The History of the European Cup

MatthewA By MatthewA, 2nd Dec 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The European Cup is Europe's top club soccer event. With many great teams and players, it has the best soccer teams of Europe. It dates back to 1955 and by 1992 was revamped to the current Champions League.

The History of the European Cup

In 1955 a proposal was made by the French newspaper L'Equipe, and Gabriel Honet, to have a pan European event for Europe's best club soccer teams. This was pursued with an invitation to 18 of Europe's best club teams.

Of those invited 16 responded to the invitation, while Chelsea was blocked by the FA. Here, it was agreed that a European club event be staged for the champions of Europe's top leagues. It would include 16 teams in a knock-out cup playing on a home and away basis, except the final.

The European Cup also needed approval by FIFA and the national associates. This was duly given by them, and as such the first European Cup was staged in 1955.

The first winners of this European Cup were Real Madrid. In the final, they played Rheims of France. In the end, the game ended 4-3 to Real Madrid.

This first win for the club was followed by four others for Real Madrid. In the fifth final Real beat Frankfurt 7-3 which remains a record score-line. The run ended when Benfica won their first European Cup in 1961.

In the 60's Glasgow Celtic were the first British club to win the European Cup in '67. This was after a 2-1 final win over Inter Milan.

Manchester Utd was the first English club to win the European Cup was won in 1968. In the final they beat Benfica 4-1 in a great game. Tied at 1-1 the game went into extra-time, where the cup was sealed.

In the era of 'total football' the great Ajax teams would win the European Cup. From 1970-73 the European Cup was won three times by Ajax. In the same decade Bayern Munich would win a further three European Cups.

English clubs had a good spell when Liverpool won their first European Cup with a 3-1 win in the final against Borussia. Nottingham Forest and Aston Villa would win further European Cups as English clubs dominated into the '80s.

However, but for the Heysel ban where English clubs were temporarily banned from Europe in 1985. This would later be lifted in the early '90s, and English clubs returned.

Upon their return, UEFA started to revamp the European Cup by including a group stage and extra games. By '92 group stages were included and the European Cup became the Champions League.

Since the Champions League has expanded to include 32 teams. Unlike the European Cup which was just for league winners, the Champions League has lower placed league teams as well. However, it remains the best soccer club event.


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