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1972 UEFA European Football Championship
Championnat du Football Belgique 1972
UEFA Fußball-Europameisterschaft 1972
Europees kampioenschap voetbal 1972

UEFA Euro 1972 official logo
Tournament details
Host country  Belgium
Dates 14 June – 18 June
Teams 4
Venue(s) (in 3 host cities)
Final positions
Champions  West Germany (1st title)
Runner-up  Soviet Union
Third place  Belgium
Fourth place  Hungary
Tournament statistics
Matches played 4
Goals scored 10 (2.5 per match)
Top scorer(s) West Germany 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 June and 18 June, 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.



Brussels Liège Brussels Antwerp
Heysel Stadium Sclessin Stadium Stade Émile Versé Bosuil Stadium
Capacity: 50,000 Capacity: 31,000 Capacity: 28,000 Capacity: 20,000
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To read a list of all the squads that took part in UEFA Euro 1972, go to UEFA Euro 1972 squads.

Qualifying round

1972 UEFA European Football Championship finalists.

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.

The following teams participated in the final tournament:

Final tournament

All time are CET/UTC+1

  Semifinals Final
14 June – Antwerp (Bosuil Stadium)
  Belgium  1  
  West Germany  2  
18 June – Brussels (Heysel Stadium)
      West Germany  3
    Soviet Union  0
Third place
14 June - Brussels (Stade Émile Versé) 17 June - Liège (Sclessin Stadium)
  Hungary  0   Belgium  2
  Soviet Union  1     Hungary  1


14 June 1972
Belgium  1 – 2  West Germany Bosuilstadion, Antwerp
Attendance: 55,669
Referee: William J. Mullan (Scotland)
Polleunis Goal 83' Report Müller Goal 24' Goal 71'

14 June 1972
Hungary  0 – 1  Soviet Union Stade Émile Versé, Brussels
Attendance: 16,590
Referee: Rudolf Glöckner (East Germany)
Report Konkov Goal 53'

Third place play-off

17 June 1972
Hungary  1 – 2  Belgium Stade Maurice Dufrasne, Liege
Attendance: 6,184
Referee: Johan Einar Boström (Sweden)
Goal 53' (pen.) Report Lambert Goal 24'
Van Himst Goal 28'


18 June 1972
West Germany  3 – 0  Soviet Union Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 43,437
Referee: Ferdinand Marschall (Austria)
Müller Goal 27' Goal 58'
Wimmer Goal 52'
 Euro 1972 Champions 

West Germany
First title


Top scorers

4 goals
1 goal

Fastest goal

24 minutes: Raoul Lambert (Belgium vs Hungary); Gerd Müller (West Germany vs Belgium)

Average goals

2.5 goals per game


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