship, adding to earlier strikes in both legs of the second-round tie against East Germany and the home quarter-final versus France. He went on to finish as top goalscorer at that summer's Olympics, completing his 12-goal haul with the winner in the final against Czechoslovakia. He scored 36 goals in 76 games for Hungary and amassed 302 in 418 appearances for Újpest, where he played most of his career. He died in February 2006.
FW: Jesús María Pereda (Spain)
Pereda played a significant role in bringing Spain their maiden international trophy, the 1964 UEFA European Championship. He opened the scoring in the semi-final with Hungary and the final against the Soviet Union, then provided the assist for Marcelino Martínez's winning goal. It was a happy return to the Santiago Bernabéu for a player who had left Real Madrid to become a star striker for arch-rivals Barcelona. Despite his UEFA European Championship exploits, Pereda never established himself as a regular for Spain and won only 15 caps.
FW: Flórián Albert (Hungary)
An elegant, free-scoring forward who spent his entire club career at Ferencváros, Albert gained international acclaim when he was voted European Footballer of the Year in 1967. At 20, Albert was joint-top goalscorer at the 1962 FIFA World Cup and though he did not find the net at the 1964 UEFA European Championship, he was an inspirational figure as Hungary reached the last four. One of Europe's most consistent performers throughout the 1960s, he won four Hungarian league titles before injury ended his career in 1974.