UEFA Euro 1972

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1972 UEFA European Football Championship
Europees kampioenschap voetbal België 1972 (in Dutch)
Championnat d'Europe de football Belgique 1972 (in French)
Fußball-Europameisterschaft Belgien 1972 (in German)
Tournament details
Host countryBelgium
Dates14–18 June
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 played4
Goals scored10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance121,880 (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 UEFA European Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between 14 and 18 June 1972.

Only four countries played in the final tournament, with the tournament consisting of the semi-finals, a third place play-off, and the final.

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.


The qualifying round was played throughout 1970 and 1971 (group phase), and 1972 (quarter-finals). There were eight qualifying groups of four teams each, with matches played on a home-and-away basis. The group winners qualified for the quarter-finals, played in two legs, home and away. The winners of the quarter-finals went through to the final tournament.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament
 Belgium (host) Quarter-final winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-final winner 13 May 1972 3 (1960, 1964, 1968)
 West Germany Quarter-final winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-final winner 17 May 1972 1 (1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.


Brussels Liège
Heysel Stadium Stade Émile Versé Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Capacity: 75,000 Capacity: 30,000 Capacity: 35,000
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Capacity: 60,000


Match officials

Country Referee
Sweden Sweden Johan Einar Boström
East Germany East Germany Rudi Glöckner
Austria Austria Ferdinand Marschall
Scotland Scotland William Mullan

Final tournament

Finalists and their results

At the final tournament, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary.

All times are local, CET (UTC+1)


 14 June – Antwerp
 18 June – Brussels (Heysel)
  West Germany2
  West Germany3
 14 June – Brussels (Émile Versé)
  Soviet Union0
  Soviet Union1
 Third place play-off
 17 June – Liège


14 June 1972 (1972-06-14)20:00
Hungary 0–1 Soviet Union
Stade Émile Versé, BrusselsAttendance: 1,659Referee: Rudi Glöckner (East Germany) 14 June 1972 (1972-06-14)20:00
Belgium 1–2 West Germany
Bosuilstadion, AntwerpAttendance: 55,669Referee: William Mullan (Scotland)

Third-place play-off

17 June 1972 (1972-06-17)20:00
Hungary 1–2 Belgium
Stade Maurice Dufrasne, LiègeAttendance: 6,184Referee: Johan Einar Boström (Sweden)


18 June 1972 (1972-06-18)16:00
West Germany 3–0 Soviet Union
Heysel Stadium, BrusselsAttendance: 43,437Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)



There were 10 goals scored in 4 matches, for an average of 2.5 goals per match.

4 goals

1 goal


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


  1. ^ Henson, Mike (12 May 2012). "Euro 1972: West Germany sweep the continent on finals debut". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. ^ "Sportflitsen" . De Tijd : Dagblad voor Nederland (in Dutch). De Tijd. 14 March 1972. Retrieved 19 September 2015 – via Delpher.
  3. ^ "Müller strikes twice as West Germany beat USSR in 1972 EURO final". UEFA.com. 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.
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