UEFA Euro 1972 qualifying

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The qualifying round for the 1972 European Football Championship consisted of 32 teams divided into eight groups of four teams. Each group winner progressed to 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.

Qualified teams[edit]

  Qualified
  Did not qualify – First Round
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Team Qualified as Qualified on Previous appearances in tournament[A]
 Belgium (host) Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Play-off winner 13 May 1972 3 (1960, 1964, 1968)
 West Germany Play-off winner 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Hungary Play-off winner 17 May 1972 1 (1964)
  1. ^ Bold indicates champion for that year.

Tiebreakers[edit]

If two or more teams finished level on points after completion of the group matches, the following tie-breakers were used to determine the final ranking:

  1. Greater number of points in all group matches
  2. Goal difference in all group matches
  3. Greater number of goals scored in all group matches
  4. Drawing of lots

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Romania Czechoslovakia Wales Finland
1  Romania 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 9 Advance to play-offs 2–1 2–0 3–0
2  Czechoslovakia 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 9 1–0 1–0 1–1
3  Wales 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 5 0–0 1–3 3–0
4  Finland 6 0 1 5 1 16 −15 1 0–4 0–4 0–1
Source: UEFA

Group 2[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Hungary Bulgaria France Norway
1  Hungary 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9 Advance to play-offs 2–0 1–1 4–0
2  Bulgaria 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 7 3–0 2–1 1–1
3  France 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 7 0–2 2–1 3–1
4  Norway 6 0 1 5 5 18 −13 1 1–3 1–4 1–3
Source: UEFA

Group 3[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification England Switzerland Greece Malta
1  England 6 5 1 0 15 3 +12 11 Advance to play-offs 1–1 3–0 5–0
2   Switzerland 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9 2–3 1–0 5–0
3  Greece 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5 3 0–2 0–1 2–0
4  Malta 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1 0–1 1–2 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 4[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Soviet Union Spain Northern Ireland Cyprus
1  Soviet Union 6 4 2 0 13 4 +9 10 Advance to play-offs 2–1 1–0 6–1
2  Spain 6 3 2 1 14 3 +11 8 0–0 3–0 7–0
3  Northern Ireland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6 1–1 1–1 5–0
4  Cyprus 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24 0 1–3 0–3 0–2
Source: UEFA

Group 5[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Belgium Portugal Scotland Denmark
1  Belgium 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 9 Advance to play-offs 3–0 3–0 2–0
2  Portugal 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7 1–1 2–0 5–0
3  Scotland 6 3 0 3 4 7 −3 6 1–0 2–1 1–0
4  Denmark 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 2 1–2 0–1 1–0
Source: UEFA

Group 6[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Italy Austria Sweden Republic of Ireland
1  Italy 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 2–2 3–0 3–0
2  Austria 6 3 1 2 14 6 +8 7 1–2 1–0 6–0
3  Sweden 6 2 2 2 3 5 −2 6 0–0 1–0 1–0
4  Republic of Ireland 6 0 1 5 3 17 −14 1 1–2 1–4 1–1
Source: UEFA

Group 7[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Netherlands East Germany Luxembourg
1  Yugoslavia 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 9 Advance to play-offs 2–0 0–0 0–0
2  Netherlands 6 3 1 2 18 6 +12 7 1–1 3–2 6–0
3  East Germany 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 7 1–2 1–0 2–1
4  Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 23 −22 1 0–2 0–8 0–5
Source: UEFA

Group 8[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification West Germany Poland Turkey Albania
1  West Germany 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10 Advance to play-offs 0–0 1–1 2–0
2  Poland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6 1–3 5–1 3–0
3  Turkey 6 2 1 3 5 13 −8 5 0–3 1–0 2–1
4  Albania 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 3 0–1 1–1 3–0
Source: UEFA

Play-offs[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg 3rd leg
Italy  1–2  Belgium 0–0 1–2
Hungary  5–4  Romania 1–1 2–2 2–1
England  1–3  West Germany 1–3 0–0
Yugoslavia  0–3  Soviet Union 0–0 0–3

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