1961 European Cup Final

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1961 European Cup Final
Event 1960–61 European Cup
Date 31 May 1961
Venue Wankdorf Stadium, Bern
Referee Gottfried Dienst (Switzerland)
Attendance 26,732[1]

The 1961 European Cup Final was held at the Wankdorf Stadium, Bern on 31 May 1961, and saw Benfica play against Barcelona. This was the first final not to include Real Madrid, who had won the previous five finals. Benfica lifted the trophy for the first time, beating Barcelona 3–2.

Benfica midfielder Mario Coluna broke his nose in the eighth minute of the match; not wanting to risk further damage, when Domiciano Cavém put over a cross in the 55th minute, Coluna hung back outside the penalty area. The ball was cleared directly to him and he volleyed it home for Benfica's third goal of the match.[2]

Route to the final[edit]

Portugal Benfica Round Spain Barcelona
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Scotland Hearts 5–1 2–1 (A) 3–0 (H) Prelim. round Belgium Lierse 5–0 2–0 (H) 3–0 (A)
Hungary Újpesti Dózsa 7–4 6–2 (H) 1–2 (A) First round Spain Real Madrid 4–3 2–2 (A) 2–1 (H)
Denmark AGF Aarhus 7–2 3–1 (H) 4–1 (A) Quarter-finals Czech Republic Spartak Hradec Králové 5–1 4–0 (H) 1–1 (A)
Austria Rapid Wien 4–1 3–0 (H) 1–1 (A) Semi-finals West Germany Hamburg 2–2
(Replay: 1–0)
1–0 (H) 1–2 (A)



Benfica Portugal3–2Spain Barcelona
Águas Goal 31'
Ramallets Goal 32' (o.g.)
Coluna Goal 55'
Report Kocsis Goal 21'
Czibor Goal 75'
GK 1 Portugal Alberto da Costa Pereira
DF 2 Portugal Mário João
DF 3 Portugal Germano de Figueiredo
DF 4 Portugal Angelo Martins
DF 5 Portugal José Neto
MF 6 Portugal Fernando Cruz
MF 7 Portugal José Augusto
MF 8 Portugal Joaquim Santana
FW 9 Portugal José Águas (c)
MF 10 Portugal Mário Coluna
FW 11 Portugal Domiciano Cavém
Hungary Béla Guttmann
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GK 1 Spain Antoni Ramallets (c)
DF 2 Spain Foncho
DF 3 Spain Enric Gensana
DF 4 Spain Sígfrid Gràcia
DF 5 Spain Martí Vergés
MF 6 Spain Jesús Garay
MF 7 Spain Hungary László Kubala
MF 8 Hungary Sándor Kocsis
MF 9 Brazil Evaristo de Macedo
FW 10 Spain Luis Suárez
FW 11 Hungary Zoltán Czibor
Spain Enrique Orizaola

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "UEFA Champions League – Statistics Handbook 2012/13" (PDF). UEFA.com. Union of European Football Associations. p. 129. Retrieved 22 September 2013.
  2. ^ Simpson, Paul; Hesse-Lichtenberger, Uli (October 2005). Sleight, Hugh, ed. "50 Things You Never Knew About... The European Cup". FourFourTwo. Teddington: Haymarket Consumer (134): 101. ISSN 1355-0276.

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