Latin Cup

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This article is about the association football tournament. For the roller hockey tournament, see Latin Cup (roller hockey).
Latin Cup
Founded 1949
Abolished 1957
Region France France
Italy Italy
Portugal Portugal
Spain Spain
Number of teams 4
Last champions Spain Real Madrid (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Spain Barcelona
Italy Milan
Spain Real Madrid (2 titles)

The Latin Cup (French: Coupe Latine; Italian: Coppa Latina; Portuguese: Taça Latina or Copa Latina; Spanish: Copa Latina) was an international football tournament for club sides from the Latin European nations of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. In 1949 the football federations came together and launched their own club competition. European clubs could not afford hefty travel costs so competition was staged at the end of every season in a single host country. The competition featured two semi-finals, a third place play-off and a final.

Photo of the Latin Cup won by Benfica in 1950

The tournament began in 1949, and was played between the league champions of each of the participating countries. Every four years, a ranking would be determined for the countries based on their sides' performances in the Latin Cup. The competition was last played for in 1957, following the introduction of the European Cup. Real Madrid played and won in both the European Cup and the Latin Cup in 1957. Immediately prior to the introduction of the European Cup, the Latin Cup was considered the most important cup for clubs in Europe, the longer-established Mitropa Cup having gone into decline after World War II.

Finals[edit]

Year Final Third Place Venue
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1949 Spain Barcelona 2 – 1 Portugal Sporting Italy Torino 5 – 3 France Stade de Reims Estadio Chamartín
1950 Portugal Benfica 3 – 3 a.e.t.
2 – 1 a.e.t.
France Bordeaux Spain Atlético Madrid 2 – 1 Italy Lazio Estádio Nacional
1951 Italy Milan 5 – 0 France Lille Spain Atlético Madrid 3 – 1 Portugal Sporting San Siro
1952 Spain Barcelona 1 – 0 France Nice Italy Juventus 3 – 2 Portugal Sporting Parc des Princes
1953 France Stade de Reims 3 – 0 Italy Milan Portugal Sporting 4 – 1 Spain Valencia Estádio da Luz
1954 not held
1955 Spain Real Madrid 2 – 0 France Stade de Reims Italy Milan 3 – 1 Portugal Belenenses Parc des Princes
1956 Italy Milan 2 – 1 Spain Athletic Bilbao Portugal Benfica 2 – 1 France Nice San Siro
1957 Spain Real Madrid 1 – 0 Portugal Benfica Italy Milan 4 – 3 France Saint-Étienne Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Performances by team[edit]

Team Champion Runner-up Third Fourth
Italy Milan 2 (1951, 1956) 1 (1953) 2 (1955, 1957)
Spain Barcelona 2 (1949, 1952)
Spain Real Madrid 2 (1955, 1957)
Portugal Benfica 1 (1950) 1 (1957) 1 (1956)
France Stade de Reims 1 (1953) 1 (1955) 1 (1949)
Portugal Sporting 1 (1949) 1 (1953) 2 (1951, 1952)
France Nice 1 (1952) 1 (1956)
France Bordeaux 1 (1950)
France Lille 1 (1951)
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 (1956)
Spain Atlético Madrid 2 (1950, 1951)
Italy Torino 1 (1949)
Italy Juventus 1 (1952)
Italy Lazio 1 (1950)
Spain Valencia 1 (1953)
Portugal Belenenses 1 (1955)
France Saint-Étienne 1 (1957)

Performances by country[edit]

Team Champion Runner-up Third Fourth
Spain Spain 4 (1949, 1952, 1955, 1957) 1 (1956) 2 (1950, 1951) 1 (1953)
Italy Italy 2 (1951, 1956) 1 (1953) 4 (1949, 1952, 1955, 1957) 1 (1950)
France France 1 (1953) 4 (1950, 1951, 1952, 1955) 3 (1949, 1956, 1957)
Portugal Portugal 1 (1950) 2 (1949, 1957) 2 (1953, 1956) 3 (1951, 1952, 1955)

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