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1972 European Football Championship
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1972 European Football Championship

The 1972 European Football Championship (Euro 72) final tournament was held in Belgium. This was the 4th edition of the European Football Championship, held every four years and endorsed by UEFA. The final tournament took place between June 14 and June 18, 1972.

At the time, only four countries could play the final tournament which meant that there were only the semi-finals, the final and the third place match.

The hosts were only announced after the qualifying round, which meant that they had to qualify, as well, for the final stage.

Table of contents
1 Venues
2 Qualifying Round
3 Final Tournament
4 Top Scorers

Venues

Qualifying Round

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.

Group Phase

Group 1 Group 2
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Romania 9 6 4 1 1 11 2 Hungary 9 6 4 1 1 12 5
Czechoslovakia 9 6 4 1 1 11 4 Bulgaria 7 6 3 1 2 11 7
Wales 5 6 2 1 3 5 6 France 7 6 3 1 2 10 8
Finland 1 6 0 1 5 1 16 Norway 1 6 0 1 5 5 18
Group 3 Group 4
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
England 11 6 5 1 0 15 3 Soviet Union 10 6 4 2 0 13 4
Switzerland 9 6 4 1 1 12 5 Spain 8 6 3 2 1 14 3
Greece 3 6 1 1 4 3 8 Northern Ireland 6 6 2 2 2 10 6
Malta 1 6 0 1 5 2 16 Cyprus 0 6 0 0 6 2 26
Group 5 Group 6
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Belgium 9 6 4 1 1 11 3 Italy 10 6 4 2 0 12 4
Portugal 7 6 3 1 2 10 6 Austria 7 6 3 1 2 14 6
Scotland 6 6 3 0 3 4 7 Sweden 6 6 2 2 2 3 5
Denmark 2 6 1 0 5 2 11 Republic of Ireland 1 6 0 1 5 3 17
Group 7 Group 8
Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA Team Pts Pld W D L GF GA
Yugoslavia 9 6 3 3 0 7 2 West Germany 10 6 4 2 0 10 2
Netherlands 7 6 3 1 2 18 6 Poland 6 6 2 2 2 10 6
East Germany 7 6 3 1 2 11 6 Turkey 5 6 2 1 3 5 13
Luxembourg 1 6 0 1 5 1 23 Albania 3 6 1 1 4 5 9

Quarter-finals

1st Leg - Saturday April 29, 1972

19:45 GMT Wembley Stadium, London
Referee: Robert Helies (FRA)
England 1 - 3 (0-1) West Germany
Lee 78' Hoeness 27'
Netzer 84' pen
G. Müller 88'
2nd Leg - Saturday May 13, 1972

16:00 CET Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn Stadium, Berlin
Referee: Milivoje Gugulovic (YUG)
West Germany 0 - 0 England
West Germany won 3-1 on aggregate.


1st Leg - Saturday April 29, 1972

15:30 CET Giuseppe Meazza, Milan
Referee: Peter Hristov Nikolov (BUL)
Italy 0 - 0 Belgium
2nd Leg - Saturday May 13, 1972

20:00 CET Parc Astrid, Brussels
Referee: Paul Schiller (AUT)
Belgium 2 - 1 (1-0) Italy
Van Moer 23' Riva 85' pen
Van Himst 72'
Belgium won 2-1 on aggregate.


1st Leg - Saturday April 29, 1972

17:00 CET Ferenc Puskas Stadium, Budapest
Referee: David William Smith (ENG)
Hungary 1 - 1 (1-0) Romania
Branikovits 11' Satmareanu 55'
2nd Leg - Sunday May 14, 1972

Bucharest
Referee: Kurt Tschenscher (West Germany)
Romania 2 - 2 (1-2) Hungary
Dobrin 14' Szöke 5'
Neagu 82' Kocsis 35'
Replay Match (neutral ground) - Wednesday May 17, 1972

20:00 CET Partizan Stadium, Belgrade
Referee: Christe Michas (GRE)
Hungary 2 - 1 (1-1) Romanian
Kocsis 27' Neagu 34'
Szöke 89'
Hungary won 5-4 on aggregate.


1st Leg - Sunday April 30, 1972

16:00 CET Crvena Zvezda Stadium, Belgrade
Referee: Rudolf Scheurer (SWI)
Yugoslavia 0 - 0 Soviet Union
2nd Leg - Saturday May 13, 1972

17:00 MSK Luzhniki Stadium, Moscow
Referee: Aurelio Angonese (ITA)
Soviet Union 3 - 0 (0-0) Yugoslavia
Kolotov 53'
Banishevski 74'
Kozinkevich 90'
Soviet Union won 3-0 on aggregate.


Final Tournament

Semi-finals

Wednesday June 14, 1972

20:00 CET Bosuil Stadium, Antwerp
Referee: William J. Mullan (SCO)
West Germany 2 - 1 (1-0) Belgium
G. Müller 24' Polleunis 83'
G. Müller 71'
20:00 CET Parc Astrid, Brussels
Referee: Rudi Glöckner (West Germany)
Soviet Union 1 - 0 (0-0) Hungary
Konkov 53' 85' Zambo missed a penalty (Rudakov saved)

Third Place Match

Saturday June 17, 1972

20:00 CET Sclessin Stadium, Liege
Referee: Johan Einar Boström (SWE)
Belgium 2 - 1 (2-0) Hungary
Lambert 24' Kü 53' pen
Van Himst 28'

Final

Sunday June 18, 1972

16:00 CET Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (AUT)
West Germany 3 - 0 (1-0) Soviet Union
G. Müller 27'
Wimmer 52'
G. Müller 58'

Top Scorers

4 Goals

1 Goal
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