Spain combined home advantage and spirited teamwork to win what would remain their only major trophy until UEFA EURO 2008, as the UEFA European Championship grew from 17 entrants to 29. After an extra-time victory against Hungary in the semi-finals José Villalonga's side defeated holders Soviet Union 2-1 in the showpiece at a raucous Santiago Bernabéu, Marcellino heading in the winner six minutes from time.
Top scorers: Ole Madsen (Denmark) – 7
Did you know?
The man whose goal decided the title, Marcelino, claimed a late winner for Real Zaragoza in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup final against Valencia CF four days later.
Also in 1964
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: FC Internazionale Milano (3-1 v Real Madrid CF)
European Footballer of the Year: Denis Law (Manchester United FC)
Eurovision Song Contest winner: Gigliola Cinquetti (Italy) singing Non ho l'età
Nobel Peace Prize: Martin Luther King (civil rights campaigner, United States)
Men's Olympic 100m champion: Bob Hayes (United States) running 10.0 seconds
Formula 1 world champion: John Surtees (United Kingdom), driving a Ferrari
Oscar for Best Picture: My Fair Lady
1 February – I Want to Hold Your Hand becomes the Beatles' first US No1
12 June – Nelson Mandela given life sentence in South Africa for various charges
27 August – Mary Poppins premieres in Los Angeles. The film goes on to win five Academy Awards and become Walt Disney's then biggest moneyspinner
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