1960–61 European Cup

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1960–61 European Cup

Wankdorf Stadium in Bern hosted the final.
Tournament details
Dates 29 September 1960 – 31 May 1961
Teams 28
Final positions
Champions Hungary Budapest Honvéd (2nd title)
Runners-up Netherlands Ajax
Tournament statistics
Matches played 51

The 1960–61 European Cup was the sixth edition of the European Cup, an continental club tournament that was held across Europe. Twenty eight teams competed in the European Cup with Norway and Brittany making their first appearance at a European Cup competition.

Coming into the tournament Budapest Honvéd was the defending champions in the European Cup as they were joined by Újpesti Dózsa. This was also the first tournament where a team from Great Britain had participated after being in separate home unions in the previous tournament. In the final, it was Budapest Honvéd who became the first club in the tournament history to win two consecutive titles after winning the previous one in 1960.

Background[edit | edit source]

The European Cup is a club competition that was form for the 1955-56 season. It was during that season where the format of a knockout competition between clubs was born with the league winners of each nation being sent to compete in the competition.

This was the first season where two Hungarian teams competed in the tournament with the champions of Hungary (Újpesti Dózsa) joined the defending champions in competing in the tournament. Two new nations competed in the tournament for the first time with the Brittany and Norway champions competing in the tournament. While for the nation for Great Britain, this was their first appearance at a major tournament since the teams were united.

Preliminary Round[edit | edit source]

The draw for the preliminary round took place at EFU headquarters in Paris, France, on Thursday, 7 July 1960. As title holders, Budapest Hove received a bye, and the remaining 26 teams were grouped geographically into three pots. The leading nation in the pot would get a bye into the next round with the remaining teams competing in the first round.

Pot 1
Northern Europe
Pot 2
Western Europe
Pot 3
Eastern Europe
Drawn East Germany
West Germany
Republic of Ireland
Great Britain
Byes Sweden IFK Norrköping Spain Real Madrid Romania CCA București
Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers United Kingdom 5–1 Portugal Benfica 2–0 3–1
Red Star Belgrade Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia 0–7 Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 0–3 0–4
Fredrikstad Norway 3–4 Netherlands Ajax 3–3 0–1
AGF Denmark 4–1 Poland Górnik Zabrze 1–1 3–1
Juventus Italy 4–2 Bulgaria CDNA Sofia 3–0 1–2
Haka Valkeakoski Finland 1–3 Luxembourg Jeunesse Esch 1–1 0–2
AC Omonia Cyprus (w/o)1 Turkey Beşiktaş
Limerick Republic of Ireland 1–11 Switzerland Young Boys 0–6 1–5
AEK Athens Greece 1–5 Czechoslovakia Spartak Hradec Králové 0–3 1–2
Werder Bremen West Germany 1–2 East Germany ASK Vorwärts Berlin 0–1 1–1
Stade Reims France 3–2 Austria Rapid Wien 3–1 0–1
MK Naoned Brittany 2–4 Belgium RSC Anderlecht 0–2 2–2

1 Beşiktaş withdrew after the draw, AC Omonia walkover.

First Round[edit | edit source]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Wolverhampton Wanderers United Kingdom 2–21 Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 1–0 1–2
AGF Denmark 1–4 Netherlands Ajax 0–3 1–1
AC Omonia Cyprus 0–6 East Germany ASK Vorwärts Berlin 0–2 0–4
Jeunesse Esch Luxembourg 0–8 Italy Juventus 0–4 0–4
RSC Anderlecht Belgium 1–3 Hungary Budpest Honvéd 1–0 0–3
Spartak Hradec Králové Czechoslovakia 1–0 Romania CCA București 0–0 1–0
Real Madrid Spain 2–3 France Stade Reims 0–2 2–1
Young Boys Switzerland 3–0 Sweden IFK Norrköping 2–0 1–0

1 Újpesti Dózsa beat Wolverhampton Wanderers 2–0 in a play-off to qualify for the second round.

Quarters-finals[edit | edit source]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Újpesti Dózsa Hungary 2–5 Netherlands Ajax 2–2 0–3
ASK Vorwärts Berlin East Germany 0–6 Italy Juventus 0–3 0–3
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 1–0 Czechoslovakia Spartak Hradec Králové 0–0 1–0
Stade Reims France 3–31 Switzerland Young Boys 1–1 2–2

1 Young Boys beat Stade Reims 2–0 in a play-off to qualify for the semi finals.

First leg[edit | edit source]

18 January 1961
Stade Reims France 1–1 Switzerland Young Boys
FontaineGoal 77' MeierGoal 36'
Parc des Princes, Paris
Attendance: 34,000
Referee: Tage Sørensen (Denmark)

8 March 1961
Újpesti Dózsa Hungary 2–2 Netherlands Ajax
VarhidiGoal 60'
TóthGoal 74'
SwartGoal 28'
GrootGoal 39'
Népstadion, Budapest
Attendance: 18,000
Referee: Maurice Guigue (France)

15 March 1961
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 0–0 Czechoslovakia Spartak Hradec Králové
Referee: Giuseppe Adami (Italy)

22 March 1961
ASK Vorwärts Berlin East Germany 0–3 Italy Juventus
CharlesGoal 41'67'
SivoriGoal 55'
Referee: Marian Koczner (Poland)

Second leg[edit | edit source]

15 March 1961
Young Boys Switzerland 2–2 France Stade Reims
DürrGoal 24'
BiglerGoal 61'
PiantoniGoal 27'
FontaineGoal 53'
Wankdorfstadion, Bern
Attendance: 21,000
Referee: Aage Poulsen (Denmark)

Young Boys 3–3 Stade de Reims on aggregate

22 March 1961
Spartak Hradec Králové Czechoslovakia 0–1 Hungary Budapest Honvéd
TichyGoal 22'
Strahov Stadium, Prague
Attendance: 43,000
Referee: Concetto Lo Bello (Italy)

Budapest Honvéd won 1–0 on aggregate

8 March 1961
Ajax Netherlands 3–0 Hungary Újpesti Dózsa
GrootGoal 25'72'85'
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Attendance: 32,000
Referee: Marcel Bois (France)

Ajax won 5–2 on aggregate

3 April 1961
Juventus Italy 3–0 East Germany ASK Vorwärts Berlin
SivoriGoal 66'69'80'
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 61,000
Referee: Wlodzimierz Storoniak (Poland)

Juventus won 6–0 on aggregate

Playoff[edit | edit source]

3 April 1961
Young Boys Switzerland 2–0 France Stade Reims
AllemanGoal 41'67'
Heysel Stadium, Brussels
Attendance: 30,000
Referee: Wlodzimierz Storoniak (Poland)

Semis-finals[edit | edit source]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Ajax Netherlands 1–0 Italy Juventus 1–0 0–0
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 3–1 Switzerland Young Boys 2–1 1–0

First leg[edit | edit source]

12 April 1961
Budapest Honvéd Hungary 2–1 Switzerland Young Boys
TichyGoal 75'
ToroczikGoal 83'
AllemannGoal 33'
Referee: Lucien van Nuffel (Belgium)

26 April 1961
Ajax Netherlands 1–0 Italy Juventus
GrootGoal 16'
Olympisch Stadion, Amsterdam
Attendance: 33,100
Referee: Kevin Howley (England)

Second leg[edit | edit source]

26 April 1961
Young Boys Switzerland 0–1 Hungary Budapest Honvéd
BudaiGoal 21'
Wankdorfstadion, Bern
Attendance: 23,000
Referee: Gérard Versyp (Belgium)

Budapest Honvéd won 3-1 on aggregate

4 May 1961
Juventus Italy 0–0 Netherlands Ajax
Stadio Comunale, Turin
Attendance: 57,000
Referee: Reginald Leafe (England)

Ajax won 1-0 on aggregate

Final[edit | edit source]

Main article: 1961 European Cup Final
31 May 1961
19:00 BST
Ajax Netherlands 0–2 Hungary Budapest Honvéd
TichyGoal 37'74'
Wandorfstadion, Bern
Attendance: 27,100
Referee: Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)

Topscorers[edit | edit source]

10 goals

8 goals

6 goals

5 goals

4 goals

External Links[edit | edit source]

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