1972 Ballon d'Or

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The 1972 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to the West German defender Franz Beckenbauer on 26 December 1972.[1] There were 25 voters, from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia.[2]

Beckenbauer became the second West German national and Bayern Munich player to win the trophy after Gerd Müller (1970).[3]


Rank Name Club Nationality Points
1 Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Bayern Munich  West Germany 81
2 Gerd Müller West Germany Bayern Munich  West Germany 79
Günter Netzer West Germany Borussia Mönchengladbach  West Germany
4 Johan Cruyff Netherlands Ajax  Netherlands 73
5 Piet Keizer Netherlands Ajax  Netherlands 13
6 Kazimierz Deyna Poland Legia Warsaw  Poland 6
7 Gordon Banks England Stoke City  England 4
Barry Hulshoff Netherlands Ajax  Netherlands
Włodzimierz Lubański Poland Górnik Zabrze  Poland
Bobby Moore England West Ham United  England
11 Hristo Bonev Bulgaria Lokomotiv Plovdiv  Bulgaria 3
Murtaz Khurtsilava Soviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi  Soviet Union
Gerrie Mühren Netherlands Ajax  Netherlands
Paul Van Himst Belgium Anderlecht  Belgium
15 Antal Dunai Hungary Újpesti Dózsa  Hungary 2
Eusébio Portugal Benfica  Portugal
Alessandro Mazzola Italy Internazionale  Italy
18 Amancio Amaro Spain Real Madrid  Spain 1
Paul Breitner West Germany Bayern Munich  West Germany
Giorgio Chinaglia Italy Lazio  Italy
Dragan Džajić Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Red Star Belgrade  Yugoslavia
Johnny Giles England Leeds United  Republic of Ireland
John Greig Scotland Glasgow Rangers  Scotland
Johan Neeskens Netherlands Ajax  Netherlands
Gianni Rivera Italy Milan  Italy
Yevgeniy Rudakov Soviet Union Dynamo Kyiv  Soviet Union
Marius Trésor France Marseille  France


  1. ^ "Palmarès Ballon d'Or - 1972 - Franz Beckenbaueur". France Football. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1972". RSSSF. 1 May 2005. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015. 
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 31 March 2015. Retrieved 31 March 2015. 

External links

  • France Football Official Ballon d'Or page
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