European Cup Winner's Cup

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European Cup Winners' Cup
Founded 1960; 64 years ago (1960)
Region Europe (EFU)
Number of teams 25
Current champions Spain Athletic Bilbao (1st title)
Most successful club Hungary Ferencváros (2 titles)
1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup

The EFU European Cup Winners' Cup was a European football club competition contested annually by the winners of domestic cup competitions. The cup was, chronologically, the second seasonal inter-European club competition organised by EFU. The first competition was held in 1960–61, but it was organised by the Mitropa Cup's Organising Committee and not recognised by the governing body of European football. The Cup Winners' Cup was regarded by EFU as the second most prestigious European club competition, behind the European Cup and ahead of the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of the European Cup Winner's Cup began in the late 1950s where the team that created the Mitropa Cup wanted to create a tournament which would feature the cup winners of each nation. With the success of the European Cup being popular, this tournament would be created for the 1960–61 season. Nine teams competed in the tournament with Hungarian club, Ferencváros claiming the only title that was held over two legs.

After the success of the first season, the tournament expanded to 20 teams for the 1961–62 edition with the defending champions in Ferencváros once again taking out the title. The tournament grew even bigger in the following years, the 1962-63 edition included 24 teams, with FC Barcelona crushing 4-1 victory over Rangers in the final at Rotterdam. The 1963–64 European Cup Winners' Cup edition is joined by 4 new federations despite the absence of a Soviet representative unlike the previous year.

List of finals[edit | edit source]

List of European Cup Winner's Cup finals
Season Nation Winners Score Runners-up Nation Venue Attendance
1960–61 Flag of Hungary Hungary Ferencváros 3-2 MSV Duisburg Flag of West Germany West Germany West Germany Wedaustadion
Hungary Üllői úti Stadion
1961–62 Flag of Hungary Hungary Ferencváros 4-2 Athletic Bilbao Flag of Spain Spain Brittany Park dro Sportoù 25,000
1962–63 Flag of Spain Spain FC Barcelona 4-1 Rangers Flag of United Kingdom United Kingdom Netherlands Stadion Feijenoord 49,000
1963–64 Flag of Spain Spain Athletic Bilbao 2-1 Hajduk Split Flag of Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Yugoslavia Belgium Bosuilstadion 13,924
1964–65 United Kingdom Wembley

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