Historical Football Kits

 

European Cup Finals 1960 - 1969

billy mcneill european cup 1968The European Cup had grown in prestige and popularity in its first four seasons and 28 teams entered the 1960-61 tournament. Real Madrid's stranglehold on the competition was finally broken in 1961 but it was not until 1963 that the trophy was taken out of the Iberian peninsula. Celtic and then Manchester United became the first teams from the UK to win the trophy.

To reduce the number of play-offs, away goals scored in normal time counted double for the 1967-68 tournament if aggregate scores were level after two matches. This applied only in the First Round but was extended the following season. Obligatory match dates were introduced in 1968-69 and fixed for Wednesdays, with a fortnight between each leg.

1959 - 1960

real madrid 1960

Real Madrid

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eintracht frankfurt 1960

Eintracht Frankfurt

Real Madrid 7 Eintracht Frankfurt 3

Hampden Park, Glasgow (127,621)
18 May 1960

A record crowd watched an imperious Real Madrid team win their fifth consecutive European Cup in what many consider to have been one of the best football matches of the century. Certainly for a UK television audience with almost no exposure to European club football, it was a revelation.

 

1960 - 1961

benfica 1961

Benfica

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barcelona fc 1961

Barcelona

Benfica 3 Barcelona 2

Wankdorf Stadium, Bern (33,000)
31 May 1961

Barcelona had knocked out their bitter rivals, Real Madrid in the First Round but they could not get the better of the Portuguese champions in the final. Barca took the lead after 20 minutes but Benfica scored three before the Catalans pulled one back with quarter of an hour to go.

 

1961 - 1962

benfica 1962

Benfica

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real madrid 1962

Real Madrid

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Benfica 5 Real Madrid 3

Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam (65,000)
2 May 1962

Benfica retained the Cup in a dramatic game, coming from behind twice before a young Eusébio scored two decisive goals. Ferenc Puskás, now in the twilight of his career, scored all three of Real's goals.

 

1962 - 1963

ac milan 1963

AC Milan

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benfica 1963

Benfica

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AC Milan 2 Benfica 1

Wembley Stadium, London (45,700)
22 May 1963

Wembley was less than half full, a disappointing response to the first European final held in England. Milan won the cup for the first time and the white change strip they wore became known as their lucky European kit as they would go on to win the trophy more often when wearing it than when they played in their usual red and black stripes.

 

1963 - 1964

inter milan 1964

Internazionale

real madrid 1964

Real Madrid

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Internazionale 3 Real Madrid 1

Praterstadion, Vienna (72,000)
27 May 1964

Inter-Milan made their first European Cup final appearance and secured a comfortable victory, which kept the trophy in the city of Milan.

 

1964 - 1965

inter milan 1965

Internazionale

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benfica 1965

Benfica

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Internazionale 1 Benfica 0

San Siro, Milan (89,000)
27 May 1965

A goal by the brilliant Brazilian, Jair da Costa, was sufficient for Inter, playing their usual catenaccio defence in front of their own fans, to keep the trophy for a second year.

 

1965 - 1966

real madrid 1966

Real Madrid

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partizan belgrade 1966

Partizan Belgrade

Real Madrid 2 Partizan Belgrade 1

Heysel Stadium, Brussels
46,745

Partizan became the first club from eastern Europe to reach the European Cup final. Despite taking the lead, they were unable to overcome a Real Madrid team that was recapturing some of its earlier form. This was the first Real side to have won the competition with a team made up entirely of Spaniards, while Partizan fielded a team that was exclusively Yugoslav.

 

1966 - 1967

celtic 1967

Celtic

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inter milan 1967

Internazionale

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Celtic 2 Internazionale 1

Estádio Nacional, Lisbon (37,000)
25 May 1967

Celtic became the first team from the UK to lift the European Cup after an epic game. Inter scored from a penalty after only seven minutes and set out to defend their lead. Celtic attacked with determination and finally scored the winner with only six minutes remaining. The Scottish team, all of whom were born in or around Glasgow, were dubbed the Lisbon Lions and their manager, Jock Stein became a national hero.

 

1967 - 1968

manchester united 1968

Manchester United

benfica 1968

Benfica

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Manchester United 4 Benfica 1

Wembley Stadium, London (92,225)
29 May 1968

Ten years after the Munich disaster that had destroyed Matt Busby's brilliant young team, their successors finally won the trophy. Charlton, who had survived the accident, scored the opener with a rare header, his comb-over flying mightily. Benfica equalised and the game went into extra time, both sides suffering in the heat. George Best, on brilliant form, broke the deadlock, beating the 'keeper and rolling the ball into the empty net. Teenager Brian Kidd added a third and Charlton finished it off.

 

1968 - 1969

ac milan 1969

AC Milan

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ajax amsterdam 1969

Ajax

AC Milan 4 Ajax 1

Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, Madrid (50,000)
28 May 1969

Ajax became the first Dutch side to reach the final but even with Johan Cruijff in their ranks, they were not good enough to beat a strong Milan team. Trailing 2-0, Vasović pulled one back from a 60th minutes penalty to put them back in the game but seven minutes later Sormani made it 3-1 and then Pierino Prati put the game beyond doubt by completing his hat-trick.

 
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