Latin Cup

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Latin Cup
Founded 1949
Abolished 1957
Region France France
Italy Italy
Portugal Portugal
Spain Spain
Number of teams 4
Last champions Spain Real Madrid (2nd title)
Most successful club(s) Spain Barcelona
Italy Milan
Spain Real Madrid
(2 titles each)

The Latin Cup (French: Coupe Latine; Italian: Coppa Latina; Portuguese: Taça Latina or Copa Latina; Spanish: Copa Latina) was an international football tournament for club sides from the Latin European nations of France, Italy, Spain and Portugal. In 1949 the football federations came together and requested FIFA to launch this club competition. European clubs could not afford hefty travel costs so competition was staged at the end of every season in a single host country. The competition featured two semi-finals, a third place play-off and a final.

History[edit]

The tournament began in 1949 and was usually played between the league champions of each of the participating countries. Every four years, a ranking would be determined for the countries based on their sides' performances in the Latin Cup. The competition was last played for in 1957, two years after the introduction of the UEFA-sanctioned European Cup. Real Madrid played and won in both the European Cup and the Latin Cup in 1957.

Prior to the introduction of the European Cup, the Latin Cup was considered the most important cup for clubs in Europe, the longer-established Mitropa Cup having gone into decline after World War II. The Latin Cup has been described one of the forerunners "of the European Cup" by UEFA.[1]

According to Jules Rimet, 3rd President of FIFA, the Latin Cup was a competition created by FIFA at request of the four nations that contested it, but its regulation was made by a committee composed of members from the competing federations, and FIFA did not participate actively in its organisation.[2]

Finals[edit]

Year Final Third Place Venue
Winner Score Runner-up Third place Score Fourth place
1949 Spain Barcelona 2–1 Portugal Sporting CP Italy Torino 5–3 France Stade de Reims Estadio Chamartín
1950 Portugal Benfica 3–3 a.e.t.
2–1 a.e.t.
France Bordeaux Spain Atlético Madrid 2–1 Italy Lazio Estádio Nacional
1951 Italy Milan 5–0 France Lille Spain Atlético Madrid 3–1 Portugal Sporting CP San Siro
1952 Spain Barcelona 1–0 France Nice Italy Juventus 3–2 Portugal Sporting CP Parc des Princes
1953 France Stade de Reims 3–0 Italy Milan Portugal Sporting CP 4–1 Spain Valencia Estádio Nacional
1954 Not Held
1955 Spain Real Madrid 2–0 France Stade de Reims Italy Milan 3–1 Portugal Belenenses Parc des Princes
1956 Italy Milan 3–1 Spain Athletic Bilbao Portugal Benfica 2–1 France Nice Arena Civica
1957 Spain Real Madrid 1–0 Portugal Benfica Italy Milan 4–3 France Saint-Étienne Santiago Bernabéu Stadium

Performances by team[edit]

Photo of the Latin Cup won by Benfica in 1950
Team Champion Runner-up Third Fourth
Italy Milan 2 (1951, 1956) 1 (1953) 2 (1955, 1957)
Spain Barcelona 2 (1949, 1952)
Spain Real Madrid 2 (1955, 1957)
Portugal Benfica 1 (1950) 1 (1957) 1 (1956)
France Stade de Reims 1 (1953) 1 (1955) 1 (1949)
Portugal Sporting 1 (1949) 1 (1953) 2 (1951, 1952)
France Nice 1 (1952) 1 (1956)
France Bordeaux 1 (1950)
France Lille 1 (1951)
Spain Athletic Bilbao 1 (1956)
Spain Atlético Madrid 2 (1950, 1951)
Italy Torino 1 (1949)
Italy Juventus 1 (1952)
Italy Lazio 1 (1950)
Spain Valencia 1 (1953)
Portugal Belenenses 1 (1955)
France Saint-Étienne 1 (1957)

Performances by country[edit]

Team Champion Runner-up Third Fourth
Spain Spain 4 (1949, 1952, 1955, 1957) 1 (1956) 2 (1950, 1951) 1 (1953)
Italy Italy 2 (1951, 1956) 1 (1953) 4 (1949, 1952, 1955, 1957) 1 (1950)
France France 1 (1953) 4 (1950, 1951, 1952, 1955) 3 (1949, 1956, 1957)
Portugal Portugal 1 (1950) 2 (1949, 1957) 2 (1953, 1956) 3 (1951, 1952, 1955)

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Goals, not coal, for Kopa". uefa.com. UEFA. 4 February 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2016. 
  2. ^ Rimet, Pierre (4 January 1951). Rodrigues Filho, Mário, ed. "Cartas de Paris - Das pirâmides do Egito ao colosso do Maracanã, com o Sr. Jules Rimet" [Letters from Paris - From the pyramids of Egypt to the colossus of Maracanã, with Mr. Jules Rimet]. Jornal dos Sports (in Portuguese) (6554). Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. p. 5. Retrieved 2 June 2017. A Taça Latina é uma competição criada pela F. I. F. A. a pedido dos quatro países que a disputam atualmente. Mas o Regulamento é feito por uma Comissão composta por membros das Federações concorrentes e de fato a F. I. F. A. não participa ativamente na organização 

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