UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
|Dates||14 June – 18 June|
|Venue(s)||4 (in 3 host cities)|
|Champions||West Germany (1st title)|
|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. Belgium was chosen among three candidates; the other bids came from England and Italy, whose teams did not reach the semi-finals.
|Heysel Stadium||Stade Émile Versé|
|Capacity: 60,000||Capacity: 42,800|
|Sclessin Stadium||Bosuil Stadium|
|Capacity: 43,000||Capacity: 60,000|
- 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):
All time are CET/UTC+1
|14 June – Antwerp (Bosuil Stadium)|
|18 June – Brussels (Heysel Stadium)|
|14 June – Brussels (Stade Émile Versé)||17 June – Liège (Sclessin Stadium)|
| 14 June 1972|
|Belgium||1 – 2||West Germany|| Bosuilstadion, Antwerp|
Referee: William J. Mullan (Scotland)
|Polleunis 83'||Report||Müller 24', 71'|
| 14 June 1972|
|Hungary||0 – 1||Soviet Union|| Stade Émile Versé, Brussels|
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany)
Third place play-off
| 17 June 1972|
|Hungary||1 – 2||Belgium|| Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege|
Referee: Johan Einar Boström (Sweden)
|Kű 53' (pen.)||Report|| Lambert 24'|
Van Himst 28'
- Main article: UEFA Euro 1972 Final
| 18 June 1972|
|West Germany||3 – 0||Soviet Union|| Heysel Stadium, Brussels|
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
| Müller 27', 58'|
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
|Evgeny Rudakov||Revaz Dzodzuashvili||Uli Hoeneß||Raoul Lambert|
|Franz Beckenbauer||Gunter Netzer||Jupp Heynckes|
|Murtaz Khurtsilava||Herbert Wimmer||Gerd Müller|
|UEFA Euro 1972|
|Knockout stage · Final|