Lisbon Lions

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Jock Stein on Celtic's triumph in Lisbon [1][2]

The east stand at Celtic Park is named in honour of the team

The Lisbon Lions is the nickname given to the Celtic team that won the European Cup at the Estádio Nacional in Lisbon, Portugal on 25 May 1967,[3] defeating Inter Milan 2–1. The name is likely due to the fact that the Lisbon-based Sporting football club's mascot is a lion, and the club wear green and white striped jerseys like Celtic.[4] All but two members of the 15 man squad were born within 10 miles of Celtic Park in Glasgow, Scotland (Bobby Lennox, who was born 30 miles away in Saltcoats, and Tommy Gemmell, who was born in Motherwell 11 miles away).[1] Celtic's style was the antithesis of the cynical – but highly effective – defensive style of Inter. Jimmy Johnstone described the team's style as "like the Dutch speeded-up".[5]

In the stadium where his father Valentino played his last match,[6] Sandro Mazzola opened the scoring for Inter with a 7th-minute penalty after Jim Craig had brought down Renato Cappellini. The Italians then retreated into their famous 11-man defence. Inter did not win a single corner and forced Celtic goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson to make only two saves. Celtic had two shots off the crossbar, and 39 other attempts on goal, 13 of which were saved by Italian goalkeeper Giuliano Sarti, seven were blocked or deflected, and 19 were off-target. Craig made amends for his penalty mistake on 63 minutes, when he laid off the ball for Tommy Gemmell to fire home for the Celtic equaliser. With 83 minutes on the clock, Gemmell was allowed space, and he played the ball to Bobby Murdoch, whose long-range shot was deflected by Stevie Chalmers past Sarti into the net.

A display of some of Celtic's trophies, including a replica of the European Cup featuring prominently

Celtic were the first British club to win the European Cup, and still the only Scottish club to have reached the final. Celtic are one of only three clubs to have won five trophies in a single season. They reached the final again in 1970 but were beaten 2–1 by Feyenoord after extra time in the San Siro Stadium in Milan.

Celtic's results in the 1966–67 European Cup[edit]

1966–67 European Cup
Date Venue Opponents Score Round Celtic scorers
28 September 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Fußball-Club Zürich 2–0 First round, 1st leg Gemmell, McBride
5 October 1966 Letzigrund, Zurich (A) Fußball-Club Zürich 3–0 First round, 2nd leg Gemmell (2, 1 pen.), Chalmers
30 November 1966 Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes (A) FC Nantes 3–1 Second round, 1st leg McBride, Lennox, Chalmers
7 December 1966 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) FC Nantes 3–1 Second round, 2nd leg Johnstone, Chalmers, Lennox
1 March 1967 Karađorđe Stadium, Novi Sad (A) FK Vojvodina 0–1 Quarter-final, 1st leg n/a
8 March 1967 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) FK Vojvodina 2–0 Quarter-final, 2nd leg Chalmers, McNeill
12 April 1967 Celtic Park, Glasgow (H) Dukla Prague 3–1 Semi-final, 1st leg Johnstone, Wallace (2)
25 April 1967 Stadion Juliska, Prague (A) Dukla Prague 0–0 Semi-final, 2nd leg n/a
25 May 1967 Estádio Nacional, Lisbon (N) Inter Milan 2–1 Final Gemmell, Chalmers

Celtic team in the final[edit]

  1. Ronnie Simpson
  2. Jim Craig
  3. Tommy Gemmell
  4. Bobby Murdoch
  5. Billy McNeill (captain)
  6. John Clark
  7. Jimmy Johnstone
  8. Willie Wallace
  9. Stevie Chalmers
  10. Bertie Auld
  11. Bobby Lennox
  12. John Fallon (substitute goalkeeper, not used)

Notes: Celtic did not wear numbers on their shirts at this time. The numbers shown were sewn onto their shorts.

A second goalkeeper was the only substitute allowed at the time. The other members of the squad who played in Europe during that season were Charlie Gallagher, John Hughes, Joe McBride and Willie O'Neill.

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  1. ^ a b "BBC 'On this Day 1950-2005' May 25 - 1967: Celtic win European Cup". Archived from the original on 5 November 2012. Retrieved 17 August 2006.
  2. ^ "Celtic win European Cup 1967". Archived from the original on 24 September 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2013.
  3. ^ Hunt, Chris (19 February 2015). "In their own words: How Celtic's Lisbon Lions shocked 'unbeatable' Inter in 1967". Four Four Two. Archived from the original on 19 July 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2017.
  4. ^ The Day Lisbon Belonged to Celtic, Stuart Spencer, Scottish Football Museum, 25 May 2017
  5. ^ Memories of the day 'Wee Jinky' got his teeth into the European Cup, by Robert Philip Archived 15 June 2008 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ "The last game of Grande Torino at Lisbon, May 4th 1949". Fox Sports. 12 August 2018. Retrieved 10 May 2022.

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