Leeds United F.C. in European football

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This is a list of matches Leeds United Football Club have played in Europe.


The club's debut in European competitions came in the 1965-66 season in the Inter-Cities Fairs Cup, which they competed in for three consecutive seasons before winning the trophy in the 1967-68 season. They had been on the losing side in the same competition a year previously, and won it again in 1970-71, the final season of its existence before it was effectively replaced by the new UEFA Cup.

The club reached a further two European finals during the 1970s; the European Cup Winners' Cup final in 1973 and the European Cup final in 1975. However, they were beaten on both occasions. Their venture into the 1979-80 UEFA Cup would be their last in European competitions for more than a decade; it ended in the second round.

European competitions then became effectively out of the question for Leeds, who were relegated to the Second Division in 1982 and did not win promotion until 1990. League title glory in 1992 sealed their return to Europe after more than a decade as England's representatives in the European Cup, where they were eliminated in the second round by Scottish champions Rangers.

In 1999-2000, the club enjoyed its best run in European competitions for 25 years, reaching the semi-finals of the UEFA Cup. They reached the semi-finals of the champions league in the 2000-2001 season losing to Spanish side Valencia (changes in qualification requirements meant that they could now qualify as the third placed team in their domestic league) a year later. Their most recent European campaign to date was in the 2002-03 season, where they competed in the UEFA Cup and reached the third round. By this stage, however, the club was deep in financial trouble and was starting to sell most of its key players, which contributed to relegation from the Premier League at the end of the 2003-04. Fourteen years on, the club has still yet to regain its place in the top flight of English football, and even spent three seasons in the league's third tier.


Season Competition Round Opposition Score
1965–66 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Italy Torino 2–1 Elland Road
0–0 (A)
Second Round East Germany Leipzig 2–1 (A)
0–0 Elland Road
Third Round Spain Valencia 1–1 Elland Road
1–0 (A)
Quarter-Final Hungary Újpest 4–1 Elland Round
1–1 (A)
Semi-Final Spain Real Zaragoza 0–1 (A)
2–1 Elland Road
1–3 (A)
1966–67 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Bye
Second Round Netherlands DWS 3–1 (A)
5–1 Elland Road
Third Round Spain Valencia 1–1 Elland Road
2–0 (A)
Quarter-Final Italy Bologna 0–1 (A)
1–0 Elland Road [1]
Semi-Final Scotland Kilmarnock 4–2 Elland Road
0–0 (A)
Final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Dinamo Zagreb 0–2 Maksimir Stadium, Zagreb
0–0 Elland Road
1967–68 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Luxembourg Spora Luxembourg 9–0 (A)
7–0 Elland Road
Second Round Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 2–1 (A)
1–1 Elland Road
Third Round Scotland Hibernian 1–0 Elland Road
1–1 (A)
Quarter-Final Scotland Rangers[2] 0–0 (A)
2–0 Elland Road
Semi-Final Scotland Dundee[3] 1–1 (A)
1–0 Elland Road
Final[4] Hungary Ferencváros 1–0 Elland Road
0–0 Népstadion, Budapest
1968–69 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Belgium Standard Liège 0–0 (A)
3–2 Elland Road
Second Round Italy Napoli 2–0 Elland Round
0–2 (A) [1]
Third Round West Germany Hannover 5–1 Elland Road
2–1 (A)
Quarter-Final Hungary Újpest 0–1 Elland Road
0–2 (A)
1969–70 European Cup First Round Norway Lyn 10–0 Elland Road
6–0 (A)
Second Round Hungary Ferencváros 3–0 Elland Road
3–0 (A)
Quarter-Final Belgium Standard Liège 1–0 (A)
1–0 Elland Road
Semi-Final Scotland Celtic 0–1 Elland Road
1–2 (A)
1970–71 Inter-Cities Fairs Cup First Round Norway Sarpsborg 1–0 (A)
5–0 Elland Road
Second Round East Germany Dynamo Dresden 1–0 Elland Road
1–2 (A) [5]
Third Round Czechoslovakia Sparta Prague 6–0 Elland Road
3–2 (A)
Quarter-Final Portugal Vitória Setúbal 2–1 Elland Road
1–1 (A)
Semi-Final England Liverpool 1–0 (A)
0–0 Elland Road
Final Italy Juventus 2–2 Stadio Comunale, Turin
1–1 Elland Road [5]
Fairs Cup Play-off Final Spain Barcelona 1–2 Nou Camp
1971–72 UEFA Cup First Round Belgium Lierse 0–4 Elland Road
2–0 (A)
1972–73 European Cup Winners' Cup First Round Turkey Ankaragücü 1–1 (A)
1–0 Elland Road
Second Round East Germany Carl Zeiss Jena 0–0 (A)
2–0 Elland Road
Quarter-Final Romania Rapid Bucurest 5–0 Elland Road
3–1 (A)
Semi-Final Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Hajduk Split 1–0 Elland Road
0–0 (A)
Final Italy Milan 0–1 Kaftanzoglio Stadium, Thessaloniki
1973–74 UEFA Cup First Round Norway Strømsgodset 1–1 (A)
6–1 Elland Road
Second Round Scotland Hibernian 0–0 Elland Road
0–0 (A)[6]
Third Round Portugal Vitória Setúbal 1–0 Elland Road
1–3 (A)
1974–75 European Cup First Round Switzerland Zürich 4–1 Elland Road
1–2 (A)
Second Round Hungary Újpest 2–1 (A)
3–0 Elland Road
Quarter-Final Belgium Anderlecht 3–0 Elland Road
1–0 (A)
Semi-Final Spain Barcelona 2–1 Elland Road
1–1 (A)[5]
Final West Germany Bayern Munich 0–2 Parc des Princes, Paris
1979–80 UEFA Cup First Round Malta Valletta 4–0 (A)
3–0 Elland Road
Second Round Romania Universitatea Craiova 0–2 (A)
0–2 Elland Road
1992–93 European Cup First Round Germany Stuttgart 0–3 (A)
4–1 Elland Round[7]
Second Round Scotland Rangers 1–2 (A)
1–2 Elland Road
1995–96 UEFA Cup First Round France AS Monaco 3–0 (A)
0–1 Elland Road
Second Round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 3–5 Elland Road
1998–99 UEFA Cup First Round Portugal Marítimo 1–0 Elland Road
0–1 (A)[8]
Second Round Italy Roma 0–1 (A)
0–0 Elland Road
1999–2000 UEFA Cup First Round Federal Republic of Yugoslavia Partizan Belgrade 3–1 (A)
1–0 Elland Road
Second Round Russia Lokomotiv Moscow 4–1 Elland Road
3–0 (A)
Third Round Russia Spartak Moscow 1–2 (A)
1–0 Elland Road [5]
Fourth Round Italy Roma 0–0 (A)
1–0 Elland Road
Quarter-Final Czech Republic Slavia Prague 3–0 Elland Road
1–2 (A)
Semi-Final Turkey Galatasaray 0–2 (A)
2–2 (H)
2000–01 Champions League Third qualifying round Germany 1860 Munich 2–1 Elland Road
1–0 (A)
Group H Spain Barcelona 0–4 (A)
1–1 Elland Road
Group H Italy Milan 1–0 Elland Road
1–1 (A)
Group H Turkey Beşiktaş J.K. 6–0 Elland Road
0–0 (A)
Second Group D Spain Real Madrid 0–2 Elland Road
2–3 (A)
Second Group D Italy Lazio 1–0 (A)
3–3 Elland Road
Second Group D Belgium Anderlecht 2–1 Elland Road
4–1 (A)
Quarter-Final Spain Deportivo La Coruña 3–0 Elland Road
0–2 (A)
Semi-Final Spain Valencia 0–0 Elland Road
0–3 (A)
2001–02 UEFA Cup First Round Portugal Marítimo 0–1 (A)
3–0 Elland Road
Second Round France Troyes 4–2 Elland Road
2–3 (A)
Third Round Switzerland Grasshopper 2–1 (A)
2–2 Elland Road
Fourth Round Netherlands PSV Eindhoven 0–0 (A)
0–1 Elland Road
2002–03 UEFA Cup First Round Ukraine Metalurh Zaporizhya 1–0 Elland Road
1–1 (A)
Second Round Israel Hapoel Tel Aviv 1–0 Elland Road
4–1 (A)
Third Round Spain Málaga 0–0 (A)
1–2 Elland Road

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Won on Coin flipping
  2. ^ "European Nights: Leeds United 2 Rangers 0 (report and contemporary newspaper scans)". Leeds United F.C. History. 9 April 1968. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  3. ^ "European Nights: Leeds United 1 Dundee 0 (report and contemporary newspaper scans)". Leeds United F.C. History. 15 May 1968. Retrieved 20 January 2018. 
  4. ^ "Matches: 11 September 1968 - Ferencvaros 0 Leeds United 0". The Mighty Mighty Whites. Retrieved 14 January 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c d Won on Away goals rule
  6. ^ Won 5–4 on penalties
  7. ^ Stuttgart would have won on away goals; however, it was realised that in the second leg between Leeds United and Stuttgart, Stuttgart had substituted a fourth foreign player. At the time, a maximum of three foreign players was allowed. The game was awarded to Leeds United with a score of 3–0, making it 3–3 on aggregate with no difference in away goals. A play-off match in Barcelona was ordered, which Leeds United won 2–1.
  8. ^ Won 4–1 on penalties