The 1972 Ballon d'Or, given to the best football player in Europe as judged by a panel of sports journalists from UEFA member countries, was awarded to the West German defender Franz Beckenbauer on 26 December 1972.[1] There were 25 voters, from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, East Germany, England, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Ireland, Romania, Soviet Union, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, West Germany and Yugoslavia.[2] Beckenbauer became the second West German national and Bayern Munich player to win the trophy after Gerd Müller (1970).[3]

1972 Ballon d'Or
1972 Ballon d'Or winner Franz Beckenbauer
Date26 December 1972
Presented byFrance Football
Won byWest Germany Franz Beckenbauer (1st award)
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Rank Name Club(s) Nationality Points
1 Franz Beckenbauer   Bayern Munich   West Germany 81
2 Gerd Müller   Bayern Munich   West Germany 79
Günter Netzer   Borussia Mönchengladbach   West Germany
4 Johan Cruyff   Ajax   Netherlands 73
5 Piet Keizer   Ajax   Netherlands 13
6 Kazimierz Deyna   Legia Warsaw   Poland 6
7 Gordon Banks   Stoke City   England 4
Barry Hulshoff   Ajax   Netherlands
Włodzimierz Lubański   Górnik Zabrze   Poland
Bobby Moore   West Ham United   England
11 Hristo Bonev   Lokomotiv Plovdiv   Bulgaria 3
Murtaz Khurtsilava   Dinamo Tbilisi   Soviet Union
Gerrie Mühren   Ajax   Netherlands
Paul Van Himst   Anderlecht   Belgium
15 Antal Dunai   Újpest   Hungary 2
Eusébio   Benfica   Portugal
Sandro Mazzola   Internazionale   Italy
18 Amancio   Real Madrid   Spain 1
Paul Breitner   Bayern Munich   West Germany
Giorgio Chinaglia   Lazio   Italy
Dragan Džajić   Red Star Belgrade   Yugoslavia
Johnny Giles   Leeds United   Republic of Ireland
John Greig   Rangers   Scotland
Johan Neeskens   Ajax   Netherlands
Gianni Rivera   Milan   Italy
Yevhen Rudakov   Dynamo Kyiv   Soviet Union
Marius Trésor   Marseille   France


  1. ^ "Palmarès Ballon d'Or - 1972 - Franz Beckenbaueur". France Football. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  2. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or") 1972". RSSSF. 1 May 2005. Archived from the original on 18 January 2009. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ "European Footballer of the Year ("Ballon d'Or")". RSSSF. 21 January 2011. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009. Retrieved 31 March 2015.