Hibernian F.C. in European football

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This article details the history of Hibernian F.C. in European football competitions. Hibernian (Hibs) was the first British club to enter European competition, in the first ever season of the European Cup.[1] Hibs have lost on four occasions to a club that went on to win the competition they were participating in,[note 1] and have themselves reached the quarter-final of competitions on five occasions.[note 2] The club played many of the major clubs during the 1960s and 1970s on an almost annual basis, but have qualified for European competition much less frequently since then.[2]

Results[edit]

In all cases the Hibs score is listed first.

Season Competition Round Opposition Nation Home score Away score Aggregate Notes
1955–56 European Cup[note 3][1] 1 Rot-Weiss Essen West Germany 1–1 4–0 5–1 First appearance of a British club in European competition. Three of the Famous Five scored in the away leg - Lawrie Reilly, Eddie Turnbull and Willie Ormond.
1955–56 European Cup QF Djurgårdens IF Sweden 1–0 3–1 4–1 The "away" match was played at Firhill Stadium, Glasgow.[3]
1955–56 European Cup SF Stade Reims France 0–2 0–1 0–3 Reims lost 4–3 in the Final to Real Madrid.[1]
1960–61 Fairs Cup 1 Lausanne Switzerland Lausanne withdrew; Hibernian received a 2–0 walkover to the next round.[4]
1960–61 Fairs Cup 2 Barcelona Spain 3–2 4–4 7–6
1960–61 Fairs Cup SF Roma Italy 2–2 3–3 5–5 The away goals rule was not yet in operation. Hibs lost a play-off match in Rome by 6–0. Roma went on to win the competition.
1961–62 Fairs Cup 1 Belenenses Portugal 3–3 3–1 6–4
1961–62 Fairs Cup 2 Red Star Belgrade Yugoslavia 0–1 0–4 0–5
1962–63 Fairs Cup 1 Stævnet Denmark 4–0 3–2 7–2
1962–63 Fairs Cup 2 Utrecht XI Netherlands 2–1 1–0 3–1
1962–63 Fairs Cup QF Valencia Spain 2–1 0–5 2–6 Valencia went on to win the competition.
1965–66 Fairs Cup 1 Valencia Spain 2–0 0–2 2–2 Hibs lost 3–0 in the play-off match.
1967–68 Fairs Cup 1 Porto Portugal 3–0 1–3 4–3
1967–68 Fairs Cup 2 Napoli Italy 5–0 1–4 6–4 One of the most famous matches ever played at Easter Road.[5] Hibs overturn a 4–1 deficit from the first leg by scoring five goals past Italy legend Dino Zoff.[5]
1967–68 Fairs Cup QF Leeds United England 1–1 0–1 1–2 Leeds United went on to win the competition.
1968–69 Fairs Cup 1 NK Olimpija Yugoslavia 2–1 3–0 5–1
1968–69 Fairs Cup 2 Lokomotive Leipzig East Germany 3–1 1–0 4–1 Joe McBride scored a hat-trick in the home leg, the first hat-trick scored by a Hibs player in European competition.
1968–69 Fairs Cup 3 Hamburg West Germany 2–1 0–1 2–2 Hibs were eliminated on the away goals rule.
1970–71 Fairs Cup 1 Malmo Sweden 6–0 3–2 9–2 Joe McBride scored a hat-trick (his and the club's second in European competition) in the home leg.
1970–71 Fairs Cup 2 Vitoria Guimaraes Portugal 2–0 1–2 3–2
1970–71 Fairs Cup 3 Liverpool England 0–1 0–2 0–3
1972–73 Cup Winners' Cup[note 4] 1 Sporting Portugal Portugal 6–1 1–2 7–3 Jimmy O'Rourke scored a hat-trick in the home leg.
1972–73 Cup Winners' Cup 2 KS Besa Kavajë Albania 7–1 1–1 8–2 Jimmy O'Rourke scored a hat-trick in the home leg for the second straight tie.
1972–73 Cup Winners' Cup QF Hajduk Split Yugoslavia 4–2 0–3 4–5
1973–74 UEFA Cup 1 IBK Keflavik Iceland 2–0 1–1 3–1
1973–74 UEFA Cup 2 Leeds United England 0–0 0–0 0–0 Hibs lost 5–4 on penalties.
1974–75 UEFA Cup 1 Rosenborg BK Norway 9–1 3–2 12–3 Hibs' biggest win in Europe in one leg and on aggregate.
1974–75 UEFA Cup 2 Juventus Italy 2–4 0–4 2–8
1975–76 UEFA Cup 1 Liverpool England 1–0 1–3 2–3 Liverpool went on to win the competition.
1976–77 UEFA Cup 1 Sochaux France 1–0 0–0 1–0
1976–77 UEFA Cup 2 Östers IF Sweden 2–0 1–4 3–4
1978–79 UEFA Cup 1 IFK Norrköping Sweden 3–2 0–0 3–2
1978–79 UEFA Cup 2 RC Strasbourg France 1–0 0–2 1–2
1989–90 UEFA Cup 1 Videoton Hungary 1–0 3–0 4–0 Hibs' first appearance in Europe for over 10 years.
1989–90 UEFA Cup 2 R.F.C. de Liège Belgium 0–0 0–1 0–1 The tie went to extra time.
1992–93 UEFA Cup 1 Anderlecht Belgium 2–2 1–1 3–3 Hibs lost on the away goals rule.
2001–02 UEFA Cup 1 AEK Athens Greece 3–2 0–2 3–4 The tie went to extra time.
2004–05 Intertoto Cup 2 FK Vėtra Lithuania 1–1 0–1 1–2 The first matches under the management of Tony Mowbray.
2005–06 UEFA Cup 1 FC Dnipro Dnipropetrovsk Ukraine 0–0 1–5 1–5
2006–07 Intertoto Cup 2 Dinaburg FC Latvia 5–0 3–0 8–0
2006–07 Intertoto Cup 3 Odense Boldklub Denmark 2–1 0–1 2–2 Hibs lost on the away goals rule.
2008–09 Intertoto Cup 2 IF Elfsborg Sweden 0–2 0–2 0–4
2010–11 Europa League QR3 NK Maribor Slovenia 2–3 0–3 2–6
2013–14 Europa League QR2 Malmö FF Sweden 0–7 0–2 0–9 Scottish record aggregate defeat in European competition.[6]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1960–61; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1962–63; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1967–68; UEFA Cup 1975–76
  2. ^ European Cup 1955–56; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1960–61; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1962–63; Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1967–68; UEFA Cup Winners' Cup 1972–73
  3. ^ Hibs were not champions in 1955, but were invited.
  4. ^ Hibs entered this competition as they had lost the 1972 Scottish Cup Final to league champions Celtic.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wilson, Richard (17 July 2005). "European Union". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  2. ^ Hardie, David (24 July 2010). "Hughes wants to build a Euro legacy". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hibernian reach the first European Cup semi-finals 1956". BBC. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  4. ^ Saunders, Steven (21 May 2008). "Barça return recalls 1961 pitch battle". Edinburgh Evening News. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Classic Match: Hibs 5 - 0 Napoli, November 29, 1967". Edinburgh Evening News. 24 March 2008. Retrieved 24 July 2010. 
  6. ^ "Europa League: Embarrassed Pat Fenlon's apology to Hibs fans". BBC Sport. BBC. 25 July 2013. Retrieved 26 July 2013. 

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