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Football at the 1972 München Summer Games:

Men's Football

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): ESV Stadium, Ingolstadt; Jahn Stadium, Regensburg; Municipal Stadium, Nürnberg; Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München; Rosenau Stadium, Augsburg; Three Rivers Stadium, Passau
Date Started: August 27, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972
Format: Round-robin pools advance teams to single-elimination tournament for first four places.

Gold: POL Poland
Silver: HUN Hungary
Bronze: URS Soviet Union
GDR East Germany

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Team NOC Medal G YC RC S SOG CK FK FC
1 Poland POL Gold 21 2 0 161 94 53 114 84
2 Hungary HUN Silver 18 7 1 123 78 62 156 105
3T East Germany GDR Bronze 23 6 0 186 109 61 114 120
3T Soviet Union URS Bronze 17 6 0 175 96 52 143 106
5T West Germany FRG 17 5 0 195 129 50 117 76
5T Denmark DEN 11 5 0 81 40 35 93 85
7T Mexico MEX 4 5 0 89 41 24 152 105
7T Morocco MAR 7 9 0 120 55 31 101 114
9T Malaysia MAS 3 1 0 27 14 10 56 24
9T Myanmar MYA 2 0 0 36 22 16 60 47
9T Iran IRI 1 1 0 55 24 18 65 39
9T Colombia COL 5 4 0 60 36 15 59 43
13T United States USA 0 2 0 31 23 14 48 39
13T Sudan SUD 1 3 0 49 25 13 83 67
13T Brazil BRA 4 2 0 45 27 29 71 52
13T Ghana GHA 1 1 0 49 29 16 56 35