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1972 European Football Championship - Irish Qualifying Campaign

In the 1972 European Football Championship only four teams qualified for the finals which were held in West Germany.

For the first time ever in a European Football Championship the Irish soccer team was selected by a manager rather than a selection committee. The FAI believed that this was a more professional approach to international soccer and the appointment of Mick Meagan was the first in a successive line of Irish soccer managers.

Unfortunately for the Irish team and the Irish soccer fans the Republic of Ireland had a disastrous qualifying campaign garnering a single point from a possible 12 points available. In 1972 UEFA awarded just two points for a victory. Ireland's only point was taken in the first Group 6 match at Dalymount Park in a 1-1 draw. Sweden won the return match in Stockholm 1-0.

Following two defeats to the Italians the Irish soccer team suffered to very heavy defeats at the hands of the Austrians. In Dublin Ireland's lone reply to four goals conceded was a Carroll penalty in the second half. In the away match the Irish team shipped six goals without reply.

Thus ended Mick Meagan's term as Irish soccer manager. Meagan was replaced by Liam Tuohy.

1972 European Football Championship Qualifying Campaign - Group Table

1972 European Football Championship - Qualifying Group 6
Goals F
Goals A

Republic of Ireland 1972 European Championship Qualifiers - Match Results

14/10/70: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 1-1 Sweden
Tommy Carroll 44 Pen / Brzokoupil 61

28/10/1970: Stockholm: Sweden 1-0 Ireland

Turesson 74

31/10/1970: Vienna: Austria 1-2 Italy

08/12/1970: Florence: Italy 3-0 Ireland

De Sisti 22 Pen, Boninsegna 42, Prati 84

10/05/1971: Lansdowne Road, Dublin: Ireland 1-2 Italy
Jimmy Conway 23
/ Boninsegna 15, Prati 59

26/05/1971: Stockholm: Sweden 1-0 Austria

30/05/1971: Dalymount Park, Dublin: Ireland 1-4 Austria

Eamonn Rogers 50 Pen / Schmidradner 4, Kodat 11, J. Dunne 30 (og), Starek 72

09/06/1971: Stockholm: Sweden 0-0 Italy

04/09/1971: Vienna: Austria 1-0 Sweden

09/10/1971: Milan: Italy 3-0 Sweden

10/10/1971: Linz: Austria 6-0 Ireland
Jara 12, 85, Pirkner 40 Pen, Parits 45, 52, 90

30/11/1971: Rome: Italy 2-2 Austria

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