UEFA Euro 1972

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1972 UEFA European Football Championship
Europees kampioenschap voetbal 1972 (in Dutch)
Championnat du Football Européen 1972 (in French)
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft 1972 (in German)
UEFA Euro 1972 logo.svg
UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Belgium
Dates 14–18 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) 4 (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (1st title)
Runners-up  Soviet Union
Third place  Belgium
Fourth place  Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance 121,880 (30,470 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany Gerd Müller (4 goals)

The 1972 UEFA European Football Championship final tournament was held in Belgium. This was the fourth European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 14 and 18 June 1972.

At the time, only four countries could play the final tournament which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third place match.

The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant all teams had to participate in the qualification process for the final stage.[1] Belgium was chosen among three candidates; the other bids came from England and Italy,[2] whose teams did not reach the semi-finals.

West Germany won the tournament, beating the Soviet Union 3–0 in the final, with goals coming from Gerd Müller (twice) and Herbert Wimmer at the Heysel Stadium in Brussels.[3]


The qualifying round was played throughout 1970 and 1971 (group phase), and 1972 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each. The matches were played in a home-and-away basis. Victories were worth 2 points, draws 1 point, and defeats 0 points. Only group winners could qualify for the quarter-finals. The quarter-finals were played in two legs on a home-and-away basis. The winners of the quarter-finals would go through to the final tournament.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Belgium (host) Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Play-off winner 13 May 1972 3 (1960, 1964, 1968)
 West Germany Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Hungary Play-off winner 17 May 1972 1 (1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


Brussels Liège
Heysel Stadium Stade Émile Versé Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 42,800 Capacity: 43,000
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Capacity: 60,000
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Match officials

Country Referee
Sweden Sweden Johan Einar Boström
East Germany East Germany Rudi Glöckner
Austria Austria Ferdinand Marschall
Scotland Scotland William Mullan

Final tournament

Finalists and their results

At the final tournament, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).


Semi-finals Final
14 June – Antwerp
 Belgium 1
18 June – Brussels
 West Germany 2
 West Germany 3
14 June – Brussels
 Soviet Union 0
 Hungary 0
 Soviet Union 1
Third place play-off
17 June – Liège
 Hungary 1
 Belgium 2


14 June 1972 (1972-06-14)
Hungary  0–1  Soviet Union
Report Konkov Goal 53'

14 June 1972 (1972-06-14)
Belgium  1–2  West Germany
Polleunis Goal 83' Report Müller Goal 24'71'
Bosuilstadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 55,669
Referee: William Mullan (Scotland)

Third place play-off

17 June 1972 (1972-06-17)
Hungary  1–2  Belgium
Goal 53' (pen.) Report


18 June 1972 (1972-06-18)
West Germany  3–0  Soviet Union
Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 43,066[4]
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)



With four goals, Gerd Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 10 goals were scored by 7 different players in 4 matches, for an average of 2.5 goals per game. None of the goals is credited as own goal.

4 goals
1 goal


UEFA Team of the Tournament[5]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Soviet Union Evgeny Rudakov Soviet Union Revaz Dzodzuashvili West Germany Uli Hoeneß Belgium Raoul Lambert
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Günter Netzer West Germany Jupp Heynckes
Soviet Union Murtaz Khurtsilava West Germany Herbert Wimmer West Germany Gerd Müller
West Germany Paul Breitner


  1. ^ Henson, Mike (12 May 2012). "Euro 1972: West Germany sweep the continent on finals debut". BBC Sport (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sportflitsen" (in Dutch). De Tijd. 14 March 1972. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  3. ^ "Müller the menace in German masterclass". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "European Football Championship 1972 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017. 
  5. ^ "1972 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

External links

  • UEFA Euro 1972 at UEFA.com
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