European Cup Winners' Cup (soccer)

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European Cup Winner's
Cup Cup Winner's Cup
logoTemplate: Infobox football competition / maintenance / logo format
abbreviation Cup winners' cup,
Association UEFA
First edition 1960/61
Teams 49 (at the last event)
Record winner SpainSpain FC Barcelona (4 wins)
Record player NetherlandsNetherlands Ed de Goey (44)
Record scorer NetherlandsNetherlands Rob Rensenbrink (25)
Website UEFA Archives
season Winner of the
European Cup Winners' Cup
1960/61 ItalyItaly AC Florence
1961/62 Spain 1945Spain Atlético Madrid
1962/63 EnglandEngland Tottenham Hotspur
1963/64 PortugalPortugal Sporting Lisbon
1964/65 EnglandEngland West Ham United
1965/66 GermanyGermany Borussia Dortmund
1966/67 GermanyGermany FC Bayern Munich
1967/68 ItalyItaly AC Milan
1968/69 CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia ŠK Slovan Bratislava
1969/70 EnglandEngland Manchester city
1970/71 EnglandEngland Chelsea FC
1971/72 ScotlandScotland Glasgow Rangers
1972/73 ItalyItalyAC Milan  (2)
1973/74 Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR 1. FC Magdeburg
1974/75 Soviet UnionSoviet Union Dynamo Kiev
1975/76 BelgiumBelgium RSC Anderlecht
1976/77 GermanyGermany Hamburger SV
1977/78 BelgiumBelgiumRSC Anderlecht  (2)
1978/79 Spain 1977Spain FC Barcelona
1979/80 Spain 1977Spain Valencia CF
1980/81 Soviet UnionSoviet Union Dinamo Tbilisi
1981/82 SpainSpainFC Barcelona  (2)
1982/83 ScotlandScotland Aberdeen FC
1983/84 ItalyItaly Juventus Turin
1984/85 EnglandEngland Everton FC
1985/86 Soviet UnionSoviet UnionDynamo Kiev  (2)
1986/87 NetherlandsNetherlands Ajax Amsterdam
1987/88 BelgiumBelgium KV Mechelen
1988/89 SpainSpainFC Barcelona  (3)
1989/90 ItalyItaly Sampdoria Genoa
1990/91 EnglandEngland Manchester United
1991/92 GermanyGermany Werder Bremen
1992/93 ItalyItaly AC Parma
1993/94 EnglandEngland Arsenal FC
1994/95 SpainSpain Real Zaragoza
1995/96 FranceFrance Paris Saint-Germain
1996/97 SpainSpainFC Barcelona  (4)
1997/98 EnglandEnglandChelsea FC  (2)
1998/99 ItalyItaly Lazio Rome

The European Cup Winners 'Cup ( also known as the Cup Winners' Cup in Austria and Switzerland ) was a European competition for football clubs organized by UEFA that was held between 1960 and 1999. The competition, in which the cup winners of the European countries determined the winner in the knockout system in two legs, was held for the first time in 1960/61 and was originally the second highest after the European Cup (UEFA Champions League since 1992) European football cup, even before the UEFA Cup , which was introduced in 1971 . From the 1971/72 season, the title holder qualified for the UEFA Super Cup . Since the competition had lost its reputation in the 1990s, the European Cup Winners' Cup was abolished as part of the reform of the European Cup and the UEFA Cup from the 1999/2000 season and merged with the UEFA Cup. The national cup winners now qualify for the UEFA Cup and, since the 2009/10 season, for the UEFA Europa League . However, since the introduction of the group stage in 2004/05 in the Europa League of Cup Winners, only a few associations have automatically qualified for the finals.


The President of SC Wacker Vienna , Alfred Frey , who at that time also assumed the position of ÖFB Vice-President, proposed to UEFA for the first time at a meeting on March 18, 1956, that such a competition should be held. Since he encountered strong resistance, he decided, together with the ÖFB and the Mitropapokalkommitee, to hold this competition himself. The European Cup Winners' Cup was born on February 13, 1960. After just one season, the tournament was taken over by UEFA and the first season with the winners, Fiorentina, was officially recognized.


In addition to the defending champion, participants were the respective national cup winners of Europe of the previous season. For the Federal Republic of Germany these were regularly the winners of the DFB Cup , for the GDR the FDGB Cup winners, for Austria the winners of the ÖFB Cup and for Switzerland the winners of the Swiss Cup . If a national cup winner was able to qualify for the European Cup Winners 'Cup (from 1991/92 UEFA Champions League ), the defeated cup finalist took the place in the European Cup Winners' Cup. The competition was held for the first time in the 1960/61 season and was abolished after the 1998/99 season because of the decreasing attractiveness for the public and the clubs . Since then, the national cup winners have been taking part in the UEFA Europa League (until the 2008/09 season under the name UEFA Cup), provided they are not already qualified for the Champions League.


A cup winner never managed to defend the title. With AC Florence (1962), Atlético Madrid (1963), AC Milan (1974), RSC Anderlecht (1977), Ajax Amsterdam (1988), AC Parma (1994), FC Arsenal (1995) and Paris Saint- Germain (1997) were at least eight clubs in the final again in the year after their title win.

With AC Florence (1961), Glasgow Rangers (1972), RSC Anderlecht (1978) and FC Barcelona (1997), the defeated cup finalist of the respective national association won the competition four times, since the actual cup winner was the champion of the European Cup had participated.

German clubs have won the cup five times. The first German title holder was Borussia Dortmund in 1966. This made Borussia Dortmund the first German club to win a European title. The other German winners were FC Bayern Munich (1967), 1. FC Magdeburg (1974, the only EP winner in the GDR), Hamburger SV (1977) and Werder Bremen (1992). Other German finalists were TSV 1860 Munich (1965), Hamburger SV (1968), Fortuna Düsseldorf (1979), FC Carl Zeiss Jena (1981), 1. FC Lokomotive Leipzig (1987, both GDR) and VfB Stuttgart (1998). Although Austria provided a finalist three times ( FK Austria Wien 1978 and SK Rapid Wien 1985 and 1996), an Austrian representative never won a title.

The German record participant is 1. FC Magdeburg, who competed seven times for the GDR DFV and played 36 games. FC Bayern Munich can point to the most EC appearances of all German teams, having played a total of 39 games in five starts.


There were a total of four different trophies, all of which are owned by UEFA and could not become the property of a club. The first trophy was only awarded in the first season, 1960/61. The appearance of the second trophy differed significantly from the successor versions. The third and fourth versions differed only in the type of base. The third variant (with a round wooden base) was awarded in the 1990s, but not in 1993. This was the only time that the fourth and last variant (which, in contrast to the third variant, had a metal base) was awarded to the AC Parma. In the last 1998/99 season, the third cup variant was awarded again.



In the history of the European Cup Winners' Cup, 32 different clubs have won the title. The most successful club in the competition is FC Barcelona with four wins and two other finals. In second place are RSC Anderlecht, AC Milan, FC Chelsea and Dynamo Kiev, four other clubs with two titles each and then 27 clubs with one win each. Anderlecht are the only team to have reached the final three times in a row and, besides Sampdoria Genoa, the only team to win the title after losing the final the following year. With Chelsea FC (2 wins), Arsenal FC , West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur, London has the most title holders of all cities.

If you look at a country ranking, clubs from twelve countries were able to win the competition. The clubs from England lead this ranking with a total of eight successes, closely followed by the Italian and Spanish clubs with a total of seven titles each in second place. Germany is in fourth place with four successes for its clubs. The only European Cup victory for a club from the GDR was in 1974 in this competition, 1. FC Magdeburg with a 2-0 final victory over AC Milan. Between 1965 and 1968, Germany was the only association to nominate a finalist four times in a row.

Most goals in finals were scored by Kurt Hamrin and Rob Rensenbrink , who were able to score four goals each in three ( 1961 , 1962 and 1968 ) and two finals ( 1976 and 1978 ). Hamrin managed this for two different clubs ( AC Florence and AC Milan ). Also successful for two clubs was Hans Krankl , who in 1979 for FC Barcelona and in 1985 for SK Rapid Wien could score ever.

after clubs
rank society title Final.
1 Fc barcelona.svg FC Barcelona 4th 6th
2 Coats of arms of None.svg RSC Anderlecht 2 4th
3 AC Milan Logo.svg  AC Milan 2 3
4th Chelsea crest.svg Chelsea FC 2 2
FC Dynamo Kyiv logo.svg  Dynamo Kiev 2 2
6th Atletico Madrid logo.svg Atlético Madrid 1 3
Coats of arms of None.svg Arsenal FC 1 3
Glasgow Rangers Glasgow Rangers 1 3
8th ACF Fiorentina.svg AC Florence 1 2
Coats of arms of None.svg West Ham United 1 2
Hamburger SV logo.svg Hamburger SV 1 2
Ajax Amsterdam 1 2
Sampdoria Logo.png Sampdoria Genoa 1 2
Parma Associazione Calcio logo.svg AC Parma 1 2
Coats of arms of None.svg Paris Saint-Germain 1 2
15th Tottenham Hotspur.svg  Tottenham Hotspur 1 1
Borussia Dortmund logo.svg Borussia Dortmund 1 1
Logo FC Bayern Munich (2002–2017) FC Bayern Munich 1 1
Coats of arms of None.svg ŠK Slovan Bratislava 1 1
Coats of arms of None.svg Manchester city 1 1
1. FC Magdeburg.svg  1. FC Magdeburg 1 1
Valencia CF.svg Valencia CF 1 1
Coats of arms of None.svg Dinamo Tbilisi 1 1
FC Aberdeen.svg Aberdeen FC 1 1
Juventus Turin.svg  Juventus Turin 1 1
Coats of arms of None.svg Everton FC 1 1
KV Mechelen.svg KV Mechelen 1 1
Manchester United FC.svg Manchester United 1 1
Coat of arms of Werder Bremen  Werder Bremen 1 1
Real Zaragoza Real Zaragoza 1 1
Lazio Rom.svg Lazio Rome 1 1
by country
rank country Victories
1 EnglandEngland England 8th
2 ItalyItaly Italy 7th
Spain 1945Spain Spain 1977Spain SpainSpain Spain 7th
4th GermanyGermany Germany 4th
5 BelgiumBelgium Belgium 3
Soviet UnionSoviet Union Soviet Union 3
7th ScotlandScotland Scotland 2
8th PortugalPortugal Portugal 1
CzechoslovakiaCzechoslovakia Czechoslovakia 1
Germany Democratic Republic 1949GDR GDR 1
NetherlandsNetherlands Netherlands 1
FranceFrance France 1


Record player
rank player Games
1 DutchDutch Ed de Goey 44
2 DutchDutch Arie Haan 38
3 DutchDutch Rob Rensenbrink 36
4th ItalianItalian Gianluca Vialli 35
5 AustrianAustrian Hans Krankl 33
6th DutchDutch Arnold Mühren 32
BelgianBelgian Michel Preud'homme 32
8th DutchDutch François Van der Elst 30th
GermanGerman Wolfgang Seguin 30th
10 BelgianBelgian Hugo Broos 29
11 BulgarianBulgarian Christo Stoitschkow 28
12th ItalianItalian Gianfranco Zola 27
GermanGerman Manfred Zapf 27
14th ItalianItalian Gianni Rivera 26
15th DutchDutch John Bosman 25th
GermanGerman Sepp Maier 25th
GermanGerman Gerd Müller 25th
Record player
rank player Games
18th SpaniardsSpaniards Migueli 24
ItalianItalian Gianluca Pagliuca 24
WelshFlag of Wales (1959 – present) .svg John Toshack 24
21 GermanGerman Franz Beckenbauer 23
BelgianBelgian Roger Claessen 23
SwedeSwede Kurt Hamrin 23
PortuguesePortuguese Jorge Alberto Mendonça 23
25th GermanGerman Jürgen Pommerenke 22nd
26 DutchDutch Danny Blind 21
GermanGerman Martin Hoffmann 21
NorwegianNorwegian Goals André Flo 21
SpaniardsSpaniards Carles Rexach 21
SpaniardsSpaniards Andoni Zubizarreta 21
31 GermanGerman Paul Breitner 20th
English peopleEnglish people Ray Clemence 20th
FrenchmanFrenchman Alain Roche 20th
Record goal scorers
rank player Gates
1 DutchDutch Rob Rensenbrink 25th
2 GermanGerman Gerd Müller 20th
3 ItalianItalian Gianluca Vialli 19th
4th BelgianBelgian François Van der Elst 18th
5 BelgianBelgian Roger Claessen 17th
AustrianAustrian Hans Krankl 17th
7th PortuguesePortuguese Jorge Alberto Mendonça 16
8th SwedeSwede Kurt Hamrin 15th
PolePole Włodzimierz Lubański 15th
IsraeliIsraeli Alon Mizrahi 15th
BulgarianBulgarian Christo Stoitschkow 15th
12th GermanGerman Klaus Allofs 14th
GermanGerman Lothar Emmerich 14th
BulgarianBulgarian Dimitar Milanov 14th
English peopleEnglish people Peter Osgood 14th

Highest victories

round season winner Result loser
Preliminary round / qual. 1964/65 Sparta Prague 10-0 Anorthosis Famagusta
1 round 1963/64 Sporting Lisbon 16: 1 APOEL Nicosia
2nd round * 1961/62 SC Motor Jena 7-0 CS Alliance Dudelange
1993/94 Arsenal FC 7-0 Standard Liege
Quarter finals 1960/61 Glasgow Rangers 8-0 Borussia Monchengladbach
Semifinals 1969/70 Manchester city 5: 1 FC Schalke 04
1982/83 Aberdeen FC 5: 1 KSV THOR Waterschei
Endgame 1962/63 Tottenham Hotspur 5: 1 Atlético Madrid
* 1961/62 - 1962/63, 1966/67 - 1998/99

The most successful trainers

Four coaches won the competition twice, two of them with different clubs. Nereo Rocco with AC Milan (1968 and 1973), Valerij Lobanowskyj with Dynamo Kiev (1975 and 1986), Alex Ferguson with FC Aberdeen and Manchester United (1983 and 1991) and Johan Cruyff with Ajax Amsterdam and FC Barcelona (1987 and 1989).

See also

Web links

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