1961 European Cup Winners' Cup Final

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1961 European Cup Winners' Cup Final
Event 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup
First leg
Date 17 May 1961
Venue Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow
Referee Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)
Attendance 80,000
Second leg
Date 27 May 1961
Venue Stadio Comunale, Florence
Referee Vilmos Hernádi (Hungary)
Attendance 50,000
1962

The 1961 European Cup Winners' Cup Final was a football match contested between Fiorentina of Italy and Rangers of Scotland. It was the final of the 1960–61 European Cup Winners' Cup the first UEFA Cup Winners' Cup final. It was the only time that the final was played over two legs. The first leg was played at Ibrox Stadium, Glasgow and the second leg at the Stadio Comunale in Florence. It was Rangers first European final and in doing so became the first British team to reach the final of a European football competition. It was Fiorentina's second European final having previously reached the 1957 European Cup final.

Fiorentina won the first leg 2-0 at Ibrox and the second leg 2-1 in Florence to win the final and the tournament 4–1 on aggregate.

Route to the final[edit]

Rangers[edit]

Round Opponents First leg Second leg Aggregate score
Preliminary round Ferencváros 4–2 (h) 1–2 (a) 5–4
Quarter-finals Borussia Mönchengladbach 3–0 (a) 8–0 (h) 11–0
Semi-finals Wolves 2–0 (h) 1–1 (a) 3–1

Rangers were required to play a preliminary round in the competition where they beat Ferencváros from Hungary 5-4 on aggregate. They were then drawn against Borussia Mönchengladbach from Germany who they then defeated 11-0 on aggregate. In the semi final Rangers were then required to play English team Wolverhampton Wanderers. Rangers won the tie 3-1 on aggregate to reach their first ever European final.[1]

Fiorentina[edit]

Round Opponents First leg Second leg Aggregate score
Quarter-finals FC Luzern 3–0 (a) 6–2 (h) 9–2
Semi-finals Dinamo Zagreb 3–0 (h) 1–2 (a) Pens 4–2

Fiorentina went straight into the Quarter final competition where they played FC Luzern from Switzerland. They subsequently defeated them and Dinamo Zagreb to reach the final.

Match[edit]

Background[edit]

The 1961 final was the only time that it had been played over two legs until the competition was merged with the UEFA cup in 1999.[1]

Fiorentina who were managed by Hungarian Nándor Hidegkuti were the recent Coppa Italia winners and had reached the final of the European Cup four years earlier. Their team included many Italian internationals including goalkeeper Enrico Albertosi and Swedish star player Kurt Hamrin.[1]

Rangers were managed by Scott Symon and had reached the semi-final of the European Cup the previous year. The all Scottish Rangers team also included since the start of the 1960-61 season Jim Baxter who would go on to become a legendary figure of the club. Rangers top scorer Jimmy Millar missed the first leg through injury but featured in the return match.[1]

Match Details[edit]

First leg[edit]

17 May 1961
19:30
Rangers Scotland 0–2 Italy Fiorentina
Report

Report 2

Milan Goal 12'88'
Ibrox Park, Glasgow
Attendance: 80,000
Referee: Carl Erich Steiner (Austria)
Rangers
Fiorentina
GK 1 Scotland Billy Ritchie
DF 2 Scotland Bobby Shearer
DF 5 Scotland Bill Paterson
DF 4 Scotland Harold Davis
DF 3 Scotland Eric Caldow
MF 6 Scotland Jim Baxter
MF 7 Scotland Davie Wilson
MF 8 Scotland Ian McMillan
MF 11 Scotland Bobby Hume
FW 10 Scotland Ralph Brand
FW 9 Scotland Alex Scott
Manager:
Scotland Scot Symon
GK 1 Italy Enrico Albertosi
DF 2 Italy Enzo Robotti
DF 4 Italy Piero Gonfiantini
DF 5 Italy Alberto Orzan
DF 3 Italy Sergio Castelletti
MF 6 Italy Claudio Rimbaldo
MF 7 Sweden Kurt Hamrin
MF 8 Italy Dante Micheli
MF 11 Italy Gianfranco Petris
FW 9 Brazil Dino da Costa
FW 10 Italy Luigi Milan
Manager:
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti

Second leg[edit]

27 May 1961
15:30
Fiorentina Italy 2–1 Scotland Rangers
Milan Goal 13'
Hamrin Goal 86'
Report

Report 2

Scott Goal 60'
Stadio Comunale, Florence
Attendance: 50,000
Referee: Vilmos Hernádi (Hungary)
Fiorentina
Rangers
GK 1 Italy Enrico Albertosi
DF 2 Italy Vincenzo Robotti
DF 4 Italy Piero Gonfiantini
DF 5 Italy Alberto Orzan
DF 3 Italy Sergio Castelletti
MF 6 Italy Claudio Rimbaldo
MF 7 Sweden Kurt Hamrin
MF 8 Italy Dante Micheli
MF 11 Italy Gianfranco Petris
FW 9 Brazil Dino da Costa
FW 10 Italy Luigi Milan
Manager:
Hungary Nándor Hidegkuti
RANGERS:
GK 1 Scotland Billy Ritchie
DF 2 Scotland Bobby Shearer
DF 5 Scotland Bill Paterson
DF 4 Scotland Harold Davis
DF 3 Scotland Eric Caldow
MF 6 Scotland Jim Baxter
MF 7 Scotland Alex Scott
MF 8 Scotland Ian McMillan
MF 11 Scotland Davie Wilson
FW 10 Scotland Ralph Brand
FW 9 Scotland Jimmy Millar
Manager:
Scotland Scot Symon

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Murray, Keir (22 April 2008). "When Rangers met Fiorentina in '61". BBC Sport. Retrieved 18 September 2012. 

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