1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup

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1955–58 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup
Balón Final Copa de Ferias 1958.jpg
Ball used in the final (FC Barcelona Museum)
Final positions
ChampionsSpain Barcelona XI
Later recognized as FC Barcelona (1st title)
Runners-upEngland London XI

The first Inter-Cities Fairs Cup took place over three seasons from 1955 to 1958. The competition began with a group stage with each team playing home and away against each other. Due to the competition rules which stated only one side from each city was allowed to compete, many cities with several football clubs picked the best players from those teams to create a city representative side. One of these, the London XI, went on to reach the final where they were beaten over two legs by the Barcelona XI (later recognized as FC Barcelona).

Group stage[edit]

Group A[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Spain Barcelona XI 2 1 1 0 7 3 +4 3
2 Denmark Copenhagen XI 2 0 1 1 3 7 −4 1
3 Austria Vienna XI Vienna XI withdrew from the competition.
Barcelona XI Spain6–2Denmark KBU Copenhagen XI
Areta Goal 8'10'
Tejada Goal 40'80'
Villaverde Goal 40'
Kubala Goal 59'
Report Lundberg Goal 65'75'

Group B[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 England Birmingham City 4 3 1 0 6 1 +5 7
2 Italy Internazionale 4 2 1 1 6 2 +4 5
3 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI 4 0 0 4 0 9 −9 0

Zagreb XI Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia0–1England Birmingham City
Report Brown Goal 8'


Birmingham City England3–0Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI
Orritt Goal 3'
Brown Goal 60'
Murphy Goal 67'
Report

Internazionale Italy4–0Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Zagreb XI
Skoglund Goal 8'89'
Lorenzi Goal 43'50'
Report

Birmingham City England2–1Italy Internazionale
Govan Goal 44'53' Report Lorenzi Goal 88'

Group C[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 Switzerland Lausanne-Sport 2 1 0 1 10 9 +1 2
2 East Germany Leipzig XI 2 1 0 1 9 10 −1 2
3 West Germany Cologne XI Cologne XI withdrew from the competition
Leipzig XI East Germany6–3Switzerland Lausanne-Sport
Walter Goal 5'
Konzack Goal 9'82'
Krause Goal 23'36'
Fettke Goal 69'
Report Maillard Goal 11'
Rey Goal 31'
Eschmann Goal 43'

Lausanne-Sport Switzerland7–3East Germany Leipzig XI
Tedeschi Goal 28'
Eschmann Goal 37'43'55'
Moser Goal 38'
Stefano Goal 60'62'
Report Walter Goal 13'
Konzack Goal 58'
Frohlich Goal 70'

Group D[edit]

Pos
Team
Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
1 England London XI 4 3 0 1 9 3 +6 6
2 West Germany Frankfurt XI 4 2 0 2 10 10 0 4
3 Switzerland Basel XI 4 1 0 3 7 13 −6 2
Basel XI Switzerland0–5England London XI
Report Firmani Goal 35'81'[a]
Holton Goal 37'43'74'

London XI England3–2West Germany Frankfurt XI
Jezzard Goal 46'86'
Robson Goal 60'
Report Pfaff Goal 25'
Kaufhold Goal 30'


Frankfurt XI West Germany5–1Switzerland Basel XI
Buchenau Goal 19'80'
Pfaff Goal 31'73'
Herrmann Goal 52'
Report Hugi Goal 35'


Basel XI Switzerland6–2West Germany Frankfurt XI
Allemann Goal 3'47'66'
Sanmann Goal 33'
Hugi Goal 64'
Burger Goal 88'
Report Kraus Goal 32'
Mayer Goal 65'

Knockout stage[edit]

 
Semi-finalsFinal
 
      
 
 
 
 
Switzerland Lausanne-Sport2
 
 
 
England London XI3
 
England London XI2
 
 
 
Spain Barcelona XI8
 
England Birmingham City4 (1)
 
 
Spain Barcelona XI4 (2)
 
  • Teams playing first leg at home shown first.
  • Birmingham City and Barcelona required a play-off after their semi-final finished level on aggregate. The play-off was played in Switzerland.

Semi-finals[edit]

Team 1 Agg. Team 2 1st leg 2nd leg
Lausanne-Sport Switzerland 2-3 England London XI 2–1 0–2
Birmingham City England 4–41 Spain Barcelona XI 4–3 0–1

1 Barcelona beat Birmingham City 2–1 in a play-off to qualify for the Final.

First leg[edit]


Birmingham City England4–3Spain Barcelona XI
Eddy Brown Goal 2'
Orritt Goal 33'
Murphy Goal 35'60'
Report Tejada Goal 12'
Evaristo Goal 27'
Martínez Goal 40'

Second leg[edit]

London XI England2–0Switzerland Lausanne-Sport
Greaves Goal 10'
Holton Goal 76'
Report

Play-off

Final[edit]

First leg[edit]

London XI England2–2Spain Barcelona XI
Greaves Goal 10'
Langley Goal 88' (pen.)
Martínez Goal 7'
Tejada Goal 35'
Attendance: 45,466

Second leg[edit]

Barcelona XI Spain6–0England London XI
Suárez Goal 6'8'
Martínez Goal 42'
Evaristo Goal 52'75'
Vergés Goal 63'
Attendance: 70,000

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Some sources give the final goal to Hooper.[2][3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Blues in Europe – Part One 1956–1958". Birmingham City F.C. Archived from the original on 7 April 2011.
  2. ^ EC 1 & Fairs Cup 1595-1960. International Federation of Football History & Statistics. pp. 158–171.
  3. ^ Velasco, Santiago. "Inter-Cities Fairs Cup 1955-58 (game details)". linguasport.com. Retrieved 25 May 2018.

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