1979 European Cup Final

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1979 European Cup Final
Event 1978–79 European Cup
Date 30 May 1979
Venue Olympiastadion, Munich
Referee Erich Linemayr (Austria)
Attendance 68,000

The 1979 European Cup Final was a football match held at the Olympiastadion, Munich, on 30 May 1979 (the venue was decided in Bern by the UEFA Executive Committee on 27 September 1978).[1] It saw Nottingham Forest of England defeat Malmö FF of Sweden 1–0. The win represented a third successive victory for an English side in the European Cup after Liverpool's victories in 1977 and 1978.


The competition had provided many great stories and had thrown up a final that no-one could have predicted when it had started the previous August. Unfortunately, with two of their best players – midfielder Bo Larsson and defender Roy Andersson – already ruled out with injury and with their captain and key midfielderStaffan Tapper – breaking his toe in training on the eve of the final, Malmö FF resorted to the same defensive tactics that Belgian team Club Bruges had used at Wembley in the final twelve months earlier. With neither of the finalists being one of Europe’s major clubs, Munich’s Olympiastadion was far from full for the Final, and the game itself was something of an anti-climax. There was, however, one memorable story still to be told. Back in February, Brian Clough had elected to spend the money that Forest had made from winning the league title in 1978 on a forward from Birmingham City. Clough made Trevor Francis Britain’s first £1 million footballer when he took him to Nottingham, but UEFA rules stipulated that he could not play European football for another three months.Therefore, the first game that Francis was eligible for was the final itself and, with Martin O'Neill injured and Archie Gemmill not selected by Clough, Francis was picked to play his first ever European club game, albeit out on the right wing.

Route to the final[edit]

Nottingham Forest Round Malmö FF
Opponent Result Legs Opponent Result Legs
England Liverpool 2–0 2–0 home; 0–0 away First round France AS Monaco 1–0 0–0 home; 1–0 away
Greece AEK Athens 7–2 5–1 home; 2–1 away Second round Soviet Union Dynamo Kiev 2–0 2–0 home; 0–0 away
Switzerland Grasshopper 5–2 4–1 home; 1–1 away Quarter-finals Poland Wisła Kraków 5–3 4–1 home; 1–2 away
West Germany Köln 4–3 3–3 home; 1–0 away Semi-finals Austria Austria Vienna 1–0 1–0 home; 0–0 away

Match summary[edit]

With Malmö FF sitting back in defence, the game was merely about whether Forest could break through. Despite constant pressure, the English side had still failed to score as first half injury time began, but then John Robertson, a man who was now one of the most feared wingers in European football, beat two Swedish defenders on the left hand side before whipping in a cross. Goalkeeper Jan Möller, who had been solid up to this point, did not come out to clear the ball, and at the far post was none other than Trevor Francis to head the ball into the roof of the net.

And that was effectively the end of the match. Both Garry Birtles and Robertson missed good chances in the second half, but it did not matter, as Malmö FF never looked likely to score.

It may have been an unremarkable final, but it was certainly the end to a remarkable story. Under their maverick manager Brian Clough, Nottingham Forest, a relatively small English provincial club, had won European club football’s biggest prize, knocking out two-time defending champions Liverpool along the way. Just two years earlier, Forest had been in English football's second tier. Forest would retain their title the following year.



Nottingham Forest England1–0Sweden Malmö FF
Francis Goal 45+1' Report
Attendance: 68,000
Nottingham Forest
Malmö FF
GK 1 England Peter Shilton
DF 2 England Viv Anderson
DF 3 England Frank Clark
MF 4 Scotland John McGovern (c)
DF 5 England Larry Lloyd
DF 6 Scotland Kenny Burns
MF 7 England Trevor Francis
MF 8 England Ian Bowyer
FW 9 England Garry Birtles
FW 10 England Tony Woodcock
MF 11 Scotland John Robertson
GK England Chris Woods
DF England David Needham
MF Northern Ireland Martin O'Neill
MF Scotland Archie Gemmill
FW Scotland John O'Hare
England Brian Clough
Nottingham Forest-Malmö 1979-05-30.svg
GK 1 Sweden Jan Möller
DF 2 Sweden Roland Andersson
DF 3 Sweden Ingemar Erlandsson
DF 4 Sweden Kent Jönsson
DF 5 Sweden Magnus Andersson
MF 6 Sweden Staffan Tapper (c) Substituted off 34'
MF 7 Sweden Anders Ljungberg
MF 8 Sweden Robert Prytz
FW 9 Sweden Tommy Hansson Substituted off 82'
FW 10 Sweden Tore Cervin
MF 11 Sweden Jan-Olov Kinnvall
DF 12 Sweden Mats Arvidsson
FW 13 Sweden Tommy Andersson Substituted in 82'
MF 15 Sweden Claes Malmberg Substituted in 34'
GK 16 Sweden Arne Åkesson
England Bob Houghton


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