Final of the European Champion Clubs' Cup 1960

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The final of the European Cup of National Champions in 1960 was the final of the European Cup of National Champions in Men's Football, which was held for the 5th time in the 1959/60 season . Real Madrid beat Eintracht Frankfurt 7: 3 at Hampden Park in Glasgow (Scotland) . Real Madrid had thus continued to win all of the European Cups. The game is seen by many as one of the best football games ever played.

135,000 people saw the game in the stadium. This is still the record for a European game.

The way to the final

Real Madrid qualified for the competition as the winner of the 1958/59 European Cup; Eintracht Frankfurt by winning the German soccer championship in 1958/59 . The tournament, held in the simple knockout system , consisted of a preliminary round as well as eighth, quarter and semi-finals up to the final. All rounds except for the final were played back and forth.

Real was already qualified for the round of 16, in which the Luxembourg champions Jeunesse Esch were defeated 7-0 (at home) and 5-2 (away). Real lost the quarter-final first leg away against French club OGC Nice 3-2, but won the second leg 4-0. In the semifinals it came to Clásico against the Spanish champions FC Barcelona , who were defeated by Real 3-1 in both games. Thus, Real Madrid was in the final of this competition for the 5th time in a row.

The Eintracht played their first European Cup match in the round of 16, as the preliminary round opponent Kuopion PS (Finland) withdrew his registration. The first leg of the first knockout round at Swiss champions Young Boys Bern was won 4-1 by Eintracht, while the second leg in Frankfurt ended 1-1. In the quarter-finals they beat the Wiener Sport-Club 2-1 at home , in the second leg Eintracht was initially behind, but Erwin Stein was able to equalize and Eintracht saved the draw over time, which was enough to advance. This was the first time a German team had reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. In this semi-final you met the Glasgow Rangers , who were the clear favorites. In the first leg in the sold out Frankfurt Waldstadion , Frankfurt's Richard Kreß missed a penalty , but Eintracht took the lead in the 28th minute through Dieter Stinka . However, the Scots were able to equalize before the break. After the break, Eintracht pulled away with goals from Alfred Pfaff (53rd and 56th), Dieter Lindner (74th and 85th) and Erwin Stein and finally won the first leg 6-1. The second leg at Ibrox Park was also won quite well with 6: 3, and the Scots also celebrated Eintracht with a standing ovation .

The final

In the final, the teams from Eintracht Frankfurt and Real Madrid met. Real was considered a huge favorite, the team, whose outstanding stars were Ferenc Puskás and Alfredo Di Stéfano , who fled to Spain after the Hungarian uprising , competed against (contract) amateurs (a professional league was only introduced in Germany in 1963).

At first it was unclear whether the game could take place at all, as the DFB had banned games against Puskás, as he had indicated in 1957 that the German national team had been doped in the final of the 1954 World Cup against Hungary. However, this order was allegedly lifted on the basis of an apology from Puskás. The game took place at Hampden Park in Glasgow. Around 135,000 people watched in the stadium, which is still a European Cup record today. The entrance fees were comparatively high: a ticket cost between 5 and 50 shillings .

Eintracht took the lead in the 18th minute through Richard Kress and had also left several other good opportunities in the first 20 minutes. Alfredo Di Stéfano turned the game around with a double in the 27th and 30th minutes . Shortly before the half-time whistle, Puskás scored the 3-1, which was the preliminary decision. In the second half the celebrated Royal their "magic football": With a pure- hat trick between the 56th and the 71st minute screwed Puskas the result in the height. However, Eintracht had not yet given up and reduced the score to 6: 2 by Erwin Stein in the 72nd minute. Di Stéfano made it 7-2 a minute later, and Stein then scored to make it 7-3. After the game with very few interruptions, fouls and offsides was fully come, stood the Frankfurt player trellis for the victorious Madrileños.

real Madrid Eintracht Frankfurt
real Madrid
May 18, 1960 in Glasgow ( Hampden Park )
Result: 7: 3 (3: 1)
Spectators: 135,000
Referee: John Mowat ( Scotland ) ScotlandScotland 
Eintracht Frankfurt

Rogelio Domínguez - Marquitos , José Santamaría , Pachín - José María Zárraga , José María Vidal - Canario , Luis del Sol , Alfredo Di Stéfano , Ferenc Puskás , Francisco Gento Trainer: Miguel Muñoz(C)Captain of the crew
Egon Loy - Friedel Lutz , Hermann Höfer - Hans Weilbächer , Hans-Walter Eigenbrodt , Dieter Stinka - Richard Kreß , Dieter Lindner , Erwin Stein , Alfred Pfaff , Erich Meier Trainer: Paul Oßwald(C)Captain of the crew

goal1: 1 Alfredo Di Stéfano (27th)
goal2: 1 Alfredo Di Stéfano (30th)
goal3: 1 Ferenc Puskás (45th)
Penalty kick4: 1 Ferenc Puskás (56th, penalty)
goal5: 1 Ferenc Puskás (60th)
goal6th : 1 Ferenc Puskás (71.)

goal7: 2 Alfredo Di Stéfano (73.)
goal0: 1 Richard Kreß (18th)

goal6: 2 Erwin Stein (72nd)

goal7: 3 Erwin Stein (75th)

After the game

The game is still considered to be one of the best football games ever played. England international Bobby Charlton said: "My first thought was, this game is a hoax, cut, a movie because these players did things that are not possible, not real, not human!" The BBC shows a recording every year at Christmas time of the game. In 2010, the Eintracht players who were still alive were invited to the Champions League final in Madrid by UEFA .

Individual evidence

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  2. a b Ulrich Matheja: Schlappekicker and Himmelsstürmer . The story of Eintracht Frankfurt. 3. Edition. Die Werkstatt , Göttingen 2007, ISBN 978-3-89533-538-9 , chapter: "1959/60: Furore in the European Cup" .
  3. Christian Eichler: Lexicon of football myths . 1st edition. Piper Verlag , 2000, ISBN 3-8218-0969-8 , pp. 17 .
  4. Football of the future on, accessed on May 1, 2014.