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1972  Munich Summer Olympics

1972 Summer Olympics - The Results (Football - Matches)

Host City: Munchen, West Germany
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Events: 1

Participants: 269 (269 men and 0 women) from 16 countries
Youngest Participant: BRA  Bolívar (17 years, 250 days)
Oldest Participant: USA John Bocwinski (35 years, 279 days)
Most Medals (Athlete): 70 athletes with 1 medal
Most Medals (Country): 4 countries with 1 medal

Quick Facts

  • Teams: 16
  • When: 27 August 1972 to 10 September 1972
  • Final: 10 September 1972
  • Matches: 38
  • Goals Scored: 135 (average 3.6 per match)
  • Attendance: 793000 (average 20868)

Munich, 1972

polska 1972

Hungary tried to make it three straight in West Germany, but fell to midfielder Kazimierz Deyna and Poland in the final, 2-1. Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Poland took advantage of near gale-force winds at their backs to pull out the win before 80,000 spectators in the Olympic Stadium.

Deyna, who scored both goals in the final and who finished with nine goals, was far from a one-man show. He had some help from Grzegroz Lato, who would later shine in the 1982 World Cup, and Robert Gadocha.

Hungary entered the match with a 16-0-2 unbeaten streak. Their last loss was to Denmark in the semi-finals in 1960, 2-0.

There was little doubt the Poles were the superior team in this tournament, which switched from a single-elimination quarter-finals and semi-finals to second-round group play. They rolled through the first round with a 3-0 record, beating Colombia, 5-1 (Gadocha had three goals, Deyna two), Ghana (two more for Gadocha and one for Deyna), 4-0, and East Germany, 2-1 (two goals by Jerzy Gorgon).

In the second-round group competition, the Poles tied Denmark, 1-1, but rebounded with a 2-1 win over the Soviet Union and a 5-0 triumph over Morocco to reach the gold-medal match as Deyna scored four more times.

In a rare confrontation between the two Germanys in the second round group competition, East prevailed over West, 3-2. Joachim Streich and Eberhard Vogel scored in the final half to qualify for the bronze-medal match.

In an Olympic first, two teams shared bronze-medal honours as East Germany and the Soviet Union played to a 2-2 draw in the third-place match. There was no mechanism in place to determine a winner.

Fixtures and Results

First stage

Group 1
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  27 August Germany FR Germany FR 3:0 (0:0) Malaysia Malaysia
  27 August Morocco Morocco 0:0 USA USA
  29 August Germany FR Germany FR 3:0 (2:0) Morocco Morocco
  29 August Malaysia Malaysia 3:0 (1:0) USA USA
  31 August Germany FR Germany FR 7:0 (2:0) USA USA
  31 August Morocco Morocco 6:0 (4:0) Malaysia Malaysia
Group 1
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Germany FR Germany FR 3 3 0 0 13 0 6
Morocco Morocco 3 1 1 1 6 3 3
Malaysia Malaysia 3 1 0 2 3 9 2
USA USA 3 0 1 2 0 10 1
Group 2
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  28 August Mexico Mexico 1:0 (1:0) Sudan Sudan
  28 August Soviet Union Soviet Union 1:0 (0:0) Burma Burma
  30 August Soviet Union Soviet Union 2:1 (2:0) Sudan Sudan
  30 August Mexico Mexico 1:0 (0:0) Burma Burma
  01 September Soviet Union Soviet Union 4:1 (3:0) Mexico Mexico
  01 September Burma Burma 2:0 (1:0) Sudan Sudan
Group 2
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 3 0 0 7 2 6
Mexico Mexico 3 2 0 1 3 4 4
Burma Burma 3 1 0 2 2 2 2
Sudan Sudan 3 0 0 3 1 5 0
Group 3
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  27 August Denmark Denmark 3:2 (1:0) Brazil Brazil
  27 August Hungary Hungary 5:0 (1:0) Iran Iran
  29 August Denmark Denmark 4:0 (3:0) Iran Iran
  29 August Hungary Hungary 2:2 (1:0) Brazil Brazil
  31 August Iran Iran 1:0 (0:0) Brazil Brazil
  31 August Denmark Denmark 0:2 (0:1) Hungary Hungary
Group 3
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Hungary Hungary 3 2 1 0 9 2 5
Denmark Denmark 3 2 0 1 7 4 4
Iran Iran 3 1 0 2 1 9 2
Brazil Brazil 3 0 1 2 4 6 1
Group 4
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  28 August German Democratic Republic German DR 4:0 (2:0) Ghana Ghana
  28 August Poland Poland 5:1 (3:0) Colombia Colombia
  30 August German Democratic Republic German DR 6:1 (4:1) Colombia Colombia
  30 August Poland Poland 4:0 (1:0) Ghana Ghana
  01 September Colombia Colombia 3:1 (0:0) Ghana Ghana
  01 September Poland Poland 2:1 (1:1) German DR German Democratic Republic
Group 4
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Poland Poland 3 3 0 0 11 2 6
German Democratic Republic German DR 3 2 0 1 11 3 4
Colombia Colombia 3 1 0 2 5 12 2
Ghana Ghana 3 0 0 3 1 11 0

Second stage

Group A
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  03 September Hungary Hungary 2:0 (0:0) German DR German Democratic Republic
  03 September Germany FR Germany FR 1:1 (1:0) Mexico Mexico
  05 September German Democratic Republic German DR 7:0 (2:0) Mexico Mexico
  06 September Hungary Hungary 4:1 (2:1) Germany FR Germany FR
  08 September German Democratic Republic German DR 3:2 (1:1) Germany FR Germany FR
  08 September Hungary Hungary 2:0 (1:0) Mexico Mexico
Group A
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Hungary Hungary 3 3 0 0 8 1 6
German Democratic Republic German DR 3 2 0 1 10 4 4
Germany FR Germany FR 3 0 1 2 4 8 1
Mexico Mexico 3 0 1 2 1 10 1
Group B
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  03 September Soviet Union Soviet Union 3:0 (2:0) Morocco Morocco
  03 September Denmark Denmark 1:1 (1:1) Poland Poland
  05 September Soviet Union Soviet Union 1:2 (1:0) Poland Poland
  05 September Denmark Denmark 3:1 (0:0) Morocco Morocco
  08 September Soviet Union Soviet Union 4:0 (2:0) Denmark Denmark
  08 September Poland Poland 5:0 (3:0) Morocco Morocco
Group B
  Team Played Won Draw Lost Goals For Goals Against Points
Poland Poland 3 2 1 0 8 2 5
Soviet Union Soviet Union 3 2 0 1 8 2 4
Denmark Denmark 3 1 1 1 4 6 3
Morocco Morocco 3 0 0 3 1 11 0
Bronze medal match
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  10 September Soviet Union Soviet Union 2:2 a.e.t. (2:2, 2:1) German DR German Democratic Republic
Gold medal match
Match Date   Home Team Results Away Team  
  10 September Poland Poland 2:1 (0:1) Hungary Hungary
 
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