UEFA Euro 1972

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.

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)
UEFA Euro 1972 logo.svg
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)

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.[1] Belgium was chosen among three candidates; the other bids came from England and Italy,[2] 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.[3]


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 two points, draws one point, and defeats no 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 went through to the final tournament.

Qualified teamsEdit

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
  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
Capacity: 60,000


Match officialsEdit

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

Final tournamentEdit

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


Hungary  0–1  Soviet Union

Belgium  1–2  West Germany
Attendance: 55,669

Third-place play-offEdit

Hungary  1–2  Belgium


West Germany  3–0  Soviet Union
Attendance: 43,437



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[4]
Goalkeeper Defenders Midfielders Forwards
  Yevhen Rudakov   Revaz Dzodzuashvili
  Murtaz Khurtsilava
  Franz Beckenbauer
  Paul Breitner
  Uli Hoeneß
  Günter Netzer
  Herbert Wimmer
  Raoul Lambert
  Jupp Heynckes
  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" [Sports flashes] (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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