After losing the 1976 final to Czechoslovakia on penalties, West Germany were determined to put things right in Italy. A side boasting soon-to-be-crowned European Footballer of the Year Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Karlheinz Föster and Hansi Müller avenged that defeat in the group stage. Among the contenders – whose number had risen from four to eight teams – were 1974 and 1978 FIFA World Cup finalists the Netherlands, England and a solid Italy side hoping to win on home soil for the second time in 12 years. But this was to be West Germany's – and Horst Hrubesch's – tournament.
Winners: West Germany
Group stage: Netherlands, Greece, Spain, England
Top scorers: Klaus Allofs (West Germany) – 3
Did you know?
Italy were the first country to host the competition twice, having also staged – and won – the 1968 finals.
Also in 1980
European Champion Clubs' Cup winners: Nottingham Forest FC (1-0 v Hamburger SV)
European Footballer of the Year: Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (FC Bayern München)
Eurovision Song Contest winner: Johnny Logan (Republic of Ireland) singing What's Another Year?
European Golden Boot winner: Erwin Vandenbergh (Lierse SK)
Nobel Peace Prize winner: Adolfo Pérez Esquivel (human rights advocate, Argentina)
Men's Olympic 100m champion: Allan Wells (United Kingdom) running 10.25 seconds
Formula 1 world champion: Alan Jones (Australia) driving a Williams
Oscar for Best Picture: Ordinary People
21 March – United States president Jimmy Carter announces his country will boycott the forthcoming Olympics in Moscow
22 May – Pac-Man, the best-selling arcade game of all time is released
8 December – John Lennon is shot and killed in New York City
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