1972 UEFA European Under-23 Championship

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The 1972 UEFA European Under-23 Championship, which spanned two years (1970–72) had 22 entrants. Czechoslovakia U-23s won the competition.[citation needed]

The 22 national teams were divided into eight groups. The group winners played off against each other on a two-legged home-and-away basis until the winner was decided. There was no finals tournament or 3rd-place playoff.[citation needed]

Qualifying Stage[edit]

Group 1[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Czechoslovakia 4 2 2 0 8 4 6
2  Romania 4 2 1 1 5 3 5
3  Finland 4 0 1 3 4 10 1
  • Finland 1-1 Czechoslovakia
  • Finland 0-1 Romania
  • Romania 1-1 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 5-2 Finland
  • Romania 3-1 Finland
  • Czechoslovakia 1-0 Romania

 Czechoslovakia qualify as group winners

Group 2[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Bulgaria 6 4 1 1 9 3 9
2  Hungary 6 3 1 2 9 3 7
3  Norway 6 1 3 2 6 13 5
4  France 6 0 3 3 5 10 3
  • Norway 1-0 Hungary
  • France 0-0 Norway
  • Bulgaria 5-0 Norway
  • France 1-1 Hungary
  • Bulgaria 1-0 Hungary
  • Norway 1-1 Bulgaria
  • Norway 4-4 France
  • Hungary 2-0 Bulgaria
  • Hungary 3-0 France
  • Hungary 3-0 Norway
  • Bulgaria 1-0 France
  • France 0-1 Bulgaria

 Bulgaria qualify as group winners

Group 3[edit]

Qualifying Group 3 P W D L F A Pts
1  Greece 2 2 0 0 3 0 4
2  Switzerland 2 0 0 2 0 3 0
  • Greece 1-0 Switzerland
  • Switzerland 0-2 Greece

 Greece qualify as group winners

Group 4[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Soviet Union 2 1 1 0 3 2 3
2  Spain 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
  • Spain 1-2 Soviet Union
  • Soviet Union 1-1 Spain

 Soviet Union qualify as group winners

Group 5[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Denmark 2 1 1 0 3 2 3
2  Portugal 2 0 1 1 2 3 1
  • Portugal 1-1 Denmark
  • Denmark 2-1 Portugal

 Denmark qualify as group winners

Group 6[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Sweden 4 3 0 1 8 2 6
2  Italy 4 2 0 2 6 7 4
3  Austria 4 1 0 3 3 8 2
  • Italy 3-1 Austria
  • Sweden 2-0 Austria
  • Italy 1-0 Sweden
  • Austria 0-2 Sweden
  • Sweden 4-1 Italy
  • Austria 2-1 Italy

 Sweden qualify as group winners

Group 7[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  Netherlands 4 2 1 1 9 7 5
2  Yugoslavia 4 2 1 1 7 7 5
3  East Germany 4 1 0 3 5 7 2
  • Netherlands 5-2 Yugoslavia
  • East Germany 3-1 Netherlands
  • Yugoslavia 1-1 Netherlands
  • East Germany 0-1 Yugoslavia
  • Netherlands 2-1 East Germany
  • Yugoslavia 3-1 East Germany

 Netherlands qualify as group winners

Group 8[edit]

P W D L F A Pts
1  West Germany 6 5 1 0 11 1 11
2  Poland 6 2 3 1 7 4 7
3  Albania 6 0 3 3 2 7 3
4  Turkey 6 0 3 3 0 8 3
  • Albania 1-1 Poland
  • Turkey 0-2 West Germany
  • Turkey 0-0 Albania
  • Albania 0-2 West Germany
  • West Germany 3-0 Turkey
  • Poland 2-1 Albania
  • West Germany 2-0 Albania
  • Turkey 0-0 Poland
  • Poland 1-1 West Germany
  • Albania 0-0 Turkey
  • West Germany 1-0 Poland
  • Poland 3-0 Turkey

 West Germany qualify as group winners

Knockout Stages[edit]

Quarter Finals

  • Bulgaria 2-2 Netherlands
  • Netherlands 0-0 Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria 2-0 Netherlands

2-2:  Bulgaria win playoff match

  • Denmark 2-0 Greece
  • Greece 5-0 Denmark

 Greece win 5-2 on aggregate

  • Soviet Union 3-1 West Germany
  • West Germany 0-0 Soviet Union

 Soviet Union win 3-1 on aggregate

  • Sweden 1-0 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 3-1 Sweden

 Czechoslovakia win 3-2 on aggregate

 

Semi Finals

  • Czechoslovakia 2-0 Greece
  • Greece 2-1 Czechoslovakia

 Czechoslovakia win 3-2 on aggregate

  • Soviet Union 4-0 Bulgaria
  • Bulgaria 3-3 Soviet Union

 Soviet Union win 7-3 on aggregate

 

Final

  • Soviet Union 2-2 Czechoslovakia
  • Czechoslovakia 3-1 Soviet Union

 Czechoslovakia win 5-3 on aggregate

 Czechoslovakia finish as Champions

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