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The 1971–72 season of the European Cup football club tournament was won for the second consecutive time by Ajax, who beat Internazionale in the final.

1971–72 European Cup
Rotterdam De Kuip 9.jpg
De Kuip in Rotterdam hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates19 August 1971 – 31 May 1972
Teams33
Final positions
ChampionsNetherlands Ajax (2nd title)
Runners-upItaly Internazionale
Tournament statistics
Matches played63
Goals scored175 (2.78 per match)
Top scorer(s)Hungary Antal Dunai (5 goals)

Preliminary roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Valencia   4–1   Union Luxembourg 3–1 1–0

First legEdit

Second legEdit

Valencia won 4–1 on aggregate.

First roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Marseille   3–2   Górnik Zabrze 2–1 1–1
Ajax   2–0   Dynamo Dresden 2–0 0–0
Reipas Lahti   1–9   Grasshopper 1–1 0–8
Strømsgodset   1–7   Arsenal 1–3 0–4
Dinamo București   2–2 (a)   Spartak Trnava 0–0 2–2
Feyenoord   17–0   Olympiakos Nicosia 8–0 9–0
Wacker   1–7   Benfica 0–4 1–3
CSKA Sofia   4–0   Partizani 3–0 1–0
Valencia   1–1 (a)   Hajduk Split 0–0 1–1
Újpesti Dózsa   4–1   Malmö FF 4–0 0–1
Boldklubben 1903   2–4   Celtic 2–1 0–3
ÍA   0–4   Sliema Wanderers 0–4 0–0
Internazionale   6–4   AEK Athens 4–1 2–3
Cork Hibernians   1–7   Borussia Mönchengladbach 0–5 1–2
Galatasaray   1–4   CSKA Moscow 1–1 0–3
Standard Liège   5–2   Linfield 2–0 3–2

First legEdit

Marseille  2–1  Górnik Zabrze
Wraży   45' (o.g.)
Skoblar   78'
Report Lubański   28'

Ajax  2–0  Dynamo Dresden
Swart   2'
Keizer   19'
Report

Reipas Lahti  1–1  Grasshopper
Lindholm   75' Report Ohlhauser   63'
Attendance: 1,276

Strømsgodset  1–3  Arsenal
Pettersen   52' Report Simpson   2'
Wølner   20' (o.g.)
Kelly   81'


Feyenoord  8–0  Olympiakos Nicosia
Maiwald   4'32'
Van Hanegem   9'
Schoenmaker   25'47'49'
Israël   82'
Schneider   88'
Report

Wacker  0–4  Benfica
Report Graça   15'
Artur Jorge   20'82'
Eusébio   80'

CSKA Sofia  3–0  Partizani
Atanasov   20'
Nikodimov   44' (pen.)
Marashliev   65'
Report

Valencia  0–0  Hajduk Split
Report

Újpesti Dózsa  4–0  Malmö FF
A. Dunai   17'
Bene   28'64'80'
Report

Boldklubben 1903  2–1  Celtic
Johansen   14'24' Report Macari   28'

ÍA  0–4  Sliema Wanderers
Report Cocks   25'57'68'
Aquilina   81'

Internazionale  4–1  AEK Athens
Mazzola   20'
Facchetti   35'
Jair   44'
Boninsegna   61' (pen.)
Report Pomonis   15'

Cork Hibernians  0–5  Borussia Mönchengladbach
Report Wloka   5'30'
Heynckes   19'
Le Fevre   32'39'


Standard Liège  2–0  Linfield
Semmeling   33'
Takač   87'
Report

Second legEdit

Górnik Zabrze  1–1  Marseille
Anczok   32' Report Skoblar   53'

Marseille won 3–2 on aggregate.


Ajax won 2–0 on aggregate.


Grasshopper  8–0  Reipas Lahti
Müller   1'39'71'85'
Gröbli   31'
Schneeberger   45'
Meier   70'
Mayer   77'
Report

Grasshopper won 9–1 on aggregate.


Arsenal  4–0  Strømsgodset
Kennedy   6'
Radford   18'58'
Armstrong   78'
Report

Arsenal won 7–1 on aggregate.


Spartak Trnava  2–2  Dinamo București
Kabát   40'
Dobiaš   69' (pen.)
Report Popescu   64'88'

Dinamo București won 2–2 on away goals.


Olympiakos Nicosia  0–9  Feyenoord
Report Van Hanegem   6'82'
Hasil   11'
Wery   20'
Posthumus   31'39'
Israël   61' (pen.)63' (pen.)70'

Feyenoord won 17–0 on aggregate.


Benfica  3–1  Wacker
Calisto   36'
Artur Jorge   74'
Simões   89'
Report Jara   46'

Benfica won 7–1 on aggregate.


CSKA Sofia won 4–0 on aggregate.


Hajduk Split  1–1  Valencia
Pérez   15' (o.g.) Report Claramunt   55'

Valencia won 1–1 on away goals.


Újpesti Dózsa won 4–1 on aggregate.


Celtic  3–0  Boldklubben 1903
Wallace   23'85'
Callaghan   79'
Report

Celtic won 4–2 on aggregate.


Sliema Wanderers won 4–0 on aggregate.


Internazionale won 6–4 on aggregate.


Borussia Mönchengladbach won 7–1 on aggregate.


CSKA Moscow won 4–1 on aggregate.


Linfield  2–3  Standard Liège
Magee   57'
Larmour   62'
Report Van Moer   36'
Takač   53'
Piot   86' (pen.)

Standard Liège won 5–2 on aggregate.

Second roundEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Marseille   2–6   Ajax 1–2 1–4
Grasshopper   0–5   Arsenal 0–2 0–3
Dinamo București   0–5   Feyenoord 0–3 0–2
Benfica   2–1   CSKA Sofia 2–1 0–0
Valencia   1–3   Újpesti Dózsa 0–1 1–2
Celtic   7–1   Sliema Wanderers 5–0 2–1
Internazionale   4–2   Borussia Mönchengladbach 4–2 0–0
CSKA Moscow   1–2   Standard Liège 1–0 0–2

First legEdit

Marseille  1–2  Ajax
Gress   10' Report Keizer   37'
Cruyff   60'

Grasshopper  0–2  Arsenal
Report Kennedy   2'
Graham   88'


Benfica  2–1  CSKA Sofia
Rodrigues   51'
Artur Jorge   63'
Report Zhekov   85'


Celtic  5–0  Sliema Wanderers
Gemmell   6'
Macari   17'41'
Hood   69'
Brogan   78'
Report

Borussia Mönchengladbach  7–1  Internazionale
Heynckes   7'44'
Le Fevre   21'34'
Netzer   42'52'
Sieloff   83' (pen.)
[1] Boninsegna   20'

This game was annulled as Inter player Roberto Boninsegna was hit by a Coca-Cola can in the 29th minute.[2][3] The first leg game was replayed after the game that was originally scheduled to be second leg was played, thus the order of legs was switched.

Internazionale  4–2  Borussia Mönchengladbach
Bellugi   10'
Boninsegna   13'
Jair   57'
Ghio   90'
Report Le Fevre   38'
Wittkamp   89'

Second legEdit

Ajax  4–1  Marseille
Cruyff   32, 64'
Swart   37'
Haan   80'
Report Couécou   17'

Ajax won 6–2 on aggregate.


Arsenal  3–0  Grasshopper
Kennedy   40'
George   47'
Radford   84'
Report

Arsenal won 5–0 on aggregate.


Feyenoord won 5–0 on aggregate.


Benfica won 2–1 on aggregate.


Újpesti Dózsa won 3–1 on aggregate.


Sliema Wanderers  1–2  Celtic
Cocks   1' Report Hood   42'
Lennox   57'

Celtic won 7–1 on aggregate.


Internazionale won 4–2 on aggregate.


Standard Liège  2–0  CSKA Moscow
Takač   7'60' (pen.) Report

Standard Liège won 2–1 on aggregate.

Quarter-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax   3–1   Arsenal 2–1 1–0
Feyenoord   2–5   Benfica 1–0 1–5
Újpesti Dózsa   2–3   Celtic 1–2 1–1
Internazionale   2–2 (a)   Standard Liège 1–0 1–2

First legEdit

Ajax  2–1  Arsenal
G. Mühren   25'70' (pen.) Report Kennedy   15'



Second legEdit

Arsenal  0–1  Ajax
Report Graham   14' (o.g.)
Attendance: 56,155

Ajax won 3–1 on aggregate.


Benfica  5–1  Feyenoord
Nené   6'81'92'
Jordão   30'90'
Report Van Hanegem   75'

Benfica won 5–2 on aggregate.


Celtic won 3–2 on aggregate.


Standard Liège  2–1  Internazionale
Cvetler   51'
Takač   84' (pen.)
Report Mazzola   80'

2–2 on aggregate; Internazionale won on away goals.

Semi-finalsEdit

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax   1–0   Benfica 1–0 0–0
Internazionale   0–0 (5–4 p)   Celtic 0–0 0–0

First legEdit


Second legEdit

Ajax won 1–0 on aggregate.


0–0 on aggregate. Internazionale won 5–4 on penalties.

Teams had to shoot all five even if they could not win any more (the shoot-out would otherwise have ended with a score of 5–3 as Inter went first).

FinalEdit

Ajax  2–0  Internazionale
Cruyff   47'78' Report MatchCentre
Attendance: 67,000

Top scorersEdit

The top scorers from the 1972–73 European Cup (excluding preliminary round and annulled game) are as follows:

Rank Name Team Goals
1   Johan Cruyff   Ajax 5
  Antal Dunai   Újpesti Dózsa 5
  Lou Macari   Celtic 5
  Silvester Takač   Standard Liège 5
4   Ronnie Cocks   Sliema Wanderers 4
  Willem van Hanegem   Feyenoord 4
  Rinus Israël   Feyenoord 4
  Artur Jorge   Benfica 4
  Ray Kennedy   Arsenal 4
  Kurt Müller   Grasshopper 4
  Lex Schoenmaker   Feyenoord 4

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