| 4 (in 3 host cities)|
14 Jun 1972 – 18 Jun 1972
| West Germany (1st title)|
Germany national football team
Belgium national football team
UEFA Euro 1980, 1960 European Nations, UEFA Euro 1984, UEFA Euro 2000, 1970 FIFA World Cup
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.
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 all teams had to participate in the qualification process for the final stage. Belgium was chosen among three candidates; the other bids came from England and Italy, 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.
UEFA Euro 1972 Wikipedia
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 (see also UEFA Euro 1972 squads): Belgium (first appearance)
West Germany (first appearance)
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).Fastest goal: 24 minutes
Raoul Lambert (Belgium vs Hungary)
Gerd Müller (West Germany vs Belgium)
With four goals, Gerd Müller is the top scorer in the tournament. In total, 10 goals were scored by 7 different players in 4 matches, for an average of 2.5 goals per game. None of the goals is credited as own goal.4 goals
Paul Van Himst
UEFA Team of the Tournament