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 nations[edit]

  Qualified
  Did not qualify – First Round
  Did not enter
  Not a UEFA member
Country Method of qualification Finals appearance Date qualification was secured Previous appearances in tournament1
 Belgium Quarter-finals winner 1st 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Soviet Union Quarter-finals winner 4th 13 May 1972 3 (1960, 1964, 1968)
 West Germany Quarter-finals winner 1st 13 May 1972 0 (debut)
 Hungary Quarter-finals winner 2nd 17 May 1972 1 (1964)
1 Bold indicates champion for that year

Groups[edit]

Group 1[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Romania 6 4 1 1 11 2 +9 9
 Czechoslovakia 6 4 1 1 11 4 +7 9
 Wales 6 2 1 3 5 6 −1 5
 Finland 6 0 1 5 1 16 −15 1
Czechoslovakia Finland Romania Wales
Czechoslovakia  1–1 1–0 1–0
Finland  0–4 0–4 0–1
Romania  2–1 3–0 2–0
Wales  1–3 3–0 0–0

Group 2[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Hungary 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9
 Bulgaria 6 3 1 2 11 7 +4 7
 France 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 7
 Norway 6 0 1 5 5 18 −13 1
Bulgaria France Hungary Norway
Bulgaria  2–1 3–0 1–1
France  2–1 0–2 3–1
Hungary  2–0 1–1 4–0
Norway  1–4 1–3 1–3

Group 3[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 England 6 5 1 0 15 3 +12 11
  Switzerland 6 4 1 1 12 5 +7 9
 Greece 6 1 1 4 3 8 −5 3
 Malta 6 0 1 5 2 16 −14 1
England Greece Malta Switzerland
England  3–0 5–0 1–1
Greece  0–2 2–0 0–1
Malta  0–1 1–1 1–2
Switzerland   2–3 1–0 5–0

Group 4[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Soviet Union 6 4 2 0 13 4 +9 10
 Spain 6 3 2 1 14 3 +11 8
 Northern Ireland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6
 Cyprus 6 0 0 6 2 26 −24 0
Cyprus Northern Ireland Spain Soviet Union
Cyprus  0–3 0–2 1–3
Northern Ireland  5–0 1–1 1–1
Spain  7–0 3–0 0–0
Soviet Union  6–1 1–0 2–1

Group 5[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Belgium 6 4 1 1 11 3 +8 9
 Portugal 6 3 1 2 10 6 +4 7
 Scotland 6 3 0 3 4 7 −3 6
 Denmark 6 1 0 5 2 11 −9 2
Belgium Denmark Portugal Scotland
Belgium  2–0 3–0 3–0
Denmark  1–2 0–1 1–0
Portugal  1–1 5–0 2–0
Scotland  1–0 1–0 2–1

Group 6[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Italy 6 4 2 0 12 4 +8 10
 Austria 6 3 1 2 14 6 +8 7
 Sweden 6 2 2 2 3 5 −2 6
 Republic of Ireland 6 0 1 5 3 17 −14 1
Austria Republic of Ireland Italy Sweden
Austria  6–0 1–2 1–0
Republic of Ireland  1–4 1–2 1–1
Italy  2–2 3–0 3–0
Sweden  1–0 1–0 0–0

Group 7[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 Yugoslavia 6 3 3 0 7 2 +5 9
 Netherlands 6 3 1 2 18 6 +12 7
 East Germany 6 3 1 2 11 6 +5 7
 Luxembourg 6 0 1 5 1 23 −22 1
East Germany Luxembourg Netherlands Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia
East Germany  2–1 1–0 1–2
Luxembourg  0–5 0–8 0–2
Netherlands  3–2 6–0 1–1
Yugoslavia  0–0 0–0 2–0

Group 8[edit]

Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
 West Germany 6 4 2 0 10 2 +8 10
 Poland 6 2 2 2 10 6 +4 6
 Turkey 6 2 1 3 5 13 −8 5
 Albania 6 1 1 4 5 9 −4 3
Albania Poland Turkey West Germany
Albania  1–1 3–0 0–1
Poland  3–0 5–1 1–3
Turkey  2–1 1–0 0–3
West Germany  2–0 0–0 1–1

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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