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1972 UEFA European Football Championship
UEFA Euro 1972 logo.png
UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
Tournament details
Host countryBelgium.png Belgium
Dates14 June – 18 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
ChampionsFlag of Germany.svg West Germany (1st title)
Runner-upFlag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union
Third placeBelgium.png Belgium
Fourth placeFlag of Hungary.png Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance121,880 (30,470 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of Germany Gerd Müller (4 goals)
1968
1976

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. Belgium was chosen among three candidates; the other bids came from England and Italy, 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.

Venues

Belgium stub

Brussels
Soccer ball
Liège
Soccer ball
Antwerp
Soccer ball
Brussels
Heysel StadiumStade Émile Versé
Capacity: 60,000Capacity: 42,800
12.037 33564constantVandenStockStadium
Liège Antwerp
Sclessin StadiumBosuil Stadium
Capacity: 43,000Capacity: 60,000
Standard liege kaerjeng0220110720 bosuil

Qualifying round

Main article: UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying

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.

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.png Belgium  1  
 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  2  
 
18 June – Brussels (Heysel Stadium)
     Flag of Germany.svg West Germany  3
   Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  0
Third place
14 June – Brussels (Stade Émile Versé) 17 June – Liège (Sclessin Stadium)
 Flag of Hungary.png Hungary  0  Flag of Hungary.png Hungary  1
 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union  1    Belgium.png Belgium  2

Semi-finals

14 June 1972
20:00
Belgium Belgium.png 1 – 2 Flag of Germany.svg West Germany Bosuilstadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 55,669
Referee: William J. Mullan (Scotland)
Polleunis Soccerball 83' Report Müller Soccerball 24'71'

14 June 1972
20:00
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 0 – 1 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Stade Émile Versé, Brussels
Attendance: 16,590
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany)
Report Konkov Soccerball 53'

Third place play-off

17 June 1972
20:00
Hungary Flag of Hungary.png 1 – 2 Belgium.png Belgium Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege
Attendance: 6,184
Referee: Johan Einar Boström (Sweden)
Soccerball 53' (pen.) Report Lambert Soccerball 24'
Van Himst Soccerball 28'

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 1972 Final
18 June 1972
16:00
West Germany Flag of Germany.svg 3 – 0 Flag of the Soviet Union.png Soviet Union Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 43,437
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Müller Soccerball 27'58'
Wimmer Soccerball 52'
Report

Statistics

Goalscorers

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

Awards

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

External links

UEFA Euro 1972
Stages
Knockout stage · Final
General information

Squads · Qualification

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