UEFA Euro 1972

1972 UEFA European Football Championship
Europees kampioenschap voetbal 1972 (in Dutch)
Championnat du Football Européen 1972 (in French)
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft 1972 (in German)
UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
Tournament details
Host country Belgium
Dates 14–18 June
Teams 4
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 played 4
Goals scored 10 (2.5 per match)
Attendance 121,880 (30,470 per match)
Top scorer(s) Gerd Müller (4 goals)

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.

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 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.

Qualified teams

Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[upper-alpha 1]
 Belgium (host)Play-off winner13 May 19720 (debut)
 Soviet UnionPlay-off winner13 May 19723 (1960, 1964, 1968)
 West GermanyPlay-off winner13 May 19720 (debut)
 HungaryPlay-off winner17 May 19721 (1964)
  1. Bold indicates champion for that year.


Brussels Liège
Heysel Stadium Stade Émile Versé Stade Maurice Dufrasne
Capacity: 60,000 Capacity: 42,800 Capacity: 43,000
Capacity: 60,000


Match officials

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

Final tournament

At the final tournament, extra time and a penalty shoot-out were used to decide the winner if necessary (though it was never needed).

All times are local, CET (UTC+1).


14 June – Antwerp
18 June – Brussels
 West Germany2
 West Germany3
14 June – Brussels
 Soviet Union0
 Soviet Union1
Third place play-off
17 June – Liège


Hungary  0–1  Soviet Union
Report Konkov  53'

Belgium  1–2  West Germany
Polleunis  83' Report Müller  24', 71'
Attendance: 55,669

Third place play-off

Hungary  1–2  Belgium
 53' (pen.) Report


West Germany  3–0  Soviet Union
Attendance: 43,066[4]



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[5]
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 (British Broadcasting Corporation). Retrieved 17 June 2012.
  2. "Sportflitsen" (in Dutch). De Tijd. 14 March 1972. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
  3. "Müller the menace in German masterclass". UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. 3 October 2003. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  4. "European Football Championship 1972 FINAL". euro2000.org. Union of European Football Associations. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  5. "1972 team of the tournament". Union of European Football Associations. Retrieved 23 January 2015.
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