1972 UEFA European Football Championship

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Tournament details
Host country Belgium
Dates14 June – 18 June
Teams4
Venue(s)(in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions West Germany (1st title)
Runner-up Soviet Union
Third place Belgium
Fourth place Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches played4
Goals scored10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance121,880 (30,470 per match)
Top scorer(s)Flag of West Germany Gerd Müller (4 goals)
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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

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

Semi-finals

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

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

Third place play-off

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

Final

Main article: UEFA Euro 1972 Final
18 June 1972
16:00
West Germany  3 – 0  Soviet Union Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 43,437
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Müller Goal 27'58'
Wimmer Goal 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 Soviet Union Evgeny Rudakov Flag of Soviet Union Revaz Dzodzuashvili Flag of West Germany Uli Hoeneß Flag of Belgium Raoul Lambert
Flag of West Germany Franz Beckenbauer Flag of West Germany Gunter Netzer Flag of West Germany Jupp Heynckes
Flag of Soviet Union Murtaz Khurtsilava Flag of West Germany Herbert Wimmer Flag of West Germany Gerd Müller
Flag of West Germany Paul Breitner

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