France Football European Team of the Year

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In 1968 after winning the Portuguese League and reaching the European Cup final, against Manchester United in a final played at the Wembley Stadium, lost after extra time, S.L. Benfica were presented with European Team of the Year by France Football.

In 1970 after winning the domestic double (Scottish League and Scottish League Cup) and getting to the European Cup Final of 1970, Celtic F.C. were presented with European Team of the Year by France Football. At this time in European football, Celtic were a force to be reckoned with and the winning of the League title was one of their 9 in a row from 1966 to 1974.

Although Celtic F.C. lost the final in Italy (Milan, San Siro) to Feyenoord, the media coverage in the semi-final between Celtic F.C. and Leeds United (2nd leg at Hampden Park on 15 April 1970) was very intense, newspapers on both sides of the border reported it and said it to be "one of the most exciting battle of Britain yet". The attendance for the match was also a record at a UEFA competitive match (136,505). In the League Cup, Celtic won against mid-table team St Johnstone and in the League Celtic won against Rangers by a margin of 12 points.


Year Club
1968 Portugal Benfica
1969 Netherlands Ajax
1970 Scotland Celtic F.C.
1971 Netherlands Ajax
1972 Netherlands Ajax
1973 Netherlands Ajax

2013 AC Milan