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Football, Men

Date27 August – 10 September 1972
StatusOlympic
LocationDrei-Flüsse-Stadion, Passau / ESV-Stadion, Ingolstadt / Jahnstadion, Regensburg / Olympiastadion, Olympiapark, München / Rosenau-Stadion, Augsburg / Städtisches Stadion, Nürnberg
Participants269 from 16 countries
FormatRound-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament for first four places.

The tournament rules were slightly changed for the 1972 Olympic football tournament, as the quarter-finals were replaced by a second round of round-robin play. Another rule stipulated that should one of the final matches end in a tie after extra time, both teams would receive gold or bronze medals. This rule had a negative effect on play, as the Soviet Union and East Germany were not willing to risk losing their bronze medal in the extra time of their match. The public booed them as they finished the match without attacking.

The final was played between Poland and Hungary, the 1964 and 1968 champions. Poland was coached by Kazimierz Górski, who also managed the Polish national team. With future stars like Grzegorz Lato, the Poles were considered to be the best team of the tournament. In the final, they trailed Hungary at half-time, but two goals by Kazimierz Deyna turned the match around. Two years later, Górski led the Polish team to a third place at the World Cup - also in West Germany - with many of the players that took the gold medal in München.

PosNrTeamNOCWTLPts
1PolandPOL6101321–5Gold
2HungaryHUN5111118–5Silver
=3East GermanyGDR412923–9Bronze1
=3Soviet UnionURS5111117–6Bronze2
=5West GermanyFRG312717–8
=5DenmarkDEN312711–10
=7MexicoMEX21354–14
=7MoroccoMAR11437–14
=9MalaysiaMAS10223–9
=9BurmaMYA10222–2
=9IranIRI10221–9
=9ColombiaCOL10225–12
=13United StatesUSA01210–10
=13SudanSUD00301–5
=13BrazilBRA01214–6
=13GhanaGHA00301–11

Preliminary Round (27 August – 1 September 1972)

Group A (27 – 31 August 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1FRG300613–0Q
2MAR11136–3Q
3MAS10223–9
4USA01210–10

Match #1 27 Aug 15:00FRG 3 – 0MAS
Match #2 27 Aug 15:00MAR 0 – 0USA
Match #3 29 Aug 16:30FRG 3 – 0MAR
Match #4 29 Aug 16:30MAS 3 – 0USA
Match #5 31 Aug 16:30MAR 6 – 0MAS
Match #6 31 Aug 21:00FRG 7 – 0USA

Group B (28 August – 1 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1URS30067–2Q
2MEX20143–4Q
3MYA10222–2
4SUD00301–5

Match #1 28 Aug 16:30URS 1 – 0MYA
Match #2 28 Aug 16:30MEX 1 – 0SUD
Match #3 30 Aug 17:30URS 2 – 1SUD
Match #4 30 Aug 16:30MEX 1 – 0MYA
Match #5 01 Sep 16:30URS 4 – 1MEX
Match #6 01 Sep 16:30MYA 2 – 0SUD

Group C (27 – 31 August 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1HUN21059–2Q
2DEN20147–4Q
3IRI10221–9
4BRA01214–6

Match #1 27 Aug 15:00HUN 5 – 0IRI
Match #2 27 Aug 15:00DEN 3 – 2BRA
Match #3 29 Aug 16:30DEN 4 – 0IRI
Match #4 29 Aug 17:30BRA 2 – 2HUN
Match #5 31 Aug 16:30IRI 1 – 0BRA
Match #6 31 Aug 16:30HUN 2 – 0DEN

Group D (28 August – 1 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1POL300611–2Q
2GDR201411–3Q
3COL10225–12
4GHA00301–11

Match #1 28 Aug 16:30POL 5 – 1COL
Match #2 28 Aug 17:30GDR 4 – 0GHA
Match #3 30 Aug 16:30GDR 6 – 1COL
Match #4 30 Aug 16:30POL 4 – 0GHA
Match #5 01 Sep 16:30POL 2 – 1GDR
Match #6 01 Sep 21:00COL 3 – 1GHA

Semi-Finals (3 – 8 September 1972)

Group 1 (4 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1HUN30068–1Q
2GDR201410–4q
3FRG01214–8
4MEX01211–10

Match #1 04 Sep 15:00FRG 1 – 1MEX
Match #2 04 Sep 15:00HUN 2 – 0GDR
Match #3 05 Sep 16:30GDR 7 – 0MEX
Match #4 06 Sep 20:00HUN 4 – 1FRG
Match #5 08 Sep 16:30GDR 3 – 2FRG
Match #6 08 Sep 21:30HUN 2 – 0MEX

Group 2 (3 – 8 September 1972)

Round-robin pool.

PosNOCWTLPtsGoals
1POL21058–2Q
2URS20148–2q
3DEN11134–6
4MAR00301–11

Match #1 03 Sep 21:00URS 3 – 0MAR
Match #2 03 Sep 15:00DEN 1 – 1POL
Match #3 05 Sep 16:30DEN 3 – 1MAR
Match #4 05 Sep 20:00POL 2 – 1URS
Match #5 08 Sep 21:30POL 5 – 0MAR
Match #6 08 Sep 21:30URS 4 – 0DEN

Final Round (10 September 1972)

Medal round.

Match 1/2 10 Sep 20:15POL 2 – 1HUN
Match 3/4 10 Sep 10:00GDR 2 – 2
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