Cardiff City F.C. in European football

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These are Cardiff City Football Club matches in Europe. Cardiff have only entered one European Competition as of 2010, which is the European Cup Winners' Cup. Their first European match was in 1964 against Esbjerg fB which they drew 0-0 at the Blue Water Arena in Esbjerg. The farthest that Cardiff advanced to was the 1967-78 semi-finals. As of 2008 Cardiff have had multiple games in friendly games held in Portugal as part of a pre-season friendly tour, which are also included in the list along with home game friendlies against foreign clubs.

Earlier tours included ones in 1924 when Cardiff played Sparta Prague (twice), Borussia, SV Hamburg and First Vienna and 1928 saw a tour to Denmark where Aarhus, Aalborg and Odense Comb were the opponents. Games were played in Ireland against an Ulster XI and Derry City in May 1950. In 1961 a tour to Ireland saw games against Shamrock Rovers and Waterford, whilst in 1964 Juventus, AS Roma and Latina were the opponents in Italy. In 1968 Cardiff toured Australia and New Zealand playing 14 matches over 6 weeks. 1969 saw a tour to Mauritius and Zambia playing three times against each country. Later tours have included a pre-season tour to Denmark in August 1979 and one to Scotland in 1980.

Home friendlies have included defeats against Moscow Dynamo in 1945 by 10-1, ADO The Hague in 1970, and wins over Lugano in September 1959, Kickers Offenbach in 1962, FC Schalke 04 in 1971 with the game against SV Werder Bremen in 1969 being a draw. The 1960-61 season saw home friendly wins over Grasshoppers Zurich, which was also the Ninian Park Floodlight Opening game on 5 October, and FC Biel, and a loss to VFL Osnabruck.

Competitive Matches[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Upcoming fixture

Season Competition Round Opposition Results
1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1964-65 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Denmark Esbjerg fB 0-0 (A) 1-0 (H) 1-0
Second Round Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 2-1 (A) 0-0 (H) 2-1
Quarter-Finals Spain Real Zaragoza 2-2 (A) 0-1 (H) 2-3
1965-66 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Belgium Standard Liège 1-2 (H) 0-1 (A) 1-3
1967-68 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 1-1 (A) 2-0 (H) 3-1
Second Round Netherlands NAC Breda 1-1 (A) 4-1 (H) 5-2
Quarter-Finals Soviet Union FC Torpedo Moscow 1-0 (H) 0-1 (A) 1-1^1
Semi-Finals Germany Hamburger SV 1-1 (A) 2-3 (H) 3-4
1968-69 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Portugal FC Porto 2-2 (H) 1-2 (A) 3-4
1969-70 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Norway Mjøndalen IF 7-1 (A) 5-1 (H) 12-2
Second Round Turkey Göztepe 0-3 (A) 1-0 (H) 1-3
1970-71 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Cyprus Pezoporikos Larnaca 8-0 (H) 0-0 (A) 8-0
Second Round France FC Nantes Atlantique 5-1 (H) 2-1 (A) 7-1
Quarter-Finals Spain Real Madrid 1-0 (H) 0-2 (A) 1-2
1971-72 Cup Winners' Cup First Round East Germany Dynamo Berlin 1-1 (A) 1-1 (H) 2-2^2
1973-74 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Portugal Sporting Clube de Portugal 0-0 (H) 1-2 (A) 1-2
1974-75 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Hungary Ferencvárosi TC 0-2 (A) 1-4 (H) 1-6
1976-77 Cup Winners' Cup Qualifying Round Switzerland Servette FC 1-0 (H) 1-2 (A) 2-2 ^3
First Round Soviet Union FC Dinamo Tbilisi 1-0 (H) 0-3 (A) 1-3
1977-78 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Austria Austria Memphis 0-0 (H) 0-1 (A) 0-1
1988-89 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Republic of Ireland Derry City 0-0 (A) 4-0 (H) 4-0
Second Round Denmark AGF Aarhus 1-2 (A) 0-4 (H) 1-6
1992-93 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Austria VfB Admira Wacker Mödling 1-1 (H) 0-2 (A) 1-3
1993-94 Cup Winners' Cup First Round Belgium Standard Liège 2-5 (A) 1-3 (H) 3-8

Friendlies[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss       Upcoming fixture

Season Competition Round Opposition Results
1st Leg 2nd Leg Aggregate
1923-24 Friendly Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 2-3 (Away)
Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 3-2 (Away)
Austria First Vienna 2-0 (Away)
Germany Borussia 2-0 (Away)
Germany Hamburger SV 2-2 (Away)
1927-28 Friendly Denmark Aarhus 2-0 (Away)
Denmark Aalborg 4-0 (Away)
Denmark Odense Comb 4-1 (Away)
1937-38 Friendly France Racing Club de Lens 3-1 (Away)
1945-46 Friendly Russia Moscow Dynamo 1-10 (Ninian Park)
1949-50 Friendly Northern Ireland Ulster X1 3-0 (Away)
Northern Ireland Derry City 2-0 (Away)
1950-51 Friendly Festival Of Britain Match Netherlands Eindhoven 2-2 (Ninian Park)
1958-59 Friendly Denmark Esbjerg fB 4-0 (Away)
1959-60 Friendly Switzerland Lugano 1-0 (Ninian Park)
1960-61 Friendly Ninian Park Floodlight Opening Switzerland Grasshoppers Zurich 2-2 (Ninian Park)
Switzerland FC Biel-Bienne 3-0 (Ninian Park)
West Germany VFL Osnabruck 1-2 (Ninian Park)
Republic of Ireland Shamrock Rovers 2-2 (Away)
Republic of Ireland Waterford 5-1 (Away)
1961-62 Friendly Anglo French Friendship Cup France Racing Club Lensois 4-2 (Away)
West Germany Kickers Offenbach 2-0 (Ninian Park)
Anglo French Friendship Cup France Racing Club Lensois 2-0 (Ninian Park)
1963-64 Friendly Italy Juventus 3-3 (Away)
Italy Roma 1-4 (Away)
Italy Latina 3-4 (Away)
1965-66 Friendly France Toulon 3-3 (Away)
1969-70 Friendly West Germany SV Werder Bremen 2-2 (Ninian Park)
1970-71 Friendly Netherlands ADO Den Haag 2-3 (Ninian Park)
1973-74 Friendly West Germany FC Schalke 04 5-3 (Ninian Park)
1979-80 Friendly Denmark Fredrickshaven 2-0 (Away)
Denmark Brovst 4-0 (Away)
Denmark Thisted 1-1 (Away)
Denmark Norresundby 5-0 (Away)
Sweden Gothenburg 3-2 (Ninian Park)
2007-08 Friendly Portugal Vitoria de Setubal 1-0 (Estádio do Bonfim)
Netherlands FC Twente 1-0 (Ninian Park)
2008-09 Portugal Vitoria de Setubal 1-1 (Estádio do Bonfim)
Algarve Cup Semi-Final Portugal Vitória de Guimarães 2-1 (Estádio D. Afonso Henriques)
Final Scotland Celtic 1-0 (N)
VansDirect Trophy Final Netherlands Ajax 0-0 (N)
2009-10 Friendly Portugal Fátima 1-0 (Estádio Municipal de Fátima)
Spain Valencia 0-2 (Cardiff City Stadium)
2010-11 Portugal Portimonense 0-3
Spain Deportivo La Coruña 0-1 (Cardiff City Stadium)
2013-14 Italy Chievo 1-0 (Cardiff City Stadium)
Spain Athletic Bilbao 2-1 (Cardiff City Stadium)

Finals[edit]

Year Competition Opposing Team Score Venue
2008 Algarve Cup Scotland Celtic 1-0 Portugal Estádio Algarve, Algarve
2008 VansDirect Trophy Netherlands Ajax 0-0 (Shared)

Semi-finals[edit]

Year Competition Opposing Team Score Where the Final was Other Semi-finalists
1968 Cup Winners' Cup Germany Hamburger SV 3–4 on aggregate Two Legged Games Italy AC Milan
Germany Bayern Munich

Overall Record[edit]

By competition[edit]

Competition Pld W D L GF GA GD
Cup Winners' Cup 47 16 13 18 66 59 7
Friendlies 44 26 9 9 106 71 35
Algarve Cup 2 2 0 0 3 1 2
VansDirect Trophy 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Total 94 44 23 27 175 131 44

By Country[edit]

Country Pld W D L GF GA GD Win%
 Austria 4 0 2 2 1 4 -3 00.00
 Belgium 4 0 0 4 4 11 -7 00.00
 Cyprus 2 1 1 0 8 0 +8 50.00
 Denmark 4 1 1 2 2 6 -4 25.00
 East Germany 2 0 2 0 2 2 +0 00.00
 France 2 2 0 0 7 1 +6 100.000
 Germany 2 0 1 1 3 4 -1 00.00
 Hungary 2 0 0 2 1 6 -5 00.00
 Ireland 4 2 2 0 7 1 +6 50.00
 Italy 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000
 Netherlands 4 2 2 0 6 2 +4 50.00
 Norway 2 2 0 0 12 2 +10 100.000
 Portugal 11 4 4 3 11 12 -1 36.36
 Scotland 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100.000
 Soviet Union 5 3 0 2 3 4 -1 60.00
 Spain 6 1 1 4 3 8 -5 16.67
  Switzerland 2 1 0 1 2 2 +0 50.00
 Turkey 2 1 0 1 1 3 -2 50.00

Notes and references[edit]

^1 Cardiff won 1-0 in the play-off round against FC Torpedo Moscow.
^2 Cardiff lost on in a Penalty Shootout against Dynamo Berlin.
^3 Cardiff beat Servette FC on away goals.

References[edit]

  • Crooks, John (1986). Cardiff City Chronology 1920-86. John Crooks. ISBN 0-9511984-0-8.