1970 European Cup final

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1970 European Cup Final
1970 European Cup Final match programme.jpg
Match programme cover
Event1969–70 European Cup
After extra time
Date6 May 1970
VenueSan Siro, Milan
RefereeConcetto Lo Bello (Italy)

The 1970 European Cup Final was a football match held at the San Siro, Milan, on 6 May 1970, that saw Feijenoord[a] of the Netherlands defeat Celtic of Scotland 2–1 after extra time. Ove Kindvall's goal in the 117th minute meant the trophy was won by a Dutch club for the first time. It remains Feyenoord's only European Cup triumph.

For losing finalists Celtic, this marked the second – and to date most recent – European Cup Final appearance in club history, after the famous win by the "Lisbon Lions" side in the 1967 edition. The match nearly never took place due to massive strikes throughout Italy during 1970; the Italian Football Federation backed down to ensure that their own clubs would be able to compete in further UEFA competitions.[citation needed]

Route to the final[edit]

Feyenoord Round Celtic
Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg Opponent Agg. 1st leg 2nd leg
Iceland KR Reykjavík 16–2 12–2 (A) 4–0 (H) First round Switzerland Basel 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H)
Italy A.C. Milan 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Second round Portugal Benfica 3–3 (c) 3–0 (H) 0–3 (a.e.t.) (A)
East Germany Vorwärts Berlin 2–1 0–1 (A) 2–0 (H) Quarter-finals Italy Fiorentina 3–1 3–0 (H) 0–1 (A)
Poland Legia Warsaw 2–0 0–0 (A) 2–0 (H) Semi-finals England Leeds United 3–1 1–0 (A) 2–1 (H)


Wim van Hanegem, Piet Vrauwdeunt, Coen Moulijn


In contrast to their win in the European Cup Final three years prior, in which they had gone into the match as heavy underdogs against Inter, this time around, Celtic entered the final as strong favourites.[citation needed] However, despite Tommy Gemmell opening the scoring after 30 minutes, they were comprehensively outplayed by Feyenoord. The Dutch team's manager, Ernst Happel, ensured Celtic winger Jimmy Johnstone was double marked at all times, whilst the midfield trio of Franz Hasil, Willem van Hanegem and Wim Jansen dominated their Celtic counterparts. Rinus Israël quickly equalised with his head, the first Feyenoord-goal in this campaign scored outside their home stadium. Celtic managed to hold on at 1–1 to force extra time.[2] With just a few minutes of extra-time remaining, a long free-kick from the Feyenoord half was sent towards the Celtic penalty area. Celtic defender and captain Billy McNeill stumbled and misjudged the ball, and as he tried to recover he appeared to punch the ball away. Before the referee had a chance to award a penalty, Ove Kindvall reacted quickly, running on and chipping the ball over the advancing goalkeeper Evan Williams to seal a 2–1 win for Feyenoord.[3][4]


Feyenoord Netherlands2–1 (a.e.t.)Scotland Celtic
Israël 32'
Kindvall 117'
Report Gemmell 30'
Attendance: 53,187
GK 1 Netherlands Eddy Pieters Graafland
RB 2 Netherlands Piet Romeijn downward-facing red arrow 105+2'
CB 4 Netherlands Theo Laseroms
CB 3 Netherlands Rinus Israël (c)
LB 5 Netherlands Theo van Duivenbode
CM 7 Netherlands Wim Jansen
RM 6 Austria Franz Hasil
LM 10 Netherlands Willem van Hanegem
RW 8 Netherlands Henk Wery
CF 9 Sweden Ove Kindvall
LW 11 Netherlands Coen Moulijn
MF 15 Netherlands Guus Haak upward-facing green arrow 105+2'
GK Netherlands Eddy Treijtel
DF Netherlands Cor Veldhoen
MF Netherlands Piet Vrauwdeunt [ru]
CF Netherlands Joop van Daele
Austria Ernst Happel
Feyenoord-Celtic 1970-05-06.svg
GK 1 Scotland Evan Williams
RB 2 Scotland David Hay
CB 5 Scotland Billy McNeill (c)
CB 6 Scotland Jim Brogan
LB 3 Scotland Tommy Gemmell
CM 4 Scotland Bobby Murdoch
CM 10 Scotland Bertie Auld downward-facing red arrow 77'
RW 7 Scotland Jimmy Johnstone
CF 9 Scotland John Hughes
CF 8 Scotland Willie Wallace
LW 11 Scotland Bobby Lennox
MF 14 Scotland George Connelly upward-facing green arrow 77'
Scotland Jock Stein

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Though the club was invariably referred to as either SC Feijenoord (the original Dutch spelling) or Feyenoord (the spelling used internationally) in the years prior, it would not be until 1974 that the club officially changed its name to Feyenoord, which is an Anglicanised spelling.[1]


  1. ^ "Wist u dat..." stadionfeijenoord.nl (in Dutch). Stadion Feijenoord N.V. Archived from the original on 31 December 2007. zowel Stadion Feijenoord als Feyenoord Rotterdam met een lange ij geschreven werd. Pas in 1974 besloot de voetbalclub een y te gebruiken, de lange ij gaf namelijk problemen met de uitspraak in het buitenland
  2. ^ Gallagher, Michael (10 March 2020). "Feyenoord 2 Celtic 1". The Blizzard. Archived from the original on 8 May 2020. Retrieved 10 May 2020.
  3. ^ "Season 1969-70". European Cup History. Retrieved 6 October 2013.
  4. ^ Brogan, Tom. "Celtic 1970: European Cup Final v Feyenoord – The Dream Ends". State of the Game. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 26 July 2015.

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