UEFA Euro 1972

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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) 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]


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Heysel Stadium Stade Émile Versé
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 42,800
Liège Antwerp
Sclessin Stadium Bosuil Stadium
Capacity: 43,000 Capacity: 60,000
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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 Goal 83' Report Müller Goal 24'71'
Bosuilstadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 55,669
Referee: William J. Mullan (Scotland)

14 June 1972
Hungary  0 – 1  Soviet Union
Report Konkov Goal 53'

Third place play-off

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


18 June 1972
West Germany  3 – 0  Soviet Union
Müller Goal 27'58'
Wimmer Goal 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
Soviet Union Evgeny Rudakov Soviet Union Revaz Dzodzuashvili West Germany Uli Hoeneß Belgium Raoul Lambert
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer West Germany Gunter Netzer West Germany Jupp Heynckes
Soviet Union Murtaz Khurtsilava West Germany Herbert Wimmer West Germany Gerd Müller
West Germany Paul Breitner


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  3. "Müller the menace in German masterclass". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. "1972 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 23 January 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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