1976 European Cup Final

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1976 European Cup Final
1976 European Cup Final
Match programme cover
Event 1975–76 European Cup
Date 12 May 1976
Venue Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee Károly Palotai (Hungary)
Attendance 54,670

The 1976 European Cup Final was a football match held at Hampden Park, Glasgow, on 12 May 1976, that saw Bayern Munich of West Germany defeat Saint-Étienne of France 1–0.

Match summary[edit]

The match took place at Hampden Park in Glasgow, a city that already had seen Saint-Étienne defeat local team Rangers during the competition. Les Verts were playing against Bayern Munich, a team that was hoping to win a third consecutive European Cup.

The game began with Gerd Müller finding the back of the net after fine preparatorial work by Bernd Dürnberger who won the ball in his own half and went on a 50-metre solo run. But his effort was disallowed by the referee for offside by the Hungarian referee Károly Palotai; a decision that may well deemed too harsh when reviewed with the benefit of televisual slow motion. After this Saint-Étienne were more and more confident but Franz Roth was keeping an eye on Jean-Michel Larqué, the team captain. In the 37th minute, Uli Hoeneß shot but it did not worry goalkeeper Ivan Ćurković. Saint-Étienne had plenty of chances to score though, at the 34th minute Dominique Bathenay's shot hit the crossbar, with Bayern's keeper Sepp Maier beaten. Five minutes later, Jacques Santini connected with a cross from Christian Sarramagna, but shot went just wide of the goalpost. After the final, French people called Hampden Park's goalposts "les poteaux carrés" (English: the square posts).[1] This bad luck had influence on Saint-Étienne's players, and Bayern Munich would have been satisfied that they were still on terms at the break.[citation needed]

After the start of the 2nd half, Bayern Munich were more confident. In the 57th minute, Franz Beckenbauer passed to Gerd Müller, who was tackled by Osvaldo Piazza and the referee gave a free-kick to the German team from twenty metres just left of the semicircle. Franz Beckenbauer tipped the ball to Roth on his right who scored half high into the left side of the goal. After this, les Verts tried everything. Robert Herbin chose to substitute Christian Sarramagna for Dominique Rocheteau but to no avail.

At the end of the match, Saint-Étienne's players were crying, because they felt that they had been unlucky, but their supporters (at least 25,000 in Glasgow, plus 20,000 supportive and sympathetic Scots) were congratulating them, and their return in France was heroic, even though they were defeated.

Match details[edit]

Bayern Munich
GK 1 West Germany Sepp Maier
DF 2 Denmark Johnny Hansen
DF 3 West Germany Udo Horsmann
DF 4 West Germany Hans-Georg Schwarzenbeck
DF 5 West Germany Franz Beckenbauer (c)
MF 6 West Germany Franz Roth
FW 7 West Germany Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
MF 8 West Germany Bernd Dürnberger
FW 9 West Germany Gerd Müller
FW 10 West Germany Uli Hoeneß
MF 11 West Germany Jupp Kapellmann
GK 22 West Germany Hugo Robl
Germany Dettmar Cramer
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GK 1 Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Ivan Ćurković
DF 2 France Gérard Janvion
DF 3 France Pierre Repellini
DF 4 Argentina Osvaldo Piazza
DF 5 France Christian Lopez
MF 6 France Dominique Bathenay
MF 7 France Patrick Revelli
MF 8 France Jean-Michel Larqué (c)
FW 9 France Hervé Revelli
MF 10 France Jacques Santini
FW 11 France Christian Sarramagna Substituted off 83'
FW 12 France Dominique Rocheteau Substituted in 83'
GK 16 France Jean Castaneda
France Robert Herbin

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pattullo, Alan (5 June 2012). "St Etienne dream of squaring up to Hampden goalposts". The Scotsman (Johnston Press). Retrieved 5 June 2012. 

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