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EURO time tunnel: 1972 in focus

This week we turn the clock back to 1972, picking out the best goals, looking at how things panned out for West Germany and pondering the importance of the EURO top scorer.
EURO time tunnel: 1972 in focus
This week we are looking back at the 1972 UEFA European Championship ©

In the build-up to UEFA EURO 2016, is trawling through the annals to pick out the best stories, characters, goals and highlights from the 14 previous final tournaments.

What to watch out for this week

  • Where are West Germany’s winning team now? Featuring Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller
  • Does a top-scoring striker guarantee team success at EURO?
  • Günter Netze, the David Beckham or Cristiano Ronaldo of his age
  • Our pick of the best three goals scored at the tournament
  • Highlights of the final between West Germany and the USSR


Each week is devoted to a different tournament, with the next seven days looking back at the 1972 edition in Belgium. We are following a broadly similar pattern each week, opening up with the team of the tournament on a Monday. On Tuesdays we will look at a particularly iconic image and ponder where the protagonists are now, while Wednesdays will be your chance to watch the best goals from that year’s tournament.

Watch all Gerd Müller’s goals

Every Thursday we will hear from our ‘EURO history makers’, with Friday dedicated to a different record or milestone each week. The weekend will begin with a study of one of the quirkier characters or tales – our EURO cult heroes – and the week will come to a close with video highlights of that year’s final.

In addition to all that, there will be a raft of further individual match highlights and, starting at the end of April, a weekly poll on Twitter asking you to choose which game you want to watch again.

EURO time tunnel schedule
EURO 1960: 22 to 28 February
EURO 1964: 29 February to 6 March
EURO 1968: 7 to 13 March
EURO 1972: 14 to 20 March
EURO 1976: 21 to 27 March
EURO 1980: 28 March to 3 April
EURO 1984: 4 to 10 April
EURO 1988: 11 to 17 April
EURO 1992: 18 to 24 April
EURO 1996: 25 April to 1 May
EURO 2000: 2 to 8 May
EURO 2004: 9 to 15 May
EURO 2008: 16 to 22 May
EURO 2012: 23 to 29 May