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                  Participating countries    99    Total matches             226
                  Total goals               620    Goals per game average   2.74
    
    
    
    

    Europe

    (UEFA Group 1)
    14.Nov 71 La Valletta Malta 0-2 Hungary 30.Apr 72 Vienna Austria 4-0 Malta 06.May 72 Budapest Hungary 3-0 Malta 25.May 72 Stockholm Sweden 0-0 Hungary 10.Jun 72 Vienna Austria 2-0 Sweden 15.Oct 72 Vienna Austria 2-2 Hungary 15.Oct 72 Gothenburg Sweden 7-0 Malta 25.Nov 72 La Valletta Malta 0-2 Austria 29.Apr 73 Budapest Hungary 2-2 Austria 23.May 73 Gothenburg Sweden 3-2 Austria 13.Jun 73 Budapest Hungary 3-3 Sweden 11.Nov 73 La Valletta Malta 1-2 Sweden
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Sweden 6 3 2 1 15- 8 8 Austria 6 3 2 1 14- 7 8 3.Hungary 6 2 4 0 12- 7 8 4.Malta 6 0 0 6 1-20 0
    Play-off 27.Nov 73 Gelsenkirchen Sweden 2-1 Austria
    (UEFA Group 2)
    07.Oct 72 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-4 Italy 21.Oct 72 Bern Switzerland 0-0 Italy 22.Oct 72 Luxembourg Luxembourg 2-0 Turkey 10.Dec 72 Istanbul Turkey 3-0 Luxembourg 13.Jan 73 Naples Italy 0-0 Turkey 25.Feb 73 Istanbul Turkey 0-1 Italy 31.Mar 73 Genova Italy 5-0 Luxembourg 08.Apr 73 Luxembourg Luxembourg 0-1 Switzerland 09.May 73 Basel Switzerland 0-0 Turkey 26.Sep 73 Luzern Switzerland 1-0 Luxembourg 20.Oct 73 Rome Italy 2-0 Switzerland 18.Nov 73 Izmir Turkey 2-0 Switzerland
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Italy 6 4 2 0 12- 0 10 2.Turkey 6 2 2 2 5- 3 6 3.Switzerland 6 2 2 2 2- 4 6 4.Luxembourg 6 1 0 5 2-14 2
    (UEFA Group 3)
    18.May 72 Ličge Belgium 4-0 Iceland 22.May 72 Bruges Iceland 0-4 Belgium 03.Aug 72 Oslo Norway 4-1 Iceland 04.Oct 72 Oslo Norway 0-2 Belgium 01.Nov 72 Rotterdam Netherlands 9-0 Norway 19.Nov 72 Antwerpen Belgium 0-0 Netherlands 02.Aug 73 Reykjavik Iceland 0-4 Norway 22.Aug 73 Amsterdam Netherlands 5-0 Iceland 29.Aug 73 Deventer Iceland 1-8 Netherlands 12.Sep 73 Oslo Norway 1-2 Netherlands 31.Oct 73 Brussels Belgium 2-0 Norway 18.Nov 73 Amsterdam Netherlands 0-0 Belgium
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Netherlands 6 4 2 0 24- 2 10 2.Belgium 6 4 2 0 12- 0 10 3.Norway 6 2 0 4 9-16 4 4.Iceland 6 0 0 6 2-29 0
    (UEFA Group 4)
    21.Jun 72 Helsinki Finland 1-0 Albania 20.Sep 72 Helsinki Finland 1-1 Romania 07.Oct 72 Dresden East Germany 5-0 Finland 29.Oct 72 Bucharest Romania 2-0 Albania 08.Apr 73 Magdeburg East Germany 2-0 Albania 06.May 73 Tiranë Albania 1-4 Romania 27.May 73 Bucharest Romania 1-0 East Germany 06.Jun 73 Tampere Finland 1-5 East Germany 26.Sep 73 Leipzig East Germany 2-0 Romania 10.Oct 73 Tiranë Albania 1-0 Finland 14.Oct 73 Bucharest Romania 9-0 Finland 03.Nov 73 Tiranë Albania 1-4 East Germany
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.East Germany 6 5 0 1 18- 3 10 2.Romania 6 4 1 1 17- 4 9 3.Finland 6 1 1 4 3-21 3 4.Albania 6 1 0 5 3-13 2
    (UEFA Group 5)
    15.Nov 72 Cardiff Wales 0-1 England 24.Jan 73 London England 1-1 Wales 28.Mar 73 Cardiff Wales 2-0 Poland 06.Jun 73 Chorzów Poland 2-0 England 26.Sep 73 Chorzów Poland 3-0 Wales 17.Oct 73 London England 1-1 Poland
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Poland 4 2 1 1 6- 3 5 2.England 4 1 2 1 3- 4 4 3.Wales 4 1 1 2 3- 5 3
    (UEFA Group 6)
    29.Mar 72 Lisbon Portugal 4-0 Cyprus 10.May 72 Nicosia Cyprus 0-1 Portugal 18.Oct 72 Sofia Bulgaria 3-0 Northern Ireland 19.Nov 72 Limassol Cyprus 0-4 Bulgaria 14.Feb 73 Nicosia Cyprus 1-0 Northern Ireland 28.Mar 73 Coventry Northern Ireland 1-1 Portugal 02.May 73 Sofia Bulgaria 2-1 Portugal 08.May 73 London Northern Ireland 3-0 Cyprus 26.Sep 73 Sheffield Northern Ireland 0-0 Bulgaria 13.Oct 73 Lisbon Portugal 2-2 Bulgaria 14.Nov 73 Lisbon Portugal 1-1 Northern Ireland 18.Nov 73 Sofia Bulgaria 2-0 Cyprus
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Bulgaria 6 4 2 0 13- 3 10 2.Portugal 6 2 3 1 10- 6 7 3.Northern Ireland 6 1 3 2 5- 6 5 4.Cyprus 6 1 0 5 1-14 2
    (UEFA Group 7)
    19.Oct 72 Las Palmas Spain 2-2 Yugoslavia 18.Nov 72 Belgrade Yugoslavia 1-0 Greece 17.Jan 73 Athens Greece 2-3 Spain 21.Feb 73 Málaga Spain 3-1 Greece 21.Oct 73 Zagreb Yugoslavia 0-0 Spain 19.Dec 73 Athens Greece 2-4 Yugoslavia
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Spain 4 2 2 0 8- 5 6 Yugoslavia 4 2 2 0 7- 4 6 3.Greece 4 0 0 4 5-11 0
    Play-off 13.Feb 74 Frankfurt Yugoslavia 1-0 Spain
    (UEFA Group 8)
    18.Oct 72 Copenhagen Denmark 1-4 Scotland 15.Nov 72 Glasgow Scotland 2-0 Denmark 02.May 73 Copenhagen Denmark 1-1 Czechoslovakia 06.Jun 73 Prague Czechoslovakia 6-0 Denmark 26.Sep 73 Glasgow Scotland 2-1 Czechoslovakia 17.Oct 73 Bratislava Czechoslovakia 1-0 Scotland
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Scotland 4 3 0 1 8- 3 6 2.Czechoslovakia 4 2 1 1 9- 3 5 3.Denmark 4 0 1 3 2-13 1
    (UEFA Group 9)
    13.Oct 72 Paris France 1-0 Soviet Union 18.Oct 72 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 1-2 Soviet Union 15.Nov 72 Dublin Rep. of Ireland 2-1 France 13.May 73 Moscow Soviet Union 1-0 Rep. of Ireland 19.May 73 Paris France 1-1 Rep. of Ireland 26.May 73 Moscow Soviet Union 2-0 France
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Soviet Union 4 3 0 1 5- 2 6 2.Rep. of Ireland 4 1 1 2 4- 5 3 3.France 4 1 1 2 3- 5 3
    Soviet Union required to play off with the winner of South American Group 3 for one spot in the World Cup. 26.Sep 73 Moscow Soviet Union 0-0 Chile 21.Nov 73 Santiago Chile x-x Soviet Union (Soviet Union refused to play in Chile, Chile qualified.) QUALIFIED FROM EUROPE: Sweden, Italy, Netherlands, East Germany, Poland, Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Scotland + West Germany as host nation.

    South America

    (CONMEBOL Group 1)
    21.Jun 73 Bogotá Colombia 1-1 Ecuador 24.Jun 73 Bogotá Colombia 0-0 Uruguay 28.Jun 73 Guayaquil Ecuador 1-1 Colombia 01.Jul 73 Quito Ecuador 1-2 Uruguay 05.Jul 73 Montevideo Uruguay 0-1 Colombia 08.Jul 73 Montevideo Uruguay 4-0 Ecuador
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Uruguay 4 2 1 1 6- 2 5 2.Colombia 4 1 3 0 3- 2 5 3.Ecuador 4 0 2 2 3- 8 2
    (CONMEBOL Group 2)
    02.Sep 73 La Paz Bolivia 1-2 Paraguay 09.Sep 73 Buenos Aires Argentina 4-0 Bolivia 16.Sep 73 Asunción Paraguay 1-1 Argentina 23.Sep 73 La Paz Bolivia 0-1 Argentina 30.Sep 73 Asunción Paraguay 4-0 Bolivia 07.Oct 73 Buenos Aires Argentina 3-1 Paraguay
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Argentina 4 3 1 0 9- 2 7 2.Paraguay 4 2 1 1 8- 5 5 3.Bolivia 4 0 0 4 1-11 0
    (CONMEBOL Group 3)
    Venezuela withdrew. 29.Apr 73 Lima Peru 2-0 Chile 13.May 73 Santiago Chile 2-0 Peru Playoff 05.Aug 73 Montevideo Chile 2-1 Peru Chile required to play off with winner of European Group 9 for one spot in the World Cup. 26.Sep 73 Moscow Soviet Union 0-0 Chile 21.Nov 73 Santiago Chile x-x Soviet Union (Soviet Union refused to play in Chile, Chile qualified.) QUALIFIED FROM SOUTH AMERICA: Uruguay, Argentina and Chile + Brazil as defending champions.

    North/Central America

    (CONCACAF First round)
    Sub-group A 20.Aug 72 St. John's Canada 3-2 USA 24.Aug 72 Toronto Canada 0-1 Mexico 29.Aug 72 Baltimore USA 2-2 Canada 03.Sep 72 Mexico City Mexico 3-1 USA 06.Sep 72 Mexico City Mexico 2-1 Canada 10.Sep 72 Los Angeles USA 1-2 Mexico
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Mexico 4 4 0 0 8- 3 8 2.Canada 4 1 1 2 6- 7 3 3.USA 4 0 1 3 6-10 1
    Sub-group B 03.Dec 72 Guatemala Guatemala 1-0 El Salvador 10.Dec 72 San Salvador El Salvador 0-1 Guatemala Sub-group C 03.Dec 72 Tegucigalpa Honduras 2-1 Costa Rica 10.Dec 72 San José Costa Rica 3-3 Honduras Sub-group D Jamaica withdrew so Dutch Antilles had a walkover. Sub-group E 15.Apr 72 Port-au-Prince Haiti 7-0 Puerto Rico 23.Apr 72 San Juan Puerto Rico 0-5 Haiti Sub-group F 10.Nov 72 Port of Spain Trinidad/Tobago 11-1 Antigua 19.Nov 72 St. John's Antigua 1-2 Trinidad/Tobago 28.Nov 72 Port of Spain Trinidad/Tobago 2-1 Surinam 30.Nov 72 San Fernando Surinam 1-1 Trinidad/Tobago 03.Dec 72 Saint John's Antigua 0-6 Surinam 05.Dec 72 Saint John's Surinam 3-1 Antigua
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Trinidad/Tobago 4 3 1 0 16- 4 7 2.Surinam 4 2 1 1 11- 4 5 3.Antigua 4 0 0 4 3-22 0
    (CONCACAF Final round)
    29.Nov 73 Port-au-Prince Honduras 2-1 Trinidad/Tobago 30.Nov 73 Port-au-Prince Mexico 0-0 Guatemala 01.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Haiti 3-0 Dutch Antilles 03.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Honduras 1-1 Mexico 04.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Haiti 2-1 Trinidad/Tobago 05.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Dutch Antilles 2-2 Guatemala 07.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Haiti 1-0 Honduras 08.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Mexico 8-0 Dutch Antilles 10.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Trinidad/Tobago 1-0 Guatemala 12.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Honduras 2-2 Dutch Antilles 13.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Haiti 2-1 Guatemala 14.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Trinidad/Tobago 4-0 Mexico 15.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Honduras 1-1 Guatemala 17.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Trinidad/Tobago 4-0 Dutch Antilles 18.Dec 73 Port-au-Prince Haiti 0-1 Mexico
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Haiti 5 4 0 1 8- 3 8 2.Trinidad/Tobago 5 3 0 2 11- 4 6 3.Mexico 5 2 2 1 10- 5 6 4.Honduras 5 1 3 1 6- 6 5 5.Guatemala 5 0 3 2 4- 6 3 6.Dutch Antilles 5 0 2 3 4-19 2
    QUALIFIED FROM NORTH/CENTRAL AMERICA: Haiti

    Africa

    (CAF First round)
    19.Nov 72 Agadir Morocco 0-0 Senegal 03.Dec 72 Dakar Senegal 1-2 Morocco 02.Mar 72 Alger Algeria 1-0 Guinea 12.Mar 72 Conakry Guinea 5-1 Algeria 08.Dec 72 Cairo Egypt 2-1 Tunisia 17.Dec 72 Tunis Tunisia 2-0 Egypt 15.Oct 72 Freetown Sierra Leone 0-1 Ivory Coast 29.Oct 72 Abidjan Ivory Coast 2-0 Sierra Leone 16.Jul 72 Nairobi Kenya 2-0 Sudan 23.Jul 72 Khartoum Sudan 1-0 Kenya Madagascar withdrew so Mauritius had a walkover. 25.Nov 72 Dar Es Salaam Tanzania 1-1 Ethiopia 03.Dec 72 Addis Abeba Ethiopia 0-0 Tanzania Play-off 10.Dec 72 Addis Abeba Ethiopia 3-0 Tanzania 30.Apr 72 Maseru Lesotho 0-0 Zambia 04.Jun 72 Ndola Zambia 6-1 Lesotho 05.Aug 72 Ibadan Nigeria 2-1 Congo 15.Aug 72 Brazzaville Congo 1-1 Nigeria 18.Jun 72 Cotonou Dahomey 0-5 Ghana 02.Jul 72 Kumasi Ghana 5-1 Dahomey 06.Jun 72 Lomé Togo 0-0 Zaire 20.Jun 72 Kinshasa Zaire 4-0 Togo Gabon withdrew so Cameroon had a walkover.
    (CAF Second round)
    11.Feb 73 Conakry Guinea 1-1 Morocco 25.Feb 73 Tetouan Morocco 2-0 Guinea 11.Feb 73 Tunis Tunisia 1-1 Ivory Coast 25.Feb 73 Abidjan Ivory Coast 2-1 Tunisia 10.Dec 72 Port Louis Mauritius 1-3 Kenya 17.Dec 72 Nairobi Kenya 2-2 Mauritius 01.Apr 73 Addis Abeba Ethiopia 0-0 Zambia 15.Apr 73 Lusaka Zambia 4-2 Ethiopia 10.Feb 73 Lagos Nigeria 0-2 Ghana (abandoned at 2-3, awarded 0-2 by FIFA.) 25.Feb 73 Accra Ghana 0-0 Nigeria 04.Feb 73 Douala Cameroon 0-1 Zaire 25.Feb 73 Kinshasa Zaire 0-1 Cameroon Play-off 27.Feb 73 Kinshasa Zaire 2-0 Cameroon
    (CAF Third round)
    20.May 73 Abidjan Ivory Coast 1-1 Morocco 03.Jun 73 Tetouan Morocco 4-1 Ivory Coast 12.Aug 73 Ndola Zambia 2-0 Kenya 19.Aug 73 Nairobi Kenya 2-2 Zambia 05.Aug 73 Accra Ghana 1-0 Zaire 19.Aug 73 Kinshasa Zaire 4-1 Ghana
    (CAF Final round)
    21.Oct 73 Lusaka Zambia 4-0 Morocco 04.Nov 73 Lusaka Zambia 0-2 Zaire 18.Nov 73 Kinshasa Zaire 2-1 Zambia 25.Nov 73 Tetouan Morocco 2-0 Zambia 09.Dec 73 Kinshasa Zaire 3-0 Morocco 23.Dec 73 Morocco 0-2 Zaire (Morocco withdrew, awarded 0-2 by FIFA.)
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Zaire 4 4 0 0 9- 1 8 2.Zambia 4 1 0 3 5- 6 2 3.Morocco 4 1 0 3 2- 9 2
    QUALIFIED FROM AFRICA: Zaire

    Asia/Oceania

    Group allocation matches 16.May 73 Seoul South Vietnam 1-0 Thailand 16.May 73 Seoul Israel 2-1 Japan 17.May 73 Seoul Hongkong 1-0 Malaysia Sub-group A 20.May 73 Seoul Japan 4-0 South Vietnam 22.May 73 Seoul Hongkong 1-0 Japan 24.May 73 Seoul Hongkong 1-0 South Vietnam
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Hongkong 2 2 0 0 2- 0 4 2.Japan 2 1 0 1 4- 1 2 3.South Vietnam 2 0 0 2 0- 5 0
    Sub-group B 19.May 73 Seoul South Korea 4-0 Thailand 19.May 73 Seoul Israel 3-0 Malaysia 21.May 73 Seoul South Korea 0-0 Malaysia 21.May 73 Seoul Israel 6-0 Thailand 23.May 73 Seoul South Korea 0-0 Israel 23.May 73 Seoul Malaysia 2-0 Thailand
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Israel 3 2 1 0 9- 0 5 2.South Korea 3 1 2 0 4- 0 4 3.Malaysia 3 1 1 1 2- 3 3 4.Thailand 3 0 0 3 0-12 0
    Semifinals sub-groups A/B 26.May 73 Seoul South Korea 3-1 Hongkong 26.May 73 Seoul Israel 1-0 Japan [aet] Final sub-groups A/B 28.May 73 Seoul South Korea 1-0 Israel [aet] Sub-group C 04.May 73 Tehran Iran 0-0 North Korea 04.May 73 Tehran Syria 2-1 Kuwait 06.May 73 Tehran Iran 2-1 Kuwait 06.May 73 Tehran North Korea 1-1 Syria 08.May 73 Tehran North Korea 0-0 Kuwait 08.May 73 Tehran Iran 1-0 Syria 11.May 73 Tehran Iran 2-1 North Korea 11.May 73 Tehran Syria 2-0 Kuwait 13.May 73 Tehran Iran 2-0 Kuwait 13.May 73 Tehran North Korea 3-0 Syria 15.May 73 Tehran Syria 1-0 Iran 15.May 73 Tehran Kuwait 2-0 North Korea
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Iran 6 4 1 1 7- 3 9 2.Syria 6 3 1 2 6- 6 7 3.North Korea 6 1 3 2 5- 5 5 4.Kuwait 6 1 1 4 4- 8 3
    Sub-group D 04.Mar 73 Auckland Australia 1-1 New Zealand 11.Mar 73 Sydney Australia 3-1 Iraq 11.Mar 73 Sydney New Zealand 1-1 Indonesia 13.Mar 73 Sydney Australia 2-1 Indonesia 13.Mar 73 Sydney Iraq 2-0 New Zealand 16.Mar 73 Sydney Iraq 1-1 Indonesia 16.Mar 73 Sydney Australia 3-3 New Zealand 18.Mar 73 Melbourne Australia 0-0 Iraq 18.Mar 73 Melbourne Indonesia 1-0 New Zealand 21.Mar 73 Sydney Iraq 3-2 Indonesia 24.Mar 73 Sydney Australia 6-0 Indonesia 24.Mar 73 Sydney Iraq 4-0 New Zealand
    P W D L Gls Pts 1.Australia 6 3 3 0 15- 6 9 2.Iraq 6 3 2 1 11- 6 8 3.Indonesia 6 1 2 3 6-13 4 4.New Zealand 6 0 3 3 5-12 3
    Final sub-groups C/D 18.Aug 73 Sydney Australia 3-0 Iran 24.Aug 73 Tehran Iran 2-0 Australia Final - winner sub-groups A/B and C/D 28.Oct 73 Sydney Australia 0-0 South Korea 10.Nov 73 Seoul South Korea 2-2 Australia Play-off 13.Nov 73 Hong Kong Australia 1-0 South Korea QUALIFIED FROM ASIA/OCEANIA: Australia
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