|Venue Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow|
Dates 16 Jan 1973 – 24 Jan 1973
Champion AFC Ajax
|Referee Alistair McKenzie (Scotland)|
Venue Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Referee Hans-Joachim Weyland (West Germany)
Similar 1984 European Super Cup, 1979 European Super Cup, 2004 UEFA Super Cup, 1991 European Super Cup, 1998 UEFA Super Cup
The 1972 European Super Cup was a football match played over two legs between the winner of the 1971–72 European Cup and the winner of the 1971–72 European Cup Winners' Cup. The match was proposed by Anton Witkamp of De Telegraaf to decide who was the best club in Europe.
In 1972 Witkamp proposed the idea to Jaap Van Praag, the then president of Ajax, who were holders of the European Cup at that time. The idea was then taken to UEFA to seek official endorsement; however Artemio Franchi, the president of UEFA at that time, rejected the idea as the reigning European Cup Winners' Cup champions—Rangers—were serving a one-year ban at the time imposed by UEFA for the alleged misbehaviour of their fans.
The match went ahead, but unofficially as a celebration of the Centenary of Rangers F.C.. The first leg was played on 16 January 1973 and the second on 24 January 1973. Ajax won the tie 6–3 on aggregate, beating Rangers both at home and away, 3–1 in Glasgow and 3–2 in the second leg in Amsterdam. Despite not being officially reconigised by UEFA it is often regarded as the first ever European Super Cup match.