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458 vs. Greece
460 second leg vs. West Germany

Saturday, 29 April 1972
European Championship 1972 Quarter-Final First leg

England 1 West Germany 3 [0-1]


Match Summary
England Squad
West Germany Squad

Empire Stadium, Wembley, Brent, Greater London
Attendance: 96,800/100,000;
Kick-off: 7.45pm BST
Live on BBC (UK) -
Commentator: David Coleman

West Germany - Uli Hoeneß (27), Gunther Netzer (penalty 84), Gerd Müller (88).
England - Franny Lee (78)
Results 1970-1975

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Match Summary

Officials from France



West Germany

Referee (-) - Robert Héliès
x (-).

Linesmen - M. Kitabdjian and R. Vigliani

Teams presented to Lieutenant-General Sir Cecil Blacker, K.C.B., O.B.E., M.M., (F.A. Hon. Vice-President).

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England Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 3rd
Colours: The 1965 Umbro home uniform - White crew necked jerseys, blue shorts, white socks.
Capt: Bobby Moore, 75th captaincy Manager: Sir Alfred Ernest Ramsey, 52 (22 January 1920), appointed 25 October 1962, effective part-time 31 December, full from May 1963.
94th match, W 60 - D 21 - L 13 - F 195 - A 86.
England Lineup
  Banks, Gordon     G   70 57 GA
2 Madeley. Paul     RB      
3 Hughes, Emlyn     LB      
4 Bell, Colin 26 26 February 1946 RHB Manchester City FC 16 2
5 Moore, Robert F.C. 31 12 April 1941 CHB West Ham United FC 93 2
6 Hunter, Norman     LHB      
7 Lee, Francis H. 28 29 April 1944 OR Manchester City FC 27 10
8 Ball, Alan     IR      
9 Chivers, Martin     CF      
10 Hurst, Geoff, off 61st min.     IL      
11 Peters, Martin S. 28 8 November 1943 OL Tottenham Hotspur FC 52 18
England Substitutes
17 Marsh, Rodney W., on 61st min. 27 11 October 1944 M Manchester City FC 2 0

unused substitutes:

12-Peter Shilton, 14-Peter Storey, 15-Larry Lloyd, 16-Alan Mullery.
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West Germany Team



No official ranking;
EFO ranking

ELO rating 2nd
Colours: Made by Adidas - Green crew necked jerseys with white collars/cuffs, white shorts, green socks with white tops.
Capt: Franz Beckenbauer Manager: Helmut Schoen
West Germany Lineup
  Maier, Sepp     G     GA
2 Hottges, Horst-Dieter     RB      
3 Breitner, Paul     LB      
4 Schwarzenbeck, Hans-Greig     RHB      
5 Wimmer, Herbert     CHB      
6 Beckenbauer, Franz     LHB      
7 Grabowski, Jurgen     OR      
8 Hoeness, Uli     IR      
9 Muller, Gerd     CF      
10 Netzer. Gunter     IL      
11 Held, Siegfried     OL      

unused substitutes:

12-Rainer Bonhof, 13-Michael Bella, 14-Heinz Flohe, 15-Jupp Heynckes, 16-Wolfgang Kieff.
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    Match Report by Mike Payne


    Match Report by Norman Giller

Derby manager Brian Clough pulled slightly injured Roy McFarland out of the England squad at the last minute,  and Sir Alf Ramsey's gamble of playing Bobby Moore at centre-half was a tactical disaster in this European championship quarter-final. Moore and Norman Hunter were always struggling at the heart of the defence against the dynamic Gerd Muller, who fed off a procession of passes from the gifted Gunther Netzer. Francis Lee equalised a twenty-sixth minute goal by Uli Hoeness, and outplayed  England clung on until six minutes from the end when Netzer scored from the penalty spot. Moments later Muller made it 3-1 with a devastating shot on the turn. It left England with a mountain to climb in the second leg in Germany.

Source Notes

Original newspaper reports
Rothman's Yearbooks
Mike Payne's England: The Complete Post-War Record (Breedon Books Publishing Company, Derby, U.K., 1993)
Norman Giller
, Football Author