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UEFA Euro 1972

1972 UEFA European Football Championship
Europees kampioenschap voetbal 1972 (Dutch)
Championnat du Football Européen 1972 (French)
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft 1972 (German)
UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Belgium
Dates 14 June – 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) 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]


  • Venues 1
  • Qualifying round 2
  • Final tournament 3
    • Semi-finals 3.1
    • Third place play-off 3.2
    • Final 3.3
  • Statistics 4
    • Goalscorers 4.1
    • Awards 4.2
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Heysel Stadium Stade Émile Versé
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 42,800
Liège Antwerp
Sclessin Stadium Bosuil Stadium
Capacity: 43,000 Capacity: 60,000

Qualifying round

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.

Finalists and their results

The following teams participated in the final tournament (see also UEFA Euro 1972 squads):

Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

Semi-finals Final
14 June – Antwerp (Bosuil Stadium)
  Belgium  1  
  West Germany  2  
18 June – Brussels (Heysel Stadium)
      West Germany  3
    Soviet Union  0
Third place
14 June – Brussels (Stade Émile Versé) 17 June – Liège (Sclessin Stadium)
  Hungary  0   Hungary  1
  Soviet Union  1     Belgium  2


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

14 June 1972
Hungary  0 – 1  Soviet Union
Report Konkov  53'
Stade Émile Versé, Brussels
Attendance: 16,590
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany)

Third place play-off

17 June 1972
Hungary  1 – 2  Belgium
 53' (pen.) Report Lambert  24'
Van Himst  28'


18 June 1972
West Germany  3 – 0  Soviet Union
Müller  27'58'
Wimmer  52'
Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 43,437
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[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
Evgeny Rudakov Revaz Dzodzuashvili Uli Hoeneß Raoul Lambert
Franz Beckenbauer Gunter Netzer Jupp Heynckes
Murtaz Khurtsilava Herbert Wimmer Gerd Müller
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 Nederlands).  
  3. ^ "Müller the menace in German masterclass". Union of European Football Associations. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  4. ^ "1972 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 23 January 2015. 

External links

  • EURO 1972 Official History
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